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Best of Orlando

The favorites of our readers in 85 categories, ranging from best restaurant for atmosphere to best bicycle store to best nail salon. As we do every year, we awarded the “Best of” designation based on total votes in each category. New to the list this year are short features on some of the winners, so you’ll know, for example, just who the heck Eric Eisnaugle is and how IKEA got its name.

If we had a category for “Best Beauty Queen,” Rachael Todd, 23, certainly would have deserved readers’ votes. Todd, a UCF graduate and Oviedo resident, was crowned Miss Florida in 2009 and represented the state in the 2010 Miss America Pageant. Here as well as on following pages, Todd strikes a vintage pose for each  “Best of” section.

If we had a category for “Best Beauty Queen,” Rachael Todd, 23, certainly would have deserved readers’ votes. Todd, a UCF graduate and Oviedo resident, was crowned Miss Florida in 2009 and represented the state in the 2010 Miss America Pageant. Here as well as on following pages, Todd strikes a vintage pose for each “Best of” section.

Photo By Norma Lopez Molina

Eat & Drink

Best Atmosphere

1 Houston’s
hillstone.com
215 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407-740-4005

2 Seasons 52
seasons52.com
463 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-767-1252
7700 Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407-354-5212

3 Tambora’s Grill & Café
tamborasgrill.com
1568 Maguire Road
Ocoee
407-877-7171

 

Best Bakery

1 Panera Bread
panerabread.com
18 Orlando-area locations

2 Charlie’s Gourmet Pastries
charliesgourmetpastries.com
3213 Curry Ford Road
Orlando
407-898-9561

3 Publix
publix.com
Multiple Orlando-area locations

 

Best Bar/Lounge

1 Blue Martini
bluemartinilounge.com
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando
407-447-BLUE

2 Elephant Bar
elephantbar.com
451 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-339-1186
4054 Conroy Road
Orlando
407-370-6412

3 Bar Louie
barlouieorlando.com
7335 Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407-608-5190

 

Best Brunch

1 First Watch
firstwatch.com
Six Orlando-area locations

2 Dexter’s
dexwine.com
Three Orlando-area locations

3 La Coquina
grandcypress.hyatt.com
1 Grand Cypress Blvd.
Orlando
407-239-3853

 

Best Burger

1 Five Guys
fiveguys.com
Multiple Orlando-area locations

2 Johnny’s Fillin’ Station
johnnysfillinstation.com
2631 S. Ferncreek Ave.
Orlando
407-894-6900

3 Back Yard Burgers
backyardburgers.com
Three Orlando-area locations

 

Best Caterer

1 Puff ‘n Stuff
puffnstuff.com
250 Rio Drive
Orlando
407-629-7833

2 Arthur’s
arthurscatering.com
860 Sunshine Lane
Altamonte Springs
407-331-1993

3 TooJay’s
toojays.com
Six Orlando-area locations

 

Best Hotel Bar/Lounge

1 Bösendorfer Lounge
grandbohemianhotel.com
Grand Bohemian Hotel
325 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando
407-313-9000

2 Hard Rock Cafe
hardrock.com
6050 Universal Blvd.
Orlando
407-351-7625

3 Park Plaza Gardens
parkplazagardens.com
319 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407-645-2475

 

Best Ice Cream

1 Cold Stone Creamery
coldstonecreamery.com
14 Orlando-area locations

2 Bruster’s
brusters.com
Eight Orlando-area locations

3 Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
jeremiahsice.com
Three Orlando-area locations

 

Best Lunch to Go

1 That Deli
thatdelifl.com
3801 W. Lake Mary Blvd.
Lake Mary
321-363-1394

2 Dexter’s
dexwine.com
Three Orlando-area locations

3 Black Bean Deli
myspace.com/blackbeandeli
325 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407-628-0294

 

Best Outdoor Bar

1 Bahama Breeze
bahamabreeze.com
Three Orlando-area locations

2 FishBones
fishbonesresturants.com
7005 County Road 46A
Lake Mary
407-581-2399

3 Blue Martini
bluemartinilounge.com
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando
407-447-BLUE

 

Best Outdoor Dining

1 FishBones
fishbonesrestaurants.com
7005 County Road 46A
Lake Mary
407-581-2399

2 Houston’s
hillstone.com
215 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407-740-4005

3 Bahama Breeze
bahamabreeze.com
Three Orlando-area locations

 

Best Pizza

1 Anthony’s Pizzeria
& Italian Restaurant
anthonyspizza.com
100 N. Summerlin Ave.
Orlando
407-648-0009

2 Mellow Mushroom
mellowmushroom.com
2015 Aloma Ave.
Winter Park
407-657-7755
11680 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando
407-384-4455

3 Positano Italian
Restaurant & Pizzeria
8995 W. Colonial Drive
Ocoee
407-291-0602

 

Best Restaurant
in Winter Park

1 The Ravenous Pig
theravenouspig.com
1234 N. Orange Ave.
Winter Park
407-628-2333

2 Luma on Park
lumaonpark.com
290 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407-599-4111

3 Dexter’s
dexwine.com
558 W. New England Ave.
Winter Park
407-629-1150

 

Best Restaurant
Downtown

1 HUE
huerestaurant.com
629 E. Central Blvd.
Orlando
407-849-1800

2 Citrus
citrusorlando.com
821 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando
407-373-0622

3 Kres Chophouse
kresrestaurant.com
17 W. Church St.
Orlando
407-447-7950

 

Best Restaurant
on I-Drive

1 Texas de Brazil
texasdebrazil.com
5259 International Drive
Orlando
407-355-0355

2 Café Tu Tu Tango
cafetututango.com
8625 International Drive
Orlando
407-248-2222

3 The Capital Grille
thecapitalgrille.com
9101 International Drive
Orlando
407-370-4392

 

Best Restaurant on
Restaurant Row

1 Seasons 52
seasons52.com
7700 W. Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407-354-5212

2 Roy’s Orlando
roysrestaurant.com
7760 W. Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407-352-4844

3 Ocean Prime
ocean-prime.com
7339 W. Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407-781-4880

 

Best Restaurant in Seminole County

1 FishBones
fishbonesrestaurants.com
7005 County Road 46A
Lake Mary
407-581-2399

2 Enzo’s on the Lake
enzos.com
1130 S. Highway 17-92
Longwood
407-834-9872

3 Bonefish Grill
bonefishgrill.com
1761 W. State Road 434
Longwood
407-331-0131

 

Best Restaurant
in Theme Parks

1 Rainforest Café
rainforestcafe.com
505 N. Rainforest Road
Lake Buena Vista
407-938-9100
1800 E. Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista
407-827-8500

2 California Grill
disney.go.com
2101 N. Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Orlando
407-827-8500

3 Victoria & Albert’s
victoria-alberts.com
4401 Floridian Way
Lake Buena Vista
407-939-3862

 

Best Restaurant
to Seal the Deal

1 Del Frisco’s
delfriscosorlando.com
729 Lee Road
Orlando
407-645-4443

2 Houston’s
hillstone.com
215 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407-740-4005

3 Seasons 52
seasons52.com
463 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-767-1252
7700 W. Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407-354-5212

 

Best Specialty
Foods Store

1 Whole Foods Market
wholefoodsmarket.com
8003 Turkey Lake Road
Orlando
407-355-7100
1989 Aloma Ave.
Winter Park
407-673-8788

2 Fresh Market
thefreshmarket.com
5000 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
Orlando
407-294-1516
995 N. State Road 434
Altamonte Springs
407-786-1801

3 Petty’s Meats
pettysmeats.com
2141 W. State Road 434
Longwood
407-862-0400

 

Best Sports Bar
1 Miller’s Ale House
millersalehouse.com
11 Orlando-area locations

2 Buffalo Wild Wings
buffalowildwings.com
Six Orlando-area locations

3 Mugshots
mugshotssportsbar.com
1022 W. State Road 436
Altamonte Springs
407-786-5024

 

Best Supermarket

1 Publix
publix.com
Multiple Orlando-area locations


2 Whole Foods Market
wholefoodsmarket.com
8003 Turkey Lake Road
Orlando
407-355-7100
1989 Aloma Ave.
Winter Park
407-673-8788

3 Fresh Market
thefreshmarket.com
5000 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
Orlando
407-294-1516
995 N. State Road 434
Altamonte Springs
407-786-1801

 

Best Wine List

1 Seasons 52
seasons52.com
463 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-767-1252
7700 Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407-354-5212

2 Del Frisco’s
delfriscosorlando.com
729 Lee Road
Orlando
407-645-4443

3 The Wine Room
thewineroomonline.com
270 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407-696-9463

Personalities

Best Corporate
Citizen

1 Harris Rosen
2 Darden Restaurants
3 Walt Disney World

Best Local Entertainer

1 Michael Andrew
2 Brian Feldman
3 Carrot Top

 

Best Local Politician

1 Eric Eisnaugle

2 Buddy Dyer

3 Bill Segal

 

Best Local Golfer

1 Tiger Woods

2 Arnold Palmer

3 Chris DiMarco

 

Local Hero

1 Dwight Howard

2 Pastor Mark Evans, Northwest Community Church

3 Dawn Steward, children’s health and education advocate

 

Person You’d Like
to Trade Jobs With

1 Dwight Howard

2 Buddy Dyer

3 Meg Crofton

 

Person Who Most
Exemplifies Orlando

1 Mickey Mouse

2 Dwight Howard

3 Buddy Dyer
 

 

Goods/Services

Best Antique Shop

1 Renningers Antiques Center
renningers.com
20651 U.S. Highway 441
Mount Dora
352-383-8393

2 Orange Tree Antiques Mall
150 Lake Ave.
Maitland
407-622-0060
853 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407-644-4547

3 Washburn Imports
washburnimports.com
1800 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando
407-228-4403

 

Best Art Gallery

1 Baterbys Art Auction Gallery
baterbys.com
9101 International Drive
Orlando
888-682-9995

2 CityArts Factory
cityartsfactory.com
29 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando
407-648-7060

3 Timothy’s Gallery
timothysgallery.com
236 N. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407-629-0707

 

Best Audio Store

1 Best Buy
bestbuy.com
Eight Orlando-area locations

2 Absolute Sound
absolutesound.com
862 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407-629-1930

3 Audio Excellence
beyond-comparison.com
Three Orlando-area locations

 

Best Bicycle Store

1 Orange Cycle
orangecycleorlando.com
2204 Edgwater Drive
Orlando
407-422-5552

2 Loco Motion Bikes
locomotionbikes.com
1776 Jake St.
Orlando
407-898-6411
1030 Orange Ave.
Winter Park
407-629-2680

3 David’s World Cycle
davidsworld.com
Three Orlando-area locations

 

Best Bookstore

1 Barnes & Noble
barnesandnoble.com
Six Orlando-area locations

2 Borders
borders.com
Seven Orlando-area
locations

3 Books-A-Million
booksamillion.com
Six Orlando-area
locations

 

Best Business Hotel

1 Grand Bohemian Hotel
grandbohemianhotel.com
325 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando
407-313-9000

2 Embassy Suites
Orlando-Downtown
embassysuites.com
191 E. Pine St.
Orlando
407-841-1000

3 Courtyard by Marriott
Orlando Downtown

marriott.com
730 N. Magnolia Ave.
Orlando
407-996-1000

 

Best Day Spa

1 The Ritz Carlton Spa
Orlando, Grande Lakes
ritzcarlton.com
4012 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando
407-393-4200

2 The Fitness Centre & Day Spa at Florida Hospital Celebration Health
celebrationfitness.com
400 Celebration Place
Celebration
407-303-4400

3 Euro Day Spa & Salon
eurodayspa.net
800 Formosa Ave.
Winter Park
407-740-0444

 

Best Florist

1 In Bloom Florist
inbloomflorist.com
325 W. Gore St.
Orlando
407-649-7771

2 Windermere Flowers
& Gifts

windermereflowersandgifts.com
5178 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
Orlando
407-296-9002

3 Winter Park Florist
winterparkflorist.com
519 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407-647-5014

 

Best Furniture Store

1 IKEA
ikea.com
4092 Eastgate Drive
Orlando
407-355-3155

2 Baer’s
baers.com
303 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-618-8000

3 American Signature
asfurniture.com
Three area locations

 

Best Gated Community

1 Isleworth
isleworth.com
Windermere

2  Heathrow
heathrowland.com
Lake Mary

3 Alaqua Lakes
alaqualakes.org
Longwood

 

Best Golf Course–Private

1 Arnold Palmer’s
Bay Hill Club & Lodge
bayhill.com
9000 Bay Hill Blvd.
Orlando
407-876-2429

2 Isleworth Country Club
isleworth.com
6100 Payne Stewart Drive
Windermere
407-909-2000

3 Interlachen Country Club
interlachenccfl.com
2245 Interlachen Court
Winter Park
407-657-0850

 

Best Golf Course–Public

1 Dubsdread Golf Course
historicaldubsdread.com
549 W. Par St.
Orlando
407-246-2551

2 Winter Park Country Club
winterparkcountryclub.com
761 Old England Ave.
Winter Park
407-599-3339

3 Celebration Golf Club
celebrationgolf.com
701 Golf Park Drive
Celebration
407-566-4653

 

Best Hair Salon

1 Stella Luca
stellaluca.com
433 W. New England Ave.
Winter Park
407-740-7006
460 N. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407-740-6711

2 J Sterling’s Hair Design
3840 E. Semoran Blvd.
Apopka
407-788-0400

3 (tie) Primera Salon
1035 Primera Blvd.
Lake Mary
407-333-3095

3 (tie) Salon Ratay
salonratay.com
1061 S. Sun Drive
Lake Mary
407-330-5151

 

Best Jeweler

1 Jared
jared.com
Four Orlando-area locations

2 Tiffany & Co.
tiffany.com
The Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando
407-351-3133

3 Rocks Fine Jewelry
rocksfinejewelry.com
The Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando
407-226-3100
501 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407-644-1902

 

Best Local Resort

1 The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
ritzcarlton.com
4012 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando
407-206-2400

2 Walt Disney World Resorts
disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts
Lake Buena Vista
407-939-6244

3 Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Center
gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-palms
6000 W. Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee
407-586-2000

 

Best Mall

1 The Mall at Millenia
mallatmillenia.com
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando
407-363-3555

2 The Florida Mall
simon.com
8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando
407-851-6255

3 Altamonte Mall
altamontemall.com
451 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-215-5100

 

Best Men’s Specialty Store

1 Men’s Wearhouse
menswearhouse.com
Ten Orlando-area locations

2 Jos. A. Bank Clothiers
josbank.com
Five Orlando-area locations

3 John Craig
johncraigclothier.com
4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando
407-393-3747
132 S. Park Avenue
Winter Park
407-645-3100

 

Best Movie Theater

1 Plaza Cinema Café
plazacinemacafe.com
155 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando
321-558-2878

2 Regal Cinemas Winter Park Village 20
regmovies.com
510 N. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407-628-0035

3 AMC Universal Cineplex
20 at Citywalk

universalorlando.com
6000 Universal Blvd.
Orlando
407-354-3374

 

Best Museum

1 Morse Museum of
American Art

morsemuseum.org
445 N. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407-645-5311

2 Orlando Museum of Art
omart.org
2416 N. Mills Ave.
Orlando
407-896-4231

3 Orlando Science Center
osc.org
777 E. Princeton St.
Orlando
407-514-2000

 

Best Nail Salon

1 Nina & Holly Nail Boutique
262 W. State Road 434
Longwood
407-767-8803

2 J Sterling’s Hair Design
3840 E. Semoran Blvd.
Apopka
407-788-0400

3 Elegant Nails
11973 S. Apopka Vineland Road
Orlando
407-477-0323

 

Best Old-Style
Barbershop

1 Kennedy’s All-American
Barber Club

kennedysbarberclub.com
Five Orlando-area locations

2 Broadway Joe’s Hair Salon
broadway-joes.com
900 Fox Valley Drive
Longwood
407-786-9066

3 Floyd’s 99 Barbershop
floydsbarbershop.com
3150 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando
407-601-5960

 

Best Outlet Store

1 Nike Factory Outlet Store
store.nike.com
Four Orlando-area locations

2 COACH at Prime Outlets
4951 International Drive
Orlando
407-352-6772

3 Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th
sakesfifthavenue.com
4953 International Drive
Orlando
407-354-5757

 

Best Place to Buy
Great-Looking Shoes

1 DSW
dsw.com
Four Orlando-area locations

2 Nordstrom
nordstrom.com
The Florida Mall
8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando
407-888-7889

3 Neiman Marcus
neimanmarcus.com
The Mall at Millenia
4170 Conroy Road
Orlando
407-264-5900

Best Place to
Buy a Boat

1 Parker Boats
parkerboats.com
455 S. Lake Destiny Road
Orlando
407-660-2628

2 Boat Tree
boattree.com
2202 33rd St.
Orlando
407-422-8141

3 Bass Pro Shop
basspro.com
5156 International Drive
Orlando
407-563-5200

 

Best Place to Buy
Your Dream Car

1 Fields BMW
fieldsbmwwinterpark.com
963 N. Wymore Road
Winter Park
407-628-2100
fieldsbmwsouthorlando.com
9750 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando
407-956-6300

2 Mercedes-Benz
of Orlando

mborlando.com
810 N. Orlando Ave.
Maitland
866-415-8684

3 The Volvo Store
volvowinterpark.com
1051 W. Webster Ave.
Winter Park
407-628-0550

 

Best Plastic Surgeon

1 George Pope
orlandoplasticsurgerycenter.com
3872 Oakwater Circle
Orlando
407-857-6261

2 Edward Gross
wedofaces.com
1035 Primera Blvd.
Lake Mary
407-333-3040

3 Clifford Clark
dr-clark.com
701 W. Morse Blvd.
Winter Park
407-629-5555

 

Best Pet
Accessories Store

1 PetSmart
petsmart.com
11 Orlando-area locations

2 Petco
petco.com
10 Orlando-area locations

3 Bullfish
bullfish.net
4899 New Broad St.
Orlando
407-894-3474

 

Best Pool Builder

1 Pools by Bradley
poolsbybradley.com
5725 Wayside Drive, Suite 1001
Sanford
407-323-7946

2 Artesian Pools
artesianpools.com
7347 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando
407-249-1764

3 Premier Pools
of Central Florida
premierpoolsofcentralfl.com
4572 Palmetto Ave.
Winter Park
407-696-4744

 

Best Private
School (K-8)

1 Park Maitland School
parkmaitland.org
1450 S. Orlando Ave.
Maitland
407-647-3038

2 Lake Highland
Preparatory School
lhps.org
901 N. Highland Ave.
Orlando
407-206-1900

3 Page Private School
pageschool.com
10250 University Blvd.
Orlando
407-678-0333

 

Best Private
School (9-12)

1 Trinity Preparatory School
trinityprep.org
5700 Trinity Prep Lane
Winter Park
407-671-4140

2 Lake Highland
Preparatory School
lhps.com
901 N. Highland Ave.
Orlando
407-206-1900

3 Bishop Moore Catholic
High School

bishopmoore.org
3901 Edgewater Drive
Orlando
407-293-7561

 

Best Stationery Store

1 Parchment
parchmentpaper.com
7822 W. Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407-248-0750

2 Hallmark
hallmark.com
Five Orlando-area locations

3 The Paper Shop
Papershop.com
545 N. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407-644-8700

 

Best Theater Company

1 Orlando Shakespeare
Theater

orlandoshakes.org
812 E. Rollins St.
Orlando
407-447-1700

2 Mad Cow Theatre
madcowtheatre.com
105 S. Magnolia Ave.
Orlando
407-297-8788

3 Winter Park Playhouse
winterparkplayhouse.org
711 Orange Ave., Suite C
Winter Park
407-645-0145

 

Best Wine Store

1 Total Wine & More
totalwine.com
2712 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando
407-894-6553

2 Tim’s Wine Market
timswine.com
Four Orlando-area locations

3 ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
abcfws.com
Multiple Orlando-area locations

 

Best Women’s
Specialty Store

1 Tuni
shoptuni.com
301 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407-628-1609

2 BCBG Max Azria
bcbg.com
Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando
407-352-6454
Seminole Towne Center
300 Towne Center Circle 
Sanford
407-322-2717

3 Siegel’s Clothing Co.
siegelsonline.com
330 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407-645-3100
130 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando
407-481-2155

 

Best Workout
Facility/Gym

1 YMCA of Central Florida
centralfloridaymca.org
19 Orlando-area locations

2 Fitness Centre at Florida
Hospital Celebration Health
celebrationfitness.com
400 Celebration Place
Kissimmee
407-303-4400

3 LA Fitness
lafitness.com
Eight Orlando-area locations
 

 

Media

Best Local Columnist

1 Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel

2 Mike Thomas, Orlando Sentinel

3 Greg Dawson, Orlando Sentinel

 

Best SportsColumnist

1 Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel

2 George Diaz, Orlando Sentinel

3 Jeff Shain, Orlando Sentinel

 

Best Morning
Radio Team

1 Johnny & Jayde, WXXL 106.7 FM

2 Doc & Grace, K92 FM

3 Ellis & Tyler, WPOZ 88.3 FM

 

Best Radio
Music Station

1 WXXL 106.7 FM

2 MIX 105.1 FM

3 (tie) WPYO 95.3 FM

3 (tie) MAGIC 107.7 FM

 

Best Radio Sports Host

1 Shot Doctor, WYGM 740 AM

2 Scott Anez, WDBO 580 AM

3 Dan Sileo, WDAE 620 AM, WYGM 740 AM

 

Best Radio
Talk Show

1 The Philips Phile, WTKS 104.1 FM

2 My City Golfs, WYGM 740 AM

3 Johnny & Jayde, WXXL 106.7 FM

 

Best Local
Television Station

1 WESH 2

2 WFTV 9

3 Central Florida News 13

 

Best Local
Television Show

1 Northwest Community Church TV

2 The Daily Buzz

3 FOX 35 News

 

Best TV News Team

1 Jim Payne and Martha
Sugalski,
WESH 2

2 Bob Opsahl and Martie Salt, WFTV 9

3 Bob Frier and Amy Kaufeldt, WOFL 35

 

Best Television
Sportscaster

1 Pat Clarke, WESH 2

2 David Pingalore, WKMG 6

3 Whit Watson, Fox Sports Florida and Sun Sports

 

Best Television
Weather Forecaster

1 Tom Terry, WFTV 9

2 Tony Mainolfi, WESH 2

3 Danny Treanor, Central
Florida News 13

 

Best Local Website

1 g12orlando.com

2 orlandosentinel.com

3 thedailycity.com

 

Potpourri

Best Charity Gala

1 Headdress Ball
Hope and Help Center of
Central Florida

2 UCP Evening at the Palace
United Cerebral Palsy
of Central Florida

3 Black Tie and Tennies
Orlando Magic Youth Foundation

 

Best Entertainment
Experience

1 Cirque du Soleil La Nouba
cirquedusoleil.com
Downtown Disney
1478 E. Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista
407-939-7328

2 Walt Disney World
disney.go.com
Lake Buena Vista
407-939-6244

3 Orlando Shakespeare
Theater

orlandoshakes.org
812 E. Rollins St.
Orlando
407-447-1700

 

Best Live Music Venue

1 House of Blues
houseofblues.com
1490 E. Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista
407-934-2583

2 Hard Rock Live
hardrock.com
6050 Universal Blvd.
Orlando
407-351-5483

3 The Social
thesocial.org
54 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando
407-246-1419

 

Best Local Getaway

1 Walt Disney World
disney.go.com
Lake Buena Vista
407-939-6244

2 The Ritz-Carlton Orlando,
Grande Lakes
ritzcarlton.com
4012 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando
407-206-2400

3 New Smyrna Beach
newsmyrna.com

 

Best Orlando Building

1 Orange County Courthouse
425 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando

2 SunTrust Center
200 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando

3 The VUE
vueorlando.com
150 E. Robinson St.
Orlando

 

Best Place to
Get Married

1 Leu Gardens
leugardens.org
1920 N. Forest Ave.
Orlando
407-246-2620

2 Disney’s Wedding
Pavilion

disneyweddings.disney.go.com
4101 Floridian Way
Bay Lake
407-824-3094

3 Trinity Lutheran Church
trinitydowntown.org
123 E. Livingston St.
Orlando
407-843-4896

 

Best Place to Propose

1 The Venetian Room
thevenetianroom.com
8101 World Center Drive
Orlando
407-238-8060

2 Leu Gardens
leugardens.org
1920 N. Forest Ave.
Orlando
407-246-2620

3 Lake Eola
cityoforlando.net
Downtown Orlando

 

Best Theme Park Ride

1 The Incredible Hulk
Universal’s Islands of Adventure

2 Soarin’
Epcot

3 Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
Starring Aerosmith
Disney’s Hollywood Studios

 

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Oct 27, 2010 01:02 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I've lived in Orlando for a few years now and this list is pretty much the same year in and year out. Of course Publix is in the top 3 grocery stores. Of course Houston's is in the top 3 restaurants. Very predictable. It is so disappointing that there is nothing new to report each year. Maybe it would be more helpful if the magazine scouted all of Central Florida looking for the best instead of using the readers who seems to stick to the same old, same old. Also, for someone that struggles to find a good hairdresser in this town and resorts to flying up north to get a cut and color - best hairdresser would be more helpful than best hair salon.

Dec 1, 2010 05:50 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I can't see the article. Web designer help please!

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