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Best of Orlando 2011

Can You Dig It?

When ’60’s art icon Peter Max offered to illustrate the cover of our Best of Orlando issue, we decided to go retro to the max with the look of the annual list. So on the following pages you’ll see the results of our reader poll in dozens of categories—from threads to munchies—presented in a somewhat psychedelic style, with model Whitney Weatherington dressed ’60’s style as she gets down and groovy with some of the winners.
As we do every year, we awarded the “Best of” designation based on total votes in each category. It was a gas putting it together, but we’re gonna go crash now. Enjoy. Oh, and peace.

 

 Eat and Drink

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

2 Hillstone
hillstone.com
215 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407-740-4005
 

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

Best Bakery
1 Charlie’s
charliesgourmetpastries.com
3213 Curry Ford Road
Orlando
407-898-9561
 

2 Blue Bird Bake Shop
bluebirdbakeshop.com
3122 Corrine Drive
Orlando
407-228-3822
 

3 Panera Bread
panerabread.com
18 Orlando-area locations
 

Best Bar/Lounge
1 Blue Martini
bluemartinilounge.com
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando
407-447-2583
 

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

3 Rocks at The Peabody
 Orlando
peabodyorlando.com
9801 International Drive
Orlando
407-352-4000
 

Best Brunch
1 First Watch
firstwatch.com
Six Orlando-area locations
 

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

3 Hue
huerestaurant.com
629 E. Central Blvd.
Orlando
407-849-1800
 

Best Burger
1 Five Guys
fiveguys.com
Multiple Orlando-area locations
 

2 Graffiti Junktion
graffitijunktion.com
900 E. Washington St.
Orlando
407-426-9503
2401 Edgewater Drive
Orlando
407-377-1961
 

3 Tap Room at Dubsdread
taproomatdubsdread.com
549 W. Par St.
Orlando
407-650-0100
 

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 Frozen Yogurt
1 Menchie’s
menchies.com
Five Orlando-area locations
 

2 Mochi Frozen Yogurt
mymochifrozenyogurt.com
145 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando
407-425-9797
 

3 Pinkberry
pinkberry.com
7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
Orlando
407-354-0890
4951 International Drive
Orlando
407-238-7787
 

Best Happy Hour
1 FishBones Lake Mary
talkofthetownrestaurants.com
7005 County Road 46A
Lake Mary
407-581-2399
 

2 Blue Martini
bluemartinilounge.com
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando
407-447-2583
 

3 Hillstone
hillstone.com
215 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407-740-4005
 

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

2 Rocks at The Peabody Orlando
peabodyorlando.com
9801 International Drive
Orlando
407-352-4000
 

3 California Grill
disneyworld.disney.go.com
4600 N. World Drive
Lake Buena Vista
407-939-3463
 

Best Ice Cream
1 Cold Stone Creamery
coldstonecreamery.com
12 Orlando-area locations
 

2 Brusters
brusters.com
Three Orlando-area locations
 

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

Best Lunch to Go
1 4Rivers
4rsmokehouse.com
2103 W. Fairbanks Ave.
Winter Park
407- 474-8377
1047 S. Dillard St.
Winter Garden
407- 474-8377
 

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

3 Pom Pom’s
67 N. Bumby Ave.
Orlando
407- 894-0865
 

Best Outdoor Bar
1 Ember
emberorlando.com
42 W. Central Blvd.
Orlando
407-849-5200
 

2 One80 Grey Goose Lounge
amwaycenter.com
Amway Center
400 W. Church St.
Orlando
407-440-7000
 

3 FishBones Lake Mary
talkofthetownrestaurants.com
7005 County Road 46A
Lake Mary
407-581-2399
 

Best Outdoor Dining
1 Hillstone
hillstone.com
215 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407-740-4005
 

2 Hue
huerestaurant.com
629 E. Central Blvd.
Orlando
407-849-1800
 

3 Palmano’s Trattoria 
& Wine Bar
333 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park
407-647-7520
 

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

2 Naked Pizza
nakedpizza.biz
931 N. State Road 434
Altamonte Springs
321-972-9890
 

3 Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza
anthonyscoalfiredpizza.com
8031 Turkey Lake Road
Orlando
407-363-9466
 

Best Place for Coffee
1 Starbucks
starbucks.com
Multiple Orlando-area locations
 

2 Barnie’s
barniescoffee.com
Four Orlando-area locations
 

3 Stardust Video & Coffee
stardustie.com
1842 E. Winter Park Road
Orlando
407- 623-3393
 

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 Hillstone
hillstone.com
215 S. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407-740-4005
 

Best Restaurant 
Downtown
1 Hue
huerestaurant.com
629 E. Central Blvd.
Orlando
407-849-1800
 

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

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

Best Restaurant 
on I-Drive
1 Texas de Brazil
texasdebrazil.com
5259 International Drive
Orlando
407-355-0355
 

2 Maggiano’s Little Italy
maggianos.com
9101 International Drive
Orlando
407-241-8650
 

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

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

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

3 Dragonfly Sushi
dragonflysushi.com
8000 W. Sand Lake Road
Orlando
407-370-3359
 

Best Restaurant in Seminole County
1 Enzo’s on the Lake
enzos.com
1130 S. U.S. Highway 17-92
Longwood
407-834-9872
 

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

3 Seasons 52
seasons52.com
463 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
407-767-1252
 

Best Restaurant in Theme Parks
1 California Grill
disneyworld.disney.go.com
4600 N. World Drive
Lake Buena Vista
407-939-3463
 

2 Boma
disneyworld.disney.go.com
2901 Osceola Parkway
Lake Buena Vista
407-938-4744
 

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

Best Restaurant to 
Seal the Deal
1 The Venetian Room
thevenetianroom.com
8101 World Center Drive
Orlando
407-238-8060
 

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

3 Del Frisco’s Prime Steak
& Lobster
delfriscosorlando.com
729 Lee Road
Orlando
407-645-4443
 

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 Buffalo Wild Wings
buffalowildwings.com
Six Orlando-area locations
 

2 Miller’s Ale House
millersalehouse.com
Eleven Orlando-area locations
 

3 Friendly Confines
myfriendlyconfines.com
435 N. Alafaya Trail
Orlando
407-736-9182
3088 Aloma Ave.
Winter Park
407-478-0506
 

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 Bar
1 Eola Wine Company
eolawinecompany.com
500 E. Central Blvd.
Orlando
407- 481-9100
136 Park Ave.
Winter Park
407-647-9103
 

2 The Wine Room
thewineroomonline.com
70 Park Ave. S.
Winter Park
407- 696-9463
 

3 The Vineyard
thevineyardfl.com
4848 S. Apopka Vineland Road
Orlando
407- 909-9522

Personalities

Best Athlete
1 Dwight Howard,
Orlando Magic
 

2 J.J. Redick,
Orlando Magic
 

3 Tiger Woods, pro golfer
 

Best Corporate Citizen
1 Harris Rosen, hotelier
2 Darden Restaurants
3 John Morgan, lawyer
 

Best Local Entertainer
1 John Charles, musician-comedian
 

2 Michael Andrew, singer
 

3 DJ Di, karaoke entertainer
 

Best Local Politician
1 Buddy Dyer,
Orlando mayor
 

2 Teresa Jacobs,
Orange County mayor
 

3 Eric Eisnaugle,
District 40 state representative
 

Best Local Coach
1 Stan Van Gundy,
Orlando Magic
 

2 George O’Leary,
UCF football
 

3 Amanda Cromwell,
UCF
women’s soccer 
 

Best Pastor
1 Joel Hunter, Northland, a Church Distributed
 

2 Mark Evans, Northwest
Community Church
 

3 Isaac Hunter (Joel Hunter’s son), Summit Church
 

Person Who Most
Exemplifies Orlando

1 Mickey Mouse
 

2 Dwight Howard,
Orlando Magic
 

3 Buddy Dyer,
Orlando mayor
 

Local Hero
1 Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic/philanthropist
 

2 Mark Evans, pastor, Northwest Community Church
 

3 Jacob Glassmeyer, trainer at
Fitness Centre at Florida Hospital Celebration Health
 

Local Person You’d Like
to Trade Jobs With

1 Tiger Woods, pro golfer
 

2 Meg Crofton, president, Walt Disney World Resort
 

3 Dwight Howard,
Orlando Magic
 


 

Goods and Services

Best Airline
1 Southwest
southwest.com
 

2 JetBlue
jetblue.com
 

3 Delta
delta.com
 

Best Art Gallery
1 CityArts Factory
cityartsfactory.com
29 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando
407-648-7060
 

2 Grand Bohemian Gallery
grandbohemianhotel.com
325 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando
407- 313-9000
 

3 Baterby’s Art Auction Gallery
baterbys.com
9101 International Drive
Orlando
866-537-0249
 

Best Barber Shop
1 Kennedy’s All American
Barber Club
kennedysbarberclub.com
Five Orlando-area locations
 

2 Floyd’s 99 Barbershop
floydsbarbershop.com
3150 S. Orange Ave.
407-601-5960
610 W. Fairbanks Ave.
Winter Park
407-790-7799
 

3 Great Clips
greatclips.com
12 Orlando-area locations
 

Best Bicycle Store
1 Orange Cycle
orangecycleorlando.com
2204 Edgewater Drive
Orlando
407- 422-5552
 

2 David’s World Cycle
davidsworldcycle.com
Four Orlando-area locations
 

3 Kyle’s Bike Shop
kylesbikeshop.net
203 N. Primrose Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
407-228-7088
 

Best Big Box Retailer
1 Costco
costco.com
Three Orlando-area locations
 

2 Target
target.com
Multiple Orlando-area locations
 

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

Best Bookstore
1 Barnes & Noble
barnesandnoble.com
Eight Orlando-area locations
 

2 Borders
borders.com
600 N. Orlando Avenue
Winter Park
407-647-3300
Orlando International Airport
Orlando
407-816-5126
 

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

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

2 The Peabody Orlando
peabodyorlando.com
9801 International Drive
Orlando
407-352-4000
 

3 Westin Lake Mary
westinlakemary.com
2974 International Parkway
Lake Mary
407- 531-3555
 

Best Day Spa
1 Fitness Centre at Florida
Hospital Celebration Health
celebrationfitness.com
400 Celebration Place
Celebration
407-303-4400
 

2 Primera Salon & Day Spa
primerasalonandspa.com
1035 Primera Blvd.
Lake Mary
407-333-3095
 

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

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

2 Lee James Floral Designs
leejamesfloral.com
1312 Wilfred Drive
Orlando
407- 897-5300
 

3 Harry’s Famous Flowers
harrysfamousflowers.com
1252 N. Semoran Blvd.
Orlando
407-249-0500
 

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

2 Ashley Furniture Homestore
ashleyfurniturehomestore.com
Three Orlando-area locations
 

3 Hudson’s Furniture
hudsonsfurniture.com
Three Orlando-area locations
 

Best Gated Community
1 Isleworth
isleworth.com
Windermere
 

2 Alaqua Lakes
alaqualakes.org
Longwood
 

3 Heathrow
heathrowland.com
Lake Mary
 

Best Golf Course—
Private

1 Bay Hill Club and Lodge
bayhill.com
9000 Bay Hill Blvd.
Orlando
407-876-2429
 

2 Isleworth Golf and
Country Club
isleworth.com
6100 Payne Stewart Drive
Windermere
407-909-2003
 

3 Lake Nona Golf and
Country Club
lakenona.com
9100 Chiltern Drive
Orlando
407-857-6216
 

Best Golf Course—
Public

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

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

3 Orange County National
ocngolf.com
16301 Phil Ritson Way
Winter Garden
407-656-2626
 

Best Hair Salon
1 Shag’d Hair Studio
shaghairstudio.com
1844 E. Winter Park Road, Suite B
Orlando
407-951-8969
 

2 Le Salon Zizou
lesalonzizou.com
1295 S. Orlando Ave., Suite B
Maitland
407-629-9222
 

3 Stella Luca
stellaluca.com
433 W. New England Ave.
Winter Park
407-740-7006
460 N. Orlando Ave.,  Suite 118
Winter Park
407-740-6711
 

Best Jeweler
1 Zales
zales.com
Five Orlando-area locations
 

2 Maitland Jewelers
jewelersofmaitland.com
500 E. Horatio Ave., Suite 1
Maitland
407-628-0615
 

3 Jared
jared.com
Four Orlando-area locations
 

Best Local Car Dealer
1 David Maus Toyota
davidmaustoyota.com
1160 Rinehart Road
Sanford
1-866-956-7338
 

2 Fields BMW
fieldsbmw.com
Four Orlando-area locations
 

3 (Tie) Infiniti Orlando
orlandoinfiniti.com
4237 Millenia Blvd.
Orlando
877-235-0345
 

3 Mercedes of Orlando
mborlando.com
810 N. Orlando Ave.
Maitland
866-256-3497
 

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.com
407-939-7429
 

3 Gaylord Palms
gaylordhotels.com
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
407-851-7234
 

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
Multiple Orlando-area locations
 

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

3 (Tie) John Craig
johncraigclothier.com
132 Park Ave. S.
Winter Park
407-629-7944
4040 Central Florida Pkwy.
Orlando
407-393-3747
 

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

Best Movie Theater
1 Enzian
enzian.org
1300 S. Orlando Ave.
Maitland
407-629-1088
 

2 Plaza Cinema Café
cobbtheaters.com
155 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando
407-982-5444
 

3 Regal Winter Park Village
regmovies.com
510 N. Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407-628-0163
 

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 Primera
primerasalonandspa.com
1035 Primera Blvd.
Lake Mary
407-333-3095
 

2 A Plus Nails
2706 N. Pine Hills Road
Orlando
407-578-9919
 

3 Baldwin Nails
baldwinnails.com
4855 New Broad St.
Orlando
407-895-7295
 

Best Place to Buy
Great-Looking Shoes
1 DSW
dsw.com
Three Orlando-area locations
 

2 Nordstrom
nordstrom.com
8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando
407-888-7889
4036 Eastgate Drive
Orlando
321-558-3800

3 Neiman Marcus
neimanmarcus.com
4170 Conroy Road
Orlando
407-264-5900
 

 

Best Plastic Surgeon
1 Edward Gross
wedofaces.com
1035 Primera Blvd.
Lake Mary
407-333-3040
 

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

3 Jon Paul Trevisani
jptrev.com
413 Lake Howell Road
Maitland
407-677-8999
 

Best Pet
Accessories Store
1 PetSmart
petsmart.com
Multiple Orlando-area locations
 

2 Petco
petco.com
Multiple Orlando-area locations
 

3 The Doggie Door
bullfish.net
329 Park Avenue N.,  Suite 103
Winter Park
407-644-2969
 

Best Private School, K-8
1 Trinity Lutheran Church and School
trinitydowntown.org
123 E. Livingston St.
Orlando
407-488-1919
 

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

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

Best Private School, 9-12
1 Lake Highland
Preparatory School
lhps.org
901 N. Highland Ave.
Orlando
407-206-1900
 

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

3 Bishop Moore
bishopmoore.org
3901 Edgewater Drive
Orlando
407-293-7561
 

Best Store in a Mall
1 Macy’s
macys.com
Six Orlando-area locations
 

2 Dillard’s
dillards.com
Five Orlando-area locations
 

3 Apple
apple.com
Three Orlando-area locations
 

Best Theater Company
1 Mad Cow Theatre
madcowtheatre.com
105 S. Magnolia Ave.
Orlando
407-297-8788
 

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

3 Theatre Downtown
theatredowntown.net
2113 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando
407-841-0083
 

Best Veterinarian
1 Tuscawilla Oaks Animal Hospital
tuscawillaoaksah.com
1490 Tuskawilla Road
Oviedo
407-678-8387
 

2 Loch Haven Veterinary
Hospital
lochhavenvet.com
2000 N. Mills Ave.
Orlando
407- 896-0941
 

3 Park Avenue Animal Hospital
parkavenuevets.com
847 N. Park Ave.
Apopka
407-880-9446
 

Best Wine Store
1 Total Wine
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 Chico’s
chicos.com
Five Orlando-area locations
 

2 Walk on Water
walkonwaterfl.com
1140 Town Park Ave.
Lake Mary
407-805-0477
460 Orlando Ave.
Winter Park
407-539-2079
 

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

Best Workout Facility/Gym
1 Fitness Centre at Florida
Hospital Celebration Health
celebrationfitness.com
400 Celebration Place
Celebration
407-303-4400
 

2 YMCA of Central Florida
ymcaofcentralflorida.com
19 Orlando-area locations
 

3 Planet Fitness
planetfitness.com
14 Orlando-area locations
 


 

Media

Best Local App
1 Orlando Sentinel
orlandosentinel.com/about/mobile
 

2 Loopt (mobile social networking) loopt.com
 

3 (Tie) Yelp (user reviews)
yelp.com/yelpmobile
 

3 Urban Spoon (dining)
urbanspoon.com/mobile-downloads
 

Best Local Blogger
1 Sunshine State Sarah
sunshinestatesarah.com
 

2 Tom Tillison
floridapoliticalpress.com
 

3 Watch-Me-Eat
watch-me-eat.blogspot.com/
 

Best Local Columnist
1 Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel
 

2 Mike Thomas, Orlando Sentinel
 

3 Billy Manes, Orlando Weekly
 

Best Local
Television Station
1 WESH-Channel 2
 

2 WFTV-Channel 9
 

3 Central Florida News 13
 

Best Local Website
1 orlandosentinel.com
 

2 thedailycity.com
 

3 g12orlando.com
 

Best Morning Radio Team
1 Johnny & Jayde, WXXL,
106.7 FM
 

2 Monsters in the Morning, WTKS, 104.1 FM
 

3 Ellis & Tyler, WPOZ Z88.3 FM
 

Best Radio Music Station
1 WXXL, 106.7 FM
 

2 WPOZ, Z88.3 FM
 

3 (Tie) WJRR, 101.1 FM
 

3 WMMO, 98.9 FM
 

Best Radio Talk Show
1 Philips Phile, WTKS, 104.1 FM
 

2 Monsters in the Morning, WTKS, 104.1 FM
 

3 SBK (Soul Brother Kevin) Live, WTKS, 104.1 FM
 

Best TV News Team
1 Jim Payne and Martha
Sugalski, WESH-Channel 2
 

2 Bob Opsahl and Martie Salt, WFTV-Channel 9
 

3 Lauren Rowe and Gaard
Swanson, WKMG-Channel 6
 

Best TV Sportscaster
1 Pat Clarke, WESH-Channel 2
 

2 David Pingalore,
WKMG-Channel 6
 

3 Guy Rawlings,
WESH-Channel 2
 

Best TV Weather Forecaster
1 Tom Terry, WFTV-Channel 9
 

2 Tom Sorrells,
WKMG-Channel 6
 

3 Danny Treanor, Central Florida News 13
 


 

Potpourri

Best Charity Gala
1 Headdress Ball
Hope and Help Center of
Central Florida
headdressball.org
 

2 A Taste of Compassion
www.atasteofcompassion.org
407-956-5877
 

3 UCP Evening at the Palace
United Cerebral Palsy
of Central Florida
www.ucpgala.com
 

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 Blue Man Group
blueman.com/tickets/
Orlando
Universal Orlando Resort
407-258-3626
 

Best Live Music Venue
1 Hard Rock Live
Hardrock.com
6050 Universal Blvd.
Orlando
407-351-5483
 

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

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 Pkwy.
Orlando
407-206-2400
 

3 St. Augustine
staugustine.com
 

Best Orlando Building
1 Amway Center
amwaycenter.com
400 W. Church St.
Orlando
 

2 SunTrust Center
200 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando
 

3 55 West
rent55w.com
55 W. Church Street
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
4401 Floridian Way
Bay Lake
407-824-3094
 

3 Trinity Lutheran Church
trinitydowntown.org
123 E. Livingston St.
Orlando
407-423-2085
 

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

2 Lake Eola
cityoforlando.net
Downtown Orlando
 

3 Orlando Balloon Rides
orlandoballoonrides.com
407-894-5040
 

Best Theme Park Ride
1 Harry Potter and the
Forbidden Journey
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
 

2 The Incredible Hulk
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
 

3 Soarin
Disney’s Epcot

 

 

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Aug 2, 2011 06:19 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

As usual, I enjoy looking at the "Best Of" edition every year. As usual, the focus tends to be on Downtown and Winter Park. Is there no other places in the Orlando Area with good food, or outdoor seating or shopping? Maybe the Orlando Magazine can work on including other areas of town next year. There are wonderful restaurants and shops all over Orlando.

I also wonder how a business with 12 locations can be a winner of "Best of"? I completely understand if a single location acquired enough popular vote. But to include all votes for all locations as one is a slap to the owner/operators in the area who couldn't overtake an 11 location store if each of his customers voted 3 times for them.

Just taking notice.

Aug 3, 2011 04:29 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Seriously??? Why do I see so many chains on here? Panera, Target, Publix, IKEA, Five Guys? That is NOT the best of Orlando. These lists should only have locals, in my opinion. What a waste. Everyone knows what Target is like, do you really have to list these places?

Aug 4, 2011 11:48 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Wow,

Best Local Blogger
1 Sunshine State Sarah
sunshinestatesarah.com

Congratulations SARAH!
You should have seen what the Orlando Sentinel put out a few years ago as the best blog.
It was apparent, they didn't know what they were doing!

Aug 4, 2011 03:35 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Editor's note:

Regarding complaints about the downtown focus and chains winning, a word of explanation about how the poll works:

This is a readers poll. Readers go online and type in a choice in each category. We don't offer a multiple-choice list with pre-selected candidates or try to influence their picks in any way. So if Five Guys or Ikea won, it's because they received the most votes from readers in their categories. We simply tally up the votes for each person or business.

Aug 7, 2011 03:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Exactly. In some instances, votes encouraged by certain influential local individuals in order to influence the mindset. Resulting in free positive advertising.

I am aware of at least one person, and the entity that he is associated, that is not worthy of the 'Best of' award year after year.

The truth will become known.

Aug 9, 2011 02:49 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thanks :) I'm thrilled to have won. A very nice honor.

Sarah Rumpf
"Sunshine State Sarah"
www.SunshineStateSarah.com

Aug 18, 2011 11:40 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

For the most part the people of Orlando are clueless to taste, class and style. Best bar Blue Martini, best coffee Starbucks etc etc....can you be anymore cookie cutter of a town? Time to move

Aug 22, 2011 11:33 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Im glad to see DSW on here for shoes! There are some cute guys that work at the Millenia store and they are right by Blue Martini.

Dec 14, 2011 09:13 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Do you mean I could be a member in the church and signed on to voted for my favorite pastor?

True to form G12 got the group to sign on........?

Apr 18, 2012 01:38 pm
 Posted by  lmaiello@aol.com

Le Salon Zizou best Hair Salon in Central Florida, friendly classy and talented staff!

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