Best of Orlando 2014

Thousands of readers cast votes online for their top picks in dozens of categories, from Best Independent Coffee Shop to Best Local Burger to Best Public Golf Course, and more.

Editors Pick "Best Bawdiness": At Treasure Tavern Dinner Theatre, the kooky cast fires off double entendres at a dizzying clip that will have you laughing all night. And the acrobatic acts are a marvel. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Roberto Gonzalez

It's show time! Once again, Orlando magazine readers have spoken, picking their favorites in everything from brunches to day spas, sports figures to charity galas. This year, we asked the performers at Treasure Tavern Dinner Theatre near International Drive to help us lend a bit of levity to the lists. And did they ever. Enjoy their antics on the following pages as you dig into the favorites in 72 categories.

Goods and Services

Day Spa

1 Fitness Centre & Day Spa at
Florida Hospital
Celebration Health
400 Celebration Place

2 The Ritz Carlton
Orlando, Grande Lakes
4012 Central Florida Parkway

3 Primera Salon & Spa
1035 Primera Blvd.
Lake Mary

Workout Facility/Gym

1 Fitness Centre & Day Spa at
Florida Hospital
Celebration Health
400 Celebration Place

Multiple Orlando-area locations

3 LA Fitness
Multiple Orlando-area locations

Hair Salon

1 Stella Luca
433 W. New England Ave. Suite C
Winter Park
460 N. Orlando Ave. Suite 120
Winter Park

2 SizzorS
269 Aulin Ave., Suite 1009

3 Alchemy
2812 Edgewater Drive

Nail Salon

1 Nina and Holly’s Nail Boutique
1120 W. State Road 434

2 Primera Salon & Spa
1035 Primera Blvd.
Lake Mary

3 Beauty Spot Spa & Boutique
649 Vassar St.

Barber Shop

1 Floyd’s 99 Barbershop
Three Orlando-area locations

2 Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club
Four Orlando-area locations

3 Justincredible Cutz
2413 E. South St.


1 In Bloom Florist
325 W. Gore St.
1210 S. International Parkway

2 Lee James Floral Design
1249 N. Orange Ave.

3 Harry’s Famous Flowers
1252 N. Semoran Blvd.


1 Stewart Jewelry
2212 Edgewater Drive

2 Victoria Jewelers
4844 New Broad St.

3 International Diamond Center
Three Orlando-area locations

Business Hotel

1 Westin Lake Mary
2974 International Parkway
Lake Mary

2 Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
325 S. Orange Ave.

3 Hyatt Regency Orlando
9801 International Drive


1 The Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Road

2 The Florida Mall
8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail

3 Altamonte Mall
451 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs

Men’s Clothing Store

1 John Craig Clothier
132 Park Ave. South
Winter Park
4040 Central Florida Parkway

2 JoS. A. Bank Clothiers
Five Orlando-area locations

3 Men’s Wearhouse
Multiple Orlando locations

Women’s Clothing Store

1 Macy’s
Multiple Orlando-area locations

2 Nordstrom
Multiple Orlando-area locations

3 White House / Black Market
Multiple Orlando-area locations


1 Ladybird Academy
Twelve Orlando-area locations

2 Jewish Community Center
851 N. Maitland Ave.
11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Road

3 St. Vincent’s Academy
1515 Edgewater Drive

Private School, K-8

1 Windermere Preparatory School
6189 Winter Garden-Vineland Road

2 Sweetwater Episcopal Academy
251 E. Lake Brantley Drive

3 Park Maitland School
1450 S. Orlando Ave.

Private School, 9-12

1 Trinity Preparatory School
5700 Trinity Prep Lane
Winter Park

2 Lake Highland Preparatory School
901 N. Highland Ave.

3 Windermere Preparatory School
6189 Winter Garden-Vineland Road

Golf Course—Public

1 Dubsdread Golf Course
549 W. Par St.

2 Orange County National
16301 Phil Ritson Way
Winter Garden

3 Winter Park Country Club
761 Old England Ave.
Winter Park

Golf Course—Private

1 Heathrow Country Club
1200 Bridgewater Drive

2 Interlachen Country Club
2245 Interlachen Court
Winter Park

3 Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge
9000 Bay Hill Blvd.

Car Dealer

1 Fields Auto Group
Multiple Orlando area locations

2 Lexus of Orlando
305 N. Semoran Blvd.
Winter Park

3 David Maus Volkswagen
5474 S. Orange Blossom Trail

Plastic Surgeon

1 Thomas Fiala
220 E. Central Parkway
Suite 2020
Altamonte Springs

2 George Pope
3872 Oakwater Circle

3 Edward Gross
1065 Primera Blvd.
Lake Mary


1 Glenn Graham
7532 W. Sand Lake Road

2 Ben Kersenbrock
3525 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 301
Lake Mary

3 Brad Levine
499 E. Central Parkway, Suite 215
Altamonte Springs


1 Vision Health Institute
400 N. Bumby Ave.

2 Southwest Orlando Eye Care
7009 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 110

3 Logan Eye Care
560 Rinehart Road, Suite 100
Lake Mary

Veterinary Hospital

1 Winter Park Veterinary Hospital
1601 Lee Road
Winter Park

2 McAbee Veterinary Hospital
4586 Palmetto Ave.
Winter Park

3 Loch Haven Veterinary Hospital
2000 N. Mills Ave.

Doggie Daycare

1 Ranger’s Pet Outpost and Retreat
1239 Minnesota Ave.
Winter Park

2 Dog Day Afternoon
1015 Sligh Blvd.

3 Happy Paws Pet Resort
12693 E. Colonial Drive

Pool Builder

1 Signature Pools
8818 Commodity Circle

2 American Pool & Spas
7320 Narcoossee Road

3 Artesian Pools
7347 E. Colonial Drive

Interior Designer

1 Ted Maines Interiors
1030 Orange Ave.
Winter Park

2 Marc-Michaels Interior Design
720 W. Morse Blvd.
Winter Park

3 Phil Kean Designs
912 W. Fairbanks Ave.
Winter Park

Bicycle Shop

1 Orange Cycle
2204 Edgewater Drive

2 David’s World Cycle
Four Orlando-area locations

3 Ragin Cajun
1809 S. Orange Ave.

Tattoo Parlor

1 Ascension Tattoo
832 N. Mills Ave.

2 Stigma Tattoo Bar
17 S. Orange Ave.

3 Divine Torture Tattoo Studio
3223 Curry Ford Road

Plant Nursery

1 Lukas Nursery
1909 Slavia Road

2 Palmer’s Garden & Goods
2611 Corrine Drive

3 Apenberry’s
3443 Edgewater Drive

People and Media

Sports Figure

1 Victor Oladipo
Orlando Magic

2 Jameer Nelson
Orlando Magic

3 Blake Bortles
Jacksonville Jaguars

Local Performer

1 Tony Brent
Outta Control Magic
Comedy Dinner Show at WonderWorks
9067 International Drive

2 Cast of Sleuth’s
Mystery Dinner Shows
8267 International Drive

3 Boomershine

Community Leader

1 Buddy Dyer
Orlando Mayor

2 Teresa Jacobs
Orange County Mayor

3 Patty Sheehan
Orlando City Commissioner


1 Joel Hunter
Northland, a Church Distributed

2 David Uth
First Baptist Church of Orlando

3 Bill Barnes
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church


1 Mark Baratelli
The Daily City

2 Matt Broffman

3 Fiorella Reategui
Metanoia Living


1 Scott Maxwell
Orlando Sentinel

2 Mike Bianchi
Orlando Sentinel

3 Billy Manes
Orlando Weekly

Local TV Station

1 WESH-Channel 2

2 WFTV-Channel 9

3 Fox 35

TV News Team

1 Jim Payne and Martha Sugalski
WESH-Channel 2

2 Bob Frier and Sonni Abatta
Fox 35

3 Bob Opsahl and Martie Salt
WFTV-Channel 9

TV Sportscaster

1 Pat Clarke
WESH-Channel 2

2 David Baumann
Bright House Sports Network

3 David Pingalore
WKMG-Channel 6

TV Weather Forecaster

1 Tom Terry
WFTV-Channel 9

2 Amy Sweezey
WESH-Channel 2

3 Tony Mainolfi
WESH-Channel 2

Radio Music Station

1 XL 106.7 FM

2 Z88.3 FM

3 MIX 105.1 FM

Local Radio Show

1 Johnny’s House
XL 106.7 FM

2 The Philips Phile
Real Radio 104.1 FM

3 A Mediocre Time With
Tom and Dan
Internet Show


Eat and Drink


1 Panera Bread
Multiple Orlando-area locations

2 Charlie’s Gourmet Pastries
3213 Curry Ford Road

3 Blue Bird Bake Shop
3122 Corrine Drive


1 Keke’s Breakfast Cafe
Seven Orlando-area locations

2 First Watch
Seven Orlando-area locations

3 Dexter’s
Three Orlando-area locations

Independent Coffee Shop

1 Downtown Credo
706 W. Smith St.

2 Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar
444 N. Bumby Ave.

3 Stardust Video and Coffee
1842 E. Winter Park Road

Local Burger

1 The Tap Room at Dubsdread
549 W. Par St.

2 Johnny’s Fillin’ Station
2631 S. Ferncreek Ave.

3 B&B Junction
2103 W. Fairbanks Ave.
Winter Park

Frozen Treat

1 Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
Seven Orlando-area locations

2 Twistee Treat
Four Orlando-area locations

3 Menchie’s
Eleven Orlando-area locations

Downtown Restaurant

1 Citrus
821 N. Orange Ave.

2 Kres Chophouse
17 W. Church St.

3 The Rusty Spoon
55 W. Church St.

I-Drive Restaurant

1 The Capital Grille
9101 International Drive
The Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Road

2 Café Tu Tu Tango
8625 International Drive

3 Texas de Brazil
5259 International Drive

Restaurant Row Restaurant

1 Seasons 52
7700 Sand Lake Road
463 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs

2 Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
7488 W. Sand Lake Road

3 Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar
7468 W. Sand Lake Road

Winter Park Restaurant

1 Prato
124 N. Park Ave.
Winter Park

2 Luma on Park
290 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park

3 The Ravenous Pig
1234 N. Orange Ave.
Winter Park

Seminole County Restaurant

1 Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café
205 E. First St.

2 Enzo’s on the Lake
1130 S. U.S. Highway 17-92

3 FishBones
7005 County Road 46A
Lake Mary

Restaurant to Seal the Deal

1 Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster
729 Lee Road

2 Seasons 52
7700 W. Sand Lake Road
463 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs

3 Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Three Orlando-area locations

Place to Eat After Church With the Kids

1 First Watch
Seven Orlando-area locations

2 Keke’s Breakfast Cafe
Seven Orlando-area locations

3 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Seven Orlando-area locations

Watering Hole

1 Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour
2810 Corrine Drive

2 Wally’s
1001 Mills Ave.

3 Miller’s Ale House
Fourteen Orlando-area locations

Wine Bar

1 The Wine Room
270 S. Park Ave.
Winter Park

2 Eola Wine Company
136 Park Ave.
Winter Park
430 E. Central Blvd.

3 Quantum Leap Winery
1312 Wilfred Drive

Hotel Lounge

1 Bösendorfer Lounge
Grand Bohemian Hotel
325 S. Orange Ave.

2 The Alfond Inn
300 E. New England Ave.
Winter Park

3. WXYZ Bar
Aloft Orlando Downtown
500 S. Orange Ave.

Sports Bar

1 Miller’s Ale House
Fourteen Orlando-area locations

2 Buffalo Wild Wings
Eight Orlando-area locations

3 Gator’s Dockside
Six Orlando-area locations

Specialty Foods Store

1 Whole Foods Market
1989 Aloma Ave.
Winter Park
8003 Turkey Lake Road

2 The Fresh Market
Five Orlando-area locations

3 Petty’s Meat Market
2141 W. State Road 434

Wine Store

1 Total Wine
2712 E. Colonial Drive
4625 Millenia Plaza Way

2 ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
Multiple Orlando-area locations

3 Tim’s Wine Market
Four Orlando-area locations



Place for a Staycation

1 Walt Disney World Resort
Lake Buena Vista

2 Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
4012 Central Florida Parkway

3 Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
6000 W. Osceola Parkway

Farmers Market

1 Winter Park Farmers’ Market
200 W. New England Ave.
Winter Park

2 Orlando Farmers Market
Lake Eola Park

3 Winter Garden Farmers Market
104 S. Lakeview Ave.
Winter Garden

Art Gallery

1 CityArts Factory
29 S. Orange Ave.

2 Snap! Space
1013 E. Colonial Drive

3 Gallery On The Edge
2300 Edgewater Drive


1 Morse Museum of American Art
445 N. Park Ave.
Winter Park

2 Orlando Museum of Art
2416 N. Mills Ave.

3 Orlando Science Center
777 E. Princeton St.

Performing Arts Group

1 Central Florida Community Arts
250 S.W. Ivanhoe Blvd.

2 Orlando Ballet
2211 N. Orange Ave.

3 Orlando Shakespeare Theater
812 E. Rollins St.

Charity Gala

1 Runway to Hope
Spring Fashion Soirée

2 Headdress Ball

3 UCP An Evening at the Palace

Entertainment Experience

1 Sak Comedy Lab
29 S. Orange Ave.

2 Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba”
Downtown Disney
1478 E. Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista

3 Blue Man Group
Universal Orlando Resort
6000 Universal Blvd.

Music Venue

1 House of Blues
1490 E. Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista

2 Hard Rock Live Orlando
6050 Universal Blvd.

3 The Social
54 N. Orange Ave.

Place to Get Married

1 Disney’s Wedding Pavilion
4101 Floridian Way
Bay Lake

2 Lake Mary Events Center
260 N. Country Club Road
Lake Mary

3 Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 N. Forest Ave.

Theme Park Ride

1 The Incredible Hulk Coaster
Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure

2 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure

3 Manta
SeaWorld Orlando

Foot Race

1 Walt Disney World
Marathon Weekend

2 IOA Corporate 5K

3 Fleet Feet Sports Orlando
various races


1 Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
Winter Park

2 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival
Loch Haven Park

3 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Bike Trail

1 West Orange Trail

2 Seminole Wekiva Trail

3 Cady Way Trail

Place for People Watching

1 Lake Eola Park
Downtown Orlando

2 Park Avenue
Winter Park

3 Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista

Reason to Live in Orlando

1 Weather

2 Theme Parks

3 The People

Editor's Picks

Best Place to Stock Up on Cookie Butter

Trader Joe’s. The decadent stuff is made of crunchy Belgian cookies that have somewhat of a gingerbread flavor. And you can get it creamy or crunchy.

Best Venue to Get Dazed and Confused

Get lost in the cornfield at Scott’s Maze Adventures in Mount Dora—but have a blast doing it. Operates October 4 – December 14.

Best Hidden Treasure (with Strings Attached)

The International Harp Museum, nestled on a dead-end street in downtown Orlando, tells the history of the stringed treasures and sponsors concerts throughout the year.

Best Use of Truffle Oil

A single order of the Enzian theater’s truffled fries costs $6.50. Plan to spend a fortune.

Best Spiritual Place for Lunch

At the Hindu Temple of Central Florida in Casselberry, a dedicated kitchen hand-makes an all-vegetarian menu of masala dosas, spicy coconut chutney and sambhar soup for weekend visitors.

Best Bar to Get Bleary-Eyed Watching the Bouncing Ball

The Hammered Lamb on Orange Avenue. Playing ping-pong with friends, of course.

Best Place to Get High on I-Drive

The Orlando Eye observation wheel (400 feet tall, under construction) and the Skyscraper roller coaster (proposed, 570 feet high).

Best Place to Have a Meltdown in Traffic

Any entrance or exit ramp at Interstate 4 and the 408. The ultimate I-4 project should take care of the traffic jams, but construction will take six years. And that means more… well, you know.

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