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Best of Grand Rapids Readers Poll:
GR gets its vote on!

Excitement builds to a fever pitch as record
amount of votes are counted and new
winners replace old!

Photography by
Johnny Quirin and Michael Buck

The months from June to September at Grand Rapids Magazine are heightened in activity with the onslaught of ballots for the Best of Grand Rapids Readers Poll. This year, the ballot counter is certain everyone was on steroids as the magazine received a record amount of completed tallies.

Some votes were humorous; others were conservative. Many were chock full of time-honored local and national chain businesses; many were more unconventional and fresh. We always are surprised by the duality of your preferences, but we heartily enjoy seeing the diversity in your choices.

Not only do we celebrate your willingness to holler for your favorites, we applaud you for taking the time to be brilliant and innovative as well as cautious and universal. This was a big year with new winners in several categories. Take a look and tell us what you think. Your comments and suggestions are welcome on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/grmag) and our Twitter page (www.twitter.com/grmagazine).

If you don’t find your personal favorites on the list, there’s plenty of time to design your strategy for next year. The balloting will begin again in June 2011.

Cheers and congratulations to all the winners and other favorites! GR

a la carte
BAGEL
The Best:
Panera Bread
Other favorites: Bagel Beanery
Big Apple Bagels

BURGER
The Best:
Cottage Bar
Other favorites: Red Robin
Choo Choo Grill

BURRITO
The Best:
Beltline Bar
Other favorites: Little Mexico
Downtown Trini’s

CHICKEN WINGS
The Best:
Buffalo Wild Wings
Other favorites: Wing Heaven
Sandmann’s

CONEY DOG
The Best:
Yesterdog
Other favorites: Ritz Coney Island
Dog Pit

DOUGHNUTS
The Best:
Marge’s Donut Den
Other favorites: Krispy Kreme
Van’s Pastry

PIZZA
The Best:
Vitale’s
Other favorites: Peppino’s
Uccello’s

RIBS
The Best:
Sandmann’s
Other favorites: Sam’s Joint
Famous Dave’s

SANDWICH
The Best:
Schnitz Deli
Other favorites: Panera Bread
Marie Catrib’s

SEAFOOD
The Best:
Leo’s
Other favorites: Charley’s Crab
Bonefish Grill

SOUP
The Best: Panera Bread
Other favorites: Zoup!
Bite

STEAK
The Best:
Louis Benton
Other favorites: Chop House
Brann’s

cuisine
APPETIZER MENU
The Best:
San Chez
Other favorites: Republic
Bistro Bella Vita

BAKERY
The Best:
Wealthy Street Bakery
Other favorites: Arnie’s
Van’s Pastry

BREAKFAST
The Best:
Wolfgang’s
Other favorites: Real Food Café
Omelette Shoppe

BRUNCH
The Best:
Charley’s Crab
Other favorites: Spinnaker
Cygnus 27

DELI
The Best:
Schnitz Deli
Other favorites: Cherry Street Deli
Skywalk Deli

DESSERTS
The Best:
Arnie’s
Other favorites: Leo’s
1913 Room

ICE CREAM PARLOR
The Best:
Jersey Junction
Other favorites: Sundaes at the Cottage
Cold Stone Creamery

NEW RESTARUANT
The Best:
25 Kitchen + Bar
Other favorites: El Barrio
Erb Thai

OUTDOOR SEATING
The Best:
Rose’s
Other favorites: Blue Water Grill
Red’s on the River

ROMANTIC DINING
The Best:
1913 Room
Other favorites: Red’s on the River
Leo’s

refreshments
BEER/WINE MERCHANT
The Best:
Martha’s Vineyard
Other favorites: G.B. Russo & Son
Art of the Table

COFFEEHOUSE
The Best:
Biggby
Other favorites: Kava House
Starbuck’s

HAPPY HOUR
The Best:
Blue Water Grill
Other favorites: Watermark CC
Uccello’s

MICROBREWERY
The Best:
Founder’s
Other favorites: HopCat
Grand Rapids Brewing Co.

NIGHTCLUB/BAR
The Best:
The BOB
Other favorites: HopCat
Mojo’s

SPORTS BAR
The Best:
Uccello’s
Other favorites: The Score
Peppino’s

RESTAURANT WINE LIST
The Best:
Bar Divani
Other favorites: Red’s on the River
1913 Room

shopping & services
ANIMAL HOSPITAL
The Best:
Cascade Hospital for Animals
Other favorites: South Kent Veterinary Hospital
Family Friends Veterinary Hospital

ANTIQUE SHOP
The Best:
Eastown Antiques
Other favorites: City Antiques
Blue Door

ARCHITECTURAL FIRM
The Best:
Visbeen
Other favorites: Integrated Architecture
J. Visser Design

AUTO DEALERSHIP
The Best:
Fox Motor Group
Other favorites: Todd Wenzel
Betten Imports

AUTO REPAIR
The Best:
Community Auto Repair
Other favorites: Fox Motors
Veenstra’s Garage

BANK
The Best:
Macatawa Bank
Other favorites: Fifth Third Bank
Chase

BICYCLE SHOP
The Best:
Village Bike Shop
Other favorites: Ada Bike Shop
Freewheeler Bike Shop

BOOKSTORE
The Best:
Schuler Books & Music
Other favorites: Barnes & Noble
Literary Life

CAR WASH
The Best:
Southland Auto Wash
Other favorites: Cascade Car Wash
Waterworks

CATERING COMPANY
The Best:
Applause
Other favorites: Panache
Gilmore Collection

CHILDREN'S CLOTHING STORE
The Best:
Snapdragon
Other favorites: Justice for Girls
The Children’s Place

CREDIT UNION
The Best:
Lake Michigan CU
Other favorites: Option One
Kent County CU

DAY SPA
The Best:
Design 1
Other favorites: Tanaz
Vasaio Life Spa

DRY CLEANING
The Best:
Sheldon Cleaners
Other favorites: Afendoulis
Master Cleaners

FLORIST/FLOWER SHOP
The Best:
Eastern Floral
Other favorites: Kennedy’s Flowers & Gifts
Modern Day Floral

FURNITURE STORE
The Best:
Northwestern Home Furnishings
Other favorites: Klingman’s
Israels

GARDEN CENTER
The Best:
Fruitbasket Flowerland
Other favorites: Romence Gardens
Koetsier’s

GIFTS/HOME ACCESSORIES
The Best:
Wealthy at Charles
Other favorites: Right at Home
Kennedy’s Flowers & Gifts

GROCERY STORE
The Best:
Meijer
Other favorites: D&W
Forest Hills Foods

HAIR SALON
The Best:
Design 1
Other favorites: Coiffeteria
Panopoulos Salons

HOME BUILDER
The Best:
Scott Christopher Homes
Other favorites: Colonial Builders
BDR

INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM
The Best:
Via Design
Other favorites: Tom Krupansky
Kathryn Chaplow

JEWELRY STORE
The Best:
Preusser Jewelers
Other favorites: Herkner Jewelers
DeVries Jewelers

LANDSCAPING COMPANY
The Best:
Stout Creek
Other favorites: Terra Verde
Kappes

LAW FIRM
The Best:
Kuiper-Orlebeke
Other favorites: Varnum
Miller Johnson

MEN’S APPAREL STORE
The Best:
A.K. Rikk’s
Other favorites: Jos. A. Banks
Fitzgerald’s

REAL ESTATE COMPANY
The Best:
RE/MAX of Grand Rapids
Other favorites: Keller Williams
Five Star

RESALE/CONSIGNMENT SHOP
The Best:
Georgie’s
Other favorites: Plato’s Closet
One Girl’s Treasure

RETIREMENT COMMUNITY
The Best:
Porter Hills
Other favorites: Clark Home
Breton Woods

SHOE STORE
The Best:
DSW
Other favorites: Mieras Family Shoes
Van Hoecks Shoes

SPORTING GOODS STORE
The Best:
Dick’s
Other favorites: MC Sports
Gazelle Sports

WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE
The Best:
A.K. Rikk’s (AKA)
Other favorites: Leigh’s
Hot Mama

getting out
ART GALLERY
The Best:
LaFontsee Galleries
Other favorites: Bergsma Gallery
Perception

GOLF COURSE
The Best:
Thousand Oaks
Other favorites: Thornapple Pointe
Cascade Hills CC

HEALTH CLUB
The Best:
MVP Sportsplex
Other favorites: YMCA
Snap Fitness Center

LIVE THEATER
The Best:
GR Civic Theatre
Other favorites: Circle Theatre
DeVos Performance Hall

MUSEUM
The Best:
Public Museum
Other favorites: GR Art Museum
GR Children’s Museum

OUTDOOR FESTIVAL
The Best:
ArtPrize
Other favorites: Festival of the Arts
Celebration on the Grand

PLACE FOR A RECEPTION
The Best:
Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Other favorites: Amway Grand Plaza
Women’s City Club

PUBLIC PARK
The Best:
Millennium Park
Other favorites: Riverside Park
John Collins Park

SHOPPING MALL
The Best:
Woodland Mall
Other favorites: RiverTown Crossings
Breton Village

SPORTS TEAM
The Best:
West Michigan Whitecaps
Other favorites: Grand Rapids Griffins
Grand Raggidy Roller Girls

TOURIST ATTRACTION
The Best:
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Other favorites: Lake Michigan
ArtPrize

people/media
BAND
The Best:
A.B! & Coconut Brown
Other favorites: Mid-Life Crisis
Rockit King

Bartender
The Best:
Jason Porter/Bistro Bella Vita
Other favorites: Sam/Rose’s
Cole/Bistro Bella Vita

CHEF
The Best:
Glenn Forgie/Red’s on the River
Other favorites: Eric Chaitin/Grille at Watermark
Andrea McFarland/Women’s City Club

CHIROPRACTOR
The Best:
James Elliott
Other favorites: Brian Schneider
David Harrison

DENTIST
The Best:
Chris Vermeulen
Other favorites: Matthew Gietzen
Rick Dayton

DERMATOLOGIST
The Best:
Robert Lamberts
Other favorites: Richard Ashack
Jack Dekkinga

PLASTIC SURGEON
The Best:
Brad Bengtson
Other favorites: John Renucci
Francine Vagotis


   
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