BEST DINING

Best Bakery

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Pettit’s Bakery

Readers’ Choice: Wheatfield’s, Panera

Readers’ Recommend: Jones Bros. Cupcakes, Le Quartier, The Cake Gallery

Best BBQ

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Famous Dave’s

Readers’ Choice: Hartland BBQ

Readers’ Recommend: McKenna’s, Smoke Pit, Swine Dining

Readers’ Refer: Jim’s Rib Heaven

Best Value Restaurant

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Cheddar’s

Readers’ Refer: Texas Roadhouse, McDonald’s, Applebee’s, Golden Corral, Village Inn

Best Buffet

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: China Buffet

Readers’ Choice: Golden Corral, Valentino’s

Readers’ Recommend: Old Country Buffet, Hu Hot

Readers’ Refer: A+ Buffet and Mongolian Grill, Harrah’s

Best Burger Joint

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Stella’s

Readers’ Choice: Dinker’s

Readers’ Recommend: 5 Guys Burgers and Fries, Louie M’s Burger Lust

Readers’ Refer: Goldberg’s, Red Robin

Best Café

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: 11-Worth Cafe

Readers’ Choice: Lisa’s Radial Café, Petrow’s

Readers’ Recommend: Shirley’s Diner, Leo’s Diner, Vidlack’s Brookside Café

Best Caterer

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Hap Abraham Catering, Hy-Vee (tie)

Readers’ Choice: Brandeis Catering, Catering Creations

Readers’ Recommend: Eddie’s, Attitude on Food

Best Chinese

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Three Happiness Express

Readers’ Choice: China Buffet

Readers’ Recommend: JC Mandarin, PF Chang’s, Golden Palace

Readers’ Refer: China Road, Hiro 88, King Fong

Best Coffee shop

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Scooter’s

Readers’ Choice: Starbuck’s, Crane Coffee

Readers’ Recommend: Caffeine Dreams, Panera, Blue Line Coffee Shop

Best Doughnut

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Kripsy Kreme

Readers’ Choice: Pettit’s Bakery, Winchell’s

Readers’ Recommend: The Donut Stop, Dunkin’ Donuts, Lamar’s

Best Greek Restaurant

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Greek Islands

Readers’ Choice: Katie’s, Jim & Jennie’s

Readers’ Recommend: Feta’s, King Kong

Readers’ Refer: Legacy Gyro

Best Ice Cream Shop

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Ted & Wally’s

Readers’ Choice: E Creamery, Cold Stone Creamery

Readers’ Recommend: Dairy Queen, Goodrich

Readers’ Refer: Zesto’s

Best Italian Restaurant

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Le Sole Mio

Readers’ Recommend: Olive Garden, Malara’s Italian Restaurant, Grisanti’s

Readers’ Refer: Spezia, Nicola’s

Best Japanese Restaurant

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Hiro 88

Readers’ Choice: Kobe Steakhouse, Blue Sushi

Readers’ Recommend: Sakura Bana, Sushi Japan, House of Genji

Best Kid-Friendly (Not Kid Focused)

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Applebee’s

Readers’ Choice: Red Robin, Texas Roadhouse

Readers’ Recommend: Spaghetti Works, Village Inn, Valentino’s

Best Late Night Restaurant

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Village Inn

Readers’ Choice: Applebee’s, Kona Grill

Readers’ Recommend: Local Motive Food Truck, Taco Bell

Readers’ Refer: Amsterdam Café, Baxter’s, M’s Pub

Best Local Food-Serving Restaurant

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Grey Plume

Readers’ Choice: Jams, Block 16

Readers’ Recommend: Lot 2

Readers’ Refer: Boiler Room, Bronco’s, J Coco, M’s Pub, Piccolo’s, Summer Kitchen Café, Upstream

Best Mexican Restaurant

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: La Mesa

Readers’ Choice: Hector’s, Julio’s

Readers’ Recommend: Rivera’s, Fernando’s

Readers’ Refer: Cilantro’s, Romeo’s

Best New Restaurant

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Plank

Readers’ Choice: Salt 88, Baxter’s

Readers’ Recommend: J’s on Jackson, Lot 2, Cheddar’s

Best Nouveau Cuisine

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Grey Plume

Readers’ Choice: Lot 2, Jam’s

Readers’ Recommend: J Coco, M’s Pub, Blue sushi

Best Organic Grocery Selection

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Whole Foods

Readers’ Choice: Trader Joe’s

Readers’ Recommend: Hy-Vee, Natural Grocers

Readers’ Refer: Baker’s, Jane’s Health Market, No Name Nutrition Markets

Best Pizza Parlor

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Zio’s

Readers’ Choice: Mama’s Pizza, La Casa

Readers’ Recommend: Big Fred’s, Pitch, Dante Pizzeria

Best Retail Deli Counter

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Hy-Vee

Readers’ Recommend: Wohlner’s, Spirit World, Whole Foods

Readers’ Refer: Baker’s, Bag N Save, Fareway

Best Retail Meat Counter

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Fareway

Readers’ Choice: Hy Vee

Readers’ Recommend: Wohlner’s, Just Good Meat, Stoyisch

Readers’ Refer: Whole Foods

Best Produce Selection

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Hy-Vee,

Readers’ Choice: Whole Foods, Baker’s

Readers’ Recommend: Fareway, Trader Joe’s

Readers’ Refer: Bag ‘N Save, Costco, Super Target, Wal-Mart, Wohlner’s

Best Retail Wine Selection

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Brix

Readers’ Choice: Hy-Vee, Spirit World

Readers’ Recommend: The Winery, Trader Joe’s

Readers’ Refer: Baker’s, Wine Styles

Best Restaurant Menu Specials

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Kona Grill

Readers’ Choice: Applebee’s, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, M’s Pub

Readers’ Recommend: Bonefish Grill, Hiro 88, Jam’s, Wheatfield’s

Best Restaurant Wine

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Brix

Readers’ Recommend: M’s Pub, Boiler Room, Stokes, V. Mertz

Readers’ Refer: Fleming’s, J’s on Jackson, La Buevette, Mahogany, Pitch Pizzeria, Spezia’s

Best Steakhouse

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Drover

Readers’ Choice: Texas Roadhouse, Anthony’s

Readers’ Recommend: Piccolo Pete’s, Gorat’s, Mahogany’s

Best Sweets Shop

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Hollywood Candy

Readers’ Choice: Jones Bros. Cupcakes

Readers’ Recommend: Cupcake Island, Delice European Bakery, Candy Wrappers

Readers’ Refer: Bliss Bakery, Eileen’s cookies, The Cordial Cherry

Best Tapas/Small Portions

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Espana

Readers’ Refer: Taste, Urban Wine Company, Cantina Laredo, French Bulldog

Best Tex-Mex

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Julio’s

Readers’ Recommend: Stoke’s, Roja Mexican Grill West, Romeo’s

Readers’ Refer: La Mesa, Taco John’s

Best Thai

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Thai Spice

Readers’ Choice: Mai Tai, Thai Pepper

Readers’ Recommend: Bangkok Cafe, Taste of Thailand, Thai Kitchen

Best Vegetarian

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: McFoster’s Natural Kind

Readers’ Choice: Blue Planet

Readers’ Refer: Block 16, Ingredient, Greengo Coffee & Deli

Best Yogurt Shop

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Red Mango

Readers’ Choice: Orange Leaf, TCBY

Readers’ Recommend: Cherry Berry

Readers’ Refer: Scooter’s, Peach Wave, Yo Yo Berri


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