on June 30, 2009 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

‘Best of the Best’ ballots highlight reader favorites

If you have ever had any doubt about where you might find the best selection of office supplies, the Daily Journal/Daily Messenger has the answer.

Well, okay, you weren’t losing a lot of sleep over paper clips and staples perhaps, but how about finding the best burger in two counties or the best place to get a good mixed drink? We’ve pinpointed those places as well with the newspaper’s first Best of the Best competition.

You’ll find a list of the winners, as selected by our readers, at the end of this story. But, if you want more about the best reasons to check out these businesses and their products, you will want to turn to a special section inside this edition.

Hundreds of ballots were cast, with readers naming their favorites for everything from hot wings to hot dogs, doctors to lawyers, tire-mounters to nail-painters and mechanics to pet groomers.

You name it and your neighbors have shared their thoughts about who cooks it, fixes it or just plain does it right.

Along the way, we picked up a few funny comments such as the reader who suggested the best weight loss center was “don’t eat.”

We also were not quite sure what to make of the guy (we assume it was a guy) who said the best bedding store to be found was his own bed.

But, humor aside, the first Best of the Best list follows. We hope you enjoy comparing this list of winners with those you voted for.

By the way, you’ll apparently find the best selection of office supplies at Staples in Seneca.

BEST FOOD & DRINK

Best Mexican Restaurant Los Amigos

Best Ice cream SweeTreats

Best Restaurant Copper River

Best BBQ Restaurant Annie’s

Best Oriental Restaurant China Inn

Best Steak Copper River

Best Diner Time Drive-In

Best Buffet Ryan’s

Best Pizza Pizza Hut

Best Breakfast Jimmy’s Restaurant

Best Salad Bar Ruby Tuesday’s

Best Deli Schlotzsky’s Deli

Best Restaurant Atmosphere Copper River, Calhoun Corners & Paesano’s

Best Bar Tiki Hut at the Marina

Best Dinner Under $10 Seneca Family Restaurant

Best Sub Subway

Best Burger Time Drive-In

Best Hot Wings Fatz

Best Fried Chicken Walhalla Steak House

Best BBQ Ribs Sardi’s Den

Best Hot Dog Skins Hot Dogs

Best Catering Annie’s

BEST PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS

Best Attorney Tim Merrill

Best Campground High Falls

Best Vet Walhalla Vet

Best Golf Course Falcon’s Lair & Walker (Clemson)

Best Day Care Center Tender Loving Care

Best Hotel/Motel Jameson Inn

Best Chiropractor Dr. P.R. Johnson

Best Tanning Salon Talk-N-Tan

Best Insurance Agent Nationwide — Stanley Nix

Best Retirement Community Morningside

BEST PEOPLE, PLACES & SHOPPING

Best Office Supply Staples

Best Massage Soluna

Best Thrift Shop Goodwill

Best Cellular Store Verizon

Best Motorcycle Dealer Suzuki of Seneca

Best Motorcycle Repair Keowee Motorcycles

Best Jet Ski Dealer Strickland

Best Boat Dealer Strickland

Best Homebuilder Gabe Yoder

Best Supermarket Ingles

Best Liquor Store Palmetto Spirits & Wine Emporium

Best Women’s Clothing Store Belk

Best Shoe Store Belk

Best Boutique Two Sister’s

Best Gift Store Elmblad’s & Family Christian Store

Best Hardware Tri-County Ace

Best Sporting Goods Store Harris

Best Furniture Store Farmer’s

Best Antique/Furnishing Store Rustic Cabin

Best Florist Dickie’s in Walhalla

Best Garden/Nursery Headlee

Best Auto Body Mike’s Auto Repair

Best Oil Change Express Lube of Walhalla

Best Tires Super Service

Best Travel Agent Small World Travel

Best Hair Salon Soluna

Best Nail Salon Soluna

Best Weight Loss Center Upstate Adventure Boot Camp

Best Jewelry Store Turner’s Jewelry

Best Swimming Pool/Service DJ’s Pools & Spas

Best Appliance Dealer Lowe’s

Best Lawn Care Zone 7

Best Mechanic Super Service

Best Dentist Lake Keowee Dental — Dr. Elizabeth Jones

Best Auto Service Leader Ford

Best Auto Dealer Leader Ford

Best Truck Dealer Leader Ford

Best Used Car Dealer Edwards Auto Sales

Best Real Estate Agency Clardy

Best Real Estate Agency Shane Clardy

Best Dry Cleaners King’s

Best Produce Redmond Boys

Best Pest Control Terminex

Best Doctor Oconee Pediatrics — Dr. Frank Stewart

Best Bank Community First Bank

Best Pharmacy CVS

Best Place to Buy Music Wal-Mart

Best Place to Buy Video Games Wal-Mart

Best Optical Store Medivision

Best Funeral Home Davenport Funeral Home

Best Pet Grooming 4 Paws Only

Best Spa/Hot Tub Dealer Oasis

Best Convenience Store Bountyland

Best Carpet Cleaner Upstate Carpet — West Union

Best Bedding Simmons Mattress Outlet

Best Car Detailing Blackwell’s

Best Home Electronics Store Wal-Mart

Best Plumber Crook’s