During the last two months, a couple people asked me why we are doing these Readers’ Choice polls.
Everyone has an opinion, and how people feel about certain businesses and services can be very subjective. I can say I’ve read a Yelp review where a person whined about their ride to the restaurant more than the food.
The point isn’t who wins or doesn’t. The point is to remind people that we have great businesses, services, organizations and religious institutions right here in town. And if it’s been a while since the last visit, stop by. Remind them they have support. It’s a great thing to do during a tough economic time.
Click the category of each race to see the vote counts.
Got suggestions for categories next time? Email me at Benjamin@patch.com.
Thank you to everyone who participated.
Food & Drink
- Best Beer Garden: Irish Patriot
- Best Beer Selection: Granite City Food and Brewery
- Best Sushi: Ichiro Japanese Restaurant
- Best Italian Beef: Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage
- Best Ice Cream in the Southland: Plush Horse, Palos Park
- Best Catering in the Southland: Salina's Pizza & Catering, Tinley Park
- Best Dry Cleaners: TIE! CD One Price Cleaners and Norman's Cleaners
- Best Accountant: O'Keefe and Associates
- Best Veterinarian in the Southland: Mokena Animal Clinic
- Best Landscapers: Touch of Green
- Best Plumbers: TIE! Reliable Plumbing & Sewer Service and Chicagoland Plumbing Services
Kids & Family
- Best Day Care: Sandbox Learning Center
- Best Pool in the Southland: Centennial Park Aquatic Center
- Best Vacation Bible School: Faith United Methodist Church
- Best Senior Living Center: Alden Estates of Orland Park
Health & Beauty
- Best Places to Bike in the Southland: Old Plank Trail (New Lenox, Frankfort, Chicago Heights)
- Best Salon: Jeffrey LaMorte Salon
- Best Gym: Palos Health and Fitness
- Best Movie Theater in the Southland: Marcus Theatres Orland Park
- Best Summer Festival in the Southland: Frankfort Fall Festival
- Best Place for Nightlife: Coach’s Corner
While you're looking, give a shoutout to your chosen local venue in our Patch business directory. Think of your recommendation as a public service, telling residents the best places to go in Orland Park and Orland Hills.
Correction: The winner for the Best Thrift Store category was incorrectly listed in the original post. Pandora's Rack is the rightful winner. Patch regrets the error.