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Numerous Places in SW Orlando Make Orlando Magazine’s Best Places List

August 20th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Orlando Magazine published in their August Issue the “Best Places” list with many of them being right here in Southwest Orlando. Fresh Market came up quite a bit on the list. Many of the best places to shop & corporate citizens on the list were right here in Southwest Orlando and all of the best golfers were right here. Isleworth and Reserve at Belmere here in Windermere topped the best gated communities category. Some notable places in Southwest Orlando that made this list are: Season’s 52, Blue Martini, Capital Grill, Christini’s, Bay Hill Jewelers, and Parchment. I’ve put the places and people in Southwest Orlando in bold in the list below.

EAT AND DRINK

Best Atmosphere

1. Seasons 52
436 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
770 West Sand Lake Road
Orlando

2. The Beacon
The Sanctuary
100 South Eola Drive
Orlando

3. K Restaurant
2401 Edgewater Drive
Orlando

Best Bakery

1. Charlie’s Gourmet Pastries

3213 Curry Ford Road
Orlando

2. Panera Bread
With locations throughout Orlando

3. Publix
With locations throughout Orlando

Best Bar

1. Monkey Bar
26 Wall Street
Orlando

2. Blue Martini
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando

3. Bösendorfer Lounge
Grand Bohemian Hotel
325 South Orange Avenue
Orlando

Best Brunch

1. The Beacon
The Sanctuary
100 South Eola Drive
Orlando

2. Dexter’s
With three locations in Orlando

3. Boheme
Grand Bohemian Hotel
325 South Orange Avenue
Orlando

Best Burger

1. Back Yard Burger
With three area locations

2. Five Guys Famous Burgers

and Fries
With three area locations

3. Fuddruckers
5250 International Drive
Orlando

Best Caterer

1. Puff ‘N Stuff
158 Lake Avenue
Maitland

2. Absolute Catering
12000 International Drive

Kissimmee

3. Arthur’s Catering
860 Sunshine Lane
Altamonte Springs

Best Health Food Store

1. Whole Foods Market
1989 Aloma Avenue
Winter Park

2. Fresh Market
5000 Dr. Phillips Boulevard
Orlando

995 North State Road 434
Altamonte Springs

3. Chamberlin’s Market and Café
With six locations in Orlando

Best Hotel Bar/Lounge

1. Bösendorfer Lounge
Grand Bohemian Hotel
325 South Orange Avenue
Orlando

2. Velvet Lounge
Hard Rock Hotel
5800 Universal Boulevard

Orlando

3. Bar American
Portofino Bay Hotel
Universal Orlando
5601 Universal Boulevard

Orlando

Best Ice Cream

1. Marble Slab Creamery
With six locations in Orlando

2. Twistee Treat
With locations throughout Orlando

3. Cold Stone Creamery
With four area locations

Best Lunch To Go

1. Pita Pit
With three area locations

2. (tie) Crispers
With six area locations

Panera Bread
With locations throughout Orlando

3. Room 3-Nine

39 North Orange Avenue
Orlando

Best Outdoor Dining

1. The Beacon
The Sanctuary
100 South Eola Drive
Orlando

2. HUE
629 East Central Avenue
Orlando

3. (tie) Park Plaza Gardens
319 South Park Avenue
Winter Park

Seasons 52
463 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
7700 West Sand Lake Road
Orlando

Best Pizza

1. Antonio’s Café and Deli
611 South Orlando Avenue
Maitland

2. Pisa Italian Pizza
7058 West Colonial Drive
Orlando

3. Anthony’s Pizza Café
100 North Summerlin Avenue
Orlando

Best Restaurant in
Winter Park

1. Luma on Park
290 South Park Avenue

2. Houston’s
215 South Orlando Avenue
Winter Park

3. Park Plaza Gardens
319 South Park Avenue
Winter Park

Best Restaurant
Downtown

1. Kres Chophouse and Lounge
17 West Church Street
Orlando

2. (tie) The Beacon
The Sanctuary
100 South Eola Drive
Orlando

HUE
629 East Central Avenue
Orlando

3. Manuel’s on the 28th
Bank of America
390 North Orange Avenue
Orlando

Best Restaurant
on I-Drive

1. The Capital Grill
Pointe Orlando
9101 International Drive
Orlando

2. Texas de Brazil
5259 International Drive
Orlando

3. Café Tu Tu Tango
8625 International Drive
Orlando

Best Restaurant on
Restaurant Row

1. Roy’s
7760 West Sand Lake Road
Orlando

2. Seasons 52
7700 West Sand Lake Road
Orlando

3. Christini’s Ristorante Italiano
7600 Dr. Phillips Boulevard
Orlando

Best Restaurant in
Seminole County

1. Bonefish Grill
1761 West State Road 434
Longwood

2. Seasons 52
436 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs

3. Enzo’s on the Lake
1130 South Highway 17-92
Longwood

Best Restaurant to Seal
the Deal

1. Del Frisco’s
729 Lee Road
Orlando

2. Manuel’s on the 28th
Bank of America
390 North Orange Avenue
Orlando

3. The Beacon
The Sanctuary
100 South Eola Drive
Orlando

Best Sports Bar
1. Tap Room at Dubsdread
549 West Par Street
Orlando

2. Orlando Ale House
With nine locations in Orlando

3. Gator’s Dockside
With six locations in Orlando

Best Specialty Foods Store

1. Fresh Market
5000 Dr. Phillips Boulevard
Orlando

995 North State Road 434
Altamonte Springs

2. Whole Foods Market
1989 Aloma Avenue
Winter Park

3. (tie) Harmoni Market
2305 Edgewater Drive
Orlando

Petty’s Meats
2141 West State Road 434
Longwood

Best Supermarket

1. Publix
With locations throughout Orlando

2. Fresh Market
5000 Dr. Phillips Boulevard
Orlando

995 North State Road 434
Altamonte Springs

3. Whole Foods Market
1989 Aloma Avenue
Winter Park

Best Wine List

1. Seasons 52
436 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs
770 West Sand Lake Road
Orlando

2. The Venetian Room
8101 World Center Drive
Orlando

3. Old Vines Wine Merchants
709 North Alafaya Trail
Orlando


PERSONALITIES

Best Corporate Citizen

1. Harris Rosen
2. Clarence Otis
3. (tie) Dick Batchelor
Tico Perez

Best Local Entertainer
1. Carrot Top
2. Jeff Howell
3. Michael Andrews

Best Local Politician
1. Teresa Jacobs
2. Buddy Dyer
3 .Rich Crotty

Favorite Local Golfer
1. Tiger Woods
2. Lee Janzen
3. Arnold Palmer

Favorite Magic Player
1. Dwight Howard
2. Grant Hill
3. Bo Outlaw

Local Person You’d
Like to Trade Jobs With

1. Buddy Dyer
2. Marla Weech
3. Tiger Woods

Person Who Most Exemp-lifies Orlando
1. Jim Philips
2. Dennis Salvagio (The Fat Guy)
3. Toni Jennings

GOODS/SERVICES

Best Art Gallery

1. Q Gallery
CityArts Factory
29 South Orange Avenue
Orlando

2. Millenia Fine Arts
555 South Lake Destiny Drive
Orlando

3. Grand Bohemian Gallery
Grand Bohemian Hotel
325 South Orange Avenue
Orlando

Best Audio Store

1. Absolute Sound
862 South Orlando Avenue
Winter Park
360 Minnesota Avenue
Winter Park

2. Sound Advice
4835 East Colonial Drive
Orlando
1431 Sand Lake Road
Orlando

3. Best Buy
With locations throughout Orlando

Best Bicycle Store

1. Orange Cycle
2204 Edgewater Drive
Orlando

2. Locomotion
125 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park
1776 Jake Street
Orlando

3 David’s World Cycle
With four locations in Orlando


Best Bookstore

1. (tie) Barnes and Noble
With six locations in Orlando

Borders
With five locations in Orlando

2. Urban Think
625 East Central Boulevard
Orlando

Best Business Hotel

1. (tie) Grand Bohemian Hotel
325 South Orange Avenue
Orlando

Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
9300 Airport Boulevard
Orlando

2. Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center
8701 World Center Drive

Orlando

Best Day Spa

1. Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando
Grande Lakes

4012 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando

2. (tie) Canyon Ranch Spa

Gaylord Palms
6000 West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee

Euro Day Spa and Salon
800 Formosa Avenue
Orlando

Best Florist

1. Lee James Floral Designs
809 North Mills Avenue Orlando

2. Harry’s Famous Flowers
1252 North Semoran Boulevard
Orlando

3. In Bloom
With three locations in Orlando

Best Gated Community

1. Isleworth

Windermere

2. Heathrow Woods
Lake Mary

3. Reserve at Belmere

Windermere

Best Golf Course (Private)

1. Isleworth Country Club
9350 Conroy-Windermere Road
Windermere

2. Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge
9000 Bay Hill Boulevard
Orlando

3. Interlachen Country Club
2245 Interlachen Court
Winter Park

Best Golf Course (Public)

1. North Shore Golf Club
11507 North Shore Golf Club Boulevard
Orlando

2. ChampionsGate Golf Club
1400 Masters Boulevard
ChampionsGate

3. (tie) Dubsdread Golf Course

549 West Par Street
Orlando

Orange County National Golf
Center and Lodge

16301 Phil Ritson Way
Winter Garden

Best Hair Salon

1. Xander Blue Salon
990 North State Road 434
Altamonte Springs
5232 Red Bug Lake Road
Winter Springs

2. Garrett and Company
301 Circle Drive
Maitland

3. Kendall and Kendall
339 South Park Avenue
Winter Park

Best Jeweler

1. Bay Hill Jewelers
7782 West Sand Lake Road
Orlando

2. Park Promenade Jewellers
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando

Best Lamp Store

1. Lightbulbs Unlimited
1100 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park
6203 West Sand Lake Road
Orlando

2. Lightstyle of Orlando
1155 North Orange Avenue
Orlando

Best Local Resort

1. Walt Disney World Swan and
Dolphin

1500 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista

2. Ritz-Carlton Orlando
Grande Lakes
4012 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando

3. Gaylord Palms Resort and
Convention Center

6000 West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee

Best Mall

1. Mall at Millenia
4200 Conroy Road
Orlando

2. Florida Mall
8001 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando

3. Seminole Town Center
200 Towne Center Circle
Sanford

Best Men’s Specialty Store

1. Siegel’s
130 South Orange Avenue
Orlando
330 South Park Avenue
Winter Park

2. Men’s Warehouse
With five locations in Orlando

3. Christopher Jude
1235 North Orange Avenue
Orlando

Best Movie Theater

1. Regal Cinemas Winter Park Village
510 North Orlando Avenue
Winter Park

2. Cinemark Festival Bay Mall
5150 International Drive
Orlando

3. AMC Pleasure Island
1500 Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista

Best Museum

1. Orlando Science Center
777 East Princeton Street
Orlando

2. Orlando Museum of Art
2416 North Mills Avenue
Orlando

3. Morse Museum of American Art
445 North Park Avenue
Winter Park

Best Outlet Store

1. Off Fifth—Saks Fifth Avenue
Outlet Store
5211 International Drive
Orlando

2. Coach
8200 Vineland Avenue, Suite 1213
Orlando

3. Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store
Orlando Premium Outlets
8200 Vineland Avenue, Suite 500
Orlando
Belz Factory Outlet Center
5209 International Boulevard
Orlando

Best Place for Great-
Looking Shoes

1. DSW
375 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs

2. Nordstrom
Florida Mall
8001 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando

3. Neiman Marcus
Mall at Millenia
4170 Conroy Road
Orlando

Best Place to Buy a Boat

1. Parker Boat Company
455 South Lake Destiny Road
Orlando

2. Boat Tree
2202 33rd Street
Orlando

Best Place to Buy Your Dream Car

1. Ferrari Maserati of Central Florida
525 South Lake Destiny Road
Orlando

2. Massey Cadillac of Orlando
4241 North John Young Parkway
Orlando

3. Fields BMW
963 Wymore Road
Winter Park

Best Plastic Surgeon

1. Dr. Kenrick Spence
130 Hillcrest Street
Orlando

2. Dr. James L. Baker
400 West Morse Boulevard
Winter Park

3. Dr. George Pope
3872 Oakwater Circle
Orlando

Best Pet Accessories Store

1. BullFish
102 North Park Avenue
Winter Park

2. PetSmart
With eight locations in Orlando

Best Private School (K-8)

1. Page Private School
10250 University Boulevard
Orlando
100 Aero Lane
Sanford

2. Lake Highland Preparatory School
901 North Highland Avenue
Orlando

3. Park Maitland School
1450 South Orlando Avenue
Maitland

Best Private School (9-12)

1. Trinity Preparatory School
5700 Trinity Prep. Lane
Winter Park

2. Central Florida Preparatory School
1450 Citrus Oaks Avenue
Gotha

3. The First Academy
2667 Bruton Boulevard
Orlando

Best Stationery Store

1. Papyrus
451 East Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs

2. The Paper Store
545 North Park Avenue
Winter Park

3. Parchment
7822 West Sand Lake Road

Orlando

Best Theater Company

1. Mad Cow Theatre
105 South Magnolia Avenue
Orlando

2. Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
812 East Rollins Street
Orlando

3. Orlando Repertory Theatre
1001 East Princeton Street
Orlando

Best Video Store

1. Blockbuster
With locations throughout Orlando

2. Hollywood Video
With locations throughout Orlando

3. Movie Gallery
With locations throughout Orlando

Best Wine Store

1. Tim’s Wine Market
1223 North Orange Avenue
Orlando

2. Wine Warehouse
959 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park

3. Old Vines Wine Merchants
709 North Alafaya Trail
Orlando

Best Women’s Specialty Store

1. Ann Taylor
With eight locations in Orlando

2. Bella
550 West New England Avenue, Suite 115
Winter Park

3. Shou’Ture
339 South Park Avenue
Winter Park

Best Workout Facility/Gym

1. YMCA
With locations throughout Orlando

2. Winter Park Health and Fitness
1560 North Orange Avenue
Winter Park

3. (tie) LA Fitness
With locations throughout Orlando

RDV Sportsplex
8701 Maitland Summit Boulevard
Orlando

MEDIA

Best Local Television Show

1. The Daily Buzz, WRDQ 27
2. Hot Spots, Orange TV 9

Best Local Television

Station
1. WOFL 35
2. WFTV 9
3. WESH 2

Best Local Web Site

1. ICFlorida.com
2. WESH.com
3. HotSpots.com

Best Morning Radio Team
1. Dave and Leslye, WMGF 107.7 FM
2. Scott and Erica, WOMX 105.1 FM
3. Monsters, WKTS 104.1 FM

Best Newspaper Columnist
1 Scott Maxwell, Orlando Sentinel
2 Mike Thomas, Orlando Sentinel
3 Kathleen Parker, syndicated

Best Newspaper Reporter

1. David Damron, Orlando Sentinel
2. Jeff Billman, Orlando Weekly
3. Mark Schlueb, Orlando Sentinel

Best Radio Music Station

1. WXXL 106.7 FM
2. KKWA 92.3 FM
3. WTKS 104.1 FM

Best Radio News Station

1. WMFE 90.7 FM
2. WTKS 104.1 FM

Best Radio Sports Host

1. Shot Doctor, WQTM 740 AM
2. Jim Rome, WQTM 740 AM

Best Radio Talk Show

1. The Philips Phile, WTKS 104.1 FM
2. Monsters, WTKS 104.1 FM
3. Pat Campbell, WFLA 540 AM

Best Sports Columnist

1. Jerry Greene, Orlando Sentinel
2. Michael Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel
3. David Whitley, Orlando Sentinel

Best TV News Team

1. WESH 2
2. WFTV 9
3. WOFL 35

Best TV Sportscaster

1. Pat Clarke, WESH 2
2. Guy Rawlings, WESH 2
3. Lee Goldberg, WKMG 6

Best TV Weather Forecaster

1. Danny Treanor, News 13
2. Tom Terry, WFTV 9
3. Tony Mainolfi, WESH 2

POTPOURRI

Best Charity Gala

1. Headdress Ball
Hope and Help Center of Central Florida

2. Festival of Trees Patron’s Gala
Orlando Museum of Art

3. An Evening With Fabulous Friends
Friends of the Mennello Museum of
American Art

Best Entertainment

Experience

1. Cirque du Soleil, La Nouba
Downtown Disney

2. SAK Comedy Lab
380 West Amelia Street
Orlando

3. Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista

Best Live Music Venue

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

2. Hard Rock Live
6050 Universal Boulevard
Orlando

Best Local Getaway

1. The Club at Hammock Beach
200 Ocean Crest Drive
Palm Coast

2. Gaylord Palms
6000 West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee

3. Ritz-Carlton Orlando

Grande Lakes
4012 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando

Best Orlando Building

1. LYNX Central Station
455 North Garland Avenue
Orlando

2. The Sanctuary Downtown
100 South Eola Drive
Orlando

3. SunTrust Center
200 South Orange Avenue
Orlando

Best Place To Get Married

1. Leu Botanical Gardens
1920 Forest Avenue
Orlando

2. Walt Disney World
Lake Buena Vista

3. Knowles Memorial Chapel at
Rollins College

1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park

Best PLACE to Propose

1. Kres Chophouse and Lounge
17 West Church Street
Orlando

2. Manuel’s on the 28th
Bank of America
390 North Orange Avenue
Orlando

3. Lake Eola
Downtown Orlando

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