The Times-Standard published its “Readers’ Choice Awards” this morning. We’ve had a lot of fun with these lists in the past and they will never be credible until the T-S starts publishing their tabulations (and a system to prevent duplicate voting). Still, they’re a basis for discussion. And some of them are actually well-deserved.
I was pleased to see that Bob’s Footlong retained its rightful place on the top of the hot dog pyramid. I don’t know what it is about Bob’s that makes their dogs taste so good but I rarely go to Fortuna without stopping by. It is gratifying to see Eureka’s AA Bar & Grill retain its rightful place at the head of the “steak” list and CC Market is definitely a great caterer. But I have a quibble with listing Hole-in-the-Wall as BOTH “Best Delicatessen” and “Best Sandwich Shop”. It is a great sandwich shop but if you’ve ever been to Cantor’s or David’s or Katz’s, you know that Hole-in-the-Wall is a sandwich shop, not a deli. We are long overdue for a REAL kosher deli up here. I don’t know if I’ll live to see it.
I was really surprised to see Ferndale’s Ivanhoe listed as the “Best Restaurant, (Overall)”. Really? Anyone been there? What do you think?
Finally, I was pleased to see Redwood Acres recycling receive some recognition. This is one of my favorite businesses in Humboldt County. Great people, and they make the recycling experience almost fun.
So what do you think of the “Best of the North Coast”? Did they get it right? Did they leave out your favorite? Let us know what you think!
Of course, you can see this as an advertising ploy, can’t you? And, I have found this to be quite brilliant for the Times-Standard. It gives the chosen business a chance to have bragging rights for a year, or two, or five.
But, a readership poll is just that. So, the Northcoast Journal will have a different list, Lost Coast Outpost will have a different list and the Southern Humboldt-based Independent will have yet another list. Ok, so that’s quite obvious of a statement. Think about it this way, if you don’t read the Times Standard and only read the Journal, than the list doesn’t affect you…and vise-versa. I take it with a grain of salt as far as a measure of quality, but rather as a measure of popularity.
When it arrived in my paper today, I just threw it away….but, I really need to know….Did Woolworths or Kress win best Luncheonette?
Hah! That would have been a good category. Interesting to see how many “ghost” votes it would have gotten. BTW Woolworth’s had the best popcorn I have ever had. We used to sneak it into the movies. Don’t know why it was so good.