Best of the Mid-Valley contest recognizes local businesses that help make the Mid-Willamette Valley a great place to live. This year's sections are: Food & Drink, Entertainment, Professional Services, Personal Services, Recreation, Local Schools, and Shopping. Hundreds of businesses in Marion and Polk Counties were nominated in various categories.
Here are our top choices for everything food-related. Remember, you can vote once each day. Voting ends on Sunday, April 10th 2011.
Food & Drink
Best Restaurant: Caruso's or La Capitale
Best Burger: La Capitale
Best Mexican: La Hacienda Real
Best Seafood: Fitts Seafood
Best Pizza: Walery's Pizza
Best Italian: Caruso's
Best Bakery: Bread Board or Cascade Baking Co.
Best Hot Dogs: McK Ranch
Best Grocery Store: LifeSource
Best Place to Buy Wine: Santiam Wine Company
Best Place to Find Local Produce: Salem Saturday Market, Public Market, or E.Z. Orchards
Best Japanese: Teriyaki Town & Sushi
Best Caterer: Bon Appetit
Best Bed and Breakfast: Buena Vista House
Best Green Business: Living Culture
Best Non-Profit: Neighborhood Harvest of Salem
Best Home Improvement Supply: Western Tool Supply
Best Nursery: Old Mill Feed & Garden
Best Kitchen Shop: Daue House - Assistance League of Salem
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