The 2015 Readers' Choice winners

The 2015 Readers' Choice winners

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Thanks for voting in the 2015 Pantagraph Readers' Choice Awards! Here is the best of Bloomington–Normal and Central Illinois, as chosen by our readers. 

Thanks for voting in the 2015 Pantagraph Readers' Choice Awards! Here is the best of Bloomington–Normal and Central Illinois, as chosen by our readers.

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Best Auto Body Shop: Kurt's Auto Body Repair. Runners up: Mike's Collision, Wally's Collision & Service Center.

Best Auto Repair Shop: Kurt's Auto Body Repair. Runners up: Davis Tire & Auto, R & R Certified Automotive.

Best Oil Change Center: Speed Lube #5 710 E. Washington. Runners up: Clay Dooley, Speed Lube #16 1532 E. College Ave.

Best Tire Store: Don Owen Tire & Auto. Runners up: Discount Tire Company, Clay Dooley.


Best Bowling Alley: Pheasant Lanes. Runners up: ISU Bowling and Billiards Center, AMF Circle Lanes.

Best Golf Course: The Den at Fox Creek. Runners up: Grady's Fun Park, Highland Park Golf Course.

Best Live Music: Castle Theater

Runners up:

  1. U.S. Cellular Coliseum
  2. Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

Best Live Music Venue: Castle Theater. Runners up: U.S. Cellular Coliseum, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Best Movie Theater: Wehrenberg Theatres. Runners up: Starplex Cinemas, Ovation.

Best Place for a Wedding Reception: Ewing Manor. Runners up: The Marriott, Eastland Suites.

Best Place for Family Fun: Miller Park Zoo. Runners up: Grady's Family Fun Park, Children's Discovery Museum.

Best Place for Kid's Parties: Children's Discovery Museum. Runners up: Grady's Family Fun Park, Artful Designs.

For the Home

Best Contractors/Remodelers: DJ's Painting & Remodeling. Runners up: Nordine Remodeling, Scritchlow Landscaping and Hydroseeding.

Best Flooring Store: Carpet Weavers. Runners up: Menards, Bloomington Carpets.

Best Garden Center/Nursery: Casey's Garden Shop

Runners up:

  1. Growing Grounds
  2. Wendell Niepagen

Best Garden Center/Nursery: Casey's Garden Shop. Runners up: Growing Grounds, Wendell Niepagen.

Best Home Builder: Trunk Bay Companies. Runners up: Franke Construction, Hoffman Ochs General Contractors.

Best Home Cleaning: Molly Maid. Runners up: Go Green Commercial Cleaning, Merry Maids.

Best Home Improvement Store: Menards. Runners up: Lowe's Home Improvement, Home Depot.

Goods and Services

Best Apartment Rental Company/Complex: Snyder. Runners up: Redbird Apartment Management, First Site Apartments.

Best Auctioneer: Jeff Prochnow. Runners up: Mark "Moose" Reynolds, Terry Wilkey (In Memoriam).

Best Butcher/Meat Shop: Bloomington Meats. Runners up: College Hills Meat Shop, Hy-Vee.

Best Computer Store: Best Buy. Runners up: Connecting Point, Computer Deli.

Best Dry Cleaner: Starcrest Cleaners. Runners up: Concord Custom Cleaners, One Hour Family Cleaners.

Best Financial Institution: Heartland Bank & Trust. Runners up: PNC Bank, CEFCU.

Best Fitness Center/Gym: Four Seasons. Runners up: Gold's Gym Express, Gold's Gym.

Best Florist: Casey's Garden Shop. Runners up: Forget Me Not Flowers, Growing Grounds.

Best Furniture Store: Martin's Home Furniture. Runners up: Sherman's, Whitacre's Furniture.

Best Grocery Store: Hy-Vee. Runners up: Meijer, Kroger.

Best Hair Salon: Fox & Hounds. Runners up: Colorific, CB Hair Design.

Best Hardware Store: Menards. Runners up: Ace Hardware, Lowes.

Best HVAC company: Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning. Runners up: WM Masters, Hermes Heating & Air Conditioning.

Best Insurance Agent: Axel Jimenez, State Farm. Runners up: Maggi Pratt, State Farm, Jim Spachman, State Farm.

Best Investment Firm: State Farm Bank. Runners up: Wells Fargo, Heartland Bank & Trust.

Best Jewelry Store: Jack Lewis Jewelers. Runners up: Solid Gold Jewelers, Wm. MarKen Jewelers.

Best Lawyer: Allison & Mosby-Scott. Runners up: Helen Ogar, Livingston Barger & Brandt.

Best Liquor Store: Binny's Beverage Depot. Runners up: Friar Tuck, Budget Liquors.

Best Mortgage Company: Mortgage Services III. Runners up: Heartland Bank & Trust, PNC Mortgage.

Best Optical Service: Gailey Eye Clinic. Runners up: McLean County Eye Center, Eye Surgical Associates.

Best Pest Control: Raney Termite and Pest. Runners up: American Pest Control, Orkin.

Best Pet Care/Grooming & Supplies: Paradise Pets. Runners up: Kruger Animal Hospital, Bortell Animal Hospital.

Best Pharmacy: Walgreens. Runners up: CVS, Jewel-Osco.

Best Photographer: Annie LeNeve Photography. Runners up: Elan Studios, Jessica Rivera Photography.

Best Plumber: A-1 Haney Plumbing, Inc. Runners up: Redbird Plumbing, Mayol Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning.

Best Realtor: Amanda Wycoff, BHHS Snyder Real Estate. Runners up: Becky Gerig, RE/MAX Choice, Greg Zavitz, Coldwell Banker HOA REALTORS®.

Best Hair Salon: Fox & Hounds

Runners up:

  1. Colorific
  2. CB Hair Design

Best Retirement Facility: Westminster Village. Runners up: Luther Oaks, Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community and Meadows at Mercy Creek.

Best Spa: Fox & Hounds. Runners up: Essentials Day Spa, Jenni's Salon & Spa.

Best Tattoo: Graphic Flesh Tattoo & Piercing. Runners up: North Street Tattoo, Studio 33 (Ricky Studivant).

Best Tax Preparation: H&R Block. Runners up: Striegel Knobloch & Co., Diane Ryon.


Best Allergist: Dr. Mark Ulbrich. Runner up: Dr. Jeffrey Culp.

Best Audiologist: Bloomington Normal Audiology. Runners up: Dr. Courtney Parmley, Dr. Anna Taravella.

Best Cardiologist: Dr. Patrick Murphy. Runners up: Dr. James McCriskin, Dr. Siddharth Gandhi.

Best Chiropractor: Eastland Chiropractic. Runners up: Bly-Hillman Chiropractic, Mitchell Family Chiropractic.

Best Dentist: Randolph & Gray Family Dentistry. Runners up: Dr. Mark Burgess, The Foehr Group.

Best Dermatologist: Dr. Lucy Wisdom. Runners up: Dr. Kent Taulbee, Dr. Tom Brander.

Best ENT Specialist: Dr. Willard Noyes. Runners up: Dr. Finn Amble, Dr. Robert Russell.

Best Family Practitioner: Dr. Stephen Pilcher. Runners up: Dr. Danielle Kim, Dr. Dan Marley.

Best General Physician: Dr. Stephen Pilcher. Runners up: Dr. James Vales, Dr. John Dustman.

Best Neurologist: Dr. Ann Stroink. Runners up: Dr. Herman Dick, Dr. Edward Pegg.

Best Obstetrician: Dr. Sharon Weaver. Runners up: Dr. Harold Nord, Dr. Jennifer Dameron.

Best Oncologist: Dr. John Migas. Runners up: Dr. Pramern Sriratana, Dr. Patrick Gomez.

Best Oral Surgeon: The offices of Drs. Doran, Capodice, Efaw and Ocheltree.

Best Pediatrician: Dr. John Bandy. Runners up: Dr. Kimberly Marshall, Dr. Brian Emm.

Best Plastic Surgeon: Dr Jeff Poulter. Runners up: Dr. Laura Randolph, Dr. Chad Tattini.

Best Podiatrist: Cortese Foot & Ankle Clinic. Runners up: Dr. Gerald Paul, Heartland Foot and Ankle.

Best Veterinarian: Town and Country Animal Hospital. Runners up: Kruger Animal Hospital, Bortell Animal Hospital.


Best Asian Restaurant: Thai House. Runners up: Grand Cafe, Kobe Japanese Steak House.

Best Bakery: Grove Street Bakery. Runners up: Janet's Cakes, Kelly's Bakery & Cafe.

Best Bar: Pub II

Runners up:

  1. Rosie's Pub
  2. Maggie Miley's

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Best Bar: Pub II. Runners up: Rosie's Pub, Maggie Miley's.

Best BBQ: Famous Dave's. Runners up: Bandana's Bar-B-Q, Longhorn Smokehouse.

Best Breakfast: Garden of Paradise. Runners up: Shannon's Five Star, Cracker Barrel.

Best Burger: Green Gables. Runners up: Meatheads, Steak 'n Shake.

Best Burrito: Moe's Southwest Grill. Runners up: Chipotle, Los Potrillos.

Best Catering: Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano. Runners up: Avanti's, Times Past Inn.

Best Chicken: Schooners. Runners up: Ozark House, Pizza Ranch.

Best Chicken Wings: Schooners. Runners up: Mugsy's Pub, Buffalo Wild Wings.

Best Coffee: Coffeehound. Runners up: Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts.

Best Dessert: Busy Corner. Runners up: Sugar Mama's Bakery, Kelly's Bakery & Cafe.

Best Donuts: Denny's Doughnuts. Runners up: Krispy Kreme, Market Street Bakery.

Best Fast Food: Culver's. Runners up: The Rock, Jason's Deli.

Best Fine Dining: Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano. Runners up: Epiphany Farms, Destihl.

Best Ice Cream: Carl's Ice Cream. Runners up: Gene's Ice Cream, Emack & Bolio's.

Best Italian Restaurant: Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano. Runners up: Beningo's, Caffe Italia Ristorante.

Best Mexican Restaurant: Fiesta Ranchera. Runners up: Los Potrillos, Herradura.

Best Overall Restaurant: Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano

Runners up:

  1. Destihl
  2. Baxters American Grille

Best Overall Restaurant: Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano. Runners up: Destihl, Baxters American Grille.

Best Pizza: Tobin's Pizza. Runners up: Lucca Grill, Monical's Pizza.

Best Sandwich: Jason's Deli. Runners up: Jimmy John's, Potbelly Sandwich Shop.

Best Soup: Panera Bread. Runners up: Olive Garden, Zoup!

Best Steak: Alexander's Steak House. Runners up: Jim's Steakhouse, Outback Steakhouse.


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