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Place to walk your dog
Two readers summed up the submissions: "everywhere" and "anywhere". But by far the most popular place for walkies is the Valley Trail. Next up is the trails at Lost Lake Park, followed by the village. Other doggie-owner haunts include the Interpretive Forest and its Riverside Trail, the Emerald Forest, Rainbow Park and Meadow Park.
The late Seppo Makinen, who left us just after last years survey was completed, takes the gold.
The Hare slipped into second place (Rabbit triumphed here last year) and Guitar Dougs fan club has placed him third, edging out Greg Stump.
Roger (of Rogers Chocolates) received honorable mention as did Ben Horne who was tagged as a philanthropist and Beagle bartender Greg Pomalchuck.
FOOD AND DRINK
The Best Restaurant category is about as subjective as any "Best of" category can be, with so many variables to take into consideration including price, service, food, location, ambience, staff, elbow room and napkin availability. The gold standard we recommend using is to pretend you went on a crime spree in the great State of Texas and were summarily sentenced to death what restaurant would you order your last meal from? Others may have slightly different criteria, or this being Canada in an election year, a hidden agenda. Whatever methodology was used to reach this momentous decision, this years Best Restaurant was Ulis Flipside, which edged out reigning champion Sushi Village by a handful of votes. Las Margaritas was a close third, followed by Quattro and Sushi Ya.
Best Restaurant When Someone Else Pays
Everybody should have a rich uncle who visits them in Whistler every once in a while, if only to pick up the tab at all the fine restaurants that make this truly a world-class resort. La Rúa earned the most votes in this category, followed by Bearfoot Bistro, Hys, the Rim Rock and Araxi.
Somewhere between the intangibles of quality, quantity and price is a sweet spot we call "Best Value", or alternately "The Biggest Bang For Your Buck". Any restaurant that is big on customers and easy on the wallet deserves to be recognized without you, locals would never leave the house. This year the top honour goes to Las Margaritas, followed by Ulis Flipside , Sushi Village, Milestones, and McDonalds.
Best New Restaurant
Pasta Lupino, the little Italian restaurant that could, won this category, followed by new newcomer Tex Corleones. Milestones also received a fair share of the votes.