Hodge: Best of Kelowna, Charlie Hodge edition

Winners are based on my observations and the fact that I think they deserve the pat on the back

Charlie Hodge's annual Best-of column.

Charlie Hodge's annual Best-of column.

On a regular basis each year I run three columns: Charlie’s Angels Christmas List, Podge’s Tourist Guide of Where to (and not) to Go, and this week’s Best-of list.

Winners are based on my observations as well as those of Tez and a few close friends. They are not named because of anything to do with advertisers nor because of anything but the fact that I think they deserve the pat on the back. So here are the highlights of those from the past year:

Best combination view/food Kelowna Earls on Top, Cactus Club on Water St., Pyramid Winery.

Best combination view/food rural Ancient Hills Winery, Quails Gate.

Best Kelowna restaurant for dinner Kelly O’Bryan’s, Memphis House of Blues, The Grand Hotel, Montana’s.

Best Kept Secret (funky place to eat) Central (Central Kitchen and Bar CPH).

Best Waterfront Pub/Food Rosie’s, Cactus Club on Water, The Eldorado, Manteo’s Resort.

Best Regional Waterfront Food Gasthaus on the Lake (Peachland), Blue Rooster (Peachland).

Best Kelowna lunch Grateful Fed, Brown’s Social House, Brown Bag.

Best Breakfast Perkins, Cafe Soleil, Rickey’s, IHOP.

Best Chinese Food Yum Yum Tree at Capri Centre.

Best Soup Grateful Fed.

Best Italian Momma Rosa.

Best pizza Olympia Greek Taverna in Rutland.

Best Kelowna pub (small) McCullough Station, The Exchange.

Best Kelowna pub (large) BNA, Original Joes, Rosie’s.

Best regional pub Turtle Bay Marina Lake Country.

Best Social Pub or hangout Browne’s Social House.

Best sports pub Sturgeon Hall, Dakota’s, Baxter’s.

Friendliest restaurant staff Grateful Fed, Ricky’s, Yum Yum.

Friendliest sales staff Kelowna IDA (Capri Mall), Home Depot.

Best Bakery Nesters.

Best Butcher Johnny’s Meats, Nesters.

Best Book Store Robbie’s Rare Books, Mosaic Books.

Best Music Store Wentworth Music.

Best Clothing Store Moore’s, Robertson’s Clothing.

Best live Music Grateful Fed, Blue Gator, O’Flannigans.

Best rural live music Blue Rooster (Peachland).

Best Concert Facility Kelowna Community Theatre.

Best Jam night Riley’s Pub with the Green Room Riders, anything hosted by Jim LeGuilloux.

Favourite Bands Linus, Jimmy LeGuilloux Band, Dirt Road Opera, Sherman Doucette.

Solo Musician Keith (Papa) Thom, Rick Halisheff.

Best Local Magazine Okanagan Life.

Best Free Outdoor Concerts Music in the Park– listing on City web site.

Best Roofer Mike Pearce. He might be an east-coaster and just a tad too much fun, but Mike can fix a roof quick and efficiently. He is not crazy about it but if you whine enough he may just help you.

Best Electrician/Handyman Robert (Bob) McKinnon claims to be retired but he keeps pretty busy and for good reason.

Best Oral Surgeon team Dr. Russell Naito, Dr. Bell, RN Deb Naito, and CDA Kathy Truant at Okanagan Oral Surgery. Amazing and accommodating.

New Dentist in Town Jeff Kozak at Bernard Dental.

Best Respiratory Nurse Robin Carter.

Best Financial Consultant Charlie Peet.

Best walk/dog walk Mission Creek Greenway.

Best Place to People Watch Rosie’s Waterfront Pub, The Sails, Wings.

Intersections to Avoid Highway 97 and Spall, 97 and Gordon.

Favourite Hideaway Echo Lake with Curtis and my canoe, Bear Creek Canyon, Maud Roxby bird sanctuary, my back yard.

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