Each year about this time, we publish our annual Best of Savannah Readers Poll issue.
While containing all of our regular features as well, this weeks issue focuses on giving you a full breakdown of all the winners and runners-up.
Each year we receive more and more responses, breaking the thousand-ballot mark some time back. This year, we set another record for reader response, and were especially happy at the extremely high number of online voters at our thebestofsavannah.com website, which far exceeded our expectations.
For the record, our poll is completely based on your responses and is not influenced by any advertising concerns. Unlike several other publications in town, we dont run bogus polls in which our key advertisers miraculously win all the categories.
(Though you will no doubt find that many of our advertisers did indeed win. If this happens, you can rest assured its because they won fair and square.)
There were quite a few surprises this year. The food and nightlife categories contain several hot up-and-comers. A few veteran winners popped up at the top of a different category than the one were accustomed to seeing them win.
Reflecting Savannahs continuing diversity as a marketplace, the goods & services category also features many new names.
And the City Life category in particular contains some very interesting and surprising election results -- particularly the ones involving a couple of politicians you may have heard of. Be sure and check it out.
In years past weve put together some rather elaborately themed and creative Best of issues. So creative, in fact, that the effort involved for our small staff made it difficult to focus on publishing the actual poll results -- the main reason for the issues existence.
So this year wetook a different course, choosing to let the results speak for themselves. Our only theme is the idea of a Mardi Gras in May, to coincide with the theme of our invitation-only Best Of party at McDonoughs honoring this years winners.
Stay tuned next week for some photos from this years Best of Bash.