The third annual "Best of the Best" contest sponsored by The Suncoast News was once again a tremendous success.
Throughout December The Suncoast News published ballots allowing readers to cast votes for their favorite businesses operating in West Pasco and North Pinellas.
There were 34 categories featured in the readers' choice contest ranging from best burger and best breakfast to best overall Suncoast area business.
Because of the overwhelming response from readers, which numbered in the thousands, the vote in each category was close.
While there were a number of first-time winners in this year's contest there was also a first. One Suncoast business, Towne House Pizza & Restaurant, 9215 S.R. 52, Hudson, took top honors in four categories. Readers voted Towne House: Best Pizza, Best Italian Restaurant, Best Restaurant Overall and Best Suncoast Area Business.
Many of the winning businesses, including Towne House, are also participants in The Suncoast News Dineamate coupon book promotion, which features buy-one, get-one-free entrees at select Suncoast restaurants.
In addition to all the "Best of the Best" winning businesses, there were three readers who won Publix gift cards for simply casting a completed ballot.
The winning readers are: Theresa Gonzales of Hudson, who won a $100 gift card; Elana Marsh of Franklin, N.C., who won a $75 gift card; and Kate Sawicki of Port Richey, who won a $50 gift card.