2018 McHenry County Best of the Fox Winners

See who won the Best of the Fox, as voted on by Northwest Herald readers

Thank you to all of the readers who took part in the 2018Best of the Fox contest. Here are the winners:

Arts, Entertainment and Travel

ART GALLERY
The Best
Starline Factory
One of the Best
Lakeside Legacy Arts Park
Old Courthouse Arts Center
BEST FESTIVAL
The Best
Lakeside Festival
One of the Best
McHenry Fiesta Days
Harvard Balloon Fest
Woodstock Groundhog Day
BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUE
The Best
Young Masters Martial Arts
One of the Best
Twisted Limits Escape Rooms
Cary Gymnastics Center
FUNDRAISING EVENT BY A NON-PROFIT
The Best
Lemonade Brigade
One of the Best
Sage YMCA Corporate Challenge
Lakeside Festival
Just For Fun (Venue for family or group fun)
The Best
Twisted Limits Escape Rooms
Young Masters Nerf Wars
One of the Best
Joe Diamond Studio
Sage YMCA
Karaoke
The Best
Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen
One of the Best
The Spot Tavern of Marengo
Double J Entertainment
LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC
The Best
The Raue Center For the Arts
One of the Best
Broken Oar Marina-Bar & Grill
The Listening Room At The Dole
LIVE THEATRE
The Best
Raue Center For the Arts
One of the Best
Woodstock Opera House
Joe Diamond Studio
MOVIE THEATER
The Best
McHenry Outdoor Theater
One of the Best
Woodstock Cinema 12 Theatre: Classic Cinemas
AMC Lake in the Hills12
MUSIC LESSONS
The Best
Pearl Street Music
One of the Best
The Player’s Bench
Music Makers For Life
TRAVEL AGENCY
The Best
Cary Travel Express
One of the Best
Crystal Lake Travel
S W Travel Inc.

Automotive

AUTO BODY REPAIR
The Best
Herrick Auto Rebuilders
One of the Best
Adams Auto Body And Service Center
R K Autobody
AUTO REPAIR MECHANIC
The Best
Northtown Auto Service & Tire Center
One of the Best
Douglas Automotive
Dynamic Auto, European Car Repair
Pheonix Garage
CAR WASH DETAILING
The Best
Fast Eddie’s Full Service Car Wash and Detail Center
One of the Best
Valley View Car Washand Detail Center
Algonquin Auto Wash and Detail
TIRE STORE
The Best
Northtown Auto Service & Tire Center
One of the Best
Douglas Automotive
Auto Tech Centers

Dining - Favorite Foods

BBQ RIBS
The Best
Crystal Lake Rib House
One of the Best
BBQ King Smokehouse
Hickory Pit
BLOODY MARY
The Best
Crystal Lake Rib House
One of the Best
Tracks Bar and Grill
Benedict's La Strata
BREAKFAST
The Best
Benedict’s La Strata
One of the Best
Brunch Cafe
Tony's Cafe
BURGER
The Best
Tracks Bar and Grill
One of the Best
Goal Line Sports Bar and Grill
D.C. Cobb's
CHICKEN WINGS
The Best
Buffalo Wild Wings
One of the Best
Wings Etc.
Buffalo Wings and Rings
EGG ROLL
The Best
Plum Garden
One of the Best
The Breakers Restaurant
Chen Chinese Cuisine
FISH FRY
The Best
Rusty Nail Saloon
One of the Best
Tracks Bar and Grill
Goal Line Sports Bar and Grill
HOT DOG
The Best
Portillo’sHot Dogs and Barnelli's Pasta Bowl
One of the Best
Gianelli’s Drive-Thru
Tommy’s Red Hots
ICE CREAM/FROZEN CUSTARD
The Best
Julie Ann’s Frozen Custard
One of the Best
Happy Jack's
Manny’s Handcrafted Gelato & Cafe
ITALIAN BEEF
The Best
Portillo’sHot Dogs and Barnelli's Pasta Bowl
One of the Best
Gianelli’s Drive-Thru
Mr. A’sItalian Beef
MARGARITA
The Best
Mixteca
One of the Best
Pablo’s Restaurant
El Niagara Mexican Restaurant
MARTINI
The Best
da Baffone Cucina Italiana
One of the Best
Cary Ale House
Cucina Bella
OMELETTE
The Best
Benedict’s La Strata
One of the Best
Tony’s Cafe
Brunch Cafe
PANCAKES
The Best
Benedict’s La Strata
One of the Best
Tony's Cafe
Brunch Cafe
PIZZA
The Best
Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria & Pub
One of the Best
La Pizza Via
Goal Line Sports Bar and Grill
SEAFOOD
The Best
Port Edward Restaurant
One of the Best
da Baffone Cucina Italiana
Paninos Seafood House and Bar
STEAKHOUSE
The Best
Jameson’s Charhouse
One of the Best
Texas Roadhouse
Addison's Steakhouse
SUB SANDWICH
The Best
Algonquin Sub Shop
One of the Best
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Epic Deli
SUSHI
The Best
Kyoto Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar
One of the Best
Kumi Sushi
Bangkok Thai and Sushi
VEGETARIAN
The Best
Benedict’s La Strata
One of the Best
Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen
Breaking Bread Catering and Deli

Dining - Favorite Places

BANQUET FACILITY
The Best
31 North Banquets & Catering
One of the Best
Smith's Central Garage
D’Andrea Banquets & Conference Center
CATERER ON SITE
The Best
Breaking Bread Catering and Deli
One of the Best
31 North Banquets & Catering
Cucina Bella
CHINESE RESTAURANT
The Best
Plum Garden
One of the Best
Chen Chinese Cuisine
The Breakers Restaurant
COFFEE SHOP
The Best
Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters
One of the Best
Taste of Benedict’sand More
Grounds Coffee Bar
DELI
The Best
Epic Deli
One of the Best
Breaking Bread Catering and Deli
Lucky Lulu's Deli
DINING ON THE WATERFRONT
The Best
Duke's on the Water, Three Oaks Recreation Area
One of the Best
The Snuggery
Port Edward Restaurant
DONUT SHOP
The Best
Country Donuts
One of the Best
Riverside Bake Shop
Mores Chocolates
FINE DINING
The Best
1776 Restaurant
One of the Best
Jameson’s Charhouse
M Supper Club
FIRST DATE
The Best
Cary Ale House
One of the Best
da Baffone Cucina Italiana
Cucina Bella
GLUTEN FREE MENU
The Best
Benedict's La Strata
One of the Best
Breaking Bread Catering and Deli
Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen
ITALIAN RESTAURANT
The Best
Cucina Bella
One of the Best
da Baffone Cucina Italiana
Bimbos Italian Restaurant
LOCAL CRAFT BREWERY
The Best
Crystal Lake Brewing
One of the Best
Cary Ale House
Scorched Earth Brewing Company
KIDS MENU
The Best
Benedict’s La Strata
One of the Best
Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen
Pablo’s Restaurant and Cantina
MEXICAN RESTAURANT
The Best
Pablo’s Restaurant and Cantina
One of the Best
Mixteca
Main Street Station
NEIGHBORHOOD BAR
The Best
Tracks Bar and Grill
One of the Best
Lucky Lulu's
The Cottage
OUTDOOR/PATIO DINING
The Best
Benedict’s La Strata
One of the Best
Tracks Bar and Grill
Duke’s on the Water, Three Oaks Recreation Area
RESTAURANT THAT USES LOCAL OR ORGANIC FOODS
The Best
Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen
One of the Best
1776 Restaurant
Cary Ale House
SPORTS BAR
The Best
Offsides Sports Bar and Grill
One of the Best
Goal Line Sports Bar and Grill
Tracks Bar and Grill
TAVERN/PUB
The Best
Tracks Bar and Grill
One of the Best
Cary Ale House
Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen

Health and Wellness

CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE
The Best
PWC Chiropractic
One of the Best
Crystal Lake Family Wellness
A to Z Chiropractic
CROSS-FIT
The Best
Crossfit Phoenix 815
One of the Best
Cross Fit Prevail
CrossFit AMRAP
DENTIST OFFICE
The Best
Cary Dental Associates LLC
One of the Best
Ridgeview Family Dental
Woodstock Dental Associates
EYE DOCTOR
The Best
Coventry Eyecare Associates
One of the Best
Lifetime Vision & Contact Lens Center
Family Eye Care of Woodstock
FITNESS STUDIO
The Best
TruFitness
One of the Best
Fitness For Life
Focus Health and Fitness
HEALTH CLUB
The Best
Sage YMCA
One of the Best
Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center
TruFitness
HEALTH FOOD STORE
The Best
Nature’s Cornucopia
One of the Best
Crystal Lake Health Food Store
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
MASSAGE THERAPY
The Best
Natural Therapy Wellness Center
One of the Best
Paul Hyland Salon & Day Spa
Spa TheraPe
MEMORY CARE FACILITY
The Best
White Oaks at McHenry
One of the Best
Shepherd Premier Seniot Living
Autumn Leaves of Crystal Lake
ORTHODONTICS
The Best
Conlon & Thompson Orthodontics
One of the Best
Hoffman Orthodontics
Dr. Gregory F. Kubik, DDS, MS
PEDIATRICIAN
The Best
Children’s Medical GroupS.C.
One of the Best
Pediatric Associates of Barrington
Pediatric Specialists of the Northwest
PHYSICAL THERAPY
The Best
Smith Physical Therapy + Running Academy
One of the Best
Given sports and Physical Therapy
Crystal Lake Physical Therapy
SENIOR LIVING
The Best
Shepherd Premier Senior Living
One of the Best
Fair Oaks Health Care Center
Heritage Woods of McHenry
YOGA
The Best
Fitness For Life
One of the Best
Sweet Feet Yoga
Yoga 4 Studio

House and Home - Retail

APPLIANCE STORE
The Best
Gulgren Appliance
One of the Best
Ehrke’s Used Appliancesand More
Menards
FLOORING
The Best
Kenny's Floor Covering
One of the Best
Howell’s Flooring
Murphy’s Flooring
FURNITURE
The Best
Mueller Interiors Inc.
One of the Best
Donahue's Furniture
Wickham Interiors
GARDEN CENTER
The Best
Countryside Flower Shop
One of the Best
The Barn Nursery
Harms Farm and Garden Center
HARDWARE STORE
The Best
Ziegler’s Ace Hardware
One of the Best
Bjorkman’s Ace Hardware
Menards
HOME DECOR
The Best
Yours & Meyn, Simply Designed
One of the Best
Mueller Interiors, Inc.
Wickham Interiors Inc.
MATTRESS
The Best
Verlo Mattress of McHenry
One of the Best
Windy City Furniture Direct
American Mattress
PAINT
The Best
Sherwin-Williams
One of the Best
Lloyd’s Paint ‘N Paper
Menards

House and Home - Services

FENCE
The Best
Woodmaster Fence
One of the Best
Fence Factory Family Inc.
HOME BUILDER
The Best
Gerstad Builders
One of the Best
Scholl Construction Company, Inc.
Hearth and Home Services, Inc.
Suran Built
HOME REMODELER
The Best
Innovative Home Concepts, Inc.
One of the Best
Suran Built
Assured Renovations
HVAC
The Best
Black Diamond Plumbing and Mechanical, Inc.
One of the Best
Althoff Industries, Inc.
Arctic Heating and Cooling
INTERIOR DESIGNER
The Best
Wickham InteriorsInc.
One of the Best
DF Design, Inc.
Mueller Interiors, Inc.
LANDSCAPE DESIGN
The Best
The Barn Nursery and Landscape Center
One of the Best
Countryside Flower Shop
Pheonix Landscaping Inc.
LAWNCARE MAINTENTANCE
The Best
Pheonix Landscaping Inc.
One of the Best
Limited Editon Lawn Care Inc.
That Weed Guy
The Barn Nursery and Landscape Center
PAINTER (INDOOR/OUTDOOR)
The Best
CT Design Concepts
One of the Best
R&J Painting LLC
JP Interiors, LLC
PLUMBER
The Best
Black Diamond Plumbing and Mechanical, Inc.
One of the Best
Althoff Industries, Inc.
All Pro Plumbing
POOL CARE
The Best
Arcidson Pools and Spas
One of the Best
Pool Werks
Prestige Pool Services
ROOFING
The Best
Innovative Home Concepts, Inc.
One of the Best

Expert Roofing Inc.

Charles Copley Roofing, Inc.

Personal Services

BARBER
The Best
Slim’s Barber Shop
One of the Best
Joe’s Barber Shop
Cary Barber Shop
COSMETIC SKIN CARE
The Best
Paul Hyland Salon & Day Spa
One of the Best
Rustic Roots Salon and Spa
SB Clinical Skincare
DAY SPA
The Best
Paul Hyland Salon & Day Spa
One of the Best
Rustic Roots Salon and Spa
Spa TheraPe
DRY CLEANER
The Best
Mr. Don’s Cleaners, Inc.
One of the Best
CD One Price Cleaners
Vogue Cleaners
HAIR SALON
The Best
Chazio’s Boutique Salon
One of the Best
Blush Salon and Spa
Paul Hyland Salon & Day Spa
HAIR STYLIST
The Best
Charles Nelson, Chazio’s Hair Colour Salon
One of the Best
Claudia Heinz, International Hairways
Melanie Dec, Chazios
NAIL SALON
The Best
Fashion Nails
One of the Best
Paul Hyland Salon & Day Spa
Profile Salon and Spa
PRESCHOOL
The Best
St. Barnabas Christian Preschool
One of the Best
Sage YMCA
Friendship House Inc.
TATTOO SHOP
The Best
Monster Ink Tattoo and Piercing Studio
One of the Best
Area 51 Tattoo
Full Moon Tattoo

Pet Care

ANIMAL SHELTER RESCUE
The Best
On Angels’ Wings - Pet Rescue and Resale Store
One of the Best
Helping Paws Animal Shelter
Animal House Shelter
DOG TRAINER
The Best
A+ Dog Training
One of the Best
Alden’s Kennel
Pawsibilities Dog Training
DOGGIE DAY CARE
The Best
Paws on Pingree
One of the Best
Fur the Love of Dogs Inc.
Camp Bow Wow
FEED AND SEED
The Best
Nature’s Feed
One of the Best
Thomas' Tails
Blain’s Farm & Fleet
PET GROOMER
The Best
Paws on Pingree
One of the Best
Fur the Love of DogsInc.
Cute 'n Cuddle Dog Grooming
PET KENNEL
The Best
Paws on Pingree
One of the Best
Alden’s Kennel
Fur the Love of Dogs Inc.
PET STORE
The Best
Thomas’ Tails
One of the Best
Nature’s Feed
Birds and Beasts Pet Shop
VETERINARIAN
The Best
Wonder Lake Veterinary Clinic
One of the Best
Richmond Veterinary Clinic
Fox Valley Animal Hospital

Professional Services

ACCOUNTANT
The Best
Glanz and Associates
One of the Best
Exemplar Accounting and Tax Advisors
JL Accounting
ATTORNEY
The Best
Diamond and LeSueur and Associates
One of the Best
Loizzo & Loizzo
Prime Law Group, LLC
COMPUTER REPAIR
The Best
Echelon Computers, Inc.
One of the Best
Corp IT
ProFix Computer Repair
EMPLOYMENT AGENCY
The Best
Experess Employment Professionals
One of the Best
Working World Staffing Services
Aerotek
FINANCIAL ADVISOR
The Best
Dorian Gray Retirement Planning
One of the Best
Exemplar Financial Network
Home State Bank
FUNERAL SERVICE
The Best
Davenport Family Funeral Home
One of the Best
Colonial Funeral Home & Crematory
Schneider Leucht Merwin and Cooney Funeral Home
INSURANCE AGENT
The Best
Cris Bimbi, State Farm
One of the Best
Phil Horn, State Farm
Mars Insurance Agency, Inc.
MOST CHARITABLE COMPANY
The Best
Home State Bank
One of the Best
Exemplar Financial Network
La Pizza Via
MOVING COMPANY
The Best
University Movers
One of the Best
Dreiske Moving and Storage
Zippy Shell

PHOTOGRAPHER
The Best
Justpix Inc.
One of the Best
Jessica Ditore
Linda M Barrett Productions
PRINTING AND SIGNAGE
The Best
Eby Graphics
One of the Best
Fast Signs
Sticker Dude
REAL ESTATE COMPANY
The Best
Blue Chip Real Estate, CL
One of the Best
The Bremer Team, Keller Williams
Northwest Suburban Real Estate

Retail - Food and Beverage

BAKERY
The Best
Riverside Bake Shop
One of the Best
Konrad’s Bakery
Swiss Maid Bakery
BUTCHER
The Best
Butcher on the Block
One of the Best
Kalck’s Butcher Shop
Orchard Prime Meats and Wine Shoppe
CHOCOLATE/CANDY
The Best
Riverside Chocolate Factory
One of the Best
Mellie’s Chocolate & Co.
Morkes Chocolates
GROCERY STORE DELI
The Best
Angelo’s Fresh Market
One of the Best
Fresh Thyme
Jewel-Osco
LIQUOR STORE
The Best
Garfield’s Beverage Warehouse
One of the Best
Binny’s Beverage Depot
Armanetti
LOCALLY OWNED GROCERY STORE
The Best
Angelo’s Fresh Market
One of the Best
Wonder Foods
Blue Cow
WINE SHOP
The Best
Garfield’s Beverage Warehouse
One of the Best
Binny’s Beverage Depot
Armanetti

Retail - Specialty

BRIDAL SHOP
The Best
Twisted Stem Floral
One of the Best
Kathryn’s Bridaland Dress Shop
jh Events and Flowers
CLOTHING BOUTIQUE (LADIES)
The Best
Wear Did U Get That
One of the Best
The Clothes Gallery
Shay Boutique, LLC.
FLORIST
The Best
Twisted Stem Floral
One of the Best
Wildrose Floral Design
Apple Creek Flowers
Countryside Flower Shop
GIFT SHOP
The Best
Out of the Box
One of the Best
Taste of Benedict’s and More
Apple Creek Flowers
JEWELRY STORE
The Best
Nelson’s Jewelry
One of the Best
Dalzell Jewelers
Steffan’s Jewelers
MUSIC STORE
The Best
Player’s Bench Music, Inc.
One of the Best
Pearl Street Music
Siren Records McHenry
RESALE SHOP
The Best
On Angels’ Wings- Pet Rescue and Resale Store
One of the Best
Too Cute Consignment
Sparrow's Nest Thrift Store and Donation Center
SHOE STORE
The Best
Heisler’s Bootery
One of the Best
The Running Depot
Ms Bossy Boots
SPECIALTY ITEM SHOP
The Best
Kitchen Outfitters
One of the Best
The Olive Tap
Material Girl, Inc.
STORE FOR KIDS
The Best
Marvin’s Toy Store
One of the Best
Kiddy Korner
Too Cute Consignment
VINTAGE CLOTHING AND FURNITURE
The Best
Your Best Friend’s Closet
One of the Best
A New Interiors Anew
Carriage House Antiques
WEDDING CAKE
The Best
Konrad’s Bakery
One of the Best
Clover Dust Cakes
Riverside Bake Shop

Sports and Recreation

APPLE ORCHARD
The Best
All Seasons Orchard
One of the Best
Royal Oak Farm Orchard
Lang's Orchard

BIKE SHOP

The Best
The Bike Haven
One of the Best
Lucky Brake Bicycles
Epic Cycle and Fitness
BOWLING
The Best
Raymond’s Bowl & Entertainment Center
One of the Best
Kingston Lanes Bowling and Sports Lounge
Metro Bowl
DANCE STUDIO - INSTRUCTION
The Best
Summers Academy of Dance
One of the Best
Judith Svalander School of Ballet
Full Circle Dance Center
GOLF COURSE
The Best
Turnberry Country Club
One of the Best
RedTail Golf Club
Woodstock Country Club
GYMNASTICS/CHEER
The Best
Cary Gymnastics Center
One of the Best
Crystal Lake Gymnastics Training Center
Trinity Academy of Gymnastics
HIKE
The Best
Moraine Hills State Park
One of the Best
Glacial Park
Veteran Acres Park
MARTIAL ARTS
The Best
Lee’s Martial Arts Academy
One of the Best
Young Masters Martial Arts
Mixed Martial Arts Underground
PARK/OUTDOOR
The Best
Three Oaks Recreation Area
One of the Best
Veteran Acres Park
Emricson Park
RUNNING TRAIL/PATH
The Best
Morraine Hills State Park
One of the Best
Glacial Park
Veteran Acres Park
SHOOTING RANGE
The Best
OnTarget Range & Tactical Training Center
One of the Best
Second Amendment Sports
C Y ARMORY
SWIM LESSONS
The Best
Sage YMCA
One of the Best
Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center
Dolphin Swim Club
VIDEO GAMING
The Best (tied)
Lucky Lulu’s
Offsides Sports Bar and Grill
The Spot Tavern Of Marengo