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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’re changing course a bit for next week’s "And the Winner is…" We’d like to know who’s your favorite local politician? Has your favorite elected official lived up to their campaign promises? Do you appreciate their vision and the ideas they have for our future? Who would you vote into the office of BEST POLITICIAN in the Cape Fear?

We’ll announce the winner Friday on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 6 p.m.

PAST WINNERS INCLUDE:

Best Irish Pub: The Dubliner (3/11)
1756 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28401-6138
(910) 343-8342

Best Wrightsville Beach Restaurant: 22 North (3/4)
22 North Lumina Avenue
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
(910) 509-0177

Best Breakfast: K’S CAFE & BAR (2/18)
6322 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 791-6995

Best Lunch Sport: Temptations Everyday Gourmet (2/11)
2 Wilmington locations

Best Sushi: The Bento Box (2/4)
1121 Military Cutoff Road, L
Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 509-0774

Best Women’s Clothing Store: Stein Mart (1/28)
3501 Oleander Drive #1
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 772-1533

Best Downtown Restaurant: Copper Penny (1/21)
109 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-1373

Best Place to Buy Wine: Noni Bacca Winery (1/14)
420 Eastwood Road, #108
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 397-7617

Best Local Gym: CrossFit Coastal (1/7)
5726 Market Street
Wilmington

Best Electronics Store: Soundtronics (12/24)
5715 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 395-6004

Best Jewelry Store: Reeds Jewelers (12/17)
Independence Mall & Mayfaire Town Center
Wilmington

Best Toy Store: Warehouse 9 (12/10)
814 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 793-6711

Best Place to Buy a Christmas Tree: Cape Fear Optimist Club (12/3)
Kmart Parking Lot
815 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

Best Bookstore: Pomegranate Books (11/19)
4418 Park Avenue, Wilmington
(910) 452-1107

Best Radio Morning Show: Carter & Jackie in the Morning (11/12)
102.7 GNI

Best High School Marching Band: North Brunswick High School (11/5)
Leland

Best Haunted Attraction: Grissettown Longwood Fire Department Haunted Trail (10/30)
758 Longwood Road
Ocean Isle Beach

Best Fried Chicken: Smithfield’s Chicken ‘n Bar-B-Q (10/23)
Three Wilmington/Leland locations

Best Steak: Texas Roadhouse (10/16)
230 Eastwood Road, Wilmington
(910) 798-1770

Best French Fries: P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille (10/9)
Six Wilmington/Leland locations

Best Chinese Food: Szechuan 132 (10/2)
419 S. College Road, Wilmington
(910) 799-1426

Best Italian Food: A Taste of Italy (9/24)
1101 S. College Road, Wilmington
(910) 392-7529

Best Place to Watch a Football Game: Hell’s Kitchen (9/17)
118 Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 763-4133

Best Chicken Sandwich: Chick-Fil-A (9/10)
Five Wilmington locations

Best Florist: Moxie Floral Design Studio (9/3)
116-A Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 202-2695

Best Buffet: Golden Corral (8/27)
5130 New Centre Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 392-1984
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5211 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28412
(910) 392-7777

Best Bagel: Empire Deli & Bagels (8/20)
7419 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28411-9454
(910) 686-6755
-or-
1105 New Pointe Blvd
Leland, NC
(910) 383-8383

Best Iced Tea: Sonja’s Grill (8/13)
15 Coastal Drive Southwest
Supply, NC 28462
(910) 754-5115

Best Bakery: Apple Annie’s (8/6)
837 South Kerr Avenue
Wilmington
(910) 799-9023

Best Sub Sandwich: Sub Stop (7/30)
2432 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28401-7655
(910) 343-0097

Best Burrito: Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn (7/23)
4002 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403-6815
(910) 799-2919

Best Ice Cream: Calabash Creamery (7/16)
9910 Beach Drive Southwest
Calabash, NC 28467-2710
(910) 575-1180

Best Burgers: Sonja’s Grill (7/9)
15 Coastal Drive Southwest
Supply, NC 28462
(910) 754-5115

Best Hot Dogs: Paul’s Place (7/2)
11725 US Highway 117 S
Rocky Point, NC 28457
(910) 675-2345

Best Coffee: Jumpin’ Java (6/25)
4635 Main Street
Shallotte, NC 28470
(910) 754-5282

Best Wings: Mama Brava’s (6/18)
119 Holden Beach Rd SW
Shallotte, NC 28470-1787
(910) 754-5151

Most Romantic/Best Restaurant to take a Date: Freddie’s Restaurant at Kure Beach (6/11)
111 K Ave
Kure Beach, NC 28449
(910) 458-5979

Best Donuts: Britt’s (6/4)
Carolina Beach Boardwalk

Best Pizza: Princess Pizza (5/28)
204 Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401-3951
(910) 772-8006

Best Seafood Platter: Something Fishy (5/21)
3436 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28412-0908
(910) 395-0909

Best Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich: Flip’s BBQ (5/14)
5818 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403-4769
(910) 799-6350

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  • Adios Wilmington

    Why not Ricky Meeks?! Look at the rest of the arrogant crooks running things in Wilmington these days. It’s the honest truth! I was raised in Wilmington, and have seen the changes for sure. It’s so sad to see the way things are in Wilmington now. I’m glad to have gotten the heck out while my family still had a chance! At least Ricky Meeks is friendly to people, and people KNOW who he is! Can’t be any worse than those idiots in office right now—especially Jason Thompson! Talk about a sack of something. He’s one of them!

  • Guest

    Jon David is my worst nightmare! I went out and worked for him but he and some of his staff are arrogant! My idea of a public servant is someone whom wants to help us instead of wasting our tax dollars trying a case that he has proof that won’t be a case! He is so full of himself GOD help those of us under his throne!

  • Rosegardennc

    Ricky Meeks! No doubt about it! He’s approachable, has common sense, and truly has the welfare of Wilmington in his heart!

  • Francine DeCoursey

    SUS HAMILTON has my VOTE FOR BEST POLITICIAN. Over the years, I have watched her as
    she visits every community, learns their issues, does her research, weighs both sides fairly,
    and comes up with a smart strategy as a WIN-WIN for all. Not many can claim the innate
    ability to understand both sides…but as a true DEMOCRAT raised in a Republican family,
    SUSI has been ‘listening to both sides’ her entire life.

    She has gained immeasurable experience in her work as a City Planner, with DARE, in
    economic development, historic preservation, etc…and is a strong, outspoken, articulate
    woman with a passion and a purpose to better the lives of everyone in her district..
    in her town..indeed in her world. HANDS DOWN…SUSI HAMILTON FOR BEST POLITICIAN!

  • Guest

    She was only rep in local delegation to support the tax and spend wilmington city council.
    Hamilton supports their desire for more land grabs and forced annexation.
    Hamilton supports their tax and spend policy.
    Hamilton supported taxpayer money for the Gravely and MS McColl
    Suzi Q is just another saffo tag along-which we cant afford and no longer want.
    QUITE THE CONTRARY SHE IS HIGHLY PARTISAN AND is part of the ultra liberal crowd. She may be a nice person but she is absolutely terrible in these changing times for our community

  • Nancy

    Susi Hamilton!!!

  • Guest

    My VOTE is for Ricky…at least he never gets elected! And besides don’t you spell it TOM??!?!

  • Guest

    There should be no question. Thom Goolsby of course!!

  • Guest

    Forget Lebron, Wade and Chris , can we draft Sheen and Thompson for city council this year. We bring Thompson back and we add Sheen-he doesnt have a job right now but maybe he could come to wilmington?
    At least city council would be a bit funny inspite of the fact they are bankrupting us in so many ways. Just think about it—–please

  • Guest

    We have media like wway3 and the few good politocs we have are subjected to sleaze attacks from nut cases and this station. No wonder we have the likes of the cast of characters on city council-tomey-padget-sheridan-saffo and the other boys and girls. Thank heaven for some new blood-they may not last long but at least we will have an improvement for a little while. Transparency-no to the arts using our money- a budget on line- a willingness to take on special interests–not the clowns on city council- I’d take the county leaders anyday–and that includes thompson

  • Joanna Brinson

    Without a doubt—- GOOLSBY!!!!!

  • Guest

    With all due respect to the ladies-let’s be fair. On all the points you mention let’s give credit where credit is dserved. On all the points you folks make we can add the Convention Center, the Gravely/McColl gift and our very own SKYWAY GOLD PLATED BRidge to the list of Saffo accomplishments. The ladies have done their share, but if we are really fair and objective Saffo take the case-along with other things.

  • Guest

    I CAN’T AGREE WITH EARLIER POST–I THINK PADGET DESERVES TIO BE #1 IN COMMUNITY-
    SHE NOT ONLY HAS VOTED FOR HIGHER TAXES AND SPENDING
    SHE HAS VOTED NUMEROUS TIMES FOR FORCED ANNEXTAION
    SHE SUPPORTS GIVING TAX PAYER MONEY TO THE ARTS
    SHE HAS ARROGANTLY SPENT TAXPAYER MONEY

    GIVE HER A CHANCE-SHE HAS EARNED IT!!

  • guest

    Here is a local politico who is tied in with developers-and has supported the wilmington agenda for more taxes and spending and Hamilton supports more forced annexation. She has accomplished nothing-Ok maybe that is what qualifies her for best in show?

  • J. Locke

    Pantano… Actually, I’d like to see a libertarian get elected.. That would be very interesting…

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