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"And the Winner is..." BEST CHOWDER

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In this week's edition of "And the Winner is..." we have a soup-er topic. The Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off takes place next weekend in Carolina Beach. In honor of the 16th annual event, we want to know who cooks up the thick stew better than the rest. Whether it's New England or Manhattan clam, seafood, corn or potato, we want to know who makes the BEST CHOWDER in the Cape Fear? Here's how the votes are mixing up so far (5 pm Tues.):
Fish House, Oak Island - 71%
Fish Bites, Carolina Beach Rd. - 14%
Elijah's, Downtown Wilmington - 7%

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"And the Winner is..." BEST GOLF COURSE

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video For this week's "And the Winner is..." we are teeing it up. Tourism is a driving force in this area, and a lot of that business is on the dozens of golf courses in our region. So we want to know who has the finest fairways and the greatest greens that make it the BEST GOLF COURSE in the Cape Fear? Here's how the votes are teeing up (4 pm Thurs.):
Cape Fear National, www.capefearnational.com - 39%
Beau Rivage, www.beaurivagegolf.com - 28%
Magnolia Greens, www.magnoliagreensgolf.com - 19%

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"And the winner is..." BEST PEST CONTROL

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For this week's "And the Winner is..." we want to know who keeps the bugs out of your home? With summer coming up, the ants will come marching in, the roaches will roam and other critters will crawl. We want to know who keeps your home insect free. Who has the BEST PEST CONTROL in the Cape Fear? Here's how the votes are crawling in (FINAL NUMBERS):
Pestco Exterminating Co. - 910.791.5432 - 44%
Jay Taylor Exterminating - 910.791.6836 - 28%
Dodson Bros. Exterminating - 910.392.3330 - 6%

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"And the Winner is..." BEST GARDEN STORE

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video Spring is in the air, and it officially begins this week. That means it's time to start thinking about your lawn and garden. So in this week's edition of "And the Winner is..." we're looking for the perfect place for plants. What business is blossoming with the best blooms? Who has the most fantastic flowers and foliage? Where do you go to make sure the grass in greener in your yard? What is the BEST GARDEN STORE in the Cape Fear?
Here's how the votes are blossoming (as of 2:30 p.m. Thursday):
Pender Pines, Hampstead: 88%
Country Nursery, Whiteville: 6%
Plant Place, Wilmington: 3%
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"And the Winner is..." BEST IRISH PUB

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To win this week's "And the Winner is..." contest, it'll take the luck of the Irish. With St. Patrick's Day coming up, we're looking for the perfect place to celebrate the holiday. Who pulls the perfect pint? Who goes green better than anyone? We want to know where to find the BEST IRISH PUB in the Cape Fear. Here's how the votes are poured in:
The Dubliner, Carolina Beach Rd. - 31%
Fibber's Public House, Pavillion Place - 30%
Halligan's Public House, Masonboro Loop Rd. - 24%
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"And the Winner is..." BEST PET GROOMER

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videoIn this week's "And the Winner is..." we want to know who is the BEST PET GROOMER in the area. When it is time to get Brutus bathed or Fifi fluffed up, where do you go? Congratulations to All About Dogs in Southport! Full story...

"And the Winner is..." Best Breakfast

Breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day, and if there's one thing our area has a lot of, it's good places to get breakfast. Whether it's wonderful waffles, plentiful pancakes, opulent omelets or magnificent muffins, we want to know which restaurant serves up the BEST BREAKFAST in the Cape Fear. Congratulations to Russell's Place Restaurant in Oak Island!

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"And the Winner is..." BEST BREAKFAST

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videoBreakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day, and if there's one thing our area has a lot of, it's good places to get breakfast. Whether it's wonderful waffles, plentiful pancakes, opulent omelets or magnificent muffins, we want to know which restaurant serves up the BEST BREAKFAST in the Cape Fear. Congratulations to Russell's Place Restaurant in Oak Island! Full story...

"And the Winner is..." BEST SEAFOOD MARKET

In this week's "And the Winner is..." contest, we turn to the sea. Who do you think sells the best shrimp and the freshest fish? When it comes to seafood, which store schools the others? We want to know which is the BEST SEAFOOD MARKET on the Cape Fear coast.

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"And the Winner is..." BEST SEAFOOD MARKET

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videoIn this week's "And the Winner is..." contest, we turn to the sea. Who do you think sells the best shrimp and the freshest fish? When it comes to seafood, which store schools the others? We want to know which is the BEST SEAFOOD MARKET on the Cape Fear coast. Here's how the votes are reelin' in (4 pm Thurs.):
Haag & Sons Seafood, Oak Island - 57%
Blackburn Bros. Seafood, Carolina Beach - 20%
Sea View Crab Company, Carolina Beach Rd., - 9%
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"And the Winner is..." BEST ASIAN BUFFET

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We're all looking for a good value, and there may be no better value when dining out than a good Asian buffet. Which one has the most and tastiest options, whatever your taste? Which one gives you the best bang for your buck? Whose steam tables seem to stretch on forever? From fried rice to fortune cookies, which is the BEST CHINESE BUFFET in the Cape Fear? Congratulations to Hibachi Grill at 356 S. College Road in Wilmington. Full story...

"And the Winner is..." NOMINATE NEW CATEGORIES

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For more than a year we've polled the community to find out which businesses and organizations are the best in various categories. Now we want to know what categories we've missed. In this week's edition of "And the Winner is..." the winner will be you, as you help us choose some new kinds of excellence. Let us know which contest categories you'd like to see, and we'll pick some to run. NOMINATE NOW Full story...

"And the Winner is..." BEST SPORTS BAR

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video With football playoffs and basketball season in full swing, we want to know where do you like to go to watch the game? In this week's "And the Winner is..." contest, we want to know where you watch your favorite team play when you're not enjoying the game at home. Who has the biggest screens, the best gametime food and the coldest drinks? Let us know the BEST SPORTS BAR in the Cape Fear. Here's how the votes are rolling in (4 pm Thurs.):
Chaser's Sports Bar & Grill, Oak Island - 50%
Kick Back Jack's, Wilmington - 28%
Buffalo Wild Wings, Wilmington - 12%
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"And the Winner is..." BEST GYM

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videoLast week we found out who has the BEST SALAD to help you eat healthier. But as you work on your New Year's resolution, where should you go to get in active and in shape? Maybe it's the place with the best array of machines and weights. Or maybe you're looking for specialized workouts to tone your body. Whatever your exercise options, we want to know which is the BEST GYM in the Cape Fear. Congratulations to CrossFit Coastal! Full story...

"And the Winner is..." BEST SALAD

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video Now that the new year and new resolutions are here, we wanted to know who you think has the BEST SALAD in the area for when you feel like eating healthy? Whether you like your dressing on the side, a Caesar, made with spinach or made with lettuce, let us know who you think has the BEST SALAD on the menu. Here's how the numbers are tossing (4 pm Tues.):
Ruby Tuesday - 21%
Brasserie du Soleil - 14%
Olive Garden - 12%
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