Best Of 1997

You said it. We listened - again. The result is the Orlando Weekly's second annual compendium of favorites - the Best of Orlando. And to contain it, it required the biggest Orlando Weekly ever - 100 pages listing more restaurants, more shops, more politics, more players and more things to get out and savor than ever before. So grab those scissors. Start clipping those items. Save them for when friends - the ones you like - come to town, or for when you just want to amuse yourself. This is where to go. What to do. Where to shop. What to eat. Who to tune in. Who to tune out. The guide to all things great and grand in Orlando. You deserve it.

The hundreds of you who took time to fill out our readers' Poll more than doubled last year's response. But there is only so much room on a ballot. That means we again took the liberty to add a few things that we wanted to write about. Things like Best Humiliation of a Former Orlando Magic Forward. Best-Kept Secret for Free Gourmet Food. Best Hypocrisy in Broadcasting. Also, we shared with you the best of the things that you told us we forgot.

Thanks to ballot counters David Buckner, Marilyn Drabik, Nelson Figuerosa, Angel Kirschbaum and Elaine Stoerrie, whose patience and attention to detail carried us through the long hours of tallying. Reward them by consuming the results aggressively. Because you've only got 364 days to get it all in before we come out with the next one.