Best of the Fox
Voted on by Northwest Herald readers
Our mission at the Northwest Herald is to serve our communities and make them better places to live.
We're not alone in that mission, however. Local businesses and our loyal readers play an important role in our communities. And each year, we allow our readers to select their favorite businesses in the Best of the Fox contest.
These are the best of the best according to Northwest Herald readers. We're pleased to present this year's Best of the Fox winners, and we look forward to doing it all again next year.
Best of the Fox: 2016
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Best of the Fox: 2015
Click here to view the 2015 Best of the Fox winners.
Making Dreams Come True“Best of the Fox”
Category: Banquet Facility
“One of the Best”
Category: Caterer (onsite)
After 30 successful years in the restaurant business, particularly as owner of Warsaw Inn, Bernice Zubrzycki could have called it quits and been happy with her accomplishments. Instead, she decided to change things up. She retired the popular buffet and overhauled the building to create the urban chic 31 North Banquets and Catering. It’s a decision she hasn’t regretted. “It makes me very happy that I created something new,” Bernice says. “I think in the industry, in hospitality, you’re only as good as your last event. And we strive to make every event the best possible.” Wedding receptions make up the majority of 31 North’s business, and guests appreciate the fact that, as a boutique venue, Bernice and her staff are committed to one event a
‘Plunging’ into business ownership works well for couple“One of the Best”
Mike Linderman has been in the plumbing business for more than 30 years, but about six years ago, he decided he wanted to take the plunge into business ownership. He and his wife, Michelle, opened up All Pro Plumbing in McHenry, and together they and their two licensed staff plumbers service the entire McHenry County area and beyond. With a hearty motto of, “If water flows through it, we do it,” All Pro Plumbing takes care of all plumbing and sewer repairs, including sink and faucet repairs, sump pump issues, faulty water heaters, clogged drain/sewer lines and more, both residentially and commercially. Mike and Michelle have learned a lot in the past half decade, and one of the most important lessons has been to value their customers. In fa
BBQ King SmokehouseBest of the Fox 2015 for Best BBQ Ribs
At BBQ King Smokehouse, the ribs go on daily at 8 a.m.
McHenry County residents have spokenBrunch Café has been honored with the title of Best Omelette and Best Breakfast in Best of the Fox 2015.
This contemporary breakfast and lunch café opened in Feb. 2008 and offers breakfast basics, as well as more decadent offerings, like stuffed French toast, blueberry bliss cakes and berry explosion waffles. The local chain is owned by Peter Revel, George Revel, Andy Zatos and Ted Zatos.
Buffalo Wild WingsBest Chicken Wings
Best Place to Watch the Game
If you are looking for the best place in McHenry County to catch the game, while also eating the best chicken wings, Buffalo Wild Wings has you covered.
Best burgers on the block“Best of the Fox”
When Daniel Hart bought D.C. Cobbs in Woodstock seven years ago, the kitchen wasn’t open.
Customer convenience at the car wash“Best of the Fox”
Category: Car Wash/Detailing
For Kim and Joe Doherty, opening up four car wash and detail centers wasn’t exactly on their radar in 1998.
Herrick Auto Rebuilders-Collision Repair with Care since 1948"Best of the Fox"
Best Auto Body Repair
Herrick Auto Rebuilders has been a trusted collision repair specialist with an outstanding customer service record since 1948. Founded by Walt Herrick, Sr. and still family owned and operated 67 years later, the team at Herrick enjoys a sterling reputation.
Integrity and Knowledge are Hallmarks for Howell’s"Best of the Fox"
Best Flooring and Carpet Cleaning
Family-owned and operated since 1972, Todd and Marnie Howell continue the legacy of investing time to listen and learn about their clients’ home and lifestyle. Then they share their knowledge and make the best recommendations for flooring, including all care, cleaning, and restoration of it, too.
You Can Bet on The Long Shot Sports Pub"Best of the Fox"
Best Video Gaming
Owners Paul Gasior and Claudia Cox want everyone to feel welcome at their sports pub. “We have a warm atmosphere where we greet people by name. Whether you’re here for a family dinner, some gaming, a girls’ night out, or a group wanting to watch your favorite team, everyone is welcome!” declares Gasior.
More Than a Pet Food StoreWhen asked what has made Nature’s Feed voted part of the Best of the Fox for five years in a row, owner Dorothy Vetrovec says, “We truly care about our customers and community, and that’s reflected in our customer service. People feel our passion for pets and pet health and wellness. We go above and beyond for our clients by providing knowledge and a diversity of products, and it shows in our customer loyalty.”
When asked what has made Nature’s Feed voted part of the Best of the Fox for five years in a row, owner Dorothy Vetrovec says, “We truly care about our customers and community, and that’s reflected in our customer service. People feel our passion for pets and pet health and wellness. We go above and beyond for our clients by providing knowledge and a diversity of products, and it shows in our customer loyalty.”
Live theater, music doesn’t get any better“Best of the Fox”
Category: Live theater
“One of the Best”
Category: Live music venue
The venue that once staged Gene Autry is still showcasing top acts and local theater in the heart of the western suburbs.
Suran Built"Best of the Fox"
Best Home Builder and Remodeler
Suran Built uses a simple formula of commitment, quality, integrity and attitude to bring harmony to its client’s home through remodeling products and services.
111 Years of history at "The Broken Oar"The Broken Oar
“One of the Best”
Category: Restaurant Visited By Boat
Thirty years ago this month, avid fisherman Mike Haber bought The Broken Oar in Port Barrington because he wanted the marina portion of the business.
Better than the rest“Best of the Fox”
Category: Mattress store
After nine years of working at the Verlo Mattress Factory Store in Crystal Lake, Ray Westman was happy to take over ownership of the franchise.
Exceptional Food and Great Spirits Abound at The Public House"Best of the Fox"
Best Bowl of Soup and Tavern/Pub
For Brian Loprino, the restaurant industry was an important part of his livelihood growing up. After he and Kathryn married, they found their way to Woodstock. “We just knew it was the right place to open a business and raise our family,” says Kathryn.
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