Here are the 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards

More than 20,000 votes were cast in the categories this year, including best car wash, best coffee shop, best cheap drinks and many more.

Anne Janzen

The votes are in for the fifth-annual Readers’ Choice Awards, recognizing the best people, places and things in Surrey and North Delta.

More than 20,000 votes were cast in the categories this year, including best car wash, best coffee shop, best cheap drinks and many more.

For 2015, voters welcomed new businesses and supported lots of familiar faces and places as well.

So, when you’re looking to grab some great Thai food, want to make new friends, or you’re hoping to do something fun with the kids, check out what The Leader’s readers recommend.

Our thanks to all those who participated in this year’s awards and congratulations to all the top picks.

Also congratulations to Surrey’s Alicia Welder, who won the 2015 cash prize of $1,000 for taking part in the voting process.

For your chance to win next year, be sure to vote in the Readers’ Choice Awards in 2016. Voting begins in September.

This year’s winners are:

PEOPLE

Most wonderful Surreyite

1. Mitra Castano

2. Kabir Bath

3. Dianne Watts

 

Most wonderful North Deltan

1. Nicole Dhaliwal

2. Carson Jones

3. Eliza Olsen

 

Best business person

1. Mitra Castano

2. Sukhi Bath

3. Dr. Mahsa Soraya

 

Most invisible politician

1. Nina Grewal

2. Harry Bains

 

Most seen around town

1. Jinny Sims

2. Dianne Watts

3. Bruce Hayne

 

Most trustworthy politician

1. Dianne Watts

2. Jinny Sims

3. Lois Jackson

 

Best use of taxpayers’ money

1. Road construction

2. Surrey Public Libraries

3. Recreational facilities

 

Worst use of taxpayers’ money

1. New city hall

2. Transit

3. Spraying pesticides

 

LIVING

Outdoor activity in good weather

1. Going to Crescent Beach

2. Walking in Burns Bog

3. Movies Under the Stars

 

Outdoor activity in bad weather

1. Shopping at Guildford Town Centre

2. Walking in Burns Bog

3. Funtopia

 

Indoor activity

1. Bowling

2. Badminton

3. Swimming

 

Place to take a tourist

1. White Rock

2. Crescent Beach

3. Guildford Town Centre

 

Place to take your kids

1. Crescent Beach

2. Surrey Public Libraries

3. Bear Creek Park

 

Place to take your parents

1. Bear Creek Park

2. Farmers’ markets

3. Crescent Beach

 

Place to escape stress

1. Pure Scents Massage Therapy

2. Avisio Naturopathic Clinic

3. Healing Movements Yoga Centre

 

Spot to people watch

1. White Rock

2. Bear Creek Park

3. Guildford Town Centre

 

Neighbourhood

1. Kennedy Heights

2. Morgan Crossing

3. Panorama/Sullivan

 

New non-residential building

1. Coast Capital Savings headquarters

2. City Centre Library

 

Park

1. Bear Creek

2. Unwin

3. Watershed

 

Movie theatre

1. Strawberry Hill Cinemas

2. Hollywood 3 Cinemas

 

Bowling Alley

1. Scottsdale Lanes

2. Clover Lanes

3. Dell Lanes

 

Seniors’ care

1. Amenieda

2. Kennedy House Seniors’ Society

3. Suncreek Village

 

Local charity

1. Surrey Food Bank

2. Salvation Army

3. Surrey Hospice Society

 

Festival

1. Fusion Festival

2. Vasaikhi Parade

3. City of Surrey Tree Lighting

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Community recreation centre

1. Sungod Recreation Centre

2. Guildford Recreation Centre

3. Newton Recreation Centre

 

Fitness facility

1. Kaboom Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Mixed

Martial Arts

2. Steve Nash

3. Sungod Recreation Centre

 

Dental clinic

1. Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry

2. Angel Care Dental

3. Guildford Orthodontic Centre

 

Medical clinic

1. Avisio Naturopathic Clinic

2. Care Place Medical (various locations)

3. Fraser Heights Medical Clinic

 

Massage therapist

1. Bobbi Slawson

2. Shawn Carlsen

3. Suzanne Schmidt

 

Chiropractor

1. Dr. Sharon Dhaliwal

2. Dr. Sean Maxwell

3. Dr. Sukh Mann

 

Golf course

1. Guildford Golf and Country Club

2. Sunshine Woods Golf Centre

3. Eaglequest – Coyote Creek

 

Martial arts

1. Kaboom Brazilian Jiu-Jistu & Mixed

Martial Arts

2. Triunity Martial Arts Studio

3. Surrey Martial Arts

 

Yoga

1. Healing Movements Yoga Centre

2. Bikram Yoga Delta

 

Spa

1. FLUID Day Spa

2. Aru Spa and Salon

3. Kenza Day Spa

 

STYLE

Hair salon

1. SalonManhattan

2. Vivace Hair Studio

 

Jeweller

1. Gold Room Jewellers

2. Gold Star Jeweller

3. Pandora

 

Manicure/pedicure

1. B.B. Nails

2. L.A. Nails

3. Elegant Nails

 

Women’s clothing

1. Reitmans

2. Winners

3. Aritzia

 

Men’s clothing

1. Moores Clothing for Men

2. Walmart

3. Costco

 

Kid’s clothing

1. Walmart

2. Sears

 

Shoe store

1. Payless ShoeSource

2. The Bay

 

Tattoos/piercing

1. Westcoast Piercing and Ink

2. Evil By Needle

 

SERVICES

Auto repair/service

1. OK Tire & Auto Service

2. Newton Auto Repair

3. Canadian Tire (various locations)

 

New car dealer

1. Surrey Honda

2. Jim Pattison Hyundai

3. Applewood Kia

 

Used car dealer

1. Sukhi Bath Motors

2. Hare Motors

 

Car wash

1. Washworld

2. SpeedWash

3. Splashes

 

Cellular mobility

1. Telus

2. Bell

3. Wind Mobile

 

Realtor

1. Erica Tucker

2. Aaron Sosa

3. Sara Pickering

 

Real estate agency

1. Homelife – Titus

2. RE/MAX

3. HomeLife Benchmark

Titus Realty

 

Insurance Broker

1. Kani Hothi

2. Firth Bateman

 

Financial institution

1. Coast Capital Savings

2. Royal Bank

3. Scotiabank

 

Taxi company

1. Surdell Taxi

2. Newton Whalley Hi-Way Taxi

 

Art Supply Store

1. Chapters

2. Michaels

 

Photofinishing

1. London Drugs

2. Walmart

 

Education facility

1. Kwantlen Polytechnic University

2. Simon Fraser University

 

Banquet hall

1. The Grand Taj

2.  Crown Palace Banquet Hall

3. Aria Banquet Hall & Convention Centre

 

Tire store

1. Kal Tire

2. Costco

3. Canadian Tire

 

Travel agency

1. Marlin Travel

2. Pitmar Tours

3. Flight Centre

 

Ubrew

1. Urban Vintner

2. SR Brewing

 

SHOPPING

Shopping centre

1. Guildford Town

Centre

2. Morgan Crossing

2. Scottsdale Centre

 

Thrift shop

1. Value Village

2. Talize

3. Salvation Army

 

Book store

1. Chapters

2. Talize

3. Black Bond Books

 

Grocery store

1. Fresh St. Market

2. Save-On-Foods

3. Real Canadian Superstore

 

Ethnic grocer

1. Fruiticana

2. T & T Supermarket

3. Greco’s Specialty Foods

 

Farm market

1. North Delta Farmers’ Market

2. 2 EE’s Farm

3. Kin’s Farm Market

 

Organic produce

1. The Organic Grocer

2. Fresh St. Market

 

Home appliance store

1. Ben’s Maytag

2. Home Depot

3. Trail Appliance

 

Home furnishings store

1. The Brick

2. Walmart

3. Mason’s Cloverdale

Home Furnishings

 

Home improvement store

1. Home Depot

2. Southridge Building

Supplies

3. Canadian Tire

 

Garden centre/florist

1. 99 Nursery & Florist

2. Floral Symphony

3. Port Kells Nurseries

 

Liquor store

1. Scott 72

2. Liquor Depot

3. Brewsters Pub and Liquor Store

 

Pet store

1. Bosley’s (various locations)

2. PetSmart (various locations)

 

Flooring

1. Westcoast Moulding & Millwork

2. King of Floors

3. Home Depot

DINING

Bakery

1. COBS

2. Veneto’s Cake and Pastries

3. Cuatro Coffee

 

Breakfast and brunch

1. White Spot

2. Denny’s

3. IHOP

 

Burgers

1. Donegal’s Irish House

2. Vera’s Burger Shack

3. A&W

 

Chain restaurants

1. Cactus Club

2. Browns Social House

3. White Spot

 

Chinese

1. Yummy Wonton House

2. Golden Panda

3. Sanhao BBQ Delight

 

Coffee Shop

1. Cuatro Coffee

2. Starbucks

3. Tim Hortons

 

Family-friendly restaurant

1. White Spot

2. Yummy Wonton House

 

Fast food

1. A&W

2. Wendy’s

3. McDonald’s Restaurants

 

Fine Dining

1. Old Surrey Restaurant

2. The Keg Steakhouse and Bar

3. Elizabeth’s Chalet

 

Fish ’n chips

1. Salty’s Fish and Chips

2. Donegal’s Irish House

3. White spot

 

Greek food

1. Vlassis Souvlaki & Greek Taverna

2. Greek Islands

3. Royal Oak Restaurant

 

Indian

1. Tasty Indian Bistro

2. Viti Curry

3. Mirch Masala

 

Japanese/sushi

1. Nordel Sushi

2. Akari

3. Guildford Sushi House

 

Neighbourhood pub

1. Donegal’s Irish House

2. Sundowner

3. ONE20 Public House

 

Patio

1. Cactus Club

2. Browns Social House

3. Central City Brew Pub +

Restaurant

 

Pizza

1. Boston Pizza

2. Westin Pizza

3. Pizza Hut

 

Sandwiches

1. Subway

2. Be’wiched Cafe

3. Donegal’s Irish House

 

Steak house

1. The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

 

Thai

1. Sabai Thai Restaurant

2. Thai By Thai

3. Naam Thai Bistro

 

AFTER DARK

Appies

1. Cactus Club

2. Donegal’s Irish House

3. Sundowner

 

Cheap drinks

1. Browns Social House

2. Sundowner

3. ONE20 Public House

 

Late night Eating

1. Donegal’s Irish House

2. White Spot

3. Cactus Club

 

Place to hang out with friends

1. Brown’s Social House

2. Dublin Crossing Irish Pub

3. Brewsters Pub

 

Place to hear music

1. Dublin Crossing Irish Pub

2. Sundowner

3. ONE20 Public House

 

Place to meet new people

1. YMCA

2. Cactus Club

3. Sundowner

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▶ LUCKIER THAN A FOUR-LEAF CLOVER

Cheers to Donegal’s Irish House, where owner/manager Daniel Cook raises a frosty one for being chosen in six categories: Best neighbourhood pub, Best burgers, Best late night eating, Best appies, Best fish ’n chips, and Best sandwiches. Evan Seal photo.

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