By Jonathan Winslow
ANAHEIM — Orange County’s finest places to eat, shop and play, as chosen by Orange County Register readers, were honored in a celebration Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the City National Grove of Anaheim.
Best of Orange County, an annual publication of the Register now in its 24th year, collected 120,000 votes in nearly 100 categories this year. Topics included the wide-reaching, such as the best city to live in or the hottest places to eat and shop, to the very specific – the best places to buy new blinds and shutters, for example.
BEST OF ORANGE COUNTY: See the full list of winners
The evening’s awards were presented by a host of local celebrities with close ties to Orange County – including Olympic swimming gold medalist Janet Evans; co-star of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop,” Christina El Moussa; star of Bravo TV’s “Real Estate Wars,” Joele “JoJo” Romeo-Watson; Irvine-based recording artist Skylar Stecker; renowned marine life artist Wyland and Chef Amar Santana.
Big winners of the night included the City of Irvine being voted the best city to live in, with Orange reigning as the king of downtowns.
Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG