I honestly can’t be the only person that raised an eyebrow or whose brain almost shorted out when the annual Best of the Upstate winners were announced in the Greenville News a couple weeks ago. I honestly didn’t want to write about this, but the more I talk to others, they were equally confused.
First of all, absolutely no direspect is intended for the winners, but even they have to admit that it is a little confusing. Let’s go over some of the “highlights”…
* Best Pizza – Papa Johns
- OK, unless college kids were the only ones voting, this makes no sense unless a memo went around Papa Johns corporate. Bertolo’s, Formano’s, etc???
*Best Breakfast Restaurant – IHOP
- I mean, come on!?! With packed establishments like Stax Omega and Tommy’s Ham House, I have to cry foul here. I would love to see the top 3, because I’d be willing to bet McDonald’s was somehow also in their ranking.
*Best Seafood & Best Overall Restaurant – Silver Bay Seafood
- Let me set the record straight, I don’t mind Silver Bay, but there is no possible way it is the best restaurant in the Upstate when I can choose from 90% of the tables at 12:30 on a Tuesday. It is a great place if you are looking for the “World’s Best Fish Sandwich”…for $5.99 (which includes sides and tea). Seriously though, best restaurant in the Upstate? Doubtful. I’m not even going into my favorites, but Silver Bay doesn’t even make the top 20.
The bottom line is that until the Greenville News starts logging IP addresses for voters, to ensure some level of reliable results, there is no way that the list will be taken seriously. For all we know, these companies are hiring someone to sit there and vote all day long for the entire voting period. I just fail to believe that the majority of those living in Greenville would choose some of the businesses ranked as “Best of the Upstate”.
Even some of these business owners had to raise an eyebrow.