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Winners of the Elkhart Truth's Best of Elkhart County restaurants announced

There no shortage of great restaurants in Elkhart County, but which ones do readers think are truly head and shoulders above the rest?

Readers at the Elkhart Truth weighed in on in the annual Best of Elkhart County contest. Here are the winners and runners-up in food-related categories:

Asian cuisine: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (Favorites were Jade Garden Chinese & Sushi Bar, China Star and OEC Super Buffet).

Bakery: Rise’n Roll Bakery (Favorites were Adam’s Cake Shop, Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Dutch Maid Bakery)

For details on the Best of Elkhart County winners in all categories, check out the digital edition of the Elkhart Truth’s special section.

Bar/pub: Iechyd Da Brewing Company (Favorites were Miles Lab Burger Bar, Bacon Hill Kitchen & Pub, Simeri’s Beardsley Street Tavern)

Breakfast restaurant: Golden Egg Pancake House (Favorites were Gramma’s House of Pancakes, Cock-A-Doodle Café, Mayberry Cafe)

Coffee: The Electric Brew (Favorites were Biggby Coffee, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts)

Deli/butcher: Charlie’s Butcher Block (Favorites were Martin’s Super Markets, Martin’s Custom Butchering & Meats, Mattern’s Butcher Shop and Corner Deli)

Family restaurant: Das Dutchman Essenhaus (Favorites were Heinnies Back Barn, Bacon Hill Kitchen & Pub, Callahan’s Restaurant)

Fine dining: McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk (Favorites were 523 Tap & Grill, Kelly Jae’s Cafe, Dandino’s Supper Club)

Ice cream parlor: The Chief Ice Cream (Favorites were Flavor Freeze, Twisted Cow, Urban Swirl)

Italian restaurant: Antonio’s Italian Ristorante (Favorites were Lucchese’s Italian Restaurant, Michael’s Italian Restaurant, Colombo’s Italian Family Restaurant)

Local quick eats: Simonton Lake Drive-In (Favorites were George’s Gyros, Enzo Pizza, Penguin Point)

Mexican restaurant: Hacienda Mexican Restaurants (Favorites were Ricky’s Taqueria, El Maguey Grill, El Camino Real)

Microbrewery/winery: Iechyd Da Brewing Company (Favorites were Goshen Brewing Company, Fruit Hills Winery & Orchard, Stoney Creek Winery)

Pizza: Volcano Pizza (Favorites were Colombo’s Italian Family Restaurant, Bruno’s Pizza, Antonio’s Italian Ristorante)

To determine which businesses were the best in the county, the Elkhart Truth started by asking readers for nominations in all categories. After receiving more than 13,000 total nominations across all categories, the top picks were placed on the final ballot, and more than 3,400 people cast ballots online and via mail. The top-voter getter in each category was named “The best” and runners-up were designated as being among readers’ favorites.

Ryan Jeltema is an assistant managing editor for the Elkhart Truth and writes for Flavor 574.

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