Monday, March 21, 2011

Best of the Valley

Just like American Idol, Lehigh Valley Magazine's "Best of the Valley" contest is not about actual quality, but rather, which contestants can mobilize their fans to vote for them. Unless you're Apollo Grill, in which case, you don't have to campaign.

If you're new to the area, the page of each year's winners provides a good checklist of things to do and places to visit. At least you know you won't be alone!

In DC, being picked for Washingtonian Magazine could put an indie restaurant out of business - the onslaught of suburbanite foodies was too much for many small kitchens to handle. A great place like Two Amys pizza (which I've mentioned before) loses its luster once the wait for a table on a Wednesday night stretches beyond two hours, or the quality of the food suffers in an effort to expedite dishes from the kitchen. Lehigh Valley Magazine's contest doesn't seem have the same effect.

Check out the full list of last year's winners here. The deadline to vote for the 2011 Lehigh Valley Magazine contest is April 1.