Howard Magazine (formerly Columbia Magazine) publishes an annual reader survey of Best Restaurants in the county. The magazine is distributed with the Columbia Flyer and Howard County Times, says the publisher, Patuxent Publishing Company. But I wouldn't know, since I only sporadically get the Howard County Times at home and can't remember the last time I got the magazine. The publisher was kind enough to send the most recent (October 2008) copy at my request, and lo and behold, there were the 2008 Best of Dining survey results.
Good luck trying to find this or previous lists online, however. I think I stumbled across the magazine once in an electronic format, but I've not been able to find it since. If you can, please let me know. Because I can't find it anywhere else online, and with apologies to Patuxent Publishing, I'm posting a subset the results of the 2008 reader's survey here (there are 37 categories overall). Griping aside, it's a good list, and congratulations to the winners!
Best Restaurant (Overall): Victoria Gastro Pub
Honorable Mentions: Elkridge Furnace Inn, Clyde's of Columbia, Aida Bistro
Fine Dining: The King's Contrivance
Honorable Mentions: Tersiguel's, Elkridge Furnace Inn, Jordan's Steakhouse
New Restaurant: Victoria Gastro Pub
Honorable Mentions: Ranazul, Mimi's Cafe
Best Value: Maiwand Kabob, Rocky Run (now closed)
Honorable Mentions: Carrabba's Italian Grill, Outback Steakhouse
Asian (other than Chinese): Asean Bistro
Honorable Mentions: Sushi Sono, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Noodles Corner, Sushi King
Chinese: Hunan Manor
Honorable Mentions: P.F. Chang's China Bistro, China Chefs, China Legend
Indian: House of India
Honorable Mentions: Akbar, Bombay Peacock Grill, The Mango Grove
Mexican: El Azteca
Honorable Mentions: La Palapa Grill, Mi Casa, Don Pablo's, Zapata's
Sushi: Sushi Sono
Honorable Mentions: Sushi King, Fuji, Hanamura
Wine List: Iron Bridge Wine Company
Honorable Mentions: Victoria Gastro Pub, Aida Bistro, The King's Contrivance
Also see my own lists of Best Restaurants and Nearly Best Restaurants in Howard County.
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