Harry and Larry's wins Readers' Choice Award
By Mary Anne Swickerath

We had a big response to our Readers' Choice Award contest for best barbecue in West Orange County. Nearly 200 people took time to call or e-mail their choice, and the winner is Harry and Larry's Barbecue located on Plant Street in downtown Winter Garden, a restaurant that obviously has a loyal following after only being open since May 14.

Also in double digits were Wesley's of Ocoee in second place, Bob's Your Uncle of Winter Garden in third place and Uncle Kenny's, also of Winter Garden, in forth. Willie's of Winter Garden placed fifth, and Yellow Dog Eats of Gotha was sixth.

Harry and Larry's, owned by Katie and Ashlee Grimes of Windermere, is a true family affair. The place is named for their grandfathers, Harry Huizenga and Larry Grimes, and the recipes were all based on family cooking traditions. Their dad, Marc, contributed the barbecue sauce, and their cole slaw recipe comes from thier mom, Karen.

Marc was also responsible for the renovation of the space, which has served as an art studio, insurance office and coroner's office in past incarnations.

Katie and Ashlee, who do all the cooking, report that business has been very good, with the beef brisket their biggest seller.

They love the location and enjoy seeing so many familiar faces returning to them for more barbecue - and they were quite pleased with their Readers' Choice Award.

Special thanks to all the readers who e-mailed or phoned in their votes.

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