Every year we ask our readers to share their votes for the Best of Raleigh, and they do not disappoint. This year we decided to expand our categories, and give you the top three winners for each. What follows is the best of the best; the winners that you, our readers, have decided to crown as this year’s Diamond Award winners!

Food & Drink

BEST BREAKFAST    
GOLD: Brigs Restaurant
SILVER: Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant
BRONZE: Another Broken Egg Café

BEST WEEKEND BRUNCH    
GOLD: Coquette Brasserie
SILVER: Brigs Restaurant
BRONZE: Joule Coffee & Table

BEST SPOT FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH    
GOLD: Midtown Grille
SILVER: Winston’s Grille
BRONZE: Vivace

BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER    
GOLD: Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern
SILVER: Vivace
BRONZE: Angus Barn

BEST OUTDOOR DINING OR PATIO    
GOLD: Vivace
SILVER: Taverna Agora
BRONZE: Boylan Bridge Brewpub

BEST NC BBQ    
GOLD: The Pit Authentic Barbecue
SILVER: Clyde Cooper’s BBQ
BRONZE: The Q Shack

BEST FRIED CHICKEN    
GOLD: Beasley’s Chicken + Honey
SILVER: The Pit Authentic Barbecue
BRONZE: Clyde Cooper’s BBQ

BEST BURGER    
GOLD: Chuck’s
SILVER: Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar
BRONZE: Kings North Hills

BEST PIZZA    
GOLD: Lilly’s Pizza
SILVER: Trophy Brewing Co.
BRONZE: Mellow Mushroom

BEST CHEAP EAT    
GOLD: Snoopy’s Hot Dogs & More
SILVER: Chubby’s Tacos
BRONZE: Pharaoh’s Grill

BEST LOCAL BEER    
GOLD: Trophy Brewing Co.
SILVER: Big Boss Brewing Company
BRONZE: Aviator Brewing Company

BEST PLACE TO GRAB A GLASS OF WINE    
GOLD: Vivace
SILVER: Wine Authorities
BRONZE: Vinos Finos Tapas and Wine Bar

BEST CHEF    
GOLD: Ashley Christensen (AC Restaurants)
SILVER: Jason Smith (18 Seaboard)
BRONZE: Benjamin Harris (Midtown Grille)

BEST WAIT STAFF    
GOLD: Angus Barn
SILVER: Midtown Grille
BRONZE: Coquette Brasserie

BEST VEGETARIAN CHOICES    
GOLD: Fiction Kitchen
SILVER: Irregardless Cafe & Catering
BRONZE: The Remedy Diner

MOST KID-FRIENDLY DINING    
GOLD: The Cowfish Sushi • Burger • Bar
SILVER: Mellow Mushroom
BRONZE: Chuy’s

BEST BAKERY    
GOLD: Yellow Dog Bread Company
GOLD: Boulted Bread
BRONZE: Edible Art Bakery & Dessert Cafe

BEST PLACE TO IMPRESS A DATE    
GOLD: Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern
SILVER: Angus Barn
BRONZE: Sullivan’s Steakhouse

BEST LOCAL COFFEE HOUSE    
GOLD: Sola Coffee
SILVER: Jubala Coffee
BRONZE: Joule Coffee & Table

BEST PLACE TO SATISY YOUR SWEET TOOTH
GOLD: Bittersweet
SILVER: Hayes Barton Cafe
BRONZE: lucettegrace

Night & Day Around The Town

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE    
GOLD: Red Hat Amphitheater
SILVER: Lincoln Theatre
BRONZE: Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

BEST LIVE THEATRE     
GOLD: Durham Performing Arts Center
SILVER: Raleigh Little Theatre
BRONZE: North Carolina Theatre

BEST LOCAL GALLERY    
GOLD: North Carolina Museum of Art
SILVER: Artspace
BRONZE: CAM Raleigh

BEST SPOT TO SEE AND BE SEEN    
GOLD: Kings Bowl North Hills
SILVER: North Hills Amphitheater - Midtown Park
BRONZE: Fayetteville Street Mall

BEST PLACE TO HAVE A GIRL’S NIGHT OUT
GOLD: Kings Bowl North Hills
SILVER: Wine & Design
BRONZE: Vivace

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE BIG GAME    
GOLD: Kings Bowl North Hills
SILVER: Carolina Ale House
BRONZE: Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

BEST PLACE TO WIND DOWN AFTER WORK
GOLD: Wine & Design
SILVER: The Raleigh Times
BRONZE: World of Beer - North Hills

BEST DIVE BAR    
GOLD: Slim’s Downtown
SILVER: The Goat
BRONZE: The Players’ Retreat

BEST NEW BAR    
GOLD: Raleigh Beer Garden
SILVER: The Anchor Bar
BRONZE: Ruby Deluxe

BEST LOCAL BAND    
GOLD: American Aquarium
SILVER: Jack the Radio
BRONZE: Chatham County Line

BEST PLACE TO ENTERTAIN THE KIDS    
GOLD: Marbles Kids Museum
SILVER: Kings Bowl North Hills
BRONZE: Pullen Park

BEST MUSEUM    
GOLD: North Carolina Museum of Art
SILVER: Museum of Life and Science
BRONZE: Marbles Kids Museum

BEST GOLF COURSE    
GOLD: Lonnie Poole Golf Course
SILVER: Carolina Country Club
BRONZE: TPC Wakefield Plantation

BEST PLACE FOR A STAYCATION IN THE TRIANGLE    
GOLD: The Umstead Hotel and Spa
SILVER: Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel
BRONZE: The Fearrington House Inn

Shopping & Services

BEST SHOPPING CENTER
GOLD: North Hills
SILVER: Cameron Village
BRONZE: Crabtree Valley Mall

BEST AUTO REPAIR SHOP
GOLD: Tire Pros at North Hills Exxon
SILVER: Tao Auto
BRONZE: Foster’s Auto Collision Specialist

BEST CHIROPRACTOR
GOLD: Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic
SILVER: Crabtree Chiropractic Center
BRONZE: The Joint

FRIENDLIEST CUSTOMER SERVICE
GOLD: Renaissance Dental
SILVER: Synergy Spa, Aesthetics & Wellness
BRONZE: Mark Christopher Salon

BEST SALON FOR A HAIRCUT
GOLD: Mark Christopher Salon
SILVER: Salon Blu
BRONZE: PLUM Hair Atelier

BEST SALON FOR COLOR
GOLD: Mark Christopher Salon
SILVER: Von Kekel Aveda Lifestyle Salon Spa
BRONZE: Salon Blu

BEST PLACE TO GET A MANI/PEDI
GOLD: Synergy Spa, Aesthetics & Wellness
SILVER: Cameron Spa and Nails
BRONZE: Midtown Nail Spa

BEST YOGA/PILATES STUDIO
GOLD: Pulse Pilates
SILVER: Burn Athletic
BRONZE: Arrichion Hot Yoga

BEST HEALTH CLUB/GYM    
GOLD: O2 Fitness
SILVER: Life Time Athletic
BRONZE: Burn Athletic

BEST PLACE TO GET PAMPERED    
GOLD: The Umstead Hotel and Spa
SILVER: Synergy Spa, Aesthetics & Wellness
BRONZE: Parlor Blow Dry Bar

BEST SPA EXPERIENCE    
GOLD: The Umstead Hotel and Spa
SILVER: Synergy Spa, Aesthetics & Wellness
BRONZE: Skin Sense, a day spa

BEST PLACE TO GET YOUR SMILE ON    
GOLD: Bufano & Bufano, DDS, PA
SILVER: Royal Oak Dental Group
BRONZE: Renaissance Dental

BEST PLACE FOR DANCE LESSONS    
GOLD: A Step to Gold International Ballroom
SILVER: Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Raleigh
BRONZE: Arthur Murray Dance Studio

BEST PLACE TO DE-AGE    
GOLD: Davis & Pyle Plastic Surgery
SILVER: Synergy Spa, Aesthetics & Wellness
BRONZE: Von Kekel Aveda Lifestyle Salon Spa

Retail & Goods

BEST WINE/BEER STORE    
GOLD: Total Wine & More
SILVER: Bottle Revolution
BRONZE: Crafty Beer Shop

BEST LOCAL PET STORE    
GOLD: Phydeaux
SILVER: Unleashed
BRONZE: Woof Gang Bakery

BEST HOME FURNISHINGS    
GOLD: Hunt & Gather Fine Estate Furnishings
SILVER: Furbish
BRONZE: Green Front Interiors and Rugs

BEST FURNITURE SHOP    
GOLD: Green Front Interiors and Rugs
SILVER: Ambiente Modern Furniture
BRONZE: Studio 123

BEST PLACE TO BUY DESIGNER JEWELRY    
GOLD: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry
SILVER: Fink’s Jewelers
BRONZE: Diamonds Direct Crabtree

BEST PLACE FOR CUSTOM JEWELRY    
GOLD: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry
SILVER: Diamonds Direct Crabtree (tie)
SILVER: Fink’s Jewelers (tie)

BEST PLACE TO BUY WEDDING RINGS    
GOLD: Diamonds Direct Crabtree
SILVER: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry
BRONZE: Fink’s Jewelers

BEST PLACE TO BUY A UNIQUE GIFT    
GOLD: Charlotte’s
SILVER: DECO Raleigh
BRONZE: Accipiter

BEST PLACE TO BUY WOMEN’S CLOTHING (Ages 20-35)    
GOLD: Uniquities
SILVER: gena chandler
BRONZE: bevello (tie)
BRONZE: Monkee’s of Raleigh (tie)

BEST PLACE TO BUY WOMEN’S CLOTHING (Ages 36+)    
GOLD: Vermillion
SILVER: Cameron Clothing Co.
BRONZE: dress

BEST PLACE TO BUY WOMEN’S SHOES    
GOLD: Main & Taylor
SILVER: DSW
BRONZE: Nordstrom

BEST PLACE TO BUY MEN’S CLOTHING    
GOLD: Kannon’s Clothing
SILVER: Liles Clothing Studio
BRONZE: Nowell’s

BEST PLACE TO BUY MEN’S SHOES    
GOLD: Kannon’s Clothing
SILVER: Belk
BRONZE: DSW

BEST CONSIGNMENT CLOTHING STORE    
GOLD: dress
SILVER: ADORE Designer Resale Boutique
BRONZE: Revolver Consignment Boutique

BEST STORE FOR VINTAGE OR ANTIQUES    
GOLD: Hunt & Gather Fine Estate Furnishings
SILVER: Father and Son Antiques
BRONZE: Cheshire Cat Antique Gallery

BEST GROCERY STORE    
GOLD: Harris Teeter
SILVER: Whole Foods
BRONZE: Trader Joe’s

BEST GARDEN CENTER    
GOLD: Logan’s Trading Company
SILVER: Homewood Nursery & Garden Center
BRONZE: Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden

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