Food & drink

Best Restaurant
Gold: Bida Manda
Silver: Stanbury
Bronze: Angus Barn

Best *NEW* Restaurant
Gold: The Capital Grille
Silver: Whiskey Kitchen
Bronze: Death & Taxes

Best Chef
Gold: Ashley Christensen (AC Restuarants)
Silver: Scott Crawford (Crawford and Son)
Bronze: Jason Smith (18 Seaboard)

Best Wait Staff
Gold: Angus Barn
Silver: Vinnie’s Steakhouse
Bronze: Bida Manda

Best Spot for a Business Lunch
Gold: Winston’s Grille
Silver: Midtown Grille
Bronze: Vivace

Best outdoor dining or patio
Gold: Vivace
Silver: Taverna Agora
Bronze: The Station at Person Street

Best place to grab a glass of wine
Gold: Vivace
Silver: Vita Vite
Bronze: Wine Authorities

Best place for a romantic dinner
Gold: Second Empire
Silver: Angus Barn
Bronze: Stanbury

Best place to impress a date
Gold: Angus Barn
Silver: Second Empire
Bronze: the capital grille        

Most kid-friendly dining
Gold: The Cowfish
Silver: Kings
Bronze: Chick-fil-a

Best Breakfast
Gold: Big Ed’s
Silver: Brigs
Bronze: Another Broken Egg Cafe

Best weekend brunch
Gold: coquette
Silver: brigs
Bronze: tupelo honey
(tie) bu•ku global street food

Best nc bbq
Gold: the pit
Silver: clyde cooper’s bbq
Bronze: smithfield’s chicken & bbq

Best fried chicken
Gold: beasley’s chicken + honey
SILVER: the pit
Bronze: clyde cooper’s bbq

Best burger
Gold: bad daddy’s burger bar
SILVER: chuck’s burgers
Bronze: five guys burgers and fries

Best pizza
Gold: lilly’s pizza
Silver: trophy brewing & pizza
Bronze: mellow mushroom

Best steakhouse
Gold: angus barn
Silver: sullivan’s steakhouse
Bronze: vinnie’s steakhouse

Best comfort food
Gold: poole’s diner
Silver: relish café and bar
Bronze: beasley’s chicken + honey

Best cheap eat
Gold: snoopy’s hot dogs & More
Silver: moJoe’s burger joint
Bronze: cookout

Best local beer
Gold: trophy brewing company
Silver: big boss brewing company
Bronze: lynnwood brewing concern

Best vegetarian FOOD
Gold: fiction kitchen
Silver: irregardless cafe
Bronze: the remedy diner

Best local coffee house
Gold: sola coffee cafe
Silver: jubala coffee
Bronze: bREW coffee bar
(tie) benelux coffee

Best wifi lounge spot
Gold: sola coffee cafe
Silver: The morning times
Bronze: devolve moto

Best bread bakery
Gold: yellow dog bread company
Silver: boulted bread
Bronze: neomonde

Best cakes/sweets
Gold: hayes barton cafe & dessertery
Silver: edible art
Bronze: lucettegrace

Best place for dessert
Gold: hayes barton cafe & dessertery
Silver: bittersweet
Bronze: lucettegrace

Best ice cream
Gold: goodberry’s Frozen Custard
Silver: fRESH. Local Ice Cream
Bronze: howling cow

Best food truck
Gold: cousins maine lobster
Silver: daddy bob’s barbeque
Bronze: chirba chirba

Night & day around the town

Best live music venue
Gold: red hat amphitheater
Silver: lincoln theatre
Bronze: north hills

Best live theatre
Gold: dpac
Silver: raleigh little theatre
Bronze: lincoln theatre

Best local gallery
Gold: nc Museum of Art
Silver: cam
Bronze: artsource

Best place to have a girl’s night out
Gold: kings
Silver: vita vite
Bronze: bittersweet

Best sports bar
Gold: carolina ale house
Silver: yard house
Bronze: The player’s retreat

Best place for drinks after work
Gold: raleigh times
Silver: kings bowl
Bronze: yard House

Best dive bar
Gold: slim’s Downtown
Silver: The player’s retreat
Bronze: the goat

Best new bar
Gold: whiskey kitchen
Silver: The haymaker
Bronze: milk bar

Best place to entertain the kids
Gold: marble’s kids museum
Silver: pullen park
Bronze: kings

Best museum
Gold: nc Museum of Art
Silver: marble’s kids museum
Bronze: museum of natural sciences

Best golf course
Gold: lonnie poole
Silver: north ridge country club
Bronze: carolina country club

Best place for a staycation in the triangle
Gold: the umstead hotel & spa
Silver: renaissance Hotel Raleigh north hills
Bronze: the fearrington house inn  

Shopping & Services

Best shopping center
Gold: north hills
Silver: cameron village
Bronze: crabtree valley mall

Best florist
Gold: fallon’s flowers
Silver: kelly odom flowers
Bronze: The english garden

Best dry cleaner
Gold: brother’s cleaners
Silver: medlin-davis cleaners
Bronze: pope’s dry cleaners

Best auto repair shop
Gold: north hills tire pros
Silver: atlantic avenue tire & services
Bronze: tao auto

Best chiropractor
Gold: atlas chiropractic of Raleigh
Silver: raleigh spine clinic
Bronze: raleigh chiropractic and Wellness

Friendliest customer service
Gold: von kekel aveda lifestyle salon spa
Silver: mark christopher salon
Bronze: synergy spa & aesthetics

Best salon for a haircut
Gold: von kekel aveda lifestyle salon spa
Silver: mark christopher salon
Bronze: salon blu

Best salon for color
Gold: mark christopher salon
Silver: von kekel aveda lifestyle salon spa
Bronze: salon blu
(tie) plum hair atelier

Best place to get a mani/pedi
Gold: synergy spa & aesthetics
Silver: paintbase
Bronze: cameron Spa & nails

Best place for a facial
Gold: synergy spa & aesthetics
Silver: von kekel aveda lifestyle salon spa
Bronze: skin raleigh at davis & pyle plastic surgery

Best yoga/pilates studio
Gold: pulse pilates
Silver: blue lotus
Bronze: indigo hot yoga center

Best health club/gym
Gold: lifetime fitness
Silver: core fitness Studio
Bronze: O2 fitness

Best spa experience
Gold: the umstead hotel & spa
Silver: von kekel aveda lifestyle salon spa
Bronze: synergy spa & aesthetics

Best med spa
Gold: synergy spa & aesthetics
Silver: skin raleigh at davis & pyle plastic surgery
Bronze: the medSpa at raleigh plastic surgery center

Best massage
Gold: synergy spa & aesthetics
Silver: the umstead hotel & spa
Bronze: von kekel aveda lifestyle salon spa
(tie) Massage Envy

Best dentist
Gold: leesville dental care
Silver: renaissance dental center
Bronze: bufano & bufano, DDS

Best place to de-age
Gold: skin raleigh at davis & pyle plastic surgery
Silver: von kekel aveda lifestyle salon spa
(tie) specialists in plastic surgery, PA
Bronze: synergy spa & aesthetics

Best pet grooming
Gold: woof gang bakery
Silver: all about pets grooming
(tie) top notch pet spa
Bronze: pup’s day out

Best pet boarding
Gold: suite paws pet resort
Silver: pup’s day out
Bronze: dog diggity daycare & boarding

Retail & goods

Best wine/beer store
Gold: total wine & more
Silver: seaboard wine & tasting bar
Bronze: bottle rev

Best local pet store
Gold: phydeaux
Silver: unleashed
Bronze: woof gang bakery

Best home furnishings
Gold: furbish studio
Silver: inspirations home decor & more
(tie) green front furniture
Bronze: ambiente modern furniture
(tie) nadeau
(tie) hunt & Gather

Best furniture shop
Gold: green front furniture
Silver: ambiente modern furniture
Bronze: whitley furniture galleries

Best place to buy designer jewelry
Gold: bailey’s fine jewelry
Silver: raleigh diamond
Bronze: diamonds direct Crabtree

Best place for custom jewelry
Gold: bailey’s fine jewelry
Silver: raleigh diamond
Bronze: diamonds direct Crabtree

Best place to buy wedding rings
Gold: bailey’s fine jewelry
Silver: diamonds direct Crabtree
Bronze: raleigh diamond

Best place to buy a unique gift
Gold: dECO raleigh
Silver: charlotte’s
Bronze: raleigh diamond

Best women’s boutique ages 20-35
Gold: bevello
Silver: uniquities
Bronze: vestique

Best women’s boutique ages 36+
Gold: kannon’s clothing
Silver: dress.
Bronze: bevello

Best place to buy women’s shoes
Gold: main & taylor
Silver: kristen’s shoe Boutique
Bronze: monkee’s of raleigh

Best men’s boutique
Gold: kannon’s clothing
Silver: Lumina Clothing Co.
Bronze: liles clothing Studio
(tie) nowell’s clothiers

Best place to buy denim
Gold: raleigh denim workshop
Silver: uniquities
Bronze: dress.

Best place to buy men’s shoes
Gold: kannon’s clothing
Silver: sri shoe warehouse
Bronze: man mur shoe shop

Best resale/consignment clothing
Gold: dress.
Silver:  revolver consignment boutique
Bronze: fifi’s fine resale

Best store for vintage or antiques
Gold: father and son antiques
Silver: hunt & gather
Bronze: cheshire cat antique gallery

Best garden center
Gold: logan’s One Stop garden shop
Silver: homewood nursery & Garden Center
Bronze: atlantic avenue orchid & garden

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