THE B.O.B. AWARDS

The Best of the Best

Intro by David Fellerath

There’s nothing in print that draws the eye and interest like lists and rankings.

Readers love ranked lists, the people and businesses on those lists love to see how they stack up, and we in the media love making lists. However, the first-ever Bob awards are not the product of our own exquisite taste, but that of our readers. These awards are the culmination of nearly 600 votes cast by the readers of Cary Living Magazine. As you browse the collective wisdom of our readership, we think you’ll find a few surprises and new names among your favorite haunts.

 

best brewery: bond brothers beer company Photo by ginny williams photography

best brewery: bond brothers beer company
Photo by ginny williams photography

Food & Drink

Best Restaurant
Gold: Herons
Silver: Tazza Kitchen
Bronze: Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen

 Best Asian Restaurant
Gold: Sushi-Thai Cary
Silver: Eighty8 Asian Bistro
Bronze: Thai Spices & Sushi

Best BBQ Restaurant
Gold: City Barbeque
Silver: Danny’s Barbeque
Bronze: Brew N Que

Best Bread Bakery
Gold: La Farm Bakery
Silver: Great Harvest Bread Company
Bronze: Stick Boy Bread Co.

Best Spot for a Business Lunch
Gold: Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen
Silver: Mayton Inn/Verandah
Bronze: Lugano Ristorante

 Best Breakfast
Gold: La Farm Bakery
Silver: Brig’s
Bronze: Famous Toastery

best place for a date night: herons photo courtesy of herons

best place for a date night: herons
photo courtesy of herons

Best Brewery
Gold: Bond Brothers Beer Company
Silver: Fortnight Brewing Company
Bronze: Bombshell Beer Company

 Best Burger
Gold: Tribeca Tavern
Silver: Crosstowne Pub & Grill
Bronze: Ruckus Pizza, Pasta, & Spirits

Best Cakes & Sweets
Gold: Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Cafe
Silver: La Farm Bakery
Bronze: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Best Cheap Eats
Gold: Alpaca
Silver: Ruckus Pizza, Pasta, & Spirits
Bronze: Ashworth Drugs

Best Chinese Restaurant
Gold: Taipei 101
Silver: Orient Garden
Bronze Tie: Gogi Bistro / Ginger Asian Cuisine

 Best Place for Clean Eating
Gold: B. Good
Silver: Diced
Bronze: Sassool

Best Coffee ShopGold: BREW at The Cary Theater
Silver: Crema Coffee Roaster & Bakery
Bronze: Java Jive

Best Fried Chicken
Gold: Dame’s Chicken & Waffles
Silver: Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen

Best Ice Cream
Gold: Goodberry’s Frozen Custard
Silver: Fresh Local Ice Cream
Bronze: Kilwin’s Cary

Best Pizza
Gold: Ruckus Pizza, Pasta, & Spirits
Silver: Randy’s Pizza
Bronze: Salvio’s Pizzeria

Best Steakhouse
Gold: Rey’s
Silver: Jimmy V’s Steakhouse & Tavern
Bronze: Dean’s Kitchen + Bar

Best Place for Date Night
Gold: Herons
Silver: Tazza Kitchen
Bronze: Rey’s

Best Desserts
Gold: Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Cafe
Silver: La Farm Bakery
Bronze: Goodberry’s Frozen Custard

best ice cream: goodberry's frozen custard photo courtesy of goodberry's frozen custard

best ice cream: goodberry's frozen custard
photo courtesy of goodberry's frozen custard

Best Food Truck
Gold: Buoy Bowls Acai
Silver: Cousin’s Maine Lobster
Bronze: Humble Pig

Best Indian Food
Gold: Kababish Cafe
Silver: Nazara Indian Bistro
Bronze: Cilantro Indian Cafe

Best Italian Restaurant
Gold: Daniel’s Restaurant & Catering
Silver: Lugano Ristorante
Bronze: Enrigo Italian Bistro

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant
Gold: Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits
Silver: Mellow Mushroom
Bronze: Patrick Jane’s Bar & Bistro

Best Mediterranean Restaurant
Gold: Neomonde
Silver: Sassool
Bronze: Bosphorus Restaurant

Best Mexican Restaurant
Gold: Totopos Street Food & Tequila
Silver: Los Tres Magueyes
Bronze: Gonza Tacos Y Tequila

Best Neighborhood Bar
Gold: Crosstowne Pub & Grill
Silver: Pharmacy Bottle and Beverage
Bronze: Doherty’s Irish Pub and Restaurant

Best New Restaurant
Gold: Pizzeria Faulisi
Silver: Gonza Tacos y Tequila
Bronze: Dame’s Chicken & Waffles

Best Outdoor Dining
Gold: Ruckus Pizza, Pasta, & Spirits
Silver: Dean’s Kitchen + Bar
Bronze Tie: Patrick Jane’s Gourmet Bar
& Bistro / Herons Restaurant

Best Salads
Gold: DICED Gourmet Salads & Wraps
Silver: Patrick Jane’s Gourmet Bar & Bistro
Bronze: Ruckus Pizza, Pasta, & Spirits

 

best food truck: buoy bowls acai photo by ginny williams photography

best food truck: buoy bowls acai
photo by ginny williams photography

Best Seafood
Gold: Dean’s Kitchen + Bar
Silver Tie: The Full Moon Oyster Bar /
Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar

Bronze: Tony’s Oyster Bar

Best Sports Bar
Gold: Woody’s Sports Tavern & Grill
Silver: Ruckus Pizza, Pasta, & Spirits
Bronze: Rally Point Sport Grill

Best Sushi
Gold: Sushi-Thai
Silver: Wasabi
Bronze: Eighty8 Asian Bistro

Best Wine List
Gold: Herons
Silver: Chatham Street Wine Market
Bronze: Angus Barn

Best Wings
Gold: Woody’s Sports Tavern & Grill
Silver: Apex Wings Restaurant & Pub
Bronze: Patrick Jane’s Gourmet Bar & Bistro

 

 

 

OUT & ABOUT

Best Local Art Gallery
Gold: Cary Arts Center
Silver: Cary Gallery of Artists
Bronze: Page-Walker Arts and History Center

Best Festival
Gold: Lazy Daze Arts And Crafts Festival
Silver: Apex Peakfest
Bronze: Cary Diwali

Best Golf Course
Gold: Prestonwood Country Club
Silver: Knights Play Golf Center
Bronze: Lochmere Golf Club

Best Place to Impress a Date
Gold: Herons
Silver: The Verandah at Mayton Inn
Bronze: Rey’s

Best Kid-Friendly Event
Gold: Lazy Daze Arts And Crafts Festival
Silver: Spring Daze
Bronze: Wind Down Wednesday at
Waverly Place

best bakery: la farm bakery photo by mark petko

best bakery: la farm bakery
photo by mark petko

Best Movie Theater
Gold: CineBistro
Silver: Stone Theatres Park West Village 14
Bronze: Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille

Best Park/Green Space
Gold: Fred G Bond Metro Park
Silver: Cary Downtown Park
Bronze: William B. Umstead State Park

best new restaurant: pizzeria faulisi photo by ginny williams photography

best new restaurant: pizzeria faulisi
photo by ginny williams photography

Best Performing Arts Venue
Gold: Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Silver: Cary Arts Center
Bronze: The Cary Theater

Best Place to Entertain the Kids
Gold: Fred G Bond Metro Park
Silver: Waverly Place
Bronze: Cary Downtown Park

Best Sports Complex
Gold: PNC Arena
Silver: NCFC/WakeMed Soccer Park
Bronze: Triangle Aquatic Center

Best Trail to Hike
Gold: William B. Umstead State Park
Silver: American Tobacco Trail
Bronze: Cary Greenways

Best Place to Swim
Gold: YMCA
Silver: Life Time Fitness
Bronze: Jordan Lake

 

 

Services

Best Auto Repair Shop
Gold: Franz Automotive Center
Silver: Firehouse Auto Repair
Bronze: Atlantic Tire & Service

Best Florist
Gold: The Flower Cupboard
Silver: Preston Flowers
Bronze: Cary Florist

Best Dry Cleaner
Gold: Medlin-Davis Cleaners
Silver: Dry Clean City
Bronze: Village Dry Cleaners

 

best builder: bost custom homes photo courtesy of bost custom homes

best builder: bost custom homes
photo courtesy of bost custom homes

 

Best Builder
Gold: Bost Custom Homes
Silver: Loyd Builders
Bronze: Genesis Construction

Best Cleaning Service
Gold: West Domestic
Silver: Cary Clean Team
Bronze: Carpe Diem

 Best Early Education Program
Gold: Primrose School
Silver: Bright Horizons
Bronze: First Baptist Church-Weekday Preschool

Best Childrens Dance Studio
Gold: Ishanya Dance & Fitness
Silver: Cary Dance Productions
Bronze: Holly Springs School of Dance

Best Friendliest Customer Service
Gold: Swagger
Silver: Color Salon & Spa
Bronze: Halie’s Boutique

best pet store: woof gang bakery photo by joe reale

best pet store: woof gang bakery
photo by joe reale

Best Interior Designer
Gold: Southern Studio Interior Design
Silver: Joey Napierkowski
Bronze: Red Chair Home Interiors

Best Hotel
Gold Tie: Mayton Inn/Umstead Hotel & Spa

Best Landscape Service
Gold: Fairway Green
Silver: Sweetwater Landscapes
Bronze: Rob Grubb-Accent on Landscape

Best Martial Arts Studio
Gold: White Tiger
Silver: Lee’s Martial Arts
Bronze Tie: Cary Martial Arts /Vision Martial Arts

 

Best Music School
Gold: Cary School of Music
Silver: School of Rock of Cary
Bronze: KinderVillage Music Studio

Best Pet Daycare & Boarding
Gold: Town & Country Animal Care
Silver: Camp Canine, Inc
Bronze: Camp Bow Wow

Best Pet Groomer
Gold: Woof Gang Bakery
Silver Tie: Pretty Paws /
Town & Country Animal Care
Bronze: Dazzling Dogs Grooming

Best Realtor
Gold: Jennifer Coleman
Silver: Christina Valkanoff
Bronze: K.C. McLaughlin

Best Retirement Community
Gold: Glenaire
Silver: SearStone
Bronze: Waltonwood Cary Parkway

Best Summer Camp
Gold: YMCA
Silver: Weatherstone Elementary
School Summer Camp

Bronze: SCIENCE FUN For Everyone!

 

Best performing arts center: koka booth amphitheatre Photo courtesy of koka booth amphitheatre

Best performing arts center: koka booth amphitheatre
Photo courtesy of koka booth amphitheatre

 

SHOPPING

Best Beer Selection
Gold: Pharmacy Bottle + Beverage
Silver: Triangle Wine Company
Bronze: BottleDog Bites & Brews

Best Consignment Shop – Kids
Gold: Kid to Kid
Silver: Everafter Kids
Bronze: Once Upon a Child

Best Consignment Shop – Adults
Gold: My Girlfriend’s Closet
Silver: ADORE Designer Resale Boutique
Bronze: Annie’s Attic

Best Consignment Shop – Furniture
Gold: The Perfect Piece
Silver: Petersons’ Consigning Design

Best Ethnic Food Market
Gold: H Mart
Silver: Grand Asia Market
Bronze: Patel Brothers

Best Farmers’ Market
Gold: Western Wake Farmers’ Market
Silver: Cary Downtown Farmers’ Market
Bronze: Holly Springs Farmers’ Market

Best Garden Shop
Gold: Garden Supply Company
Silver: Fairview Garden Center
Bronze: Elizabeth’s Home & Garden Shop

Best Jewelry Store
Gold: Johnson’s Jewelers of Cary
Silver: Holland’s Jewelers
Bronze: Stonehaven Jewelry

Best Baby/Kid’s Boutique
Gold: Pattywhacks
Silver: Everafter Kids
Bronze: Shower Me With Love

Best Kitchen Store
Gold: Whisk

Best New Business
Gold: Hustle Fitness Studio
Silver: Everafter Kids
Bronze: Chatham Street Wine Market

Best Pet Store
Gold: Unleashed, the Dog & Cat Store
Silver: Phydeaux
Bronze: Woof Gang Bakery

Best Sporting/Outdoor Store
Gold: Apex Outfitter and Board Co.
Silver: Great Outdoor Provision Co.
Bronze: Inside Out Sports

Most Unique Gift Shop
Gold: Swagger
Silver: Halie’s Boutique
Bronze: Ivy Cottage Collections

Best Women’s Boutique
Gold: Swagger
Silver: Pink Magnolia Boutique
Bronze: Halie’s Boutique

 

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Best Chiropractor
Gold: Amy Jackson
Silver: Cary Flow Yoga
Bronze: Dr. Puja Wentworth

Best Dentist
Gold: Beavers Family Dentistry
Silver: Triangle Family Dentistry
Bronze: Alliance Dentistry

Best Place for a Facial
Gold: La Therapie Spa
Silver: The Umstead Hotel and Spa
Bronze Tie: Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa / Nirvelli Day Spa

Best Fitness Studio/Gym
Gold: Life Time Fitness
Silver: Hustle Fitness Studio
Bronze: studioVIBE

Best Hair Salon for Color
Gold: Color Salon & Spa
Silver: Triniti Salon
Bronze: Twisted Scissors

Best Hair Salon for Cut and Style
Gold: Color Salon & Spa
Silver: Triniti Salon
Bronze: Twisted Scissors

Best Place for a Manicure
Gold: Tre Nail Spa
Silver: Red Polish Nail Bar
Bronze: Soho Nails & Spa

 

best golf course: prestonwood country club photo by Greg davenport

best golf course: prestonwood country club
photo by Greg davenport

 

Best Barber Shop
Gold: A Better Man’s Barber Shop
Silver: Color Salon & Spa
Bronze: Tart’s Barber Shop & Hairstyling

Best Pediatric Practice
Gold: Cornerstone Pediatric &
         Adolescent Medicine

Silver: Cary Pediatric Center
Bronze: Western Wake Pediatrics

Best Pediatrician
Gold: Dr. William Rutledge
Silver: Dr. Richard Gelber
Bronze: Dr. Hope Seidel & Dr. Virgil Steele

Best Place to De-Age
Gold: Triniti Salon
Silver: The Umstead Hotel and Spa
Bronze: La Therapie Spa

Best Place for a Massage
Gold: The Umstead Hotel and Spa
Silver: Massage Envy
Bronze: Hand & Stone Massage and
Facial Spa

Best Spa Experience
Gold: The Umstead Hotel and Spa
Silver: La Therapie Spa
Bronze: Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa

Best Yoga/Pilates Studio
Gold: Cary Flow Yoga
Silver: studioVIBE
Bronze: Republic of Yoga