Best of Durham 2014

Best of Durham 2014

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DINING


OVERALL RESTAURANT

PLATINUM Nana’s

GOLD Mateo

SILVER Fairview Dining Room 

BRONZE Vin Rouge


BURGER 

PLATINUM Bull City Burger & Brewery

GOLD OnlyBurger

SILVER Five Guys

BRONZE Dain’s Place


SANDWICH 

PLATINUM Parker & Otis

GOLD Toast

SILVER Foster’s Market

BRONZE Guglhupf


COFFEESHOP 

PLATINUM Cocoa Cinnamon

GOLD Bean Traders

SILVER Guglhupf

BRONZE Parker & Otis


DESSERTS/PASTRIES 

PLATINUM Guglhupf

GOLD Monuts Donuts

SILVER Mad Hatter’s Café & Bakeshop

BRONZE DaisyCakes


PLACE FOR DATE NIGHT 

PLATINUM Mateo

GOLD Nana’s

SILVER Vin Rouge

BRONZE Watts Grocery


SEAFOOD 

PLATINUM blu seafood and bar

GOLD Saltbox Seafood Joint

SILVER Fishmonger’s

BRONZE Nantucket Grill


PLACE FOR HEALTHY FOOD 

PLATINUM Whole Foods

GOLD Foster’s Market

SILVER Saladelia

BRONZE The Refectory Café


PLACE TO INDULGE 

PLATINUM Dame’s Chicken & Waffles

GOLD The Original Q Shack

SILVER Bull City Burger & Brewery

BRONZE Chubby’s Tacos


BARBECUE 

PLATINUM The Original Q Shack

GOLD The Pit

SILVER Bullock’s Bar-B-Cue

BRONZE Hog Heaven Bar-B-Q


COCKTAILS 

PLATINUM Alley Twenty Six

GOLD Whiskey

SILVER Bull Durham Bar

BRONZE Geer Street Garden


BEER SELECTION 

PLATINUM Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom

GOLD Fullsteam Brewery

SILVER Bull City Burger & Brewery

BRONZE The Federal


MEXICAN FOOD 

PLATINUM Dos Perros

GOLD Chubby’s Tacos

SILVER Nanataco

BRONZE Cosmic Cantina


SUSHI 

PLATINUM Shiki Sushi

GOLD Sushi Love

SILVER Mt. Fuji Asian Bistro

BRONZE Sake Bomb Asian Bistro


PIZZA 

PLATINUM Mellow Mushroom

GOLD Lilly’s Pizza

SILVER Randy’s

BRONZE Pop’s Backdoor


PLACE FOR VEGETARIANS 

PLATINUM Whole Foods

GOLD Foster’s Market

SILVER Saladelia

BRONZE Thai Café


ITALIAN 

PLATINUM Pop’s

GOLD Maggiano’s

SILVER Pulcinella’s

BRONZE Bocci Trattoria & Pizzeria


CATERING 

PLATINUM Durham Catering Co.

GOLD Foster’s Market

SILVER The Original Q Shack

BRONZE Parker & Otis


UPSCALE RESTAURANT 

PLATINUM Nana’s

GOLD Mateo

SILVER Vin Rouge

BRONZE Watts Grocery


ASIAN 

PLATINUM Thai Café

GOLD Shiki Sushi

SILVER P.F. Chang’s

BRONZE Kanki


INDIAN 

PLATINUM Sitar

GOLD Dale’s

SILVER Tandoor

BRONZE Spice & Curry


GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN 

PLATINUM Parizade

GOLD Spartacus

SILVER Saladelia

BRONZE Bleu Olive


LATIN/CARIBBEAN 

PLATINUM Old Havana Sandwich Shop

GOLD Cuban Revolution

SILVER Blue Corn Café

BRONZE Mami Nora’s


WINE SHOP 

PLATINUM Wine Authorities

GOLD Total Wine & More

SILVER Hope Valley Bottle Shop

BRONZE Parker & Otis


FRIES 

PLATINUM Bull City Burger & Brewery

GOLD Five Guys

SILVER OnlyBurger

BRONZE Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom


GOURMET FOOD STORE 

PLATINUM Parker & Otis

GOLD Whole Foods

SILVER Foster’s Market

BRONZE Bull Street Gourmet


BREAKFAST/BRUNCH 

PLATINUM Elmo’s Diner

GOLD Guglhupf

SILVER Dame’s Chicken & Waffles

BRONZE Rise


STEAKHOUSE 

PLATINUM Ruth’s Chris

GOLD Metro 8

SILVER Chamas Churrascaria

BRONZE Gregoria’s Cuban Steakhouse


FROZEN TREATS 

PLATINUM The Parlour

GOLD Locopops

SILVER Pelican’s SnoBalls

BRONZE Local Yogurt


BEST SERVER 

PLATINUM Graham Weddington (Nana’s)

GOLD Kelsey Dawson (Bull McCabe’s) & Amy Blakely (Metro 8) (tie)

SILVER Brenda Dollar (West 94th St. Pub)


BEST BARTENDER 

PLATINUM Brad Weddington (Nana’s)

GOLD Shannon Healy (Alley Twenty Six)

SILVER Ben Fletcher (Surf Club)

BRONZE Dean James (Bar Lusconi) & Cory Parker (West 94th St. Pub) (tie)


BEST CHEF 

PLATINUM Scott Howell (Nana’s)

GOLD Matt Kelly (Mateo & Vin Rouge)

SILVER Jason Cunningham (Fairview Dining Room)

BRONZE Carrie Schleiffer (G2B)


FOOD TRUCK 

PLATINUM OnlyBurger

GOLD KoKyu

SILVER Chirba Chirba Dumpling

BRONZE Pie Pushers


RETAIL


GIFT STORE 

PLATINUM Morgan Imports

GOLD Parker & Otis

SILVER Zola Craft Gallery

BRONZE One World Market


JEWELRY STORE 

PLATINUM Jewelsmith

GOLD Hamilton Hill

SILVER Fink’s Jewelers

BRONZE Rare Earth Beads


BOUTIQUE 

PLATINUM Smitten

GOLD Vert & Vogue

SILVER Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel

BRONZE Magpie


THRIFT STORE 

PLATINUM Everything but Grannies Panties

GOLD Classic Treasures

SILVER Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel

BRONZE Once & Again


TOY STORE 

PLATINUM Morgan Imports

GOLD Learning Express

SILVER The Playhouse


MUSIC STORE 

PLATINUM Bull City Records

GOLD Offbeat Music

SILVER High Strung Violins & Guitars

BRONZE Hunky Dory


HOME FURNISHINGS & ACCESSORIES 

PLATINUM Morgan Imports

GOLD Crate & Barrel

SILVER Rockwood Furniture

BRONZE Always Home Furniture Consignment


PLACE FOR GLASSES 

PLATINUM Upchurch Optical Center

GOLD Eye Care Center

SILVER Triangle Visions Optometry

BRONZE Optix Eyecare Center


SERVICES


VETERINARIAN 

PLATINUM Park Veterinary Hospital

GOLD Triangle Veterinary Hospital

SILVER Southpoint Animal Hospital

BRONZE North Paw Animal Hospital


CAR WASH 

PLATINUM Durham Ritz Car Wash & Detail Center

GOLD Bull City Car Wash

SILVER Autobell Car Wash

BRONZE T.C. Anderson’s Total Car Appearance Center


AUTO REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE 

PLATINUM Wasp Automotive

GOLD Ingold Tire & Auto Service Center

SILVER Melton’s Service Center


FLORIST 

PLATINUM Ninth Street Flowers

GOLD Floral Dimensions

SILVER Sanders Florist

BRONZE Family Garden Inc.


OPTOMETRIST/OPHTHALMOLOGIST 

PLATINUM Duke Eye Center

GOLD N.C. Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat

SILVER Upchurch Optical Center

BRONZE Eye Care Center


COSMETIC/PLASTIC SURGEON 

PLATINUM CARE Plastic Surgery

GOLD Duke Plastic Surgery

SILVER Finn Facial Plastics

BRONZE Southpoint Plastic Surgery


EVENT PLANNER 

PLATINUM A Swanky Affair

GOLD An Elegant Affair

SILVER Grace Leisure Events

BRONZE Virtue Event Planning


EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER 

PLATINUM Jessica Arden Photography

GOLD Rebecca Ames Photography

SILVER Blest Photography

BRONZE Scott Faber Photography


ACCOUNTANT 

PLATINUM Hutchings and Hutchings

GOLD Nelson & Company, PA

SILVER Fulbright & Fulbright, CPA, PA

BRONZE Gundersdorff & Co.


LAWYER 

PLATINUM Ellis Family Law

GOLD James Forrest, Forrest Firm

SILVER Jim Arges (Arges Law Firm) & Don Strickland (Twiggs Strickland & Rabenau) (tie)


FITNESS CENTER 

PLATINUM Durham branches of the YMCA of the Triangle

GOLD Duke Health and Fitness Center

SILVER SyncStudio

BRONZE Fitness World


BANK 

PLATINUM SunTrust

GOLD Wells Fargo

SILVER BB&T

BRONZE Bank of America


SPA 

PLATINUM Bella Trio Day Spa

GOLD The Retreat at Brightleaf & Massage Envy Spa (tie)

SILVER Posh the Salon


SALON 

PLATINUM Posh the Salon

GOLD Rock Paper Scissors Salon & Gallery & Bella Trio Day Spa (tie)

SILVER Moshi Moshi

BRONZE A Go-Go Salon


BED & BREAKFAST 

PLATINUM King’s Daughters Inn

GOLD Arrowhead Inn

SILVER Morehead Manor

BRONZE Greystone Inn & Conference Center


HOTEL 

PLATINUM Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

GOLD Durham Marriott

SILVER Hilton Durham near Duke

BRONZE: Hotel Indigo & Millennium Hotel (tie)


PEDIATRICIAN 

PLATINUM Gregory Fisher(Regional Pediatrics)

GOLD Douglas Clark (Durham Pediatrics) & Martha Snyder (Duke Pediatrics) (tie)

SILVER Jeffrey Greene & Martha Gagliano (both of Durham Pediatrics) & Sara Robert (Duke Pediatrics) (tie)


REAL ESTATE AGENT 

PLATINUM Paula Walls (Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston)

GOLD Courtney James (Urban Durham Realty)

SILVER Paul J. Stinson (Real Estate by Design)

BRONZE Holly Hayes (Fonville Morisey)


REAL ESTATE COMPANY 

PLATINUM Urban Durham Realty

GOLD Fonville Morisey

SILVER 501 Realty

BRONZE Coldwell Banker


HOME & GARDEN


BUILDER 

PLATINUM L.E. Meyers Builders

GOLD BuildSense | Architecture+ Construction

SILVER David Crabtree Builder

BRONZE G. Crabtree Home Building


ARCHITECT 

PLATINUM Ellen Cassilly Architect

GOLD Center Studio Architecture

SILVER The Freelon Group

BRONZE Duda | Paine Architects & O’Brien/Atkins Associates (tie)


ROOFER 

PLATINUM Walker Brown Roofing

GOLD Chief Roofing

SILVER Findlay Roofing


LANDSCAPER 

PLATINUM Bountiful Backyards

GOLD New Leaf Landscaping

SILVER Kiefer Landscaping and Nursery

BRONZE DJS Lawn & Landscape


LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT 

PLATINUM Coulter Jewell Thames

GOLD Jesse Turner Landscape Architect

SILVER Garden Gate & Surface 678 (formerly Lappas + Havener) (tie)

BRONZE Stewart


KITCHEN DESIGNER 

PLATINUM The Kitchen Specialist

GOLD Linda Dickerson Interiors

SILVER Ward Design Group

BRONZE emma delon


INTERIOR DESIGNER 

PLATINUM Linda Dickerson Interiors

GOLD Heather Garrett Interior Design

SILVER Minta Bell Design Group

BRONZE Sew Fine II


NEIGHBORHOOD 

PLATINUM Trinity Park

GOLD Hope Valley

SILVER Watts-Hillandale

BRONZE Forest Hills & Woodcroft (tie)


ART, ENTERTAINMENT & DURHAM LIFE


DANCE STUDIO 

PLATINUM Nina’s School of Dance

GOLD Ninth Street Dance

SILVER American Dance Festival’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios

BRONZE Dance Theatre South


PLACE FOR LIVE THEATER 

PLATINUM Durham Performing Arts Center

GOLD The Carolina Theatre

SILVER Manbites Dog Theater

BRONZE Page Auditorium (Duke Performances)


PLACE FOR LIVE MUSIC 

PLATINUM Durham Performing Arts Center

GOLD Motorco Music Hall

SILVER The Carolina Theatre

BRONZE American Tobacco Amphitheater


MOVIE THEATER 

PLATINUM The Carolina Theatre

GOLD Southpoint Cinema 16

SILVER Wynnsong 15

BRONZE Northgate Stadium 10


ART GALLERY 

PLATINUM The Carrack Modern Art

GOLD Durham Arts Council

SILVER Pleiades Gallery

BRONZE Golden Belt Studios


MUSEUM 

PLATINUM Museum of Life and Science

GOLD Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

SILVER Bennett Place Historic Site

BRONZE Duke Homestead Historic Site


EVENT SPACE 

PLATINUM Sarah P. Duke Gardens

GOLD Bay 7 at American Tobacco

SILVER Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

BRONZE The Cotton Room


FAMILY OUTING (OUTDOOR) 

PLATINUM Durham Bulls baseball game

GOLD Sarah P. Duke Gardens

SILVER Museum of Life and Science

BRONZE Eno River State Park


FAMILY OUTING (INDOOR) 

PLATINUM Museum of Life and Science

GOLD Duke basketball game

SILVER The Streets at Southpoint

BRONZE Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University


DURHAM LANDMARK 

PLATINUM Duke Chapel

GOLD Lucky Strike Tower

SILVER Durham Bulls Athletic Park

BRONZE Brightleaf Square


PLACE TO GO FOR A RUN 

PLATINUM American Tobacco Trail

GOLD Al Buehler Cross Country Trail

SILVER Duke Forest

BRONZE Duke’s East Campus


EVENT 

PLATINUM Festival for the Eno

GOLD Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

SILVER World Beer Festival

BRONZE American Dance Festival


PARK 

PLATINUM West Point on the Eno

GOLD Durham Central Park

SILVER Oval Drive Park

BRONZE Northgate Park


TEACHER 

PLATINUM Kate Christensen (The Hill Center)

GOLD Steven Unruhe (Riverside)

SILVER Michael Pederson (Jordan)


MUSICAL ARTIST/BAND 

PLATINUM Sylvan Esso

GOLD Mint Julep Jazz Band

SILVER LiLa

BRONZE Delta Rae


ARTIST 

PLATINUM Steven Ray Miller

GOLD Wendy Wilkins

SILVER Nancy Tuttle May

BRONZE Heather Gordon & Lisa Nicole Jones (tie)


CHARITY 

PLATINUM Durham Rescue Mission

GOLD TROSA & Urban Ministries of Durham (tie)

SILVER The Animal Protection Society of Durham

BRONZE SEEDS