SouthBMore’s Best 2015

| August 4, 2015 | 3 Comments


SouthBMore’s Best 2015 is’s inaugural competition and celebration of the best of South Baltimore. Readers voted in 30 different categories to select the best restaurants, businesses, foods, drinks, attractions, and professionals in South Baltimore. After two weeks of nominations and two weeks of the multiple choice finals round, the winners have been decided (see below).

Now it’s time to celebrate all that South Baltimore has to offer at SouthBMore’s Best Bash presented by Little Havana and Intrinsic Events on Wednesday, September 30th from 7pm to 10pm at Little Havana.

Tickets for the event will cost $25 and can be purchased online in advance. Tickets can also be purchased for $30 at the door, however this event might sell out, so we encourage you to buy them early.

Tickets can be purchased at:

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Attendees will receive tastings from Charm City Meadworks, Diamonback Brewing, FULL TILT Brewing, Key Brewing Co., PubDog Pizza & Drafthouse, SweetWater Brewing Company, and more. Food samples will be served by Banditos, Bluegrass, Breadbangers, Encantada, Little Havana, Piaza, SoBo Market, and more.

Plus, attendees will be able to check out great South Baltimore businesses such as Fed Thrill Sunglasses, 1201 South Charles, 2 East Wells, Bumper Globe Collision Center, Kohler Signature Store, Loople, Merritt Athletic Clubs, Pork ’N Pine, Punch!, Sandtown Millworks, Studio 921 & Day Spa, Jeff Washo of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Upper Chesapeake Insurance Agency, and more.

Enjoy a Pixilated Photo Booth, giveaways, and try your luck at the money/prize wheel with proceeds to benefit the purchase of new bikes for the Baltimore Police Department Auxiliary Unit. Attendees will also receive a ticket for a free drink at Little Havana’s bar and happy hour drink specials throughout the duration of the event.

If you are interested in renting a table at the Best Bash to promote your business or product, please contact Mary Wargo at will also be launching new SoBo t-shirts, which will raise money for the South Baltimore Neighborhood Association. Show your pride for the greatest community in America with a new SoBo shirt! More details on this will be coming soon.

We know you love South Baltimore, so come out and celebrate with us. See you on the 30th!

Bash sponsors include:

1201 South Charles
2 East Wells
Bluegrass Tavern
Bumper Globe Collision Center
Charm City Meadworks
Dessert Fantasies
Diamondback Brewing Co.
Fed Thrill Sunglasses
Al Graham – Professional DJ
Key Brewing Co.
Kohler Signature Store by Thos. Somerville
Little Havana
Mad River Bar & Grille
Matsuri Japanese Restaurant
McHenry Project Consultants
Merritt Athletic Clubs
Pixilated Photo Booth
Pork ‘N Pine
Pug Dog
Sandtown Millworks
SoBo Market
Studio 921 Salon & Day Spa
SweetWater Brewing Company
tPoz Photography
Jeff Washo Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty
United Natural Healthcare & Weight Loss Clinic
Upper Chesapeake Insurance Agency

And the 2015 SouthBMore’s Best Winners are…

Best Wings: Delia Foley’s
Runners Up: Mother’s Federal Hill Grille, Shotti’s Point

Best Pizza: HomeSlyce
Runners Up: Barfly’s, Hersh’s Pizza & Drinks

Best Burgers: Abbey Burger Bistro
Runners Up: Mother’s Federal Hill Grille, Shotti’s Point

Best Sandwiches: MaGerk’s Pub
Runners Up: Breadbangers, Shotti’s Point

Best Sushi: Matsuri Japanese Restaurant
Runners Up: Brothers Sushi, Shoyou Sushi (Sushi Bruce)

Best Breakfast/Brunch: Spoons Café
Runners Up: Annoula’s SoBo Café, Southside Diner

Best Seafood: Ryleigh’s Oyster
Runners Up: Locust Point (LP) Steamers, Nick’s Fish House

Best Desserts/Sweets: Afters Café
Runners Up: Dessert Fantasies, Midnite Confections Cupcakery

Best BYOB Restaurant: Babas Mediterranean Kitchen
Runners Up: Brendali Italian Ristorante, Thai Arroy

Best Carryout or Delivery Restaurant: Babas Mediterranean Kitchen
Runners Up: Hilltop Carryout, Maria D’s Sub Shop

Best Overall Restaurant: Bluegrass Tavern
Runners Up: Annoula’s SoBo Café, Wine Market Bistro

Best Sports Bar: Mother’s Federal Hill Grille
Runners Up: Don’t Know Tavern, MaGerk’s Pub

Best Drink Selection: Bookmakers Cocktail Club
Runners Up: Banditos Bar & Kitchen, Shotti’s Point

Best Outdoor Dining: Little Havana
Runners Up: Liv2Eat, Nick’s Fish House

Best Happy Hour: Shotti’s Point
Runners Up: Blue Agave Restaurant y Tequileria, Don’t Know Tavern, Nick’s Fish House, Social Pub & Pie

Best Neighborhood Bar: Shotti’s Point
Runners Up: Don’t Know Tavern, No Idea Tavern

Best Bartender: Michael Leeds – Barfly’s
Runners Up: Christie “Cha Cha” Cellito – Shotti’s Point, Ricardo Vargas – HomeSlyce 

Best Hollins Market Business: Zella’s Pizzeria
Runners Up: Chuckie’s Fried Chicken, CUPs Coffeehouse

Best Pigtown Business: Charm City Wings and Waffles
Runners Up: Café Jovial, WORK Printing and Graphics, ZIPS Dry Cleaners

Best Nail Salon: Kim’s Day Spa
Runners Up: City Nails & Spa, Nail Trix 

Best Hair Salon: Studio 921 Salon & Day Spa
Runners Up: Clip Art Hair Design, M Salon

Best Barber Shop: Light Street Barbers (Keith)
Runners Up: Federal Hill Barber Shop, Hair Cuttery 

Best Local Store or Business: Ace Hardware 
Runners Up: Brightside Boutique & Art Studio, Fed Thrill Sunglasses

Best Museum: American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM)
Runners Up: Baltimore Museun of Industry (BMI), B&O Railroad Museum

Best Mechanic: Federal Motors
Runners Up: John’s Auto Shop (Kurt), The Tire Network (Joe)

Best Pet Service: Paws on the Pavement
Runners Up: Dogtown Dog Resort & Spa, Pawtimore

Best Doctor/Dentist: Light Street Dental
Runners Up: Dr. Richard N. Lamb, DDS, Dr. Willian E. Leboe General Dentistry 

Best Realtor: Jeff Washo (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty)
Runners Up: Eric Figurelle (Long & Foster), Jim Gunsiorowski (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty)

Best Apartment Building: 1111 Light Street
Runners Up: 2 East Wells, 101 Wells, 1901 South Charles 

Best Gym: Merritt Athletic Clubs 
Runners Up: CrossFit Federal Hill, Reflex Functional Fitness 

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