SouthBMore’s Best 2016

| August 2, 2016 | 0 Comments


SouthBMore’s Best 2016 is’s second annual competition and celebration of the best of South Baltimore (…check out last year’s winners!) Readers will cast their votes in various categories to select the best restaurants, businesses, foods, drinks, attractions, and professionals in South Baltimore.

Here are the rules: The nomination period will take place from August 2nd to August 15th. The three selections (more if there are ties) with the most nominations in each category will move on to the multiple choice round which will run from August 16th to August 31st. The selections receiving the most votes during the multiple choice round will be crowned SouthBMore’s Best. All winners will be announced September 6th on

Come celebrate all that South Baltimore has to offer at SouthBMore’s Best Bash presented by Little Havana and Intrinsic Events on Tuesday, September 20th from 7pm to 10pm at Little Havana. Last year was a blast (…check out photos!) and we expect this year to be even better.

Tickets for the event will cost $30 and can be purchased online in advance. This is event expected to sell out, so we encourage you to buy them early.

Tickets can be purchased at:

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Attendees will receive swag from local businesses and many tastings from local brewers and South Baltimore-based restaurants. More details to come – come hungry!

If you are interested in sponsoring SouthBMore’s Best Bash or renting a table to promote your business or product, please contact Mary Wargo at

We know you love South Baltimore, so come out and celebrate with us. See you on September 20th!

Bash Sponsors






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2 East Wells
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty 
Charm City Meadworks
Das Bier Haus
Dessert Fantasies
Diamondback Brewing Co.
Everhart Animal Hospital
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Federal Hill Main Street
Heavy Seas Beer
Key Brewing
Light Street Dental 
Pixilated Photo Booth
Rev Cycle Studio
Sagamore Development
Sagamore Spirit
SoBo Café
SoBo Market
Studio 921 Salon & Spa
The Foundery
Urban Deli
Wayward Southern Bar + Kitchen

And the 2016 SouthBMore’s Best Winners are…

Best Wings: Delia Foley’s*
Runners Up: Mother’s Federal Hill Grille, Wayward Southern Bar + Kitchen 

Best Pizza: HomeSlyce*
Runners Up: Hersh’s Pizza and Drinks, &pizza

Best Burgers: Abbey Burger Bistro*
Runners Up: Bluegrass, Mother’s Federal Hill Grille

Best Sandwiches: Urban Deli
Runners Up: Big Jim’s Deli, Wayward Southern Bar + Kitchen 

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

Best Breakfast/Brunch: Blue Moon Too
Runners Up: Southside Diner, Spoons Café

Best Seafood: Nick’s Fish House
Runners Up: Locust Point (L.P.) Steamers, Ryleigh’s Oyster Federal Hill

Best Tacos: Blue Agave Restaurante y Tequileria
Runners Up: Pop Tacos, Banditos Bar + Kitchen

Best Desserts: Insomnia Cookies
Runners Up: Afters Café, Dessert Fantasies 

Best BYOB: Baba’s Mediterranean Kitchen*
Runners Up: Brendali Italian Ristorante, Thai Arroy

Best Carryout or Delivery: Baba’s Mediterranean Kitchen*
Runners Up: Maria D’s, Hilltop Carryout, Himalayan House

Best New Restaurant: Mi & Yu Noodle Bar
Runners Up: Wayward Southern Bar + Kitchen,  &pizza

Best Overall Restaurant: SoBo Café
Runners Up: Bluegrass Tavern, Wayward Southern Bar + Kitchen

Best Sports Bar: Mother’s Federal Hill Grille*
Runners Up:  MaGerks Pub, City Limits 

Best Drink Selection: Bookmakers*
Runners Up: Bar Liquorice, Wayward Southern Kitchen + Bar 

Best Outdoor Dining: Little Havana*
Runners Up: Nick’s Fish House, Liv2Eat, Wayward Southern Bar + Kitchen

Best Happy Hour: Blue Agave Restaurante y Tequileria
Runners Up: Social Pub & Pie, Banditos Bar + Kitchen

Best Neighborhood Bar: Ropewalk Tavern
Runners Up: Rowhhouse Grille, Captain Larry’s, City Limits 

Best Bartender: Stacy Lynch – Ropewalk
Runners Up: Kristie Bukowski – Shotti’s Point, Ricardo Vargas – HomeSlyce, Tyler Stanek – Banditos, Casper Wells – Das Bier Haus 

Best SoWeBo Business: Zella’s Pizzeria*
Runners Up: Pigtown Tavern, Work Printing  

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

Best Hair Salon: Studio 921 Salon & Day Spa*
Runners Up: M Salon, Privé Salon + Spa at Silo Point 

Best Barber: Light Street Barbers (Keith and Will)*
Runners Up: The QG, Sam’s Barber Shop

Best Local Store: Ace Hardware*
Runners Up: Brightside Boutique, Cheese Galore and More, Punch! 

Best Local Brand: Under Armour
Runners Up: Rev Cycle Studio, Fed Thrill Sunglasses

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

Best Pet Service: Pawtimore
Runners Up: SoBo Doggy Daycare, Paws on the Pavement, Luv My Pet

Best Doctor/Dentist: Light Street Dental*
Runners Up: Dr. Lamb, Dr. Leboe 

Best Realtor: Jody Buck Berkshire – Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty
Runners Up: Jeff Washo – Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Jim Gunsiorowski – Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty

Best Place to Workout: Merritt Athletic Club Fort Avenue*
Runners Up: Rev Cycle Studio, Reflex Functional Fitness 

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

*repeat winner

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