The 2017 SouthBMore’s Best Winners!

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Thank you to everyone who voted for our third annual SouthBMore’s Best and celebrated with us last night at SouthBMore’s Best Bash at Little Havana. We had almost 3,000 ballots submitted for the SouthBMore’s Best online poll, which decided the best businesses, places, and professionals in South Baltimore. Congrats to all the winners and nominees!  -The team

And… the winners of SouthBMore’s Best 2017 are:

Best Wings – Delia Foley’s Pub***
Finalists: HarborQue, City Limits Sports Bar

Best Pizza – HomeSlyce Pizza Bar ***
Barfly’s, HomeSlyce Pizza Bar, Hersh’s

Best Burgers – Abbey Burger Bistro***
Wiley Gunter’s, Mother’s Federal Hill Grille

Best Sandwiches – DiPasquale’s Harborview*
Big Jim’s Deli , HarborQue, Urban Deli

Best Sushi – Shoyou Sushi (Sushi Bruce)*
Matsuri Japanese Restaurant, Brothers Sushi


Best Breakfast/Brunch – Southside Diner*
Spoons Cafe, Blue Moon Too

Best Coffee Shop (new category) – Koba Cafe*
Order & Chaos Coffee, 3 Bean Coffee

Best Seafood – Nick’s Fish House**
Locust Point (L.P.) Steamers, Ryleigh’s Oyster

Best Tacos – Blue Agave**
Banditos Bar & Kitchen, Pop Tacos

Best Desserts – Miss Twist*
Afters Café, Dessert Fantasies

Best BYOB – Baba’s Mediterranean Kitchen***
Brendali Italian Ristorante, Thai Arroy

Photo Courtesy of Baba’s 

Best Carryout or Delivery – Baba’s Mediterranean Kitchen***
HarborQue, Hilltop Carryout

Best New Restaurant – The Outpost American Tavern*
Minnow Baltimore, Rachel 

Best Overall Restaurant – SoBo Cafe**
HarborQue, Liv2Eat (In Bloom)

Best Sports Bar – City Limits*
Mother’s Federal Hill Grille, MaGerk’s Pub

Best Drink Selection – Bookmakers***
Bar Liquorice, Sobo Market

Best Happy Hour – Blue Agave**
Minnow Baltimore, Social Pub & Pie

Best Outdoor Dining – Nick’s Fish House*
Little Havana, Liv2Eat (In Bloom)

Best Bartender – Pablo Reyes (Blue Agave)*
Kristie Bukowski (Shotti’s Point), Cora Flynn (In Like Flynn), Ricardo Vargas (HomeSlyce)

Best SoWeBo Business – Breaking Bread*
Culinary Architecture, Work Printing and Graphics, Zella’s

Best Nail Salon – Kim’s Day Spa***
City Nails, Herbal Nails

Best Hair Salon – Studio 921 Salon & Day Spa***
M Salon Federal Hill, Privé Salon + Spa at Silo Point

Best Barber – Joseph Yeung at Studio 921 Salon & Day Spa*
Federal Hill Barber Shop, Light Street Barbers (Keith and Will)

Best Local Store – Federal Hill Ace Hardware***
Brightside Boutique, Punch! 

Best Local Brand – Under Armour**
Diamondback Brewing Company, Fed Thrill Sunglasses

Best Mechanic – Johns Auto Service (Kurt)**
Federal Motors, The Tire Network (Joe Hooe)

Best Pet Service – City Pets Veterinary Care & Wellness*
dogma – life with your pet, Paws on the Pavement

Best Doctor/Dentist – Light Street Dental***
Federal Hill Eye Care, Richard N Lamb DDS

Best Realtor – Key Group of Cummings & Co. (Jody Buck, Jim Gunsiorowski and Caitlin Regan)**
Sarah Mattingly of Cummings & Co., Jeff Washo of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed, Chevelle Ruppert Welsh of Monument Sotheby’s International Realty

Photo Courtesy of Key Group

Best Places to Workout – Merrit Clubs Fort Avenue***
Federal Hill Fitness, Reflex Functional Fitness, South Baltimore Strength & Conditioning

Best Apartment Building – Anthem House*
2 East Wells, 101 Wells, 1111 Light Street, Hanover Cross Street

*first-time winner of SouthBMore’s Best Award

** two-time winner in the category

*** three-time winner in the category

Baba’s Mediterranean Kitchen is a three-time winner in two categories giving it six total SouthBMore’s Best awards.

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