The State’s Best winners named for 2015

The State’s Best is an unscientific sampling based on the subjective polling of The State’s readers. The results appear in a special advertising section. Winners are listed below.

The State’s Best Entertainment

Best Annual Community Event | South Carolina State Fair

Best Art Gallery | Columbia Museum of Art

Best Children’s Entertainment | Riverbanks Zoo

Best Golf Course | Cobblestone Park Golf Club

Best Live Music | Music Farm

Best Museum | South Carolina State Museum

Best Place for a Child’s Birthday Party | Frankie’s Fun Park

Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners | Riverbanks Zoo

Best Stage Theater | Trustus Theatre

The State’s Best Food and Drink

Best-All-Around Restaurant | Motor Supply

Best Bakery | Tiffany’s Bakery & Eatery

Best Bang for the Buck | Shealy’s BBQ

Best Bar | The British Bulldog Pub

Best Barbecue | Shealy’s BBQ

Best Bartender | James Pickle, The British Bulldog Pub

Best Beer List | World of Beer

Best Biscuit | Cafe Strudel

Best Breakfast | Lizard’s Thicket

Best Brunch | Cafe Strudel

Best Burger | Pawley’s Front Porch

Best Burrito | El Burrito

Best Business Lunch | DiPrato’s

Best Candy Shop | Cromer’s

Best Caterer | Southern Way

Best Cheesesteak | Very’s Great Philly Food

Best Chicken | Zesto of West Columbia

Best Chinese Food | Miyo’s

Best Coffee | Drip

Best Deli | Groucho’s Deli

Best Dessert | Nonnah’s

Best Draft Beer | Craft and Draft

Best Family Dining with Kids | Flight Deck Restaurant

Best Fast Food | Rush’s

Best Fine Dining | Blue Marlin

Best First Date Restaurant | Al’s Upstairs

Best Food Truck | 2 Fat 2 Fly

Best French Food | Crepes & Croissants

Best Greek Food | Zorba’s

Best Happy Hour | Old Mill Brewpub

Best Hot Dog | Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs

Best Ice Cream | Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs

Best Indian Food | Delhi Palace

Best Italian Food | Alodia’s Cucina Italiana

Best Japanese Food | Inakaya Watanabe

Best Lunch | DiPrato’s

Best Margarita | Cantina 76

Best Martini | Arkos Mojo Grill and Martini Bar

Best Mexican Food | Cantina 76

Best New Restaurant | Private Property

Best Outdoor Dining | The Backyard Cafe

Best Pizza | LaBrasca’s Pizza

Best Ribs | Hudson’s Smokehouse

Best Salad | Zorba’s

Best Sandwich Shop | Groucho’s Deli

Best Seafood | Blue Marlin

Best Server | Hannah Cook, Mediterranean Cafe

Best Southern Food | Lizard’s Thicket

Best Sports Bar | The British Bulldog Pub

Best Steak | The Kingsman Restaurant

Best Sushi | Miyo’s

Best Taco | San Jose

Best Tapas | Gervais & Vine

Best Vegetarian Food | Good Life Cafe

Best Waterfront Restaurant | Rusty Anchor Restaurant

Best Wine List | Gervais & Vine

Best Wings | 2 Fat 2 Fly

The State’s Best Services

Best Accounting Firm | Burkett Burkett & Burkett

Best Acupuncturist | Dr. Angela Soto, Blue Root Acupuncture

Best Apartment Complex | 42 Magnolia

Best Assisted Living Facility | The Heritage at Lowman

Best Attorney | George Sink

Best Auto Glass Repair | ACE Glass

Best Auto Repair | 3 Man Auto Service

Best Bank | NBSC

Best Barbershop | Bobby’s Barber Shop

Best Boat Repair | Mid Carolina Marine

Best Builder | Fortress Builders

Best Car Wash | Frank’s Car Wash

Best Carpet Cleaning | Accuclean Carpet Cleaning & Restoration

Best Carpet/Flooring Service | DOOR TO DOOR FLOORS

Best Children’s Camp/Program | EdVenture Children’s Museum

Best Chiropractor | Dr. Joseph Barton, Barton Chiropractic

Best Cleaning Service | A1 Dustbusters

Best Computer Services | Palmetto PC Solutions

Best Credit Union | Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union

Best Dance Studio | The Southern Strutt

Best Day Spa | Healing Waters

Best Daycare | 5 Star Academy Learning Center

Best Dentist | Dr. Gregory Wych, Vista Smiles

Best Dermatologist | Dr. Allison Cashman, Columbia Skin Clinic

Best DJ/Karaoke | Anna Ross, Grapes and Gallery

Best Doctor | Dr. Clay Lowder, Colonial Family Practice

Best Dry Cleaner | $2.79 Cleaners

Best Durable Medical Equipment Supplier | LifeHME

Best Electrician | A Plus Electric Service

Best Employment Agency | Roper Staffing

Best Event Planner | 360 Meetings & Events

Best Eye Clinic | Columbia Eye Clinic

Best Financial Services | Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union

Best Fitness Center | Twisted Sisters Bootcamp

Best Framing | The Frame Shop

Best Funeral Home | Temples-Halloran Funeral & Cremation Services

Best Hair Salon | Cline’s

Best Hair Stylist | Brittany Cox, Cline’s

Best Hearing Center | Midland Hearing Associates

Best Heating and Air Service | 2nd Wind Heating & Air Conditioning

Best Hospice | Agape Hospice

Best Hospital Facility | Lexington Medical Center

Best Hospital for Heart Health | Palmetto Health

Best Hospital System | Palmetto Health

Best Insurance Agent | Craig Giles

Best Interior Designer | M. Garner Interiors

Best Landscaper | Woodley’s Garden Center

Best Law Firm | George Sink Injury Lawyers

Best Long-Term Care Facility | Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community

Best Manicure/Pedicure | Occo

Best Massage | Healing Waters

Best Modeling/Talent Agency | Millie Lewis

Best Moving Company | Two Men and a Truck

Best Musician/Band | Tokyo Joe

Best National Fitness Center | Gold’s Gym

Best Neighborhood/Housing Community | Saluda River Club

Best New Home Community | Saluda River Club

Best Obstetrician | Myles Davis, M.D., Columbia Women’s Healthcare

Best Painter | Carolina Painting & Pressure Cleaning

Best Pediatric Practice | Sandhills Pediatrics

Best Pediatrician | Dr. Guy Castles, Pediatric Associates

Best Personal Trainer | Jason Brunson, Athletes Arena

Best Pest Control | Clark’s Termite & Pest Control

Best Pet Boarding | Wescott Acres Luxury Pet Resort

Best Pharmacist | Todd Burnett, Long’s Drugs

Best Philanthropist (Individual) | Darla Moore

Best Philanthropy/Nonprofit | Harvest Hope

Best Photographer | Charlie Mather Photography

Best Physical Therapist | Brandon Vaughn, Research Physical Therapy Specialists

Best Place to Have a Baby | Lexington Medical Center

Best Plastic Surgeon | Donen Davis Plastic Surgery, LLC

Best Plumber | Meetze Plumbing

Best Podiatrist | James Suber, Columbia Foot Clinic

Best Pool Company | Griffin Pools and Spas

Best Private School | Northside Christian Academy

Best Public Charter School | Gray Collegiate Academy

Best Public School District | Lexington School District One

Best Quick Oil Change | Express Oil Change and Tire Engineers

Best Real Estate Agent | Jeff Riley, Keller Williams

Best Real Estate Company | Russell & Jeffcoat Real Estate

Best Retirement Community | Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community

Best Tanning Salon | Carolina Tan Factory

Best Tattoo Parlor – TIE | 8 Sins Tattoo

Best Tattoo Parlor – TIE | Devine Street Tattoo

Best Tax Service | McDowell-Pearman, LLC, Certified Public Accountants

Best Taxi Service | Original Blue Ribbon Taxi

Best Travel Agency | Forest Lake Travel

Best Urgent Care Center | MEDcare Urgent care

Best Veterinary Clinic | Four Paws Animal Clinic

Best Waxing Salon | Waxing the City

Best Wedding Reception Venue | 701 Whaley

Best Weight-Loss Program | YMCA of Columbia

Best Yoga Studio | City Yoga

The State’s Best Shopping

Best Antique Shop | Old Mill Antique Mall

Best Art Supply Store | City Art

Best Audio/Video Store | Papa Jazz

Best Automobile Salesperson | Ron Best, Jim Hudson Lexus

Best Beauty Supply Store | Kim’s Beauty Supply

Best Bicycle Store | Outspokin’ Bicycle

Best Boat Dealership | Captain’s Choice Marine

Best Bridal Store | Jo Lin’s Bridal and Formal Wear

Best Children’s Clothing Store | Little Lambs & Ivy

Best Consignment Store | Roundabouts Consignments

Best Florist | Blossom Shop

Best Furniture Store | Whit-Ash Furnishings

Best Gamecock Store | Garnet and Black Traditions

Best Gardening Center | Woodley’s Garden Center

Best Gift Shop | HandPicked

Best Health/Vitamin Store | 14 Carrot Whole Foods

Best Home Improvement Store | Young’s True Value

Best Jewelry Store | Jewelry Warehouse

Best Lighting and Fans Store | The Lite House

Best Liquor Store | Green’s

Best Mattress Store | Michaelis Mattress Company

Best Men’s Fine Clothing Store | Granger Owings

Best Men’s Weekendwear Store | Brittons

Best Monogram Shop | HandPicked

Best Motorcycle Dealership | Harley Haven

Best Musical Instrument Store | Sims Music

Best New Car Dealer | Jim Hudson Lexus

Best Outdoor Furniture Store | Tropic Aire

Best Outdoor Gear and Supply Store | The Backpacker

Best Pet Supply Store | Mill Creek

Best Smoke Shop | Cigar Box

Best Sporting Goods Store | Todd & Moore

Best Tire Store | Frank’s Discount Tire

Best Unique Gift Shop | One Eared Cow

Best Used Car Dealer | Jim Hudson Lexus

Best Vaping Store | Veteran Vapors

Best Wedding Attire Store | Jo Lin’s Bridal and Formal Wear

Best Wine Store | Sam’s Fine Wine & Spirits

Best Women’s Fine Clothing Store | Brittons

Best Women’s Shoe Store | Gwen Rawls Shoes

Best Women’s Weekendwear Store | fab’rik

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