On Tuesday, January 22nd 2019 our partner My Sanford Magazine officially revealed the winners of their annual Best of Sanford Awards. In case you missed our live coverage of the event (along with a few interviews of attendees), we’ve included the videos below for you to watch. But I know you are all curious to know WHO took home the coveted awards this year, so without further ado, here are the results of the 3rd Annual Consumer survey that was conducted online during the months of November and December 2018.

Best of Sanford Awards

  • Best Brewery: Sanford Brewing Company
  • Best place to have a glass of wine: Luisa’s Cellar
  • Best new bar: Tuffy’s
  • Best Place for Cocktails: Imperial at Washburn Imports
  • Best beer collection: Celery City Craft
  • Best Brunch: Colonial Room
  • Best Outdoor Dining: The Breezeway
  • Best Place for Sweets: Wondermade
  • Best Burger: The Smiling Bison
  • Best Happy Hour: The District
  • Best Bartender: Percy Buster, Buster’s Bistro
  • Best Chef: Nad Russel, Tennessee Truffle
  • Best Pizza: Mr. Z’s
  • Best Steaks: Colorado Prime SteakHouse
  • Best Wings: West End Trading Company
  • Best Sports Bar: Miller’s Ale House
  • Best Sandwich in town: Chick-fil-A
  • Best Place for coffee, juice, smoothies: Palate Coffee Brewery
  • Best Latin/Caribbean Cuisine: Bahama Breeze
  • Best European Cuisine: Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe
  • Best Caterer: Corner Cafe Gourmet Kitchen
  • Best Mediterranean Cuisine: Zorba’s
  • Best Southern Cuisine: Shantell’s
  • Best Asian Cuisine: Ichigo Ichie Buffet
  • Best Overall Restaurant: Hollerbach’s Willow Cafe
  • Best Overall Bar: Buster’s Bistro
  • Best Place for Live Entertainment: The Alley
  • Best Performing Arts Venue: Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
  • Best Downtown Sanford Festival: Hollerbach’s Oktoberfest
  • Best Music/Arts Festival: Sanford Porchfest
  • Best Monthly Event: Alive After 5
  • Best Art Gallery: Jeanine Taylor Folk Art
  • Best Place for a good Book: Maya’s Book & Music
  • Best Place to get into shape: Athletic Apex
  • Best place for group activities: Board and Brush
  • Best unique attraction: St. John’s Rivership Company
  • Best Family Fun Day: Central Florida Zoo
  • Best Spa & Wellness: Antidote Apothecary & Spa
  • Best New Business in Sanford: Theater West End
  • Best Accommodation: Higgins House Bed & Breakfast
  • Best Gift Shop: Magpies
  • Best Furniture Store: Park & Seventh Woodwork

Best Local Picks

  • Best Kept Secret: Woman’s Club of Sanford
  • Best Source for Local Information: Sanford 365 (that’s us, yay!!)
  • Best Sanford Catalyst: Hollerbach Family
  • Best Sanford Promoter: Paul Williams
  • Best Dining: Smiling Bison
  • Best Date Night: Tennessee Truffle
  • Best New Event: Porchfest
  • Best Sanfording Experience: Sofas & Suds
  • Best Happy Hour, Dinner & Drinks: The District
  • Best Specialty Shop: Rosie Lee

But wait, there’s more!!

The complete list of winners will be revealed in the next issue of My Sanford Magazine (or, if you can’t wait, just watch Part 2 of our Live Coverage below!). A VERY SPECIAL shoutout goes to one of our own: Benevolence Photography (that’s Jessica you guys!!) took home the well deserved award of “Best Photographer“. I am sure you have admired and adored her beautiful pictures right here on the blog before, haven’t you? Congratulations Jessica!! You ROCK!!

Live Coverage of the Best of Sanford 2018 Red Carpet

Mardi Gras style VIP after party at The Smiling Bison

Live Coverage of the Awards Ceremony (embedded from Facebook)

Part 1

Part 2