All of Sanford let the good times roll at this year’s Best of Sanford 2018 awards. Held January 22 at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, local business owners, city officials and citizens all gathered to help celebrate this year’s winners as select by the readers of My Sanford Magazine. The evening’s festive Mardi Gras theme included entertainment by Kid Dutch, an appearance by Phantasmagoria, and a special attendance by members of Visit Baton Rouge (Louisiana). The VIP After Party, hosted by Smiling Bison in collaboration with The Tennessee Truffle, featured music and tasty bites from Chef Robbie Lamison (The Smiling Bison) and Chef Nat Russell (The Tennessee Truffle). All profits from the evening went to two local nonprofits: Love Missions and One Hope International.

Looking for the winners list


Best Brewery – Sanford Brewing Company
Best Place to Have a Glass of Wine- Luisa’s Cellar
Best New Restaurant or Bar- Tuffy’s Bottle Shop & Lounge
Best Place for Cocktails- The Imperial Bar
Best Beer Selection- Celery City Craft
Best Place for Breakfast or Brunch- Colonial Room Restaurant
Best Outdoor Dining- The Breezeway Restaurant and Bar
Best Place for Sweets (Desserts, Ice Cream, Donuts, etc.)- Wondermade
Best Burger- The Smiling Bison
Best Happy Hour-The District
Best Bartender- Percy JP Buster
Best Chef- Nat Russell at The Tennessee Truffle
Best Pizza- Mr. Z’s Sanford
Best Steaks- Colorado’s Prime Steak
Best Wings- West End Trading Co.
Best Sports Bar-Miller’s Ale House Orlando Sanford
Best Sandwich-Chick-fil-A Sanford
Best Place for Coffee, Tea, Juice, or Smoothies-Palate Coffee Brewery
Best Latin/Caribbean Cuisine- Bahama Breeze Island Grille Sanford
Best European Cuisine- Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café
Best Mediterranean Cuisine- Zorba’s Greek Restaurant
Best Southern Cuisine- Shantell’s
Best Asian Cuisine- Ichigo Ichie Buffet
Best Overall Restaurant– Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café
Best Caterer- The Corner Cafe – Home of Gourmet2go
Best Overall Bar- Buster’s Bistro
Best Live Entertainment-The Alley
Best Performing Arts Venue- Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
Best Festival-Hollerbach’s Oktoberfest in Sanfurt
Best Music/Arts Festival- Sanford Porchfest
Best Monthly Event- Alive After 5
Best Art Gallery- Jeanine Taylor Folk Art
Best Place to Find a Good Book- Maya Books and Music
Best Place to Get Fit- Athletic APEX Florida
Best Place for Group Activities- Board & Brush Sanford
Best Unique Attraction- St Johns Rivership Company, LLC
Best Family Fun Day- Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Best Car Dealership- Headquarter Hyundai
Best Photographer- Benevolence Photography
Best Real Estate Agent-Sarah Sandman Libera
Best New Business-Theater West End
Best Local Charity Organization- Ladies 327 Supper Club
Best Accommodations-Higgin’s House Bed & Breakfast
Best Gift Shop-Magpies Modern General
Best Veterinarian-Jeff Rubin at Newman Veterinary Center Sanford
Best Chiropractor- Rivera Family Chiropractic Center
Best Medical Doctor-Dr. Daniel Monette
Best Dentist-Dr. George Mitrogogos at Sanford Dental Excellence
Best Hair Salon- The Backroom Salon
Best Nail Salon-Bellagio Nails & Spa
Best Barbershop- Sanford Barber Shop
Best Spa and Wellness- Antidote Apothecary & Spa
Best Business Working from Home- PM Graphix
Best Pet Care- Pet Paradise Sanford
Best Furniture Store-Custom Woodwork- Park and Seventh Woodwork



Local Picks
Best-Kept Secret The Woman’s Club of Sanford
Best Source for Local Information Sanford365
Best Sanford Catalyst The Hollerbach Family
Best Sanford Promoter (or Visionary) Paul Williams
Best Dining Experience The Smiling Bison
Best Date Night Dinner The Tennessee Truffle
Best New Event Porchfest
Best #Sanfording Experience Sofas and Suds
Best Happy Hour Dinner & Drinks The District
Best Unique Specialty Shop The Rosie Lee Co. with Antidote Apothecary & Spa

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