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By: Galveston.com | Monday, January 02, 2017

After weeks of nominations and tens of thousands of votes, we at Galveston.com are thrilled to present the Winners of the 2016 BEST OF GALVESTON AWARDS, "the Oscars of the Gulf Coast" according to The Houston Chronicle.

During the month of October, 2016, thousands of Galveston.com visitors took part in nominating literally hundreds of Island businesses, organizations, and people for the annual Best of Galveston Awards.  From those nominees, the Top Five vote-receivers in each category then continued to the Voting Phase, which continued during the months of November and December, 2016.

Once the record number of votes were counted?  The Top Three vote-receivers in each category were awarded with Gold, Silver, & Bronze titles.

Congratulations to all our winners!

Food & Drink

 

Best...

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Appetizers

The Spot

Olympia Grill at Pier 21

BLVD. Seafood

Asian

Yamato Japanese Restaurant

Pho 20

Happy Buddha

Atmosphere

The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House

Olympia Grill at Pier 21

Gypsy Joynt

Bakery

Sunflower Bakery & Cafe

PattyCakes Bakery

Gypsy Joynt

Bar

The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House

Galveston Island Brewing Co.

Stuttgarden Tavern

Bar Food

Olympia Grill at Pier 21

Stuttgarden Tavern

The Press Box

Barbecue

Queen's Bar-B-Que

Leon's Finest In & Out Barbecue House

Leo's Cajun Corner

Bartender

Kat Eisenhour, Tsunami

Javier, Salsas Mexican Restaurant

Joey Collier, The Press Box

Bloody Mary

Brick House Tavern + Tap

Yaga's Cafe & Bar

BLVD. Seafood; Olympia Grill at Pier 21 (tie)

Breakfast Tacos

Bronco Burrito

Mi Abuelitas Homestyle Mexican Restaurant

Los Compas Taqueria & Mexican Restaurant

Burger

The Spot

Cafe Michael Burger

Gypsy Joynt

Cajun

Cajun Greek

Benno's Cajun Seafood

The Black Pearl

Caterer

Farley Girls Cafe

Chef Mary Bass

Galveston Restaurant Group

Chef

Mary Bass, Kitchen Chick

Richard DePlacencia, Mario's Seawall Italian Restaurant

Zenaido, Kevin Johnson, Gaido's Seafood Restaurant

Chicken Fried Steak

Miller's Seawall Grill

Saltgrass Steak House

Farley Girls Cafe

Chile Con Queso

The Original Mexican Cafe

Salsas Mexican Restaurant

Taquilo's Tex-Mex Cantina

Chips & Salsa

The Original Mexican Cafe

Salsas Mexican Restaurant

Mi Abuelitas Homestyle Mexican Restaurant

Cocktail Bar

The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House

DTO

21

Coffeeshop

MOD Coffeehouse

Starbucks

Sugar Bean Coffee & Cream

Crawfish

Cajun Greek

Benno's Cajun Seafood

The Spot

Delivery

Mario's Ristorante on 61st St.

Jimmy John's

Gino's Italian Restaurant

Diner

Miller's Seawall Grill

Gypsy Joynt

Gumbo Diner

Dive Bar

O'Malley's Stage Door Pub

The Poop Deck

Island Pier Club

Fine Dining

Rudy & Paco

Gaido's

Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood

Fish Tacos

Shrimp 'n Stuff

The Spot

The Black Pearl

Food Truck

Shrimp 'n Stuff Food Truck

Jenny from the Block

Island Burritos

French Fries

The Spot

Sonny's Place

Shrimp 'n Stuff

Gay Bar

Rumors

Robert's Lafitte

23rd Street Saloon

German

Stuttgarden Tavern

Cafe Michael Burger

 

Greek

Olympia Grill at Pier 21

Olympia Grill on Seawall

Cajun Greek

Gumbo

Little Daddy's Gumbo Bar

Gumbo Diner

Shrimp 'n Stuff

Happy Hour

Olympia Grill at Pier 21

Salsas Mexican Restaurant

Sky Bar Steak & Sushi

Ice Cream / Gelato

Hey Mikey's Ice Cream

La King's Confectionery

Marble Slab Creamery

Best Indian

ZaZa Bar & Bites

Himalayan Taste

Rice & Curry Indo-Pak Cuisine

Italian

Mama Teresa's Flying Pizza & Italian Restaurant

DiBella's Italian Restaurant

Mario's Seawall Italian & Pizzeria

Kept Secret

Maceo Spice and Import Company

Gypsy Joynt

Shrimp 'n Stuff

Margarita

Salsas Mexican Restaurant

The Original Mexican Cafe

Taquilo's Tex-Mex Cantina

Mexican

The Original Mexican Cafe

Salsas Mexican Restaurant

Mi Abuelitas Homestyle Mexican Restaurant

New Restaurant

Gypsy Joynt

Taquilo's Tex-Mex Cantina

Huli Huli Hut

Oysters

The Black Pearl

Gaido's Seafood Restaurant

Little Daddy's Gumbo Bar

Pizza

Mama Teresa's Flying Pizza & Italian Restaurant

Mario's Ristorante on 61st St.

Mario's Seawall Italian & Pizzeria

Place for Breakfast

The Sunflower Bakery & Cafe

Bronco Burrito

Miller's Seawall Grill

Place for Brunch

The Sunflower Bakery & Cafe

Farley Girls Cafe

Galvez Bar & Grill

Place for Cheap Eats

The Spot

Shrimp 'n Stuff

Sonny's Place

Place for Dessert

La King's Confectionery

The Sunflower Bakery & Cafe

Hey Mikey's Ice Cream

Place for Lunch

The Spot

Mosquito Cafe

The Sunflower Bakery & Cafe

Place for Sweets

La King's Confectionery

The Sunflower Bakery & Cafe

PattyCakes Bakery

Place for Vegetarian

EATcetera

Mosquito Cafe

Oasis Juice Bar & Market

Restaurant for a Romantic Dinner

Rudy & Paco

The Steakhouse

Shearn's Seafood and Prime Steaks

Restaurant for Kids

Rainforest Cafe

The Spot

Mario's Ristorante on 61st St.

Salad

Olympia Grill at Pier 21

Saltgrass Steak House

Mosquito Cafe

Sandwich

Maceo Spice & Import Co.

The Sunflower Bakery & Cafe

Gypsy Joynt

Seafood

Gaido's Seafood Restaurant

Fisherman's Wharf

BLVD. Seafood

Service

Rudy & Paco

Olympia Grill at Pier 21

Mama Teresa's Flying Pizza & Italian Restaurant

Shake

La King's Confectionery

Star Drug Store

Hey Mikey's Ice Cream

Shrimp

Shrimp 'n Stuff

Gaido's Seafood Restaurant

The Black Pearl

Sports Bar

Brick House Tavern + Tap

The Press Box

The Spot Tiki Bar

Steak

Saltgrass Steakhouse

The Steakhouse

Rudy & Paco

Sushi

Yamato Japanese Restaurant

Sky Bar Steak & Sushi

 

Waitstaff

Rudy & Paco

Mama Teresa's Flying Pizza & Italian Restaurant

Cajun Greek

Waterfront Dining

Olympia Grill at Pier 21

Fisherman's Wharf

The Spot

Whiskey Selection

Murphy's Irish Pub

21

Toujouse Bar at The Tremont House

Wine Bar

Galvez Bar and Grill

Paulie's Bar at Nonno Tony's Seafood Kitchen

Olympia Grill at Pier 21

 

Arts & Entertainment

 

Best...

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Art Gallery

Strand Gallery

Rene Wiley Gallery

Galveston Arts Center

Attraction

The Strand

Galveston's Beaches

Moody Gardens

Band

The Line Up

Mambo Jazz Kings

Almost Endless Summer

Dance Club

Buckshot Saloon

21

B.Jigger's at Holiday Inn Resort

DJ

DJ Roland Martinez

DJ Joe Rios

DJ Nonstopp

Drag Performer

Kiki Dion Van Wales

Misty Valdez

Kymber DeVine

Family Venue

Moody Gardens

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark

Galveston Children's Museum

Female Vocalist

Ingrid Gonzalez

Lyda Plummer

Amy Brennan Larison

Festival

Mardi Gras! Galveston

Dickens on The Strand

Lone Star Rally

Free Fun

ArtWalk

Galveston's Beaches

The Ferry

Historic Building

The Bishop's Palace

The Grand 1894 Opera House

Sacred Heart Church

Instrumentalist

Jeff Pennington

Kevin Anthony

Matt Mejia

Live Music Venue

The Grand 1894 Opera House

Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe

Palm Beach's Bands on the Sand

Live Theater Venue

The Grand 1894 Opera House

Island ETC

 

Local Artist

Rene Wiley

Joey Quiroga

Gabriel Prusmack

Male Vocalist

Willy Gonzalez

Danny Kristensen

Zak Perry

Museum

The Bryan Museum

The Bishop's Palace

Galveston Railroad Museum

Outdoor Event

Mardi Gras! Galveston

Dickens on The Strand

Lone Star Rally

Patio

Olympia Grill at Pier 21

Jimmy's on the Pier

Stuttgarden Tavern

Place to People Watch

Seawall Boulevard

The Spot

Saengerfest Park; The Poop Deck Balcony (tie)

 

Shopping

 

Best...

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Accessories Store

The Witchery

Tina's on The Strand

Head to Footsies

Antique Store

Antiques Warehouse

Nautical Antiques & Decor

Flea by the Sea

Bike Shop

Island Bicycle

West End Cycle

Saltwater Shop

Boutique

Gracie's

The Kitchen Chick

Tina's on The Strand

Downtown Shop

The Witchery

The Kitchen Chick

Hendley Market

Florist

Downtown Blooms

Knapp Flower Shop

Island Flowers

Jewelry Store

The Witchery

Fullen Jewelry

John Ford Jewelers

Liquor Store

Spec's Liquor

Economy Liquor

Farb's Liquors

Men's Clothing Store

Cruz Cortez Clothiers

Ohana Surf & Skate

Surf Styles

Place to Find the Perfect Gift

Gracie's

The Witchery

The Kitchen Chick

Shoe Store

Fit Tri Run

Head to Footsies

Jammin' Sportswear

Store for Beach Gear

Murdoch's

Ohana Surf & Skate

Wings

Store for Home Decor & Wares

Coastal Creations

The Kitchen Chick

The Witchery

Surf Shop

Ohana Surf & Skate

Strictly Hardcore Surf Specialties

Southern Spears Surf Shop

Women's Clothing Store

Tina's on The Strand

Ha.Ba's

Tangerine Boutique

 

Sports & Recreation

 

Best...

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Bait Camp

Smitty's Bait House

Aunt Margie's Bait & Seafood

Bayou Bait & Tackle

Beach

East Beach

Jamaica Beach

Beach in front of The San Luis Resort

Bike Rental Company

Island Bicycle

Saltwater Shop

Jungle Surf Rentals

Boat Captain

Capt. Michael "Sharky" Marquez (Out Cast Charters)

Capt. Johnathan Jenkins (Galveston Fishing Charter Company)

Capt. Bob Reynolds (Kapt. Keepers Charters); Capt. Clint Shuttlesworth (Salty Culture Guide Service) - (tie)

Fishing Charter Company

Out Cast Charters

Galveston Fishing Charter Co.

Get Hooked Charters

Fishing Pier

61st Street Fishing Pier

Galveston Fishing Pier at 9001 Seawall Blvd.

Seawolf Park Pier & Jetties

Fitness Venue

McGuire-Dent Recreation & Fitness Center

UTMB Field House

Crossfit Galveston

Guided Land Tour

Galveston Duck Tours

Galveston Historic Tours

Dash Beardsley's Ghost Tours of Galveston

Guided Water Tour

Galveston Duck Tours

Baywatch Dolphin Tours

Artist Boat Kayak Adventures

Lifeguard

Mary Stewart

Peter Davis

Nicole Bass

Marina

Galveston Yacht Basin

Pelican Rest Marina

The West End Marina

Park

Galveston Island State Park

Saengerfest Park

Seawolf Park

SUP / Surfboard Rental Company

SUP Gulf Coast TX

Ohana Surf & Skate

Island Bicycle Co.

Surfing Lessons

Ohana Surf & Skate

Texas Surf Camps

C-Sick Surfin'

View

Murdoch's

The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House

Seawall Boulevard

Yoga Studio

Yoga Haven

The Body Space

Island Salt Air

 

Lodging & Housing

 

Best...

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Apartment Community

The National Hotel Artist Lofts

Campeche Cove Apartments

Island Bay Resort

Bed & Breakfast Inn

Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn

Coastal Dreams Bed & Breakfast

The Villa Bed & Breakfast

Condominium Rental

Casa Del Mar Beachfront Suites

The Galvestonian

The Victorian Condo-Hotel

Hotel Balcony

The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center

The Commodore on the Beach

Doubletree by Hilton Galveston Beach

Hotel Bar

The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House

H2O

Galvez Bar & Grill

Hotel Pool

The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center

Hotel Galvez & Spa

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Conference Center

Hotel Restaurant

The Steakhouse

Galvez Bar & Grill

Shearn's Seafood and Prime Steaks

Limited Service Hotel

Harbor House

Gaido's Seaside Inn

The Commodore on the Beach

Luxury Hotel

The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center

Hotel Galvez & Spa

The Tremont House

Resort Rental Company

Sand 'n Sea Properties

Ryson Real Estate and Vacation Rentals

The House Company

 

Cruising

 

Best...

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Cruise Agency

GalvestonCruises.com

Marchi Travel Service

Travel Counselors

Cruise Line from Galveston

Royal Caribbean International

Carnival Cruise Lines

Disney Cruise Lines

Cruise Parking Lot

Port of Galveston

Park n Cruise

EZ Cruise Parking

Cruise Travel Agent

Rosalind "Roz" Richard, GalvestonCruises.com

Claire Johnson, GalvestonCruises.com

LuAnn Fichera

Pre & Post Cruise Hotel

The Tremont House

Harbor House

The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center

 

Services

 

Best...

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Bank

Hometown Bank of Galveston

Texas First Bank

Moody Bank

Barbershop

Manny's Traditional Barbershop

T's Barber Shop

Razor's Edge

Cab Company

Yellow Cab

Jeff's Cabs

Tropical Taxi

College

Texas A&M at Galveston

Galveston College

The University of Texas Medical Branch

Copier Service

Speedy's Printing

Galveston Pack & Ship

DPI Design Printing

Custom Home Builder

Sullivan Brothers Builders

Alex Gonzalez

Purple Sage Construction

Dry Cleaners

Pilgrim Cleaners & Launderers

Quality Cleaners & Laundry

B&H Quality Cleaners

Hair Salon

Lulu's the Salon & Spa

Atmosphere the Salon and Beyond

Strand Salon

Hardware Store

Chalmers Hardware

Village Hardware

Jamaica Beach Hardware

Insurance Company

Galveston Insurance Associates

The O'Donohoe Agency

Rochkind Insurance

Interior Design Services

West End Gallery & Decor

Staged for Perfection

DesignWorks, Elisabeth Pelham

Law Firm

McLeod, Alexander, Powell, & Apffel, PC

The Law Offices of Craig Eiland

Mills Shirley LLP

Nail Salon

Nails & Spa of Texas

Joy Nails

Bonjour Nails

Pet Grooming

Doggie Detailers

Bone Voyage Pet Resort

GiGi's Pampered Pets

Photographer

Billy "Billyblues" Hill

Joey Quiroga

Robert Mihovil

Place to Worship

Sacred Heart Church

Moody Methodist Church

St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Printing Company

Speedy's Printing

Minuteman Printing

FastSigns

Real Estate Company

Sand 'N Sea Properties

The House Company

Joe Tramonte Realty

Realtor

VJ Tramonte

Andrea Sunseri

Tom Schwenk

Spa

The Spa at Hotel Galvez

Spa San Luis

The Spa at Moody Gardens Hotel; LuLu's the Salon and Day Spa - (tie)

Tattoo Shop

Aasylum Tattoo

Hazy Daze

The Tattoo Shop

Travel Agency

GalvestonCruises.com

Marchi Travel Service

Travel Counselors

Veterinary Clinic

Galveston Veterinary Clinic

The Animal Clinic

Campeche Cove Animal Hospital

Wedding Venue

1880 Garten Verein

Hotel Galvez & Spa

The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center

 

Health

 

Best...

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Chiropractor

Mary Brechtel, DC

Anello J D'Ambra, DC

Lori Antman, DC

Dentist

David Colombo, DDS PC

William Glenn III, DDS

James Blankenship, DDS

Eye Doctor

Bernard Milstein, MD

Patti Zein-Eldin, OD

Christopher Brownlee, OD

Nurse

Yolanda Leyva, RN

Sandra Kim, RN

Jerry Longoria, RN

Physician

Nancy E. Hughes, MD

Mary C. Haver, MD

Juliet M. McKee, MD

Urgent Care

The University of Texas Medical Branch

West Isle Urgent Care

Affinity Immediate Care

 

Politics & Public Affairs

 

Best...

Gold

Silver

Bronze

City Council Member

Frank Maceo

Amy Bly

Craig Brown

Community Activist

Gina Spagnola

Johnny Smecca

Betty Massey

Cop

Joey Quiroga

Jimmy Fullen

Destin Sims

Fireman

Danny Weber Jr.

David Rojas

Michael Varela, Jr.

Galvestonian

Mike Dean

Maureen Patton

Alicia Cahill

Large Business (50+ employees)

The University of Texas Medical Branch

Shriners Hospital for Children

Galveston Restaurant Group

Non-Profit Organization

Galveston Island Humane Society

Galveston Historical Foundation

Lighthouse Charity Team

Place to Work

The University of Texas Medical Branch

Galveston Island Brewing Co.

MOD Coffeehouse

Small Business (under 50 employees)

The Grand 1894 Opera House

MOD Coffeehouse

Galveston Historical Foundation

Visionary

Tilman Fertitta

Johnny Smecca

Trisha Wooten

 

News & Media

 

Best...

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Facebook Page

Galveston.com

Galveston Historical Foundation

The Witchery

Instagram Feed

Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Kitchen Chick

Galveston Historical Foundation; Ron Wooten - (tie)

Print Publication

Coast Monthly

Galveston Monthly

The Galveston County Daily News

Local Snapchatter

Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau

Chef Mary Bass

Cory Clark, Brews Brothers

Local Twitter Feed

G-Town Surf

Galveston.com

Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau

Website

Galveston.com

G-TownSurf.com

GalvestonHistory.org

Local Writer

Laura Elder, The Galveston County Daily News

Alicia Cahill, The Kitchen Chick and Coast Monthly

John Wayne Ferguson, The Galveston County Daily News; Kimber Fountain, Galveston Monthly and Galveston Parrot - (tie)


 
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