100 Best of Columbia County and Metro Augusta

100 Best 2023Pop the cork — it’s time to ring in 2024 with the people and places you voted as the best from 2023!

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do you choose the winners?
We don’t choose the winners — you do. Readers fill out the ballots in our fall issues, and the people or places with the most votes win.

Q. Don’t advertisers automatically win?
No, but we love it when they do. The results are entirely based on the ballots.

Q. How can I vote?
Ballots are available in our August, September and October issues. Be sure to vote for your favorites!

Retail Therapy
Best Women’s Boutique
1st Place: The Ivy Boutique & Gifts
2nd Place: Brittany Studio
3rd Place: The Swank Company

Best Men’s Apparel
1st Place: Boardroom Clothing Company
2nd Place: Low Country Clothier
3rd Place: Jos. A Bank

Best Bridal Gowns
1st Place: House of the Bride
2nd Place: Elegant Bridals
3rd Place: Tiffinie Bleu

Best Shoes
1st Place: Signature Soles
2nd Place: DSW
3rd Place: Dillard’s

Best Fine Jewelry
1st Place: Windsor Fine Jewelers
2nd Place: Jared
3rd Place: Friedman’s

Best Gift Shop
1st Place: Southern Landscaping Garden & Gifts
2nd Place: Mish Mash Interiors & Gifts
3rd Place: Signature Interiors & Gifts

Best Consignment Shop
1st Place: Consign Design
2nd Place: Second Time Around
3rd Place: Encore Consignments

Best Home Accents
1st Place: Mish Mash Interiors & Gifts
2nd Place: Signature Interiors & Gifts
3rd Place: Southern Landscaping Garden & Gifts

Best Home Furnishings
1st Place: Great Deals on Furniture
2nd Place: Weinberger’s Furniture
3rd Place: Andrews Gallery

Best Outdoor Furniture
1st Place: Casual Furniture of Augusta
2nd Place: Weinberger’s Furniture
3rd Place: Lowe’s

Best Outdoor Kitchens
1st Place: Fireside Kitchens & Grills
2nd Place: Outdoor Kitchens of Augusta
3rd Place: Flame Pro

Best Appliances
1st Place: Kelley Appliance Center
2nd Place: Davis Appliance
3rd Place: Dave’s Appliance Warehouse

Best Flooring
1st Place: A&D Carpets & Hardwoods
2nd Place: Hardwood Floors & More
3rd Place: Kirkland’s Flooring

Best Lighting
1st Place: Southern Lighting Gallery
2nd Place: Hardwood Floors & More
3rd Place: Ferrell Lighting and Design

Best Cabinets
1st Place: Looper Cabinet Company
2nd Place: Crawford Cabinets
3rd Place: Martinez Cabinet & Millworks

Best Countertops
1st Place: StoneWorks of Augusta
2nd Place: CounterSync & Showers
3rd Place: Augusta Granite

Best Car Dealership
1st Place: Gerald Jones Auto Group
2nd Place: Jim Hudson Lexus
3rd Place: Milton Ruben Auto Group

Best Place to Buy a Boat
1st Place: Platinum Marine
2nd Place: Augusta Marine
3rd Place: Lincolnton Marine

Best Beer & Wine Selection
1st Place: Toast Wine & Beverage
2nd Place: Augusta Liquors
3rd Place: A&M Beverage

Out & About
Best Public Golf Course
1st Place: Bartram Trail
2nd Place: River Golf Club
3rd Place:  Forest Hills Golf Club

Best Private Golf Course
(besides Augusta National)
1st Place: Champions Retreat
2nd Place: West Lake
3rd Place: Augusta County Club

Best Annual Festival
1st Place: Arts in the Heart
2nd Place: Thunder Over Evans
3rd Place: Oliver Hardy Festival

Best Place to Catch Live Music
1st Place:  Doc’s Porchside
2nd Place: Southbound Smokehouse
3rd Place:  Edgar’s Above Broad

Best Wedding Venue
1st Place:  The Barn at Sanderlin Horse Farm
2nd Place: Sacred Heart Cultural Center
3rd Place:  Marion Hatcher Center

Best Place to Work Out
1st Place: Evans Fitness Club
2nd Place: Gold’s Gym
3rd Place: Fierce Fitness & Wellness

Best Happy Hour
1st Place: Doc’s Porchside
2nd Place: Ironwood Tavern
3rd Place: Bonefish Grill

Best Rooftop Bar
1st Place: Crowne Plaza/Jackson’s Bluff
2nd Place: Edgar’s Above Broad
3rd Place: Partridge Inn

Best Campground
1st Place: Wildwood Park
2nd Place: Mistletoe State Park
3rd Place: Petersburg Campground

Best Place to Kayak
1st Place: Stallings Island
2nd Place: Betty’s Branch
3rd Place: Augusta Canal

Food & Beverage
Best Restaurant, Period
1st Place: French Market Grille West 
2nd Place: Cork & Flame
3rd Place: Cadwalladers

Best Breakfast
1st Place:  Ruth’s Family Restaurant
2nd Place:
Sunrise Grill
3rd Place:  That Flippin’ Egg

Best Place for a Power Lunch
1st Place:  French Market Grille West
2nd Place: Goolsby’s
3rd Place:  Frog and the Hen

Best Fine Dining
1st Place:  Cork & Flame
2nd Place: Frog Hollow
3rd Place:  Cadwalladers

Best Outdoor Dining
1st Place: Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar
2nd Place: Doc’s Porchside
3rd Place: Southbound Smokehouse

Best Desserts
1st Place: French Market Grille West
2nd Place: The Boll Weevil
3rd Place: Whipped Creamery

Best Local Coffee Shop
1st Place:  Goat Kick Coffee Co
2nd Place: Rooted Coffeehouse
3rd Place:  Inner Bean Cafe

Best Sweet Tea
1st Place:  WifeSaver
2nd Place: McDonald’s
3rd Place:  Panera Bread

Best Southern Food
1st Place: Ruth’s Family Restaurant
2nd Place: WifeSaver
3rd Place:  Goolsby’s

Best Barbecue
1st Place: Shane’s Rib Shack
2nd Place: Smokeshow
3rd Place: Southbound Smokehouse

Best Fried Shrimp
1st Place: Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar
2nd Place: TBonz Steakhouse
3rd Place: Big T’s Seafood Restaurant

Best Fried Chicken
1st Place: WifeSaver
2nd Place: Goolsby’s
3rd Place: Ruth’s Family Restaurant

Best Chicken Fingers
1st Place: WifeSaver
2nd Place: Chicken Fingers
3rd Place:  Zaxbt’s

Best Chicken Wings
1st Place:  TBonz Steakhouse
2nd Place: Doc’s Porchside
3rd Place:  Wingstop

Best Pizza
1st Place:  Mellow Mushroom
2nd Place: Pizza Joint
3rd Place:  Pizza Central

Best Burger
1st Place:  Farmhaus Burger
2nd Place: TBonz
3rd Place:  Culver’s

Best Steak
1st Place:  TBonz Steakhouse
2nd Place: Cork & Flame
3rd Place:  LongHorn Steakhouse

Best Sushi
1st Place: Toki Japanese Steakhouse
2nd Place: Koi Hibachi & Sushi
3rd Place: Tako Sushi

Best Japanese/Hibachi
1st Place:  Toki Japanese Steakhouse
2nd Place: Koi Hibachi & Sushi
3rd Place:  Mirin Fusion Kitchen

Best Mexican
1st Place:  Poblano’s Mexican Grill
2nd Place: Monterrey Mexican Restaurant
3rd Place:  El Kiosco

Best Bakery
1st Place:  A Piece of Cake
2nd Place: Lil’ Dutch Bakery
3rd Place:  Bottom Line Bakery

Best Caterer
1st Place: The Silver Palm
2nd Place: Tastefully Yours
3rd Place: Sweet Azalea

Best Food Truck
1st Place:  Smokeshow
2nd Place: Chicken Fingers
3rd Place:  Salty Tomatoes

At Your Service
Best Dentist
1st Place:  Myers Family Dental
2nd Place: Riverwood Dental
3rd Place:  Jordan Family Dentistry

Best Orthodontist
1st Place: Trotter Orthodontics
2nd Place: Carter Orthodontics
3rd Place: Powell Orthodontics

Best Pediatrician
1st Place:  Pediatric Partners
2nd Place: Covenant Pediatrics
3rd Place:  Augusta Pediatric Associates

Best Family Physician
1st Place:  Evans Medical Group
2nd Place: Family Physicians of Evans
3rd Place:  Center for Primary Care

Best Eye Doctor
1st Place:  The Eye Guys
2nd Place: Eye Care One
3rd Place:  Augusta Eye MD

Best Dermatologist
1st Place:  Dermatology Specialists of Augusta
2nd Place: Savannah River Dermatology
3rd Place:  Evans Dermatology

1st Place:  Dr. George Williams
2nd Place: Dr. William Barfield
3rd Place:  Dr. Kathryn Knodel

Best Orthopedics/Sports Medicine
1st Place:  Legend Orthopedics
2nd Place: Champion Orthopedics
3rd Place:  AU Sports Medicine

Best Place for Plastic Surgery
1st Place:  Augusta Plastic Surgery
2nd Place: Savannah River Plastic Surgery
3rd Place:  Southeastern Aesthetic Surgery

Best Chiropractor
1st Place: Larson Chiropractic
2nd Place: Boutwell Chiropractic Group
3rd Place: Evans Sport & Spine Chiropractic Center

Best Lawyer
1st Place: Michelle Harrison
2nd Place: Andy Tisdale
3rd Place: Jeffrey Peil

Best Veterinarian
1st Place:  Dr. Edward Gross
2nd Place: Dr. Ashley Wheatley
3rd Place:  Dr. James Wilkes

Best Accountant/CPA
1st Place:  Cleveland Group
2nd Place: Anderson, Adkins & Company
3rd Place:  Serotta Maddocks Evans

Best Financial Advisor
1st Place:  Edward Jones
2nd Place: Apollon
3rd Place:  GraniteArch Wealth Management

Best Real Estate Agent
1st Place:  Gardelle Lewis
2nd Place: Greg Oldham
3rd Place:  Becky Critell

Best Insurance Agent
1st Place:  Hoke Brantley
2nd Place: Kelley Lawrence
3rd Place:  Don Brandenburg

Best Mortgage Lender
1st Place:  Silverton Mortgage
2nd Place: First Choice Mortgage
3rd Place:  Guild Mortgage

Best Staffing Company
1st Place: Augusta Staffing
2nd Place: Peak Talent
3rd Place: Sizemore

Best Financial Institution
1st Place:  Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company
2nd Place: SouthState Bank
3rd Place:  Security Federal Bank

Best Builder
1st Place:  Ivey Homes
2nd Place: Herbert Homes
3rd Place:  First Choice Home Builders

Best Home Audio Video Installation
1st Place:  Aiken Augusta Audio
2nd Place: Everything Install
3rd Place:  X-Treme Audio

Best Interior Designer
1st Place: Michael Siewert
2nd Place: Gina Speegle
3rd Place: Brittany Wallace

Best Housekeeping Company
1st Place:  Merry Maids
2nd Place: Living Spotless
3rd Place:  The Housekeepers

Best Local News Station
1st Place:  WJBF
2nd Place: WGAC
3rd Place:  WRDW

Best Florist
1st Place: Ladybug’s Flowers & Gifts
2nd Place: Flowers on Broad
3rd Place: Martina’s Flowers and Gifts

Best Hair Salon
1st Place:  D.J. & Co. Salon, Spa & Gifts
2nd Place: Bella Capelli Salon & Spa
3rd Place:  Mane 18

Best Lashes & Brow Services
1st Place:  Kendra Neal Studio
2nd Place: The Lash & Brow Bar
3rd Place:  Kristin Callaway Beauty + Brow

Best Botox & Anti-Aging Services
1st Place:  Aesthetic Essentials
2nd Place: Augusta Plastic Surgery Botox Bar
3rd Place:  7 Seas Medical Spa

Best Spa Services
1st Place:  Sol Himalayan Salt Cave & Spa
2nd Place: Tuscany
3rd Place: Rosewater Spa &Wellness

Best Tanning Salon
1st Place:  The Blush & Glow Studio
2nd Place: Palm Beach Tan
3rd Place:  The Spray Bar

Best Place to Board a Pet
1st Place:  Paradise Kennels
2nd Place: Paws in Paradise
3rd Place:  D’Tails

Best Groomer
1st Place:  Paradise Kennels
2nd Place: Paws in Paradise
3rd Place:  D’Tails

Best Doggie Daycare
1st Place:  Paws in Paradise
2nd Place: D’Tails
3rd Place:  The Animal House

Best Pest Control
1st Place:  Horne’s Pest Control
2nd Place: Advanced Services
3rd Place:  Borden Pest Control

Best Heating & Air
1st Place:  Busby’s Heating & Air
2nd Place: Gold Mech
3rd Place:  Duggan’s

Best Plumbing
1st Place:  Yohe
2nd Place: Universal Plumbing
3rd Place:  Gold Mech

Best Electrician
1st Place:  BZ Electric
2nd Place: Rob Zapata’s Electric
3rd Place:  Mister Sparky

Best Appliance Repair
1st Place:  Mr. Appliance
2nd Place: Rawlins Appliance Repair
3rd Place:  Ray’s Appliance Repair

Best Roofing
1st Place:  Lovelace Roofing
2nd Place: Enon Hopkins Roofing
3rd Place:  Southpaw Roofin

Best Fencing
1st Place:  East Georgia Fence
2nd Place: Maner Fence & Specialties
3rd Place:  Southern Reigle Fencing

Best Pressure Washing
1st Place:  Veterans Pressure Washing
2nd Place: MEGAH SoftWash
3rd Place: All Clean Pressure Washing

Best Paint & Body Shop
1st Place:  Rick’s Paint & Body
2nd Place: Kendrick Paint & Body
3rd Place:  Cushman Paint and Body

Best Auto Maintenance & Repair
1st Place: C&C Automotive
2nd Place: Marc Yount’s
3rd Place: Quality Car Center of Evans

Best Car Wash
1st Place: Sparkle Express
2nd Place: Tidal Wave
3rd Place: LuLu’s

Best Tree Service
1st Place:  Eben Gray’s Tree Service
2nd Place: Big Dog Stump & Tree
3rd Place:  Stallion Tree Professionals

Best Trash Service
1st Place:  Augusta Disposal & Recycling Inc.
2nd Place: Waste Management
3rd Place:  Advanced Disposal

Best Landscaping/Lawn Care
1st Place:  Pebble Creek Landscaping
2nd Place: Home Pro Services
3rd Place:  The Groundsman