The Results Are In and the Word Is Out

Presenting The 13th Annual Best of Columbia Winners


The results are in! Enthusiastic Columbians have cast thousands of ballots for the Best of Columbia voting. Readers submitted more than 12,000 nominations in 59 categories. Best of Columbia represents the best this city has to offer - from shopping to food, drinks and services. Congratulations to all the winners.


Hall of Famer: 5+ yrs winning this or a similar category at some level
First Time Winner

Best Asian Restaurant

Gold: House of Chow
Silver: Bangkok Gardens
Bronze: ABC Chinese

Best Bakery

Bronze: Uprise Bakery

Best Barbecue

Gold: Como Smoke & Fire
Bronze: Buckingham Smokehouse Bar-BQ

Best Breakfast

Gold: Café Berlin
Silver: Broadway Diner
Bronze: Ernie’s Café & Steakhouse

Best Brewery

Gold: Logboat Brewing Company
Silver: Flat Branch Pub & Brewing
Bronze: Broadway Brewery

Best Place to Get A Burger

Gold: Booches Billiards
Silver: Billiards on Broadway
Bronze: Just Jeff’s Burgers

Best Coffee Shop

Gold: Kaldi’s Coffee
Silver: The Grind Coffee House
Bronze: Lakota Coffee

Best Place to Get Doughnuts

Gold: Harold’s Doughnuts
Silver: Dunkin’ Donuts
Bronze: Hy-Vee

Best Food Truck

Gold: Ozark Mountain Biscuit Company
Silver: Just Jeff’s Burgers
Bronze: The Big Cheese

Best Happy Hour

Silver: Murry’s
Bronze: Truman’s Bar & Grill

Best Place to Get Healthy Food

Gold: Clover’s Natural Market
Silver: Main Squeeze
Bronze: Nourish

Best Place to Get Ice Cream/Frozen Custard/Frozen Yogurt

Gold: Andy’s Frozen Custard
Silver: Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream
Bronze: Randy’s Frozen Custard

Best Mexican Restaurant

Gold: Las Margarita’s
Silver: El Maguey
Bronze: Agave Mexican Restaurant

Best Outdoor Dinging Area

Gold: Flat Branch Pub & Brewing

Best Place to Get Pizza

Gold: Shakespeare’s
Silver: G&D Pizzaria
Bronze: Pizza Tree

Best Place to Get Steak

Gold: CC’s City Broiler
Silver: G&D Steakhouse
Bronze: Murry’s

Best Place to Get Sushi

Silver: Osaka Japanese Restaurant
Bronze: Kampai Sushi

Best Place to Watch the Game

Silver: Truman’s Bar & Grill
Bronze: Billiards on Broadway

Best Place to Get Wings

Gold: CJ’s
Bronze: Buffalo Wild Wings

Best Restaurant Opened in 2018

Silver: The Quarry
Bronze: Fluffybutt Cookies

Best Appetizer

Gold: Nachos Bianco — Addison’s
Silver: Brock’s Green Pepper Rings — Murry’s

Best Cocktail

Silver: Bloody Mary — Flat Branch Pub & Brewing
Bronze: Long Island Ice Tea — Houlihan’s

Best Dessert

Gold: Gooey Butter Cake — Murry’s
Silver: Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae — Flat Branch Pub & Brewing
Bronze: Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae — Flat Branch Pub & Brewing

Best Fries

Gold: ‘Bout Died Fries — Billiards on Broadway
Bronze: Sloppy Disco Fries — 44 Canteen

Best Athlete

Gold: Sophie Cunningham
Silver: J’den Cox
Bronze: Drew Lock

Best Bartender

Silver: Tee Grant — CC’s City Broiler
Bronze: Sami Gerke — 1839 Taphouse

Best Chef

Gold: Scott Cleeton — CC’s City Broiler
Silver: Chris McDonnell — Chris McD’s
Bronze: Adam Wells-Morgan — Flyover Restaurant

Best Chiropractor

Gold: Mark Pressley — Pressley Chiropractic Center
Silver: Curt Kippenberger — Focus on Health Chiropractic
Bronze: Amanda Owens — Tiger Family Chiropractic

Best Dentist/Orthodontist

Silver: Kent Willet — Kent Willet DDS
Bronze: Kyle Lisenby — Plaza Dental Group

Best Dog Groomer

Silver: Sue Miller — All Dogs-N-Cats
Bronze: Rose Kennon — About Paws

Best Hair Stylist

Gold: Stacey Dexter — The Clip Joint
Silver: Shawnee Boze — Salon Nefisa
Bronze: Angela Williams — Uplifted Salon

Best Local Band

Gold: Burney Sisters
Silver: C. Rock City
Bronze: Violet and the Undercurrents

Best Automotive Technician

Gold: Andrew Arnold — Machens Ford
Silver: Ross Mutrux — Mutrux Auto
Bronze: Ross Mutrux — Mutrux Auto

Best News Anchor

Gold: Ashley Strohmier — KMIZ
Silver: Emily Spain — KOMU
Bronze: Jim Riek — KOMU

Best Talk Show Host

Gold: Shags — KCMQ
Silver: Gary Nolan — 93.9 The Eagle
Bronze: Tom Bradley — JACKFM

Best Pediatrician

Gold: Holly Bondurant — Tiger Pediatrics
Silver: Nathan Beucke — University of Missouri Health Care
Bronze: James Garb — James Garb, M.D. Personalized Pediatric Care

Best Radio Personality

Gold: Cosmo — Y107
Silver: Scotty Cox — Clear 99
Bronze: Shags — 96.7 KCMQ

Best Radio Team

Gold: Scotty and Catryna — Clear 99
Silver: Cosmo and the Y107 Morning Show — Y107
Bronze: Shags and Trevor — 96.7 KCMQ

Best Tattoo Artist

Gold: Roxane Jefferies — Living Canvas Tattoo, Body Piercing & Art Gallery
Silver: Gabe Garcia — Iron Tiger Tattoo
Bronze: Lars Van Zandt — Iron Tiger Tattoo

Best Teacher

Gold: Deanna Bickel — Fairview Elementary
Silver: Suzanne Jackson — Two Mile Prairie Elementary
Bronze: Stephanie Ross — TigerSide Intergenerational Preschool

Best Weathercaster

Gold: Sharon Ray — KMIZ
Silver: Kenton Gewecke — KOMU
Bronze: Brigit Mahoney — KMIZ

Best Veterinarian

Gold: Terry Chapman — Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital
Silver: Tom Rose — Rolling Hills Veterinary Hospital
Bronze: Lindsay Dorr — Horton Animal Hospital

Best Women's Health Doctor

Gold: Stephanie Womack — Boone Hospital Center
Silver: Lori Anderson — MU Women's and Children's Hospital
Bronze: Misty Mills — MU Women's and Children's Hospital

Best Pilates Instructor

Gold: Laura Detert — Open Studio Pilates
Silver: Elise Mosbacher — Wilson’s
Bronze: Molly Myers

Best Place to Buy a Piece of Art

Gold: Art in the Park
Silver: Poppy
Bronze: Bluestem Missouri Crafts

Best Daycare

Gold: Tiger Tots Preschools
Silver: Academy of Early Childhood Learning
Bronze: Bright Start Academy

Best Florist

Gold: Hy-Vee
Silver: My Secret Garden
Bronze: Kent's Floral Gallery

Best-Kept Secret in Columbia

Gold: Mugs Up
Silver: Cooper’s Landing
Bronze: Just Jeff's Street Food

Best Place to Play Golf

Gold: Eagle Knoll Golf Course
Silver: Midway Golf & Games
Bronze: The Club at Old Hawthorne

Best Lawn Care Service

Gold: Columbia Landcare
Silver: Grizzly Bear Lawn Care
Bronze: Atkins

Best Place to Hear Live Music

Gold: The Blue Note
Silver: Rose Music Hall
Bronze: Cooper’s Landing

Best Place to Buy Jewelry

Gold: Buchroeders Jewelers
Silver: L.C. Betz Associates Jewelers
Bronze: Poppy

Best Place to Buy Men's Apparel

Gold: Academy Sports
Silver: Bass Pro Shops
Bronze: Dillard’s

Best Nail Salon

Gold: Varsity Nails
Silver: Riversong Spa & Salon
Bronze: Florida Nails

Best Place to Buy Shoes

Gold: Dryer’s Shoe Store
Silver: Academy Sports
Bronze: Dillard’s

Best Place to Take a Visitor

Silver: Rock Bridge State Park
Bronze: Shakespeare's Pizza

Best Towing Company

Silver: Tiger Towing
Bronze: I-70 Towing & Recovery

Best Place to Buy Wine/Spirits

Silver: Hy-Vee

Best Place to Buy Women's Apparel

Gold: Dillard’s
Silver: Altar’d State
Bronze: Cato