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Here are your Best of the Best 2019 finalists; winners will be announced Aug. 28

The top three finalists in each category are listed here. Winners will be announced Wednesday at Clyde Iron.

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Duluth News Tribune 2019 Best of the Best awards

The Northland's voters have spoken this summer during our Best of the Best awards voting, and we are now down to the top three finalists in each awards category.

Winners will be announced Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, at the new Clyde Iron Malting Building. The doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the awards ceremony starts at 7. See more event details on our Facebook page , and message us there with any event questions.

Finalists should have received an invitation in the mail. If you are a finalist, you can RSVP here if you have not done so yet.

A limited number of tickets are also available to purchase here.

Congratulations to all of our finalists listed here; you've all made it to the top three in your categories — see you Aug. 28!

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2019 BEST OF THE BEST FINALISTS


Top Three Finalist Category they're competing in
"T" Decker VanOvermeiren at Builder's Best Bartender / Server
4th Street Auto Repair Inc Best Oil Change
7 West Taphouse Best Beer Selection (restaurant or bar)
95 KQDS Best Radio Station
A & Dubs Best Fast Food
A G O'Brien Plumbing & Heating Co Best Plumbing Contractor
a Le' Salon Best Hair Salon
A Plus Computer Services Best Computer Repair Service
A+ Contractors & Garden Center Best Garden Center/Nursery
Adam Herman Best Local Author
Aerial Athletics: CrossFit Aerial / Aerial Assault Best Exercise Facility
Airport Animal Hospital Best Veterinary Office
Alakef Coffee Roasters Inc Best Coffee
ALDI Best Grocery Store
ALS Walleye Tournament Best Local Tournament
Amsoil Arena Best Live Music Venue
Anchor Bar & Grill Best Burger
Anchor Bar & Grill Best Dive Bar
Anchor Bar & Grill Best Fries
Anchors End Tattoo Best Piercing Studio
Anchors End Tattoo Best Tattoo Studio
Andy from THE REFUGE Best Radio DJ
Angie's Closet Best Consignment Store
Animal Allies Humane Society Best Non-Profit Organization
At Sara's Table Chester Creek Cafe Best Vegetarian Food
Audiology Concepts (formerly Hearing Associates) Best Medical Facility
Auto Ace Express Lube Best Oil Change
B & B Market Best Meat Market
Bach and Group Property Management Best Property Management Company
Bach and Realty Best Real Estate Company
Barber Shop South Superior Best Barbershop
Bark Avenue Grooming Best Pet Grooming
Barnes & Noble Best Bookstore
Bayfront Festival Park Best Live Music Venue
Belknap Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Best Plumbing Contractor
Bellisio's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar Best Italian Restaurant
Bellisio's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar Best Wine Selection
Benna Ford Roush Service Best Oil Change
Benna Ford Superior Best New Car Dealership
Benna Ford Superior Best Used Car Dealership
Benna Ford Superior Best Auto Care
Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Best Local Beer
Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Best Workplace Culture
Bent Paddle Brewing Taproom Best Brew Pub / Taproom
Bentleyville Tour of Lights Best Attraction
Betty's Pies Best Desserts
Big Daddy's Burgers Best Burger
Big Daddy's Burgers Best Fries
Black Bear Casino Resort Best Casino
Black Woods Grill & Bar Best Happy Hour
Black Woods Group Catering Best Caterer
Blink Optometry Best Optical Store
Blueberry Bowl Best Pizza
BlueStone Flats Best Apartment Community
Boat Club Restaurant Best Bloody Mary
Boat Club Restaurant Best Happy Hour
Boat Club Restaurant Best Outdoor Dining
Boat Club Restaurant Best Wine Selection
Born too Late Best Local Band
Brighton Beach Best Park
Buffalo House Best County Bar
Buffalo Wild Wings Best Chicken Wings
Bullyan RV Best Place to Buy an RV
Canal Bark Best Pet Boarding/Daycare
Caribou Coffee Best Coffee
Carlson Duluth Company Best Plumbing Contractor
Carlson Orthodontics Best Small Company to Work for (Under 50)
Carlson Orthodontics Best Workplace Culture
Carlson Orthodontics Best Customer Service
Carlson Orthodontics Best Dental Office
Cash Wise Liquor Best Wine Selection
Castle Danger Brewery Best Local Beer
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary Best Place of Worship
Centricity Credit Union Best Bank/Credit Union
Chad Watczak at Edina Realty Best Real Estate Agent
Chalstroms Bait & Tackle Best Bait/Fishing Shop
Children’s Museum Best Place for Kids to Play
ChiroWay of Duluth Best Chiropractic Office
Choo Choo Bar & Grill Best Bloody Mary
Chris Allen Best Radio DJ
Cirrus Aircraft Best Large Company to Work for (50+)
Cirrus Aircraft Best Workplace Culture
Coates RV Center Best Place to Buy an RV
Cold One Liquor Best Liquor Store
COMO Oil & Propane Best Fuel Oil/Propane Service
Coney Island (West 1st Street) Best Hot Dog
Corktown Deli & Brews Best Sandwich
Created by Sam Best Nail Salon
CrossFit Duluth Best Exercise Facility
Crumbles Best Bakery
Culver's Best Fast Food
Curtis Oil & Propane Best Fuel Oil/Propane Service
Dan Duff at Kari Toyota Best Car Salesperson
Dan Hanger Best Local Celebrity
Dan Ploehn at Northland Chevrolet Best Car Salesperson
Dan's Feed Bin Best Garden Center/Nursery
Dani Does Brows Best Cosmetic/Esthetic Clinic
Dannie Duluth Consignment Best Consignment Store
Dennis Anderson Best Local Celebrity
DICK'S Sporting Goods Best Sporting Goods Store
discoverpc.NET Computer Solutions Center Best Computer Repair Service
Divine Destinations Best Travel Agency
DLH Clothing Best Gift Store
Doc's Sports Bar & Grill Best Bloody Mary
Don Ness Best Local Author
Downtown Computer Best Computer Repair Service
Dr. Addie Vittorio Best Family Practice Physician
Dr. Adrianne Westmoreland Best Family Practice Physician
Dr. Ingrid Nisswand-Larson Best Family Practice Physician
Dr. John Yoon at Mariner Clinic Best Eye Doctor
Dr. Whitney Lauer at Theobald Family Eye Care Best Eye Doctor
Dream Ridge Photography Best Photographer
Dreamland Supper Club Best Restaurant
Duluth Antique Marketplace Best Antique/Collectibles Store
Duluth Cider Best Small Company to Work for (Under 50)
Duluth Coffee Company Best Coffee
Duluth Coffee Company Cafe Best Coffee Shop
Duluth Grill Best Breakfast
Duluth Grill Best Caterer
Duluth Grill Best Restaurant
Duluth Grill Best Vegetarian Food
Duluth Huskies Best Local Sports Team
Duluth Pack Store Best Gift Store
Duluth Pack Store Best Outdoor Store
Eagles Nest Massage Therapy Best Massage Spa
East West Property Management Best Property Management Company
Ecumen Lakeshore - The Shores Assisted Living & Memory Care Best Retirement/Assisted Living
Eddie's World Famous Ribs Best BBQ Restaurant
Edgewood Best Retirement/Assisted Living
Edmunds Co. Real Estate LLP Best Real Estate Company
Enger Park Golf Course Best Golf Course
Engwall Florist & Gifts Best Florist
Eric Bohjanen Zen Eye Care Best Eye Doctor
Escape by Travel Best Travel Agency
Essentia Health Best Large Company to Work for (50+)
Essentia Health Best Medical Facility
Essentia Health-Hermantown Clinic Best Pharmacy
Essentia Health-Lakeside Pharmacy Best Pharmacy
Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que Best BBQ Restaurant
Father Time Antiques Best Antique/Collectibles Store
FIRST Robotics Regional Competition Best Local Tournament
Fisherman's Corner Best Bait/Fishing Shop
Flora North Best Florist
Fond-du-Luth Casino Best Casino
Fortune Bay Resort Casino Best Casino
Fox 21 Best TV Station
Fryberger Buchanan Smith PA Best Law Firm
Galleria Bicycle Best Bicycle Shop
Gitchee Gumee Tattoo Best Tattoo Studio
Glensheen Best Attraction
Glensheen Best Live Music Venue
Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate Best Museum
Golden Inn Restaurant Best Chinese Restaurant
Gooseberry Falls State Park Best Park
Gordy's Gift & Garden Best Garden Center/Nursery
Gordy's Hi-Hat Best Fast Food
Gordy's Hi-Hat Best Customer Service
Great Harvest Bread Co. Best Bakery
Great Lakes Pond Hockey Classic Best Local Tournament
Gregorich Family Dental Best Dental Office
Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant Best Margarita
Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant Best Mexican Restaurant
Hammond Steak House Best Steakhouse
Hanabi Japanese Cuisine Best Sushi
Happy Tails Animal Hospital Best Veterinary Office
Hartley Nature Center Best Hiking Trail
Hearing Wellness Center Best Medical Facility
Heaven's Best Carpet Cleaning Best Cleaning Service
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Duluth North - Miller Hill Best Hotel
Holiday Stationstores Best Car Wash
HOM Furniture Best Furniture Store
Hoops Brewing Beer Hall Best Beer Selection (restaurant or bar)
Hoops Brewing Beer Hall Best Brew Pub / Taproom
Hoops Brewing Company Best Local Beer
Hoops Brewing Company Best Sports Bar
Hucklebeary Best Gift Store
Incline Station Bowling Center Best Bowling Center
Infinity Massage & Wellness Best Massage Spa
J Skylark Best Toy Store
James Collette at Ursa Minor Brewing Best Bartender / Server
Janzen Chiropractic PA Best Chiropractic Office
Jason Manning Best Local Celebrity
Jason Manning Best Radio DJ
Jay Cooke State Park Best Hiking Trail
Jay Cooke State Park Best Park
Jewelers Bench Best Jeweler
Joe Polecheck Photography Best Photographer
John Herron at Sage Point Best Financial Advisor
John Toman at Benna Ford Best Car Salesperson
Johnson Carpet One Floor & Home Best Flooring/Carpet Store
Johnson's Bakery & Coffee Shop Best Bakery
Kali Moll - Fox and the Hare Best Stylist
KBJR6 Best TV Station
Kevin O’Brien Best Real Estate Agent
Keyport Liquor Best Liquor Store
Keyport Liquor Store Best Wine Selection
Keystone Bluffs Assisted Living Best Retirement/Assisted Living
Kolar Best Used Car Dealership
Kolar Toyota Best New Car Dealership
Kool 101.7 Best Radio Station
Krenzen Automall Best New Car Dealership
Krenzen Automall Best Used Car Dealership
Kurtz Catering Best Caterer
Kwik Trip Best Car Wash
Lake Superior Best Attraction
Lake Superior Art Glass Best Art Gallery
Lake Superior Law, PLLC Best Law Firm
Lake Superior Zoo Best Place for Kids to Play
Lakehead Clutch & Brake Best Auto Care
Lakeside Barber Best Barbershop
Legacy Toys Best Toy Store
Liberty K9, Barnum Best Pet Boarding/Daycare
LIFE 97.3 KDNW Best Radio Station
Little Angie's Cantina And Grill Best Margarita
Live Simply with Kim Best Cleaning Service
Loc’d Up Kreationz Studio (LUKS) Best Customer Service
London Road & Miller Hill Car Wash Best Car Wash
Love Creamery Best Desserts
Mad Chicken Studio Best Photographer
Marine General Best Bait/Fishing Shop
Mark Winberg at Anderson Winberg Group Merrill Lynch Best Financial Advisor
Massage by Denise Plunkett Best Massage Spa
Maya Mexican Restaurant Best Mexican Restaurant
McKenzies Bar & Grill Best Hot Dog
Members Cooperative Credit Union Best Bank/Credit Union
Men’s Olympic curling team Best Local Sports Team
Menards Best Flooring/Carpet Store
Mexico Lindo Mexican Restaurant Bar & Grill Best Margarita
Michael Messina Best Real Estate Agent
Miranda's Smooch A Pooch Salon Best Pet Grooming
Mount Royal Apartments Best Apartment Community
Mount Royal Bottle Shoppe Best Wine Selection
Mount Royal Pines Best Apartment Community
Nail crush studio Best Nail Salon
Natasha Freitag Best Stylist
Nemadji Golf Course Best Golf Course
New Scenic Café Best Restaurant
Nicole Barclay at Duluth Flame Best Bartender / Server
Northern Waters Smokehaus Best Sandwich
Northwest Outlet Best Outdoor Store
Northwest Outlet Best Sporting Goods Store
Nummi Jewelers Best Jeweler
Oak Lake RV Sales Best Place to Buy an RV
Old Town Antiques & Books Best Antique/Collectibles Store
Olde Towne Galleries Best Art Gallery
OMC Smokehouse Best BBQ Restaurant
Osaka Best Sushi
Pak's Green Corner Best Chinese Restaurant
Peace In Christ Lutheran Church Best Place of Worship
Pedro's Grill & Cantina Best Mexican Restaurant
Pickwick Restaurant & Pub Best Steakhouse
Piedmont Dental Best Dental Office
Pier B Resort Hotel Best Hotel
Planned Parenthood - Duluth Clinic Best Non-Profit Organization
Playfront Park Best Place for Kids to Play
Poplar Golf Course Best Golf Course
Primo Ink Tattoo Best Piercing Studio
Primo Ink Tattoo Best Tattoo Studio
Q Nails & Spa Best Nail Salon
Randy's Barber Shop Best Barbershop
Raya Lynn Best Stylist
Real Living Messina & Associates Best Property Management Company
Real Living Messina & Associates Best Real Estate Company
Red Mug Coffeehouse Best Coffee Shop
Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center Best Museum
Riley Rue Pet Spaw Best Pet Grooming
Riverside Flooring Best Flooring/Carpet Store
Saffron & Grey Couture Floral Design Best Florist
Sam Cook Best Local Author
Sammy's Pizza Best Pizza
Schneiderman's Furniture Best Furniture Store
Scott Wallin CPA SC Best Accounting Firm
Security Jewelers Best Jeweler
Serenity Spa And Salon Featuring Posh Affair Boutique Best Hair Salon
Shaun Marline at Marline Wealth LLC Best Financial Advisor
Sir Benedicts Tavern on the Lake Best Bar
Sir Benedicts Tavern on the Lake Best Beer Selection (restaurant or bar)
Sir Benedicts Tavern on the Lake Best Outdoor Dining
Sir Benedicts Tavern on the Lake Best Sandwich
Ski Hut Best Bicycle Shop
Skyline Lanes Best Bowling Center
Slumberland Best Furniture Store
Sportsman’s Cafe Best Breakfast
Spott Law Office, Best Law Firm
St. Luke's Hospital Best Large Company to Work for (50+)
St. Luke's Hospital Best Medical Facility
Stewart's Bikes & Sports Best Bicycle Shop
Stokkes Meat Market Best Meat Market
Strength Factory Best Exercise Facility
Super One Foods Best Grocery Store
Super One Liquor Best Liquor Store
Superior Animal Hospital Best Veterinary Office
Superior Choice Credit Union Best Bank/Credit Union
Superior Fuel Company Best Fuel Oil/Propane Service
Superior Hiking Trail Best Hiking Trail
Superior Meats Best Meat Market
Taste of Saigon Best Chinese Restaurant
Tavern 105 Best Chicken Wings
Tavern on the Hill Best Bar
Tavern on the Hill Best Happy Hour
Tavern on the Hill Best Outdoor Dining
Tavern on the Hill Best Sports Bar
TCG Accounting Best Accounting Firm
Texas Roadhouse Best Steakhouse
The Amazing Alonzo Paperback Exchange Best Bookstore
The Breeze Inn Best Burger
The Breeze Inn Best County Bar
The Breeze Inn Best Dive Bar
The Cupcake Lady Best Desserts
The Duluth Depot Best Museum
The Duluth Vineyard Church Best Place of Worship
The Inn on Lake Superior Best Hotel
The Juice Pharm Best Vegetarian Food
The Kitchen Best Breakfast
The LoFT in Duluth Best Consignment Store
The Northwood's Band Best Local Band
The Other Place Bar and Grill Best County Bar
The Reef Lounge Best Dive Bar
The Reef Lounge Best Sports Bar
The Salon At Ulta Best Hair Salon
Tim's Auto Care Center Best Auto Care
Tischer Photographic Gallery Best Art Gallery
Toys For Keeps Best Toy Store
Trailfitters Best Outdoor Store
Trailfitters Best Sporting Goods Store
Travel by Horizons Best Travel Agency
Twin Ports Dermatology Best Cosmetic/Esthetic Clinic
Twin Ports Laser And Cosmetic Services Best Cosmetic/Esthetic Clinic
Twin Ports Pet Sitters Best Pet Boarding/Daycare
Twin Ports Trailer Trash Best Cleaning Service
UMD Bulldogs Men's Hockey Best Local Sports Team
Ursa Minor Brewing Best Bar
Ursa Minor Brewing Best Brew Pub / Taproom
Va Bene Caffe Best Italian Restaurant
Va Bene Caffe Best Wine Selection
Valentini's Vicino Lago Best Italian Restaurant
Village Lanes Best Bowling Center
Vintage Italian Pizza Best Pizza
Vision Pro Optical Best Optical Store
Walgreens Best Pharmacy
WDIO-TV Best TV Station
Whiskey Trail Best Local Band
Whole Foods Co-op Best Grocery Store
Wide World of Wings Best Chicken Wings
Wilderness Wellness Chiropractic Best Chiropractic Office
Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation Best Non-Profit Organization
Wipfli Best Accounting Firm
Yellow Bike Coffee Best Coffee Shop
Yker Acres Best Hot Dog
Zeitgeist Arts Cafe Best Fries
Zen Eye Care Best Optical Store
Zen Eye Care Best Small Company to Work for (Under 50)
Zen House Best Sushi
Zenith Bookstore Best Bookstore
Zenith City Piercing and Tattoo Best Piercing Studio
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