Pensacola, Florida
Wednesday June 20th 2018


Rest of The Best ’11


Winner: Best Volunteer
Teri Levin loves Pensacola, and she volunteers her time, talents and resources to improve the quality of life for everyone. Autism Pensacola, WSRE, Pensacola Symphony, Ballet Pensacola, American Cancer Society, Gulf Coast Kid’s House and the Council on Aging are just a few of the non-profits that Teri has helped over the years.

Winner: Best Local Boss
The founder of Studer Group led the turnaround of Baptist Hospital in the 1990s as its president. Baptist Health Care won the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award three years after he left to form his own healthcare consulting firm. Last year, Studer Group won the same award, a true testimonial to Quint’s leadership. His success is built on creating work environments where employees excel and provide world-class service to their patients and clients.


Winner: Best Yoga
Nancy LaNasa opened Abhaya Yoga Center in 2006 after practicing in New York City for 20 years. Her center’s been a Best of the Coast favorite ever since. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, Abhaya offers a variety of classes for all levels, seven days a week.

Winner: Best 24-Hour Gym
Runner Up: Best Gym Overall
Convenience is key at Anytime Fitness. Its top-notch gym equipment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so whether you’re an early bird or night owl, any time can be workout time.

Winner: Best Residential Real Estate Agency
Runner Up: Best Real Estate Agent-Keith Harrod
Brokers John Connell and Ken Manziek started Connell & Manziek Realty in 1982, offering a unique and dynamic combination of expertise, experience, and success. With their 60 real estate professionals and staff, they have built the largest independently owned real estate company in Northwest Florida. Keith Harrod is a superstar realtor that has caught the attention of IN readers, particularly in the East Hill area.

Winner: Best Massage, Best Salon for Waxing
Runner Up: Best Day Spa, Best Facial, Best Nail Salon, Best Pedicure, Best Skin Care Overall
Escape Wellness Spa provides Pensacola’s finest massage therapy, skin care, hair removal, cosmetic and sunless tanning services. They take the time to make each visit a truly memorable experience. Hand selected, highly trained professionals are knowledgeable and truly care about providing lasting results.  After just one visit, IN readers know you will look and feel amazing.

Winner: Best Real Estate Agent
This native Pensacolian is number one in the greater Pensacola area, with over $50 million in closed sales in 2009 and 2010. Mark became the managing broker for Levin-Rinke Resort Realty in April 2007. Resort Realty is the leading real estate company and developer in Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Gulf Breeze. He has put together a team that is committed to customer satisfaction and providing the best level of knowledge of the Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Gulf Breeze real estate market.
Winner: Best Insurance Agency
IN readers appreciate small, independent businesses that emerge as leaders in the community. This personal, commercial and employee benefit insurance provider has always prided itself on being “proactive” in its services and has built a high level of trust with local and regional companies.

Winner: Best Commercial Real Estate Agency
NAI Halford is Northwest Florida’s largest, exclusively commercial real estate firm. Their expert team knows the greater Pensacola area and specializes in the sales, leasing, consulting and management of commercial and investment real estate. NAI Halford knows how to match their clients’ needs with the best available sites.

Winner: Best Credit Union
Runner Up: Best Place to Work, Best Rising Leader-David Tuyo II, Best Local Boss-Ron Fields
Chartered in 1936, Pen Air Federal Credit Union initially served civil service and military employees and their immediate families, but has since expanded to cover other employer groups. Pen Air FCU is the best choice for its members, regardless of where they live, through worldwide service with a hometown feel. IN readers agree.

Winner: Best Tanning Salon
Runner Up: Best Day Spa
Planet Beach Contempo Spa is designed specifically for customers juggling family, work and social obligations, who also desire a convenient and affordable escape to relaxation. Planet Beach is a franchise twist on a traditional day spa — members have unlimited access to automated day spa services in private rooms and treatments for a modest monthly membership fee, allowing them to get regular massages, facials, spray tans, UV therapy and spa visits for one monthly price.

Winner: Best Skin Care Overall
Runner Up: Best Facial, Best Beauty Products
Dr. Kevin Welch and his skin care center have once again been voted by our readers as the best skin care provider on the Gulf Coast. Dr. Welch and his staff offer the latest in facial rejuvenation treatments such as Botox, Dysport, Thermage, IPL, Restylane, Juvederm, acid peels, microdermabrasion and more. The office also offers an array of top-quality skin care products to address dermatological issues ranging from sunspots to scarring to wrinkles, including Obagi, Kinerase, Jane Iredale and Tilley Hats, among others. Dr. Welch is a member of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology & Aesthetic Surgery as well as one of only 200 Platinum Plus Injectors of Botox in the United States.

Winner: Best Dentist
Dr. Steve Zieman and his dental practice, Renfroe and Zieman, have become Gulf Breeze institutions. For nearly 40 years, Dr. Zieman and his staff have developed a dental philosophy and practice centered on excellence in patient care, the best medical training and techniques, and lifelong service to the community.


Winner: Best Independent Market
Runner Up: Best Bread, Best Deli, Best Fried Chicken, Best Place to Buy Local Produce, Best Gourmet/Specialty Food, Best Caterer
Apple Market, “the biggest little store in town,” provides fresh meats, fantastic deli selections, outstanding produce, perishables and friendly, efficient service. Apple Market not only carries items you’d find at a typical grocer, but also those you’d find in many specialty-item stores. In addition to having one of the best delis and produce aisles in town, the store also offers many imported cheeses, wine and bread and will order specialty items that customers can’t find elsewhere. Catering and delivery services are also offered. The store’s success has stemmed from providing everything the customer wants with the convenience of being right around the corner, and it looks like IN readers have taken notice.

Winner: Best Wine Shop, Best Wine Tastings
For the third straight year, Aragon has been voted the best wine shop. Offering a variety of specialty and exotic wines (including organic), catering to individual orders and suggestions, and offering wines at all price-points has made the wine shop one of the area’s most loved local businesses.

Winner: Best Art Gallery
The only non-profit, all-volunteer experimental art gallery serving Northwest Florida provides a continuous forum for quality experimental and contemporary art exhibitions and programs, dedicated to the enrichment and education of the community.  It’s a must-stop on Gallery Nights in downtown Pensacola.

Winner: Best Antiques
Runner Up: Best Vintage Store
One of the oldest and largest antique galleries in the area, Blue Moon features a large, air-conditioned facility housing a variety of rescued, recycled and refinished furniture and goods of all kinds. Items include home décor, dishes, furniture, artwork and more.

Winner: Best Music Gear
Opened in August 1997, Blues Angel Music has grown from a 1,000-square-foot, one-man guitar store into a 6,500-square-foot, full-line, world-class music store offering a great selection of new, used and vintage guitars and other instruments. They even rent band instruments.

Winner: Best Cigar Shop
Cordova Cigars offers a selection of over 700 fine cigars and features three different smoking lounges and a backyard patio — without a doubt contributing to the store’s five-year reign as the area’s best cigar shop. In addition, you can find a variety of tobacco accessories, including premium lighters, cigar cutters, pipes, pipe tobacco and accessories. And if you can’t find the cigar you’re looking for, just ask. Cordova Cigars will make specialty orders to suit the needs of its customers.

Winner: Best New Retail Shop
Envie inspires IN readers’ love for fashion by appealing to their desire to bring an individualized statement to every wardrobe. This Pensacola Beach shop considers every detail, from the quality of the fabric to the designer’s innovation and price.
Don’t be EnviOUS, be Envie.

Winner: Best Boutique
Runner Up: Best New Retail Shop, Best Women’s Accessories, Best Women’s Apparel
Owned and operated by mother-daughter team Kelly and Katie Rozier, Indigeaux has been a welcome addition to downtown Pensacola. The boutique offers premium denim brands made by Paige Denim and Miss Me, as well as an organic cotton and silk blend line made by Trinity, Judith March dresses, and LA Made basics. This is Indigeaux’s first Best of the Coast win, which is remarkable since the shop hasn’t been open a full year. We expect many more awards for them.

Runner Up: Best Seafood Market
Established in 1989, Maria’s is proudly serving over 130 of the areas finest restaurants and offers seafood for both wholesale and retail. They specialize in fresh local whole fish cut to order and offer the freshest local fish fillets.

Winner: Best Hardware Store
Pensacola Hardware is a locally-owned, full-service hardware store specializing in contractor and industrial supplies. However, the store also offers a variety of housewares and gifts for the kitchen, home and garden, such as cutlery, game-day gear, grills, gourmet foods, linens, bath and body products, barware, seasonal items and more.

Winner: Best Athletic Store, Best Running Club
The Running Wild staff understands the runner because they are runners. Not only does Running Wild offer high-quality performance shoes, apparel and athletic accessories, its employees also guide greater Pensacola-area runners and athletes in their workout regimens, whether they’re training for their first 5K or their fifth marathon.

Winner: Best Unique Jewelry
What sets Susan Campbell Jewelry apart from many local jewelry stores is not just great customer service, but the ability to provide a product that no one else in the area has. The boutique offers unique, handpicked pieces by Me&Ro, Saundra Messinger, Heather Moore, Catherine Weitzman, Melissa Joy Manning, Tiffany Peay, Nancy Norton, Magally, Sarah Graham, Denise Betesh, Priya Himatsingka, Studio Waterfall and others.

Winner: Best Surf/Skate Shop
A skate and surf shop has to be cool to be successful. Waterboyz is cool. This surf skate shop, which also has a skate park on site, serves up the latest surf, skate, skimboard and paddleboard gear as well as the newest styles in clothing and accessories from the top brands in the industry. They know their products because they use them.


Winner: Best BBQ
Runner Up: Best Restaurant-Gulf Breeze
For the seventh consecutive year, this locally-owned restaurant has been voted Best BBQ. Billy Bob’s, with its spicy-smoked fragrance and awesome barbecued meats, has won the hearts and appetites of IN readers.

Winner: Best PoBoy
Runner Up: Best Cajun Cuisine, Best Fried Foods, Best Gumbo, Best Original Menu Item-Sloppy Broussard
Owners Carl and Cory Broussard have been delighting taste buds across the country since 1996 with their unique, genuine Cajun cuisine. Cajun Specialty Meats is one of the few truly Cajun food destinations in the area, and you can take your pick from among the whole, deboned stuffed-chickens, heat-and-eat entrees, sausages, side dishes, appetizers, gumbo, and crawfish and shrimp dishes along with their famous Turducken.

Winner: Best Outdoor Dining
Runner Up: Best Sushi, Best Lunch Spot, Best Place for a First Date
With its coastal atmosphere indoors and its outdoor seating that overlooks Seville Square, Dharma Blue has a coolness that IN readers love. The menu ranges from fresh seafood to steaks, pastas, game and sushi.

Winner: Best Original Menu Item-Chicken and Waffles, Best Margarita
Runner Up: Best Original Menu, Best Restaurant-Pensacola Beach
Chef Rob Theriot and Sabine Laguna have created a Pensacola Beach restaurant that has won praise from IN readers. Located on the Portofino Boardwalk, Laguna’s offers a unique, relaxed dining experience with an original menu that rivals the downtown restaurants. Their Sunday brunch includes the Hopkin’s House Fried Chicken and Waffles (BOC favorite), Crab Cake Benedict and bottomless mimosas.

Winner: Best Coffee Shop Best Cup of Coffee
Runner Up: Best Place to Mooch Free Wi-Fi, Best Specialty & Iced Coffee Drinks, Best Brunch
The Leisure Club has a unique vibe that goes behind a good cup of Intelligentsia Coffee. Open seven days a week, TLC is the downtown place to hang out while enjoying not only coffee and tea, but also fine wines, craft beers and gourmet food. Check them out on Facebook for daily specials. IN readers do regularly.

Winner: Best Deli, Best Lunch Spot
Runner Up: Best Sandwich, Best Restaurant-East Pensacola/Scenic Highway, Best Soup-Beer Cheese
This small, cozy cafe has a diverse menu that never fails to surprise with its creamy homemade soups, pasta, salads and unbelievable sandwiches. The menu has more items than your average deli, and everything is delicious.

Winner: Best Place to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Runner Up: Best Desserts, Best Vegetarian/Vegan Cuisine-Vegan Cupcakes, Best Bakery, Best Cake Shop
This bakery offers gourmet cupcakes, custom cakes, wedding quality cakes and cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and gluten-free, sugarless and vegan cupcakes. Oh Snap! has the perfect “thank you” for co-workers, loved ones or clients. They even do birthday parties.

Winner: Best Kept Local Secret
Runner Up: Best Bar for Live Music, Best Bar-Pensacola Beach, Best Day-Drinking, Best Boutique or Independent Hotel/Inn-Paradise Inn, Best Hotel-Pensacola Beach-Paradise Inn
There is no better place to sip on a margarita, kick off your sandals and leave the world behind than the open, relaxed environment of Paradise Bar & Grill. It’s also a place where you can dock your boat, grab a bite to eat and let the kids play in the sand. Paradise has long been a favorite of locals, and once again IN readers have named it one of their favorite places to drink on Pensacola Beach — morning, noon or night.

Winner: Best Seafood Cuisine, Best Fish Sandwich, Best Place to Eat Like a Tourist
Runner-ups: Best Fried Foods, Best PoBoy, Best Restaurant-Pensacola Beach
This relaxed family restaurant has been a BOC winner since 2000. Starting from humble beginnings 20 years ago, Peg Leg Pete’s originally only had oysters, shrimp and a few sandwiches on the menu, but has grown into Pensacola Beach institution loved by locals and tourists.

Winner: Best Wings
Runner-ups: Best Chicken Fingers, Best Restaurant for Sports Fanatics, Best Sports Bar, Best Bar for Getting Flat-Out Drunk
The first sports bar on the island quickly became a favorite of beach locals. Every seat is a front-row special with 32 HD televisions and eight 52-inch HDTV-big screens, featuring 10 satellite receivers set on all the games. Be sure to order their famous Buffalo wings.


Winner: Best Dark Corner for PDA, Best Jukebox
Runner Up: Best Bar Menu, Best Bar to Drink Alone, Best Original Drink Menu, Best Place for Bar Games, Best Late Night Eats
The true test of any local is whether they have eaten at The Elbow Room. If Jimmy has ever poured you a beer there, then you get a gold star. Although the large selection of beer, board games and menu items are a plus, the retro-lighting, wall memorabilia and jukebox are enough to keep you coming back again and again.

Winner: Best Sports Bar, Best Restaurant for Sports Fanatics
Runner Up: Best Chicken Fingers, Best Wings, Best Sports Team Club Headquarters
What’s Nick got that others don’t? All the games, of course. Palafox’s top sports bar has flat-screen TVs everywhere you turn — offering games and sports that nobody else carries, including lacrosse. There is not a better place in town to catch college football or March Madness. The wings and sauces are made in-house and the Stoney sauce is heaven on anything it touches. We recommend the Best Damn Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and char-grilled wings. You won’t be sorry. If you become a regular, Nick might even smile at you and let you change the channel to your favorite show, but it better not be Lifetime Television or “Jersey Shore”.

Winner: Best Bar Overall, Best Bar to Hook Up, Best Bar to People Watch, Best College Hangout, Best Military-Friendly Bar, Best Nightclub, Best Place to Shake Your Stuff, Best Bar Personality-Buck Thomas, Best Sports Team Club Headquarters
Runner Up: Best Bar for Live Music, Best Bar for Poker, Best Bar Where it Pays to be a Regular, Best Bar-Downtown Pensacola, Best Cover Charge Worth Paying,
Best Ladies Night, Best Local Tourist Attraction, Best Chicken Fingers, Best Salad Bar, Best Music Venue, Best Cigar Shop, Best Wine Tastings, Best Reception Venue, Best Running Club, Best Bartender-Buck Thomas, Best Regular Gig-Dueling Pianos, Best Special Event Space, Best Shot-Key Lime Pie, Best Karaoke Night
Since opening in 1967, Seville Quarter has been a staple of Pensacola nightlife. Originally owned by Bob Snow, the entertainment complex is now under the guidance of the Mitchell family. Seville Quarter is a jack-of-all-trades establishment, offering food, drinks and a variety of entertainment options. From the dance club vibe of Phineas Phogg’s to the Dueling Pianos of Rosie O’ Grady’s, this Pensacola institution serves up every flavor of conceivable nightlife nightly. Seville Quarter is no slouch when it comes to special events, either. They regularly bring in national and regional acts and host dozens of weekend festivals and events throughout the year. The great thing about Seville is its ability to please everyone, so it’s no wonder Seville Quarter sits atop the bar and nightclub throne again this year.

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