Best of Baltimore 2017 winners: Top dining, attractions, people and more

For The Baltimore Sun's inaugural Best of Baltimore section, our reporters and critics selected the region's best dining and nightlife, arts and activities, people and media, shopping and services, and more.

This year's winners are listed below. Click or tap the links to learn more about each winner.


Best Asian fusion: Ekiben


Best comfort-food spot: Water for Chocolate

Best restaurant concept: Modern Cook Shop


Best restaurant decor: Citron

Best doughnuts: Center Cut Doughnuts

Best food-hall stall: The Local Oyster

Best ice cream: Taharka Brothers

Best Mediterranean-inspired cuisine: Gnocco

Best restaurant to take kids: Silver Queen Cafe

Best ramen: Mi & Yu Noodle Bar

Best soup: Atwater's

Best wine cafe: Vin 909

Best bar program: La Cuchara

Best brewery: Burley Oak Brewing Co.

Best cocktail bar: Rye

Best distillery: Lyon Distilling

Best happy hour: Papi's Taco Joint

Best jukebox: Club Charles

Best neighborhood bar: O'Donnell's Pub

Best new bar: Wet City

Best of Baltimore readers' choice winners: Dining and nightlife

Best annual event: Maryland Film Festival

Best attraction: Fort McHenry

Best Baltimore boost beyond the Beltway: The BMA goes to the Venice Biennale

Best classical performance: BSO, Mahler Symphony No. 6

Best creative space: Open Works Baltimore

Best dance party: Kahlon — The Cut-Up Series

Best dog park: Matapeake Park Dog Beach

Best free classical: Peabody Institute

Best fundraiser: Black and White Party

Best gallery: Galerie Myrtis

Best musical act: Future Islands


Baltimore's next big movie moment: 'Step'


Best one-day summer vacation: Beaver Dam Swim Club

Best ongoing surprise: Stoop Storytelling

Best radio broadcast: Baltimore: The Rise of Charm City

Best place to run: Northern Central Railroad Trail

Best place to take an out-of-towner: American Visionary Art Museum

Best play: 'Dot'

Best wedding venue: Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

Readers' choice winners: Arts and activities

Best accessories: Handbags in the City

Best activewear: Devon Maryn

Best antiques: Paradiso

Best bath and beauty: Oyin Handmade

Best bookstore: The Ivy Bookshop

Best decor and home accessories: Nouveau Home and Interior Design

Best ethnic grocer: Lotte Plaza Market

Best eyewear: Paris West Optical

Best jewelry store: Bijoux

Best men's boutique: Gian Marco Menswear

Best men's grooming spot: The QG

Best occasion dresses: Francesca's Atelier

Best thrift store: Killer Trash

Best toys: aMuse

Best upscale shopping/designer clothes: Ruth Shaw Inc.

Best window displays: Matava Shoes

Best women's boutique: Katwalk Boutique

Best women's shoes: Poppy & Stella

Best yoga studio: YogaWorks

Readers' choice winners: Lifestyle and shopping

Best academic: Michael Summers, UMBC

Best bartender: Brendan Dorr

Best chef: Cindy Wolf

Best new chef: Malcolm Mitchell

Best deep-pocketed civic booster: Kevin Plank

Best false alarm: John Waters' kidney stone

Fondest farewell: Barbara Mikulski


Best fashion designer: Jody Davis

Best fashionista: Lana Rae

Best fitness instructor: Esther Collinetti

Most loyal Baltimorean: Carla Hayden

Best musician: Tate Kobang

Best Oriole: Zach Britton

Best Raven: Justin Tucker

Best philanthropists: Mark and Patricia Joseph

Best redemption tale: Michael Phelps

Best TV anchor/reporter: Denise Koch

Best visual artist: Joyce J. Scott

Readers' choice winners: People and media

Best boarding kennel: Dogtopia of Canton

Best builder or contractor: Smithouse Construction

Best carpets and rugs service: Baltimore Steam Cleaners

Best cobbler: Eugene's Shoe Repair

Best computer repair: Charm City Networks

Best exterminators: Brody Brothers Pest Control

Best eyeglass repair: The Frame Mender

Best hardwood flooring: Signature Hardwood Floors

Best hardware store: Falkenhan's Hardware

Best home-security installation: Advanced Security Safe and Lock

Best housekeepers or maid service: Majestic Maids

Best HVAC services: Arundel Cooling & Heating

Best nursery: Valley View Farms

Best solar installation: Maryland Solar Solutions Inc.

Best tailor: Nicky's Tailoring

Best upholstery: Century Upholstery

Best watch repair: Lakein's Jewelers of Hamilton

Readers' choice winners: Services