2021 Best of St. Augustine winners

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Looking for something new to do with the family? Maybe something new to eat? How about some self-care options?

This list of Best of St. Augustine 2021 winners is here to help.

These local businesses were chosen by readers who voted in the annual contest in categories including best bakery, best gym, best dentist and more. The full list is below.

The best of Saint Augustine celebrates and recognizes the best our community has to offer, and readers can nominate and then vote for the finalists in each category. The competition will also be held in 2022, so stay tuned.

Thank you to all readers who took part in this year’s contest.

And the winners are:

Beauty and health

Acupuncture: Gordana Smith, DAOM – Phoenix Rises

Barber Shop: Price’s Barber Shop

Chiropractor: Jason Bailey, DC – Bailey Health Solutions

Cosmetic Surgery Practice: Facial Rejuvenation Center

Counseling Service: Liz Villanueva, MS, LMHC – Improving the Human Experience

Day Spa: Spa Life Skin & Laser

Dental Practice: Morse Family Dentistry

Dermatology Practice: David Gross, MD – Gross Dermatology

General Practice: Flagler Family Medicine & Wellness

Hair Salon: Sat Salon

Health Club/Gym: Amp Hardcore Gym

Hearing Aid Professional: Joe Pezak – Beltone in St. Augustine

Imaging Center: Flagler Health & Imaging Center

Medical Spa: Coastal Foot and Ankle Wellness Center

Ophthalmologist: Drs. Octavic – Krepley & McLeod San Augustin Eye Foundation

Optometrist: Todd Hockett, OD – St. Augustine Eye Center

Orthodontist Practice: Smiles by Glenos & Hadgis Orthodontists

Orthopedic Practice: St. Augustine Orthopedic Staff

Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor: Kristy Lee Wilson – ROAR Fitness Studio TRX STA

Pharmacy: Island Family Pharmacy

Physiotherapist: Ryan Hemelt – Orthopedic Staff of St. Augustine

Podiatric/Foot Comfort Center: Coastal Foot and Ankle Wellness Center

Emergency care: CareSpot Emergency care of Saint Augustine

Vision Center: The Eye Center of St. Augustine

Yoga Studio: Pilates Yoga Loft

To dine

Bakery: Cocoa Cream

BBQ: Smokein D’s BBQ

Breakfast: The Blue Hen Café

Caterer: Culinary Outfitters

Chinese restaurant: green tea

Chowder: Sunset Grille

Coffee shop: The Kookaburra Coffee

Dessert: Cocoa cream

Family restaurant: Ned’s Southside Kitchen

Fish Tacos: Mojo’s Tacos

Food Truck: Fried Chicken Kitchen

Burger: One Twenty Three Burger House

Healthy food: cravings

Ice Cream Shop: Cold Cow

Italian restaurant: Italian restaurant Amici

Local Chocolatier: Whetstone Chocolates

Local Datil Sauce: Dat’il Do-It

Lunch restaurant: Beachcomber

Mexican restaurant: Cantina Louie

Outdoor Dining: Cap’s on the Water

Pizza: Pizza Lleys

General restaurant: The Black Molly Grill?

Sandwich: Drake’s Delicate

Seafood Restaurant: St. Augustine Fish Camp

Shrimp: O’Steen’s Restaurant

Sunday Brunch: The Reef

Sushi bar: Green Papaya

Thai restaurant: green papaya

Luxury dining: preserved restaurant

Wings: Candlelight South

Entertainment and leisure

Bed & Breakfast: Carraige Way Inn

Golf Course: TPC Sawgrass

Tours: Old Town Trolley Tours

Live Music Venue: St. Augustine Amphitheater

Local Attraction: St. Augustine Distillery

Local festival/event: Rhythm & Ribs

Local Fine Arts Artist: Kimberly Grace Rembrandtz Gallery

Home, Home Services & Finance

Assisted Living Community: Allegro St. Augustine

Lawyer/Lawyer: Patrick Canan – Canan Law

Bank/Credit Union: VyStar Credit Union

Banker: Lori Brandel – VyStar Credit Union

Certified Public Accountant: Randy Jones – CPA Jones CPA & Associates

Financial Planner: VyStar Credit Union

Home and Auto Insurance Agent: Lauren Howington – Herbie Wiles Insurance

Home Builder: MasterCraft Builder Group

Insurance office: Herbie Wiles Insurance

Insurance agent: Don Lohr – Herbie Wiles Insurance

Law Firm: Canan Law

Property Management Company: Coldwell Banker Premier Properties

Real Estate Agency: Coldwell Banker Premier Properties

Broker/Team: Bill Miller – Coldwell Banker Premier Properties

Real Estate Agent: Steve Ladrido – Coldwell Banker Premier Properties

Retirement Community: Allegro

Children and education

Nursery: Memorial Lutheran Chapel School

Martial Arts: Martial Arts in North Florida

Summer Camp: Alligator Farm


Air Conditioning/Heating Company: Steve Chapman’s All American Air

Carpet Cleaning: Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning

Cleaning/Housekeeping: Last chance cleaning service

Fencing Company: Hardwick Fence

Handyman Services: Ace Handyman Services

Landscaping/Lawn Service Company: Leonardi’s Nursery Landscaping

Moving company: two men and a truck

Paving company: Fidus Roofing and Construction

Pest Control Company: Baker Pest Control

Photographer: Josh Haltam Photography

Plumbing: Pack’s Plumbing

Roofing company: Fidus Roofing and Construction

Travel Agency: AAA St. Augustine Insurance and Travel

Veterinary Practice: St. Augustine Animal Clinic

Videographer: Aslyn Baringer Productions


Antique shop: a step back in time

Art Gallery: Rembrandtz

Floorcoverings Store: Hester’s Abbey Floorcoverings

Florist: Flowers by Shirley

Jewelry Repair: Blue Water Jewelers

Local Clothing Boutique: Rochelle’s

Local Consignment Store: Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel

Local furniture store: Leather by Design

Local gift shop: Rembrandtz

Local health food store: Diane’s Natural Market

Local jeweler: Nettles Fine Jewelry

Nursery/Garden Center: Leonardi’s Nursery

Pawn Shop: Florida Cash Inc.

St. George Street Store: Kilwins

Surf shop: Surf station

Unique shop: Rembrandtz


Bar/Pub: Prohibition Kitchen

Brewery/Distillery: St. Augustine Distillery

Liquor Store: Broudy’s Fine Wine & Spirits

Sports Bar: Hurricane Grill & Wings

Wine list: Carrera Wine Cellar

Wine specialist: Tim’s Wine Market and Wine Bar

Vehicles, Dealers and Services

Auto Body Shop: Greg’s Auto Collision Center

Auto Repair Shop: Sargeant Service Center

Boat/Marine Dealer: St. Augustine Marina

Car Salesman: Rick and Kelly Gates – Highline Auto

New car dealer: Beaver Toyota

RV Dealer: Gander RV & Outdoors of St. Augustine

Small/Independent Car Dealer: Ultimate Motor Cars

Tire Shop: Ray’s Tire Pros

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