Vote for your favorite locals in The Best Of Tucson

bestoftucsonvote We are fortunate to have so many extraordinary local businesses in Tucson!  These thriving local businesses make our city a unique destination like no other.  Our local businesses aren’t just the “Best Of” Tucson, they also help make Tucson one of the best place to live! The Institute for Local Self Reliance, cites having a strong local business community as a tool for increasing the city’s prosperity, “In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage. Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.”  Each year the Tucson Weekly publishes its Best of Tucson® winners to highlight Tucson’s favorites.  Businesses are selected by popular vote , so be sure to log on and vote for your favorites before July 31st.  Check out all the great Local First AZ members that are in the running this year.  Be sure to give them your support!

Best Gallery: Etherton Gallery

Best Art Museum: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Tucson Museum of Art University of Arizona Museum of Art

Best Movie Theater: The Fox Theatre The Loft Cinema Roadhouse Cinemas

Best Musical Instrument Store: Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

Best Dance Studio, Best Dance Company: Artifact Dance Project

Best Annual Festival: 4th Avenue Street Fair (Fourth Avenue Merchants)

Best Farmers' Market:

Oro Valley Farmers Market at Steam Pump Ranch (Hierloom Farmers Market) Rillito Park Farmers Market (Hierloom Farmers Market) Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market at Mercado San Agustin (Community Food Bank) St. Phillips Plaza (Food in Root)

Best Place to Donate Your Time and/or Money: Community Food Bank Ben’s Bells

Best Gym: Jewish Community Center

Best Car Wash: Metro Car Wash

Best Plant Nursery: Civano Nursery

Best Hotel: The Downtown Clifton  Hacienda Del Sol  Hotel Congress

Best Farmers Market Vendor: Barrio Bread

Best Thrift Store: Tucson Thrift

Best Place to Get a Massage: Lotus Massage & Wellness Center Rooted Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

Best Radio Station for News, Best Radio Station for Music, Best Radio Host: KXCI (91.3 FM) , Cathy Rivers (KXCI)

Best Bookstore: Antigone Books Bookmans Entertainment Exchange The Book Stop Mostly Books

Best Video Store: Bookmans Entertainment Exchange Zia Records Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

Best Video Games Store: Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

Best Games Store: Yikes Toys

Best Blog: Tucson Foodie

Best Clothing: Buffalo Exchange Fed By Threads Hydra

Best Resale Clothing: Buffalo Exchange OZMA Atelier Tucson Thrift

Best Home Furnishings: Russell’s Retro Furnishings Tres Amigos

Best Vintage Shopping: Buffalo Exchange Tucson Thrift Shop

Best Jewelry: Krikawa Jewelry Designs MAST

Best Florist: Inglis Florists

Best Eyeglass/Optical Retailer: Alvernon Optical

Best Local Clothing Designer: Laura Tanzer (Laura Tanzer Designs)

Best Public Garden: Tucson Botanical Gardens

Best Outdoor Recreation/Sporting Goods Store: Bookmans Sports Exchange

Best Bike Shop: Transit Cycles

Best Toy Store: Mildred & Dildred Yikes Toys

Best Way to Entertain Kids During the Summer: Childrens' Museum Reid Park Zoo

Best Restaurant With a Kids' Menu: HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery Sauce Pizza & Wine

Best Fun for the Whole Family: Reid Park Zoo

Best Kids' Clothing Store: Little Bird Nesting Company Sweet Repeats Children's Resale Boutique

Best Place for a Children's Party: Playformance

Best Public Pool/Splashpad: Reid Park Zoo

Best Story Time: Bookmans Entertainment Exchange Mildred & Dildred

Best Casual Dining: Beyond Bread Cup Café

Best Caterer: Carte Blanche Catering (Café A L’Cart)

Best Specialty Food Store: AJ’s Fine Foods

Best Desserts: Beyond Bread Cup Café Wildflower

Best Ice Cream: HUB Ice Cream Factory

Best Fresh-Baked Bread: Barrio Bread Beyond Bread

Best Barbecue: Mama's Hawaiian BBQ

Best Burger, Best French Fries: Diablo Burger

Best Veggie Burger, Best Food Truck, Best Vegetarian/Vegan: Veg in a Box

Best Place to Get a Sandwich: Beyond Bread

Best Pizzeria, Best Wings: Rocco’s Little Chicago

Best Coffee: Exo Roast Co Savaya Coffee Market

Best Tea: Maya Tea Company

Best Sandwich (the actual sandwich): Maya’s Market (Beyond Bread)

Best Place to Get a Salad: Beyond Bread

Best Breakfast: Baja Café Cup Café

Best Brunch: Cup Café

Best French: The Coronet Ghini's French Cafe Maynards Market & Kitchen

Best Italian: Caruso's Italian Restaurant North Vero Amore

Best Contemporary Restaurant: Pastiche

Best Upscale Restaurant: Wildflower

Best African: Cafe Desta

Best Chef: Ryan Clark (Casino Del Sol) Jonathan Landeen (Jonathans Cork)

Best Place to Eat Lunch Downtown: Cup Café HUB Restaurant & Creamery

Best Downtown Restaurant: HUB Restaurant & Café

Best Northwest Restaurant: Noble Hops Wildflower

Best Central Restaurant: Pastiche

Best Eastside Restaurant: Baja Café

Best Foothills Restaurant: North Italia Blanco Tacos + Tequila

Best Westside Restaurant: Agustin Kitchen PY Steakhouse (Casino Del Sol)

Best Place to Eat Gluten Free: Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro Veg in a Box

Best Place to Buy a Piñata  Food City

Best Michilada: Blanco Tacos y Tequila Che’s Lounge

Best Guacamole, Best Torta, Best Margarita: Blanco Tacos y Tequila

Best Neighborhood Bar: Che's Lounge Tap & Bottle Tucson Hop Shop

Best Beer Selection: Arizona Beer House Tap & Bottle Tucson Hop Shop

Best Brewery: Barrio Brewing Co Borderlands Brewing Company Dragoon Brewing Company Pueblo Vida Brewing Company Thunder Canyon Brewery

Best Happy Hour: Blanco Tacos + Tequila Maynard's Market

Best Nightclub: Club Congress  Playground Bar & Lounge

Best Place to Get a Glass of Wine: Pastiche Tap & Bottle

Best Sports Bar: Home Plate Sports Pub

Best Comedy Night: Mr Head’s Art Gallery and Bar

Best Bartender: Aaron Defeo (Casino del Sol) Barb Trujillo (Club Congress)  Donovan White (Che's Lounge)

Best Jukebox: Che’s Lounge Club Congress

Best Venue for Live Music: Club Congress The Rialto Theatre

Best Dive Bar: Buffet Bar & Crock Pot Che’s Lounge

Best Locally Brewed Beer (the specific beer):   Barrio Rojo (Barrio Brewing Company) Bavarian Hefeweizen (Pueblo Vida Brewing Company) Dragoon IPA (Dragoon Brewing Company) Noche Dulce (Borderlands Brewing Company) Saison Blue (Dragoon Brewing Company) Tucson Blonde (Barrio Brewing Company)