In case you missed it: Winners of 2019 ’Best of Palm Beach County’ – Entertainment & Life – Palm Beach Daily News

Among the awards given out were best Cuban restaurant, best breakfast spot, best spa, best burger and much more.

Editor’s note: This story originally published in Feb. 2019.

The winners of The Palm Beach Post’s 2019 Best of Palm Beach County awards have been announced.

It was an Oscars kind-of-night at the awards ceremony at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach. The red carpet was dripping in sparkling jewelry, gowns and tuxedos worn by more than 400 attendees. Guests were welcomed by staff from The Palm Beach Post at the step-and-repeat wall and later greeted by gymnast Lindsay Lederer as she spun on a freestanding lollipop lyra.

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The guests enjoyed a cocktail hour outside of the grand ballroom followed by a three-course dinner.

“Tonight means a lot to us,” said Rafael Perez, owner of Havana Restaurant. Perez arrived with more than a dozen guests, including his immediate family and his restaurant managers, 24-hour window-servers, bartenders and other employees. “It has been 25 years of a lot of hard work,” Perez said.

Havana Restaurant in West Palm Beach was nominated for best Cuban restaurant and best Cuban sandwich.

Perez and his crew were among the invited guests at the awards ceremony. Hundreds more of Palm Beach County businesses were nominated by the community through online voting from Dec. 1 to Feb. 4. There were 13 main categories and 139 sub-categories. A lengthy list for Miss Florida and Jupiter native Taylor Tyson, who took the stage to emcee the gala around 8 p.m., after a brief welcome speech by Palm Beach Post Publisher Timothy D. Burke.

“I think this is great in the community, it gives people respect and recognition,” said John Giragos, the owner of John G’s restaurant who arrived at the gala with his two sons Connor and Andrew Giragos. “I feel great, very excited. I’m honored.”

John G’s in Manalapan was nominated for best breakfast.

The Best of Palm Beach County was a sold out community choice awards event. Each of the winning businesses received a plaque.

Here are the winners:

Beauty & Health

Allergist: Dr. Neil H. Gershman, Asthma and Allergy Associates of Florida PA

Audiologist: Dana Luzon Coveney, Audiology & Hearing Aids of the Palm Beaches

Barber Shop: Junior’s Barber Shop

Best Spa/Medical Spa: Hass Plastic Surgery & MediSpa

Chiropractor: Dr. Alex Keith, Advanced Wellness Center, Inc.

Cosmetic or Plastic Surgeons: Hass Plastic Surgery & MediSpa

Dentist: Andrew Rudnick, Rudnick Dentistry

Dermatologist: Dr. Daniel Sokoloff, Palm Beach Dermatology

Family Physician: Dr. Anita M Wilborn

Hair Salon: Edmund James Salon

Hearing Aid Center: Dana Luzon Coveney, Audiology & Hearing Aids of the Palm Beaches

Hospital: Jupiter Medical Center

OB/GYN: Dr. Amy N. Banooni, OB/GYN Specialists of the Palm Beaches, P.A.

Ophthalmologist: Dr. David Mittleman, Mittleman Eye

Optometrist: Dr. Elon Luzon, Mittleman Eye

Orthodontist: Dr. Angela deFabrique-Abiusi, Palm Beach Orthodontics

Pediatrician: Dr. Lynda Bideau, Children’s Physicians

Place to Have a Baby: Jupiter Medical Center, Florence A. DeGeorge Obstetrics Unit

Weight Loss Center: Weight Watchers

Clothing

Local Men’s Clothing: Nomad Surf Shop

Local Shoe Store: Palm Beach Sandals

Local Women’s Clothing: C. Orrico

Dining

All-Around Restaurant: Duffy’s Sports Grill

Bakery: Publix

BBQ: Park Avenue BBQ Grille

Breakfast: John G’s Restaurant

Brunch: The Breakers Palm Beach

Buffet: Sweet Tomatoes

Burger: Duffy’s Sports Grill

Business Lunch: Duffy’s Sports Grill

Caterer: C. R. Chicks

Chicken Wings: Duffy’s Sports Grill

Chinese Restaurant: Uncle Joe’s Chinese

Cuban Restaurant: Havana Restaurant

Cuban Sandwich: Havana Restaurant

Dessert: TooJay’s Deli Bakery Restaurant

Diner: Howley’s Restaurant

Dinner Under $10: Duffy’s Sports Grill

Doughnuts: Jupiter Donuts

Early Bird Dinner: Duffy’s Sports Grill

Fine Dining: Okeechobee Steakhouse

Food Truck: Tacos Al Carbon

Fried Chicken: Publix Super Markets

Greek Food: Chris’ Taverna

Indian Food: Taste of India

Italian Food: Carmines La Trattoria

Japanese Food: Saito’s Japanese Steakhouse

Local Coffee Shop: Subculture Coffee

Mexican Food: Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar

Outdoor Dining: Waterway Cafe

Pizza: Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

Sandwich Shop: TooJay’s Deli Bakery Restaurant

Seafood: Little Moir’s Food Shack

Steakhouse: Okeechobee Steakhouse

Sushi: Sushi Jo

Thai Food: Thai Lotus Restaurant

Entertainment & Leisure

Art Gallery: Norton Museum of Art

Boat Clubs: Palm Beach Yacht Club

Bowling: Greenacres Bowl

Casino: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Concert Venue: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Dance Studio: Fred Astaire – West Palm Beach

Live Theater: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Place to Go Dancing: Cucina Cabana

Place to have a birthday party: Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Home, Home Services & Finance

Accountant: Lou J. Fuoco, CPA, CEPA, The Fuoco Group

Assisted Living Facility: La Posada

Bank: Chase Bank

Credit Union: Gold Coast Federal Credit Union

Home Builder: GL Homes

Home Contractor/ Repair/ Remodeling: Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions

Home Security: ADT

Insurance Agent: Sarah McLendon Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.

Investment Firm: Fidelity

Law Firm: The Karp Law Firm, P.A.

Mortgage Lender: Wells Fargo

Nursing Home: MorseLife Health Systems

Real Estate Agent: Holly Meyer Lucas – Meyer Lucas Real Estate, Design, Renovation

Real Estate Company: Illustrated Properties

Retirement Community: La Posada

Kids & Education

Day Care: Imagination Station Early Learning Center

Karate School: Allstar Martial Arts Academy

Local College: FAU, Florida Atlantic University

Pre-school: Advent School Boca

Private School: Saint Andrew’s School

Public School: A. W. Dreyfoos School Of Arts

People & Places

Green Business or Organization: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

Hotel: The Breakers Palm Beach

Local Tourist Attraction: Lion Country Safari

Museum: Flagler Museum

Place to Work: Mittleman Eye

Place to Worship: Christ Fellowship Church

Wedding Venue: The Breakers Palm Beach

Services

Car Wash: Motor City Car Wash

Carpet Cleaning: Stanley Steemer

Divorce Attorney: Joel M. Weissman, P.A.

Dry Cleaner: Westside Cleaners

Employment Agency: PrideStaff

Funeral Home: Eternal Light Memorial Gardens

Heating & A/C Service: Aztil Air Conditioning

Non Profit: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

Pest Control: Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions

Pet Boarding: Very Important Paws

Photographer: Dangerwing Photography

Plumber: Buckeye Plumbing, Inc.

Siding/Windows/Roofing: Elite Roofing

Tattoo Parlor: Aces High Tattoo Shop

Veterinarian: Furry Friends

Shopping

Antique/Consignment Store: True Treasures Consigned Furniture & Home Decor

Boutique: Prep Obsessed

Coins & Collectibles: True Treasures Consigned Furniture & Home Decor

Floor Covering Store: Floor & Decor

Florist: Flower Kingdom

Furniture: Baer’s

Garden Center: Rorabeck’s Plants and Produce

Grocery: Publix Super Markets

Lawn Equipment: John Deere, Everglades Equipment Group

Local Hardware Store: Rocky’s Ace Hardware-Wellington

Local Jewelry Store: Provident Jewelry

Local Mattress Store: City Mattress

Spirits

Craft Beer: Due South Brewing Co.

Happy Hour: Duffy’s Sports Grill

Place to Buy Liquor: Total Wine and More

Place to Buy Wine: Total Wine and More

Sports Bar: Duffy’s Sports Grill

Sports

Country Club: The Club at Ibis

Fitness Center/Gym: Loggerhead Fitness

Golf Course: PGA National Resort and Spa

Yoga Studio: Palm Beach Yoga Shala

Vehicles Dealers and Services

Auto Dealer Service Department: Earl Stewart Toyota

Auto Repair- Independent: Altman Automotive

Boat / Marine Dealer: Tuppen’s Marine & Tackle

New Car Dealer: Earl Stewart Toyota

Oil Change: Jiffy Lube

RV Dealer: La Mesa RV

Tire Center: Costco

Used Car Dealer: Off Lease Only

People & Places

Person of the Year: Ryan Daniello – The Detail Dude

Top Employers

Best Boss: Hugh Glatts – Mittleman Eye Center

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