2021 BeLOCAL BESTLocal Award


More than 10,000 Crystal Coast locals & visitors nominated their favorite things to do and businesses to use, across dozens of different industries and categories. It was a tight race! Congratulations to these amazing businesses for taking the title of BESTLocal, your community supports you and we are so lucky to have you! 

Continue flipping through BeLOCAL to discover top-recommended things to do, places to go, and businesses you can trust- all from the locals themselves! 

Food & Dining- BESTLocal:
Asian Cuisine: Bamboo Asian House
Shrimp & Grits: The Trading Post; Southern Food & Spirits
Bakery: Happy Cakes 
Biscuits & Gravy: The Banks Grill
Appetizer Spot: Circa 81
Bar: 34 North Bar in Cedar Point
Brewery: Crystal Coast Brewing Company
BBQ/Ribs: Social Q Smokehouse
Best-Kept Secret: The Infusion Cafe
Breakfast: The Village Market
Brunch: Beaufort Grocery Co. 
Burger: El’s Drive-In
Casual Dining: Shark Shack
Caterer: Beaufort Grocery Co.
Cheap Eats: El’s Drive-In
Chef: Clarke Merrell- Circa 81, Dank Burrito & Social Q Smokehouse
Clam Chowder: Moonrakers Beaufort
Coffee: Reed’s Coffee + Art + Framing 
Cocktail: Fish Hut Margarita
Dessert Menu: Beaufort Grocery Co.
Fine Dining: Caribsea 
Food Truck: Dank Burrito
Fried Seafood: The Crab Shack
Fresh Seafood: Fish Hut
Waterfront Dining: Ruddy Duck Tavern
Crab Cakes: Caribsea
Happy Hour: Jack’s Waterfront Bar
Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt: The Fuzzy Peach Cape Carteret
Italian Cuisine: Casa San Carlo
Kids’ Menu: Clawson’s 
Late Night Dining: Ioanni’s Grill
Mexican Cuisine: Mezcalito
Outdoor Dining: Shark Shack
Oysters: T&W Oyster Bar
Pizza: Luigi’s Pizza
Date-Night Spot: Parrot's on 11th
Salad: RuckerJohns
Bartender: Matt Morel- The Emerald Club
Sports Bar: Ioannis Grill
Steak: Riverside Steak & Seafood
Best Customer Service: Rise and Shine Nutrition
Sushi: Bamboo Asian House
Wings: Riptidez

Arts & Entertainment- BESTLocal:
Art Gallery: Craving Art Studio
DJ: Tristan Berrini
Family Activity/Outing: The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Guided Tour: Pogie’s Fishing Kayak Tours
Wedding Venue: The Cottage at The Crystal Coast
Indoor Activity: Crystal Coast Axe & Rage Room
Festival/Annual Event: NC Seafood Festival
Outdoor Area Attraction: Carolina Home and Garden
Band: Velvet Rodeo
Radio Station: 106.5
Museum: NC Maritime Museum Beaufort
Place to Take a Visitor: Fort Macon State Park
Kid’s Birthday Party: Mac Daddy’s

Great Outdoors- BESTLocal:
Charter Fishing Company: Carterican
Golf Course: The Beaufort Club
Marina: Dudley’s Marina
Summer Camp: Camp Albemarle
Hiking/Trails: Fort Macon State Park
Sunset Spot: The Point in Emerald Isle
Sunrise Spot: The Oceanana Pier in Atlantic Beach
Place to Take Your Boat: Shackleford Banks

Health & Wellness- BESTLocal:
Hearing Specialist: East Coast Hearing & Balance
Chiropractor: Coastal Chiropractic and Wellness
Dentist: Cape Lookout Family Dental
Dermatologist: Eastern Dermatology
General Practitioner: Crystal Coast Family Practice
Gym: The Gym Cape Carteret Aquatic Center
Martial Arts Studio: Grandmaster Dong’s Karate School
Optometrist: Carteret Vision
Orthodontist: Sanborn Orthodontics 
Pediatrician: Carteret Children’s Clinic
Personal Trainer: Grant Kelley Fitness
Physical Therapist: Pauline Shiver- Crystal Coast Wellness
Urgent Care: BeachCare Urgent & Family Medical Center
Yoga/Barre/Pilates: Downtown Barre
Dance Studio: Justice Elite Dance Studio

Home & Garden- BESTLocal:
Electrician: Mike Lawrence
Flooring Company: A Touch of Magic Flooring
Glass & Windows: Glass Doctor of Morehead City
Furniture Store: Sound Furniture and Appliance
Garden Center & Nursery: Carolina Home and Garden
New Home Builder: AG Webb Builders
HVAC: Penland HVAC
Interior & Exterior Painting: DR Contracting
Contractor: Timeless Renovations
Interior Designer: Sarah Beth Interiors
Pest Control: Rid-a-Pest
Pool Installation & Services: Dunson Pool and Spa
Plumbing: Island Plumbing
Roofing: American Values Contracting
Hurricane Shutters: Atlantic Breeze Storm Shutters
Landscaping: ProGreen Turf & Landscaping

Lifestyle & Beauty- BESTLocal:
Barber: Gary Head- Simply Cuts 3
Facials: Caron Parker- All About Skin by Caron
Hair Salon: Just Hair
Makeup & Lashes: Kacyn Willis- Face II Face by Kacyn
Massage Therapist: Blessed Body Day Spa
Nail Salon: Blue Ocean Spa & Nails
Spa: Adrift Mind & Body
Waxing Services: Alicia Parker- All About Skin by Caron
Tattoo & Piercing Parlor: Inkspiration Studio

Pets- BESTLocal:
Animal Rescue: Misplaced Mutts
Boarding/Day Care: Beach Paws
Pet Grooming: Muttigans Swansboro
Pet Supplies & Accessories: Sea Paws
Veterinarian: Austin Veterinary Animal Hospital
Pet Friendly Restaurant: Sugarloaf Island Deli & Yellowfin Pub
Pet Friendly Bar: The Growler Emerald Isle

Professional Services- BESTLocal:
Nonprofit: Family Promise of Carteret County
Accountant: Rogers & Company
Attorney: Harvell & Collins
Mortgage Lender: Lori Tulloch- West Town Bank
Auto Repair: Wayne’s Automotive Group
Car Wash: The Wash Factory
Childcare/Daycare: Excel Learning Center 
Marketing Agency: SocialCoastal Connections
Hotel, Inn, B&B: Beaufort Hotel NC
Financial Advisor: Hilton O’Neal- Edward Jones
Insurance Agency: NC Farm Bureau Beaufort
Photographer: Sally Lumpkin- Promiseland Photography
Preschool: Wave Chasers Preschool
Real Estate Agency: By The Coast Realty- Re/MAX
Transportation Service: Private Coach Limousine 
Mobile Vehicle Detailing: Sleek Detailing
Wedding Planning, Consulting & Services: Knot a Second Thought

Shopping- BESTLocal:
Accessories: Island Traders 
Surf Shop: AB Surf Shop
Antiques: Seaport Antique Market
Books: Emerald Isle Books & Toys
Women’s Boutique: The Posh Pelican
Children’s Clothing: Dee Gee’s 
Consignments or Thrift Store: The Seahorse Cove
Flowers: Beaufort in Bloom
Footwear: Tassels Shoes
Gifts & Souvenirs: Elly’s Gifts
Hardware Store: Ace Hardware Emerald Isle
Jewelry Store: DP Jewelry Designs
Men’s Clothing: AB Surf Shop
Car Dealership: Parker Honda Morehead City
Farmer’s Market/Produce: The Friendly Market
Seafood Market: Blue Ocean Market
Sporting Goods Store: EJW Outdoors
Wine & Spirits: MF Chappell Wine Merchants