Best of the Best 2013

What are the Best of the Best Awards?

The Advocate’s 2014 Best of the Best Awards contest recognize reader favorites from these counties: Victoria, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Refugio and Wharton counties.

All votes were submitted by January 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. All eligible ballots will be entered in a drawing, and one winner will receive a $50 gift certificate from the Best Overall Restaurant and four Cinemark movie tickets. Results are announced in our Best of the Best Guide on Sunday, March 30, 2014.

2014 BEST OF THE BEST

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Best Wait Service: The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar

Best Wait Service: The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar   More

Best Business Lunch: The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar

Best Business Lunch: The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar   More

Best Hunting and Fishing Supply Store: Academy Sports + Outdoors

Best Hunting and Fishing Supply Store: Academy Sports + Outdoors   More

Best Steak: Texas Roadhouse

Best Steak:   More

Best Special Event Venue: Spring Creek Event Center

Best Special Event Venue: Spring Creek Event Center   More

Best Dermatologist: Dr. Gary Cox

Best Dermatologist: Dr. Gary Cox   More

Best romantic restaurant: The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar

Best romantic restaurant: The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar   More

Best cosmetic/plastic surgeon: Dr. Gary Cox

Best cosmetic/plastic surgeon: Dr. Gary Cox   More

Best Elected Official: Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor

Best Elected Official:   More

Best General Surgeon: Dr. Andrew Clemmons

Best General Surgeon: Dr. Andrew Clemmons   More

Best Spot For Photos: Downtown Victoria

Best Spot For Photos: Downtown Victoria   More

Best Place to Bird Watch: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Best Place to Bird Watch: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge   More

Best Hamburger: Dairy Treet

Best Hamburger:   More

Best Happy Hour: Sonic Drive-In

Best Happy Hour: Sonic Drive-In   More

Best Overall Restaurant: The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar

Best Overall Restaurant: The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar   More

Best Orthodontist: Dr. Robert Westbrook

Best Orthodontist:   More

Best Place to Worship: Faith Family Church

Best Place to Worship:   More

Best Builder: Tony Prokop

Best Builder:   More

Best Medical Spa: Fountain of Youth Medical Spa

Best Medical Spa: Fountain of Youth Medical Spa   More

Best Pet Store: PetSmart

Best Pet Store: PetSmart   More

Best Orthopedic Surgeon: Dr. Jerry Followwill

Best Orthopedic Surgeon: Dr. Jerry Followwill   More

Best Nail Salon: Woodhouse Day Spa

Best Nail Salon: Woodhouse Day Spa   More

Best massage therapist: Woodhouse Day Spa

Best massage therapist: Woodhouse Day Spa   More

Best Live Music Venue: Schroeder Hall

est Live Music Venue: Schroeder Hall   More

Best Wine and Liquor Store: Spec's Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods

Best Wine and Liquor Store:   More

Best Hospital: Citizens Medical Center

Best Hospital: Citizens Medical Center   More

Best Home Health Care: Citizens Medical Center Home Heath

Best Home Health Care: Citizens Medical Center Home Heath   More

Best Holiday Event: Cuero's Christmas in the Park

Best Holiday Event: Cuero's Christmas in the Park   More

Best Health Club: Citizens Healthplex

Best Health Club: Citizens Healthplex   More

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Humorous survey response   More

Best Fine Dining: The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar

Best Fine Dining: The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar   More

Best Family Practice Doctor: Dr. John McNeill

Best Family Practice Doctor:   More

Best Day Spa: Woodhouse Day Spa

Best Day Spa: Woodhouse Day Spa   More

Best Chiropractor: Dr. Ray Franka

Best Chiropractor:   More

Best Physical Rehabilitation Center: Warm Springs Specialty Hospital of Victoria

Best Physical Rehabilitation:   More

Best Used Car Dealer: Atzenhoffer Chevrolet Cadillac Mitsubishi Mazda

Best Used Car Dealer: Atzenhoffer Chevrolet Cadillac Mitsubishi Mazda   More

Best Air Conditioning: Victoria Air Conditioning

Best Air Conditioning Service:   More

Best Picnic Spot: Riverside Park

Best Picnic Spot: Riverside Park   More

Best Bike Shop: Bill's Bikes

Best Bike Shop:   More

Best Local Band/Musician: Clay Crockett and the Shotgun Riders

Best Local Band/Musician:   More

Best Children's Birthday Party Venue: Magic Bounce

Best Children's Birthday Party Venue: Magic Bounce   More

Best place to meet singles: Golden Gecko

Best Place to Meet Singles:   More

Best Place to Work: TDECU

Best Place to Work: TDECU   More

Best Seafood: Baytown Seafood

Best Seafood: Baytown Seafood   More

Best Tourist Destination: Rockport

Best Tourist Destination:   More

Best Place to People Watch: Victoria Mall

Best Place to People Watch:   More

Best Bar: Greek's 205 Bar

Best Bar: Greek's 205 Bar   More

Best Mortgage Company: TDECU

Best Mortgage Company: TDECU   More

Best Motorcycle Shop: Harley-Davidson of Victoria

Best Motorcycle Shop: Harley-Davidson of Victoria   More

Best Gift Store: Golden Wings

Best Gift Shop:   More

Best Beach: Port Aransas Beach

Best Beach: Port Aransas Beach   More

Best bridal/formal wear: All About the Dress

Best bridal/formal wear: All About the Dress   More

Best feed store: Northside Ranch, Pet and Garden Center

Best Feed Store:   More

Best florist: McAdams Floral

Best Florist:   More

Best furniture: Ashley Furniture

Best Furniture Store:   More

Best hardware store: Lowe's Home Improvement

Best hardware store: Lowe's Home Improvement   More

Best home decor: Hobby Lobby

Best Home Decor:   More

Best hotel: Hilton Garden Inn

Best hotel: Hilton Garden Inn   More

Best Locally Owned Clothing Store: The Palm Tree Boutique

Best Locally Owned Clothing Store: The Palm Tree Boutique   More

Best margarita: La Tejanita

Best margarita: La Tejanita   More

Best Medical Clinic: Twin Fountains Walk-In Clinics

Best Medical Clinic:   More

Best Pay Day Loan Service: Texas Car Title and Payday Loan Services

Best Pay Day Loan Service: Texas Car Title and Payday Loan Services   More

Best Retail Customer Service: Academy Sports + Outdoors

Best Retail Customer Service:   More

Best sandwich: Jason's Deli

Best sandwich: Jason's Deli   More

Best Senior Living Facility: Copperfield Village Senior Living

Best Senior Living Facility:   More

Best kolache: Prasek's Hillje Smokehouse

Best kolache: Prasek's Hillje Smokehouse   More

Best Jewelry Store: Torin Bales

Best Jewelry Store: Torin Bales   More

Best kid-friendly restaurant: Chick-fil-A

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant:   More

Best Italian Restaurant: Olive Garden Italian Restaurants

Best Italian Restaurant: Olive Garden Italian Restaurants   More

Best convenience store: Speedy Stop

Best Convenience Store:   More

Best bed and breakfast: The Inn on Main

Best bed and breakfast: The Inn on Main   More

Best electronics: Best Buy

Best electronics: Best Buy   More

Best clothing store: Dillard's

Best clothing store: Dillard's   More

Best deli: H-E-B Plus!

Best Deli/Meat Market:   More

Best appliance repair: Miller Appliance

Best Appliance Repair:   More

Best pizza: Niki's Roma Pizza

Best pizza: Niki's Roma Pizza   More

Best department store: Dillard's

Best department store: Dillard's   More

Best Pawn Shop: Victoria Pawn & Jewelry Co.

Best Pawn Shop: Victoria Pawn & Jewelry Co.   More

Best wings: Wingstop

Best wings: Wingstop   More

Best Museum: The Nave Museum

Best Museum: The Nave Museum   More

Best healthy meal: Jason's Deli

Best healthy meal: Jason's Deli   More

Best Mexican restaurant: Ventura's Tamales

Best Mexican Restaurant:   More

Best Roofers: Metal Mart

Best Roofers: Metal Mart   More

Best Funeral Home: Rosewood Funeral Chapel

Best Funeral Home:   More

Best youth sports coach: Bennett Green Cain

Best Youth Sports Coach:   More

Best OB-GYN: Dr. Tony McDowell

Best OB-GYN: Dr. Tony McDowell   More

Best Cardiologist: Dr. Yusuke Yahagi

Best Cardiologist:   More

Best Western Wear Shop: Cavender's Boot City

Best Western Wear Shop:   More

Best Dentist: Dr. Ken Wiedenfeld

Best Dentist: Dr. Ken Wiedenfeld   More

Best Attorney: Diane Kliem

Best Attorney:   More

Best teacher: David Pozzi

Best teacher: David Pozzi   More

Best antiques: The Market

Best Antique Shop:   More

Best Tax Service: Alexander and Marek CPAs

Best Tax Service: Alexander and Marek CPAs   More

Best Tree Trimming: Hill's Lawn & Tree Service

Best Tree Trimming: Hill's Lawn & Tree Service   More

Best Shoe Store: Dillard's

Best Shoe Store: Dillard's   More

Best Pharmacy: Walgreens

Best Pharmacy: Walgreens   More

Best Park: Riverside Park

Best Park: Riverside Park   More

Best hair stylist: Timmy John Windoskey

Best hair stylist: Timmy John Windoskey   More

Best Festival: Bootfest

Best Festival: Bootfest   More

Best place to dance: Schroeder Hall

Best Place to Dance:   More

Best Financial Planner: Michele Rohde

Best Financial Planner:   More

Best Game Room: Winner's Amusement Center

Best Game Room:   More

Best Golf Course: The Club at Colony Creek

Best Golf Course: The Club at Colony Creek   More

Best Insurance Agent: Russell Buesing

Best Insurance Agent:   More

Best Lake: Coleto Creek

Best Lake:   More

Best Limousine Service: Touch of Class Limousine

Best Limousine Service:   More

Best Manufactured Homes: A-1 Homes

Best Manufactured Homes:   More

Best Martial Arts Academy: Victoria Karate Academy

Best Martial Arts Academy:   More

Best Historical Monument: Presidio La Bahia

Best Historical Monument: Presidio La Bahia   More

Best New Car Dealer: Atzenhoffer Chevrolet Cadillac Mitsubishi Mazda

Best New Car Dealer:   More

Best Nursing Home: Twin Pines Nursing and Rehab

Best Nursing Home:   More

Best Nutrition/Supplements and Healthy Food Store: Complete Nutrition

Best Nutrition/Supplements and Health Food Store:   More

Best Roadside Assistance: Allan's Wrecker Service

Best Roadside Assistance: Allan's Wrecker Service   More

Best tattoo and piercing parlor: In the Skin

Best tattoo and piercing parlor: In the Skin   More

Best Local Celebrity: Gary Moses

Best Local Celebrity:   More

Best place to take a date: The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar

Best place to take a date: The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar   More

Best Dance School: Debbie Bennett Green School of Dancing

Best Dance School: Debbie Bennett Green School of Dancing   More

Best Weight Loss Surgeon: Dr. Craig Chang

Best Weight Loss Surgeon: Dr. Craig Chang   More

Best Country Club: Victoria Country Club

Best Country Club: Victoria Country Club   More

Best Farm Equipment: Victoria Farm Equipment Company

Best Farm Equipment: Victoria Farm Equipment Company   More

Best Financial Institution: TDECU

Best Financial Institution: TDECU   More

Best Boat Dealer: Bernie's Boats & Motors

Best Boat Dealer: Bernie's Boats & Motors   More

Best Volunteer: Gary Moses

Best Volunteer:   More

Best Nursery: Devereux Gardens

Best Nursery: Devereux Gardens   More

Best Optical: Victoria Eye Center

Best Optical: Victoria Eye Center   More

Best Assisted Living: Homewood Assisted Living

Best Assisted Living: Homewood Assisted Living   More

Best Daycare: ABC Daycare

Best Daycare: ABC Daycare   More

Best ATV Dealer: Dale's Fun Center

Best ATV Dealer: Dale's Fun Center   More

Best Apartment Complex: The Remington Apartments

Best Apartment Complex: The Remington Apartments   More

Best Fast Food: Chick-fil-A

Best Fast Food Restaurant:   More

Best Veterinarian: Dr. John Beck

Best Veterinarian: Dr. John Beck   More

Best public servant: T. Michael O'Connor

Best public servant: T. Michael O'Connor   More

Best real estate agent: Jimmy Zaplac

Best real estate agent: Jimmy Zaplac   More

Best Produce Dept.: H-E-B Plus!

Best Produce Dept.: H-E-B Plus!   More

Best professional photographer: L-Ann Imaging

Best Professional Photographer:   More

Best Podiatrist: Dr. Andrew Young

Best Podiatrist: Dr. Andrew Young   More

Best Dessert: Halepaska's Bakery

Best Dessert: Halepaska's Bakery   More

Best Pediatrician: Dr. Felix Regueira

Best Pediatrician: Dr. Felix Regueira   More

Best Pastor/Spiritual Leader: Jim Graff

Best Pastor/Spiritual Leader: Jim Graff   More

Best Fried Chicken: Moo-Moo

Best Fried Chicken: Moo-Moo   More

Best Doughnuts: Shipley Do-Nuts

est Doughnuts: Shipley Do-Nuts   More

Best Coffee: Starbucks

Best Coffee: Starbucks   More

Best Chicken Fried Steak: Double J Eatery

Best Chicken Fried Steak: Double J Eatery   More

Best Resale Shop: Goodwill Industries

Best Resale Shop: Goodwill Industries   More

Best French Fries: McDonald's

Best French Fries:   More

Best Frozen Dessert: CherryBerry

Best Frozen Dessert: CherryBerry   More

Best Cajun Restaurant: The Lost Cajun Eatery

Best Cajun Restaurant: The Lost Cajun Eatery   More

Best Moving Service: Crossroads Movers

Best Moving Service:   More

Best Music Store: Hastings

Best Music Store:   More

Best Breakfast Taco: TNT

Best Breakfast Taco: TNT   More

Best Caterer: Mike Pozzi

Best Caterer: Mike Pozzi   More

Best Barbecue: Mumphord's Place Bar-B-Q

Best Barbecue: Mumphord's Place Bar-B-Q   More

Best Asian Restaurant: Tokyo Grill and Sushi Bar

Best Asian Restaurant: Tokyo Grill and Sushi Bar   More

Best Painting Company: A&A Custom Painting

Best Painting Company:   More

Best Pest Control: Bugmobiles

Best Pest Control:   More

Best Pet Boarding: VCA Victoria Animal Hospital

Best Pet Boarding: VCA Victoria Animal Hospital   More

Best Pet Grooming: PetSmart

Best Pet Grooming:   More

Best Appetizer: Chili's Bar & Grill

Best Appetizer: Chili's Bar & Grill   More

Best Pool Service: Victoria Pool Service and Supply

Best Pool Service:   More

Best Bakery: Halepaska's Bakery

Best Bakery: Halepaska's Bakery   More

Best Breakfast: IHOP

Best Breakfast: IHOP   More

Best Musical Instrument Store: Collins Music Center

Best Musical Instrument Store: Collins Music Center   More

Best Buffet: China B Super Buffet

Best Buffet: China B Super Buffet   More

Best Bail Bond: A&A Bail Bonding - Victoria

Best Bail Bond: A&A Bail Bonding - Victoria   More

Best Electrician: Goyen Electric

Best Electrician: Goyen Electric   More

Best Car Wash: Courtesy Car Wash

Best Car Wash:   More

Best Handyman: Dave's Handyman Service

Best Handyman: Dave's Handyman Service   More

Best Locksmith: Bosart Lock & Key

Best Locksmith:   More

Best Athletic Program: Calhoun Sandcrabs

Best Athletic Program: Calhoun Sandcrabs   More

Best Carpet & Flooring Store: Carpet Masters Carpet One

Best Carpet & Flooring Store: Carpet Masters Carpet One   More

Best Automotive Service Center: Big Ed's

Best Automotive Service Center: Big Ed's   More

Best high school: Victoria East High School

Best High School:   More

Best Janitorial Service: Calvo Janitorial Services

Best Home/Office/Janitorial Service:   More

Best mascot: Sandcrabs

Best Mascot:   More

Best Landscaping: Renken's Nursery

Best Landscaping:   More

Best Lawn Service: Hill's Lawn & Tree Service

Best Lawn Service:   More

Best Fencing: A1 Fence

Best Fencing Service:   More

Best Dry Cleaners: Kloesel’s Cleaners & Laundry

Best Dry Cleaners:   More

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