Revisiting the Best of Toledo 2018

. July 2, 2019.

Every year, our readers vote to determine the “Best of Toledo.” Readers vote for almost 200 categories to advise where to shop and who is the best at what they do. In February, we announced the 2018 Best of Toledo winners and runner ups. This recap highlights some of the Best of Toledo.


667,877 votes with 44,017 people voting, an average of 3497 votes per category. Best of Toledo voting engages more than 10% of the of Lucas County population!

The 2018 categories, and winners, that received the most votes:

Local Grocery: Walt Churchill’s Market
Pizzeria: The Original Gino’s Pizza
Deli: Barry Bagels
Hot Dogs: Rudy’s Hot Dog
Donuts: Wixey Bakery
Burger Joint: Bar 145
High School: Whitmer High School
Natural Food Store: Health Foods by Claudia
Best Festival: The German-American Festival
Italian Restaurant: Rosie’s Italian Grille
Meat/Butcher Shop: House of Meats
Mediterranean Restaurant: The Beirut
Suburban Downtown: Perrysburg
Steakhouse: Mancy’s Steakhouse
Mexican Restaurant: El Vaquero
BBQ: Shorty’s True American Roadhouse
Mall: The Shops at Fallen Timbers
Institution We’re Proud Of: The Toledo Zoo
Outdoor Destination: The Toledo Zoo

Best Home Remodeling/Improvement


Dunright Building Services
1057 Custer Rd. | 419-537-7465

When it comes to professional work, quick services and quality materials, Dunright Building Services stands out among the rest. From exterior door replacement and fiber cement siding to the installation of vinyl windows, the fully licensed and insured company offers fair pricing and hassle-free experience that keeps customers coming back for home improvement needs.

Best Dentist


Dr. Jon Frankel
Frankel Dentistry
5012 Talmadge Rd, #100
419-474-9611 |

Over 70 years of serving the Toledo community, Frankel Dentistry has always been known for its clean, comfortable environment and caring staff. These attributes continue with Dr. Jon Frankel. His practice is great for children and adults alike with cosmetic and restorative procedures— like crowns and implants— and cancer screenings as well as general dentistry to maintain strong oral health. No wonder readers have voted Jon Best Dentist year after year.

Best Dermatologist


Bravia Dermatology
2000 Regency Ct #201.
419-948-DERM (3376) |

For world-class skincare, whether cosmetic, surgical or medical, Dr. Matthew Molenda and his staff at Bravia is the trusted choice for Toledo City Paper readers. The Toledo-native was named Best Dermatologist, and he has the experience and professional career to prove it as a board-certified dermatologist and Cleveland Clinic-trained plastic surgeon specializing in Mohs and Reconstructive Surgery for skin cancers on the face.

Best Gym and Personal Trainer


LBs Circuit Training
2715 W. Central Ave., 419-279-5921

For two years in a row, readers have voted LBs Best Gym and Best Personal Trainer. If you are looking for a no-judgment gym and personal trainer, LBs Circuit Training is the way to go— they’ve won Best Gym and Best Personal Trainer two years in a row. The gym, and everyone who works there, makes you feel welcome. The classes are challenging, yet doable for those new to workout routines and for experienced fitness veterans alike. It’s the perfect place to shed some LBs.

Best Plastic Surgeon


evolv Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics
2000 Regency Ct. #204.
419-720-2008. |

Since 1989, Dr. Frank Barone and his staff at evolv have helped combat beauty’s fragility through medically-supervised skin care, high-end products with non-surgical and surgical aesthetics. Readers trust evolv for their commitment to helping Toledoans look and feel beautiful by making each experience as unique as their patients, earning them the Best Plastic Surgeon award for three years running.

Best Brewery


Oliver House/Maumee Bay Brewing Company
27 Broadway St., 419-243-1302

Drink beer in Toledo by sipping on some M Bay brews? Since 1995, the Maumee Bay Brewing Co. has crafted seriously balanced beer, from stouts to light lagers with plenty of limited edition releases. The iconic Toledo brewery always has something on tap worth pouring over, which has earned them the Best Brewery title three years in a row. While you’re at the Oliver House, make sure to visit other voter favorites— Rockwell’s Steakhouse and Lounge, the runner up for Steakhouse three years running, and Mutz Sports Bar, last year’s runner up for Karaoke Night.

Best Sports Bar


Sidelines Sports Eatery & Pub
Various locations

Daily specials, more TVs than you can count and six area locations make Sidelines the top choice for Toledo City Paper readers looking for a brew, a bite and a game. From beer and burgers to hearty salads and cocktails, this much-loved local franchise ensures that your evening is a win— even if your team loses.

Best Country Club


Brandywine Country Club
6904 Salisbury Rd., Maumee.
419-865-2393 |

Since 1967, Brandywine has offered private Club members the ultimate experience— an 18-hole Arthur Hills designed Championship Golf course, private golf lessons, fine fare, event hosting options and more. Our readers love Brandywine so much that they’ve voted them Best Country Club for two years in a row. They also have a fantastic brunch at Champions Bar & Grille, so console yourself there if your golf game goes… off course.

Best Bridal Shop


Atlas Bridal Shop
4895 Monroe St.
419-474-9119 |

When it comes to the big day, Toledoans trust Atlas Bridal for their attention to detail and more than 90 year legacy of excellent customer service. Since 1927, Atlas Bridal Shop has made local brides look as special as they feel with a spectacular variety of wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother’s gowns, tuxedos and wedding accessories. Toledoans have shown their trust in this iconic local business by voting Atlas Bridal the Best Bridal Shop for two years in a row, and voting their head seamstress, Jo Hafner, as the Best Tailor/Seamstress during our 2017 Best of Toledo awards.

Best Diner


Mayberry Diner
3606 W Sylvania Ave., 419-724-9177.
2155 S Byrne Rd., 419-381-1113.
8253 Mayberry Square S., Sylvania. 419-824-3399.

Serving breakfast and lunch, this diner’s commitment to serving the best breakfast in town never fails. Their extensive menu stretches from simple meals like eggs and hashbrowns to hearty omelets and griddle favorites. With three area locations, we aren’t surprised readers all over town voted this staple Best Diner in 2016 and again in 2018.

Best Holistic Health Center


Toledo Hemp Center
815 Phillips Ave., 419-724-9588.

“CBD” is more than just a buzzword— it’s a safe, effective and popular pain reliever. The natural compound, found in cannabis and hemp, is trusted by doctors and patients alike. A visit to the Toledo Hemp Center will provide additional information, with a wide selection of hemp products and a mission to educate locals, Toledoans of all ages have found relief, and a better quality of life, at the Center since 2013, voting them Best Holistic Health Center for two years in a row.