The Best of the City 2014

Everybody has an opinion, and when it comes to sharing their opinions, nobody does it better than the readers of akronlife magazine.

Way back in the frozen tundra that was our Akron-area January, we asked you to tell us what places, people and things you consider to be the Best of the City. And, boy, did you tell us — online, on paper and in the aisles of the grocery store (Okay, that last one may have just happened to me.)

Anyway, we received nearly 1,000 nominations, and we’re so excited to share those results with you in this annual Best of the City issue. Whether you grew up here, you recently chose this area to be your hometown or you live elsewhere and visit often, we hope that you’ll find some new treasures on this list mixed in with your old favorites. Want to support the “Buy Local” movement? Start here, and then put your money where your mouth is.

If these awardees pique your interest, be sure to come to our 3rd annual Best of the City Showcase at Summit Mall on Sat., Aug. 9. You’ll be able to check out our current and past winners from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and see the products and services that make them The Best! This awards ceremony and its accompanying showcase has become the event of the summer, so mark your calendars now! We’ll see you there!

Best New Local Restaurant (last 12 months)

First Place: Burntwood Tavern, Cuyahoga Falls
Second Place: Piscazzi's The Merchant Tavern, Akron
Third Place: Nuevo Modern Mexican and Tequila Bar, Akron
Honorable Mention: Bricco, Kent

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