BEST OF THE BEST

2017

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Who’s the best? We asked, and you answered. Thousands of votes were cast in Hoover’s Magazine’s annual Best of the Best contest. Read on to find out our readers’ favorite businesses, restaurants and venues in Hoover.

DINING AND NIGHTLIFE



BEST COFFEE

Starbucks
5180 Medford Drive, Hoover
205-504-4196

Finalists: Starbucks – John Hawkins Parkway, Starbucks – Target, Starbucks U.S. 31, East 59 Vintage & Cafe

BEST BAKERY

Edgar’s Bakery
180 Main Street, Hoover
205-444-1220

Finalists: Panera Bread, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Louise’s Cakes N Things, Shipley Do-Nuts

BEST BURGER

Baha Burger
4745 Chase Circle, Hoover
205-682-6980

Finalists: Five Guys, Tip Top Grill, Green Valley Drug, Mugshots

BEST BBQ

Moe’s Original Bar B Que
181 Main Street, Hoover
205-985-8841

Finalists: Jim ‘N Nicks Bar-B-Q, Golden Rule Barbeque, Full Moon Bar-B-Que – Patton Chapel, Swamp Monster BBQ

BEST PIZZA

Tortugas Pizza
2801 Hawkins Parkway, Hoover
205-403-9800

Finalists: Vecchia Pizzeria & Mercato, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, Papa John’s, Savatore’s

BEST MILKSHAKE

The Whole Scoop
3421 South Shades Crest Road, Hoover
205-444-8000

Finalists: Steak ‘n Shake, Green Valley Drug, Chick-fil-A – The Grove, Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe

BEST MARGARITA

Iguana Grill
2085 Colonial Drive, Birmingham
205-987-8240

Finalists: Moss Rock Tacos & Tequila, Frontera Grill, Superior Grill

BEST PATIO DINING

Vecchia Pizzeria & Mercato
610 Preserve Parkway, Suite 100, Hoover
205-637-3036

Finalists: Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, The Front Porch, Tip Top Grill, Cajun Steamer

BEST ITALIAN FOOD

Vecchia Pizzeria & Mercato
610 Preserve Parkway, Suite 100, Hoover
205-637-3036

Finalists: Salvatore’s, Costa’s Mediterranean Cafe

BEST MEXICAN FOOD

Frontera Grill
5651 Grove Boulevard, Hoover
205-985-8108

Finalists: Iguana Grill, Habaneros, Moss Rock Tacos & Tequila

BEST CATERER

Zoe’s Kitchen
180 Main Street, Hoover
205-989-4020

Finalists: Ashley Mae’s – Chace Lake, Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe

BEST ASIAN FOOD

Yuki
2760 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover
205-402-9888

Finalists: Stix, New China, Mr. Chen’s, Peking Wok

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

BEST FAMILY MEDICINE PRACTICE

Brookwood Baptist Health Primary Care
5295 Preserve Parkway, Hoover
205-682-6077

Finalists: Greenvale Pediatrics, St. Vincent’s Primary Care

BEST DERMATOLOGY PRACTICE

Inverness Dermatology & Laser
250 Inverness Center Drive, Inverness
205-995-5575

Finalists: Pure Dermatology & Aesthetics, Cahaba Dermatology Skin and Health Center

BEST DENTAL PRACTICE

Hoover Family Dentistry
425 Emery Drive, Hoover
205-989-8480

Finalists: Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry, Sampson Dentistry

BEST ORTHODONTICS PRACTICE

Bakus Orthodontics
Dr. Jeffrey D. Backus
425 Emery Drive, Hoover
205-987-0040

Finalists: PT Orthodontics, Birmingham Orthodontics

BEST EYE CARE PRACTICE

Schaeffer Eye Center
1686 Montgomery Highway, Hoover
205-979-2020

Finalists: Alabama Family Eye Care, EyeCare Associates

BEST CHIROPRACTIC CARE

Birmingham Health
801 Shades Crest Road, Birmingham
205-385-9999

Finalists: My Chiropractor Hoover, LakeCrest Chiropractic & Wellness

BEST PHARMACY

Walgreens
2505 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover
205-982-9696

Finalists: Hoover Hometown Pharmacy, Mills Pharmacy

BEST HAIR SALON

Stone Salon
616 Preserve Parkway, Hoover
205-824-7773

Finalists: Salon 150, O’Hair

BEST NAIL SALON

Riviera Nails and Spa
5180 Medford Drive, Hoover
205-985-1200

Finalist: Nail Image

BEST SPA

The Spa at Ross Bridge
4000 Grand Avenue, Birmingham
205-949-3041

Finalist: Spa One Nineteen

BEST FITNESS CENTER

Pure Barre
1870 Chace Drive, Birmingham
205-982-8366

Finalists: Hoover Recreation Center, Hoover YMCA

SHOPPING AND SERVICES

BEST ANTIQUE STORE

Hoover Antique Gallery
3411 Old Columbiana Road, Birmingham
205-822-9500

Finalists: Alford Avenue Antiques, On-A-Shoestring, Brass Bear Antiques

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD

Bluff Park

Finalists: Ross Bridge, Russet Woods, The Preserve, Trace Crossings, Green Valley

BEST JEWELRY STORE

Pandora
2000 Riverchase Galleria, Hoover
205-985-2191

Finalists: Kay Jewelers, Southeastern Jewelers

BEST CONSIGNMENT STORE

Plato’s Closet Hoover
1725 Montgomery Highway, Hoover
205-444-1516

Finalists: Once Upon a Child, Salvation Army

BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE

Sew Precious
180 Main Street, Hoover
205-444-0005

Finalists: Once Upon a Child, Belk, Macy’s, Babies “R” Us

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE

Von Maur
2400 Riverchase Galleria, Hoover
205-982-4337

Finalists: Pink Tulip, Molly Green, Lou Lou’s, Forever 21

BEST FLORIST

Hoover Florist
1905 Hoover Court, Birmingham
205-725-5359

Finalist: Lindsay Kessler Designs

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

The Whole Scoop Ice Cream Shop
3421 South Shades Crest Road, Hoover
205-444-8000

Finalists: Hoover Hometown Pharmacy, Von Maur, R&S Flooring, St. Vincent’s One Nineteen, Chick-fil-A (Grove)

BEST LANDSCAPING COMPANY

Sweetspire Gardens
2146 Tyler Road, Hoover
205-968-1391

Finalists: Schroeter’s Lawn & Landscaping, Wayne’s Environmental Services

BEST PLACE FOR A KID’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

Sky Zone
1694 Montgomery Highway, Hoover
205-637-5867

Finalists: Pump It Up, Let’s Play

PLACES AND EVENTS

BEST PLACE TO WORSHIP

Hunter Street Baptist Church
2600 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover
205-985-7295

Finalists: Church of the Highlands, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Riverchase United Methodist Church

BEST ANIMAL CLINIC

Lake Crest Animal Clinic
551 Lake Crest Drive, Hoover
205-403-4003

Finalists: Bluff Park Animal Clinic, Alford Avenue Veterinary Hospital, Patton Chapel Animal Clinic

BEST WEDDING VENUE

Aldridge Gardens
3530 Lorna Road, Hoover
205-682-8019

Finalists: Park Crest Event Facility, The Barn at Shady Lane, Ross Bridge

BEST HOTEL

Marriott Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa
4000 Grand Avenue, Hoover
205-916-7677

Finalists: Embassy Suites, Hyatt Regency-The Wynfrey Hotel

BEST GARDEN CENTER

Sweetspire Gardens
2146 Tyler Road, Hoover
205-968-1391

Finalists: Andy’s, Aldridge Gardens

BEST HARDWARE STORE

Bluff Park Hardware
597 Shades Crest Road, Birmingham
205-823-1953

Finalists: The Home Depot (Riverchase), Lowe’s (Valleydale Road)

BEST SENIOR LIVING FACILITY

Galleria Woods Retirement Community
3850 Galleria Woods Drive, Birmingham
844-618-9613

Finalists: Somerby at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen, The Oaks

BEST GOLF COURSE

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge
4000 Grand Avenue, Hoover
205-949-3085

Finalists: Hoover Country Club, Riverchase Country Club

EDUCATION AND KIDS’ ACTIVITIES

BEST PUBLIC SCHOOL

Hoover High School
1000 Buccaneer Drive, Hoover
205-439-1200

Finalists: Bluff Park Elementary School, South Shades Crest Elementary School, Spain Park High School, Deer Valley Elementary School

BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL

Prince of Peace Catholic School
4650 Preserve Parkway, Hoover
205-824-7886

Finalists: Hoover Christian School

BEST CHILDCARE

Covenant Classical School & Daycare – Trace Crossings
5290 Magnolia Trace, Hoover
205-733-5437

Finalists: Odyssey Early School, Hunter Street Weekday, Riverchase Day School

BEST TUTORING CENTER

GradePower Learning
1401 Doug Baker Boulevard, Birmingham
205-402-8544

Finalists: Mathnasium, Upper Limit Learning Center

BEST KIDS’ GYMNASTICS CLASS

Premier Gymnastics
1320 Alford Avenue, Hoover
205-823-4966

Finalists: Vision Gymnastics

BEST KIDS’ DANCE CLASS

The Pointe Dance Arts
3403 Lorna Lane, Hoover
205-978-9444

Finalists: Alabama Dace Academy

BEST KIDS’ MUSIC CLASS

Mason Music
761 Shades Mountain Plaza, Hoover
205-582-2238

Finalists: Lorna Music

FINANCE, HOME AND AUTO

BEST INSURANCE AGENT

Sam Compton
Compton Insurance Agency, LLC – Farmers Insurance
1320 Alford Avenu, Hoover
205-623-4505

Finalists: Ryan Goolsby – State Farm, Ashley Bruette – Nationwide

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

Donna Gaskins
Donna Gaskins, The Pinnacle Group | Arc Realty
205-441-0333

Finalists: Thad Lowery, Blake Shultz

BEST BANK

Regions Bank – Montgomery Highway
1849 Montgomery Highway, Hoover
800-734-4667

Finalists: Regions Bank (near Publix)

BEST ACCOUNTANT

Brad Paramore
Truitt, Tingle, Paramore & Argent
5346 Stadium Trace Parkway, Suite 202, Birmingham
205-733-8265

BEST MORTGAGE LENDER

Regions Bank
800-734-4667

Finalist: Michael Bailey

BEST NEW CAR DEALER

Hoover Toyota
2686 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover
205-978-2600

Finalist: Mercedes-Benz of Birmingham

BEST USED CAR DEALER

CarMax
2696 John Hawkins Parkway, Hoover
205-985-0556

Finalist: Hoover Toyota

BEST CAR WASH

Anthony’s Full Service & Express Car Wash
3037 Alabama 150, Hoover
205-987-7878

Finalist: Riverchase Car Wash

BEST AUTO SERVICE

Estes Warehouse Tires
3420 Old Columbiana Road, Hoover
205-979-7841

Finalists: Express Oil Change (John Hawkins Parkway), NTB