We work almost exclusively with local small businesses in EXPLORE. These are our neighbors, our friends, and our kids play soccer together. There have been other “BEST OF” type contests, but because of the voting mechanisms, the results were frequently cast into a questionable light. So after much planning and tech planning, we have launched the Annual BEST OF edition for EXPLORE.

With a variety of categories covering most every industry, we set up an online voting system that logged your vote via an online tracking mechanism and made it so that you could only vote once per category. Once the voting opened, the response was overwhelming. Amassing almost 80,000 unique votes, we have concluded what we feel is the most valid and transparent BEST OF contest in the county.

In the pages that follow, you will find the results of the overall contests, as well as small profiles on several of the winners that we think you should know about. Thank you to our clients, advertisers, friends, voters, and to all of the hard working small business owners out there that are pouring their blood, sweat and tears into their business and chasing their dream.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners – and THANK YOU to all of you who participated!


Best Furniture Store
Boerne Farmhouse

Best Alternative Medicine
Annie’s Apothecary

Best Breakfast Tacos
Mary’s Tacos

Best Kid’s Party Place
Ninja City

Best Place To Enjoy A Craft Beer
Cibolo Creek Brewing Co.

Best Chinese Food
China Bowl

Best Breakfast
Bear Moon

Best BBQ
Klein Smokehaus

Best Bakery
Bear Moon Bakery

Favorite Waterin’ Hole

Best Italian Food
Bella Sera

Best Ice Cream
Parker’s Ice Creams

Best Burger
Longhorn Cafe

Best Light Lunch

Best Fried Chicken
Raising Cane’s

Best Golf Course
Cordillera Ranch

Best Men’s Apparel
Billy’s Western Wear

Best Women’s Apparel
Ella Blue

Best Computer Services

Best Community Event
Dickens On Main

Best Nonprofit
Hill Country Daily Bread

Best Yoga/Pilates Studio
Agave Wellness Studio

Best Pizza
Z’s Wood Fired Pizza

Best Place For A Walk
Cibolo Nature Center

Best Sandwich

Best Auto Care
Ritchie Automotive

Best Family Practice Physician
Boerne Family Medicine

Best Gym
Core Athletic Club

Best Orthodontist
Ferris Orthodontics

Best Dentist
Gardner Springs Dentistry

Best Home Health Care
Visiting Angels

Best Assisted Living Facility
Morningside at Menger Springs

Best Art Gallery
Carriage House Gallery

Best Antique Store
Sanctuary For The Vintage Soul

Best Veterinary Clinic
Herbst Veterinary Hospital

Best Private School

Best Title Company
Kendall County Abstract

Best Wedding Venue
Don Strange Ranch

Best Family Photographer
Snap Chic

Best Hotel In The Boerne Area
The Kendall

Best Gymnastics Center
Boerne Gymnastics

Best Margarita
El Rio

Best Bar
Salvador Dobbs

Best Coffee Shop
The Dienger Trading Co.

Best Salon
Très Bella

Best Realtor
Danielle Scott

Best Local Florist
The Flower Shop

Best Gift Shop
La Te Da

Best Electrician
NH Electric Inc.

Best Baby/Kid Clothing
Mommy 2B

Best Arbor/Tree Care
Burkett Arbor Care


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