Best Of 2021 Winners!!


For the Featured Winners Click HERE.

Every July we host our BEST OF competition online, and this year’s voting was another huge success. With well over 100,000 votes cast, EXPLORE’s BEST OF has fast become the area’s premier and most coveted BEST OF contest.

To backtrack and perhaps explain a bit of history, we should admit that the BEST OF contest sort of started out as a bit of a “joke”. We were definitely serious with our intention to create the best voting system in the area, but the whole idea came about in a staff meeting where we reviewed a local newspaper’s BEST OF that had “Best Hamburger” going to Dairy Queen. Nothing against Dairy Queen, but I’m sure we’d all agree that there’s some seriously fine hamburgers being produced locally. So upon a little investigation, we discovered that some local publications that have also done a BEST OF contest have required voters to purchase a copy of the paper, hand-fill out the ballot and drop it off to the paper itself.

Living in 2021, we figured we could do a little better.


So 3 years ago we launched our fully online, IP-tracked (so you could only vote once) BEST OF contest. When we did so, the website crashed in 15 minutes due to the traffic. We beefed up the site, voting resumed and social media exploded with businesses and their customers encouraging one another to vote for their favorites. It was great to see the celebration of local small businesses! Ultimately, we eclipsed over 60,000 votes in year 1 and we considered it a tremendous success.

Each year since, the voting participation has increased and this year we are pleased to report that we were close to 200,000 votes!!As you go through the magazine, we have chosen a collection of these businesses to allow them a little space to tell you a little more about their business and to thank everyone for the support. As we always say here at EXPLORE, please SHOP LOCAL.  As you’ll see, these business owners are working tirelessly to make their dreams work, and we are quite proud to provide an opportunity for the local supporting public here in Kendall County show some love to their favorite small businesses and their owners. We thank all of you for the support for this year and can’t wait for next year’s contest!


Best Bar
Cibolo Creek Brewing Co.

Best Yard Greeting Company
Card My Yard Boerne

Best Chiropractor
Boerne Wellness Chiropractic

Best Margarita
El Rio Mexican

Best Furniture Store
Boerne Farmhouse

Best Wedding Venue
Kendall Point

Best Family Photographer
Cooley Portraits

Best Roofing Contractor
Vogt’s Hometown Roofing

Best Weight Loss Center
Ideal Health of Boerne

Best Orthodontist
Ferris Orthodontics

Best Italian Food
Bella Sera Pizzeria and Ristorante

Best Optical Provider
Dietz-McLean Optical

Best Auto Care
Ritchie Automotive

Best Landscaping Company
Hill Country Scapes & Design

Best Bakery
Bear Moon Bar & Grill

Best Florist
The Flower Shop

Best Burger
Old No. 9 General Store & Longhorn Cafe

Best Gift Shop
The Dienger Trading Co.

Best Park
Cibolo Center for Conservation

Best Private School
Geneva School Of Boerne

Best Realtor
Tiffany Gill

Best Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Kendall Dental & Implant Center

Best Electrician
NH Electric

Best Sign Company
Signarama San Antonio

Best Breakfast
Little Gretel

Best Pizza
Z’s Wood Fired Pizza

Best Family Practice Physician
Boerne Family Medicine

Best Women’s Clothing
Dang Sassy

Best Full Service Jeweler
Morrell Jewelry

Best Septic Company
Van Delden Wastewater

Best Assisted Living
Menger Springs / Morningside Senior Living

Best Skilled Nursing
Cibolo Creek Nursing

Best Breakfast Tacos
Mary’s Tacos

Best Travel Agency
Boerne Travel

Best Art Gallery
Carriage House Gallery

Best Vet Clinic
Herbst Veterinarian Clinic

Best Golf Course
Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort

Best Pet Groomer
Boerne Grooming

Best Alternative Medicine
Annie’s Apothecary

Best BBQ
Klein’s Smoke Haus

Best Massage Therapy
Massage Matters

Best Home Health Care
Visiting Angels Boerne Kerrville

Best Kid’s Party Place
Arrows Active Play Park

Best DayCare
Mini Texans Christian Learning Center – Boerne

Best Dentist
Gardner Springs Dental

Best Sandwich
Bumdoodlers Lunch Co

Best Concrete Contractor
Bernhard Brothers Concrete Contractors Inc.

Best Place for Craft Beer
Cibolo Brewing Co.

Best Community Event
Dickens on Main

Best Coffee Shop
Black Rifle Coffee – Boerne, Texas

Best Title Company
Kendall County Abstract Company

Best Gym
Planet Fitness

Best Antique Store
Johns Road Antiques

Best Non-Profit
Dance Fairies

Best Gymnastics Center
Boerne Gymnastics Center

Best Salon
Tres Bella Boerne

Best Men’s Clothing
Billy’s Western Wear

Best Yoga Studio
Agave Wellness Studio

Best Investment Company
Prime Capital Investment Adviso

Best Mexican Food
Compadres Hill Country Cocina

Best Ice Cream/Yogurt
Parker’s Ice Creams

Best Asian Food
N’s Thai Food

Best Hotel
The Bevy Hotel

Best Light Lunch
Boerne Epicure Gourmet Market

Best Arbor Care
Arbor Care & Consulting

Best Candles
Candles by Scentaholics

Best RV Service / Sales
Boerne RV

Best Commercial Realtor
Tony Mangus

Best Pie
Bumdoodlers Lunch Co