Thank you for voting for INDY Week’s Best of the Triangle 2019!

The ballot is now closed and we are tallying votes to determine the winners. The winners will be announced June 12th in our Best of the Triangle issue.

We’re also bringing back the Best of the Triangle Party this year! We hope you’ll join us.

116 replies on “2019 Best of the Triangle Ballot”

  1. I live in Ohio and came to know Dr. Cagle through my daughter Josette. My fur baby, Faith, had developed breast cancer. I came down from Ohio to have him perform two very extensive surgeries because I have complete trust in him and his knowledge. It was amazing how well she did and continues to do with the years that have passed. I don’t think she would be here today if it wasn’t for the treatment she received from Dr. Cagle. All my thanks and blessings to him and Willow Oak Veterinary Hospital!

  2. Ashley manages the taproom at Durty Bull and is seriously a jack of all trades. She’s always on the ball, takes care of her customers right away, comes up with so many great ideas to improve the brewery, organizes countless events, and is so much fun to talk to and be around. She knows her trade so well and will literally tell anything you want to know about beer, Durty Bull, and the local brewery scene. Ashley is legitimately the heart & soul of DB and is one of the many reasons my friends and I love going there! Please please please show her some love, because she is way too humble to ever ask for it.

  3. Dr. Henry Van Pala is my doctor for 4 years now, he is not only an excellent doctor but he is a nice Human being too. He makes you feel that he is your best friend, he is also knowledgeable beyond his profession. His practice has his wife a very nice lady that knows patients by name and his son who I expect him to be an excellent doctor like his father.

  4. This bakery just opened in Raleigh in Falls of Neuse and their glazed croissants are to die for!! They also make pies, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other pastries. It’s so nice to finally have a full service bakery in the area.

    Their pies are awesome and once you try the croissants, you’ll be hooked!! They also carry Maple View Farm ice cream.

    They’re owned by a young family and the staff is wonderful. Be sure to stop in before you vote. 😉

  5. Cocoa Forte has the BEST cheesecakes! They offer different chocolate covered cheesecake slices on a stick. I absolutely love the peanut butter flavor! They also offer round cheesecakes in different flavors big enough to share with like 2 other people. I stopped by the other weekend to grab some of their chocolate covered strawberries and they now have bite size gluten free cheesecakes. I got a 12 pack (mixed flavors of course… Got to try the coconut and white chocolate raspberry yumm). Those bites are like pringlez, once you pop you just can’t stop. Once you add in the extra sweet staff this place is AMAZING!!! I recommend everyone stop by Morgan St Food Hall and grab a cheesecake. My family just loves this place!

  6. At what point do the nominees I added (that weren’t already on the lists) show-up in the actual lists so that other people can just click the green button to nominate them as well, instead of having to type them in too?

  7. Sara F who works at Ruckus-Morrisville is a top notch bartender. She handles the bustling lunch crowd single handedly. She’s always super pleasant and fun to talk to.

  8. North Carolina Center for Physical Therapy gives every patient the attention that they need. The therapists are kind, professional, and provide the care necessary for recovery!

  9. Capp’s Pizzeria & Trattoria undoubtedly has the best pizza in Orange/Chatham counties. Their wood fired pizza is always of extraordinary quality, and their consistently innovative ideas for specialty pies are to die for. I’m somewhat of a pizza snob, I’ve had great pizza around the country (including exhaustive experience all around the Triangle!) and Capp’s has the best pizza I’ve had. Period.

  10. Dr. David Kroninger at Academy Eye Associates is the best Optometrist in the Triangle.
    I have gone to him and trusted in his excellent care since I moved to Chapel Hill in 1993.
    He has always remained current in the new technologies and, at times, has referred me to
    other eye care Specialists when he thought I needed further care. I am in the process of
    moving back to the Triangle after living in Asheville for many years. During these years, I would travel to Chapel Hill for my eye care.

  11. The Golden Belt Artists have moved into brand new studios in the warehouse on the Golden Belt campus at 800 Taylor Street, Durham, NC. Over the past year, the Golden Belt has undergone enormous changes and is experiencing a resurgence of energy and creativity. There are now 23 juried artists from very diverse backgrounds who are creating works in fiber, leather, and paper; digital and multimedia artists; multidisciplinary painters; jewelers; graphic designers; and performance artists. Come by the studios anytime and on Third Fridays to meet the artists, visit the new Golden Belt Art Gallery and its rotating exhibits, and take in all the changes. Explore the greatest diversity of art that can be found in Durham—all under one roof!

  12. NC Center for Physical Therapy is a private practice that puts patients FIRST! They are highly skilled and help patient’s achieve their goals! Everyone in the office has a smile on their face which creates a warm and friendly environment.

  13. Dr, Amy Stein is the best and most caring Dermatologist in the Triangle Area. She is always very professional and thorough in her exams and detailed in her information provided,

  14. Amanda Hagood & her awesome team are simply the best…respectful, professionals that treat you like family!!

  15. The address for ISLA (Immersion for Spanish Language Acquisition) should be P.O Box 16278, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Thank you!

  16. Utica bakery is by far the best bakery this entire area has ever seen. It’s more than just amazing food,its the wonderful owners too. They provide this area with a taste of NEW YORK that we never would have ever been blessed with. They are a melting pot for the people of Apex
    I thank you Utica for all your hard work. Keep it all comming,please

  17. Amy Stein, M.D. is an outstanding dermatologist who practices with Regional Dermatology. She is very thorough and extremely competent. She is a caring physician who is judicious in prescribing necessary medications. She is definitely on my side in helping me prevent skin cancer. I give her my highest recommendation. She has been caring for me for years now.

  18. Dr. Gray is so compassionate and always makes me feel comfortable, heard and as if I am the only patient she has to see that day.

  19. I nominate World of Motion Dance Studio in Morrisville NC as Best Dance Studio.

    They have great caring dance instructors, unique classes week long, they are involved in community dance events as well as strengthening the dance community!

  20. Dr. Rachel Sorg at Bull City Family Chiropractic has honestly changed my life twice. In 2015, MDs, DOs, and neurologists could not figure out why I was experiencing numbness in my extremities. Dr. Rachel was the only health professional to recognize the misalignment of my spine and the compression of various nerves. After going to Dr. Rachel for chiropractic care, my symptoms resolved, and I never experienced the numbness again. That was until December 2018, I injured my back and began to experience numbness in my left arm and a tight pain in my chest! I went to the Urgent Care thinking I, a healthy 25-year-old, was having a heart attack! Needless to say, I wasn’t having a heart attack, but the nurses and physicians were unable to explain my symptoms…they didn’t even palpate the affected area. I later turned to Dr. Rachel again, and not too long after beginning care again my symptoms have resolved. I feel the best I have felt in an extremely long time.
    Dr. Rachel changes lives every single day…she truly is the Best of the Triangle.

  21. Ungraded Produce ( They rescue unwanted vegetables and fruit from the food system and deliver them weekly right to your door, at a very affordable price This business, founded by a student at Duke, cuts down on food waste and helps with healthy eating. Plus they donate to food banks!

    They call their produce “ugly,” but I haven’t been able to figure out why. It’s just potatoes with *character*.

  22. I have been going to Dr. Hamilton for at least 10 years. She is so easy to talk too and she “listens “ to all your concerns. And answers all my questions. Never had a problem with any of her procedures. I Love Her !!

  23. Adrianne Robinson is the most compassionate and gifted counselor I’ve met in the Triangle. Her heart for community is remarkable and I’m a better person because of her vulnerability and honesty in creating change

  24. Utica Bakery in Apex hands down is the best bakery in the Triangle. Where else can you get fresh authentic Italian pastries made the right way & made fresh! They fill the cannolis, lobster tails, rum babas & cream puffs to order with your choice of filling…& they’re all delicious! Their tomato pie & quiches are also to die for! Another great thing is that they’re family run!!

  25. Nida Aziz Allam knows everyone and everyone knows her. She serves on the Durham Mayor’s Women’s Council, she works for the cause of justice & shows up to events even when she’s not part of the program. I think she DOES NOT get the recognition she deserves!! This is the best platform for her too!

  26. I just wanted to ensure that The Hillsborough Yarn Shop is in the running again this year. Best yarn store ever—anywhere. The quantity and quality of the yarn is incredible. The staff is always knowledgeable and so helpful. There are classes for beginners and for the most experienced knitters too. I live in Hillsborough, I’m an addicted knitter, and the shop really means a lot to a whole lot of us!

  27. I am humbled and honored my group Nerd-Vana Burlesque is a finalist for best in the triangle for adult entertainment. Thank you to all who nominated my diverse body positive show. I love showing Raleigh all body types can be sexy!!!

  28. Dawn Cúccaro is by far the finest, most educated and knowledgeable Massage Therapist I have ever experienced. With a caring and holistic perspective, Dawn has always known which therapeutic techniques best suited me at the time I came to see her, and in this regard, her choices have always been highly effective and healing for me. I wholeheartedly recommend Dawn to others, and I hope that she receives the recognition she has so long deserved!

  29. I nominate Brickhouse Sports Bar and DJ Stephen Scott (Stevie B) for the best karaoke spot! This place is conveniently located near downtown with nice pool tables and great food and plenty of seating for the non-singers. Stephen Scott’s shows are always entertaining with a dance break everytime. He was even picked by SoundChoice, the producers of the karaoke music, to debut a country singer from Nashville, TN who’s new song was recently released as a karaoke song. One will never know what to expect at this karaoke show. In fact, I’m still reeling from the entertainment that popped in last Friday night. Awesome venue, amazing singers, and terrific DJ lends to the best way to unwind on a Friday night. My vote goes to Brickhouse Sportsbar and DJ Stephen Scott!

  30. Nick Newby of Carrboro, NC is undoubtedly the best bartender I have ever known! He is efficient, works hard, makes people smile, and makes drinks that are well above par. He is an excellent team player, and definitely deserves this Indy! He rocks!

  31. North Carolina Center for Physical Therapy is an amazing clinic with caring, professional, and enthusiastic staff. Best PT experience ever!

  32. I nominate Kenny’s tree removal. he is so honest and hard working, detailed and great at what he does. he knows a lot about tree species as well.

  33. Dr Vanpala is awesome !!! He’s so dedicated and puts his patients first .

  34. Highly recommended, Dr. Cornelio takes a different approach to Western Medicine and likes to approach issues with a more holistic approach

  35. I know there is a process to these awards, but in light of this week’s events, could you consider giving a posthumous award to Kong Lee of Kaffeinate in Durham?

  36. Dr. McGregor takes the time to find out about the deeper issues of my aliment and strives to find a life-long cure, not just a band-aid. What I appreciate about Dr. McGregor the most is her dedication to provide me the time to speak with her and discuss the issues and holistic treatment options. Thank you, Dr. McGregor!

  37. Mid-Carolina Obstetrics & Gynecology in Wake County are the best. The practice is complete with Top Notch Doctors, a highly professional staff, and a front office team that always goes above and beyond to take care of patients. They have state of the art training and equipment, and Dr. Jack Inge is one of the most professional, highly trained, and talented doctors you will ever meet. Highly Recommend this practice!

  38. Raleigh Little Theatre is always a winner. Nice variety of shows and friendly staff and volunteers.

  39. Heron’s, Stanbury and Crawford and Sons
    Sad these guys didn’t make it up on the list in some form or in any of the best restaurant for their respective counties, or wine lists >_>
    Also no love for Baker’s Dozen off Buck Jones Road 🙁

  40. Is it possible to add a Best Interior Designer Category? There are many talented professionals spread throughout the Triangle and would love to nominate one…..

  41. Best Baker in Farmer Markets: Leslie Heinzman at Sari Sari in Carborro Market. Unbelievable pies and cakes to order. And great chef

  42. Curl Up & Dye of Carrboro, NC has the most trustworthy cosmetologists in the triangle. Every employee has 15+ years of experience, they all love what they do, and they all do amazing work! They aren’t very active on social media, which I think is all the more reason they deserve this Indy. It shows that they are truly passionate about their business and living in the moment!

  43. Great team at Triangle Kids Pediatric Dentistry! I took all 3 of my kids (now ages 32, 29 & 26); my nephew that is Down Syndrome; and now my grandson to Dr. Hill until he retired at which time Dr. Jenny came to the practice. My nephew and grandson both still love going there. Dr. Jenny makes sure each parent knows what is going on with their child’s teeth and ensures you that the child’s dental care needs are met. She is very compassionate about each kid and wants to make sure they have a beautiful smile. Tracy and Pat, two of the Dental Assistants, have been working there since I started taking my kids. They truly love what they do and are awesome with each and every kid. They greet the child and the parent with a smile on their face and make the kids feel secure and comfortable to be at the dentist. Many kids, as well as parents, do not do so well at the dentist but they make them feel welcome and and make sure they know what is going on before they even get to the back to be examined. The office staff always has a smile on their face and make sure all of the information is correct and the billing is filed timely. Thank you to the team and all they do every day!!!


  45. The doctors at Triangle Chiropractic are outstanding doctors and staff. They have fixed my tendanitis elbow pain and a lot of my trapezoid area in my upper back. I cant get over how much better I feel after a few sessions there. They truly know how to get you feeling better without all the medicines that a lot of other doctors like to push on to you. After seeing chiropractors for years since I left NJ, I finally found one here in the triangle area at Triangle Chiropractic that knows exactly what they are doing to help me feel great again.

  46. I see the sentence, “please nominate one in at least 25 categories”. So, if I don’t, do the six I nominated still get counted?

  47. I nominate David Price’s Original Super Karaoke as the best karaoke shows in the Triangle! David is the ultimate karaoke show host and his group of KJs helping him run the 10 shows weekly in the Triangle have learned from the master!! Their shows are full of energy and attract THE BEST singings in the Triangle. All of the KJs, including Dave, are know for jumping in and helping new singers as needed and always ready for a duet. The shows all use the latest technology in the industry. Requests your song from the extensive library using your phone and the SongbookDB app. Receive notification from the app when you are next to sing. If you don’t have a smart phone or don’t want to install the app, you can request your song on a kiosk PC provided by the KJ. The slickest and most efficient show in the Triangle.

    The extensive library of songs (30,000+) contains almost everything you ever would want to sing. But, on the off chance that the library doesn’t contain the song your must sing, they will search for the song online and purchase it for you. Yes… purchase it!

    No pirated tracks! No illegal YouTube videos! 100% legally purchased karaoke tracks!!

    I have been to MANY karaoke shows in the Triangle and I know from personal experience that Dave Price’s Original Super Karaoke is THE BEST!! Hands down!

  48. Fount Coffee + Kitchen! Best coffee, healthy food and bakery items as well as a friendly staff and gorgeous space!

  49. The group at Regional Dermatology is the best to work with. They are accommodating of schedule needs, listen to concerns, makes the proper followup and are just so friendly. They put the patient first in all interactions.

  50. Wow!!!! It is about time!!! Words cannot express how elated I am to see that Mid-Carolina OBGYN has been nominated. The staff, the atmosphere and level of care speak volumes for each patient. Every person values each patient that comes in. Each person is made to feel that their health matters to each person. The facility stays current with technology and health procedures. I cannot describe Dr. Jack R. Inge in a few words. This Dr. is intelligent, brilliant and is given this gift from God. He is down to Earth and very compassionate about his job. Dr. Inge genuinely care for his patients. I am so happy and proud to say this is where I go, Mid-Carolina and that Dr. Inge has been my doctor 18 years.

  51. Visiting from Boston, pour taproom in Durham has the best tap list I’ve seen. Ben, the manager, is a great guy and very knowledgeable about beer. Would definitely come back again

  52. All Dogs Allowed in Cary uses only positive reinforcement when training. The employees are great at explaining the hows and whys of training.

  53. The Cookie people are the nicest people and the cookies are always fresh and homemade. So many options!! My new favorite is a toss up between chocolate Nutella and Caramel butterscotch.

  54. Dr. Steins has been my Dermatologist for a long time and has always been very caring in treating me and my family on our visits. She cares about our treatment and always explains what needs to be done and how to care for ourselves at home after the treatments. I have really enjoyed having her as our Dermatologist, and recommend her to our friends and other family members. God Bless her in her practice and in her private life.

  55. Brian, I thought your idea was wonderful. I wanted to share my support.

  56. My adjustments at Triangle Health Center have kept my immune system in sync and working well for almost six years. Not only does he give a great adjustment, he also brings the knowledge of “living well” to all his patients through some terrific workshops and dinners; offers us ways to give back through volunteering opportunities ; and we all can be a part of walks and runs to challenge our healthy bodies. Thank you, Dr. Blake.

  57. You have the address for Doggie Spa and Daycare wrong. Correct address is 1101 Dawson Rd, Chapel Hill

  58. Hi – is there anyway to find out if my business was one of the top nominees to be on the ballot? Thanks!

  59. Dr Stein is excellent. I’ve been going to her for years and she’s always taken the best care of me and my needs.

  60. Dr. Cynthia Elderkin is the best dentist in the Triangle. She is competent and compassionate. She explains options to you and treats you with respect.

  61. Outstanding service, bar and food. We’ve never had anything less than stellar here.

  62. I have been seeing Dr. Van Pala for years now and he has helped me with the Myriad of problems i have!! He isn’t just a GREAT Dr. He is a GREAT Human Being!! He truly does care about his patients!!

  63. Emily harris!!!! Great detail and she loves her clients and there babies.

  64. The Mid-Carolina staff is awesome. And I loved Dr. Tara Creighton Cooley, she is too good.

  65. Julie Dodge and Elizabeth Hamilton are both great doctors and it is obvious that they really care about their patients! Heidi Oakley is a very friendly and helpful receptionist. This practice deserves the Best of the Triangle 2019 award.

  66. First time in Durham from Boston. The beer list is fantastic, and be the manager is wicked friendly. Looking forward to visiting again

  67. He’s the best general practitioner I’ve had, hands down. I was a 43 year old male, wondering why I wasn’t feeling as well as I thought I should and he turned that around. I feel like I’m 25 again and it’s made a difference in all areas of my life.

  68. Dr. Elisabeth Hamilton is the best dermatologist in the Triangle. She successfully treated my skin cancer growths on my scalp. She also treated skin infections and an ulcer on my legs.

  69. Dirty, Tired and Happy. What more could you want for your children this summer? Our grandchildren love the time they spend at this camp. All day outdoors without screens, it is the best learning environment and most wholesome play anywhere.

  70. Dr. McGregor is a great doc who using whatever medical modality fits the patient’s needs not just prescribing drugs.

  71. Fount Coffee + Kitchen. Best coffee, food and bakery options, amazing staff and a gorgeous space. Awesome and health-focused menu.

  72. Great Service. Takes the time to go over what works with your face shape & your style.

  73. Dr. Elizabeth Hamilton, MD, Ph.D. is the best! she is caring; she listens; she’s never rushed even when she’s busy; she explains everything and answers all your questions.

  74. Top Dog grooming! Hillsborough
    Emily Harris best dog groomer in orange county! My dog loves her🌼❤

  75. Top Dog grooming! Hillsborough
    Emily Harris best dog groomer in orange county! My dog loves her🌼❤

  76. Bull City Olive Oil!!! The ONLY shop like it in all of Durham County (and beyond). Fresh pressed olive oils, local cheeses, chocolates and charcuterie and more. AND you can taste everything in the store before buying!!! Also makes the best gift baskets around. Give them some love- the only store like it around here!

  77. I have been a patient at this practice for over 30 years and started seeing Dr. Inge after my previous ob/gyn retired. He has been a great help to me and did an excellent job with my surgery 6 months ago.

  78. Best coffee, Orange County: Perennial
    Best Food Hall, Orange County: Blue Dogwood
    Best Non-Profit, Orange County: Eyes, Ears, Nose and paws

  79. I have worked with Amanda Hagood and State Farm for decades. Rather than just go on and on about the superior treatment I have received in every instance (price, changes in coverage, claims (not a lot of experience here, but they have been exemplary).

  80. NC Center for Physical Therapy is the BEST physical therapy clinic in the triangle. They truly care about their patients and offer the best care.

  81. I’m a lover of the Sax General Store + The Eddy + Haw River Farmhouse Ales (seriously wonderful places) but they’re all listed in the Orange/Chatham categories. I may be wrong, but I’m 99% certain that Saxapahaw is in Alamance County.

  82. Emily Page (an artist at Ratatat Tats), is one of the best artists I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. 5 stars!

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