You wanted the best. You got the best.

Welcome to Best of the Triangle 2017, our annual reader-guided tour through 353 of the best things—restaurants, bars, people, places, activities, doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, yoga studios, hiking trails, bike shops, auto repair shops, florists, basically anything and everything that you could possibly be looking for—in the area. This is, bar none, the most comprehensive guide to the coolest local stuff out there, imitators be damned. And that’s because it pulls from the collective wisdom of tens of thousands of readers casting hundreds of thousands of votes.

As is our wont, the INDY’s staff has added to that wisdom, offering our insights, commentary, and bits of context to some of the categories. But the emphasis here is on you and your choices. So congratulations to the winners and finalists, and our gratitude to all of those who took the time to vote. This community rules.Enjoy, and we’ll do it all again next year.


Jeffrey C. Billman, Editor in Chief

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