Story by Jefferson City Magazine Staff | Sep 03, 2014

Best Banquet Facility

1st Place: G2 Gallery, 102 E. High St. No. 200, Jefferson City, 573-286-1152, g2gallery.net

2nd Place: Capital Event Center, 623 Ohio St., Jefferson City, 573-635-5882, capitaleventcenter.com

 

Best Beer Selection

J. Pfenny’s Sports Grill & Pub. With more than 28 beers on tap, 30-plus TV screens and fast service, locally owned J. Pfenny’s provides a great sports-bar atmosphere for the entire family. This repeat City’s Best winner, which hosts a large bar and an impressive saltwater fish tank, also offers specialty frozen drinks on its new deck. 215 E. High St., Jefferson City, 573-644-9999, https://www.facebook.com/pages/J-Pfennys-Sports-Grill-Pub/177336868976396.

2nd Place: Prison Brews, 305 Ash St., Jefferson City, 573-635-0678, PrisonBrews.com

 

Best Place to Buy a New Car

1st Place: Riley GM, 2033 Christy Drive, Jefferson City, 573-634-2324; Toyota/Scion, 2105 Christy Drive, 888-437-5207, goriley.com

2nd Place: Joe Machens Capital City Ford Lincoln, 807 Southwest Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-634-4444, joemachenscapitalcityfordlincoln.com

 

Best Place to Buy Shoes

1st Place: American Shoe, 221 E. High St., Jefferson City, 573-636-8313, americanshoeinc.com

2nd Place: Shoe Carnival, 3535 Missouri Blvd., No. 115, Jefferson City, 573-659-0620, shoecarnival.com

 

Best Place to Buy a Used Car

1st Place: Joe Machens Capital City Ford Lincoln, 807 Southwest Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-634-4444, joemachenscapitalcityfordlincoln.com

2nd Place: Riley GM, 2033 Christy Drive, Jefferson City, 573-634-2324; Toyota/Scion, 2105 Christy Drive,  888-437-5207, goriley.com

Best Place to Catch Live Music

1st Place: The Mission, 915 E. High St., Jefferson City, 573-893-2800, themissionjc.com

2nd Place: Prison Brews, 305 Ash St., Jefferson City, 573-635-0678, PrisonBrews.com

 

Best Place for Cosmetic Procedures/Spa Services

1st Place: JCMG Laser & Vein Center, 2511 W. Edgewood, Suite H, Jefferson City, 573-761-LASR (5277), jcmglaser.com

2nd Place: Riversong Spa and Salon, 109 W. Ashley, Jefferson City, 573-636-9796, riversongspa.com

 

Best Place for Fine Jewelry

1st Place: Kas A. Designs, 308 W. Dunklin, Jefferson City, 573-634-8198, kasadesigns.com

2nd Place: The Blue Diamond, 1803 Missouri Blvd., Ste. A, Jefferson City, 573-634-4241, thebluediamond.com

 

Best Florist

Family owned for 123 years, Busch’s Florist delivers everything from basket arrangements and balloons to exotic plants and garden statuaries, both locally and nationwide. Today, as in the past, the business guarantees that every order is fresh, on time and meets or exceeds customers’ expectations. 620 Madison St., Jefferson City, 573-636-7113, buschsflorist.com

2nd Place: River City Florist, 212 Madison St., Jefferson City, 573-634-3737, rivercityflorist.net

 

Best Place for Friendly Banking

1st Place: Central Bank, 238 Madison St., Jefferson City, 573-634-1111, centralbank.net

2nd Place: Jefferson Bank, 700 Southwest Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-634-0800, jefferson-bank.com

 

Best Grocery Store

1st Place: Hy-Vee, 3721 W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City,573-893-2505, hy-vee.com

2nd Place: Schnuck’s, 1801 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-635-4666, schnucks.com

 

Best Hair Salon

The Loft Hair Design Studio, with its flat-screen TVs and flashy artwork, provides an edgy, modern background for its full line of hair, facial and body services, including the new Novalash eyelash extensions. 3405 W. Truman Blvd., No. 100, Jefferson City, 573-634-3007, theloftjc.com.

2nd Place: Artistic Vision Hair Designers, 3121 Emerald Lane, Suite 200, Jefferson City, 573-635-0086, artisticvisionsalon.com

 

Best Hardware/Home Improvement Store

1st Place: Lowe’s, 3441 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-638-2400, lowes.com

2nd Place: Westlake Ace Hardware, 2305 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-636-2189, acehardware.com

 

Best Heating & A/C Company

1st Place: Stieferman Heating, 3526 Rock Ridge Road, Jefferson City, 573-635-3547, lennoxdealer.com/stiefermanheating

2nd Place: Aire Serv of Central Missouri, 2521 E. McCarty St., Jefferson City, 573-636-4490, centralmissouri.aireserv.com

 

Best Home Furnishings Store

1st Place: JC Mattress, 4725 Horner Road, Jefferson City, 573-893-8361, jcmattressonline.com

2nd Place: The Schaefer House, 618 Broadway, Jefferson City, 573-635-8877, theschaeferhouse.com

Best Local Golf Course

1st Place: Oak Hills Golf Center, 932 Ellis Blvd.,  Jefferson City, 573-634-6532, jeffcitymo.org/oakhillsgolfcenter.html

2nd Place: Jefferson City Country Club, 516 S. Country Club Drive, Jefferson City, 573-893-3306, jeffersoncitycountryclub.com

 

Best Place for Men’s Clothing

1st Place: Dillard’s, 3600 Country Club Drive, Jefferson City, 573-893-4497, dillards.com

2nd Place: Samuel’s Tuxedos, 236 E. High St., Jefferson City, 573-634-7267, samuelstuxedos.com

 

Best Nursery/Garden/Landscaping

1st Place: Longfellow’s Garden Center, 12007 Lookout Trail, Centertown, 573-584-9611, longfellowsgarden.com

2nd Place: Green Horizons Garden Center Inc., 2607 Route CC, Jefferson City, 573-636-4373

 

Best Paint & Body Shop

1stPlace: Fischer Body Shop, 2816 W. Main St., Jefferson City, 573-635-3154, fischerbodyshop.com

2nd Place: Xtreme Body & Paint, 1007 LoMo Drive, Jefferson City, 573-893-8722, xtremebodyandpaint.com

 

Best Pest Control

1st Place: Steve’s Pest Control, 11955 County Road 4040, Jefferson City, 573-896-4868, stevespestcontrol.com

2nd Place: Art’s Pest Control, 429 W. Miller St., Jefferson City, 573-634-3299, artspestcontrol.com

 

Best Place Only Locals Know About

1st Place: Paddy Malone’s Irish Pub, 700 W. Main St., Jefferson City, 573-761-5900, paddymalonespub.com

2nd Place: Bones Restaurant & Lounge, 210 Commercial Ave., Jefferson City, 573-636-8955, bonesinthealley.com

 

Best Place for Singles to Meet

1st Place: J. Pfenny’s Sports Grill & Pub, 215 E. High St., Jefferson City, 573-644-9999, facebook.com/Pfennys-Sports-Grill-Pub

2nd Place: Bones Restaurant & Lounge, 210 Commercial St., Jefferson City, 573-636-8955, bonesinthealley.com

 

Best Theater Company

1st Place: The Little Theatre, 1005 Chestnut St., Jefferson City, 573-681-9400, tltjc.org

2nd Place: Scene One Theatre, 121 E. High St., Jefferson City, 573-635-6713, sceneonetheatre.com

 

Best Place for Unique Gifts

1st Place: Southbank, 110 E. High St., Jefferson City, 573-659-GIFT (4438), southbankgifts.com

2nd Place: Initially Yours, 409 W. Miller St., Suite E, Jefferson City, 573-556-8293, facebook.com/initiallyyoursjcmo

 

Best Wine Selection

1st Place: Abiy’s International Wines & Liquor, 3702 W. Truman Blvd., Suite 205, Jefferson City, 573-893-3299

2nd Place: Schnuck’s, 1801 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-635-4666, schnucks.com 

Best Place for Women’s Fashions

Saffees on High Street has offered current fashions at competitive prices since 1923. Today, with three additional stores, one in Osage beach and two in Kansas (in Lawrence and Overland Park), its uniquely personal shopping experience ensures every customer leaves happy and confident with their purchases. 227 E. High St., Jefferson City, 573-636-4512, saffees.com

2nd Place: Calena’s Fashions, 275 Karen Drive, Holts Summit, 573-896-5091, http://www.calenasfashions.com/

 

Best Place to Work Out

1st Place: YMCA, 525 Ellis Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-761-9530, jcymca.org

2nd Place: Wilson’s Total Fitness, 3600 Country Club Drive, Jefferson City, 573-634-3036, wilsonsfitnessjeffcity.com

 

Best Bar

1st Place: J. Pfenny’s Sports Grill & Pub, 215 E. High St., Jefferson City, 573-644-9999, facebook.com/Pfennys-Sports-Grill-Pub

2nd Place: Paddy Malone’s Irish Pub, 700 W. Main St., Jefferson City, 573-761-5900, paddymalonespub.com

 

Best Barbecue

The secret behind Bandana’s Southern-style smoked meats is its special dry rub and real wood pit smokers. Also known for an amazing variety of tasty made-from-scratch side dishes, the Jefferson City franchise, one of 30 Bandana’s restaurants in the Midwest, prides itself on quick service in a friendly, family atmosphere. 2336 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-634-7427, bandanasbbq.com

2nd Place: Lutz’s Famous BBQ, 3505 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-636-4227, lutzbbq.com

 

Best Breakfast

Everyone’s favorites are on the Mel’s Café menu, from eggs served your way to country ham and Belgium waffles. Sporting a western theme, this cozy, old- fashioned diner and new winner serves only the best fresh and homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mel’s also brings its menu to you with specialty catering services! 2421 Industrial Drive, Jefferson City, 573-893- 9115, melscountrystylecafe.com.

2nd Place: Towne Grill, 315 Jefferson St., Jefferson City, 573-636-0720, facebook.com/pages/Towne-Grill

 

Best Burger

1st Place: ECCO Lounge, 703 Jefferson St., Jefferson City, 573-636-8751, eccolounge.net

2nd Place: Paddy Malone’s Irish Pub, 700 W. Main St., Jefferson City, 573-761-5900, paddymalonespub.com

 

Best Caterer

1st Place: Argyle Catering Co., 168 Walnut St., Argyle, 573-680-1144, argylecatering.com

2nd Place:  Bandana’s Bar-B-Q, 2336 Missouri Blvd, Jefferson City,  573-634-7427, bandanasbbq.com

Best Chinese/Japanese

1st Place: Yen Ching, 2208 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-635-5225

2nd Place: Hunan, 1416 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-634-5253

 

Best Coffee

1st Place: Coffee Zone, 130 E. High St., Jefferson City, 573-761-4277, yaniscoffeezone.blogspot.com

2nd Place: Dunn Brothers, 3218 W. Edgewood Drive, Jefferson City, 573-893-5303, jeffersoncity.dunnbros.com

 

Best Desserts

1st Place: Arris’ Bistro & Liquid Lounge, 409 W. Miller St., Jefferson City, 573-634-8400, arriscafe.com

2nd Place: B.K. Bakery, 901 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-632-0064, bkbakery.com

 

Best French Fries

1st Place: McDonald’s, 918 Jefferson St., Jefferson City, 573-635-3903; 724 W. Stadium Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-634-5899; 815 Eastland Drive, Jefferson City, 573-636-9991; 3124 S. 10 Mile Drive, Jefferson City, 573-893-4921, mcmissouiri.com

2nd Place: Prison Brews, 305 Ash St., Jefferson City, 573-635-0678, PrisonBrews.com

 

Best Fried Chicken

1st Place: Steve’s Family Restaurant, 8705 State Route C, Lohman, 573-782-0102

2nd Place: Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, 1550 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-635-1603, showmelees.com

 

Best Happy Hour

1st Place: Paddy Malone’s Irish Pub, 700 W. Main St., Jefferson City, 573-761-5900, paddymalonespub.com

2nd Place: Prison Brews, 305 Ash St., Jefferson City, 573-635-0678, PrisonBrews.com

 

Best Hot Dog

1st Place: Zesto-South, 1730 Jefferson St., Jefferson City, 573-659-7117, zestodriveinsouth.com

2nd Place: Sonic Drive-In, 314 Ellis Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-761-9113; 1711 E. Elm St., Jefferson City, 573-634-8311; 201 Commerce Drive, Jefferson City, 573-634-9033, sonicdrivein.com

 

Best Place for Ice Cream

1st Place: Central Dairy, 610 Madison St., Jefferson City, 573-635-6148, centraldairy.biz

2nd Place: Cold Stone Creamery, 610 Wildwood Drive, Jefferson City, 573-636-2653

 

Best Italian

For more than 30 years, Madison’s delicious, authentic and original Italian cuisine has been delighting diners in the Jefferson City area and beyond. With a warm and inviting ambience, two private dining rooms and an outdoor patio, Madison’s provides the perfect dining experience for everything from family get-togethers to special romantic dinners. 216 Madison St., Jefferson City, 573-634-2988, madisonscafe.com.

2nd Place: Domenico’s Italian Restaurant & Lounge, 3702 W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-893-5454, domenicosjeffcity.com

 

Best Mexican

1st Place: El Jimador, 1410 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-761-1616; 2930 W. Edgewood Drive, Jefferson City, 573-638-0232; 512 Ellis Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-636-6228

2nd Place: El Espolon, 450 Rock Hill Road, Jefferson City, 573-634-6155; 915 Eastland Drive, Jefferson City, 573-659-0643, elespolonrestaurants.com

 

Best Place for Outdoor Dining

1st Place: Madison’s Café, 216 Madison St., Jefferson City, 573-634-2988, madisonscafe.com

2nd Place: Prison Brews, 305 Ash St., Jefferson City, 573-635-0678, PrisonBrews.com

 

Best Pizza

1st Place: Arris’, 117 W. High St., Jefferson City, 573-635-9225, arrispizzaonline.com

2nd Place: Pizza Haus, 1508 E. McCarty St., Jefferson City, 573-632-4287; 6324 Route B, Jefferson City, 573-635-8411

 

Best Place for a Power Lunch

1st Place: Madison’s Café, 216 Madison St., Jefferson City, 573-634-2988, madisonscafe.com

2nd Place: Arris’ Bistro & Liquid Lounge, 409 W. Miller St., Jefferson City, 573-634-8400, arriscafe.com

 

Best Restaurant

1st Place: Madison’s Café, 216 Madison St., Jefferson City, 573-634-2988, madisonscafe.com

2nd Place: Bandana’s Bar-B-Q, 2336 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City,  573-634-7427, bandanasbbq.com

 

Best Place for Romantic Dining

1st Place: Madison’s Café, 216 Madison St., Jefferson City, 573-634-2988, madisonscafe.com

2nd Place: Alexandro’s, 2125 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-634-7740, alexandrosandtg.com

 

Best Sandwich

1st Place: Sub Shop, 1902 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-659-8181, jeffersoncitysubshop.com

2nd Place: Firehouse Subs, 2103 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-635-8150, firehousesubs.com

 

Best Steak

1st Place: Longhorn Steakhouse, 3545 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-636-9100, longhornsteakhouse.com

2nd Place: Madison’s Café, 216 Madison St., Jefferson City, 573-634-2988, madisonscafe.com

 

Best Sushi

1st Place: Love Sushi, 2201 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-634-0095

2nd Place: Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, 3600 Country Club Drive, Jefferson City, 573-634-8578, fujisteakhouse.com

 

Best Seafood

1st Place: Red Lobster, 3519 Country Club Drive, Jefferson City, 573-635-6737, redlobster.com

2nd Place: Madison’s Café, 216 Madison St., Jefferson City, 573-634-2988, madisonscafe.com

 

Best Builder

1st Place: Signature Homes, P.O. Box 105738, Jefferson City, 573-659-HOME (4663), signaturehomesjc.com

2nd Place: Kent Bentlage Construction Inc., 6407 Summerhill Ridge, Jefferson City, 573-680-5270

 

Best Chiropractor

1st Place: Dr. Kevin Wheat, Wheat Chiropractic, 3216 Emerald Lane, Suite B, Jefferson City, 573-636-3555, wheatchiropractic.com

2nd Place: Dr. Jamie Showers, Showers Family & Sports Chiropractic, 915 Southwest Blvd., Suite H, Jefferson City, 573-635-2225, showerschiropractic.com

 

Best Dentist

No one celebrates going to the dentist, but patients of Dr. Randal Scott come close. With his caring and compassionate nature and excellent care, he puts patients at ease and sends them on their way with a well-cleaned smile. 701 W. High St., 573-636-7432.

2nd  Place: Dr. Nathalie Tungesvik, 994 Diamond Ridge,  No. 200, Jefferson City, 573-635-3576, drnathalie.com

 

Best Doctor

1st Place: Cindy Leahy, 1241 W. Stadium Blvd., 573-635-5264, jcmg.org

2nd Place: Dr. James Weiss, 701 W. High St., Jefferson City, 573-636-3313, jcmg.org

 

Best Esthetician

1st Place: Diana Bargate, LaSienne Salon & Day Spa, 110 Bolivar St., Jefferson City, 573-636-4699, lasienne.net

2nd Place: Meg Gamm, LaSienne Salon & Day Spa, 110 Bolivar St., Jefferson City, 573-636-4699, lasienne.net

 

Best Financial Adviser

1st Place: Frank Burkhead, Burkhead Wealth Management, 600 E. Capitol Ave., Jefferson City, 573-635-1181, burkheadllc.com

2nd Place: Wesley Weider, Wells Fargo Advisors, 3308 W. Edgewood Drive, Suite 1, Jefferson City, 573-636-7661, home.wellsfargoadvisors.com/wesley.weider

 

Best Interior Designer

1st Place: Casey Anderson, Mid-City Lumber, 118 Jaycee Drive, 573-636-6183, mclumber.com

2nd Place: Tina Davis, Scruggs Lumber, 1707 Christy Drive, Jefferson City, 573-635-6881, scruggslumber.com

 

Best Insurance Agent

1st Place: Brad Hutchison, State Farm, 3401 W. Truman Blvd., No. 200, Jefferson City, 573-634-3033, bradhutchisonsf.com

2nd Place: Chuck Houchins, Farmers Insurance, 925 S. Country Club Drive, Suite H, Jefferson City, 573-636-4438, farmersagent.com/chouchins

 

Best Lawyer

With attention to detail, strategy, strong values and the law, Chip Gentry & the team at Call and Gentry Law Group work for what’s right. His tireless commitment and sincerity in his professional and personal life make Gentry a man others respect. 3218 Emerald Lane, Suite C, 573-644-6090, callgentry.com.

2nd Place: Emily Fretwell Renn, Bandré Hunt & Snider LLC, 227 Madison St., Jefferson City, 573-635-2424, bandrehuntsnider.com

 

Best Local Artist

1st Place: Jim Dyke, 116 E. High St., Jefferson City, 573-634-7646, cottonstonegallery.com

2nd Place: Angie Green, agreenart19@gmail.com, facebook.com/pages/AGreen-Art/339285846144043

 

Best Local Band/Musician

1st Place: The Cherry Pistols, thecherrypistols.com

2nd Place: Ski Collins, Bass Player, Deeper Blue, lisaandski@gmail.com

 

Best Massage Therapist

1st Place: Meg Gamm, LaSienne Salon & Day Spa, 110 Bolivar St., Jefferson City, 573-636-4699, lasienne.net

2nd Place: Rachel Steinmeier, 630-379-4466, facebook.com//Rachel-Steinmeier

 

Best Mechanic

The only semi-negative aspect of being great at what you do is that you’re always busy, but for Rollin’s Automotive customers, Greg Rollins is worth the wait. With great service, reasonable prices and a respectful way of dealing with people, it’s no wonder Rollins is once again Jefferson City’s Best Mechanic. 2004 Idlewood Court, 573-761-5119.

2nd Place: Joshua Lehman, On Site Oil Change & Auto Repair Shop, 212 Railton Road, Jefferson City, 573-636-0010, facebook.com/onsiteoilchange

 

Best Personal Trainer

Nick Baker’s passion is to help clients be successful in their lives, and to do so, he’s developed a strong, healthy lifestyle of his own. He believes it and lives it so he can coach others to do the same. Jefferson City Area YMCA, 573-761-9000, jcymca.org.

2nd Place: Tracie Matthews, Wilson’s Total Fitness, 3600 Country Club Drive, Jefferson City, 573-634-3036, wilsonsfitnessjeffcity.com

 

Best Real Estate Agent

1st Place:  Beth McGeorge (RE/MAX), 2316 St. Mary’s Blvd., Jefferson City, 573-761-3489, bethmcgeorge.com

2nd Place: Kevin Thoenen and Audrey Houchins, Reality Executives, 925 S. Country Club Drive, Unit G, Jefferson City, 573-634-HOME (4663), gojchomes.com

 

Best Salon Stylist

1st Place: Lisa Collins, LaSienne Salon & Day Spa, 110 Bolivar St., Jefferson City, 573-636-4699, lasienne.net

2nd Place: Ashley Woods, The Loft, 3405 W. Truman Blvd., No. 100, Jefferson City, 573-634-3007, theloftjc.com

 

Best Veterinarian

Dr. Gregory Popp is once again recognized as Jefferson City’s Best Veterinarian, and it’s easy to see why. Popp understands how important family pets are to his patients. He works diligently to promote preventive care for animals. 2224 Weathered Rock Road, 573- 634-2223, weatheredrockvet.com.

2nd Place:  Dr. Stacey Beddoe, Southwest Animal Hospital,  1410 Jefferson St., Jefferson City, 573-635-5411, swahjc.com

 

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