2024 Cary Magazine Winners

2024 Cary Magazine Winners


Best New Restaurant
Best Food Truck
Buoy Bowls
Best Appetizers
Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits
Best Cocktails
Best Bakery
La Farm Bakery
Best Dessert
Asali Desserts and Café
Best Barbecue
City Barbeque
Best Breakfast
Best Burger
Abbey Road Tavern & Grill
Best Date-Night Restaurant
TIE: Hank’s Downtown Dive & Rey’s Restaurant
Best Caterer
Catering Works
Best Coffee House
Esteamed Coffee
Best Seafood
Full Moon Oyster Bar
Best Steakhouse
Rey’s Restaurant
Best Pizzeria
Di Fara Pizza Tavern
Most Kid-Friendly Restaurant
Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits
Best Mediterranean Restaurant
Best Italian Restaurant
Lugano Ristorante
Best Indian Restaurant
Cilantro Indian Café
Best Mexican/Latin American Restaurant
A’verde Cocina + Tequila Library
Best for Specialty Diets
Vegan Community Kitchen
Best Healthy Dining Options
Best Sports Bar
Woody’s Sports Tavern & Grill
Best Neighborhood Bar
Bottle Theory
Best Outdoor Dining
Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits
Best Brewery
Bond Brothers Beer Company


Best Public School
Dillard Drive Magnet Middle School
Best Private School
GRACE Christian School
Best Active Adult Community
Best Nonprofit
Dorcas Ministries
Best Preschool
Oak Village Academy
Best Interior Design Firm
Lauren Burns Interiors
Best Music Venue
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Best Local Event or Festival
Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival
Best Local Music Group or Artist
Stray Volts
Best Coworking Space
Blush Cowork
Best Elementary School Principal
Steve Pond, Peak Charter Academy
Best Middle School Principal
Margaret Feldman, Dillard Drive Middle School
Best Highschool Principal
Karen Summers, Green Level High School
Best High School Coach
DeShannon Morris, GRACE Christian School
Best Place for Outdoor Recreation
Fred G. Bond Metro Park
Best Place for a Friends’ Night Out
Bottle Theory
Best Fitness Program
Elite Core Studios
Best Yoga/Pilates Studio
Elite Core Studios
Best Kids' Program
Cary Dance Productions
Best Track-Out or Summer Camp
Starpath Dance Academy
Best Local TV Personality
Debra Morgan, WRAL
Best Local Radio Personality
Erica DeLong
Best Hotel or Resort
The Umstead Hotel & Spa
Best Social Media Account
Best Local Podcast
Hairapy with Wendy Vaughan


Best Auto Mechanic Shop
Frantz Automotive
Best Financial Institution
First Bank
Best Financial Advisor
Ethan Carr, Legacy Wealth Strategies
Best Mortgage Officer
Mark Wooten, First Home Mortgage
Best Insurance Agent
Teri LaRocca, State Farm
Best New Neighborhood
Best Real Estate Agent
Linda Trevor, Linda Trevor & Co.
Best Doctor
Dr. Neelu Agarwal, Cary Medical Clinic
Best Eye Doctor
Dr. Kenneth Rousselo, Preston Optometry Center
Best Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Brian Coan, CARE Plastic Surgery
Best Chiropractor
Dr. Brad (B.J.) Creehan, SpineCare Chiropractic Center
Best Mental Health Professional
Laura Ashford, Laura T Ashford, LCSW, PLLC
Best Dentist
Dr. Bobbi Stanley, Stanley Dentistry
Best Orthodontist
Dr. Kelly Ritter, Ritter & Brogden Orthodontics
Best Attorney
Jackie Bedard, Carolina Family Estate Planning
Best Hair Salon
Twisted Scizzors
Best Spa
Spa By Jing
Best Med Spa
skinCARE MedSpa
Best Pet Services
Town & Country Veterinary Hospital
Best Custom Home Builder/Home Renovation Specialist
Poythress Homes
Best Home Cleaning Service
Dust & Mop


Best New Business (Non-Restaurant)
Lune Spark Center for Creativity
Best New Clothing
The Gatorbug
Best Resale Shopping
Dorcas Thrift Shop
Best Florist Shop
Preston Flowers
Best Home Furnishings and Décor
Petersons’ Consigning Design
Best Garden Center
Garden Supply Company
Best Gift Store
Best Jewelry Store
Bailey’s Fine Jewelry
Best Shopping District
Best Specialty Foods Store
The Butcher’s Market
Best Wine Shop
The Wine Merchant
Best Bottle Shop
Bottle Theory