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The 2015 Tampa Bay Yelpies

Every year since 2012, Yelp Tampa Bay has conducted a survey amongst local Yelpers, to determine their favorite local businesses of each year. For the first time in 2015, we only opened this survey to members of the Yelp Elite Squad. The Yelp Elite Squad is made up of the most active Yelpers of our community, which means that these businesses are the collective favorites of the most prolific and influential Yelpers in Tampa Bay.
As with any list of awards, there will be plenty that disagree with some of the winners (c’mon, no Golden Globes came from The Big Short?!) But we hope that you’ll have plenty of new spots to bookmark, since we’re all past those silly New Year’s Resolutions, right guys?
Without further adieu, announcing the 2015 Yelpie Award Winners:
Best of…
FOOD & CUISINE
Atmosphere – Ulele
Bakery – Dough
BBQ – 4Rivers
Bathroom – Oxford Exchange
Bread Basket – Mise En Place
Breakfast – Pinky’s
Brunch – Oystercatchers
Burger – Square One
Caribbean – Jerk Hut
Coffee House – Buddy Brew
Cuban Restaurant – La Teresita
Cuban Sandwich – Brocato’s
Cupcakes – Smallcakes
Diner – Daily Eats
Farm To Table – Boca
Food Truck – South Pacific Grill
French – Piquant
Gelato – Jeremiah’s
Greek – Acropolis
Guacamole – Besito
Hummus – Petra
Juice/Smoothies – Xtreme Juice
Ice Cream – Jeremiah’s
Indian – Curry Leaves
Irish – James Joyce
Italian – Osteria Natalina
Mac-n-Cheese – Jackson’s
Mexican – Miguel’s
Middle Eastern – Petra
Outdoor – Ulele
Pho – Saigon Deli
Pizza – Eddie & Sam’s
Pub Grub – James Joyce
Queso – Miguel’s
Ribs – Kojaks
Seafood – Rusty Bellies
South American – Happy Fish
Southern – Fred’s
Specialty Food Store – Mazzaro’s
Steakhouse – Bern’s
Sushi – Soho Sushi
Tater Tots – Anise
Teahouse – Kaleisia
Thai – Thai 5
Vegetarian – Queen of Sheba
Vietnamese – Saigon Deli
Waterfront Dining – Oystercatchers
Wings – Hattrick’s
Overall RestaurantBern’s
ENTERTAINMENT, ARTS, AND CULTURE
Art Gallery – Dali
Bowling – Pin Chasers
Crafting Studio – Potter’s House
Live Music Venue – Jannus Live
Local Band – Genghis Flan
Movie Theater – Villagio
Museum – Dali
Music Store – Microgroove
NIGHTLIFE
Atmosphere – The Canopy
Brewery – Cigar City
Cocktail Bar – Mandarin Hide
Craft Beer Bar – The Ale & The Witch
Date Night – Ciro’s
Draft Beer Selection (Non-Bar) – Mr. Dunderbak’s
Dive Bar – The Hub
Gay Bar – Enigma
Happy Hour – Bernini
Hotel Bar – The Hollander
Karaoke – Tampa Karaoke VIP
Outdoor Bar – Sail Pavilion
Sports Bar – Ferg’s
LOCAL SERVICES
Bicycle Store – Flying Fish
Doggie Daycare – Lucky Dog
Dry Cleaner – GEM Cleaners
Ethnic Grocery Store – MD Oriental Market
Health Food Store – Abby’s
Mechanic – Quality Value
Pet Store – Health Mutt
BEAUTY & EXERCISE
Barber Shop – Rigby’s
Cycling – SOHO Cycling
Hair Salon – Tribeca
Mani/Pedi – Heavenly Nails
Massage – Essentials
Yoga – Evolation
LOCAL LOVE & HOODS
City Park – Curtis Hixon
Local Festival – Gasparilla Music Festival
Local Monthly Event – Hyde Park Market
Overall Neighborhood – Seminole Heights
Photographer – Gerardo Luna
Best Restaurant of…. (neighborhood)
Carrollwood – 4Rivers
Citrus Park/Westshore – Fresh Bites
Clearwater – Frenchy’s
Downtown Tampa – Anise
Palm Harbor/Dunedin – The Black Pearl
Pinellas Park – Tasty Pho
Seminole Heights – Rooster & the Till
South Tampa – Datz
St. Pete (Downtown) – The Mill
St. Pete (Grand Central) – Urban Comfort
St. Pete (Tyrone) – Athenian Gardens
St. Pete (General) – Noble Crust
Wesley Chapel/New Tampa – Capital Tacos
Ybor – Bernini
YELPER AWARDS
Veteran Impact Award – Steve E
Unofficial Yelp Event Host – Coty S
Complimenter of the Year – Rachel M
Funniest Reviews – Stacy Z
Rookie of the Year – Jaimie T
Elite Couple of the Year – Melissa Z & Todd B
Most Welcoming Elite & The Foodiest Foodie – Boon C
Keeper of Yelp & King of the Talk Thread – Nick S
Truest Yelp Elite & 2nd Best Photographer (After Gerardo) – Anna M
Most Useful Reviews & Reviewer of the Year – Dianna B
A huge congrats to all of our winners, and thank you for making Tampa Bay the amazing place that it is!