Best Affordable

EL MATADOR RESTAURANT

720 W. University Drive

940-387-1137

www.elmatadorrestaurant.com

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

Always using the best ingredients and preparing from scratch as well as providing friendly, personal service.

How does your experience serve your customers?

We have been open for 32 years and voted several years as No. 1 Mexican restaurant in Denton.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

Real Mexican food, best fajitas and margaritas in town.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

Family ambiance, great service and best food.

What is your business management philosophy?

Best service, best food at the best price.

Runner-up: Cartwright’s Ranch House

Honorable Mention: OldWest Cafe

Best Asian

MR. CHOPSTICKS

1633 Scripture St.

940-382-5437 or 940-566-5671

www.mrchopsticks.com

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

Fresh cooking and ingredients.

How does your experience serve your customers?

With 33 years in this same restaurant, I understand what things my customers are looking for and how important they are. Most of them know that I care.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

We have a lot of dishes that no one else has.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

It has been in business a long time and keeps improving.

What is your business management philosophy?

Treat your customers and employees the way you want to be treated.

Runner-up: Blue Ginger

Honorable Mention: Komodo Loco

Best Kept Secret Restaurant

BOCA 31

207 S. Bell Ave.

940-514-1444

www.boca31.com

www.facebook.com/Boca31.Denton

What does your business specialize in?

Latin street food.

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product of service?

Consistency with our products and recipes, and always using fresh products.

How does your experience serve your customers?

Working in five-star hotels and restaurants has helped me train my team in being empathetic with our customers and make sure we provide quality service.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

Our food, service and atmosphere.

What is your business management philosophy?

Be passionate about what you do and always focus on trying your best.

Runner-up: Seven Mile Cafe

Honorable Mentions: Cartwright’s Cafe; Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant

Best Barbecue

JUICY PIG BARBECUE

708 N. Locust St.

940-387-0708

www.juicypigdenton.com

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

We start our smokers up every morning around 3 a.m. getting the meat started for the following day. We keep our smokers low and we know that everything we do takes time to prepare the right way.

How does your experience serve your customers?

We know barbecue. We know our smokers (Pancho and Lefty), and we treat everyone who comes in the door like they are enjoying a barbecue at our own home. It took some trial and error in the beginning, but we enjoy learning more and more every day.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

We don’t have a traditional kitchen. There is no microwave and no stove. We are small, but we have catered events for up to 400 people. We also have a welcoming environment for the family to come out and dine on our patio where they can enjoy our massive mural.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

We are a traditional Texas-style barbecue, and you don’t find that everywhere anymore.

What is your business management philosophy?

We try to keep it simple. We try to only serve a product that we can be proud of.

Runner-up: Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q

Honorable Mention: Metzler’s BBQ

Best Breakfast

OLDWEST CAFE

Runner-up: Seven Mile Cafe

Honorable Mention: Loco Cafe

Best Buffet

CHINATOWN CAFE

2317 W. University Drive, Suite A1

940-382-8797

www.chinatowncafedenton.com

How does your experience serve your customers?

It enables us to meet our customers’ ultimate satisfaction.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

Better quality and better flavor.

Runner-up: Double Dave’s Pizzaworks

Honorable Mention: Buffet King

Best Business Lunch

BARLEY & BOARD

100 W. Oak St.

940-566-3900

www.barleyandboard.com

www.facebook.com/BarleyAndBoard

www.twitter.com/barleyandboard

What does your business specialize in?

We are a brewpub that proudly serves lunch and dinner, with an added brunch on the weekends.

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

We strive to make each and every experience for our guests memorable. It’s what drives Barley & Board and helps create lasting memories for everyone!

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

Our brew lab is pretty special. It serves as the “kitchen” for our in-house brewer as well as the members of the Home Brewers League — a program where Barley & Board works with a local homebrewer to create a limited-edition beer that highlights his/her unique style and personality.

Every month, Barley & Board hosts a party where it unveils a special beer developed by the guest brewer — there are door prizes, a chance to speak with the homebrewer about the special brew and some fun surprises in store for the night! Plus, everyone who buys this limited-edition beer will get a free branded pint glass that commemorates the brew.

Runner-up: Greenhouse Restaurant & Bar

Honorable Mention: Hannah’s Off the Square

Best Candy Store

ATOMIC CANDY

105 W. Hickory St.

940-383-3780

www.atomic-candy.com

What does your business specialize in?

Packaged and bulk candy, and a large selection of sodas.

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

We select only the best vendors and items from all over the U.S. and overseas, with constant research and taking care of customer requests.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

Large selection in a small space. Bulk candy bins allow customers to choose exactly the amount they want. Plus, unique specialty gift items and toys.

Runner-up: Candy Haven

Honorable Mention: Du Pop In Popcorn & Candy Co.

Best Catering

METZLER’S FOOD AND BEVERAGE

628 Londonderry Lane; 940-591-1652

1115 E. University Drive; 940-383-3663

www.metzlersfoodandbeveragetx.com

What does your business specialize in?

Barbecue, German food and made-to-order burgers.

How does your experience serve your customers?

We have a hands-on owner and take pride in our service. We have operated food and beverage stores in Denton for 32 years.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

We have a large selection of specialty foods, beer and wine, plus a full-service dining room.

Runner-up: Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q

Honorable Mention: Extreme Cuisine

Best Cookie/Cupcake/Cake Shop

RAVELIN BAKERY

416 S. Elm St.

940-382-8561

www.facebook.com/RavelinBakery

What does your business specialize in?

Breads, breakfast pastries and desserts.

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

We make everything 100% from scratch and bake it fresh each day.

How does your experience serve your customers?

We continue to grow in consistency and variety the longer we are open.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

Quality and freshness of product.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

We are family-run and operated.

What is your business management philosophy?

Treat our employees like family and serve our community to glorify God.

Runner-up: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Honorable Mention: Candy Haven

Best Deli/Sub/Sandwich Shop

NEW YORK SUB HUB

906 Ave. C

940-383-3213

www.newyorksubhub.com

www.facebook.com/newyorksubhub

www.twitter.com/NewYorkSubHub

What does your business specialize in?

We specialize in East Coast-style sandwiches.

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

We provide fresh sliced-to-order sandwiches and salads to make sure our customers receive top quality food.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

We are a local family business entering our 40th year of business. Our high-quality subs at low prices paired with a clean, friendly atmosphere makes for a great dining experience.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

New York Sub Hub has been around for over 40 years and is a second-generation family-owned and operated business. We strive to present a clean, affordable and enjoyable dining experience for each and every person who walk through our front doors.

What is your business management philosophy?

At New York Sub Hub, we try and get to know all of our customers on a more personal level — asking our customers more than just their order, such as their plans for the weekend or how their families are doing. This has helped us to develop lasting friendships outside our restaurant.

Runner-up: New York Sub-Way

Honorable Mention: McAlister’s Deli

Best Coffeehouse

ZERA COFFEE CO.

420 E. McKinney St.

940-239-8002

www.zeracoffee.com

www.facebook.com/zeracoffee

What does your business specialize in?

We specialize in stories. Our coffee is great, but what sets us apart is our volunteer staff. Come meet any of them, and I’m pretty sure you’ll return. I get to work with and for other men who have been freed from lives of addiction, and the result is captivating. These guys come from some of the wildest backgrounds, and yet when you meet them you’re likely to be left with feelings of joy and peace. Changed lives, changing our community.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

The fact that we’re the only 501(c)(3), volunteer-run, nonprofit coffee shop in the area makes us plenty unique in and of itself. One of our biggest draws is our sprawling interior. We have lots of room for studying or group meets, and even when the shop is packed it still has a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere.

By the time this publishes we’ll also be serving our own freshly baked cookies in our new convection oven. Come try one!

What is your business management philosophy?

We believe in servant leadership, not dictatorial leadership. If it worked for Jesus ...

Runner-up: West Oak Coffee Bar

Honorable Mention: Seven Mile Cafe

Best Eats & Drinks on the Denton Square

LSA BURGER CO.

113 W. Hickory St.

940-383-1022

www.lsaburger.com

www.facebook.com/LSABurgerCo

www.twitter.com/LSABurger

What does your business specialize in?

LSA Burger Co. is the first gourmet burger joint in Texas to honor our state’s musical legends and trailblazers — people that put the ’tude in attitude.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

We are a triple-decker, open-air, rooftop bar-patio that celebrates everything from the setting of the sun to great friends and live music.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

We love to showcase the visual arts community! So much so that we have created an annual Mural Art Project. In mid-April, we kicked off the fourth annual Mural Art Project on the rooftop, celebrating the work of the artists with live music, food and fun.

Set up as a joint initiative between LSA and the Greater Denton Arts Council, the LSA Mural Art Project showcases the creative abilities of six area artists and promotes the benefit of visual arts in the community. LSA guests can see each artist bring their vision to the second floor art space at LSA.

Runner-up: Barley & Board

Honorable Mention: Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream & Soda Fountain

Best Fine Dining

BARLEY & BOARD

Runner-up: Hannah’s Off the Square

Honorable Mention: Queenie’s Steakhouse

Best Donut Shop

HYPNOTIC DONUTS & BISCUITS

Runner-up: Denton Donuts

Honorable Mention: Back Dough at Queenie’s Steakhouse

Best Food Truck

THE PICKLED CARROT

Austin St. Truck Stop, 208 N. Austin St.

Harvest House, 331 E. Hickory St.

214-597-0717

www.facebook.com/thepickledcarrot

What does our business specialize in?

Vietnamese cuisine and fusion.

What steps do you take ensure a quality product or service?

Creating a great team of individuals who share the same passion and goals. We purchase ingredients multiple times during the week to ensure the freshest quality.

How does your experience serve your customers?

I’ve been able to create very unique dishes that will excite all taste buds and put smiles on people’s faces after the first bite.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

We serve Vietnamese food that is uncommon in Denton.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

We are mobile and serve a cuisine that isn’t as mainstream as other Asian cuisines.

What is your business management philosophy?

Employees are the greatest assets to any business. Treat them well and empower them. They will guide your business in the right direction.

Runner-up: The Dumpling Bros.

Honorable Mention: El Taco Taxi

Best Frozen Treat

BETH MARIE’S OLD FASHIONED ICE CREAM & SODA FOUNTAIN

177 W. Hickory St.; 2900 Wind River Lane #148

940-384-1818

www.bethmaries.com

www.facebook.com/beth.maries.ic

What does your business specialize in?

Premium homemade ice cream.

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

Using the highest quality ingredients in a very clean environment by dedicated personnel.

How does your experience serve your customers?

Provides safe, delicious ice cream servings in a clean and fun atmosphere.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

The wide variety of premium ice cream enjoyed in an old-fashioned-style ice cream soda fountain.

What is your business management philosophy?

Provide a fun and unique experience while enjoying a wide and unique selection of premium ice cream. Make sure every customer seems special.

Runner-up: Mr. Frosty

Honorable Mention: Gnome Cones

Best Hamburger

LSA BURGER CO.

Runner-up: Denton County Independent Hamburger

Honorable Mention: RG Burgers & Grill

Best Homestyle

BABE’S CHICKEN DINNER HOUSE

Runner-up: Cartwright’s Ranch House

Honorable Mention: Rooster’s Roadhouse

Best Italian

GUISEPPE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Runner-up: Luigi’s Italian Restaurant

Honorable Mention: Don Camillo Italian Cuisine

Best Meat Counter

DAN’S MEAT AND PRODUCE

2736 N. Elm St.

940-387-1279

www.dansmeatandproduce.com

What does your business specialize in?

Custom-cut meats and produce.

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

Attention to the customers’ needs and giving them what they want, when they want it.

How does your experience serve your customers?

Attention to detail. Working with the public in our other business has made us, as a team, more attentive to our customers’ details when ordering.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

We are your personal meat cutter — if you don’t see it or if what’s in the case doesn’t meet your needs, we will cut it for you as you wait.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

Our one-on-one customer service.

What is your business management philosophy?

Put the customer first, because that person standing in front of you is the most important person in the room.

Runner-up: La Azteca Meat Market (518 Acme St.)

Honorable Mention: Sprouts Farmers Market

Best Mexican/ Tex-Mex

EL MATADOR RESTAURANT

Runner-up: Mazatlan Restaurant

Honorable Mention: Milpa Kitchen & Cantina

Best Most Romantic Restaurant

HANNAH’S OFF THE SQUARE

Runner-up: Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant

Honorable Mention: Queenie’s Steakhouse

Best New Restaurant Opened in 2018

TORCHY’S TACOS

Runner-up: Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

Honorable Mention: Ten:One Artisan Cheese

Best Pizza

MELLOW MUSHROOM

217 E. Hickory St.

940-323-1100

www.mellowmushroom.com

What does your business specialize in?

Pizza, craft beer and cocktails.

How does your experience serve your customers?

It is our passion to make your day every time you walk through our doors. A feast for all of your senses.

What is your business management philosophy?

Hire the best team in town and empower them to make a difference.

Runner-up: J&J’s Pizza

Honorable Mention: Pizza Snob

Best Seafood

HOOCHIE’S

214 E. Hickory St.

940-808-0315

www.hoochiesdenton.com

What does your business specialize in?

Seafood and service.

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

Organization and experience.

What differentiates your business in the marketplace?

Quality of product and service.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

Atmosphere.

What is your business management philosophy?

Stay ahead of the competition.

Runner-up: Frilly’s Seafood Bayou Kitchen

Honorable Mention: Red Lobster

Best Smoothies & Juice

JUICE LAB

508 S. Elm St., Suite 104

940-218-6461

www.juicelabdentontx.com

What does your business specialize in?

Organic juices, smoothies and locally sourced ingredients used in our farm-to-table offerings.

How does your experience serve your customers?

I have a degree in molecular biology that I used in an unconventional setting to educate the community about what the nutrients in their food do for them on a daily basis and why it’s important that all nutritional needs are met.

What makes your business unique in the marketplace?

We offer familiar foods like burgers, nachos and grilled cheeses, but with a healthy twist to show people that healthy can be delicious.

Runner-up: Smoothie King

Honorable Mention: Harvest House

Best Veggie Fare/Health Food

SPIRAL DINER & BAKERY

608 E. Hickory St., Suite 100

940-514-0101

www.spiraldiner.com

www.facebook.com/SpiralDiner

www.twitter.com/SpiralDiner

What does your business specialize in?

Vegan comfort food.

What steps do you take to ensure a quality product or service?

Our diner serves delicious, made-from-scratch comfort food. Everything is plant-based — no meat, dairy, eggs or other animal products. Everything from our loaded Nachos Supremo and our Bacon Ranch Cheeseburger, to our fresh-baked cakes, pies and homemade ice cream. Our staff is friendly and helpful. Our mini grocery store is convenient. And our classic diner atmosphere completes the experience.

Runner-up: Mr. Chopsticks

Honorable Mention: Seven Mile Cafe

Best Wings

WINGSTOP

Runner-up: Buffalo Wild Wings

Honorable Mention: BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar

Best Steak

TEXAS ROADHOUSE

Runner-up: Queenie’s Steakhouse

Honorable Mention: Outback Steakhouse

Best Sushi

I LOVE SUSHI

Runner-up: Keiichi

Honorable Mention: Blue Ginger

Best Taco

TORCHY’S TACOS

Runner-up: Rusty Taco

Honorable Mention: Boca 31

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