Among the awards given out were best Cuban restaurant, best breakfast spot, best spa, best burger and much more.

Editor’s note: This story originally published in Feb. 2019.


By Julio Poletti


The winners of The Palm Beach Post's 2019 Best of Palm Beach County awards have been announced.


It was an Oscars kind-of-night at the awards ceremony at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach. The red carpet was dripping in sparkling jewelry, gowns and tuxedos worn by more than 400 attendees. Guests were welcomed by staff from The Palm Beach Post at the step-and-repeat wall and later greeted by gymnast Lindsay Lederer as she spun on a freestanding lollipop lyra.


The guests enjoyed a cocktail hour outside of the grand ballroom followed by a three-course dinner.


"Tonight means a lot to us," said Rafael Perez, owner of Havana Restaurant. Perez arrived with more than a dozen guests, including his immediate family and his restaurant managers, 24-hour window-servers, bartenders and other employees. "It has been 25 years of a lot of hard work," Perez said.


Havana Restaurant in West Palm Beach was nominated for best Cuban restaurant and best Cuban sandwich.


Perez and his crew were among the invited guests at the awards ceremony. Hundreds more of Palm Beach County businesses were nominated by the community through online voting from Dec. 1 to Feb. 4. There were 13 main categories and 139 sub-categories. A lengthy list for Miss Florida and Jupiter native Taylor Tyson, who took the stage to emcee the gala around 8 p.m., after a brief welcome speech by Palm Beach Post Publisher Timothy D. Burke.


"I think this is great in the community, it gives people respect and recognition," said John Giragos, the owner of John G’s restaurant who arrived at the gala with his two sons Connor and Andrew Giragos. "I feel great, very excited. I’m honored."


John G's in Manalapan was nominated for best breakfast.


The Best of Palm Beach County was a sold out community choice awards event. Each of the winning businesses received a plaque.


Here are the winners:


Beauty & Health


Allergist: Dr. Neil H. Gershman, Asthma and Allergy Associates of Florida PA


Audiologist: Dana Luzon Coveney, Audiology & Hearing Aids of the Palm Beaches


Barber Shop: Junior's Barber Shop


Best Spa/Medical Spa: Hass Plastic Surgery & MediSpa


Chiropractor: Dr. Alex Keith, Advanced Wellness Center, Inc.


Cosmetic or Plastic Surgeons: Hass Plastic Surgery & MediSpa


Dentist: Andrew Rudnick, Rudnick Dentistry


Dermatologist: Dr. Daniel Sokoloff, Palm Beach Dermatology


Family Physician: Dr. Anita M Wilborn


Hair Salon: Edmund James Salon


Hearing Aid Center: Dana Luzon Coveney, Audiology & Hearing Aids of the Palm Beaches


Hospital: Jupiter Medical Center


OB/GYN: Dr. Amy N. Banooni, OB/GYN Specialists of the Palm Beaches, P.A.


Ophthalmologist: Dr. David Mittleman, Mittleman Eye


Optometrist: Dr. Elon Luzon, Mittleman Eye


Orthodontist: Dr. Angela deFabrique-Abiusi, Palm Beach Orthodontics


Pediatrician: Dr. Lynda Bideau, Children's Physicians


Place to Have a Baby: Jupiter Medical Center, Florence A. DeGeorge Obstetrics Unit


Weight Loss Center: Weight Watchers


Clothing


Local Men's Clothing: Nomad Surf Shop


Local Shoe Store: Palm Beach Sandals


Local Women's Clothing: C. Orrico


Dining


All-Around Restaurant: Duffy's Sports Grill


Bakery: Publix


BBQ: Park Avenue BBQ Grille


Breakfast: John G's Restaurant


Brunch: The Breakers Palm Beach


Buffet: Sweet Tomatoes


Burger: Duffy's Sports Grill


Business Lunch: Duffy's Sports Grill


Caterer: C. R. Chicks


Chicken Wings: Duffy's Sports Grill


Chinese Restaurant: Uncle Joe's Chinese


Cuban Restaurant: Havana Restaurant


Cuban Sandwich: Havana Restaurant


Dessert: TooJay's Deli Bakery Restaurant


Diner: Howley's Restaurant


Dinner Under $10: Duffy's Sports Grill


Doughnuts: Jupiter Donuts


Early Bird Dinner: Duffy's Sports Grill


Fine Dining: Okeechobee Steakhouse


Food Truck: Tacos Al Carbon


Fried Chicken: Publix Super Markets


Greek Food: Chris' Taverna


Indian Food: Taste of India


Italian Food: Carmines La Trattoria


Japanese Food: Saito's Japanese Steakhouse


Local Coffee Shop: Subculture Coffee


Mexican Food: Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar


Outdoor Dining: Waterway Cafe


Pizza: Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza


Sandwich Shop: TooJay's Deli Bakery Restaurant


Seafood: Little Moir's Food Shack


Steakhouse: Okeechobee Steakhouse


Sushi: Sushi Jo


Thai Food: Thai Lotus Restaurant


Entertainment & Leisure


Art Gallery: Norton Museum of Art


Boat Clubs: Palm Beach Yacht Club


Bowling: Greenacres Bowl


Casino: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino


Concert Venue: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts


Dance Studio: Fred Astaire - West Palm Beach


Live Theater: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts


Place to Go Dancing: Cucina Cabana


Place to have a birthday party: Loggerhead Marinelife Center


Home, Home Services & Finance


Accountant: Lou J. Fuoco, CPA, CEPA, The Fuoco Group


Assisted Living Facility: La Posada


Bank: Chase Bank


Credit Union: Gold Coast Federal Credit Union


Home Builder: GL Homes


Home Contractor/ Repair/ Remodeling: Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions


Home Security: ADT


Insurance Agent: Sarah McLendon Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.


Investment Firm: Fidelity


Law Firm: The Karp Law Firm, P.A.


Mortgage Lender: Wells Fargo


Nursing Home: MorseLife Health Systems


Real Estate Agent: Holly Meyer Lucas - Meyer Lucas Real Estate, Design, Renovation


Real Estate Company: Illustrated Properties


Retirement Community: La Posada


Kids & Education


Day Care: Imagination Station Early Learning Center


Karate School: Allstar Martial Arts Academy


Local College: FAU, Florida Atlantic University


Pre-school: Advent School Boca


Private School: Saint Andrew's School


Public School: A. W. Dreyfoos School Of Arts


People & Places


Green Business or Organization: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League


Hotel: The Breakers Palm Beach


Local Tourist Attraction: Lion Country Safari


Museum: Flagler Museum


Place to Work: Mittleman Eye


Place to Worship: Christ Fellowship Church


Wedding Venue: The Breakers Palm Beach


Services


Car Wash: Motor City Car Wash


Carpet Cleaning: Stanley Steemer


Divorce Attorney: Joel M. Weissman, P.A.


Dry Cleaner: Westside Cleaners


Employment Agency: PrideStaff


Funeral Home: Eternal Light Memorial Gardens


Heating & A/C Service: Aztil Air Conditioning


Non Profit: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League


Pest Control: Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions


Pet Boarding: Very Important Paws


Photographer: Dangerwing Photography


Plumber: Buckeye Plumbing, Inc.


Siding/Windows/Roofing: Elite Roofing


Tattoo Parlor: Aces High Tattoo Shop


Veterinarian: Furry Friends


Shopping


Antique/Consignment Store: True Treasures Consigned Furniture & Home Decor


Boutique: Prep Obsessed


Coins & Collectibles: True Treasures Consigned Furniture & Home Decor


Floor Covering Store: Floor & Decor


Florist: Flower Kingdom


Furniture: Baer's


Garden Center: Rorabeck's Plants and Produce


Grocery: Publix Super Markets


Lawn Equipment: John Deere, Everglades Equipment Group


Local Hardware Store: Rocky's Ace Hardware-Wellington


Local Jewelry Store: Provident Jewelry


Local Mattress Store: City Mattress


Spirits


Craft Beer: Due South Brewing Co.


Happy Hour: Duffy's Sports Grill


Place to Buy Liquor: Total Wine and More


Place to Buy Wine: Total Wine and More


Sports Bar: Duffy's Sports Grill


Sports


Country Club: The Club at Ibis


Fitness Center/Gym: Loggerhead Fitness


Golf Course: PGA National Resort and Spa


Yoga Studio: Palm Beach Yoga Shala


Vehicles Dealers and Services


Auto Dealer Service Department: Earl Stewart Toyota


Auto Repair- Independent: Altman Automotive


Boat / Marine Dealer: Tuppen's Marine & Tackle


New Car Dealer: Earl Stewart Toyota


Oil Change: Jiffy Lube


RV Dealer: La Mesa RV


Tire Center: Costco


Used Car Dealer: Off Lease Only


People & Places


Person of the Year: Ryan Daniello - The Detail Dude


Top Employers


Best Boss: Hugh Glatts - Mittleman Eye Center