Who's the best?

Big Orange has been awarded Best Burger in the metro for all two years of our contest's existence.

Big Orange has been awarded Best Burger in the metro for all two years of our contest's existence.
Apr 30

Sync’s Best of the Metro returns for its second year.

Here’s how this worked: Readers submitted their favorite locally owned restaurants, businesses, organizations, people, places and things. We double-checked all nominees, ensuring they were local, and then opened up the nominees to a readers’ poll.

So you wanted the best? You got the best. Here’s the Best of the Metro for 2013.


Church [tie]: The Church at Rock Creek and Fellowship Bible Church

Condo: River Market Tower

Fundraising Event: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Green Business: Heifer International

Hotel: Capital Hotel

Neighborhood: Hillcrest in Little Rock

Outdoor Event: Riverfest

Park: Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Place to Work: From Home

Tourist Trap: River Market District


Art Gallery: Starving Artist Café

Actor: Josh Lucas

Actress: Mary Steenburgen

Artist: Roll & Tumble Press

Comedian: Ralphie May

Movie Theater: Market Street Cinema

Museum: Museum of Discovery

Music Concert: Riverfest

Place for a Cheap Date: Arkansas Travelers game at Dickey-Stephens Park

Place for Live Theater: Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Public Artwork: Arkansas Arts Center


Bakery: Community Bakery

Barbecue: Whole Hog Café

Breakfast: The Root Café

Brunch: The Root Café

Buffet: Larry’s Pizza

Burger: Big Orange

Cheese Dip: Mexico Chiquito

Chef: Cash Ashley (The Root Café)

Chinese Restaurant: Fantastic China

Coffee Shop: Community Bakery

Cupcakes: Cupcakes on Kavanaugh

Deli: Jason’s Deli

Delivery: Damgoode Pies

Desserts: Community Bakery

Doughnuts: Shipley Do-Nuts (Little Rock)

Downtown Restaurant: The Root Café

Farmers Market: Little Rock Farmers Market

Food Truck: Hot Dog Mike

Frozen Yogurt: Zaza Fine Salad + Wood Oven Pizza Co.

Home Cooking/Soul Food: Your Mama’s Good Food

Hot Wings: Buffalo Wild Wings

Hottest Waitstaff: Bar Louie

Ice Cream: Zaza Fine Salad + Wood Oven Pizza Co.

Indian Restaurant: Star of India

Italian Restaurant: Café Prego

Lunch: The Root Café

Margarita: Local Lime

Mexican Restaurant: Senor Tequila

New Restaurant: Local Lime

Patio Dining: Cajun’s Wharf

Pizza: U.S. Pizza Co.

Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying: Sonny Williams

Romantic Restaurant: Ashley’s at the Capital Hotel

Salsa: Local Lime

Seafood Restaurant: Cajun’s Wharf

Service: Ashley’s at the Capital Hotel

Signature Drink: Cajun’s Wharf’s Play De Do

Steak: The Butcher Shop

Sushi: Sushi Café

Thai/Vietnamese Restaurant: Pho Thanh My

Vegetarian: The Root Café

Wine List: By the Glass


Baby Store: Pickles & Ice Cream

Children’s Clothing Store: The Toggery in the Heights

Day Care: Miss Selma’s Schools

Kids Menu: The Purple Cow

Place to Entertain Kids: Museum of Discovery

Preschool: Pulaski Academy

Private School: Pulaski Academy

Public School: eStem Public Charter Schools

Toy Store: Learning Express Toys


Bank: Arkansas Federal Credit Union

Boutique: Box Turtle

Car Wash: Best Car Wash

Consignment/Thrift Store: Plato’s Closet

Dry Cleaner: Moose Cleaners

Florist: Tipton & Hurst

Furniture Store: Cleo’s Furniture

Garden Store: The Good Earth Garden Center

Gift Store: Box Turtle

Grocery Store: Edwards Food Giant

Hardware Store: Fuller and Son Hardware Inc.

Health Food Store: Drug Emporium

Interior Design Store: Rock Paper Scissors by MC

Jewelry Store: Sissy’s Log Cabin

Landscaper: The Good Earth Garden Center

Law Firm: Rose Law Firm

Lawyer: Joel DiPippa

Liquor Store: Colonial Wines & Spirits

Local Clothing Designer [tie]: Korto Momolu and Nativ

Mechanic: Jett’s Gas & Services

Men’s Clothing Store: Dillard’s

Motorcycle Shop: Landers Harley-Davidson

Music Store: Been-Around Records & CDs

Pawn Shop: Braswell & Son

Place to Buy a Car: Landers Toyota

Real Estate Agent/Realtor: Janet Jones of The Janet Jones Company

Realty Company: Crye-Leike

Shopping District: The Promenade at Chenal

Tobacco Shop: Pipe & Tobacco Shop

Women’s Clothing Store: Dillard’s

Gun Store: Fort Thompson Sporting Goods


Blog or Vlog: Forbidden Hillcrest

Newspaper Columnist: Max Brantley, Arkansas Times

Radio Personality: Pool Boy, Alice 107.7

Radio Show: Heather and DC Morning Show, Alice 107.7

TV Anchor: Craig O’Neill, KTHV

TV Sports Anchor: Steve Sullivan, KATV

TV Station: KATV, Channel 7

TV Weather Forecaster: Ed Buckner, KTHV


Barber Shop: Jerry’s Barber Shop

Chiropractor: Dr. John Vincent (Chenal Chiropractic)

Cosmetic Surgeon: Dr. Suzanne Yee

Day Spa: Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa

Dentist: Little Rock Family Dental Care

Dermatologist: Dr. Renie Bressinck

Fitness Center: 10 Fitness

Hair Salon: Fringe Benefits Salon

Hair Stylist: Natalie Black (Fringe Benefits Salon)

Hospital: Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Manicure/Pedicure: Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa

Massage Therapist: Michael Combs (Massage Envy)

Personal Trainer: Jeff Lawrence

Physician: Dr. Stephen Tilley

Piercing Shop: 7th Street Tattoos & Piercing

Tanning Salon: Advanced SunSystems Tanning Salon

Tattoo Shop: 7th Street Tattoo & Piercing

Yoga/Pilates Studio: Barefoot Studio

Twitter Feed: @hotdog_mike


Central Arkansan: Gov. Mike Beebe

Community Activist: Herb Rule

Conservative: Mike Huckabee

Do-Gooder: North Little Rock Police Officer Tommy Norman

Liberal: Mike Beebe

Local Cause: Heifer International

Local Legislator: Joyce Elliott

Misuse of Taxpayer Funds: Sen. Jason Rapert’s 12-Week Abortion Ban

Non-profit Organization: Heifer International

Philanthropists: The Stephens Family

Troublemaker: Sen. Jason Rapert


Dog Park: Paws Park at Murray Park

Doggie Daycare: Chenal Pet Palace

Pet Groomer: The Happy Hound

Pet Store: Just Dogs! Gourmet

Place to Adopt a Pet: Humane Society of Pulaski County

Veterinarian: Dr. Lindsey Pitner (Hillcrest Animal Hospital)

Animal Hospital: Hillcrest Animal Hospital


Amateur Sports League: The Little Rock Kickball Association

Bicycle Shop: Chainwheel

Bowling Alley: Professor Bowl

Golf Course: Rebsamen Golf Course

Kickball Team: Squirrels Gone Wild

Local Athlete: Darren McFadden

Local Sports Team: Arkansas Razorbacks

Place to Bike: Arkansas River Trail

Place to Hike: Pinnacle Mountain

Sporting Goods Store: Ozark Outdoor Supply

Swimming Pool: Wild River Country


Bar: White Water Tavern

Bartender: Spencer Jansen (Capital Bar and Grill)

Cheap Buzz: The Town Pump

Dive Bar: Midtown Billiards

Gay Bar: Discovery Night Club

Late-night Bar/Restaurant Hangout: Midtown Billiards

Local Cover Band: Tragikly White

Local DJ: Sharpe Dunaway

Local Hip-Hop Artist: Epiphany

Local Rock Band: Tragikly White

Night of the Week to Go Out: Friday

Place to Dance: Discovery Night Club

Place to Karaoke: The Town Pump

Place to Listen to Live Music: The Rev Room

Place to Pick Up a Date: Cajun’s Wharf

Place to Play Pool: Midtown Billiards


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