Readers' Choice

2019 People’s Choice

From the best area restaurants to favorite retailers and auto dealerships, the 2019 People’s Choice highlights what Tri-Citians love most about our vibrant, diverse and ever-growing communities.

Arts & Entertainment

2019 Best Annual Community Event: Tri-City Water Follies

Off the shores of the Columbia River between Kennewick and Pasco, the Tri-Cities Water Follies will be taking place for its 54th year this summer.

Arts & Entertainment

2019 Best Casino: Crazy Moose Casino

Crazy Moose Casino in Pasco has a little something for everyone. They feature Las Vegas-style gaming, including all your favorite games like Blackjack and high card flush, a great sports-viewing package, and fantastic food.

Arts & Entertainment

2019 Best Golf Course: Canyon Lakes Golf Course

The champion is still Canyon Lakes Course, which has won this category all seven years.

Arts & Entertainment

2019 Best Movie Theater: Fairchild Cinemas

Fairchild Cinemas is the premier movie theater in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas. Featuring premium large format screens and Dolby Atmos sound, it puts you right in the action with a premium sound experience and the sound moves around you in three dimensions.

Arts & Entertainment

2019 Best Nightlife Venue: Joker’s Comedy Club

As far as nightclubs go, many pop up and are just as soon gone. But Joker’s Comedy Club in Richland has stuck around for about 12 years, said owner Max Faulkner. The club space used to be a casino, but when that closed down, Joker’s eventually started promoting musical acts.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Asian Cuisine Restaurant: Bangkok Thai

Bangkok Thai has faithfully served the Tri-Cities a variety of delicious Thai dishes for 13 years.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Bakery: Viera’s Bakery

Viera’s Bakery is a longstanding local favorite in the Tri-Cities. Owners Manuel and Esther Viera, have over 40 years experience making sweet breads.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Barbecue: Porter’s Real Barbecue

For the second year in a row, Porter’s Real Barbecue has been voted the best barbecue in the Tri-Cities.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Breakfast: Just Joel’s Cafe

Just Joel’s Café, known for its homemade eggs benedict, breakfast burrito and its many different varieties of homemade pies, has won the award for “Best Breakfast” for the second year in a row.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Catering: CG Public House

CG Public House celebrated its 40th anniversary in January. One of the changes to CG Public House is cutting back on plastic bottles. They now have canned water. This “green” change should reduce water bottle plastic waste by 24,000 bottles per year.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Cocktails: Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar

If you’re looking to unwind at the end of a strenuous and productive workday and you need the perfect cocktail to get the job done, look no further than our reader’s top choice for Best Cocktails, Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar!

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Coffee: Roasters Coffee

In early 2009 Roasters Coffee opened their first location in the parking lot of the Red Lion in Pasco. Owners Wes and Shannon Heyden maxed out their credit cards and set goals to be a community driven company that the Tri-Cities could call their own.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Family Style Restaurant: Sterling’s Restaurant

For the second straight year, Sterling’s Restaurant was voted “Best Family-Style Restaurant” in the Tri-Cities.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Fine Dining Restaurant: Anthony’s at Columbia Point

Anthony’s offers Tri-Citians the best in fine dining with its elegant and comfortable atmosphere.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Food Truck: El Fat Cat Grill

With a love for the spiciness of Asian curries and Mexican American heritage, Felix Sanchez and his wife Jenny started El Fat Cat Grill.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt: Yogurt Beach

With bright recumbent lawn chairs and colorful décor all around, Yogurt Beach is our People’s Choice Award for Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt shop in town.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Italian Cuisine: Carmine’s Italian Restaurant

Carmine Aitoro and his wife Joyce never intended to live in the Tri-Cities.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Mexican Restaurant: Fiesta Mexican Restaurant & Catering

Fiesta Mexican Restaurant was born out of Isidro Ortiz’s desire to help his mother, Teresa Ortiz, reach her dreams.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Microbrewery or Distillery: Ice Harbor Brewing Company

Ice Harbor Brewing Co., co-owned by Mike Hall and Bill Jaquish, has been serving beer and an array of food options to Tri-Citians for 22 years.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Outdoor Dining: LU LU Craft Bar + Kitchen

LU LU Craft Bar + Kitchen was voted “Best Outdoor Dining” for the 2019 Tri-City Herald’s People’s Choice Awards.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Pizza: Brick House Pizza

For two decades, family-owned Brick House Pizza has outperformed the ever-increasing number of chain pizzerias in the Tri-Cities area.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Sandwich Shop: Graze

“What’s your favorite meal at Graze?”

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Seafood Restaurant: Anthony’s at Columbia Point

Anthony’s is part of a family of seafood restaurants in the Pacific Northwest with origins dating back to 1969.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Sports Bar: Uncle Sam’s Saloon

With over 60 beers on tap and 54 televisions that you can see from any seat in the house, Uncle Sam’s Saloon is back for a third time as the People’s Choice Award winner for Best Sports Bar.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Steakhouse: Texas Roadhouse

A slogan like “Legendary Food, Legendary Service” could be hard to live up to – unless you’re talking Texas Roadhouse.

Eating & Drinking

2019 Best Winery/Wine Tasting Room: Tagaris Winery and Taverna Tagaris

Tagaris Winery and Taverna Tagaris isn’t just a wine bar — it’s a “full-scale dining experience,” said Sandra Girnus, the space’s event coordinator.

Local Favorites

2019 Best Company to Work For: Family First Dental

Established in 2001, Family First Dental has created a workplace environment that has allowed the staff to thrive.

Local Favorites

2019 Best Local Radio Personality: Adam and Jen in the Morning

After a couple of seasons in the running, Adam Lamberd and Jennifer Little of “Adam and Jen in the Morning” on 94.9 The Wolf country radio are ecstatic to be named the No. 1 radio personalities in the Tri-Cities.

Local Favorites

2019 Best Local Sports Team: Tri-City Americans

If there’s one thing that Tri-Citians love more than our 270 days of sunshine per year, it’s sports!

Local Favorites

2019 Best Real Estate Agent: Burt Lovejoy - Edge Real Estate

“Don’t be surprised if I show up on my motorcycle for appointments,” says Burt Lovejoy.

Local Favorites

2019 Best Real Estate Company: Retter & Company Sotheby’s International Realty

Retter & Company Sotheby’s International Realty is a locally owned, full-service real estate office.

Local Favorites

2019 Best Sportscaster: Alan Hoshida

For the past three years, since moving from his home state of California, Alan Hoshida has been the voice of KEPR TV’s sports center, providing the latest highlights and stories for more than 40 local teams.

Local Favorites

2019 Best TV News Anchor: Tracci Dial

Winning the People’s Choice Awards for Best TV News Anchor has to be quite the honor, and Traci Dial accepts the accolade with grace and humility. Dial knew that she was going to be a news anchor at a very early age.

Local Favorites

2019 Best Weathercaster: Mike McCabe

Mike McCabe has been living his dream job for the past 24 years.

Local Favorites

2019 Best Wedding/Event Venue: Canyon Lakes Golf Course

After finishing second in 2018, Canyon Lakes Golf Course is back on top as the Tri-Cities’ Best Wedding/Event Venue.

Services

2019 Best Home Appliance Store: Fred’s Appliance

Fred’s Appliance in Kennewick has “a little something for everybody” looking to upgrade a kitchen, replace a laundry set or outfit a home, said store manager Brett Steinauer.

Services

2019 Best Auto Service Center: Roy’s Garage

Jason Roy has owned and operated Roy’s Garage for 5 years, and in 2019, it was voted “Best Auto Service Center” in the Tri-Cities.

Services

2019 Best Chiropractor: Justice Family Chiropractic

Because of its excellent customer experience, Justice Family Chiropractic has been voted to receive the 2019 Tri-City Herald’s People’s Choice Award for “Best Chiropractor.”

Services

2019 Best Contractor: Lodestar Construction Services, Inc.

First working in Western Washington for other contracting businesses, Jason Lundy decided to move back to Eastern Washington for his family.

Services

2019 Best Credit Union: Gesa Credit Union

Gesa Credit Union is a seven-time winner in the Best Credit Union category. It also placed in the sought-after “Best Company to Work For” category for the third year in a row.

Services

2019 Best Dental Office: Family First Dental

With a combined 100 years of dental experience, Family First Dental’s staff has created an atmosphere that makes their customers feel at home and believe they are being treated by a staff that cares.

Services

2019 Best Dentist: Dr. Michael Pratt

Six years ago, Dr. Michael Pratt came along at the right time for Family First Dental.

Services

2019 Best Farm & Feed Store: Ranch and Home

Serving the Tri-Cities since 1974, Ranch and Home is a family-owned business that provides a vast array of products and services that almost any customer can benefit from.

Services

2019 Best Florist: Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts

Arlene’s has been in business 42 years. What’s the key to the longetivity? “I would say it’s our awesome customers,” says owner Barronelle Stutzman. “We just like to custom design for people.”

Services

2019 Best Hair Salon/Barber Shop: Vintage Hair Boutique

Vintage Hair Boutique was born into a 450-square-foot space with only four chairs. It quickly tripled in size with eight talented and passionate stylists.

Services

2019 Best Health & Fitness Club: Tri-City Court Club

Started in 1976, Tri-City Court Club is one of the longest-running clubs in the region. And there’s a lot to do in the 126,000-square-foot facility.

Services

2019 Best Heating & Air Conditioning Company: Apollo Heating and Air

When the heat or air conditioning goes out at your home or work, it can turn a normal day into a miserable one.

Services

2019 Best Hospital: Kadlec Regional Medical Center

Kadlec Regional Medical Center, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2019, is the Tri-Cities’ only not-for-profit health system serving a population of more than 400,000 people in southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon.

Services

2019 Best Insusrance Company: Joe Peterson Insurance Agency

For 16 years, the Joe Peterson Insurance Agency has helped people find the best fit for all types of insurance.

Services

2019 Best Law Firm/Lawyer: Gravis Law

Gravis Law’s motto could be “keep it simple.”

Services

2019 Best Motorcycle or Off-Road Vehicle Dealer: Rattlesnake Mountain Harley-Davidson

Serving the Tri-Cities since 2010, Rattlesnake Mountain Harley-Davidson is a full-service Harley-Davidson dealership that continues to provide excellent service.

Services

2019 Best New Auto Dealer: McCurley Integrity Subaru

It’s a seven-year streak of triumph for McCurley Integrity Dealerships.

Services

2019 Best New Home Builder: Landmark Homes

A combination of flexibility and affordability earned Landmark Homes a reputation as “The Buyer’s Builder” and voters appear to agree.

Services

2019 Best Pest Control: Pointe Pest Control

For nearly nine years, Pointe Pest Control has served Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho and Western Oregon, offering necessary pest control services in the most efficient and customer-friendly way.

Services

2019 Best Pet Boarding/Grooming/Daycare: VCA Meadow Hills Animal Hospital

Along with providing top-notch veterinarian care, the staff at VCA Meadow Hills Animal Hospital also takes care of pets that aren’t sick.

Services

2019 Best Spa: Nouveau Day Spa

Nouveau Day Spa is now a seven-time winner of the Tri-Cities People’s Choice Awards for “Best Day Spa.”

Services

2019 Best Tattoo Parlor: Thunderhand Tattoo

Getting a tattoo may involve a bit of physical discomfort, but it shouldn’t be scary, at least that’s what the people at Thunderhand Tattoo believe.

Services

2019 Best Tire Shop: Les Schwab Tire Center

Les Schwab’s tire company had modest beginnings in Prineville, Ore., under the name of OK Rubber Welders Tire Store.

Services

2019 Best Used Car Dealership: Archibald’s

For the past 19 years, the team at Archibald’s has been helping their customers enjoy every mile.

Services

2019 Best Veterinarian: VCA Meadow Hills Animal Hospital

The animal hospital can be a frightening place for a pet, but VCA Meadow Hills wants to make it less stressful.

Shopping

2019 Best Flooring Store: Cost Less Carpet

Cost Less Carpet was born in Pasco in 1993 when Randy Rupp bought 200 rundown apartment units.

Shopping

2019 Best Home Furnishing Store: Walker’s Furniture & Mattress

Walter’s Furniture opened its first store in Spokane in 1980 and a location in Kennewick in 1985.

Shopping

2019 Best Garden Center/Nursery: Beaver Bark Gift & Garden Center

What started with one pile of bark 26 years ago has blossomed into the year-round, full-service garden center known today as Beaver Bark.

Shopping

2019 Best Grocery Store: Yoke’s Fresh Market

With four locations in the Tri-Cities, this whole foods grocery store really has it all.

Shopping

2019 Best Hardware Store: Ace Hardware

It’s back to the top of the list for Griggs Ace Hardware.

Shopping

2019 Best Jewelry Store: Van’s Jewelry

Luoc and Trang Van Nguyen are no strangers to being named the top jewelers in the Tri-City region.

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