The Best of Homewood 2012

By ASHLEY BERKERY, CRAIG KLEIMEYER & MADOLINE MARKHAM

The Homewood Star would like to thank everyone who voted in our first Best of Homewood competition. Congratulations to all our winners.

Best Coffee Shop
O’Henry’s Coffees
O’Henry’s helps us start the day off right with fresh muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls and of course a hot cup of coffee. Their coffee beans are delivered fresh to the store every week, and you can choose from up to 45 coffees by the pound. It’s the perfect study spot and also great for catching up with a friend. 2831 18th Street South, 870-1198. 569 Brookwood Village, Ste. 101, 870-1148.
Runner Up: Hart and Soul

Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Best Hamburger

Best Hamburger
With a variety of hamburgers and hot dogs plus Cajun-style fries cooked in pure, no cholesterol, peanut oil, this place is hard to beat. Also, you can choose as many free toppings as you want for your burgers or dog. And to top it off, they offer the delicious complimentary roasted peanuts. 585 Brookwood Village, 414-8459
Runner Up: Hamburger Heaven

Best Barbecue
Saw’s BBQ
Saw’s Sauce is so good you can now find it at grocery stores all over the country, but all those other places don’t get to eat red or white sauce atop Saw’s tender pulled pork, smoked chicken and ribs like we do here in Edgewood. The barbecue institution also offers all the barbecue fixings we love as well as stuffed taters. 1008 Oxmoor Road, 879-1937
Runner Up:  Jim N Nick’s Bar-B-Q

Best Chicken Salad
O’Carr’s
We all know why this place has been around since 1975. O’Carr’s sells 2,000 pounds of their amazing chicken salad every week. And, you can get the chicken salad with fruit, crackers or greens, or on sandwich bread, and then finish off your meal with a palate-pleasing milkshake that overflows from the glass. 2909 18th Street South, 879-2196
Runner Up: Zoe’s Kitchen

Best Wings
Tie: Oak Hill Bar & Grill and Zaxby’s
Pull up a chair, grab a beer and chat with friends while devouring your wings at local pub Oak Hill, or stop by convenient and quick Zaxby’s for an equally delicious taste – and a drive through in case you are in a real hurry for those wings! Oak Hill, 2835 18th Street South, 870-8277.  Zaxby’s, 282 Palisades Blvd., 423-0523.
Runner Up: Dave’s

Best Brunch
Brio
Poached eggs cooked to order; white chocolate raspberry French toast; crepes topped with fresh fruit, granola and cream cheese; sausage Florentine or crab and shrimp crepes; Brio’s Omelet Del Giorno—no wonder we voted it the best. And, with their $2.95 bar menu, they keep us coming back for more. 591 Brookwood Village, 879-9177
Runner Up: Crape Myrtle’s Café

Best Garden Shop

Garden Shop of Homewood, Best Garden Shop

Garden Shop of Homewood
Not only has the Garden Shop of Homewood expanded their supply of organically-grown plants, but they provide customers with items that are made close to home. Believing community is important and carrying products from local suppliers, including a new addition of “Not Yo’ Mama’s” pepper jellies, is why this Garden Shop has won the hearts of Homewood residents. 307 Oxmoor Road, 445-1010
Runner Up: Sweet Peas

Salon U, Best Salon. Photos by Craig Kleimeyer.

Best Salon
Salon U
A haircut and styling at SalonU always leaves your hair feeling soft, silky and healthy and smelling good. This premier Aveda Lifestyle Salon is staffed with Alabama’s most talented top-level artists. The salon also offers a massage therapist, an aesthetician, a manicurist and a make-up artist to accommodate all of your beauty needs. 2824 Linden Avenue, 870-8708
Runner Up: Urban Style Salon

Best Cleaners
Hunter’s Cleaners
If Cheers is the bar where everyone knows your name, Hunter’s Cleaners is the cleaners in town where owner Hunter Payne knows everyone by name. Patrons at this father-and-sons operation receive friendly and personal service, professional cleaning, and well, sometimes even free music CDs.  1915 Oxmoor Road, 871-6131
Runner Up: Valley Cleaners

Homewood Diner, Best Meat and Three

Best Meat and Three
Homewood Diner
Even though we love their breakfast, this Homewood favorite won for its Southern lunch and dinner fare. Delicious meat and veggies served in gracious portions are accompanied with a nice and friendly staff. 162 Oxmoor Road, 941-9994
Runner Up: The Paw Paw Patch

Best Place to Exercise
Shades Valley YMCA
We already love our Y’s workout classes, fitness equipment, pool and focus on the community, so we can’t wait to see what their renovations-in-progress will reveal. We also think their friendly staff and instructors are part of why they got Homewood’s vote. 3551 Montgomery Highway, 870-9622
Runner Up:  Homewood Community Center

Best Happy Hour
Jackson’s
Jackson’s outdoor patio seating and indoor loft make it the place to go enjoy a happy hour drink. Their bar offers 30 different beers and 20 wines by the glass, along with a series of classic cocktails. From Monday to Friday, they serve half-priced well and call drinks and beer, and happy hour specials last all evening on Tuesdays. 1831 28th Avenue S, 870-9669
Runner Up: DoDiYos

Best Place for Girl’s Night
Cocina Superior
Nothing fosters a quality girl talk session like Cocina’s house margaritas and delectable chile con queso or guacamole with chips. Their fresh twists on Mexican favorites are delicious enough to encourage you to save room for the main course as well. Plus, you can squeeze in a shopping session at Brookwood if you get out of the restaurant early enough. 587 Brookwood Village, 259-1980
Runner Up: DoDiYos

At Home Furnishings, Best Place for Home Decor

Best Place for Home Décor
At Home Furnishings
Walking in At Home gives us all inspiration for the comforting, stylish feel we all strive for in our own homes. It’s hard to go anywhere on 18th Street without popping in to look at their latest selection of handmade pottery, fun and funky lighting, aromatic candles, flair-filled accessories and classic furniture pieces. 2921 18th Street South, 879-3510
Runner Up: Homewood Antiques & Marketplace

Best Bakery
Savages’s Bakery
Iced character sugar cookies and pastries like bear claws are Homewood institutions–not to mention how they can decorate a birthday cake like anything or everything you can dream up. Located on 18th Street since the 1950s, Savages is also a favorite lunch spot. Good luck attempting to enter without eating a sweet treat. 2916 18th Street South, 871-4901
Runner Up: Dreamcakes Bakery

Savage’s Bakery, Best Bakery

Best Pizza or Italian
New York Pizza
With more than 25 years in business, New York Pizza owners still keep their delicious pizza sauce a secret. Although they evolved over the years with the addition of new and creative specialty pizzas, customers are still able to enjoy the staple pizzas from the beginning of time. With a game room for kids, this local Edgewood eatery is the perfect Italian venue for families and patrons of all kinds. 1010 Oxmoor Road, 871-4000
Runner Up: GianMarco’s

Best Women’s Store
SOCA
This downtown Homewood boutique has huge seasonal sales and is known for their designer jeans, including 7 For All Mankind, Hudson, Citizens of Humanity and other popular brands. They also sell cute Michael Starrs fashion tops, dresses, Minnetonka and Frye boots, sweaters, jewelry, purses and more. 2820 18th Street South, 879-6788
Runner Up:  a.k.a. Girl Stuff

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