Vote for your Charlotte favorites, and you could win dinner at a top local restaurant!

It’s time again to cast your ballot for the best of the best in Charlotte!
Simply fill out the ballot during the voting dates. Just for participating, you could win lunch or dinner at a top Charlotte-area restaurant. Be sure to fill in a working email address after voting—we will email you if you are a winner!


2020 Best of the Best Voting Schedule

Round 1: Best of FOOD + DRINK

Voting open January 13-26



Voting open January 27-February 9

⭐️Round 3: Best of MEDIA + CULTURE + ENTERTAINMENT—click to vote now

Voting open February 10-24


Official Rules

No purchase necessary.

To be considered valid, ballots must have votes in 6 categories per voting round, with no business nominated repeatedly in more than 4 categories. We encourage you to keep your votes limited to the Charlotte metro area.

Only one ballot per email address per day will be counted; all ballots must include the voter’s email address to be valid. The winner of a meal at a Charlotte restaurant will be notified by email. The odds of winning depend upon the number of ballots received. No cash or substitutions in lieu of prize. Participation is open to all readers ages 18 and up. Void where prohibited by law. Offer is subject to all federal, state, and local regulations.


Are you a Charlotte business?

If you are a local business, we have created a handy BOBs Voting Toolkit for Businesses to help you spread the word to your customers and encourage votes. The guide includes various marketing materials for you use in your communications. Click here to access the BOBs Voting Toolkit for Businesses


About the Best of the Best Issue 

For over 20 years, Charlotte magazine has dedicated its May issue to the BEST of the BEST in Charlotte. We call it “The BOBs” for short, and we recognize the city’s finest in food and drink, entertainment, shopping, mind and body, and more–almost a hundred winners in all. After the list is published, we host an event to celebrate the winners.

2019 Best of the Best Winners

⇢ EAT Food and Dining
⇢ PLAY Drinking and Nightlife
⇢ EXPLORE Arts and Culture
⇢ LIVE Health and Family
⇢ SHOP Style and Shopping


How does it work?

Winners are picked and written up by staffers, former staffers, and regular contributors of Charlotte magazine. When we pick a winner, not only have we been there, but we’ve been to several other top contenders as well. We are confident in saying that our pick is the best in town. We also ask the Charlotte community to vote for their favorites in a few categories, and voting opens in January each year. Read a full explanation of our BOB Awards process here.


Are you a 2019 winner?

To help you spread the good news, we created this handy 2019 Winners’ Toolkit. It has everything you need to tell Charlotte you’re the BEST of the BEST. Order plaques, download social media graphics, and more!


The BEST of the BEST Party

Our annual Best of the Best Party has become one of the most anticipated events in the city. During the event, attendees eat, drink, dance, and enjoy live entertainment as we celebrate with the BEST of the BEST in the city. Save the date for the 2020 event — Thursday, May 28, 2020 at the Mint Museum Uptown.


Scenes from the 2019 BEST of the BEST Party