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FOOD-N-DRINK

 

BEST BAR

Mulligan’s Sports Bar & Grill

190 Idlewood Ave, Bartow

(863) 533-1668

bartowgolfclub.com/bar-grill/ 

The Bartow Golf Course bar and restaurant, Mulligan’s is a comfortable, casual sports bar offering burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, wings, tenders, and other pub fare. You won’t leave thirsty after their 3pm to 7pm Happy Hour – time to par-tee! The bar and grill features six TV’s for your sports viewing pleasure and is available for banquets and parties. How many drinks will we have? FORE! 

2nd:Fun Bar

3rd: Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

 

BEST PIZZA

Palace Pizza of Bartow

105 E Main St, Bartow

(863) 533-9300

www.palacepizzabartow.com

FB @palacebartow 

Not to be too cheesy, but we think Palace Pizza is the best! Using fresh dough, quality tomatoes, and 100% whole milk mozzarella cheese, this family eatery strictly follows traditional recipes to keep their pizza at a prime. Expect these fresh ingredients and authentic Italian flavor at all of their 6 locations. In addition to their palatable pizza, Palace offers cold and hot Italian subs, hot Italian hoagies, and classic pasta dishes. 

2nd:ABC Pizza Restaurant

3rd:Hungry Howie’s Pizza

 

BEST BBQ

The Smokin’ OX Premium BBQ

(863) 604-0538

FB @thesmokinox

IG @thesmokinox 

A food truck well-versed in fall-off-the-bone, fingerlicking BBQ – local foodies are constantly scouring their Facebook page for where they’ll be rolling into next. The Smokin’ OX makes delectable fare from scratch, including such favorites as brisket, St. Louis ribs, chopped pork, smoked wings and chicken, along with an assortment of appetizers and desserts. Satisfy your comfort food cravings with a plate from this downhome BBQ joint on wheels. 

2nd:Blackburn’s BBQ

3rd:Sonny’s BBQ

 

BEST BREAKFAST

Runways at Bartow

5995 Airport Blvd Bartow

(863)-519-4400

Runwaysatbartow.com

FB @RunwaysatBartow

IG @runwaysatbartow 

Your taste buds will take flight at this aviation eatery. Runways serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday in addition to their Friday Dinner and Sunday Brunch. It’s their breakfast offerings that have Bartow voters bragging on them! Runways serves up classic breakfast specialties like Belgian Waffles, topped with strawberry preserves and whipped cream, served with a choice of bacon, sausage, or ham or savory Biscuits and Gravy. You’ll need a co-pilot to take you home after your fluffy french toast induced food coma! 

2nd:Sista’s With Soul

3rd:Broadway Diner

 

BEST SEAFOOD

Catfish Country Restaurant

2400 EF Griffin Rd, Bartow

(863) 646-6767

Catfish-country.com

FB @CatfishCountryRestaurant

IG @catfishcountryfl 

Fresh seafood is a Florida staple, and Bartow voters say Catfish Country does it best! Since 1985 this Southern seafood eatery with a cajun kick has been serving up the best tasting seafood around. Guests can snack on peanuts while they socialize and eagerly awake their food or delight in some of their never-ending hot biscuits. Known for their vast menu of succulent seafood, Catfish Country offers traditional Southern fare, farm-raised catfish and salmon, Maine lobster tails, New England clam chowder and everything in between.

2nd:Sista’s With Soul

3rd:Jimmys Famous Seafood Express

 

BEST BAKERY

Cookie Jar Bakeshop & Eatery

305 E Main St, Bartow

(863) 519-3333

FB @CookieJarBakeshopAndEatery

Visiting Maura at the Cookie Jar for a sweet treat is more than a half-baked idea. This sweet shop bakes (with love) an assortment of fresh baked pastries, macaroons, cheesecakes, cookies, pies, scones, confections, gourmet teas, gourmet coffees, and breakfast & lunch treats. Cookie Jar’s custom decorated cakes and sugar cookies are just want you need to put the icing on top of your next special occasion!

2nd: Just for Cakes

3rd: Publix Bakery

 

BEST BEER LIST

Mulligan’s Sports Bar & Grill

190 Idlewood Ave, Bartow

(863) 533-1668

bartowgolfclub.com/bar-grill/

The Bartow Golf Course bar and restaurant, Mulligan’s is a comfortable, casual sports bar offering burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, wings, tenders, and other pub fare. You won’t leave thirsty after their 3 pm to 7pm Happy Hour – time to par-tee! The bar and grill features six TV’s for your sports viewing pleasure and is available for banquets and parties.

2nd:Swan Brewing

3rd:Grove Roots Brewing Company

 

BEST BURGER

Mulligan’s Sports Bar & Grill

190 Idlewood Ave, Bartow

(863) 533-1668

bartowgolfclub.com/bar-grill/

The Bartow Golf Course bar and restaurant, Mulligan’s is a comfortable, casual sports bar offering burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, wings, tenders, and other pub fare. Their 1/3 pound burgers are juicy, tender, and cooked to perfection. Served with natural fried chips, you can double it up, add bacon, or go all out with Mulligan’s Bacon & Grilled Onion Cheeseburger! Enjoy your mouthwatering burger while watching the game on one of their six TV’s.

2nd:Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

3rd:Mike’s Drive-In

 

BEST COFFEE HOUSE

Sweet Magnolias Café & Gift Shop

135 S Central Ave, Bartow

(863) 537-6083

FB: Sweet Magnolias Cafe & Gift Shop

Wake up, Bartow – Magnolias has the best coffee far and wide! This family-owned eatery and gift shop has a selection of breakfast, lunch, and ice cream. Dine inside or on the patio with one of their fluffy croissant sandwiches filled ham, cheese, bacon, egg or sausage paired with a piping hot cup of coffee. Afterwards, peruse the sweet gift shop for a little something for you or a friend.

2nd:Havana Delights Cafe

3rd:Starbucks

 

BEST CUBAN SANDWICH

Havana Delights Cafe

155 E Main St, Bartow

(863) 533-6947

havanadelightscafe.eat24hour.com

FB @havanadelightscafe

IG @havanadelights

Treat yourself to a taste of Miami without leaving town! Havana Delights Cafe’s menu features classic Florida-style Cuban food including black beans and rice and homemade croquettes. The real star of the show, though is their Authentic Cuban Sandwich crafted with ham, cheese, roasted pork, pickles and mustard on homemade Cuban Bread. Try it Miami style with chorizo!

2nd:Broadway Diner

3rd:Publix

 

BEST WINE MENU

Wine Stable

150 S Broadway Ave, Bartow

(863) 533-9463

FB @winestable

Is wine your “spirit” animal? It’s time to make a few pour decisions at Wine Stable in Bartow! Whether you take it by the glass or by the bottle, this wine bar has something for you to wine down after a tough day. Wine Stable has over 50 unique domestic, import and craft beers to choose from with 8 on tap. If you’d like to rum away, get into some whiskey business, or add a few words to your vodkabulary, they have those spirits by the bottle too!

2nd:Palace Pizza of Bartow

3rd:Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

 

BEST MEXICAN FOOD

Hacienda Mexico Restaurante

195 E Main St, Bartow

(863) 533-7600

haciendamexicobartow.com

FB @HaciendaMexicoR

Serving authentic familiar Mexican favorites, Hacienda Mexico prides themselves in using fresh, high quality ingredients. The always bustling lunch and dinner service is a testament to Bartow’s love of this downtown gem. The quick and courteous staff will bring you made to order traditional dishes including tasty tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas. And what rhymes with fajitas? Margaritas – and word on the street is they make a mean one! Spice up dinner with a trip to Bartow’s favorite spot for dynamite Mexican food.

2nd:El Patron Supermarket

3rd:El Ranchito Jalisco

 

BEST TACO

El Ranchito Jalisco Mexican Restaurant

210 E Van Fleet Dr, Bartow

(863) 804-0152

FB @elranchitojaliscomexicanrestaurant

Mouthwatering steak hugged by a warm, soft tortilla dressed with fresh onion and cilantro with limes on the side – yum! El Ranchito Jalisco can officially boast the best taco in Bartow. The atmosphere is fun and the food is first-rate. Make this Mexican eatery your next birthday spot and you can don an oversized sombrero for a photo on their Birthday Wall.

2nd:Hacienda Mexico Restaurante

3rd:El Patron Supermarket

 

REAL ESTATE

 

BEST AC REPAIR

Citrus Air Conditioners

155 Century Blvd, Bartow

(863) 648-0637

Citrusairconditioners.com

FB: Citrus Air Conditioners 

For over 30 years, Central Florida has trusted their air conditioner installation, maintenance, and repair needs with Citrus Air. This full-service air conditioning, heating, refrigeration, and ice machine company boasts highly trained staff who specialize in residential and commercial sales and service of all makes and models. Citrus customers can expect fast response time and superior customer service from this locally-owned and operated company.

2nd:Fischer Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.

3rd:Winter Haven Air Conditioning, Inc.

 

BEST APARTMENT COMPLEX

Summerlin Oaks Apartments

980 E Church St, Bartow

(863) 533-2787

www.summerlinoaksapts.com

FB @SummerlinOaksApartments

Live luxuriously at Summerlin Oaks Apartments. The spacious 2, 3, and 4-bedroom apartment homes marry functionality and style. The apartment community features an extensive list of amenities including a fitness center, pool, playground, car care center, media room and more – all at an affordable price for your budget!

2nd:The Villages at Laurel Meadows

3rd:Fountain Place Apartments

 

BEST MORTGAGE LENDER

Home Solution Lenders, Inc.

1445 E Main St, Bartow

(863) 607-4663

Hslenders.com

FB @homesolutionlenders

IG @hslenders

Affordable home financing for all! Home Solution Lenders approaches their goal of taking the convolution out of obtaining a mortgage with honesty, integrity, and ethics. Bartow’s vote for Best Mortgage Lender, HSL specializes in Construction to Permanent Loans and First Time Home Buyer mortgages, also offering a variety of loan programs to meet their clients’ needs such as FHA, USDA, VA, and Conventional Loans. Since 2008, Home Solution Lenders has been making dreams come true!

2nd:Roost Lending, Inc.

3rd:American Liberty Mortgage, Inc.

 

BEST POOL CLEANING

Willis Pool Service

(863) 258-2960

FB @willispoolservice

Willis Pool Service has made quite a splash with their Bartow clients. Known for quality and reliable weekly service, this licensed and insured pool service has been in business for over 15 years. One happy client wrote, “All my experience with Willis pool service has been excellent. The owner is a man of great integrity! His workers are pretty awesome too!”

2nd:Afab Pool Services, Inc.

3rd:Mannix Pools and Grills

 

BEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

Savannah Court of Bartow

290 Idlewood Ave, Bartow

(863) 578-8503

www.slm.net/senior-living/fl/bartow/savannah-court-of-bartow/

FB @SavannahCourBartowAssistedLiving

“Serving those in our care with respect while providing a supportive and enriching lifestyle.” That’s Savannah Court’s mission! Located in Polk County, this assisted living facility is central to state-of-the-art medical facilities, hospitals, shopping centers, and other entertainment. Savannah Court has set the standard for making their residents happy and comfortable with their ice cream parlor, socials, and live entertainment performances. With warm, comfortable decor and a vibrant community, it’s no wonder why Bartow voted Savannah Court #1 – just ask any of their residents!

2nd:Oak Hammock Retirement Community

3rd:Azalea Park

 

BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY

Meeks Real Estate, LLC

220 S Central Ave, Bartow

(863) 604-9287

Carlameeksrealtor.com

FB @homesbycarla

Whether you plan to buy, sell, build, or invest, Carla Meeks is here to cover all your real estate needs in Central Florida. Meeks gained experience as a Real Estate agent for 14+ years and became a Real Estate Broker in 2018. Part of her philosophy – “I always put my clients’ best interest at the forefront and do what is best for them. My goal is to educate my client and keep them informed every step of the way. I want them to be comfortable and well-informed with all decisions made during this process.” Clients laud Meeks for her experience and honesty. Give her a call for your next real estate decision!

2nd:Coldwell Banker Real Estate

3rd:King Real Estate Services

 

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BEST SPA

Oasis Salon & Day Spa

565 W Main St., Bartow

(863) 533-5078

Oasisbartow.com

FB @OasisBartowSalonAndSpa

The staff at Oasis Spa is dedicated to providing you with the ultimate in salon and spa services. Whether you need a simple cut or want to enjoy a relaxing spa treatment to rejuvenate the body & spirit, they are the preferred salon and spa in Bartow.   Expect professional results, a great value and superior service.  Their friendly faces and excellent work will keep you coming back.  

2nd:Bella Grace Day Spa

3rd:Pretty Nails & Spa

 

BEST NAIL SALON

Pretty Nails & Spa

260 E Van Fleet Dr., Bartow

(863) 533-6598

FB @prettynailsbartow

The nails at Pretty Nails are a work of art!   Using glitter, rhinestones, stripes or ombre paint they can turn your plain nails into the life of the party.  The pedicures are pretty special, too.  Come in, let the friendly staff take care of you.  Leave feeling refreshed with beautiful nails.  The hardest part of visiting Pretty Nails is deciding what color to choose!

2nd:Hollywood Nails & Spa

3rd:Tip Toe Nail Salon

 

BEST THRIFT STORE

Top Buttons

160A E Summerlin St, Bartow

(863) 220-2464

Topbuttons.org

FB @Topbuttonsbartow

IG @topbuttons

Top Buttons is a faith-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization building self-worth through mentorship, education and fashion in young women.  Browse the thrift shop and make a difference in the lives of hundreds of local girls and women.  Not only are the clothes carefully curated to be one of the best resale shops, but it empowers others by funding classes, workshops and giving girls strength and hope for the future.  

2nd:This N That Consignment Shop

3rd:Salvation Army

 

BEST BARBER

Skullys Mobile Barber Salon

Lakeland

(863) 224-3507

Skullysbarbersalon.com

FB @skullysbarbersalon

IG @skullysbarbersalon

Founded in 2015, opened in 2017, Skullys is your one stop for on the go mobile haircuts, color, and styling.  Available for walk ins and house calls. Skip the long lines at other barber shops and have the barber come to you. Mens cuts, boys cuts, color, trims, shaves, mobile.  Getting married?  Have Skullys stop by before the wedding to give all the men a fresh look.  

2nd:Matt’s Barber Shop

3rd:Ralf’s Barbershop

 

BEST ANTIQUES STORE

Vintage Warehouse Lakeland

4308 Wallace Rd, Lakeland

(863) 904-5683

Thevintagewarehouse.com

FB @VintageWarehouseLakeland

Approximately 20 vendors offering unique treasures that change daily. This provides customers the ability to have a different experience each time they visit.  The warehouse provides an opportunity for crafters and pickers to showcase their talents and available goods, and a chance for customers to peruse upcycled, repurposed, and vintage wares.  

2nd:Bartow Mercantile

3rd:Antiques on Main

  

BEST AUTO DEALERS

Stingray Chevrolet Bartow

1475 W Main St, Bartow

(863) 578-4883

Stingraybartow.com

FB @StingrayBartow

Stingray is your premium Chevrolet dealership in Bartow serving Polk County.  Browse the large selection of new and used cars and work trucks.  They offer sales and service for most new Chevrolet models but trucks are their specialty.  If you’re shopping for a truck, stop by Stingray, first!  They can help you find the perfect vehicle that works with your budget and lifestyle.  Find the car of your dreams in their no-pressure showroom!

2nd:Bartow Ford

3rd:Thunder Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM

 

BEST OIL CHANGE

Stingray Chevrolet Bartow

1475 W Main St, Bartow

(863) 578-4883

Stingraybartow.com

FB @StingrayBartow

The Certified Service experts at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow know exactly which parts your Chevrolet car, truck, or SUV needs.  They offer oil change packages that can include synthetic oil with tire rotation & a multi-point vehicle inspection.  Driving around with dirty oil — or not enough oil — can shorten the life of your engine. Their Certified Service experts can change your oil quickly. Schedule an appointment today.

2nd:Adams and Sons Service Center

3rd:Goodyear Auto Service

 

BEST AUTO REPAIRS

Goodyear Auto Service

390 E Van Fleet Dr, Bartow

(863) 533-4136

Goodyearautoservice.com

Is your engine light on?  Maybe the car is making a strange clunking noise?  Whatever the issue is, the trained staff at Goodyear can help.  They offer so many services like changing oil, batteries, fixing the AC, wheel alignments and more.  They will give you honest advice at an affordable price.   Their courteous employees work efficiently to get you in and out as quickly as possible.   They also offer overnight dropoff, free wifi and the work done correctly the first time.  

2nd:JC’s Auto Care

3rd:Adams & Son Auto Service Center

 

BEST FLORIST

Sara’s Flower Fashions

595 E Main St, Bartow

(863) 533-1197

Sarasflowerfashions.com

FB:  Saras Flower Fashions

Family-owned and operated, you can live your life in full bloom!  Whether you need an arrangement for a small party or an entire wedding, Sara’s can help!  They go the extra mile to make sure you’re getting the highest quality blooms in the most beautiful colors!  Choose from an arrangement online or talk with a staff member to custom-design something unique.  Show someone you love them and send flowers!

2nd:Flower cart of Bartow

3rd:Bartow Flowers and Gifts

 

BEST FURNITURE STORE

Badcock Home Furniture &more

1350 N Broadway Ave, Bartow

(863) 533-1611

www.badcock.com

FB @badcockfurniture

IG @badcockfurniture

Founded in 1904 in Mulberry, there are now over 350 stores in eight states!  You can literally furnish every room in your house from Badcock.  From classic designs to modern, there is something for every budget and style.  While you’re there, shop the home decor to give your room a finishing touch, or freshen it up seasonally.  Have family coming in for the holidays?  Shop Badcock to make your house beautiful!  Financing is available.

2nd:Aaron’s

3rd:Claussen’s Fine Furniture

  

BEST LAWYER

Moody Law, P.A.

575 N Broadway Ave, Bartow

(863) 733-9090

Moodylaw.com

FB:  Moody Law PA

Moody Law is a personal injury attorney law firm that will work diligently to maximize the recovery for each individual client. Each client receives personalized guidance and legal advice that their case deserves.  Expect honest advice from a passionate team working hard for your best interest.  Moody Law has a long-standing reputation in the community and has obtained the highest “AV-Preeminet” rating by Martindale-Hubbell.  

2nd:Savannah Cerullo

3rd:Michael N. Dicks

 

BEST CONSTRUCTION

Blair Restoration Services

1410 E Georgia St, Bartow

(863) 224-4141

FB @Erinblairconstruction

From full kitchen remodels to minor house repairs, there’s no project their talented team of professionals can’t handle.   Give them a call or visit them on Facebook to find out more about the services they offer.   Let them show you how they can help turn your house into the home you’ve always dreamed about.

2nd:Kincart Construction Co.

3rd:Semco Construction Co.  

 

BEST CLOTHING BOUTIQUE

Twisted Pineapple Boutique

160 S Wilson Ave, Bartow

(863) 944-6850

Twistedpineappleboutique.com

FB @twistedpineappleboutique

IG @twistedpineappleboutique

 

The sweetest boutique ever!  Shop the latest trends for school, work or date night!  Finish off your look with the right accessory from head to toe including jewelry, bags and shoes.  Whether you’re looking for a special outfit or want to change your whole wardrobe, they can help.  The staff can help guide you in the right direction depending on the look you want to achieve. A new outfit can change your entire attitude, let the Twisted Pineapple Boutique help!

2nd:Top Buttons

3rd:Bealls Outlet

 

BEST BOUTIQUE

Rafa Natural

175 S Central Ave, Bartow

(863) 712-7620

rafanatural.com

FB @RafaNaturalBartowFL

IG @rafanatural

Whatever you’re doing right now, just stop.  Go to Rafa Natural in Bartow.  The expanded store still offers all of the RN products we know and love as well as a thoughtfully curated collection of local vendors, stationary, baby items, plants and more.  A family-owned company, Rafa Natural creates natural, vegan and organic skin care plus a line of bath & body products.  Not only that, but they are happy to answer any questions you have.  Need a facial?   They do that too, using Rafa Natural products.  It’s a charming shop, the kind of place you can get lost in.

2nd:Top Buttons

3rd:Sweet Magnolias Cafe & Gift Shop

 

BEST BANK

Citizens Bank & Trust

1450 N Broadway Ave, Bartow

863) 533-6472

Citizens-bank.com

FB @CBTFL

Citizens is THE Polk County Bank!  Since 1920, they’ve helped generations of families save money, purchase homes or plan for the future.  CB&T is a full-service financial institution with services that are tailor-made for you and your family’s needs.  The employees live here, work here and are active members of the community, proud to be from Polk County.  Citizens Bank & Trust is a true community bank that always puts the customer first.  

2nd:CenterState Bank

3rd:MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

 

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