{Drumroll Please}: The winners of Iowa City Moms Blog’s 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards are…

We are so excited by the amazing response we’ve gotten to our 1st Annual Iowa City Moms Blog’s Readers’ Choice Awards! We asked YOU, our lovely readers, to nominate your favorite local businesses in each category.  The businesses with the most nominations moved on to our final voting round.  We then asked you to vote for your favorite local business in each category.  The competition was definitely close! Without further ado, here are the winners…nominated and chosen by Iowa City moms!!

Reader's Choice Awards survey


Best Pizza: Pagliai’s Pizza

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

The Airliner                                                                             Sam’s Pizza

Bob’s Your Uncle                                                                    The Wedge

Falbo’s                                                                                      Wig & Pen

Lincoln Wine Bar (Mt. Vernon)

Best Mexican Restaurant: La Michoacana

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

Azul (North Liberty)                                                             El Sol (Solon)

El Bandito’s                                                                           Frida Kahlo (Solon)

Casa Tequila (Tiffin)                                                             Lomita’s (North Liberty)

El Cactus                                                                                Los Portales

El Ranchero

Best Chinese Restaurant: Taste of China

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

Best China                                                                                Peking Buffet

Hunan                                                                                       Szechuan House


Best Breakfast: Bluebird Diner

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

Crepes de Luxe Café                                                             Salt Fork Kitchen (Solon)

Hamburg Inn                                                                          The Wedge

Midtown Family Restaurant

Best Asian Restaurant: Three Samurai

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

Mekong                                                                                    Thai Flavors

Oyama Sushi                                                                           Thai Spice

Seoul Grill

Best Date Night Restaurant: Givanni’s

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

Baroncini Ristorante                                                             Linn Street Cafe

Blackstone                                                                              Orchard Green

Clinton Street Social Club                                                    Red’s Alehouse

El Bandito’s                                                                            Tuscan Moon (Kalona)


Best Coffee Shop: The Java House

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

Café Crema                                                                              Kava House (Swisher)

Capanna Coffee                                                                       Press Coffee Company

Corridor Coffee Company

Best Sushi: Takanami

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

Formosa                                                                                   Sushi House (C.R.)

Konomi Grill                                                                           Sushiya (North Liberty)

Kyodai Japanese Grill (North Liberty)                                  Three Samurai

Oyama Sushi

Best Bakery: Scratch Cupcakery

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

Cottage Bakery                                                                       New Pioneer Co-Op

Deluxe Bakery                                                                        Pink Umbrella Bakery

Golden Delight Bakery (Kalona)                                          Yummy’s Gourmet Cakes

Molly’s Cupcakes

Best Brunch/Buffet: Iowa River Power Company

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

Blackstone                                                                                Mondo’s

Cedar Ridge Winery                                                               Red’s Alehouse

Best Donuts: Daylight Donuts

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

Donutland (Cedar Rapids)                                                   Kalona Bakery

Golden Delight Bakery (Kalona)                                         The Bread Garden

Best Ice Cream/Froyo:  Whitey’s Ice Cream

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

Dane’s Dairy                                                                       Jon’s Ice Cream Store (Tiffin)

Ghurtie’s Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt                                 Yotty’s Ice Cream (Kalona)

Heyn’s Ice Cream                                                               Yotopia Frozen Yogurt

Best Brewery: Backpocket Brewery

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

Big Grove Brewery

Kalona Brewing Company

Best Florist: Every Bloomin’ Thing

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

Down to Earth Florist                                                     Pleasant Valley Floral Shoppe

1st Avenue Hy-Vee Floral Shop                                           Sueppel’s Flowers

Best Clothing Resale Shop: Stuff, Etc.

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

Itsy Bitsy Boutique



Best Housewares Resale Shop: Stuff, Etc.

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):



Best Dance Studio: Nolte Academy

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

Debut Dance

National Dance Academy

U of I Youth Ballet

Best Hair Salon: Twin Image Salon & Spa

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

A’deva Salon & Spa                                                                HABA Salon

bell.a Salon & Spa                                                                  Le Reve Salon & Spa

Blaze Hair Color Salon                                                          Lotus Salon & Spa

Flip Salon                                                                         Transformations Salon & Spa

Groovy Katz Salon                                                                  Tru Salon & Spa

Best Mani/Pedi: Zender’s Salon & Spa

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

Bellisimo Salon & Day Spa                                                  T Nails

K&Q Nails                                                                              Twin Image Salon & Spa

Premiere Nails & Spa

Best Kids’ Recreation: Iowa GymNest

Runners Up (In Alphabetical Order):

Anderson’s Tae Kwon Do

Sweet Feet Yoga

Synergy Gymnastics

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