Brentwood's Best Businesses for 2018

The Wonderful Winners of Our Readers' Poll

We received a huge number of votes this year for your favorite Brentwood businesses. Some of the contests were close. Some were clear favorites. But, regardless of margin, everyone on this list is a winner. Check them out for yourself and find out what makes them so special!

Best Bakery: Puffy Muffin

This Brentwood institution offers more than just great cakes and cookies. It also features fantastic fare for delicious and healthy lunches, brunches and catering. Since 1992, Puffy Muffin has had a brick-and-mortar store in the heart of Brentwood. If past is prologue, then Puffy Muffin will keep serving the Brentwood community for decades more to come. 

Best Fine Dining: Sperry's

Nashville may be changing, but Sperry's isn't. Since 1974 in the original Belle Meade location, Sperry’s is now in Cool Springs as well. Regardless of which venue you choose, Sperry's provides patrons a warm and comforting ambiance in which to enjoy the best of Old English and Southern fare prepared from only the finest products available: aged and heavily marbled Western beef; the finest fresh seafood; and premium dairy products, oils and spices. Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. is happy hour in the bar. 

Best Casual Dining: J. Alexander's 

J. Alexander’s is a contemporary American restaurant known for its wood-fired cuisine and its superb service. The menu features a wide selection of American classics and includes a varied and rotating selection of features like Seafood Czarina, Tuscan Steak, Grilled Fish with Mango Papaya Salsa and Chicken Milanese. The restaurant has a full-service bar that includes an outstanding selection of wines both by the glass and bottle. 

Best Asian Fusion Cuisine: Wild Ginger

Located in the heart of Cool Springs, Wild Ginger is a family-owned and operated restaurant that provides a refreshingly distinct fine dining experience featuring an eclectic blend of Pan-Asian, South American and Western cuisine in the Pacific Rim style. Suffice it to say that Wild Ginger will have a selection to please any palate. Consider it the perfect destination for a business lunch, romantic evening or relaxing dinner with family and friends. 

Best Italian Cuisine: Amerigo 

A local favorite for nearly 30 years, Amerigo offers something for everyone including authentic Italian pasta, wood-fired pizzas, fresh seafood, succulent steaks, and an extensive gluten-free menu featuring more than 15 gluten-free dishes from which to choose. Whether it's a romantic dinner for two or a celebration for 30, consider Amerigo your home for all things Italian. 

Best Happy Hour: Corner Pub

Since opening in Seven Springs in 2014, the Brentwood Corner Pub has stayed busy with no one leaving hungry or thirsty. On tap are 32 craft beers, so everyone in your party is sure to find his or her favorite flavor. Also, keep an eye out for special events and promotions including draft beer tastings and the ultimate bourdon bus stopping by for the “Nevertamed Bourbon Tour.” 

Best Sports Bar: Corner Pub 

Established in 2014, the Brentwood Corner Pub is the most upscale of the Corner Pub family and has quickly become a local institution. This is because, in addition to fast and friendly service and an extensive menu including a Meat ‘n' Three, the Brentwood Corner Pub features an amazing patio, large private event space and strategically placed, HD large screen TVs on which there is always a great game to watch. 

Best Boutique: Francesca's

Fashionable and form-fitting dresses, tops, sweaters, shirts and vests? Yes, you bet. But Francesca’s is much more than just a clothing boutique. Francesca’s is also shoes and jewelry, wellness and beauty supplies, and accessories and gifts for the home. With their knowledgeable and attentive staff, Francesca’s is the perfect spot to shop for a friend on your list. Or maybe even just for yourself! 

Best Children's Boutique: Plaid Rabbit

For more than 30 years, this charming store for the youngest among us has offered many exclusive and unique items for baby and child. Along with a wide selection of baby and young children’s bedding and furniture, Plaid Rabbit also offers kids’ rugs, chandeliers and lamps. Dress your little one in style! Plaid Rabbit now also offers personalized baby outfits, receiving blankets, diaper bags and more! 

Best Salon: Parlour 3 

There’s a great reason this luxurious Brentwood salon is worth the wait; it’s the best. Owned by celebrity hair and makeup artist Melissa Schleicher, Parlour 3 is all about service and expertise, a staff of talented professionals with a passion for making you feel and look your best inside and out. So whether it’s color services, stylish cuts, extensions, makeup or even tanning, Parlour 3 has your perfect look awaiting your next appointment. 

Best Spa/Med Spa: Massage Envy

Founded in 2002 with just one location in Scottsdale, Arizona, Massage Envy has quickly rubbed lots of folks the right way to become the largest franchise of massage spas in the country. The one in Brentwood certainly offers the highest level of service and expertise. Treat yourself or a loved one. A professional massage reduces stress and tension and leaves you feeling great. Look into their membership program to get the best deals. 

Best Jeweler: Brentwood Jewelry & Gifts

Quality counts. For more than 50 years, Brentwood Jewelry & Gifts has offered impeccable customer service, unique custom jewelry and a fine selection of gifts. Thankful to have thrived in a booming Brentwood, Brentwood Jewelry & Gifts lets their friends and clients do the talking for them. 

Best Fitness Center: YMCA 

Brentwood is blessed with not just one great YMCA, but two. Whether your closest is the Brentwood or the Maryland Farms Y, either is an ideal spot for a great workout and a post-exercise healthy smoothie. And it’s not just about personal benefit. The Y is an institution that gives back to the community in so many ways. So whether it's tennis or swimming, racquetball or free weights, exercise or spin classes, it’s fun to stay at the YMCA! 

Best Car Dealership: Lexus of Nashville 

More than 50 years of Toyota automotive experience has produced the Lexus, one of the finest cars ever built. And, to keep your Lexus running like the finely tuned precision machine that it is, Lexus also provides the finest dealer network in the industry, including Lexus of Cool Springs. Check out their showroom and discover why the loyal Lexus family keeps on growing. 

Best Chiropractor: Maryland Farms Chiropractic

Hands down, Dr. Elizabeth Baker at Maryland Farms Chiropractic is the best. For three years running, she has won Brentwood's Best Chiropractor. 2018 also saw her winning the Rising Chiropractor of the Year award from the Tennessee Chiropractic Association. She takes pride in providing service to each client like family. 

Best Orthodontist: Dr. Kemp & Rice Orthodontics

Both Dr. Kemp and Dr. Rice enjoy getting to know their patients and their families and take great care and pride in creating beautiful smiles for all their patients. Both are experienced experts. Dr. Rice completed his orthodontic residency at one of the top orthodontic residency programs in the country, and Dr. Kemp serves on the National Orthodontic Advisory Council. Dr. Kemp has been practicing orthodontics in Franklin and Brentwood since 1986.

Best Dentist: Brentwood Family Dentists

From braces to dentures, children’s dentistry to cosmetic services, restorations and fillings to preventive and maintenance care, Drs. Thomas Homonnay and Phillip Dotson and their team at Brentwood Family Dentists have your whole family covered. Find out why the glowing testimonials of their many patients are only outshined by their many smiles. 

Best Specialized Dentist: Nashville Oral Surgery – Dr. Mack

With their newest location in the Cool Springs Mall area, the doctors and team at Nashville Oral Surgery have expanded their expert practice with its dedication to predictable patient outcomes. As surgical specialists of dentistry, the only dental specialists who complete hospital-based residency training programs after becoming dentists, the doctors of Nashville Oral Surgery have many years of anesthesia training in a hospital setting and are recognized experts in IV sedation and general anesthesia. They love their profession and enjoy treating patients with kindness and a dose of good humor, striving always to provide patients with the best experience possible. 

Best Hospital: Vanderbilt Medical Center

As one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, VUMC is the largest comprehensive health system in Tennessee. Its core missions are the delivery of patient care, the performance of biomedical research, and the development of future leaders in health care. The recipient of numerous accolades, VUMC has been named a Top Hospital by Truven Health Analytics 14 times and the best hospital in Tennessee for the seventh consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report. Good choice, Brentwood readers! 

Best Family Physician: Cool Springs Internal Medicine

Cool Springs Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Clinic strives to deliver accessible, patient-centered, timely, cost-efficient care to its patients. CSIMP is committed to providing the highest-quality healthcare to patients and believes that optimal care is not only about the medical advice and treatment provided, but also about the relationships with patients. The practice embraces the fact that all members of CSIMP must work together as a team to achieve optimal results. 

Best Plastic Surgeon: Vanderbilt Center for Cosmetic Surgery

Vanderbilt Cosmetic Plastic Surgery comprises a team of nationally recognized surgeons and a cosmetic staff dedicated to excellence. This is coupled with a state-of-the-art Brentwood office that incorporates the latest in aesthetician services, lasers such as Halo, Cool Sculpting and injectables. 

Best Day Care/Tutoring: Primrose 

Part of a national system of accredited private preschools, Primrose offers the highest quality of care for children aged 6 weeks to kindergarten, inspiring lightbulb moments every day. The Balanced Learning Curriculum educates the whole child, and leadership teams and school staff partner with parents to help build the right foundation for a child’s learning and life. 

Best Senior Living: Brookdale 

Established in Brentwood in 1978, Brookdale now owns and operates more senior living communities throughout the United States than anyone else. With more than a 1,000 senior living communities and counting, Brookdale is known for providing an array of expert services to allow residents the highest degree of independent living possible. 

Best Realtor: Gabrielle Dodson

Consistently ranked as a top performer in both sales and management, Gabrielle is also a graduate of Brentwood High School and very conversant with the Middle Tennessee market. Combining her M.B.A. with her outgoing personality and business acumen, Gabrielle is a resourceful and effective communicator committed to her clients’ needs. Got real estate dreams? Gabrielle can help you make them come true. 

Best Home Builder/Remodeler: Exodus Industries

Exodus Industries is a full-suite, woman-owned general contracting company. Founded more than 15 years ago, Exodus prides itself on providing service and is committed to delivering the highest standards of ethics and quality to their clients. Specialties include both residential and commercial renovation and remodeling as well as new construction. Exodus also offers roofing, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, concrete and excavation services. 

Best Home Furnishing/Interior Design: Ethan Allen

Whether bedroom or bathroom, office or outdoors, any living space can be made to look and feel its best with Ethan Allen. With its team of design pros to help you achieve the look you seek, from classic to contemporary, Ethan Allen offers a broad range of furniture and accessories. 

Best Law Firm: Griffith Law Firm

Griffith Law is a personal injury firm that handles claims ranging from car accidents to slips and falls. They are committed to helping seriously injured clients of all kinds get the legal support and financial compensation they need in order to move forward. The goal is always to provide clients with security, comfort and peace of mind, confident in the knowledge that their interests are well-represented. 

Best Bank/Financial Institution: First Tennessee 

Enjoy full-service banking with a small-town feel and a neighborhood touch. First Tennessee has been helping Tennesseans achieve their financial goals since 1864, that’s the 14th oldest national bank charter in the country. There are more than 180 locations in and around Tennessee and now one in Brentwood as well. 

Best Wealth Adviser: Austin Niravong

Austin develops financial strategies to help clients navigate the overwhelming array of options available and offers a tangible roadmap to help clients follow a dedicated process to achieve their financial goals. Many individuals are not educated or prepared about financial matters. Austin offers a comfortable, kindhearted, professional experience where clients leave with the confidence that wise and realistic steps have been taken in meeting their goals. 

Best Kids Activity: Nashville Zoo

Let your inner child run wild. Nashville Zoo is an animal adventure for all ages. Ride the Soaring Eagle zip line; tour the Grassmere Historic Home; swing and climb at the Jungle Gym; meet the jumping joeys in the Kangaroo Kickabout. Animals from around the world such as white rhinos, Masai giraffes, Caribbean flamingos, clouded leopards and red pandas are waiting for you to answer your call of the wild. Go! 

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