Readers' Choice Best of Brentwood 2019 Winners

We received an extremely high number of votes this year for your favorite Brentwood businesses. Some of the contests were close. Some were clear favorites and in one rare instance, we received a TIE. 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 Brunch: First Watch

At First Watch, they begin each morning slicing fresh fruits and vegetables, baking muffins and whipping up French toast batter from scratch.  Everything is made to order at First Watch in Brentwood.  They only use the finest ingredients possible for the freshest taste around.  Upon arrival, they welcome you with a pot of their finest coffee along with complimentary newspapers and WIFI.

Best Fine Dining: Mere Bulles 

Mere Bulles' rich and influential history begins with its muse, Mother Bubbles, who was the grandmother of the original owner, after whom the restaurant was named.  Her love of champagne earned her the nickname "Mother Bubbles" which in french translates to Mere Bulles.  Mere Bulles is located in the Maryland manor, a historic plantation-style farmhouse and former estate home in Brentwood.  Their restaurant features a wide variety of seafood, steaks and sides.

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 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 Sushi: Nama Sushi

This small Knoxville-based chain made its debut in Brentwood and sushi lovers have continued to flock to the modern venue with fresh and imaginative fare.  Portions are sizable and prices are reasonable, a welcome surprise from a restaurant that fits right in with its upscale neighbors.  Located in Hill Center.

Best Happy Hour: Tin Roof 2

Happy Hour is from 2pm - 7pm everyday!  An unpretentious shotgun shack bar & music venue with creative takes on American pub food.  Everything from makes your own nachos, to hot pressed sandwiches, every kind of quesadilla and burger you could ask for.  For those wanting something healthier, there is also an assortment of salad on the menu.  Check out the website to see "What's Happening" tonight.

Best Boutique: Blush Boutique

Opening in 2008 with the first Blush location in Brentwood, Tennessee, Blush has now grown to a total of four locations in Middle Tennessee: Brentwood, Belle Meade, the Gulch, & Downtown Nashville on 5th Avenue; as well as Louisville, Kentucky.  Blush has been a winner in the “Best Local Women's Clothing Stores” category of the Nashville Scene’s annual reader's poll for 7 years in a row. Blush provides shoppers with a boutique that carries the most unique and fashion forward designs at an affordable price.

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 Nail Salon: Serenity Nails

With services like no-chip gel manicures, pedicures, manicures, and nail art, you can keep your nails looking clean, fresh and trendy. This salon understands that beauty emergencies come up and that's why it accepts walk-ins. For moderately priced, quality spa treatments, look no further than Serenity Nail Spa. (615) 732-0796

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 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 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 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 Cosmetic Surgeon: Cool Springs Plastic Surgery

Since 1994, Cool Springs Plastic Surgery has been a leading provider for Aesthetic Services in the Greater Nashville area.  As an all-inclusive, cosmetic practice, they offer rejuvenation of the entire body and mind. From a gentle facial or Mommy Makeover, CSPS has both surgical and non-surgical options available for your wide-ranging desires.  Comprehensive care includes: breast and body contouring, both surgical and non-surgical, facial rejuvenation, both invasive and non-invasive options, hair restoration and medical grade skin care.

Best Childcare: 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 Home 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 Builder (TIE): Castle Homes & Grove Park Construction

Castle Homes: An award winning green home builder, Castle Homes has distinguished itself as a top Nashville design-build firm producing impeccable homes with guaranteed pricing. Known for superior attention-to-detail and proven craftsmanship, Castle Homes staff includes construction project managers and an experienced interior design staff who work to create a stunning spectrum of homes throughout the Tennessee area.

Grove Park Construction: Over the course of a decade, Grove Park Construction has built hundreds of custom homes.  Grove Park works with customers from the selection and purchase of a lot through the design, sourcing of materials and construction of the home. The company tailors solutions to each client, helping to guide them through this new era in the housing industry.  In collaboration with the finest architects and designers, Grove Park delivers anything you dreamed of from glass ceiling wine cellars and indoor putting greens to slate roofs and backyard retreats.

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 Furnishing: Nest Decor

When Nest Decor opened in 2015, they knew they wanted to inspire.  Walking into NEST you''' be presented with ever-changing galleries.  They have a very knowledgeable design consultants with a passion for beautiful interiors and home entertaining.  By attending market and buying limited quantities, we offer handpicked special items you won’t find in the big chain stores.  They are stylish, affordable and on trend.

Best Bank: Regions

Regions Bank has knowledgeable professionals to help you take your next step while providing exceptional customer service and financial guidance. Regions has 245 branches and 635 ATMs across TN that can offer you a full range of personal deposits, loans and credit lines, business services, insurance*, investment* products and more. Regions in Brentwood is located at 329 Franklin Road.

Best Law Firm: Russ Cook & Associates

Russ Cook & Associates, PC, in Brentwood is a boutique law firm that exclusively handles estate planning, probate, business law, and trust administration matters for clients throughout Middle Tennessee. With more than 30 years of combined experience, they counsel clients regarding complex estate and business planning matters including but not limited to estate & trust administration, wills and probate litigation.

Best Wealth Advisory Firm: Southern Oak Wealth 

If you’re a stakeholder in a business or corporation, or you havecomplicated family interests tied into your wealth, Southern Oak Wealth can help you keep it all coordinated.  Southern Oak Wealth acts as the central component of your network of advisors. With an all-encompassing and consultative process.  Some of their services include: Total Financial Integration, Investment Services & Family Legacy Planning.

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