Readers of the Kent Reporter have voted. Here are the 2016 winners of the annual “Best of Kent” contest, including Best Kent Realtor, Best Kent Breakfast, Best Kent Fine Dining, Best Kent Shopping, Best Kent Flower Shop and more!

Best Community Volunteer

Frankie Haaas
Jim Berrios

Best Firefighter/Police Officer

Kent Chief of Police Ken Thomas

Best Public Official

Jim Berrios, Kent City Council

Best Teacher/School

Theresa Turner, Kentlake High School

Best Favorite Family Destination

Kent Station

Best Chiropractor

Baldwin Chiropractic

Best Dentist/Denturist

Life Like Dentures

Best Eye Doctor

Clearvue Vision Center

Best Healthcare Facility

Family Care of Kent

Best Massage Therapist

Lemon Drop Skin Care & Massage

Best Physician

Robert Smithing, MSN, ARNP, FAANP, Family Care of Kent

Best Senior Living Facility

Weatherly Inn at Lake Meridian

Best Skin Care/Cosmetics

Lemon Drop Skin Care & Massage

Best Spa Services

Lemon Drop Skin Care & Massage

Best Attorney/Law Firm

Hanis, Irvine, Prothero, PLLC

Best Bartender

Frankie, Applebee’s Grill & Bar

Best Financial Advisor

Kevin P. Hasslinger, Edward Jones

Best Insurance Agent

Craig Romney, State Farm Insurance

Best Pet Groomer

Reber Ranch

Best Realtor

Marti Reeder, John L. Scott Real Estate, Kent-Covington-Maple Valley

Best Travel Agent

Sally Goodgion, Catalyst Travel

Best Veterinarian

Dr. Rob McMonigle, DVM, McMonigle Veterinary Hospital

Best Waiter/Waitress

Michelle Lowery, Maggie’s on Meeker

Best Asian Cuisine

Banyan Tree Thai Restaurant

Best Bakery

Wild Wheat Bakery Cafe

Best Bar/Happy Hour

Mama Stortini’s Restaurant & Bar

Best BBQ

Cave Man Kitchen

Best Breakfast

Maggie’s on Meeker

Best Coffee Shop

Maggie’s on Meeker

Best Family Restaurant

Golden Steer Steak ‘n Rib House

Best Fine Dining

Paolo’s Italian Restaurant

Best Hamburgers

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Best Indian Cuisine

Curry & Kabab Indian Restaurant

Best Italian Cuisine

Paolo’s Italian Restaurant

Best Lunch

Applebee’s Grill & Bar

Best Mexican Cuisine

Azteca Mexican Restaurant

Best Pizza

Rich’s Five Star Pizza

Best Automotive Care

East Hill Tire Factory

Best Bank/Credit Union

Heritage Bank

Best Catering

Down Home Catering

Best Hair Salon/Barber Shop

Blanc ‘n Schwartz Salon

Best Mortgage Service

Cindi Cameron, Fairway independent Mortgage Corporation

Best Nail Salon

Nails by Design and Terri Lancaster

Best Painter/Contractor

Jeff Heiss Painting

Best Bookstore

Kent Teaching & Toys

Best Clothing/Shoe Store

Linda’s Apparel

Best Consignment/Thrift Store

Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

Best Flower Shop

Carpinito Brothers

Best Furniture/Home Decor


Best Gift Store

Kelly’s Gift Boutique

Best Grocery/Convenience Store


Best Jewelry Store

Bonaci Fine Jewelers

Best Pet Store

Reber Ranch

Best Plant Nursery

Carpinito Brothers

Best Small/Large Appliance Store

Super Sew & Vac

Best Winery/Wine Shop

Reds Wine Bar

Congrats to all of this year’s “Best of Kent” winners!


Dana Neuts

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