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Thousands of votes cast for Out and About Voters' Choice Awards

Posted May 21

2016 Out and About Voters' Choice Awards

Time is running out to nominate your favorite restaurants and other local businesses for 2016 WRAL Out and About Voters' Choice Awards.

Thousands of votes have already been cast in categories including best brewery, coffee shop, salon, spa and local festival.

The nomination period runs through the end of the month. You can nominate your favorites in all categories (below). Encourage your favorite local businesses to help spread the word through their email and social media channels to make sure they get as many nominations as possible by May 29.

Nominate your favorites now

On June 1, voting officially opens featuring the top nominated local businesses. You can select one of five finalists for each category or write in your favorite. Voting ends July 10. Winners will be honored in August. Use #WRALVCAs to join the conversation.

Look at last year's winners, but note that this year we want to keep the focus on local business and less large chain restaurants and businesses.

And if you are a business interested in sponsoring this year's awards or looking for graphics to help you campaign for nominations, check out WRAL Works.

2016 WRAL Out & About Voters’ Choice Awards Categories
*Denotes NEW for 2016

  • Cuisine
    • Bakery
    • Breakfast
    • Brunch
    • Burgers
    • Coffee
    • Deli
    • Dessert
    • Fast food*
    • French fries
    • Gluten-free options
    • International cuisine
    • Italian cuisine
    • Late-night menu
    • Mexican
    • Pizza
    • Seafood
    • Steaks
    • Sushi
    • Vegetarian menu
    • Wings
  • Experiences
    • Bang for your buck
    • Brewery/Distillery
    • Business lunch
    • Festival (music, community or other)*
    • Food truck
    • Kids night out/Kids eat free
    • NC beach destination*
    • NC mountain destination*
    • Outdoor dining
    • Pet-friendly location*
    • Place for a date
    • Place to watch a game
    • Special occasion or splurge restaurant
    • Summer concert series*
    • Takeout and/or delivery
    • Worth the drive
  • Nightlife
    • Bottle shop*
    • Cocktails
    • Dancefloor*
    • DJ*
    • Local band*
    • Neighborhood bar*
    • Trivia*
    • Wine selection
  • Southern Experience
    • Biscuits*
    • Eastern NC BBQ
    • Mac N Cheese
    • Ribs
    • Sweet Tea
    • Western NC BBQ
  • Lifestyle*
    • Apartments*
    • Boutique*
    • Country club/ Golf course*
    • Florist*
    • Hair Salon*
    • Massage / Spa Treatments*
    • Nail Salon*
    • Place to Break a Sweat*
    • Place to Walk/Run/Bike*
    • Unique gifts*
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  • Roger Clements May 21, 12:57 p.m.
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    When I first moved here I was told the Triangle is in the center. You have the beach which is a relatively short drive to the East and then you have the mountains which is a relatively short drive to the West.

    My vote is the beach OR the mountains. Besides the cost of a tank of gas, the beach and the mountains are free. There is nothing comparable in the Triangle that doesn't charge an entrance fee.