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Winning a Best of Charleston award has long been a stamp of excellence in this city. And after 20 years of naming readers’ Best of Charleston winners, we’re up to a whopping 300-plus categories. The competition is always fierce, but we’ve got a slate of businesses that seem to rock the vote time and again. This just represents the all-stars that have dominated a category for years.

Best Desserts – Kaminsky’s – 20 wins
Best New York Style Pizza – Andolini’s Pizza – 20 wins
Best Surf Shop – McKevlin’s Surf Shop – 20 wins
Best Dive Shop – Charleston Scuba – 20 wins
Best Bike Shop – Mike’s Bikes – 20 wins
Best Jewelry Store – Croghan’s Jewel Box – 19 wins
Best West Ashley Bar – Gene’s Haufbrau – 19 wins
Best Weatherman – Rob Fowler – 19 wins
Best Tire Store & Best Mechanic – Gerald’s Tires & Breaks – 19 wins
Best Romantic Restaurant – Fulton Five – 19 wins
Best Bookstore – Barnes & Noble – 19 wins
Best Bagels – Bagel Nation – 19 wins
Best Adult Establishment – Thee Southern Belle – 19 wins
Best IOP Restaurant – Boathouse – 18 wins
Best Thrift Store – Goodwill – 18 wins
Best Place to Buy Local Seafood – Crosby’s – 18 wins
Best Marina – Charleston City Marina – 18 wins
Best Local TV Station – WCBD – 18 wins
Best Island – Sullivan’s Island – 18 wins
Best Florist – Tiger Lily – 18 wins

Honorable Mention

Best Wings – Wild Wing Cafe – 17 wins
Best Tourist Trap – City Market – 17 wins
Best Seafood – Hank’s – 17 wins
Best Rock Music Club – The Music Farm – 17 wins
Best Hotel – Belmond Charleston Place – 17 wins
Best Golf Course – The Ocean Course – 17 wins
Best Department Store – Belk – 17 wins
Best Caterer – Cru Catering – 17 wins
Best Realty Company – Carolina One – 16 wins
Best Pawn Shop – Money Man Pawn – 16 wins
Best Neighborhood Bar – Moe’s Crosstown Tavern – 16 wins
Best Insurance Agency – State Farm – 16 wins
Best Charlestonian – Joe Riley – 16 wins