Lorain County is home to a wealth of fantastic restaurants, shops, festivals and more. Be sure to check out this year's finalists as they vie for the best of the best honors at this year's Best of Lorain County Party, Thursday, July 20, 2023, at Lorain County Community College. To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit pulselorainmag.com/bolc.




Foundry Kitchen & Bar, Elyria

Strip Steakhouse, Avon

ThiNi Thai, Oberlin

Fine Dining

Dodie’s Dockside, Lorain

Nemo Grille, Avon

Strip Steakhouse, Avon

Casual Dining

Avon Brewing Company, Avon

Foundry Kitchen & Bar, Elyria

The Feve, Oberlin


Avon Brewing Company, Avon

Mulligan’s Pub & Grille, Avon

Veranda Bistro & Bar, Avon


Erie Steak & Seafood Co., Lorain

Papasitos and Beer Mexican Grill, Lorain

The Shipyards, Lorain


Diso’s Bistro, Lorain

Parker’s Grille & Tavern, Avon Lake

Strip Steakhouse, Avon


Bistro 83, North Ridgeville

Dodie’s Dockside, Lorain

Nemo Grille, Avon


Avon Brewing Company, Avon

Foundry Kitchen & Bar, Elyria

Heck’s Cafe, Avon


Lorenzo’s Pizzeria, Oberlin

Olde Town Pizza House, Amherst

Smash Pizza Kitchen, North Ridgeville


Buffalo Wild Wings, Avon Lake, Elyria

Quaker Steak & Lube, Sheffield Village

ZZ’s Big Top, Avon


Moosehead  BBQ Grill, Amherst

Parker’s Grille & Tavern, Avon Lake

Uncle Bo’s Slow-n-Low BBQ & Bar, Elyria


Boriken Joe’s Taco Shop, Avon

Don Tequila, Amherst, Elyria

Fiesta Jalapenos, North Ridgeville


Fujiyama, Avon

Jin House, Amherst

Plum Asian Fare and Sushi, Avon Lake


Fratello’s, Avon Lake

Nino’s Italian Restaurant, North Ridgeville

Sorrento Ristorante & Pizzeria, Sheffield


Jin House, Amherst

Plum Asian Fare and Sushi, Avon Lake

ThiNi Thai, Oberlin, Oberlin


El Kefon, Lorain

Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant, Oberlin

Mi Casa Sabor Latino, Lorain

Healthy Menu (Restaurant)

Aladdin’s Eatery, Oberlin

Check Please Cafe, Grafton

Salad KraZe, Avon Lake

Bar Food

The Feve, Oberlin

Wolfey’s Bistro & Pub, Elyria

Ziggy’s Pub & Restaurant, Amherst

Cheap Eats

Midway Oh Boy, Elyria

Smitty’s Place, Elyria

ZZ’s Big Top, Avon

Sunday Brunch

Foundry Kitchen & Bar, Elyria

The Feve, Oberlin

Union Town Provisions, Lorain

Family Dining

Avon Brewing Company, Avon

Blue Sky Restaurant, Amherst, Elyria

Check Please Cafe, Grafton


Avon Brewing Company, Avon

ThiNi Thai, Oberlin, Oberlin

Wolfey’s Bistro & Pub, Elyria


The Arb at Tappan Square, Oberlin

The Feve, Oberlin

Union Town Provisions, Lorain


Fligner’s Market, Lorain

Martin’s Deli, Avon

Rubin’s Deli, Elyria

Pastry Shop

Blue Rooster Bakehouse, Oberlin

Kiedrowski’s Bakery, Amherst

Marta’s N More Bakery, Lorain


Faroh’s Finest Chocolates, Lorain

Malley’s Chocolates, Avon

Suzin L. Chocolatier, Amherst, Elyria


Cakes By the Lake, Lorain

Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes, Avon, Avon Lake

Mama Jo Homestyle Pies, Amherst


Expresso Bakery, Elyria

Kiedrowski’s Bakery, Amherst

Peace, Love and Little Donuts, Avon

Ice Cream

Cowhaus Creamery, Elyria

K-Cream Korner, Lorain

Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream, Avon


Cawley’s Confections, LaGrange

The Lucky Penny Cafe, LaGrange

The Slow Train Cafe, Oberlin

Fish Fry

American Slovak Club, Lorain

Avon Brewing Company, Avon

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Sheffield Lake


Fligner’s Market, Lorain

LCCC Conference & Dining Services, Elyria

Tom’s Country Place, Avon




• John Christ Winery, Avon Lake

Matus Winery, Wakeman

Vermilion Valley Vineyards, Vermilion

Sports Bar

Buffalo Wild Wings, Avon Lake, Elyria

Dawg House Bar & Grill, Elyria

Ziggy’s Pub & Restaurant, Amherst

Happy Hour

Bistro 83, North Ridgeville

Wolfey’s Bistro & Pub, Elyria

ZZ’s Big Top, Avon

Live Music Venue

Black River Landing, Lorain

Lorain Palace Theatre, Lorain

Riverdog, Wakeman


Apollo Theater, Oberlin

Lorain Palace Theatre, Lorain

Stocker Arts Center, Elyria

Golf Course

Bob-O-Link Golf Course, Avon

Grey Hawk Golf Club, LaGrange

Valley of the Eagles Golf Club, Elyria

Local Festival

Lorain International Festival, Lorain

North Ridgeville Corn Festival, North Ridgeville

Rockin’ on the River, Lorain

Charitable Event

Blessing House - Rock-a-Bye Ball, Elyria

The LCADA Way - Pearls of Wisdom, Lorain

United Way of Greater Lorain County - A Night at the Bee, Lorain



Fitness Center

9Round Kickboxing Fitness, Avon

Planet Fitness, Multiple Locations

UH Avon Fitness Center, Avon

Fitness Trail

Amherst Beaver Creek Reservation, Amherst

Black River Reservation, Elyria

French Creek Reservation, Sheffield Village

Senior Living

Kendal at Oberlin, Oberlin

Sprenger Health Care Systems, Multiple Locations

St. Mary of the Woods, Avon

Yoga Studio

Cultivate Yoga, Avon

The Hive, Elyria

UH Avon Fitness Center, Avon

Healthy Food Selection (Retail)

Doc Watson’s Market, Amherst

Heinen’s Grocery Store, Avon

Vermilion Farm Market, Vermilion



Shopping Area

Avon Commons, Avon

Downtown Oberlin, Oberlin

Main Street Amherst, Amherst


Goodness Gracious, Grafton

The Clothing Loft Boutique, Amherst

Tracy’s Trinkets & Treasures, Elyria


Beth K. Stocker Art Gallery, Elyria

Elyria Arts Council, Elyria

FAVA Gallery, Oberlin


Levit Jewelers, Lorain

Peter & Co. Jewelers, Avon Lake

Vandemark Jewelers, Elyria


Carlyle Gift and Flower Shop, Oberlin

Off Broadway Floral & Gift, Lorain

Puffer’s Floral Shoppe, Elyria

Garden Center

Pandy’s Garden Center, Elyria

Petitti Garden Centers, Avon

Pinehaven Garden Center and Greenhouses, Avon

Book Store

Ben Franklin | MindFair Books, Oberlin

Central Bookstore, Amherst

Commodore Books & More, Elyria

Pet Boutique

Alpha-Dog Pet Center & Pet Wash Systems, Amherst

Grateful Dog Bakery, North Ridgeville

Polished Paws Salon & Boutique, Avon Lake

Farmers Market

Fitch’s Farm Market, Avon

Oberlin Farmers Market, Oberlin

Vermilion Farm Market, Vermilion

Wine Shop

Giuseppe’s Wine Cellar, Amherst

Minotti’s Wine & Spirits, Avon

The Wine Room, Avon

Beer Selection

1 Stop Beverage, Avon

Giant Eagle, Multiple Locations

Johnny’s Carryout, Oberlin



Day Spa

Essential Kneads Wellness, Grafton

Making Face Spa, Amherst

UH Avon Fitness Center Day Spa, Avon

Mani Pedi

Eva’s Nail Spa, Lorain

Nail Clinic, Avon

UH Avon Fitness Center Day Spa, Avon

Home Builder

Drees Homes, Brecksville

K. Hovnanian Homes, Richfield

Kopf Builders, Avon Lake

Home Remodeler

Bennett Builders & Remodelers, Westlake

Northern Hammerworks, Avon Lake

Remodel Me Today, Olmsted Falls


Born’s Landscape & Lawn Care, Amherst

Brian-Kyles Landscapes of Distinction, Lorain

Schill Grounds Management, North Ridgeville

Dry Cleaner

Amherst Dry Cleaners, Amherst

Ridge Cleaners, Multiple Locations

Tide Dry Cleaners, Avon

Car Wash

Blue Falls Car Wash, Amherst, North Ridgeville

Clean Express Auto Wash, Elyria

Rainforest Car Wash, Avon




Flippers Gym Program, Avon

Great Lakes Gymnastics, Avon Lake

Ten Point 0 Gymnastics, North Ridgeville

Dance Studio

Janice’s Dance Studio, Wellington

Miss Kristin’s Dance Studio, Avon Lake

The Hive, Elyria

Learning Center

Laura’s Learning Treehouse, Avon

LCCC Children’s Learning Center, Elyria

The Child Garden, Multiple Locations

Music Instruction 

Avon School of Music, Avon

Oberlin Community Music School, Oberlin

Rock Town Music Academy, Lorain



Local Volunteer

Annette Corrao, BHS Alumni Memorial Park, Sheffield Lake

Kevin Krischer, Friends of the East Falls Riverwalk, Elyria

Lorie Wilber, Partners With Paws of Lorain County, Oberlin

Board Member

Barb Eifel, Blessing House, Elyria

Brad Calabrese, United Way of Greater Lorain County, Lorain

Ray Gilles, North Coast Chamber, Avon


Aon Krittathiranon, ThiNi Thai, Oberlin

Brian Weaver, Avon Brewing Co., Avon

Dean Diluciano, LCCC Conference & Dining Services, Elyria


Jack Maple, Speak of the Devil, Lorain

Jeff Gresko, Bistro 83, North Ridgeville

Kevin Tite, Avon Brewing Co., Avon

Personal Trainer

Linda Lavalle, UH Avon Fitness Center, Avon

Louis Forconi, 9Round Kickboxing Fitness, Avon

Mike Ely, Grafton Barbell Club, Grafton

Master Stylist

Josef DeJarnette, Josef Hair Studio, Oberlin

Kristell Thompson, Francesca’s Unleashed, Elyria

Nicole Dovin, Salon Belle Vie, Amherst


Daniel Schaffer, Midway Pointe Chiropractic, Elyria

Jeremy Watson, Watson Wellness, Amherst

Nicholas Favian, Xcell Medical Group, Elyria