To view the entire list of The Beaufort Gazette 2012 Readers' Choice Award Winners, click on the Readers' Choice special section.
For The Island Packet winners, click here.

BG - Best Fish and Chips

Rosie O'Grady's

Was it the luck of the Irish that Rosie O’Grady’s won so many Readers’ Choice awards? Could be, but most likely it’s because they have the tastiest Fish & Chips that go best with a smooth draft beer. Couple that with their nightly specials and activities, and Rosie O’Grady's makes the perfect spot to call your neighborhood sports bar.
2127 Boundary St., Suite 2, Beaufort, SC 29902

BG - Best French Restaurant

Bistro 17

Close your eyes and imagine dining at a quaint, French Bistro sipping on coffee and tasting the most divine cuisine. Now, open your eyes and realize you can enjoy that same feeling at Bistro 17 while sitting in an elegant, upscale setting with a spectacular view of Hilton Head Island.
17 Harbourside Lane, Suite D, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

BG - Best Fried Chicken

Maryland Fried Chicken

Beaufortonians know the best fried chicken actually comes from Maryland. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The sign, the booths and counters, even the 1950s-style containers...nothing has changed at Maryland Fried Chicken in the last 40 years...and that's the way we like it!
111 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902

BG - Best Funeral Home

Anderson Funeral Home

With 50 years of service in the Beaufort area, Anderson Funeral Home can help grieving family members prepare a meaningful funeral service to aid in the healing process.
611 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort, SC 29906

BG - Best Furniture Store


Figure out what furniture would look best in your home by the click of a mouse? No more sweating over if your new couch will fit with your other furniture. With FWDG’s online tools and knowledgeable interior design staff, you’ll be sure to get the right look and the perfect fit every time.
745 Robert Smalls Parkway, Suite 1, Beaufort, SC 29906

BG - Best Gift Shop

Lu Lu Burgess

Lu Lu Burgess is best friend’s closet you wish you could borrow from. If you’re in need of a gift for the most persnickety person on your shopping list or something shiny and cool to take your outfit up a notch, Lu Lu Burgess is the shop for you.
917 Bay St., Suite E, Beaufort, SC 29902

BG - Best Grocery Store


It’s comforting to know you can find all your family’s favorites and everything for your weekly menu right at your fingertips. If you have a question, there are friendly salespeople who are dedicated to customer service. Publix better make room on their mantle because their stores have won even more Readers’ Choice awards. I guess shopping at Publix really is a pleasure.
163 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort SC 29907

BG - Best Hair Salon

Limelite Salon

At Limelite Salon, the talented staff takes pride in every service provided from cuts to color, tailoring them to your individual needs. Sit back and relax while you enjoy complementary beverages, wine and spirits at their color processing bar.
612 Carteret St., Beaufort, SC 29907

BG - Best Happy Hour

Breakwater Restaurant & Bar

The bar at Breakwater offers a lively venue for locals and visitors alike. The fun, friendly atmosphere combined with warm Southern hospitality is a Breakwater signature.
203 Carteret St., Suite 102, Beaufort, SC 29902

BG - Best Health/Vitamin Store

Herban Market

Always searching for that new tea, vitamin or spice to keep up your healthy lifestyle? Herban Market is the all-organic, all-natural grocery store for the health-conscience Beaufortonians.
1211 Newcastle St., Beaufort SC 29902