Folio Weekly’s BEST of JAX 2017

What does it mean to be “the best”?
Well, on this, the 26th year of Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax, we can say with authority that it means a business or person has risen to the top of the heap (or fallen to the bottom, depending on the category), pulled away from the pack, taken it to another level of awesome (or awful—you know how we do). We can also say “Yay internet!” ‘cause counting those ballots by hand is no joke. Neither is deciphering some of y’all’s penmanship, tbh—but we’ll always have a soft spot for your clearly half-lit chicken scratch. We’re not even gonna touch the spelling issue, save to say that it’s odd that no one can spell the names of local politicians but everybody somehow nails the spelling of their vote for Best Gentleman’s Club. #Priorities.

Because Best of Jax belongs to you as much as it does to us, this year, we’ve added a bunch of reader-nominated categories, some that made us lol, others that made us think and a few that made us just, ummmmmmm … okay. We can’t say we’ll keep ‘em all next year, but we can say that we’ve had the best time with the 2017 Best of Jax and we couldn’t have done it without you. So take a bow, pat yourself on the back and know that Folio Weekly loves you the most! No matter what your mom says. What does she know anyway; she voted for Crocs as Best Local Trend.