Carolina’s Finest - Carolina Country
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Carolina Country is proud to offer up our annual Carolina’s Finest Awards, showcasing the best North Carolina has to offer. We’re leaving it up to you, our readers, to pick the best of the best!

We’re taking nominations now through May 15. We’ll announce three finalists in each category in our July 2024 magazine, so be sure to come back then to vote (and for another chance to win a $100 gift card).

Nomination Form

Nominate your favorites—a response for every category isn't required.

BBQ Restaurant

Eastern, Lexington-style or in between, where do you go for the best?


We have a lot of them in NC, but which one is your favorite?

Hot Dog Spot

Whether layered with chili, slaw and onions or just a line of condiment, what spot makes the best dogs of all?

Live Music Venue

NC’s musical roots feed countless live music venues. Where do you like to get your groove on?

Local Coffee Shop

Some seek the caffeine hit; others the social component. Where’s your favorite shop to cozy up with a cup of Joe?

Made in NC Product

Local or national brands are all fair game. What's the best of the best?

Main Street/Downtown

Maybe it's right out of a movie, or just a nice place to spend an afternoon.

Minor League Baseball Team

Minor league=major fun. From fireworks to mascots, who’s your favorite team to cheer on?


Fossils, art, cats, aluminum trees, pinball, gourds—the list is long of NC museums! What’s your favorite?

Thrift/Antique Shop

Environmentally and pocketbook friendly, where’s the best place to find a hidden gem for a bargain price?

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. To enter, complete this online entry form, or mail in your nominations to Carolina Country’s Finest, 3400 Sumner Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27616, for a chance to win. All contact information will remain confidential. One entry per person, drawn by random; odds of receiving one (1) of the three $100 gift cards depend upon number of entries received. Entries must be submitted by May 15, 2024. Random drawing will take place after May 16, 2024.