The Best of the Best list is selected by readers of “The Day” newspaper.

Congratulations to the Niantic & East Lyme winners of The Day’s 2020 Best of the Best Awards! We’re so proud to have you as part of our community.

Arts & Entertainment

Movie Theater
Niantic Cinema, 3rd Place

Niantic Children’s Museum, 3rd Place

Food & Dining

Asian Cuisine
The Spice Club, 1st Place

Flanders Donut & Bake Shop, 1st Place

The Shack, 1st Place

The Shack, 1st Place

Cajun Cuisine
Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, 1st Place


Flander’s Fish Market & Restaurant won in multiple categories, including Best Fish & Chips.

Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, 2nd Place


Cheap Eats
The Shack, 2nd Place
Flanders Donut & Bake Shop, 3rd Place

Olivia Formica, Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, 3rd Place

Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, 2nd Place

Dessert Menu
The Shack, 3rd Place

The Shack, 1st Place

Fish & Chips
Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, 2nd Place

Happy Hour
Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, 3rd Place

Kids’ Menu
The Shack, 1st Place

Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, 3rd Place

Scott’s took home 3rd place for Best Grinder

Sandwich & Grinder
Scott’s Meat & Deli, 3rd Place

Server or Bartender
Daryl, The Shack, 3rd Place

Sports Bar
Lyme Tavern Restaurant & Sports Bar, 2nd Place

Sweets & Candy
Flanders Donut & Bake Shop, 2nd Place
Gumdrops & Lollipops, 3rd Place

Thai Cuisine
The Spice Club, 1st Place

Smokey O’ Grady’s, 2nd Place

The Great Outdoors
Hundreds enjoy camping at Rocky Neck every year.

Rocky Neck State Park, 2nd Place

Charter Fishing Company
Black Hawk II, 1st Place

Scott’s Yankee Farmer, 2nd Place

Health & Wellness

Pape Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 2nd Place

Dance Studio
Broadway Kids & Company, 3rd Place

Dentist or Orthodontist
Kozlowski Orthodontics, 2nd Place

Gym or Fitness Center
Advantage Personal Training, 2nd Place

Medical Specialist
Steven Y. Wei, M.D. Orthopedic Partners, 3rd Place

Famiglietti Eye Associates, 2nd Place

Fred Santoro M.D.F.A.A.P Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 1st Place

Pediatrician (practice)
Flanders Pediatrics, 2nd Place

Personal Trainer
Michael Nelson, Advantage Personal Training, 2nd Place

Home & Garden
Flowers and friendly-faces will greet you at Smith’s Acres.

Jamco Electric, 1st Place
Sanders Electric, 2nd Place

Fuel & Oil
Guy’s Oil, 2nd Place

Garden Center & Nursery
Smith’s Acres, 3rd Place

Home Decor & Housewares
Marvel Home Decorating, 2nd Place

Interior Designer or Decorator
Gail Grillo, Marvel Home Decorating, 1st Place

Lighting & Accessories
Marvel Home Decorating, 3rd Place

Plumbing Company
Niantic Plumbing, 1st Place

Lifestyle & Beauty
Two years in business and a winner every year, I’d Wax That is here to pamper you from head to toe and everywhere in between.

Facials or Facial Cosmetics
Nicole Giansanti, I’d Wax That, 1st Place

I’d Wax That, 3rd Place


Pet Supplies & Accessories
Paw Print Pantry, 2nd Place

Pet Training
My Dog’s Place, 2nd Place


Chelsea Groton Bank, 1st Place
Liberty Bank, 2nd Place
Dime Bank, 3rd Place

Clothing Alterations & Tailoring
Barry’s Cleaners, 2nd Place

Credit Union
Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, 1st Place
CorePlus Credit Union, 2nd Place

Dry Cleaner
Barry’s Cleaners, 1st Place

Financial Advisor
David Cikatz, Edward Jones, 1st Place

Multiple time winner, Inn at Harbor Hill continues impressing everyone they welcome.

Inn or Bed & Breakfast
Inn at Harbor Hill Marina, 1st Place

Real Estate Agency
William Raveis Real Estate, 3rd Place

Self Storage
Rent-A-Space, 1st Place

Travel Agent or Agency
Klingerman Travel, 1st Place


Grace, 2nd Place

Past to Present, 1st Place

Niantic Bay Bicycles, 2nd Place

The Book Barn, 1st Place

Niantic’s coastal lifestyle boutique, Grace, placed in three categories.

Grace, 1st Place

Crafts & Scrapbooking
Twist Yarn Shoppe, 2nd Place

Locally Owned Grocery Store
Tri-Town Foods, 3rd Place

Locally Owned Hardware & Home Improvement Store
Cash True Value Home Center, 2nd Place

Locally Owned Seafood Store
Flanders Fish Market, 1st Place

Musical Instruments
Stewart’s Music, 1st Place

Organic Health & Wellness
Natural Food Store, 3rd Place

Produce & Farm Stand
Smith’s Acres, 3rd Place

Wine & Spirits
Divine Wine Emporium, 2nd Place
Mermaid Liquors, 3rd Place

Women’s Clothing
Grace, 2nd Place

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