Mississippi’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: Neighborhood Grill

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Neighborhood Grill is an award winner for restaurants in 2019.

If you are looking for some phenomenal home-cooking, look no further than this award-winning company!

Neighborhood Grill has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.75 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 97.53 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for ranking as one of the top 50 businesses and one of the top three restaurants in Mississippi!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“When I get a chance, I love going to this restaurant. [They are] nice people, [and offer] good service. [This is a] great family atmosphere and [has] good home cooking. This is one of my wife and I’s favorite places to go for breakfast. Thank you, Steve, Sandy, and Neighborhood Grill. You’re doing an incredible job. Keep up the good work!!” – J.B.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Neighborhood Grill is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Restaurant

We were excited to learn all about how Neighborhood Grill has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the owner, Sandy Stewart.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Neighborhood Grill stand apart from their local competitors. We learned all about the great food they offer, like the fried green tomatoes and the pork brains and eggs. The way they serve is important to them, and they believe in living by their Christian faith, treating all customers with the utmost respect.

Building Success By Caring

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Neighborhood Grill has managed to. We asked if Sandy could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Take care of your customers. Be true to yourself, and provide the best product possible.”


Congratulations to Neighborhood Grill for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Sandy for taking the time to speak with us!

Kansas’ Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: Hickory Stik

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Hickory Stik is an award winner for restaurants in 2019.

If you are looking for some out-of-this-world barbecue, look no further than this award-winning company!

Hickory Stik has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.81 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 98.08 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for ranking as one of the top 100 businesses and one of the top three restaurants in Kansas!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“[I] just had lunch there with my daughter. The decor and atmosphere were nice, and the menu was easy to understand. I got a Southern Stack with a side of potato salad. It was all so good, and we didn’t have to wait long at all. I’d definitely come here again! Great job, everyone!” – R.U.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Hickory Stik is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Restaurant

We were excited to learn all about how Hickory Stik has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the owner, Aaron Bruce.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Hickory Stik stand apart from their local competitors. At Hickory Stik, all of the food comes from the heart, and that love also goes into the way they treat every customer. Customer service is at the front of their mission, and they want to treat every customer like family.

Building Success Through Community Involvement

With as impressive a reputation as Hickory Stik has, we were not surprised to hear that they love being active in their community, and will do anything they can to stay involved. They especially like to find ways to work with local schools, or to cater benefits.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Hickory Stik has managed to. We asked if Aaron could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“[The most important thing is] customer service. You have to kill it on operations. Be good to people, and take care of customers and staff.”


Congratulations to Hickory Stik for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Aaron for taking the time to speak with us!

Michigan’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: Intermission Deli

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Intermission Deli is a two-time award winner in Michigan for 2019!

For a great bite to eat in Saginaw, there’s no better restaurant to turn to than Intermission Deli.

Intermission Deli has received more than 700 reviews on six verified sites with an average rating of 4.85 stars, earning them an impeccable Rating Score™ of 98.48 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for being ranked among the top 100 business and the number one restaurant in all of Michigan!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Listen people, this place is no-joke delicious. I have tried several different sandwiches, and they were all amazing. I went in this morning and asked about the tuna because I had heard great things on other reviews. When I asked how the tuna was, both people making subs stopped and proceeded to let me know it was the best tuna ever. That was the last push I needed to do it. Let me just say this, I should have eaten it in a room by myself because I’m pretty sure I looked feral while I was slamming down; indeed, [it was] the best freaking tuna I have ever had. The prices are amazing; the food is absolutely delicious, and the people who work there seem to take pride in working there, and I don’t blame them. [This is a] top-notch sandwich shop!” – Jeannette B.

Not Your Average Restaurant

We wanted to learn a little more about Michigan’s number one restaurant and its truly impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with Dan Stoney, the Manager of Intermission Deli.

The first question we had for Dan was what sets Intermission Deli apart from their competition in Michigan. Dan points to the fact that they are a family-owned business that’s been around since 1982 that always serve fresh, high-quality food — their meats are sliced daily, and their bread is baked fresh every morning.

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Intermission Deli. Dan shared with us that their goal is for every customer to leave with a smile and a full belly.

Building Success With Customer Loyalty.

Dan attributes Intermission Deli’s strong online reputation to their solid clientele and customer loyalty.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Intermission Deli has gotten their name out there through word of mouth, which according to Dan, comes from their local community foundation.

There are so many business owners looking to build the kind of online reputation Intermission Deli has. Here’s Dans’ expert advice for them:

“Work hard, and be present every day. [You] must be dedicated to the overall goal.”


Congratulations to the team at Intermission Deli for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Dan, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Intermission Deli in Saginaw. Visit their website today!

North Carolina’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: Genki Sushi

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Genki Sushi is a 2019 award winner for restaurants in North Carolina!

For delicious food and an unbeatable dining experience in Wilmington, choose Genki Sushi.

Genki Sushi has received more than 1,200 reviews on six verified sites with an average rating of 4.82 stars, earning them a phenomenal Rating Score™ of 98.19 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 restaurants in all of North Carolina!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“We are from out of state and planned our first night in town around coming in here, and even made reservations to be sure. We found this place by accident the last time we vacationed in Wilmington, and we knew this would bring us back. Everyone here is so friendly and clearly love the place, and it shows in all they do. The food is amazing. The caramels are so yummy, and it is such a great kickoff to our vacation. Thank you!!” – Jennica W.

Not Your Average Restaurant

Lana Ke, the owner of Genki Sushi, generously gave us a few minutes of her time to tell us about her award-winning business and its stand-out online reputation.

The first question we had for Lana was what sets Genki Sushi apart from the many other restaurants in North Carolina. Lana told us that they offer top-of-the-line quality — they even turned away tuna last week because it wasn’t up to par — and that they have a strong team that works well together and is always willing to go above and beyond.

Lana went on to say that, above all, Genki Sushi is competing with itself.

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Genki Sushi and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s Lana’s response:

“[Our mission is to] treat every customer like family. Customers are the reason why we are there. Don’t waiver off the path of where you see yourself, and stay strong.”

Building Success With an Incredible Staff

Lana attributes Genki Sushi’s strong online reputation to their incredible staff:

“Everyone has been around for a long time because of great initial training. We’re always striving to do better. We have good communication around goals. The team is the family of the restaurant.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Genki Sushi hasn’t done much in the way of advertising to get their name out there. Instead, they simply focus on providing service at its best, pleasing everyone and establishing a rapport with their customers, which has led to word of mouth and repeat customers.

There are so many business owners looking to build the kind of online reputation Genki Sushi has. Here’s Lana’s expert advice for them:

“Be there all the time. Stay positive. Hire like-minded people who care about the business. Don’t stray from quality. You must be consistent.”


Congratulations to the team at Genki Sushi for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Lana, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Genki Sushi in Wilmington. Visit their website today!

Michigan’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: Vizzy’s Pizza Palace

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Vizzy’s Pizza Palace is a 2019 award winner for restaurants in Michigan!

If you’re looking for a mouth-watering slice of pizza in Westland, look no further than Vizzy’s Pizza Palace.

Vizzy’s Pizza Palace has received hundreds of reviews on six verified sites with an average rating of 4.77 stars, earning them a spectacular Rating Score™ of 97.65 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 restaurants in all of Michigan!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“First off, the owner was absolutely awesome, so nice and friendly. But my fiancé and I have been doing the low-carb thing for a bit. We went to Vizzys for the first time and got the keto pizza with sugar-free sauce. It was AMAZING. I think I might be going once a week to get my pizza fix.” – Jamal F.

Not Your Average Restaurant

Paul Visingardi, the owner of Vizzy’s Pizza Palace, generously gave us a few minutes of his time to tell us about his award-winning business and its stand-out online reputation.

The first question we had for Paul was what sets Vizzy’s Pizza Palace apart from their competition in Michigan. Here’s his response:

“The only people making the food here are me, my wife and my son. The pizza is made the same way every time. I can make custom pizzas depending on the person. We are very generous with our toppings. The unique, quality pizza makes a difference. We have a family recipe. I sign a lot of pizza boxes, so the customers know that I made the pizza. I do catering 24 hours a day seven days a week.”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Vizzy’s Pizza Palace and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s Paul’s response:

“I want to leave a legacy of the best pizza ever. We give every customer a personalized experience.”

Building Success Through Good Service

Paul attributes Vizzy’s Pizza Palace’s strong online reputation to the good service they provide:

“People just got to know us. We started over 30 years ago, and we know a lot of people in the community, so we give people good service.”

The good service Vizzy’s Pizza Palace provides has not only led to a powerful online reputation but also word of mouth. When asked how Paul has grown the business outside of that reputation and word of mouth, he said:

“I used to go business-to-business to hand out information on my restaurant. I then revisit my existing customers and remind them that I do catering.”

There are so many business owners looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s Paul’s expert advice for them:

“Treat others the way you would like to be treated. Try the best you can.”


Congratulations to the team at Vizzy’s Pizza Palace for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Paul, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Vizzy’s Pizza Palace in Westland. Visit their website today!

Michigan’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: Old House Family Restaurant

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Old House Family Restaurant is a 2019 award winner for restaurants in Michigan!

If you’re looking for a great dining experience in Sterling Heights, look no further than Old House Family Restaurant.

Old House Family Restaurant has received hundreds of reviews on six verified sites with an average rating of 4.71 stars, earning them a wonderful Rating Score™ of 97.06 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 restaurants in all of Michigan!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Our server was friendly and helpful with special requests. We arrived just 45 minutes before closing for lunch, but she made us feel welcome and didn’t rush us. She gave us refills on iced tea and saw to our every need. The prices are very reasonable, and the menu has lots of choices. I had an order of the Old House Breakfast Special. It was filling and well-prepared. We will be back when we are in the area.” – Julie H.

Not Your Average Restaurant

In order to learn a little more about this one-of-a-kind restaurant and its outstanding online reputation, we took a few minutes to talk with Megan Turner, Front House Manager and Head Waitress at Old House Family Restaurant.

The first question we had for Megan was what is it that sets Old House Family Restaurant apart from their competition in Michigan. Here’s her response:

“Everyone comes because they feed off our banter; we’re the waitresses with the attitude. [We have] a fun, family environment. If it’s not on our menu and we can make it in-house, then we still make it in-house. We want to make sure that you’re coming out to breakfast to get what you want. We have toys for the kids, coloring books and crayons, and pretty much everyone is a big family. Everyone knows everyone here, and if it was your first time in, we’d never treat you differently. We’d treat you like we’ve known you for the last 10 years…”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Old House Family Restaurant and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Megan had to say:

“When you walk in our door, we want you to come in and have fun and smile. We make sure that you get enough to eat — that’s one of our biggest things is that we’re not going to let you leave hungry. We’re not going to let you leave upset. So we try to make you happy, [and we’ll] do anything in our power. We understand we can’t make everybody happy, and everybody has their day, but we try our best to make sure people get what they want.”

Megan went on to add:

“The owners are the original owners and have been in business for over 30 years. They show everyone they care. …They’ve always been very generous. She has fed so many that were in need… We’ve helped families at Christmas so that every kid gets a Christmas.”

Building Success by Caring About Customers

When asked about the Old House Family Restaurant secret to a strong online reputation, Megan said:

“We give everyone pretty much what they want. We care about our customers. As a small, family-owned restaurant, our customers make us. We have to make sure they’re happy in order to stay in business. We try to make sure that they get what they want; we try to make sure our food quality and our cost are sufficient for everyone else in the community.”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Old House Family Restaurant has spread the word about who they are and what they do through word of mouth, Facebook and the sign they have out front. Other than that, Megan says that they don’t do much advertising.

There are so many business owners looking to build the kind of online reputation Old House Family Restaurant has. Here’s Megan’s expert advice for those business owners:

“Listen to the customers, and understand that sometimes, you get people that are picky, and sometimes, you get people that are laid-back. If you can make them happy, then make them happy. There’s no sense in being in business if you’re not there for the customer. [It’s the] same thing with your employees. You want people to work for you that actually take pride in your business, and if they don’t take pride in it, then it’s hard to sell anything for you if they’re not happy where they are.”


Congratulations to the team at Old House Family Restaurant for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Megan, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Old House Family Restaurant in Sterling Heights. Visit their Facebook page today!

Minnesota’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: Tongue In Cheek

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Tongue In Cheek is an award winner for restaurants in 2019.

If you are looking for an upscale food experience in a casual setting, look no further than this award-winning company!

Tongue In Cheek has received thousands of overwhelmingly positive reviews across six different verified sites with an average rating of 4.66 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 96.63 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 10 restaurants in Minnesota!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Tongue In Cheek does a wonderful job of pairing flavors, both [complimentary] and contrasting. Every dish is beautifully crafted for an amazing flavor adventure. It caters very well to those with allergies or eating preferences. The drinks and cocktails are incredibly well-rounded and leave you wanting to taste more. [It is] definitely worth a trip!” – L.M.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Tongue In Cheek is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Restaurant

We were excited to learn all about how Tongue In Cheek has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the General Manager, Ryan Huseby.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Tongue In Cheek stand apart from their local competitors. Ryan believed that their competitive advantage comes from their attention to detail. They work hard to make sure their customers have a great experience. Ryan shared:

“We’re trying to do fine dining but in a casual, very approachable kind of setting.”

As our conversation continued, we began to talk about Tongue In Cheek’s business mission. We learned that they only use sustainably and humanely sourced meats, fish, and produce. It is clear that it is not only the customer experience that they value, but also the quality of their product.

Building Success Over Time

Tongue In Cheek has managed to build an impressive reputation over the years, so we were excited to learn about some of the ways they have marketed their business. We learned that they do very little paid advertising, but they do love to run promotional events to bring people in. They focus on keeping their customers updated through social media.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Tongue In Cheek has managed to. We asked if Ryan could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“It really just takes time, and you have to make sure that all the customers that come through your door have a good experience and want to tell other people about it and post about it.”


Congratulations to Tongue In Cheek for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Ryan for taking the time to speak with us!

South Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: Jimmy’s Pizza of Aberdeen

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Jimmy’s Pizza of Aberdeen is two-time 2019 award winner in South Dakota!

If you’re looking for a slice of pizza that can’t be beat in Aberdeen, look no further than Jimmy’s Pizza of Aberdeen.

Jimmy’s Pizza of Aberdeen has received more than 150 reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.72 stars, earning them a stellar Rating Score™ of 97.16 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for ranking among the top 100 businesses and the top 10 restaurants in all of South Dakota!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“This is our favorite place to order from, and we have nothing but great things to say about Jimmy’s! We try to order a few times a month and have tried many different kinds. We especially love how fresh the ingredients are and that they have a great gluten-free crust! Jimmy’s is our go-to, and the owners and workers couldn’t be nicer.” – Rayli H.

Not Your Average Restaurant

Nick Schaunaman, who has been the owner of Jimmy’s Pizza of Aberdeen for two and a half years now, generously gave us a few minutes of his time to tell us a little more about his award-winning business and its stand-out online reputation.

To kick off our conversation, we asked Nick what it is that sets Jimmy’s Pizza of Aberdeen apart from the many other restaurants in South Dakota. He told us that they are a locally owned and operated company that’s been in business for 10 years, and that they make the best product in town and give exceptional customer service.

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Jimmy’s Pizza of Aberdeen. Here’s Nick’s response:

“[Our mission is to] make the best damn pizza.”

Building Success Through Creativity

Nick attributes Jimmy’s Pizza of Aberdeen’s strong online reputation to their focus on creativity.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Jimmy’s Pizza of Aberdeen has gotten their name out there through Facebook and other social media platforms, by handing out flyers and by taking a hands-on approach with potential customers.

It’s clear that Nick knows a thing or two about growing a business and building an online reputation. Here’s his expert advice for the many other business owners out there:

“Be very active online. Be up to date on your social media.”


Congratulations to the team at Jimmy’s Pizza of Aberdeen for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Nick, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Jimmy’s Pizza of Aberdeen. Visit their website today!

Mississippi’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: New York Pizza

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that New York Pizza is two-time 2019 award winner in Mississippi!

If you’re on the hunt for a mouth-watering slice of pizza in Pascagoula, you won’t find a better option than New York Pizza.

New York Pizza has received hundreds of reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.68 stars, earning them a remarkable Rating Score™ of 96.85 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for being ranked among the top 100 businesses in Mississippi and among the top 10 restaurants in Mississippi!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“As a native New Yorker from Manhattan, it’s hard to find REAL New York pizza in the south, period! This little gem is, hands down, the absolute BEST I’ve EVER found. And I’ve had ‘New York’ pizza in Alabama, Georgia and Texas before I found this place. My fellow pizza snobs from NYC will understand my feelings when I say I was ecstatic to see garlic powder on EVERY table my first time here!! The pizza is AMAZING!! The staff is pleasant and helpful, and the service is fast!!” – Deirdre J.

Not Your Average Restaurant

Dale Johnson, the owner and manager of New York Pizza, generously gave us a few minutes of his time to tell us a little more about his award-winning business and its impressive online reputation.

The first question we had for Dale was what sets New York Pizza apart from their competition in Mississippi. Dale points to their quality food — they get local produce from right down the street; their dough is made in-house, and their sauce is homemade — and to the amazing staff they have.

We also wanted to know what their mission is at New York Pizza and how they work to make the world a better place. Dale told us that they work hard to make their customers happy and bring them back, and that they hope to expand to more locations in the future.

Building Success Through Consistency and Customer Service

Dale attributes New York Pizza’s strong online reputation to the fact that they are there for their customers, to the consistency they provide with every guest interaction and to their excellent, never-say-no customer service.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, New York Pizza has gotten their name out there through promotions on Facebook and regional television ads.

There are so many restaurant owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation New York Pizza has. Here’s Dale’s expert advice for them:

“To start any restaurant, you have to start at the bottom so you understand all the mechanics and moving parts of a restaurant.”


Congratulations to the team at New York Pizza for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Dale, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend New York Pizza in Pascagoula. Visit their website today!

South Dakota’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: Carnaval Brazilian Grill

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Carnaval Brazilian Grill is two-time 2019 award winner in South Dakota!

For an unforgettable culinary experience in Sioux Falls, there’s no better option than Carnaval Brazilian Grill.

Carnaval Brazilian Grill has received thousands of reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.67 stars, earning them an incredible Rating Score™ of 96.70 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for ranking among the top 100 business and among the top 10 restaurants in all of South Dakota!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“[This is the] best place in town, hands down, for carnivores such as myself. [The] perfectly prepared beef and lamb keep me coming back. I proposed to my fiance here — the staff helped me organize a wonderful surprise proposal. I will forever be grateful for their exceptional service and help in making our big night special!” – Seth T.

Not Your Average Restaurant

We wanted to learn a little more about this one-of-a-kind restaurant and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with Roman Craigle, the manager of Carnaval Brazilian Grill.

The first question we had for Roman was what sets Carnaval Brazilian Grill apart from other restaurants in South Dakota. He points to their entertaining atmosphere, to the fact that they are locally owned and to their continued commitment to being the best people with the best food possible.

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Carnaval Brazilian Grill and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s Roman’s response:

“[We aim to create an] atmosphere where the people are taken care of [and to] serve the best cocktails and food possible for the best experience.”

Building Success Through Customer Service

Roman attributes Carnaval Brazilian Grill’s strong online reputation to their commitment to making smiles and memories, and to the fact that they’ve been pushing the best customer service for the 14 years they’ve been open.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Carnaval Brazilian Grill has spread the word about who they are and what they do through word of mouth and magazines.

There are so many business owners who would love to build the kind of online reputation Carnaval Brazilian Grill has. Here’s Roman’s expert advice for those business owners:

“Make sure you have smiles and memories.”


Congratulations to the team at Carnaval Brazilian Grill for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Roman, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Carnaval Brazilian Grill in Sioux Falls. Visit their website today!