You voted and the results are in! From best brewery to place to get takeout, here are your 2021 Above the Bridge Red Hot Best winners. Explore the top three in each of the 46 categories to find Red Hot Best winners near you.

A record-breaking 16,000 people voted in MyNorth’s 2021 Red Hot Best Awards. Red Hot Best recognizes winners across seven Northern Michigan regions in 46 unique categories. These categories include restaurants, wineries, front-line workers, home healthcare, golf courses, trails and so much more. Through Red Hot Best we recognize Northern Michigan’s top businesses, entrepreneurs, events and places.

Read on to see who took home first, second and third place in all of Above the Bridge’s 46 2021 Red Hot Best categories.

Searching for the full winner’s list? From Benzie and Leelanau to across the bridge in the Upper Peninsula, here are the Red Hot Best Winners 2021: The Best of Northern Michigan.


  1. Erin Evashevski, Evashevski Law Office, St. Ignace
  2. Suzanne Curry Larsen, Kendricks, Bordeau, Keefe, Seavoy & Larsen PC, Marquette
  3. Kenneth J. Seavoy, Kendricks, Bordeau, Keefe, Seavoy & Larsen PC, Marquette

Auto Dealer

  1. O’Connor’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Inc., Pickford
  2. Superior Auto, Negaunee
  3. Jon’s Auto, Marquette

Auto Repair

  1. George’s Body Shop, St. Ignace
  2. Superior Auto Works 41, L’Anse
  3. Marthaler Marquette Auto Repair, Marquette

Bank/Financial Institution

  1. First National Bank of St. Ignace, Main Office, St. Ignace
  2. U.P. State Credit Union, St. Ignace
  3. Central Savings Bank, St. Ignace


  1. British Landing, Mackinac Island
  2. Black Rocks Beach, Marquette
  3. Tie: Chapel Beach, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore & Twelvemile Beach, Grand Marais


  1. Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub, Paradise
  2. Great Turtle Brewery & Distillery, Mackinac Island
  3. Blackrocks Brewery, Marquette


  1. Angela Cena, DDS, St. Ignace Dental Associates, St. Ignace
  2. David P. Anderson, DDS, St. Ignace
  3. Tie: Scott W. Taylor DDS, PC, Marquette & Erika Tyler DDS, Marquette Pediatric Dentistry, Marquette


  1. Mackinac Island Lilac Festival
  2. St. Ignace Car Show Weekend
  3. Michigan Tech Winter Carnival, Houghton


  1. Instagram: @greendrinks
  2. Facebook & Instagram: @missionpointresort
  3. Instagram: @mackinacisle

Family Physician

  1. Gregory Hessler MD, Mackinac Island Medical Center
  2. Joel Dank MD, Negaunee Family Medicine
  3. Katrina Brang MD, Marquette Family Medicine

Financial Service Advisor

  1. John W. Kling, Edward Jones, St. Ignace
  2. Joshua MacDonald, Edward Jones, Sault Ste. Marie
  3. Mark A. Aho, Mark Aho Financial Group, Marquette

Fishing Charter

  1. Top 40 Charters, Escanaba
  2. North Shore Sport Fishing Charters, St. Ignace
  3. Keweenaw Charter Fishing Co., Houghton

Floor Covering

  1. Northwoods Flooring & Rustic Decor, Cedarville
  2. Carpet One Floor & Home, Marquette
  3. McCabe’s Quality Flooring, Marquette

Food Truck

  1. Dia de Los Tacos, Marquette
  2. The Burger Bus, Marquette
  3. Smelted, Marquette

Front Line Worker

  1. Sam Barnwell, Mackinac Marine Rescue
  2. Rick Linn, Mackinac Island EMS
  3. Rebecca Becker, FNP-BC, St. Ignace Medical Clinic
Photo of lilac trees on Mackinac Island

Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island

The Inn at Stonecliffe on Mackinac Island.

Place to Buy Jewelry
  1. Little Luxuries, Mackinac Island
  2. Urvana’s, Mackinac Island
  3. Gold Mine Jewelry, St. Ignace

Place to Buy Pet Items

  1. Caddywampus, Mackinac Island
  2. Mares-Z-Doats Feed, Marquette
  3. Mighty Pet, Menominee

Place to Buy Windows

  1. Straits Building Center, St. Ignace
  2. Tie: Budget Windows, Marquette & Window Outfitters, Negaunee
  3. The Window Store Home Improvement Center, Marquette

Place to Get Active/Outdoor Wear & Gear

  1. Mackinac Outfitter, Mackinac Island
  2. Getz’s, Marquette
  3. Destination Mackinac, Mackinac Island

Place to Get Global Food

  1. Amigo Burrito Mexican Grill at Murray Hotel, Mackinac Island
  2. Rice Paddy, Marquette
  3. Sol Azteca, Marquette

Place to Get Takeout

  1. Clyde’s Drive-In, St. Ignace
  2. Mighty Mac Hamburgers, Mackinac Island
  3. Pink Pony, Mackinac Island


  1. Belonga Plumbing & Heating Inc., St. Ignace
  2. Beauchamp Plumbing & Heating, Marquette
  3. Cardinal Plumbing & Heating, Sault Ste. Marie

Radio Personality

  1. Susan Melton, Big Country 102.9
  2. Mark Elliott, Lite 96.3
  3. Tie: Omelette, KLT 97.5/93.5/96.7 & Ron Jolly, WTCM 103.5

Real Estate Agent

  1. Julie Lipnitz, Horizon Realty U.P., St. Ignace
  2. Tie: Jo Jo Visnaw, Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors, St. Ignace & Suzanne Sasso Kuusinen, Drummond Island Realty
  3. Sindy Jensen, RE/MAX 1st Realty, Marquette

Residential Cleaning

  1. Spotless Results Cleaning, Marquette
  2. CAP Cleaning Services, Marquette


  1. Carriage House at Hotel Iroquois, Mackinac Island
  2. Pink Pony, Mackinac Island
  3. Yankee Rebel Tavern, Mackinac Island


  1. Vintage Glam Salon, Mackinac Island
  2. Lakeside Spa & Salon at Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island
  3. Embrace Salon & Spa, Marquette

Tattoo Artist

  1. Hailey Klar, Sacred Tattoo Studio, Marquette
  2. Justin Gahn, New Age Tattoo Studio, Marquette
  3. Dan Pemble, Sacred Tattoo Studio, Marquette

Tax Prep Service

  1. James L Heikkinen, U.P. Tax & Accounting, Marquette
  2. Robert Bartkowiak, Bartkowiak Accounting and Tax Service, P.C., Marquette


  1. Heather May, Mackinac Island Public School
  2. Liz Burt, Mackinac Island Public School

Veterinarian Practice

  1. Mackinac Straits Veterinary Clinic, St. Ignace
  2. Animal Medical Center of Marquette
  3. Copper Country Veterinary Clinic, Houghton


  1. End of the Road Winery, Germfask
  2. Threefold Vine Winery, Stephenson

Find this article and more in the June 2021 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine; or subscribe and get Traverse delivered to your door each month.

Photo(s) by Lana Trayser