You voted and the results are in! From best brewery to place to get takeout, here are your 2021 Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington 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 Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington’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. Carlos Alvarado, Carlos Alvarado Law PC, Ludington
  2. Blake Riemer, Riemer Law PLLC, Ludington
  3. George V. Saylor III, Mika Meyers PLC, Manistee

Auto Dealer

  1. Watson Ludington, Ludington
  2. Manistee Ford, Manistee
  3. Victorian City Car Port, Manistee

Auto Repair

  1. Manistee Tire Service, Manistee
  2. Avenue Tire & Service, Ludington
  3. Dusty’s Auto Body & Detail, Ludington

Bank/Financial Institution

  1. Safe Harbor Credit Union, Ludington
  2. 4Front Credit Union, Manistee
  3. Preferred Credit Union, Ludington


  1. Tie: Ludington State Park Beach, Ludington & Stearns Park, Ludington
  2. Fifth Avenue Beach, Manistee
  3. Orchard Beach State Park, Manistee

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Ludington State Park


  1. Ludington Bay Brewing Co., Ludington
  2. North Channel Brewing Co., Manistee
  3. Jamesport Brewing Company, Ludington


  1. Blythe A. O’Donnell DDS, High Tech Dental, Manistee
  2. Cheryl Larson DDS, Family Dental Care, Ludington
  3. Nick Simone, DDS, Simone Family Dental, Scottville


  1. Arcadia Daze
  2. Tie: Friday Night Live, Ludington & Manistee Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend
  3. Suds On The Shore, Ludington


  1. Facebook & Instagram: @PureLudington
  2. Facebook & Instagram: @ManisteePureMichigan
  3. Facebook & Instagram: @VisitCadillac

Family Physician

  1. Amanda Overmyer MD, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital
  2. Joel E. Anhalt DO, Arcadia Medical
  3. Brian J. McComb, Manistee Primary Care

Financial Service Advisor

  1. Brian J. Matson, Edward Jones, Ludington
  2. Tie: Gabrielle O. Boyer, Edward Jones, Manistee & Jeff Reau, Edward Jones, Manistee
  3. Ben Crowley, Edward Jones, Manistee

Fishing Charter

  1. Tie: Dreamweaver Charters, Ludington & Riverside Charters, Manistee
  2. Hiatus Charters, Ludington
  3. Fishing Affair Sport Fishing Charters, Ludington

Floor Covering

  1. Haglund’s Floor Covering Inc., Manistee
  2. Easy Living Flooring, Ludington
  3. Harbor Flooring, Ludington

Food Truck

  1. Brunch Babes, Ludington
  2. Cluck Bucket, Ludington
  3. KRAVE Frozen Yogurt & Candy Shoppe, Ludington

Front Line Worker

  1. Eric Soneral, Mason County Sheriff’s Office
  2. Kevin Burgess, Pere Marquette Fire Department
  3. Jason Torrey, Manistee County Emergency Management Coordinator

Golf Course

  1. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, Arcadia
  2. Lincoln Hills Golf Club, Ludington
  3. Lakeside Links, Ludington

Happy Hour

  1. TJ’s Pub, Manistee
  2. Jamesport Brewing Company, Ludington
  3. Iron Fish Distillery, Thompsonville

Heating & Cooling Business

  1. Hopwoods Heating & Cooling Inc., Bear Lake
  2. Premier Heating & Cooling Co., Ludington
  3. Hankwitz Heating & Cooling LLC, Ludington

Hiking Trail or Area

  1. Ludington State Park
  2. Arcadia Dunes, Old Baldy Trail
  3. Magoon Creek Natural Area, Manistee

Home Health Care

  1. Munson Home Health
  2. Nancy’s House, LLC, Manistee
  3. St. John’s Healthcare, Ludington

Teacher – Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington: Bryan Morgan, OJ DeJonge Middle School, Ludington

Photo courtesy of Bryan Morgan

Hotel, Inn or Resort

  1. The Lamplighter Bed & Breakfast, Ludington
  2. The Ramsdell Inn, Manistee
  3. Nader’s Motel & Suites, Ludington

Local Artist/Maker

  1. Sally Manke, Fiber Artist, Arcadia
  2. Todd & Brad Reed Photography, Ludington
  3. Mary Case, Ludington

Local TV Person

  1. Adam Bartelmay, 9&10 News
  2. Michael Stevens, 9&10 News


  1. Jennifer L. Branning OD, West Shore Eye Care, Ludington
  2. Brian A. Allen OD, Manistee
  3. Pamela Lynch OD, Coastal Woods Vision, Manistee

Outdoor Dining

  1. Cluck Bucket, Ludington
  2. Bluefish Kitchen + Bar, Manistee
  3. Iron Fish Distillery, Thompsonville

Pet/Wildlife Nonprofit

  1. Mason County Mutts
  2. Manistee County Humane Society/Homeward Bound Animal Shelter
  3. Lakeshore Animal Friends, Ludington

Place for a Wedding

  1. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, Arcadia
  2. Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee
  3. The Lake House, Ludington

Place to Buy a Book

  1. Book Mark, Ludington
  2. Happy Owl Bookshop, Manistee
  3. Horizon Books, Cadillac

Place to Buy a Gift

  1. Mariellen’s Hallmark, Ludington
  2. The Ideal Kitchen, Manistee
  3. Anchored Designs Boutique, Onekama

Place to Buy Jewelry

  1. Victoria’s Jewelry, Ludington
  2. CC Jewelers of Manistee
  3. Wexford Jewelers, Cadillac

Place to Buy Pet Items

  1. Wags to Wiskers Pet Supply, Ludington
  2. Family Farm & Home, Cadillac & Manistee
  3. Northwoods Feed & Supply, Cadillac

Place to Buy Windows

  1. Ludington Paint and Glass
  2. North View Window & Door, Bear Lake
  3. DouGlass The Window Guys, Cadillac

Place to Get Active/Outdoor Wear & Gear

  1. Snyder’s Shoes, Manistee
  2. The Outpost, Manistee
  3. Provisions Sport Shop, Ludington

Place to Get Global Food

  1. The Thai Mango, Ludington
  2. Taco ‘Bout It Mexican Fusion, Manistee
  3. The Blu Moon, Ludington

Place to Get Takeout

  1. Big Al’s Pizza, Manistee
  2. Chuck Wagon Pizza, Ludington
  3. Cluck Bucket, Ludington


  1. Scholtens Plumbing Inc., Scottville
  2. Manistee Plumbing
  3. Ted Douglas & Sons Sewer and Drain Cleaning, Ludington

Radio Personality

  1. Chris Nicholas, WMOM 102.7
  2. Scotty Mac, EAGLE 101.5
  3. Susan Melton, Big Country 102.9

Real Estate Agent

  1. Casey Tennant, Lighthouse Realty, Manistee
  2. Steve Winczewski, Greenridge Realty, Ludington
  3. Suzanne Riley, CENTURY 21 Boardwalk, Manistee

Residential Cleaning

  1. Steam and Squeegee LLC, Bear Lake
  2. Ludington Window Cleaning
  3. Easy Breezy Cleaning Services, Wellston


  1. The Glenwood, Onekama
  2. The Blu Moon, Ludington
  3. The Q Smokehouse, Ludington


  1. Amber Nicole Salon, Ludington
  2. Salon 22 Spa, Ludington
  3. Northern Cuts, Ludington

Tattoo Artist

  1. Calvin Kortge, Phoenix Rising Tattoo Studio, Ludington
  2. Phil Stanley, Perfect Tattoo, Cadillac

Tax Prep Service

  1. Becky Jankwietz, H&R Block, Manistee
  2. Merskin & Merskin Tax and Accounting, Inc., Ludington
  3. Richards and McDougall PC, Manistee


  1. Bryan Morgan, OJ DeJonge Middle School, Ludington
  2. Tracy Bennett, Onekama Consolidated Schools
  3. Rich Ambrose, Covenant Christian School, Ludington

Veterinarian Practice

  1. Country Veterinary Clinic, Ludington
  2. Manistee Veterinary Hospital
  3. Animal Hospital of Ludington


  1. Northern Natural Cider House and Winery, Kaleva
  2. Douglas Valley Winery, Manistee
  3. Love Wines, Ludington

Find the 2021 Red Hot Best winners 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 Lydia Mejia