Best of Ball State from Then to Now

The Best of Ball State competition is hosted by the Ball State Daily. Every year, local businesses compete for the titles in a variety of categories—only one can come out on top. Best of Ball State: voted on for the students, by the students. Your chirp matters and has been counted to determine the Best of Ball State for 2018! Thank you to everyone who voted and congratulations to our winners!

Best of Ball State 2007

  • PEOPLE
  • Administrator: Yasemin Tunc
  • Professor: Dr. Howard Campbell
  • Attorney: John B. LaRue
  • Veterinarian: Boyce Animal Hospital
  • Campus Police Officer
  • Dentist: Dr. Daniel Wheeler
  • Sorority: Chi Omega and Alpha Phi
  • Fraternity: Phi Gamma Delta and Theta Chi
  • ACADEMICS
  • Core Class: Swimnastics
  • Bookstore: T.I.S.
  • Campus
  • Ball State icon: Happy Friday Guy
  • Off Campus Living
  • Apartment Complex: Windermere
  • Food
  • Wings: Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Breakfast: Sunshine Café
  • Sandwich: Subway
  • Restaurant to take a date: Olive Garden
  • Shopping
  • Place to get your car fixed: Automotive West, INC.
  • Stylist/barber: Campus Cuts
  • MISC
  • Tanning Salon: Maui Tanning
  • Tattoo Parlor: Dragon Slayer
  • Laundromat: The Laundry Basket

Best of Ball State 2009

  • Department: TCOMM
  • Annual Event: Homecoming Week
  • Student Organization: Student Government Association
  • Attorney/Law practice: John B. Larue
  • Doctor/medical: Dr. Bullis and the Heath Center
  • Veterinarian/clinic: Care Animal Hospital
  • Laundromat/dry cleaner: White Spot
  • Religious hangout: Campus Crusade for Christ
  • Tanning Salon: A place to Tan
  • Apartment Complex: Colonial Crest
  • Local Band: James Brown Car Alarm
  • Ethnic restaurant: Puerto Vallarta
  • Place to get coffee: The Cup
  • Place to get late night munchies: Carter’s Hot Dogs
  • Place to get pizza: Greeks
  • Place to get dessert: Incredible Yogurt
  • Bookstore to buy textbooks: TIS
  • Flower Shop: Normandy Flower Shop
  • Salon/barbershop: Great Clips
  • Music store: Village Green Records
  • Liquor store: Muncie Liquors

Best of Ball State 2010

  • Sandwich: Jimmy John’s
  • Breakfast Food: IHOP
  • Wings: Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Pizza: Greeks
  • Grocery Store: Marsh
  • Eyeglasses: Walmart
  • Jewelers: Kays
  • Flower Shop: Normandy
  • Clothes: Charlotte Russe & Kohl’s
  • Auto Purchase: Stoops
  • Auto Repair: Cooper Tire
  • Salon: Hotheads
  • Music Store: Village Green Records
  • Liquor Store: Muncie Liquor
  • Tobacco Store: Low Bob’s
  • Textbooks: TIS
  • Attorney: B. Joseph Davis & Kelly Bryant
  • Vet: Care Animal Hospital
  • Bank: Chase
  • Laundromat: White Spot
  • Religious Hangout: St. Francis of Assisi
  • Golf: Player’s Club
  • Place to Watch the Game: Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Local Band: Mid-American
  • Late Night Hangout: Dill Street
  • Date Spot: Olive Garden
  • Bar: Dill Street
  • Spring Break Location: Panama City
  • Live Entertainment Venue: Doc’s
  • Muncie Landmark: Benny
  • Tanning: A Place to Tan
  • Tattoo: Lucky Rabbit
  • Apartment Complex: Windermere
  • Landlord: Sami at the 400 Apts
  • Dentist: Dr. Rector
  • Doctor: Ball Memorial Hospital
  • Drink Specials: Dill St.
  • Burger: Scotty’s
  • Alumni: David Letterman
  • Coach: Billy Taylor
  • Athlete: Mequale Lewis
  • Department: TCOMM
  • Greek Organization: Phi Gamma Delta
  • Place to Study: Bracken
  • Major: TCOMM
  • Residence Hall: Park
  • Student Organization: SGA
  • Annual Event: Homecoming Week
  • Sports Team: Men’s Football
  • Dessert: Concannon’s
  • Late Night Munchies: Taco Bell
  • Coffee: Starbucks
  • Ethnic Restaurant: Thai Smile

Best of Ball State 2011

  • Annual Event: Homecoming
  • Apartments: Windermere Place
  • Athlete: Randy Davis
  • Attorney: Bruce Munson
  • Auto Repair: Cooper Tire
  • Bank: JP Morgan Chase
  • Bar: The Locker Room
  • Bookstore: TIS
  • Breakfast: IHOP
  • Place to Buy a Vehicle: Stoops Automotive Group
  • Best Place to Buy Clothes: Kohl’s
  • Best Coach: Bill Taylor
  • Coffee: Starbucks
  • Annual Event: Homecoming
  • Date Spot: Scotty’s Brewhouse
  • Dentist: Dr. Gregory Pyle, DDS
  • Department: Journalism
  • Dessert: Incredible Yogurt
  • Doctor: Dr. Kent Bullis of Ball State Health Center
  • Donate: Goodwill
  • Ethnic: Puerto Vallarta
  • Flower shop: Normandy Flower Shop
  • Greek Organization: Chi Omega
  • Pizza: Greek’s Pizzeria
  • Insurance: State Farm Insurance
  • Late Night Hangout: The Locker Room
  • Liquor Store: Friendly Package
  • Live Entertainment Venue: Doc’s Music Hall
  • Local Band: The Pride of Mid-America Ball State University Marching Band
  • Locally Owned Business: Art mart
  • Best Major: TCOM
  • Place to Watch the Game: Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Religious Handout: St. Francis of Assisi Newman Center
  • Residence Hall: Park Hall
  • Salon: Hotheads
  • Sandwich: Scotty’s Brewhouse
  • Student Organization: University Program Board
  • Tanning: A Place to Tan
  • Veterinarian: Care Animal Hospital
  • Wings: Buffalo Wild Wings

Best of Ball State 2012

  • Annual Event: Homecoming
  • Late Night Hang out: Locker Room
  • Live Entertainment Venue: Docs
  • Drink Specials: Dill
  • Place to get dessert: Berry Winkle
  • Doctor: Dr. Vinson
  • Dentist: Dr. Rector
  • Date Spot: Scotty’s
  • Place to Get Coffee: Starbucks
  • Coach: Pete Lembo
  • Department: Journalism
  • Buy/Sell Textbooks: TIS
  • Buy a Vehicle: Stoops
  • Insurance Agency: State Farm
  • Greek Organization: Chi Omega/Phi Mu
  • Watch the Game: Scotty’s
  • Buy Clothes: Goodwill
  • Best Bar: Dill Street
  • Best Major: Education
  • Bank: Chase
  • Breakfast Food: Bruner’s
  • Auto Repair: Cooper Tire
  • Attorney: Dowling Law Office
  • Best Athlete: Jarrod Jones
  • Apartment Complex/Housing: Winderemere
  • Local band: The Goodnight Fields
  • Student Organization: UPB
  • Sandwich/Burger: Scotty’s
  • Salon/Barbershop: Eye Candy
  • Residence Hall: Park
  • Religious Hangout: St. Francis
  • Place to Donate: Bio Life
  • Place to Get Pizza: Greeks
  • Locally Owned Store: Grandma Betty’s/QL’s
  • Ethnic Restaurant: Puerto Vallarta
  • Flower Shop: Paul’s Flowers
  • Liquor Store: Friendly Package
  • Best Tanning Salon: A Place to Tan
  • Veterinarian Clinic: Care Animal Hospital
  • Wings: Buffalo Wild Wings

Best of Ball State 2013

  • Ball State Team: Football
  • Ball State Department: Education
  • Athlete: Toney Williams
  • Greek Organization: Delta Tau Delta
  • Residence Hall: Park
  • Major: Education
  • Annual Event: Homecoming
  • Student Organization: University Program Board
  • Professor: Ron Truelove
  • Buy/sell Textbooks: TIS
  • Muncie Business: A Place to Tan
  • Place to Buy Clothes: Goodwill
  • Auto Repair: Earl’s
  • Place to buy a vehicle: Stoops
  • Salon/Barbershop: Glam
  • Liquor Store: Muncie Liquors
  • Attorney/Law Practice: Tony Sisson
  • Place to Bank: ICFCU
  • Best Religious Organization: St. Francis
  • Best Tanning Salon: A Place to Tan
  • Best Apartment Complex: Windermere
  • Best Place to Donate: BioLife
  • Place to Volunteer: ARF
  • Place to Watch the Game: Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Best Local Band: Trackless
  • Late Night Hangout: Locker Room
  • Date Spot: Fuji
  • Best Bar: Cleo’s
  • Live Entertainment Venue: Emens
  • Best Cultural Event: The Amazing Taste
  • Ethnic Restaurant: Puertas
  • Place to get Coffee: Starbucks
  • Place to get drink specials: Dill Street
  • Place to get pizza: Greeks
  • Place to get wings: Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Place to get dessert: Insomnia Cookies
  • Place to get breakfast food: Eva’s
  • Place to get a sandwich/burger: Texas Roadhouse

Best of Ball State 2014

  • Athletic Team: Football
  • Department: Education
  • Best Athlete: Toney Williams
  • Greek Organization: Delta Tau Delta
  • Resident Hall: Park Hall
  • Major: Elementary Education
  • Annual Event: Homecoming
  • Student Organization: UPB
  • Professor: Ron Truelove
  • Attorney/Law Practice: Mark McKinney
  • Place to Bank: Chase
  • Religious Organization: Cru
  • Tanning Salon: A place to Tan
  • Apartment Complex/Housing: Village Promenade
  • Place to Donate: Bio Life
  • Place to Volunteer: ARF
  • Place to Watch the Game: Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Local band: Tonal Caravan
  • Late Night Hangout: Savages
  • Date Spot: Fuji
  • Bar: The Chug
  • Live Entertainment Venue: Be Here Now
  • Cultural Event: Muncie Gras
  • Place to Buy/Sell Textbooks: T.I.S.
  • Muncie Business: A Place to Tan
  • Store to Buy Clothes: TJ Maxx
  • Auto Repair: Earl’s
  • Place to Buy a Vehicle: Gaddis
  • Salon/Barbershop: Glam
  • Liquor Store: Friendly Package
  • Ethnic Restaurant: Fuji
  • Place to get coffee: Starbucks
  • Place to Get Drink Specials: Big Shots
  • Place to get Pizza: Greek’s Pizzeria
  • Place to get wings: Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Place to get dessert: Insomnia Cookies
  • Place to get breakfast: Bruner’s
  • Place to get a sandwich/Burger: Scotty’s Brewhouse

Best of Ball State 2015

  • Best Ball State Sports Team: Men’s Volleyball Team
  • Best Ball State Athlete: Jahwan Edwards
  • Best Ball State Fraternity: Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Best Ball State Sorority: Alpha Chi Omega
  • Best Ball State Major: Telecommunications
  • Best Ball State Event: Homecoming
  • Best Ball State Student Organization: Dance Marathon
  • Best Ball State Professor: (3 separate awards)
    • Ron Truelove
    • Deb Davis
    • Dan Boylan
  • Best place to Eat on Campus: Woodworth
  • Best Campus Service: Career Center
  • Best Place to Study: Bracken Library
  • Best Dorm: Park Hall
  • Best Restaurant: Puerto Vallarta Mexican Restaurant
  • Best Place to Get Coffee: Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Best Place to Get Drink Specials: Brothers Bar & Grill
  • Best Place to Buy Groceries: Marsh Supermarket
  • Best Place to Get Pizza: Greek's Pizzeria
  • Best Place to Get Dessert: Insomnia Cookies
  • Best Place for Vegetarian: Pita Pit
  • Best Place to Get Breakfast: Sunshine Cafe
  • Best Place to Get a Sandwich/Burger: Brothers Bar & Grill
  • Best Place to Exercise: Rec Center
  • Best Bank: Chase Bank
  • Best Tattoo Parlor: Lucky Rabbit
  • Best Tanning Salon: Sunsations Tanning
  • Best Hair Salon: Hot Head’s Hair Salon
  • Best Nail Salon: Super Nails
  • Best Barber Shop: Student Center Barber Shop
  • Best Place to Volunteer: ARF (Animal Rescue Fund)
  • Best Legal Service: Ball State Student Legal Services
  • Best Place to Buy/Sell Textbooks: TIS College Bookstore
  • Best Liquor: Friendly Package Liquors
  • Best Local Business: The Cup
  • Best Men’s Clothing Store: Men’s Wearhouse
  • Best Women’s Clothing Store: Juniper
  • Best Transportation: MITS
  • Best Place to Watch the Game: Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Best Local Band: Indigos
  • Best Date Night Spot: Vera Mae’s Bistro
  • Best Bar: Brothers Bar & Grill
  • Best Downtown Hangout: Savages Ale House
  • Best Live Entertainment Venue: Emens Auditorium
  • Best Muncie event: RibFest
  • Best Apartment Complex: Village Promenade
  • Best Amenities: Village Promenade
  • Most Pet-Friendly: Consolidated Property Management

Best of Ball State 2016

On Campus

  • Best Ball State Fraternity: Phi Gamma Delta
  • Best Ball Sorority: Alpha Phi
  • Best Ball State College: College of Communication Information and Media
  • Best Campus Event: Homecoming
  • Best Ball State Student Organization: Dance Marathon
  • Best Ball State Professor/Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Palilonis
  • Best Place to Eat: Woodworth Commons
  • Best On-Campus Service: Learning Center
  • Best Residence Hall: Park Hall

Food & Drink

  • Best Restaurant: Puerto Vallarta Mexican Restaurant
  • Best Place For Coffee: The Cup
  • Best Place For Drink Specials: Brothers Bar & Grill
  • Best Place For Pizza: Greek’s Pizzeria
  • Best Ice Cream/Froyo: BerryWinkle
  • Best Place For Dessert: Insomnia Cookies
  • Best Place For Breakfast: Sunshine Café
  • Best Place For a Sandwich/Burger: Brothers Bar & Grill
  • Best Delivery Service: Jimmy John’s
  • Best Late-Night Eats: Insomnia Cookies

Services & Shopping

  • Best Bank: JPMorgan Chase
  • Best Local Business: Art Mart
  • Best Tattoo/Piercing Parlor: Lucky Rabbit
  • Best Place to Tan: Sunsations Tanning
  • Best Hair Salon: Hot Heads
  • Best Place to Get a Mani/Pedi: Super Nail
  • Best Place to Volunteer/Community Service Organization: Animal Rescue Fund
  • Best Legal Services: Student Legal Services
  • Best Place to Buy/Sell Textbooks: T.I.S. College Bookstore
  • Best Liquor Store: Friendly Package Liquors
  • Best Local Clothing Store: Juniper
  • Best Transportation Service: Shuttle Bus Service
  • Best Place to Exercise: Ball State Student Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Best Health Care Provider: Ball State University Student Health Center

Entertainment

  • Best Place to Watch Sports: Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Best Local Band: The Indigos
  • Best Bar/Club: Brothers Bar & Grill
  • Best Live Entertainment Venue: Emens Auditorium
  • Best Local Event: Muncie Gras
  • Best Under-21 Entertainment: Late Nite

Living

  • Best Landlord: Village Promenade
  • Best Apartment Complex: Village Promenade
  • Best Amenities: The Haven
  • Best Maintenance: Village Promenade
  • Best Property Management Group: Village Promenade
  • Best Price Point: Village Promenade

Best of Ball State 2017

Things to Do

• Best Campus Event: Late Night Carnival

• Best Local Event: Muncie Gras

• Best Student Group, Organization or Club: Spectrum

• Best Local Attraction: Minnetrista

• Best Nightlife: Brother’s Bar and Grill

Food & Drink

• Best Restaurant: Puertas Vallarta

• Best Coffee: The Cup

• Best Pizza: Greeks Pizzeria

• Best Dessert: Insomnia Cookies

• Best Breakfast: Sunshine Café

• Best Sandwich/Deli: Jimmy John’s

• Best Burger: Scotty’s Brewhouse

• Best Bar: Brother’s Bar & Grill

• Best Multicultural Food: Puerta Vallarta

• Best Place to Eat on Campus: The Atrium

Services & Shopping

• Best Bank: JPMorgan Chase Bank

• Best Tanning Salon: Sun Tan City

• Best Hair Salon: Hot Heads

• Best Place to Get a Mani/Pedi: Super Nail

• Best Place to Buy/Sell Textbooks: T.I.S College Bookstore

• Best Liquor Store: Friendly Package Liquors

• Best Local Business: Art Mart

• Best Grocery Store: Marsh

• Best Transportation Service; Muncie Indiana Transportation System

• Best Health Care Service: BioLife Plasma

• Best Tattoo Parlor/Shop: Body Language Tattoo

Living

• Best Landlord/Property Group: Village Promenade

• Best Apartment Complex: Village Promenade

• Best Amenities: Village Promenade

• Best Price: The Haven Apartments

• Best Residence Hall: LaFollete Complex

• Best Location: Village Promenade

Best of Ball State 2018

Food & Drink

  • Best Restaurant/Café: Greek’s Pizzeria 
  • Best Breakfast: The Cup 
  • Best Pizza: Greek’s Pizzeria 
  • Best Multicultural Food: Puerto Vallarta Restaurant 
  • Best Sweets/Desserts: Insomnia Cookies  
  • Best Coffee: The Cup 
  • Best Bar/Brew: Brother’s Bar & Grill 
  • Best On-Campus Dining: Woodworth Commons

Services & Shopping

  • Best Retail Store: The Vintage Shoppe Thrift & Gift 
  • Best Customer Service: Greek’s Pizzeria 
  • Best Grocery Store: Ruler Foods
  • Best Beauty Service: Hot Heads
  • Best Liquor Store: Friendly Package Liquors

Housing & Rentals

  • Best Large Rental Property Management: Village Promenade 
  • Best Small Rental Property Management: TJ Lennon 
  • Best Amenities: Village Promenade 
  • Best Location: Village Promenade 
  • Best Price Value: The Haven 
  • Best Residence Hall: Park Hall

Things to Do

  • Best Campus Event: Late Nite Carnival 
  • Best Student Organization, Group or Club: Ball State Dance Marathon 
  • Best Greek Organization: Phi Mu 
  • Best Local Hidden Gem: Minnetrista
  • Best Atmosphere/Ambiance: Minnetrista  
  • Best Local Attraction: Minnetrista

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