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You’ve seen the Best of the Pines. Now, peep our picks for the top six categories that didn’t make the cut. You didn’t ask, but we delivered anyway.

1. Best Baby-Friendly Bar

Southern Pines Brewing Co. Where else can you drink with a baby strapped to your chest? Here, that’s the norm. There’s also giant Jenga, corn hole and, at big events, giant bounce houses.

2. Best Place to Go Incognito

Peking Wok. Sometimes all the atmosphere you need is tinted windows that keep your lunch hour private, and Yelp reviews that’ll keep away anyone you might be trying to impress.

3. Best Sales Rack

Monkee’s. There’s at least one time each year that you’ll be able to afford those Frye boots. Maybe even two pairs.

4. Best Place to Get a Morning Rush

Starbucks. Because not even a quadruple shot of espresso wakes you up like a narrowly missed collision.

5. Best Place to Reflect on Your Dreams

The Burn Pit on Pennsylvania. Cheer up, buttercup. You can only go up from here.

6. Best Case of Mispronunciation

The Polish Door Lock Place. That’s polish, as in your grandmother’s spoon collection, not Polish, as in sausage. Got some antique brass lying around? Try this place on old U.S. 1.

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