Best Of 2017

Courtesy of the Missions
Courtesy of the Missions

OUR PICK: Henry the Puffy Taco,

There are few minor league baseball mascots as cherished as Henry the Puffy Taco. This enthusiastic human-sized taco is known to steal the show at every San Antonio Missions home game — whether he’s taunting the visiting team, being barraged by a gaggle of children, or having a dance-off with mascot frenemy Ballapeño. We recommend you stick around after the sixth inning to watch a lucky kid chase Henry around the bases and ultimately tackle the giant taco (to Ballapeño’s delight) on the home plate — a real-life renaction of your favorite dream. Named after the local taco joint Henry’s Puffy Tacos, the 28-year-old taco is anything but stale. With a fluffy tortilla and colorful toppings, it’s no surprise Henry calls his costume “a body armor of love.”

WINNER: Jeremy Carolino, Hop & Vine, 5619 W. Loop 1604 N., Suite 109, (210) 878-4071,

2. Gabriel Cardenas, The Fridge, (210) 473-0916,

3. Mark Bliss, Bliss, 926 S. Presa St., (210) 225-2547,

WINNER: Tencha La Jefa,

2. Lucy Lips,

3. Amerie Parker,

WINNER: Miss Dakota Puggy,

2. Raven Red Photography,

3. Dru photography,

WINNER: Magda’s Quality Jewelry & Repair, 8275 FM 78 Ste. #10, Converse, (210) 310-7444

2. Sweet Craft Jewelry,

3. Jimmy Green, Vineyard Shopping Center, 1604 North Loop 1604 W., (210) 492-0022,

WINNER: Tommy Lee Jones

2. Jesse Borrego,

3. Larry Garza,

WINNER: Anel Flores,

2. Jan Jarboe Russell,

3. John Phillipo Santos,

WINNER: Elora,

2. Rey Lopez,

3. The Batman of San Antonio,

WINNER: Javier Gil,

2. Laura Varela,

3. Bryan Ortiz,

WINNER: Laurie Ann Guerrero,

2. Naomi Shihab Nye

3. Polly Anna Rocha,

WINNER: Jeanelle Stauffer, 827 E. Rector St.,

2. Robert Baldwin, 8842 Broadway, (210) 336-8868,

3. Laura Valdez,