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Brian’s 24

Adelman Fine Art

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La Belle Bloom



Dragon’s Den

Downtown San Diego is known for its vibrant neighborhoods, with their mixture of conference attendees, tourists, locals and residents, all sharing together in the culture, food, music and non-stop entertainment found there. For years we have let the readers of San Diego Downtown News choose their favorite businesses in and around the Downtown area, and awarded those through our annual “Best of Downtown” awards. We again reached out and asked those readers to share with us their favorites when it came to the restaurants, bars and retail businesses they found and enjoyed patronizing throughout 2015. From the reaches of the ever-expanding East Village, to the majestic Gaslamp Quarter, through the twinkling lights of the Core/Columbia and Financial districts, to the shores of the Marina District and the Embarcadero, and to the piazzas of Little Italy, once again our readers have spoken. They

Café Sevilla

A Street Auto

have chosen the Best — in such categories as breakfast, happy hour, late-night dining, various ethnic cuisines, coffee shop, wine bar, gallery, romantic dining, florist, cocktail, live entertainment venue and many, many more. Some of the winners have been servicing customers in Downtown San Diego for decades, while others just recently opened their doors and are already making an impact. In this month’s special “Best of Downtown” section, we offer an assemblage of these top establishments, showcasing them with colorful ads, photos, contact information and descriptions, outlining their missions to serve. To each of our 2015 “Best of Downtown” winners, we extend hearty congratulations on your recognition. We hope our loyal readers — and your loyal customers, both new and old — continue to show you patronage for years to come. — the staff at San Diego Community News Network (


Tan Banana

Dr. Evelyn Ascough


San Diego Downtown News | March 2016

Best of Downtown San Diego 2015



American Cuisine Bakery Barbeque Beer Billiards Breakfast Brunch Burger Burrito Business Lunch Casino Casino Buffet Casual Dining Chinese Cuisine Cocktail Coffee Shop Comedy Club

Grapes & Hops Deli

Thanks for voting us Best Greek Cuisine Gold 2 years in a row!

109 West F Street (1st and F), San Diego CA 92101



Comfort Food Dance Club Deli Dessert Dinner Donut Shop Family Restaurant Farmers Market Fast Food Fine Dining French Cuisine Greek Cuisine Happy Hour Health Food Store Hot Wings Indian Cuisine Irish Pub Italian Cuisine Japanese Cuisine Jazz Bar Juice Late Night Dining Live Music Venue Lunch Margarita Martini Mexican Cuisine Micro Brewery New Restaurant Nightclub Outdoor Dining Pet Friendly Dining Pizza Romantic Dining Rooftop Lounge Salad Sandwich

Union Kitchen & Tap Pan Bon Phil’s BBQ Ballast Point Jolt N Joes Brian’s 24 barleymash barleymash Lolita’s at the Park Union Kitchen & Tap Sycuan Casino Barona Resort & Casino Union Kitchen & Tap Lucky Liu’s Crazy Goose Bar & Lounge Lion Coffee The American Comedy Company Brian’s 24 Parq Grapes and Hops Deli iDessert Bracero Cocina Donut Bar Brian’s 24 Little Italy Mercato In-N-Out Burger Sirena Café Chloe Meze Greek Fusion barleymash Jimbo’s…Naturally! Bubs at the Ballpark Urban India The Field Pan Bon Taka Restaurant Croce’s Park West Juice Crafters Brian’s 24 The Music Box Bracero Cocina La Puerta Ginger’s Bracero Cocina Ballast Point Bracero Cocina Parq Union Kitchen barleymash Pan Bon Sirena Altitude Salad Style The Deli Llama

SD County Winery Seafood Spanish Cuisine

San Pasqual Winery Sirena Café Sevilla

Sports Bar Steakhouse

Striders Cowboy Star

Sushi Thai Cuisine Vegan / Vegetarian Wine Bar

Taka Restaurant Lotus Thai Cuisine Café Gratitude San Pasqual Winery Seaport Village


barleymash Le Parfait Paris Kansas City BBQ Stone Brewery Society Billiards Bar & Café Café 21 Café Sevilla Hodad’s La Puerta barleymash Harrah’s Rincon Casino Viejas Casino & Resort Whiskey Girl Dragon’s Den Ginger’s Pan Bon Mad House Comedy Club barleymash Omnia The Deli Llama Extraordinary desserts Café Sevilla Donut Star IHOP Ocean Beach Farmers Market Burger Lounge Cowboy Star Currant American Brasserie Athens Market Taverna Crazy Goose Bar & Lounge Whole Foods Market Wings-N-Things Diwali Dining Henry’s Pub & Restaurant Petrini’s Restaurant Azuki Sushi Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Oh Juice! Café Sevilla House of Blues The Kebab Shop Blind Burro barleymash La Puerta Stone Brewing Striders Omnia Café Sevilla Lion Coffee Sorrento Café Sevilla Rustic Root Tender Greens Big Thyme Sandwich Company Bernardo Winery Water Grill Tapas Picasso Spanish Restaurant barleymash Donovan’s Steak & Chop House Dragon’s Den Amarin Thai Jyoti Bihanga San Diego Cellars

Best of Downtown San Diego 2015



Accountant Acupuncture Antiques Art Gallery Attorney

Invictus Advisors Eileen Han Acupuncture India Street Antiques Sparks Gallery Law Offices of Stephen G. Cline

Auto Dealer Auto Repair Shop Bank Barber

Bob Baker Toyota Scion “A” Street Auto Union Bank of California Roosters Men’s Grooming Center The Bike Revolution Jing Si Books & Café

Bicycle Shop Bookstore Boutique Car Wash Chiropractor College/University Credit Union Day Spa Dentist Doctor Dry Cleaners Financial Planner/Advisor Florist Furniture Store Gym/Health Club Hair Salon Hospital Hotel Jeweler Massage Marijuana Dispensary Men’s Apparel Museum Music Store New Business Optometrist Pawn Shop Pet Boarding Pet Grooming Pilates Plumber Preschool Property Management Co. Real Estate Agent Real Estate Office Retirement Living Tanning Salon Tattoo/Piercing Tuxedo Shop Veterinarian Wedding Venue Womens Apparel Yoga Studio


New Era CPA’s Drive Tai Nan Wang Ocean Beach Antique Mall Adelman Fine Art Law Offices of William C. Mathews DCH Honda of Mission Valley Dieter Fischer’s Service Inc. Wells Fargo Floyd’s 99

Pennyfarthing’s Bicycles Upstart Crow Bookstore & Coffee House Boutique de Marcus Bubbles Boutique Absolute Perfection Auto SerPacific Coast Auto Detail vices Center Glenn Frieder Your Healthy Spine San Diego City College Coleman College San Diego County Credit Union California Coast Credit Union Bodhi Massage & Wellness Spa Velia Center Dr. Evelyn Ascough Urban Dental Group Anupam Garg, MD Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center 7th Avenue Cleaners 4th Avenue Cleaners Tyler Tong Rachel Young Allen’s Flowers and Plants La Belle Bloom Lawrance Furniture Urban Transformations Fit Athletic 24 Hour Fitness A Robert Cromeans Salon The Dover Honing Company Scripps Mercy Hospital Sharp Rees-Stealy Omni Hotel The Sofia Hotel Timothy Meier Design San Diego Jewelers Exchange Bodhi Massage & Wellness Solluna & Co. Center Point Loma Patient Consumer Alternative Care Clinics Co-op Nordstrom’s Joseph’s Menswear Gaslamp Museum (tie) San Diego History Center Children’s Museum (tie) FeeLit Records Tasha’s Music City Striders Roosters Men’s Grooming Center Urban Optiks Optometry Downtown Optometry Palace Pawnbrokers Golden Hill Pawnbrokers Doozydog! Club Furry Tales Doozydog! Club City Dog Pilates of San Diego Performance Pilates Bill Howe Plumbing American Plumbing Co. St. Paul’s Community Care Urban Discovery Academy Center Greater Good Realty Action Management David Stone, Greater Good Robert Weichelt, Weichelt Realty Real Estate Svcs Greater Good Realty Weichelt Real Estate Services St. Paul’s Senior Services Belmont Park Tan Banana iTan Church of Steel Tattoos on 5th The Gentlemen’s Tux Shop Joseph’s Menswear Amici Pet Hospital VCA Animal Hospital Ultimate Sky Box at Diamond Westgate Hotel View Tower Pretty Seven Boutique Dolcetti Boutique The Dailey Method Pilates of San Diego

Jing Si Books

Timothy Meier Design

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GOLD – Union Kitchen & Tap 333 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-795-9463

SILVER – barleymash 600 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-255-7373 Located in the heart of the Gaslamp, barleymash is a fun, high-energy downtown restaurant and bar that celebrates the richness of American culture through its appetizing and progressive bar fare. Both the restaurant philosophy and menu offerings draw heavily from two barroom staples: beer and bourbon. barleymash is the downtown place to be for locals and tourists alike. Set amidst reclaimed wood from the original foundation and a warm modernist design, the restaurant and bar support San Diego’s best micro- and nanobreweries. Best of all, though the evening may get started in barleymash, this topnotch eatery also encourages patrons to visit ginger’s, a sophisticated, yet laidback lounge located downstairs. With entertainment slotted seven nights a week for everything from bands to DJs, as well as various special events like beer tastings and food pairings, San Diegans can consider their social calendar full of memorable moments at barleymash.

Best of Downtown San Diego 2015



GOLD – Pan Bon

GOLD – Phil’s BBQ

1450 Kettner Blvd. 92101 619-241-2443

3750 Sports Arena Blvd. 92110 619-226-6333

When you first arrive at Pan Bon, you’ll be greeted by a long display case to your left showing off countless rows of colourfully irresistible pastries as well as hot and cold Italian and international specialties. Tables are ample down the narrow entryway and in the back, where folks will be seen gathered to relax among warm tones in a Euro-Contemporary setting. A demonstration kitchen is in full view, giving diners an entertaining focal point as they enjoy Pan Bon’s simple, elegant atmosphere on the ground floor, as well as upstairs on the scenic mezzanine, which hosts a full bar for private parties and romantic dining opportunities. High ceilings give an open feel where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily, or easily packed to go. Pan Bon will entice you to sit back, choose from an assortment of shared plates, Italian specialties, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and, of course, desserts, all handmade from scratch. An extensive wine list and international and local beer list will set the stage for a visit to be remembered. We invite you to come and take in a true Old World Italian experience at Pan Bon, where Little Italy has finally met its match.

SILVER – Kansas City BBQ

Iron Fries at barleymash

600 W. Harbor Drive 92101 619-231-9680


GOLD – Ballast Point 2215 India St. 92101 619-255-7213

SILVER – Stone Brewery 2816 Historic Decatur Rd #116, 92106 619-269-2100


GOLD – Jolt N Joes 8076 La Mesa Blvd. 91942 619-466-2591

SILVER – Society Billiards Bar & Café 1051 Garnet Ave. 92109 858-272-7665


GOLD – Brian’s 24

SILVER – Le Parfait Paris

828 Sixth Ave. 92101 619-702-8410

555 G St. 92101 619-245-4457

Brian’s 24 is Downtown’s only 24-hour, full-service restaurant. It

truly is the “Restaurant that Never Sleeps.” Brian’s copper-clad, open kitchen with its beautiful, historic “Joan Crawford” mahogany bar combined with a beveled glass window wall and crystal chandelier create an atmosphere enjoyed by all who visit. Breakfast is served 24 hours a day and can be as simple as bacon and eggs or if you are looking for something unique, try the chicken and waffles, krab cake benedict or their famous Gaslamp Power Breakfast. Their delicious hotcakes and malted waffles made with real buttermilk, fresh eggs and butter leave many guests talking about one of the best breakfasts they have ever eaten. A huge selection and oversized portions of home-style comfort food includes enormous sandwiches; bountiful salads and burgers; certified Angus choice steaks; hand-tossed pizzas; and house-made meatloaf and

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mashed potatoes. Inspiring breakfasts to start the day, meeting friends or business associates for lunch, a quiet dinner, late night snack or nightcap; only Brian’s can make it happen 24 hours every day.

SILVER – Café 21 750 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-795-0721


GOLD – barleymash 600 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-255-7373

SILVER – Café Sevilla 353 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-233-5979 Café Sevilla has been dedicated to providing the true essence of Spanish culture, music and cuisine since 1987. Located in the heart of Downtown San Diego in the Gaslamp Quarter, Cafe Sevilla is proud to offer the most authentic Spanish ambiance in their tapas bar, restaurant and nightclub. Café Sevilla specializes in Spanish tapas or small plates, which are great for a sharable dining experience. Menu offerings include a variety of tapas to include ceviche, empanadas, calamari, Spanish meatballs, stuffed dates, patatas bravas and tortilla Espanola. Main dishes include a variety of paellas, fresh seafood and savory meat dishes. We also feature a large variety of Spanish wines and refreshing sangrias. Café Sevilla offers live entertainment in the tapas bar every night of the week, salsa dance classes, lunch offerings, a great happy hour, late night dining until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and a Flamenco dinner show every Saturday night at 7 p.m.


GOLD – barleymash 600 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-255-7373 East Village Branch Marcia Sierra VP & Branch Manager 1101 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101 619-702-2768

SILVER – Hodad’s San Diego Main Branch Jeanette Gann-Escobar Director & Branch Manager 1201 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 619-230-4666

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945 Broadway 92101 619-234-6323


GOLD – Lolita’s at the Park 202 Park Blvd. 92101 619-269-6055

see Burrito, page 5 FROM PAGE 4


From award-winning burritos to nationally-highlighted carne asada fries, Lolita’s prides itself in selling quality fresh Mexican food for over 30 years. A once hole-in-the-wall taco shop now turned fast-casual dining, Lolita’s invites you to join us at Lolita’s at the Park, the fifth installation of Lolita’s Restaurants, Inc. Lolita’s at the Park is located across the street from Petco Park on Tenth Avenue and Park Boulevard. Here you can enjoy burritos, tacos, tortas and many other specialty dishes, as well as six rotating beers on draft plus bottled beer and wine. Be sure to visit us at our newest location, Lolita’s at Eastlake. For hours and locations near you please visit our website and follow us on various social media platforms. Thank you.

SILVER – La Puerta 560 Fourth Ave. 92101 619-696-3466


GOLD – Union Kitchen & Tap 333 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-795-9463

SILVER – barleymash 600 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-255-7373

Best of Downtown San Diego 2015 CASINO

GOLD – Sycuan Casino 5485 Casino Way 92019 619-445-6002

SILVER – Dragon’s Den 315 Tenth Ave. 92101 619-358-9332


SILVER – Harrah’s Rincon Casino

GOLD – Crazy Goose Bar & Lounge

777 Valley Center Rd. 92082 760-751-3100

789 Sixth Ave. 92101 619-255-6703


GOLD – Barona Resort & Casino 1932 Wildcat Canyon Rd. 92040 619-443-2300

SILVER – Viejas Casino & Resort 5000 Willows Rd. 91901 619-445-5400


GOLD – Union Kitchen & Tap 333 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-795-9463

SILVER – Whiskey Girl 702 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-236-1616


GOLD – Lucky Liu’s 332 J St. 92101 619-255-5487

SILVER – Ginger’s 600 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-255-7373

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GOLD – Lion Coffee 101 Market St. #100, 92101 619-299-5466 LION Coffee was founded in 1864 and has a rich history dating back to early Americana. There is over a century of experience in every roast. In 1969, LION moved to Hawaii, the only state that grows coffee. Here, they are able to offer the freshest Kona and Hawaiian coffee grown on the land that surrounds them. We blend and roast the finest Arabica coffees from Hawaii and international regions to offer our customers the best tasting coffees in the world. At LION, we are also known for our outstanding, and filling, Sambazon

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Paella, Tapas & Gypsy Music Since 1987

353 Fifth Avenue, San Diego Gaslamp 619.233.5979 -


Best of Downtown San Diego 2015

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Coffee Shop Thanks San Diego for voting us Best Irish Pub!

GOLD – Parq

Acai bowls. Our bowls combine the high antioxidant Acai with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, granola and honey. We have three locations in San Diego: Downtown at 101 Market St.; 7504 Mesa College Blvd. and 6137 Balboa Ave. (both in Kearney Mesa).

SILVER – Pan Bon


618 5th Avenue San Diego CA 92101

Thanks for voting us Best Lunch!


GOLD – The American Comedy Company 818 Sixth Ave. 92101 619-795-3858

SILVER – Mad House Comedy Club



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GOLD – Brian’s 24 828 Sixth Ave. 92101 619-702-8410

SILVER – barleymash 600 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-255-7373

Thank you for voting for us!

SILVER – Omnia 454 Sixth Ave. 92101 619-544-9500


GOLD – Grapes and Hops Deli 811 Market St. 92101 619-255-5383

1450 Kettner Blvd. 92101 619-241-2443

502 Horton Plaza 92101 619-702-6666


615 Broadway 92101 619-727-6789


Grapes & Hops Deli, Beer & Wine is located on a busy corner site in Downtown San Diego off of Eighth and Market Streets. We offer a great selection of premium imported Boar’s Head Meats with fresh ingredients and tasty finishes. Also, with our large selections of imported and craft beers, and towering wine options, it’s no wonder why the locals choose Grapes & Hops as the number one spot for all their satisfying needs. We are committed to presenting quality products that is unsurpassed in taste, freshness and distinction. Leading by example with integrity and professionalism is what defines our company. Our dedicated employees are poised to serve you and meet your needs from the moment you walk in the door, or call in your order, until your request is fulfilled. We treat our employees like family, and their

Fine Wines • Great Spirits Wide selection of Craft Beers

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g Us

Best Deli

Buy 6 Salads or Sandwiches, Get 1 FREE 811 Market St. • San Diego 92101 • (619) 255-5383

“Least Expensive Boar’s Head Sandwiches in Town”

for voting us

BEST DONUT SHOP 631 B. St. in Downtown San Diego 619.255.6360 devoted service shows in the way they display a personal touch to each one of our customers. We are grateful that through the years our customers have referred us to family and friends and have recognized our efforts to maintain our high standards. We thank you for your confidence in us as we look to the future and continue to provide excellent service for years to come.

SILVER – The Deli Llama 3702 Fifth Ave. 92103 619-295-4666


GOLD – iDessert 1608 India St. #104 92101 619-544-1033

SILVER – Extraordinary desserts 2929 Fifth Ave. 92103 619-294-2132


GOLD – Bracero Cocina 1490 Kettner Blvd. 92101 619-756-7864

SILVER – Café Sevilla 353 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-233-5979

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Dinner & Entertainment DONUT SHOP

GOLD – Donut Bar 631 B St. 92101 619-255-6360 Donut Bar has two locations. Our original location opened in beautiful Downtown San Diego in March of 2013 and our second outpost was created in the San Diego International Airport inside Terminal 2. Donut Bar is listed in the top 10 donut shops in the country by USA Today, and many other nationally acclaimed news organizations. San Diego Magazine has honored Donut Bar with consecutive Best of San Diego awards for Best Critics Choice. San Diego Downtown News readers have honord Donut Bar with Best of Downtown awards as well. Donut Bar has been nationally featured on NBC Nightly News and the Associated Press often covers the amazing treats Chef Santiago and team create. International acclaim came to Donut Bar for their “heart stopping” Big Poppa Tart Donut weighing in at 1 pound. Many Hollywood celebrities including Brad Pitt, Ryan Seacrest, Steve Harvey and Ellen DeGeneres have invited Chef Santiago onto their shows to share our donuts with the world. We invite you to join us too.

Best of Downtown San Diego 2015

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SILVER – Donut Star 601 W. Washington St. 92103 619-542-1809


GOLD – Brian’s 24 828 Sixth Ave. 92101 619-702-8410

SILVER – IHOP 711 Fourth Ave. 92101 619-330-5975


GOLD – Little Italy Mercato 519 W. Cedar St. 92101 619-233-3901

SILVER – Ocean Beach Farmers Market Newport Ave. 92107 619-279-0032



SILVER – Cowboy Star 640 Tenth Ave. 92101 619-450-5880


GOLD – In-N-Out Burger

GOLD – Café Chloe

3102 Sports Arena Blvd. 92110 (800) 786-1000

721 Ninth Ave. 92101 619-232-3242

SILVER – Burger Lounge

SILVER – Currant American Brasserie

528 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-955-572


GOLD – Sirena 1901 Columbia St. 92101 619-564-8970

140 W. Broadway 92101 619-702-6309 Currant is dedicated to uncompromising quality.

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Thank You for Voting Us “Best Coffee Shop” & “Best Pet Friendly Dining”

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101 Market St. San Diego 92101 • (619) 299-5466 •

Thanks for voting us: Best Italian Cuisine Gold! Best Bakery Gold! Best Pizza Gold! Best Coffee Shop Silver! Always fresh Organic when available

Voted BEST Vegan/Vegetarian Our best selling item - Neatloaf was featured as “50 things to eat before you die” in Union Tribune

1450 Kettner Blvd - San Diego, CA 92101


Serving vegetarian & vegan food since 1986 3351 Adams Avenue • San Diego, CA 92116 (619) 282-4116 •


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Best of Downtown San Diego 2015


Thank you for voting us Best Boutique We have fabulous handmade local artisan jewelry, accessories, clothing and the unexpected!

Subtly Sexy and Super Cute... The 2016 collection of pajamas and loungewear is a perfect gift! GASLAMP 226 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 619-236-9003

LITTLE ITALY 1501 India Street San Diego, CA 92101 619-955-8890



French Cuisine It is a restaurant where old world meets new in simple, modern, contemporary elegance. The Currant team created an edgy, and modern space out of a historic location — the Sofia Hotel. Checkered tile, chandeliers, sofas, soft lighting, and artwork throughout the restaurant’s dining and lounge space evoke a classy, elegant and relaxed vibe. The gorgeously appointed dining room has far-reaching columns, and spacious windows to draw the San Diego sun. Currant is the Sofia Hotel’s dining experience — a simple, modern and contemporary environment with a unique blend of American brasseriestyle plates, assorted cocktails served in an intimate indoor/outdoor seating area. The restaurant atmosphere has been created to be professional yet humble. Chef Walter Manikowski, servers, and wine enthusiasts are all dedicated to create a genuine dining experience to remember. They offer only the freshest, seasonal ingredients all while promoting sustainability and best practices in the industry.


GOLD – Meze Greek Fusion Thank You For Voting Us

“Best Breakfast” “Best Comfort Food” “Best Family Restaurant” “Best Late Night Dining”

345 Sixth Ave. 92101 619-550-1600

SILVER – Athens Market Taverna

SILVER – Crazy Goose Bar & Lounge

109 W. F St. 92101 619-234-1955

789 Sixth Ave. 92101 619-255-6703

Mary Pappas’ Athens Market Taverna is more than a restaurant. It’s a place where good food and good company are savored. There is no rush to move people in and out; in the Greek tradition, dining is a shared and entertaining event. It’s the host’s “filotimo” and responsibility to insure all the guests feel welcome and at home and are treated with genuine hospitality. A typical meal may last hours with neighbors, cooks, restaurant owners, and family joining in with their guests to celebrate life with good food, local wines and Ouzo. Lunch is served Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and dinner Monday – Saturday from 4–10:30 p.m. Located on the peaceful west side of Horton Plaza, Athens is a delicious place to try new cuisine, meet friends for an afternoon lunch, or spend a dinner enjoying the romantic ambiance.


GOLD – barleymash 600 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-255-7373


GOLD – Jimbo’s…Naturally! 92 Horton Plaza 92101 619-308-7755

SILVER – Whole Foods Market 711 University Ave. 92103 619-294-2800


GOLD – Bubs at the Ballpark 715 J St. 92101 619-546-0815

SILVER – Wings-N-Things 3194 Midway Drive 92110 619-226-0185


GOLD – Urban India 1041 Fourth Ave. 92101 619-238-8380

see Italian Cuisine, page 9

The Restaurant That Never Sleeps®

The Gaslamp’s Only Full Service 24-Hour Restaurant



828 6TH AVE. (BETWEEN E & F) 619.702.8410 | BRIANS24.COM

Best of Downtown San Diego 2015 FROM PAGE 8

Indian Cuisine SILVER – Diwali Dining 314 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-400-8812

sit down style dinner for any number of parties. Anyone looking for fun needs to head to Henry’s Pub for their next night out.


GOLD – Pan Bon

GOLD – The Field 544 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-232-9840

618 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-238-2389 Henry’s Pub, located in the heart of the Gaslamp District, is one of San Diego’s most energetic and exciting eateries, complete with delicious food and top-notch entertainment. Henry’s has established itself as one of the more unique restaurants in all of San Diego, with dishes such as the BLT Spaghetti or the #Cluckmoo, which is a burger topped with half a fried chicken breast, plus all of your favorite fixings. Henry’s Pub is also known for their riveting lineup of entertainment, which includes Friday night Goodtimes featuring DJs Jimmy Boy and Antonio Aguilera. Coupled with $2 Corona’s from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m., Henry’s Pub is the place to be on Friday nights. Henry’s is also perfect for any sort of group gathering, offering either a buffet or

610 W Ash St #100, 92101 619-595-0322

555 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-338-0555

SILVER – Azuki Sushi

Enjoy San Diego’s favorite Italian dishes by Chef David Petrini at Petrini’s, located in Little Italy at the corner of India and Ash streets. Savor amazing food in a family atmosphere where everyone is welcome, including your dog. Whether you dine indoors, on the outdoor patio, or you take your meal home, keep family and friends at the table with his concept of “La Famiglia Mangia” — the family eats. Petrini’s features a Happy Hour Monday – Friday 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. with special prices on food and drinks. On Tuesdays, happy hour is extended to 9 p.m. Monday night is Local’s Night; show us that you live at a 92101 zip code address and you’ll receive 25 percent off your entire bill. Thursday is Rib Night; a half-rack baby back ribs on top of our famous truffle parmesan garlic fries, served with choice of soup or salad for just $14.95.

2321 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-238-4760



GOLD – Croce’s Park West 2760 Fifth Ave. 92103 619-233-4355

SILVER – Eddie V’s Prime Seafood 789 W. Harbor Drive 92101 619-615-0281


GOLD – Juice Crafters 1740 India St. 92101 619-231-4329

SILVER – Oh Juice! 1230 Columbia St. #110 92101 619-760-1292

see Dinner & Entertainment, page 10


Thank you San Diego for voting us Best Italian!

GOLD – Taka Restaurant

SILVER – Petrini’s Restaurant

SILVER – Henry’s Pub & Restaurant

We also host private parties and special events at Petrini’s. Come and visit our cart at the Little Italy Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and ask about using our cart to cater your next event.


1450 Kettner Blvd. 92101 619-241-2443


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Local’s Night. Show us that you live at a 92101 zip code address and you’ll receive 25% off your entire bill after 5:00 pm.


Happy Hour all night from 3:30 to close (9:00pm)


Rib Night. 1/2 rack baby back ribs on top of our famous truffle Parmesan garlic fries, served with choice of soup or salad for $14.95 610 West Ash Street San Diego, CA 92101

619 595 0322

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Dinner & Entertainment LATE NIGHT DINING

GOLD – Brian’s 24

SILVER – The Kebab Shop 630 Ninth Ave. 92101 619-525-0055

828 Sixth Ave. 92101 619-702-8410

SILVER – Café Sevilla 353 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-233-5979


GOLD – The Music Box 1337 India St. 92101 619-795-1337

SILVER – House of Blues 1055 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-299-2583


GOLD – Bracero Cocina 1490 Kettner Blvd. 92101 619-756-7864

The Kebab Shop (TKS) is based on a concept popularized throughout Europe. Kebab shops are as prevalent there as burger joints are here. If you’ve never been to a kebab shop in Europe, you will have to stop in and experience what you’ve been missing. We have six locations in San Diego (East Village, Little Italy, Mission Valley, Mira Mesa, Encinitas, and Rancho Bernardo) and two in Northern California (Fremont and Cupertino — coming soon). At TKS, you’ll find a delicious array of slowly-cooked rotisserie meats and made-to-order grilled meats, seafood, and veggies. In addition, our 11 freshly prepared Mediterranean inspired salads and crispy falafel, golden fries

and saffron rice will complement your cravings. Our menu appears deceptively simple but is purposely designed to provide you the freedom to decide exactly how you want your meal made. We offer all of this in a comfortable setting with courteous staff so you can gather with your family and friends to share a great meal together.


GOLD – La Puerta 560 Fourth Ave. 92101 619-696-3466

SILVER – barleymash 600 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-255-7373


GOLD – Bracero Cocina 1490 Kettner Blvd. 92101 619-756-7864

GOLD – Bracero Cocina

SILVER – Striders

1490 Kettner Blvd. 92101 619-756-7864

100 Harbor Drive 92101 619-363-7166

SILVER – La Puerta 560 Fourth Ave. 92101 619-696-3466



GOLD – Parq 615 Broadway 92101 619-727-6789

SILVER – Blind Burro

GOLD – Ballast Point

SILVER – Omnia

639 J St. 92101 619-795-7880

2215 India St. 92101 619-255-7213

454 Sixth Ave. 92101 619-544-9500


GOLD – Ginger’s 600 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-255-7373

SILVER – Stone Brewing 2816 Historic Decatur Rd. #116 92106 619-269-2100


GOLD – Union Kitchen 333 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-795-9463

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Magical moments happen at St. Paul’s Child Care. Voted best Pre-school for our unique Intergenerational Program! Our program brings children and seniors together to enhance social engagement. Children experience increased self-confidence while developing empathy and respect for each other.

Close to Downtown, Bankers Hill and Hillcrest.

Spaces currently available for those 8 weeks to 5 years. Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Friday.

328 Maple Street, San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 239-6900

Voted Best Pre-school for 2016 by Downtown News License #374600538, 376600283 & 376600285 FROM PAGE 10

Outdoor Dining SILVER – Café Sevilla 353 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-233-5979


GOLD – barleymash 600 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-255-7373

SILVER – Lion Coffee 101 Market St. #100 92101 619-299-5466


GOLD – Pan Bon 1450 Kettner Blvd. 92101 619-241-2443

SILVER – Sorrento 1646 India St. 92101 619-546-0365


GOLD – Sirena 1901 Columbia St. 92101 619-564-8970

Best of Downtown San Diego 2015

SILVER – Big Thyme Sandwich Company 807 F St. 92101 619-501-4350


GOLD – San Pasqual Winery 805 W. Harbor Drive 92101 619-544-9463

SILVER – Bernardo Winery 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte 92128 858-487-1866


GOLD – Sirena 1901 Columbia St. 92101 619-564-8970

SILVER – Water Grill 615 J St. 92101 619-717-6992


GOLD – Café Sevilla

SILVER – Café Sevilla 353 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-233-5979

SILVER – Tapas Picasso Spanish Restauran

GOLD – Altitude 660 K St. 92101 619-696-0234

SILVER – Rustic Root 535 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-232-1747


GOLD – Salad Style 611 B St. 92101 619-255-6731

SILVER – Tender Greens 110 W. Broadway 92101 619-795-2353


GOLD – The Deli Llama 3702 Fifth Ave. 92103 619-295-4666 After over six years in business, The Deli Llama continues to be a San Diego favorite. Innovative sandwiches with top quality ingredients and great customer service are standard fare. The Deli Llama’s wonderful staff treats customers like family. This is the deli where everyone knows your name. The Deli Llama meets customer needs by offering top quality Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, gluten-free bread choices, vegan soups, healthy drinks like Kombucha, vegetarian sandwiches, specialty chips and side dishes. They even have a loyalty prize wheel. Not to mention, The Deli Llama has won many “Best of” awards with 14 and counting. With a whimsical circus atmosphere


and lots of smiles, come experience a truly delicious meal for yourself, and unleash your inner llama.

353 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-233-5979


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3923 Fourth Ave. 92103 619-294-3061


GOLD – Striders 100 Harbor Drive 92101 619-363-7166

SILVER – barleymash 600 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-255-7373


GOLD – Cowboy Star 640 Tenth Ave. 92101 619-450-5880

SILVER – Donovan’s Steak & Chop House 570 K St. 92101 619-237-9700 Donovan’s Steakhouse is one of San Diego’s premiere steak and chop houses, serving mouthwatering steaks and exquisite seafood. Complete with a lavish yet welcoming atmosphere, Donovan’s is the perfect spot to grab an amazing meal or enjoy world-class drinks. While Donovan’s entire menu is delectable, the star attractions are their USDA Prime graded steaks. These fresh, never frozen cuts of meat are wet-aged for tenderness and peak flavor. These steaks are incredible on their own, or delicious paired with rock lobster or King Crab legs for the ideal surf and turf combination. Speaking of seafood, one of Donovan’s most awe-inspiring dishes is the Chilled Seafood Tower. Complete with Rock Lobster, King Crab legs, Blue

New Era CPAs Point Oysters and White Gulf Shrimp all served on ice. In addition to Donovan’s Downtown location, patrons can also visit their new location on Prospect Avenue in La Jolla, overlooking the ocean. Anyone who craves a great dining experience should make Donovan’s Steakhouse their next destination.

Asian Fusion 315 10th Ave San Diego, CA 92101 619 358-9332


GOLD – Taka Restaurant 555 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-338-0555

SILVER – Dragon’s Den 315 Tenth Ave. 92101 619-358-9332 Located in the heart of East Village at the corner of Tenth Avenue and K Street, Dragon’s Den has established itself as the preferred business for East Village locals. With 19 televisions, including a 133-inch projector screen, 16 beer taps featuring local craft breweries, and a liquor selection that far exceeds expectations, it is easy to see why. Arriving hungry is a must as Dragon’s Den features a full sushi bar and a Chinese kitchen, ensuring that even the most fickle of appetites will find something delicious. The outstanding quality of the food is only surpassed by its value, as the asking price for this quality would be considerably higher at any surrounding establishment. With happy hour 3–7 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday, it’s no wonder the locals don’t see a need to go anywhere else. Free parking is offered for a limited time. Please see our web site for more details.


GOLD – Lotus Thai Cuisine 3761 Sixth Ave. 92103 619-299-8272

SILVER – Amarin Thai 3843 Richmond St. 92103 619-296-6056


GOLD – Café Gratitude 1980 Kettner Blvd. 92101 619-736-5077

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Vegan/Vegetarian SILVER – Jyoti Bihanga 3351 Adams Ave. 92116 619-282-4116


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Jyoti-Bihanga vegetarian restaurant, established in 1986, is most famous for its vegetarian meatloaf called “neatloaf.” The Union-Tribune once listed neatloaf at Jyoti-Bihanga as one of 50 things to try before you die. It is really good. Even the staunchest meateaters will be shockingly surprised. There are very few places in San Diego where you can find a more internationally varied menu than at JyotiBihanga. For starters, they always have, daily, three delicious soups. They range from the rich Hungarian mushroom and classic split-pea to Caribbean pepperpot and roasted eggplant. They have over 30 recipes and counting. Salads and new bowls are amazing and feature kale, quinoa, roasted beet hummus, goat cheese and more. Not only dedicated to great food, Jyoti-Bihanga is also dedicated to peace. Enjoy your meal in a very peaceful dining atmosphere. Also, visit the small but beautiful Peace Park on the corner of Adams Avenue and Arizona Street.


GOLD – San Pasqual Winery Seaport Village 805 W. Harbor Drive 92101 619-544-9463

SILVER – San Diego Cellars 2215 Kettner Blvd. 92101 619-269-9463


GOLD – Invictus Advisors 2815 Camino Del Rio S. #250 92108 619-677-6512

SILVER – New Era CPA’s 835 Fifth Ave. #309 92101 619-255-4630 New Era CPAs LLP is a professional services firm located in Downtown San Diego. The Firm provides a range of accounting, tax and consulting services to a variety of clients and industries throughout the West Coast. Specific lines of service include: bookkeeping, payroll, tax preparation, business consulting and forensic accounting.


GOLD – Eileen Han Acupuncture 4550 Kearny Villa Rd. #107 92123 619-249-7660

SILVER – Drive Tai Nan Wang 4295 Gesner St. Suite A-1 92117 619-684-1848 ANTIQUES

GOLD – India Street Antiques 2361 India St. 92101 619-231-3004

SILVER – Ocean Beach Antique Mall 4926 Newport Ave. 92107 619-233-6170


GOLD – Sparks Gallery 530 Sixth Ave. 92101 619-696-1416

SILVER – Adelman Fine Art 1980 Kettner Blvd. #40 92101 619-354-5969 Adelman Fine Art is a new contemporary boutique gallery in San Diego. Nestled along a tree-lined walkway in the Broadstone Building on Kettner Boulevard, between Grape and Fir, the gallery is surrounded by Little Italy’s most popular restaurants, shops, and Waterfront Park — a vibrant shopping destination. We represent both emerging and nationally recognized fine artists working in a variety of media. Complementing our eclectic fine art collection are our jewelry lines, including UNO de 50, Melinda Maria, and artisan jeweler Samantha Dulay. Whether you are a seasoned collector or are simply discovering #ArtYouEnjoy, our boutique gallery provides a warm,

see Art Gallery, page 13

Thank you for Voting us Best Hotel for the Silver Award! VERBIAGE:


• Pet Friendly • Historic Hotels of America • Boutique • Family owned & operated

• Walking Tour on Sat/Sun • 24 Hour Fitness Room • Bicycles • Yoga room with schedule classes

150 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101 619-234-9200

Thank you for Voting us Best French Restaurant for the Silver Award! VERBIAGE:

140 West Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 619.702.6309

• Pet Friendly Outdoor Patio w/Yappy Hour Menu • Family owned & operated • Pre-Theater • Happy Hour daily 4-7p • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch • Semi private & private dining

Best of Downtown San Diego 2015

San Diego Downtown News | March 2016


Robert Cromeans Salon


Art Gallery relaxed and intimate setting to browse and enjoy beautiful things. Visit our website and shop our collection of original paintings, limited edition signed prints, art glass, sculpture, and artisan jewelry. We continue to add artists and fine artwork so check back often.


GOLD – Law Offices of Stephen G. Cline 533 F St. #200 92101 619-235-5638

SILVER – Law Offices of William C. Mathews 2801 Camino Del Rio S. #307 92108 619-298-7220


GOLD – Bob Baker Toyota Scion 6800 Federal Blvd. 91945 619-434-0672

SILVER – DCH Honda of Mission Valley 5812 Mission Gorge Rd. 92120 855-435-0246


We at “A” Street Auto Service say Thank You for recognition as Best Auto Repair Shop from Downtown San Diego readers. We believe the customer is paramount. With 12+ years in business, three generations of family handling daily operations with a commitment to complete customer care satisfaction. From factory services on all makes and models to cutting edge technology with the latest diagnostic equipment, “A” Street Auto Service is a true alternative to the dealer. We strive to offer affordable, experienced and personalized services, now including body and paint repairs.


GOLD – Roosters Men’s Grooming Center 1350 Market St. #111 92101 619-795-9880

SILVER – Dieter Fischer’s Service Inc.

Roosters is a contemporary men’s grooming center. We are committed to providing classic barber shop services, while also keeping up with the latest trends. At Roosters, we keep that authentic barbershop experience without gimmicks or trendy themes. It’s a place for men to go to de-stress and walk out looking good and feeling incredible. We take appointments and walk-ins are always welcome upon availability. 

8699 La Mesa Blvd. 91941 619-460-1498

SILVER – Floyd’s 99


GOLD – Union Bank of California 1201 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-230-4666 With two Union Bank branches and our division headquarters in Downtown San Diego, Union Bank is well positioned to serve the needs of residents and businesses in Downtown. Union Bank is proud to receive the Gold Award from the San Diego Downtown News Readers’ Poll for Best Bank. Thank you to our customers and fans.

GOLD – “A” Street Auto

SILVER – Wells Fargo

1263 State St. 92101 619-239-8600

610 First Ave. 92101 619-515-1460

Thank you for voting us Best Veterinarian! «Our love of animals drives us, Our commitment to high quality pet care guides us, Your trust, loyalty, and pet’s well-being defines us.»

899 Market St. 92101 619-546-6860


GOLD – The Bike Revolution 522 Sixth Ave. 92101 619-564-4843

SILVER – Pennyfarthing’s Bicycles 630 C St. 92101 619-233-7696


GOLD – Jing Si Books & Café 302-304 11th Ave. 92101 619-756-6299

see Bookstore, page 14

2135 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101



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GOLD – San Diego County Credit Union

1313 Park Blvd. 92101 619-388-3400

2245 Fenton Pkwy. 92108 877-732-2848

SILVER – California Coast Credit Union

1816 Eucalyptus Ave. #B 92024 760-230-2928

Brand new at 103 years old! Once again voted Best College/ University, San Diego City College is celebrating its 60-acre campus transformation with an Open House Day on Thursday, April 21. In addition to touring our five new state-of-the-art classroom buildings, the Planetarium, the Luxe Photography Gallery and our Fine Arts City Gallery, you will visit our just-opened Center for Media and the Performing Arts. Home to the radio, TV and film, drama and theatre, dance and music departments, you will see first-hand the new TV and recording studios and the 98-seat Black Box Theatre. From 9:30 – 2 p.m., talk with students at the Student Project and Research Symposium and visit our beautiful Seeds@City Urban Farm and outdoor classroom. Join us also on March 4–5 and 11–12 for the Festival of Plays, a dynamic performance showcasing a collective of selected original student scripts. City College offers 200 associate degrees, 500 certificate programs and more than 1,800 classes.

SILVER – Your Healthy Spine

SILVER – Coleman University

5005 Texas St. 92108 619-518-4222

8888 Balboa Ave. 92123 858-499-0202

835 W. Harbor Drive 92101 619-232-4855


GOLD – Boutique de Marcus 205 G St. 92101 619-239-2887

SILVER – Bubbles Boutique 226 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-236-9003


GOLD – Absolute Perfection Auto Services 2451 State St. 92101 866-847-2886

SILVER – Pacific Coast Auto Detail Center 2719 Market St. 92102 619-531-9319


GOLD – Glenn Frieder


GOLD – San Diego City College

SILVER – Upstart Crow Bookstore & Coffee House

Thank you Downtown San Diego! We are honored to be voted the Silver Winner for Best Florist!


4470 Park Blvd. 92116 877-495-1600


GOLD – Bodhi Massage & Wellness Center 3678 Fourth Ave. 92103 619-274-2744

SILVER – Spa Velia 200 Harbor Drive #150 92101 619-235-0000 During your visit to Spa Velia, you will transcend into a world of pure relaxation and blissful indulgence. Our spa provides a quaint old-world atmosphere in the midst of bustling San Diego. We have drawn inspiration from all over the globe to provide you with the best organic spa experience possible. Our commitment is to sensory perfection, an unwavering dedication to detail and unparalleled service and wellness for our guests. We make it easy for you to escape the hassles of everyday life and slip into a place where every moment matters.

see Day Spa page 15

Best of Downtown San Diego 2015

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Omni Hotel


Day Spa

Many choose to arrive early and stay late to fully enjoy all of the amenities that Spa Velia offers. Drench yourself in our Swiss showers. Invigorate your senses and detox your mind and body in our aromatic steam room. Unwind in our intimate lounge with a good book, a seasonal mimosa, fruit infused water, or a cup of tea. Our unique and extensive menu of services integrates the most effective and elite modalities from around the world. Our staff is trained to provide you with the utmost expertise in skin, massage, and body treatment — all of which can be customized to meet your individual needs.

Dry Cleaners. Conveniently located in Downtown San Diego, 7th Avenue Cleaners is great for people on the go with accessible on-site drive thru parking. The expert and friendly staff has over 30 years of experience to serve you in stain removal, superior pressing, and on-site alterations, delivering old school service and quality. Pick-up and delivery as well as rush services available. We clean your clothes right and on time offering high quality and low prices.

SILVER – 4th Avenue Cleaners 724 Fourth Ave. 92101 619-487-9766


GOLD – Fit Athletic 350 10th Ave. 92101 619-764-5348

SILVER – 24 Hour Fitness 1 Horton Plaza #25 92101 619-232-4024


GOLD – A Robert Cromeans Salon 200 Harbor Drive 92101 619-595-1120

GOLD – Lawrance Furniture

The downtown San Diego flagship location is a luxurious, ultra-modern salon with an uncompromising commitment to quality and experience, winning San Diego’s best of the best several years in a row. Unique to the Harbor Club location is the Color Cathedral, an open air dispensary where we celebrate color. The Washhouse, is a true indulgence of water, where we believe the shampoo is the foreplay to an exceptional salon experience! Each styling station is equipped with Freestyle units and the blow dryers retract from heaven. We use and recommend only Paul Mitchell and encourage you to take the salon experience Home with you! On your way out, as a complimentary service to all of our loyal guests we automatically make your future reservation. Our team’s mission is to pamper you, and provide you with a salon experience you will never forget... come experience our world.

GOLD – 7th Avenue Cleaners

633 University Avenue. 92103 619-291-1911

SILVER – The Dover Honing Company

644 Seventh Ave. 92101 619-325-0836

SILVER – Urban Transformations

703 Eighth Ave. 92101 619-795-9876

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1531 Pacific Highway 92101 619-237-0727


GOLD – Dr. Evelyn Ascough 3333 Fifth Ave. 92103 619-298-0821

SILVER – Urban Dental Group 1111 Sixth Ave. 92101 619-696-0510


GOLD – Anupam Garg, MD


GOLD – Tyler Tong 8910 University Center Lane, 92122 858-457-1310

SILVER – Rachel Young 101 W. Broadway #1950 92101 619-584-0505


GOLD – Allen’s Flowers and Plants

2918 Fifth Ave. #300, 92103 619-688-0770

620 Market St. 92101 619-233-7673

SILVER – Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center

1603 India St. 92101 619-994-6401

444 W. C St. #185 92101 619-232-6262


SILVER – La Belle Bloom


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GOLD – Scripps Mercy Hospital 4020 Fifth Ave. 92103 619-260-7022

SILVER – Sharp Rees-Stealy 2020 Genesee Ave. 92123 858-499-2600


GOLD – Omni Hotel 675 L St. 92101 619-231-6664

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The Omni San Diego Hotel announces the addition of Zumbido — a casual coffee, beer and wine bar. Morning visitors will experience counter service options with comfortable seating. Later in the day, Zumbido transforms into the buzz of the lobby with efficient and welcoming service at communal tables, residential style seating and wrap around work areas. Zumbido’s morning menu will feature Peet’s Coffee, pastries, parfaits, acai bowls, breakfast sandwiches and burritos. After a busy San Diego day, Zumbido will transform to offer a savory snack menu of loaded Zumbido chips, mini Ahi tacos, crab and artichoke dip, stuffed bacon wrapped dates, stuffed local mushrooms, and regionally sourced charcuterie and cheese. Craft brews from San Diego will headline the beverage menu. Throughout the year, local artisan brewers will partner with Zumbido for tap take over nights, bringing the freshest brews to our taps. Zumbido will offer California wines, including strong regional presence from Temecula. Open daily. Located in the hotel lobby.

SILVER – The Sofia Hotel 150 W Broadway 92101 619-234-9200


GOLD – Timothy Meier Design 861 Sixth Ave. #701 92101 619-236-1618

302-304 11th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 | 619-756-6299

Timothy Meier creates artistdesigned, handcrafted fine jewelry that lasts a lifetime. Timothy is a renowned and nationally award-winning jeweler, known for infusing his passion for excellence and your own unique personality into his pieces. Manufactured right here in

San Diego, Timothy uses modern computer design as well as old world craftsmanship. He is an expert in all fine gemstones – from diamonds to emeralds – and can help you find the stone of your dreams. Whether you’re looking for a custom engagement or wedding ring, or something more daring, you will be pleased with custom jewelry that is designed and made for your own unique style. Timothy can bring your vision to life in jewelry that provides style, comfort and a lifetime of wear. Call today for an appointment!

and understanding of your needs. Our menu has something for everyone with over 500 items from the highest grade flower and waxes to soothing topicals, mouth-watering edibles, and an extensive range of THC, CBD and CBN products. We happily offer a discreet and friendly delivery service as well as a new pickup option to cut down on in-store waits. Visit our website for all our details and make sure to check us out on our various social media platforms.

SILVER – San Diego Jewelers Exchange

4452 Park Blvd. 92116 866-420-7215

861 Sixth Ave. 92101 619-232-9191


GOLD – Bodhi Massage & Wellness Center 3678 Fourth Ave. 92103 619-274-2744 Since 2005, Bodhi Massage & Wellness Center has served San Diego offering the best in Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, and Bodywork services. This beautiful and relaxing center is located in a century-old craftsman home near the heart of Hillcrest. The desirable location makes everyone feel welcome and is easily accessible with off-street parking. Bodhi’s professional practitioners are handpicked based on education, experience, friendliness, and the ability to provide results for our clients. Their success in treating numerous ailments and providing pain relief are why this place is voted best massage and day spa in San Diego!

SILVER – Solluna & Co. 1150 Seventh Ave. 92101 619-846-9527


GOLD – Point Loma Patient Consumer Co-op 3452 Hancock St. 92110 619-574-0415 Point Loma Patient Consumer Co-op is the second of only a few city-permitted collectives in all of San Diego. Conveniently located right by the Sports Arena in Point Loma and easily accessible from both the 5 and 8 interstates, we also boast a parking lot to make your experience with us hassle free. We pride ourselves on exceptional service and award winning products. Our staff and delivery drivers are highly trained, continuously educated, diverse,

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SILVER – Alternative Care Clinics


GOLD – Nordstrom’s 103 Horton Plaza 92101 619-239-1700

SILVER – Joseph’s Menswear 555 W. B St. 92101 619-232-1753


GOLD – Gaslamp Museum (tie) 410 Island Ave. 92101 619-233-4692

GOLD – Museum (tie) 200 W. Island Ave. 92101 619-233-8792

SILVER – San Diego History Center 1649 El Prado 92101 619-232-6203


GOLD – FeeLit Records 909 E St. 92101 707-733-3548

SILVER – Tasha’s Music City 1853 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-233-4664


GOLD – Striders 100 Harbor Drive 92101 619-363-7166

SILVER – Roosters Men’s Grooming Center 1350 Market St. #111 92101 619-795-9880

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GOLD – Urban Optiks Optometry 3788 Park Blvd. #5 92103 619-683-2020

SILVER – Downtown Optometry 330 K St. 92101 619-231-5799


GOLD – Palace Pawnbrokers 951 4th Ave. 92101 619-234-3175

SILVER – Golden Hill Pawnbrokers 1038 25th St. 92102 619-234-5388


GOLD – Doozydog! Club 634 14th St. #104 92101 619-231-4701

SILVER – City Dog 550 Park Blvd. 92101 619-269-0201


GOLD – Pilates of San Diego 310 K St. 92101 619-239-1319

SILVER – Performance Pilates 560 Sixth Ave. 92101 619-841-1245


GOLD – Bill Howe Plumbing

SILVER – Urban Discovery Academy

9085 Aero Drive 92123 619-286-6348

840 14th St. 92101 619-788-4668

SILVER – American Plumbing Co. 422 21st St. 92102 619-723-1114


GOLD – St. Paul’s Community Care Center 328 Maple St. 92103 619-239-6900

SILVER – Furry Tales 1061 Market St. 92101 619-795-0618


GOLD – Doozydog! Club 634 14th S. #104 92101 619-231-4701

growth of children. We stress the process of learning and discovery to help them become self-confident, independent and inquisitive learners. This experience has allowed one parent to have “such great appreciation for the childcare program.” Additionally, seniors from St. Paul’s Senior Day Program interact with children in childcare, creating an Intergenerational Program. Twice a day and at lunch, the two programs join together for creative activities like reading, arts and crafts, sing-alongs, dancing and learning opportunities.

St. Paul’s Childcare Program offers a loving, family-oriented environment for children to learn. Offering care for infants as young as two-months, to children 5 years of age, we provide a positive atmosphere promoting the intellectual, social and emotional

Thank you for voting us BEST VETERINARIAN!

"Where your pet's health is our top priority."

San Diego Downtown News | March 2016

1980 Kettner Boulevard STE 40, San Diego, CA 92101


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GOLD – Greater Good Realty 639 Kettner Blvd. 92101 619-473-2837 Greater Good Realty is extremely honored to receive the title of “Best Property Management Company” in Downtown San Diego for the second consecutive year. We offer the largest database of rentals in all of San Diego at our website Greater Good Realty makes it easy for landlords to find great tenants and for tenants to have access to a complete selection of rental options. If you’ve

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$59 One Hour Custom Massage Upgrades available to 90 minutes or other services. Cannot be combined with any other offers or Spafinder Gift Cards. Expires 4/5/16. Limit one per customer.

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VCA Market Street Animal Hospital


633 7th Ave. San Diego, Ca. 92101 619-230-1220


Thank you voting us Best Dry Cleaners Gold! Thank you for selecting the Omni San Diego Hotel as the Best Hotel in San Diego. We invite you to experience our completed renovations along with our new beer and wine bar, Zumbido. Stay in luxurious accommodations in the heart of downtown and find a new adventure in your own backyard.

644 7th Ave San Diego CA 92101





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San Diego’s favorite and largest award winning Day Spa! Sensory Nirvana, Consciously Kind Personnel, Home Comfort, City Vibe, SPA-tacular!


Property Management experienced any vacancies with other management companies then you should contact us to see how we attract the best tenants in town. To learn about our rental listings services, give us a call. See why “Renting Just Got Easy.”

SILVER – Action Management 1133 Columbia S. #106 92101 800-400-2284


GOLD – David Stone, Greater Good Realty 639 Kettner Blvd. 92101 619-473-2837

200 Harbor Drive, Suite 150 San Diego, CA 92101


David Stone is the founder of Greater Good Realty located in the heart of the Marina District. He has owned and lived in several condos over his 15 years in Downtown San Diego and is one of the best Downtown real estate experts. David is extremely honored to be named the “Best Real Estate Agent” in Downtown San Diego for the second year in a row. Not only does David have a keen eye for determining property values, but his excellent negotiation skills continue to exceed his clients expectations and as a result his many 5 star reviews can be seen on Zillow, Google, and Yelp. He also donates 10 percent of his commissions to local charities and non-profit organizations throughout San Diego County. David hopes to make a difference for those in our neighborhood. To learn more about David Stone, please feel free to stop by his Downtown office, email him or give him a call.ll.

SILVER – Robert Weichelt, Weichelt Real Estate Svcs

Thank you for voting us Best Jeweler!

1606 G St. 92101 619-220-8350 Since 1986, Robert Weichelt has

served in virtually every capacity of the real estate industry – as a title account executive, mortgage banker, and real estate broker. During the most recent foreclosure tsunami, Weichelt and his team were able to help corporate sellers, such as Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and many other lenders, with their real estate needs. He has become one of the top REO/short sale trainers/ coaches in the nation, training over 35,000 agents and brokers. In addition, he has been honored as a REOMAC, LionsGate and Five Star REO/Short Sale Certification trainer. Weichelt prides himself on his knowledge, honesty and professionalism. He utilizes the latest technologies, market research and business strategies to exceed his client’s expectations. More importantly, he listens to his client’s needs, finding solutions that are tailored to them. He is highly motivated with the goal of providing the best service available in the industry. Weichelt is also active in his community, holding board of directors positions with the East Village Residents Group and East Village Association. He is also an active elected member of the Downtown Community Planning Council.


GOLD – Greater Good Realty 639 Kettner Blvd. 92101 619-473-2837 Greater Good Realty is a boutique real estate brokerage located in Downtown San Diego, specializing in residential real estate. Greater Good Realty is focused on providing exceptional service to their clients, which includes investors, first time condo buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants. This is Greater Good Realty’s second time in a row winning “Best Real Estate Office” in Downtown San Diego. Not only did Greater Good Realty win the “Best Real Estate Office” they also won the “Best Property Management” and the founder David Stone won “Best Real Estate Agent” in San Diego. Greater Good Realty is highly recommended by its past clients with their 5 star reviews on Yelp, Zillow, and Google. To learn more about Greater Good Realty and our mission of giving back to the community check out their website or give them a call.

SILVER – Weichelt Real Estate Services 1606 G St. 92101 619-220-8350


GOLD – St. Paul’s Senior Services 328 Maple St. 92103 619-239-6900 Our active residential community, St. Paul’s Manor, is nestled in the heart of Hillcrest, close to Balboa Park, Downtown, Little Italy and more. Residents walk to restaurants, church, Balboa Park museums and theater performances at the Old Globe. As one couple has stated, “We’re getting old, but the fun isn’t over yet! You’d be amazed at the fun things we can stir up!” Attractions include our restaurantstyle dining room, entertainment, and excursions to local shopping and events, and community areas for morning coffee with friends. Would you believe, even a light opera company? Residents agree that the 24hour staffed reception, security, and accessible maintenance staff result in a truly carefree retirement. “What I love about the Manor is how social and community oriented it is. I can’t imagine living anywhere else!” The Manor offers studio and onebedroom apartments, all including housekeeping, meal packages, and of course, our full activity and event schedule. Many apartments feature stunning views of Downtown San Diego and the Waterfront.

see Retirement Living, page 19

Timothy Meier Design 861 6th ave #701 San Diego, CA. 92101


VCA Animal Hospital FROM PAGE 18

Retirement Living SILVER – Belmont Park 13075 Evening Creek Drive E, 92128 858-486-5020 A pioneer in ‘whole brain’ fitness Memory changes in the brain begin decades before symptoms appear. Research indicates that it’s possible to build cognitive reserve that may delay functional loss and maintain ability levels, even after some loss. In 2005, Belmont Village launched Circle of Friends, a program for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), designed to bridge a gap of unmet need between normal cognitive function and dementia. It was recognized with a Health Care Quality Improvement Award in 2011 for setting the standard for MCI care. The evidence-based program undergoes regular evaluation and refinement to provide a measurably effective whole brain fitness approach. Structured daily activities incorporate physical exercise, mental work-outs focused on six essential cognitive domains, social interaction and good nutrition, all tailored to create a “just right challenge” for each resident. Belmont Village communities are centers for diabetes excellence. Nurses are on-site 24/7. To tour, call Belmont Village Sabre Springs at 858-486-5020 or Belmont Village Cardiff-by-the-Sea at 760-436-8900. Visit

Best of Downtown San Diego 2015 community of Hillcrest. Winning the 2015 Best Of Downtown News Readers Poll is a great honor for us. We would like to thank everyone who voted. Our shop takes great pride in what we do; always striving to provide the best environment and service for each and every one of our customers. This includes our priority to safety and cleanliness; an extremely knowledgeable staff; a wide variety of high-quality jewelry; an attention to detail; and a commitment to excellence that you have all come to expect when you walk through our door. We plan to make you proud and continue to be your favorite place to be pierced and tattooed. Please visit our new shop and allow us to assist you in all of your body modification needs.

SILVER – Tattoos on 5th 944 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-458-9865


GOLD – The Gentlemen’s Tux Shop 999 F St. 92101 619-239-8901

SILVER – Joseph’s Menswear 555 W. B St. 92101 619-232-1753


GOLD – Amici Pet Hospital 2135 Columbia St. 92101 619-795-2400 Downtown San Diego’s Amici Pet Hospital of Little Italy provides high quality lovable health care for your pets. Our vets and staff look forward to working with you to make sure that your pets get the high level of care that they deserve. Veterinary services provided by Amici Pet Hospital of Little Italy include the following: wellness exams, surgery, vaccinations, spay and neuter, flea control, microchips, dental care, digital radiology, lab work (blood, fecal, urinalysis, etc.), pharmacy, vet consultations, diet (advice and products), and more.  Amici Pet Hospital of Little Italy is your neighborhood Downtown San Diego veterinarian. Your vets serving the Downtown neighborhoods of Little Italy, Marina, Cortez Hill, Columbia District, Gas Lamp and East Village, as well as surrounding neighborhoods of Bankers Hill, Mission Hills, Hillcrest, North Park, Park West, South Park and beyond. Come visit your friends at Amici Pet Hospital of Little Italy. We have plenty of free

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onsite parking and our Little Italy location offers convenient freeway access. Our love of animals drives us; our commitment to high quality pet care guides us; your trust, loyalty, and pet’s well-being defines us.



GOLD – Ultimate Sky Box at Diamond View Tower 350 10th Ave. 92101 619-993-0710

SILVER – VCA Animal Hospital

SILVER – Westgate Hotel

246 W. Washington St. 92103 619-299-7387

1055 Second Ave. 92101 619-238-1818

VCA Market Street Animal Hospital is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and healthrelated educational opportunities for our clients. We strive to offer excellence in veterinary care to San Diego and surrounding areas. VCA Market Street is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in the heart of Downtown. The professional and courteous staff at VCA Market Street seek to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. Please take a moment to contact us today to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find our more information about how VCA Market Street can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.


GOLD – Pretty Seven Boutique 900 F St. 92101 619-727-4971

SILVER – Dolcetti Boutique 635 Fifth Ave. 92101 619-501-1559


GOLD – The Dailey Method 1230 Columbia St. #110, 92101 619-232-2316

SILVER – Pilates of San Diego 310 K St. 92101 619-239-1319


GOLD – Tan Banana 1535 Kettner Blvd. 92101 619-354-4826 We are committed to giving you a safe, flawless, natural looking spray tan. Our highly-trained professionals use the finest products to give you an instant glow. The Tan Banana is located in the heart of Little Italy, San Diego. It is the perfect choice for your next special event, wedding, or for everyday color. All custom airbrush tans begin with an aloe-based pre-tan hydration treatment. The refreshing mist moisturizes dry patches, firms skin, and balances PH levels to ensure an even, long-lasting color. Next, the all-natural, odorless bronzing solution is applied by our expert airbrush technicians who contour your body to highlight your best assets. Both solutions contain multi-vitamins and antioxidant properties that will leave you feeling hydrated, toned, and radiant in only minutes. Book your appointment now and see why it’s the top choice of celebrities. The Tan Banana is an approved tanning salon for Miss California and Miss USA contestants.

Voices of Belmont Village

“The friends that I have made here have turned my life around.” To many, living at home means freedom and independence. But it can also be isolating. Belmont Village residents enjoy a lifestyle that keeps them physically active and mentally engaged, delighting in the company of friends old and new. At Belmont Village, you don’t have to live alone to be independent.

It’s not just your home. It’s your community.

SILVER – iTan 107 W. G St. 92101 619-238-7161

Distinctive Residential Settings | Chef-Prepared Dining and Bistro Premier Health and Wellness Programs | Award-Winning Memory Care Professionally Supervised Therapy and Rehabilitation Services


GOLD – Church of Steel 1433 University Ave. 92103 619-232-5752 We here at Church of Steel Body Piercing & Tattoo are so very happy to be a part of the warm and welcoming

CARDIFF BY THE SEA | 760-436-8900 SABRE SPRINGS | 858-486-5020 Winner of the George Mason University Healthcare Award for the Circle of Friends© memory program for Mild Cognitive Impairment.

The Community Built for Life.®

© 2016 Belmont Village, L.P. | RCFE Lic. 374603279, 374603231

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Thanks for Voting us Best Steakhouse




RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED • VALET PARKING AVAILABLE Donovan’s Steak & Chop House in UTC has moved to a new location on 1250 Prospect St, in the Village of La Jolla. We look forward to serving you in our new oceanfront location.

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