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San Diego is known for its thriving LGBT community, representing a close-knit family that is full of life. Our community returns again and again to the vibrant nooks and crannies of our city, patronizing businesses, supporting local community organizations and empowering its members, day in and day out. We recently asked the readers of Gay San Diego to take a moment and share with us their favorite restaurants, bars and retail businesses, found throughout our local neighborhoods and even beyond. While the LGBT family starts at the lively and colorful “gayborhood” of Hillcrest, we live in and visit all its surrounding areas — through the hip enclaves of North Park, South Park and University Heights, and the cozy kick-back neighborhoods that cling to the canyons overlooking Mission Valley, including Mission Hills, Normal Heights, Kensington and Talmadge. Our influence also extends to Downtown and those neighborhoods nestled along its border: Little Italy, Bankers Hill and Golden Hill. But that’s not to say we don’t frequent Point Loma,

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La Jolla, and Carlsbad, or even South Bay and North County, because we do; and we even have an LGBTQ resource center up north and Pride festivals both north and south that we support and love, too. That’s a pretty wide swath and from each point far and wide, our readers have chosen the best of the best in such categories as server, breakfast, happy hour, wine bar, art gallery, romantic dining, cocktail, florist, museum, local bar, and many, many more. Some winners have been serving customers for decades, while others are new to the scene but clearly already making an impact. In this month’s special section, we offer the full list of Best of Gay San Diego winners, showcasing them with colorful photos and highlighting many with their specific missions to serve. To each of our winners, we extend a hearty congratulations on your Best of Gay San Diego award and we hope our loyal readers — and your loyal customers — continue to show you patronage and appreciation for many years to come.

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SILVER – Crest Cafe

425 Robinson Ave. San Diego, CA 92103 619-295-2510

BAKERY GOLD – Babycakes

3766 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-296-4173 This is the 10th year for Babycakes, can you believe it?! After a decade of serving thousands of sweet-toothers, Babycakes has decided to expand bakery operations and have contracted out a new and larger kitchen to serve more sweets. Our cupcake demand increases year to year and our birthday cake and wedding cake sales have gone gangbusters. We are in the era of convenience so we have decided to make a positive leap forward by offering delivery and shipping in the weeks

to come. Cupcakers will be able to put some yum in their tums by the click of a button and have it delivered or shipped to them wherever they are. This is a huge step for us and we THANK YOU all for your continued love and support! Oh, and keep an eye out: You may even see us in local markets and restaurants. Now wouldn’t that be convenient! Baby love! Peace, love and cupcakes!

SILVER – Bread & Cie

350 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-683-9322

BAR GOLD – #1 Fifth Avenue

3845 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-299-1911 #1 Fifth Avenue is one of Hillcrest’s most legendary gay bars. #1 Fifth Avenue has seen many changes since it opened in the early 1980s. Now a relaxing tavern that caters to a casual crowd, #1 Fifth Avenue boasts shirtless bartenders, attractive servers, and an overall good energy. Conveniently located in Hillcrest, with a low-key vibe, #1 Fifth Avenue offers patrons delicious drinks at the lowest prices. A few televisions are set to whatever suits your fancy, but open-ended, friendly conversation and whatever’s playing the jukebox typically fills the air. #1 Fifth

Avenue also features darts, pinball and an outdoor pool table on their back patio. An outdoor bar also allows patrons to avoid the indoor crowds during the bar’s busy hours. The courteous staff is more than willing to point out where to go and what to do in the neighborhood. However, there’s nowhere quite as good to kick up your heels and throw back a drink or two at #1 Fifth Avenue.

SILVER – Flicks

1017 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-297-2056

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BARBECUE GOLD – The Smok’d Hog

3749 Park Blvd. San Diego, 92103 619-546-5467

SILVER – Carnitas’ Snack Shack

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BARTENDER GOLD – Marc Meza, #1 Fifth Avenue

3845 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-299-1911 see Bartender, pg 4

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BARTENDER SILVER – Antonio Mertz-Vega, #1 Fifth Avenue

3845 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-299-1911

SILVER – Brody, The Caliph

3100 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-298-9495

BILLIARDS GOLD – #1 Fifth Avenue

3845 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-299-1911

SILVER – The Loft

3610 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-296-6407


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The Mission concept specializes in simple, healthy, tasty food with a whimsical edge and a focus on artful presentation at an affordable price. By focusing on the use of simple and fresh ingredients,

this vibrant urban bistro promotes living in an increasingly health-conscious world. Our entrees are creatively presented, resulting in artful culinary displays that are sure to please the palette. The menu, which includes everything from classic pancakes and sandwiches to modern Chino-Latino cuisine, is sure to satisfy every appetite. This concept in healthy dining, combined with pleasant surroundings, is The Mission's specialty. In the spirit of giving back to the community, The Mission donates to a variety of charities throughout the year such as Mama's Kitchen, San Diego Public Library, local schools, Project Access, Trans Family Support Services, Being Alive, etc. We were also among one of the first and continue to participate in Dining Out for Life, a fundraiser to benefi t The Center's HIV/AIDS prevention programs and direct services for those living with HIV/ AIDS, as well as selling pies each year for Mama’s Kitchen's “Pie in the Sky,” which helps provide meals for local San Diegans who are affected by AIDS or cancer.

GOLD – Hash House A Go-Go

3628 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-298-4646

BRUNCH GOLD – Pardon My French

3797 Park Blvd. San Diego, 92103 pardonmyfrenchbarandkitchen. com 619-546-4328 Thanks to everyone for voting Pardon My French as “Best Brunch” and “Best French Cuisine.” We are honored by the support from this amazing community over the last year and a half. We believe the reason for this level of success stems from our vision of creating an authentic experience, from the cuisine, meticulously crafted wine and cocktail list, to the warm and friendly environment, and our incredible team’s ability to deliver the best customer service. Everyone who walks in feels right at home. We offer fine dining without pretense every evening and a lively brunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “Brunch at your own risk,” our Sunday-Funday brunch, is loud and fun with a DJ spinning energetic beats while everyone is enjoying our summer cocktails and mimosas. Reservations are recommended. We now offer delivery on Amazon, Door Dash and Grub Hub for those who want to stay home.

SILVER – Uptown Tavern

1236 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-241-2710

BURGER GOLD – The Balboa Bar & Grill 1863 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92101 619-955-8525

SILVER – Crest Cafe

425 Robinson Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-295-2510

BURRITO GOLD – Baja Betty’s

1421 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-269-8510

SILVER – El Zarape

4642 Park Blvd. San Diego, 92116 619-794-0358

CASINO GOLD – Sycuan Casino

5469 Casino Way El Cajon, 92019 619-445-6002 Feel at home as you walk through the doors of Sycuan Casino, San Diego County’s top choice for fun and excitement in a casual environment. Sycuan Casino began in 1983 as a humble Bingo Palace. Now, it has become a community landmark. Undergoing a massive renovation in 2012 with additional enhancements in 2015, Sycuan now features 2,000 reel and video slot machines, more than 40 gaming see Casino, pg 5

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CASINO tables, poker, bingo and a variety of restaurants to choose from. Non-smokers will also enjoy over 800 slots and table games in the comfort of San Diego County’s first and largest fully-enclosed non-smoking room — complete with its own separate entrance and Paipa’s Surf & Turf buffet. The GameDay Sports Bar & Grill has 39 wide-screen TVs, including five 90-inch TVs, bar-top slot machines, a stadium-sized menu, over 30 beers on tap, the Party Pit complete with three blackjack tables, an extensive collection of sports memorabilia — and a high-energy atmosphere. Sycuan’s intimate 457-seat entertainment venue, Sycuan Live & Up Close, features national musical acts and comedians yearround. Open 24 hours daily.

SILVER – Barona Resort & Casino

1932 Wildcat Canyon Road Lakeside, 92040 619-443-2300


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DELI SANDWICH GOLD – Deli Llama 3702 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-295-4666 An icon in Hillcrest, The Deli Llama has won 16 awards in its seven years by continuing to offer top-quality sandwiches, soups and salads and the kind of customer service that makes you feel like family! We feature specialty drinks, award-winning sauces and aiolis, as well as gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, all in a whimsical circus environment. Come meet the Llamas for yourself and you'll be a Llama lover, too! Delivery and catering available. Unleash your inner Llama!

SILVER – T-Deli 1469 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-682-4069


DESSERT GOLD – Extraordinary Desserts 2929 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-294-2132

SILVER – Babycakes 3766 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-296-4173

DINNER GOLD – The Corner Drafthouse 495 Laurel St. San Diego, 92101 619-255-2631

SILVER – Parma Cucina Italiana 3850 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-543-0049

DJ GOLD – DJ Will Soul, #1 Fifth Avenue 3845 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-299-1911

SILVER – DJ V, The Caliph 3100 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-298-9495 Parkhouse Eatery

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GOLD – Panda Express

120 W. Washington St. San Diego, 92103 619-297-1326

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SILVER – Martinis Above Fourth

3940 Fourth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-400-4500

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COFFEE SHOP GOLD – Lestat’s on Park

4496 Park Blvd. San Diego, 92116 619-501-6638

SILVER – Refill

3752 Park Blvd. #104 San Diego, 92103 619-677-2242 Refill is a modern cafe specializing in cold brew coffee, crepes and toasts. It's a work and dog friendly environment that also serves beer, wine and mimosas. Refill serves local Bird Rock Coffee, Bread & Cie bread and uses handmade mugs by a local artist. Some of the most popular items include our: avocado toast, egg and bacon crepe, Nutella crepe, cold brew vanilla hazelnut latte and a blended drink with peanut butter, banana, chocolate

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DINING & ENTERTAINMENT FARMERS MARKET GOLD – Hillcrest Farmers Market 3960 Normal St. San Diego, 92103 619-299-3330

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The Hillcrest Farmers Market currently consists of about 175 vendors offering a wide variety of locally grown in-season fruit, produce, gifts, arts and crafts, and flowers. Many of the local farmers participating in the market grow their produce organically or with no pesticides. The market also hosts a large variety of prepared food and hot food items with an emphasis on international cuisine. Additionally, a large number of arts and crafts vendors participate, as well as a variety of bands. Check out the heart of the market to see who’s performing. The farmers market originally opened with only 27 vendors on the second Sunday in April 1997. The market has been incredibly successful since then and retains the reputation as “the best” farmers market in San Diego County. It was late in 1995 when then acting president of the Hillcrest Business Association, David Cohen, determined that Hillcrest needed a farmers market and that the

Hillcrest Business Association was going to be the market sponsor and find a suitable location in Hillcrest to host it. After tirelessly searching for a site and with the help and influence of Congresswoman Susan Davis, who was a state Assembly member at the time, a deal was finally made with the California Department of Motor Vehicles to use their parking lot. Check out the Hillcrest Farmers Market — it’s better than ever!

SILVER – Little Italy Mercato Farmers Market 519 W Cedar St. San Diego, 92101 619-233-3901


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SILVER – Daddy’s Hot Dogs

1281 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-555-1234

FINE DINING GOLD – Juniper and Ivy

2228 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, 92101 619-269-9036

SILVER – The Marine Room 2000 Spindrift Drive La Jolla, 92037 619-459-7222

The Marine Room is one of San Diego’s most exquisite dining experience. Its spectacular location and inspired cuisine, from fresh seafood to unique and inventive seasonal dishes, have made it

one of the region’s most iconic restaurants. Award-winning Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver have introduced a culinary renaissance in La Jolla guaranteed to please the palate and entice the senses. With imaginative dishes like togarashi sesame spiced ahi tuna, sea salt crispy skin branzino, Imperial Stout braised Kobe beef cheek and absinthe butter basted lobster tail, the cuisine is matched only by the up-close sight of the surf, with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer spectacular panoramic views. Recently recognized as one of the “100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America” by Open Table, The Marine Room is truly a local treasure. Don’t miss our signature experiences this season, including High Tide Breakfast Buffets, festive party options, special hours for December lunches and unsurpassed holiday celebrations. Join us to celebrate the joy of life with good company, a perfectly-prepared meal, and a golden Pacific sunset to call your own. Open nightly for dinner. Reservations recommended: 855-813-1203

FOOD SERVER GOLD – Spencer Luster, Martinis Above Fourth 3940 Fourth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-400-4500

SILVER – Sharon Moore, The Mission 2801 University Ave. San Diego, 92104 619-220-8992 see Dining & Entertainment, pg 7 FROM PAGE 6


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SILVER – Parc Bistro-Brasserie 2760 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-319-9472

GREEK CUISINE GOLD – Alexi’s Greek Café 3863 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-297-1777

For over 25 years, Alexis’ Greek Cafe has been your friendly neighborhood eatery specializing in Greek cuisine. Conveniently located in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, we offer a large variety of menu items from lunch and dinner to dessert. We are just a short drive from any point near the city. Come visit us! Thank you for voting for us!

SILVER – Olympic Café

2310 University Ave. San Diego, 92104 619-692-9082

HAPPY HOUR GOLD – #1 Fifth Avenue

3845 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-299-1911

SILVER – The Caliph

3100 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-298-9495


3231 University Ave. San Diego, 92104 619-814-5555

Best of Gay San Diego 2017 SILVER – Trader Joe’s

1090 University Ave. G100 San Diego, 92103 619-296-3122


3890 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-295-4488

SILVER – Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India

3960 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-297-7777

IRISH PUB GOLD – Oscar Wilde’s

1440 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-567-8249

SILVER – The Ould Sod

3373 Adams Ave. San Diego, 92116 619-284-6594

ITALIAN CUISINE GOLD – Parma Cucina Italiana

3850 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-543-0049 If you’re looking for real authentic Italian food, a quiet atmosphere and a friendly staff, Parma Cucina Italiana is the place to go! It’s a great little gem in the heart of Hillcrest. The restaurant is small and intimate with warm and inviting design, shiny hardwood floors, and a nice and simple Italian wall decor. Parma is known for its fantastic Italian cuisine described as homemade cooking combined with a dash of love and exceptional flavor. We have a well-finished menu. Appetizers from burrata with prosciutto di Parma to polenta e salsiccia. A variety of pasta dishes from the tagliatelle alla Bolognese to the traditional lasagna with béchamel and ragù. Everyday specials include fagottini with truffles

and porcini mushrooms sauce or a super tasty pork shoulder dish: Spallotto ai funghi porcini. Don’t forget the homemade desserts and gelati ... a guaranteed pleasure bomb.

SILVER – DiMille’s Italian Restaurant

3492 Adams Ave. San Diego, 92116 619-283-3153


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GOLD – Tajima

3015 Adams Ave. San Diego, 92116 619-756-7517

SILVER – Rakitori Pub & Grill 530 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-501-4091

Here at Rakitori, we provide a delightful and entertaining dining experience for our customers. You will enjoy our variety of Japanese cuisine such as ramen, yakitori, sushi and fusion tapas as well as flavored Japanese sakes, soju cocktails and local craft beers. We strive to provide the freshest and most tasteful food available from our local vendors. We emphasize food presentation and appearance, pleasing your eyes before you even taste our food. see Japanese Cuisine, pg 8

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2900 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, 92104 619-282-8423 Rudford’s Restaurant has been serving San Diego since 1949. Open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, Rudford’s offers an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu that satisfies every craving! Rudford’s strives to provide prompt, professional, friendly and courteous service that keeps customers coming back on a daily basis. For over 70 years, Rudford’s has been providing San Diegans with exceptional and traditional diner favorites. The retro atmosphere attracts all ages. Customers come to Rudford’s Restaurant to relive the good old days and enjoy home-style favorites. The nostalgic décor and past time memories are what makes Rudford’s a true American icon, it’s home away from home.

SILVER – Hong Kong Restaurant

3871 Fourth Ave. San Diego, 92103

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LEATHER BAR GOLD – San Diego Eagle

3040 North Park Way San Diego, 92104 619-295-8072 Located in North Park, we are San Diego’s #1 leather bar! Check

out our events calendar on our website to see weekly and special events. Leather or fetish wear is strongly encouraged. Uniforms, rubber or latex are always welcome. Thank you for voting for us!

SILVER – Pecs Bar

2046 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92104 619-296-0889

LIVE MUSIC VENUE GOLD – Martinis Above Fourth 3940 Fourth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-400-4500

SILVER – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay 2241 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, 92106 619-224-3577

LIVE THEATER VENUE GOLD – Diversionary Theater

4545 Park Blvd. #101 San Diego, 92116 619-220-0097 Diversionary Theatre was founded in 1986 to provide quality theater for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. The mission of the theater is to provide an inspiring and thought-provoking theatrical platform to explore complex and diverse LGBT stories, which influence the larger cultural discussion. Our vision is to foster and amplify the next generation of LGBT voices providing live entertainment in a dynamic, inclusive and provocative environment that celebrates and preserves our unique culture. Don’t miss the West Coast premiere of “The Moors.” Among the bleakest of moors, two spinster sisters dwell in their aggressively gloomy mansion with their brother, their mastiff and their

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maid-in-waiting. When a governess arrives, her presence threatens to unleash lethal secrets and raging desires in a home held together by lies and etiquette. A radical riff on 19th-century romantic novels and the sisters who conceived them, “The Moors” is a riotous and wild comedy pulsating with vivid, macabre glee that has more in common with the present than the period. The show opens on Nov. 18!

SILVER – The Old Globe

1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, 92101 619-234-5623 The internationally-acclaimed, Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the most renowned regional theaters in the country, and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years. The Old Globe produces a yearround season of plays and musicals on its three stages, including its highly-regarded Shakespeare festival. The Old Globe has become a gathering place for leading theater artists from around the world, such as Tom Stoppard, Daniel Sullivan and Chita Rivera. Numerous Broadway-bound premieres and revivals, such as “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “The Full Monty” and “Damn Yankees,” have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs in New York and at regional theaters across the country. The Old Globe is at the forefront of the nation’s leading performing arts organizations, setting a standard for excellence in American theater.

LUNCH GOLD – Two Paddles Fish & Grill 3923 Fourth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-431-5202

SILVER – The Mission

2801 University Ave. San Diego, 92104 619-220-8992

MEXICAN CUISINE GOLD – Ortega’s, A Mexican Bistro 141 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-692-4200

Best Seafood!

SILVER – El Zarape

4642 Park Blvd. San Diego, 92116 619-692-1652

NEW RESTAURANT GOLD – Trust Restaurant

3752 Park Blvd. San Diego, 92103 619-795-6901

646 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 798-3550

Hours: Sunday - Thursday 8am - 9pm Friday - Saturday 8am - 10pm

THE BEST GREEK FOOD IN ALL OF UPTOWN! 3863 Fifth Ave, San Diego phone: +1 619-297-1777

SILVER – Concept Two Seven Eight

3687 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-278-0080 see New Restaurant, pg 9

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Two Seven Eight is a new American restaurant and crafted cocktail bar in the heart of Hillcrest. Situated on the corner of Fifth and Pennsylvania avenues, Two Seven Eight brings “downtown” Uptown with its seasonal dinner menu, lively brunch and newly renovated interior. Locality doesn't stop at food for Two Seven Eight; instead they carried this idea into their bar program, which is now home to the most San Diego distilled spirits in the country! Hailing from New York City, this team of creatives strives to bring a little bit of their favorite East Coast-style dining to San Diego.

SILVER – The Corner Drafthouse



1051 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-295-2195 Rich’s San Diego is the city’s largest and most popular gay nightclub. We have two large, separate rooms, each with a fully stocked bar, DJ and dance floor; a VIP area with four private VIP booths and a separate private party room that overlooks the main dance floor; and an outdoor smoking patio. Rich’s is located in the heart of Hillcrest on the main drag of University Avenue, across from The Hub shopping center. We are open 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. For more information, check out richssd. com or

SILVER – The Rail

3796 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA 92103 619-298-2233

OUTDOOR DINING GOLD – The Patio on Goldfinch 4020 Goldfinch St. San Diego, 92103 619-501-5090

Located in the heart of Mission Hills, The Patio on Goldfinch is the quintessential neighborhood eatery. Stop by for an elevated, yet casual dining experience and encounter all-day happy hour on Mondays, daily specials, community events and more. Indulge in your favorite breakfast dishes with a classic California brunch and bottomless mimosas every weekend, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Don’t forget to explore the one-ofa-kind cheese cave! Unique within Southern California, the temperature and humidity-controlled cheese cave houses a selection of artisan cheeses that are skillfully aged in-house by their affineur. Starting at 4 p.m. each day, a new and exciting dinner menu will tantalize and tempt the taste buds. The Patio on Goldfinch is also your go-to destination for late night dining in Mission Hills; enjoy chef-inspired modern cuisine until 11 p.m. nightly (11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday), accompanied by happy hour specials from 10 p.m. to midnight. You’ll want to come back again and again for this seasonal, modern

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PET FRIENDLY DINING GOLD – The Patio on Goldfinch 4020 Goldfinch St. San Diego, 92103 619-501-5090

SILVER – Lazy Dog

1202 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, 92108 619-481-6191

PIZZA GOLD – East Coast Pizza

435 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-501-3444

SILVER – Pizzicato

2420 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92101 619-232-9000

SILVER – The Sicilian Thing

4046 30th St. San Diego, 92104 619-282-3000 Now open for 10 years, Sicilian Thing Pizza is the one of the very few places in San Diego that offers Sicilian style pizza. Over the past 10 years, they have evolved from a traditional East Coast, Old World Sicilian establishment to a more progressive culinary shop. While retaining tradition, they have invented pizzas with California pizzazz where barbecue bacon pineapple, pesto sun dried tomatoes, and almost lasagna live in a world alongside pepperoni and sausage.

This wide variety of pizzas is available in round thin or square thick (Sicilian) crust. Dine-in, pick-up and delivery are available for whole pizzas. Plus, many North Parkers and 30th Street craft beer drinkers know this is the spot for slices and beers with great midweek specials. Come to North Park and check it out.


4574 Park Blvd. San Diego, 92116 619-295-7275 Parkhouse Eatery is a casual, elegant neighborhood eatery snugly nestled into a house that once held the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store. The restaurant boasts three seating areas — an outdoor garden patio, a front living room and a cozy hearth room — each with its own casually romantic personality. Located on the outskirts of Hillcrest in University Heights, Parkhouse Eatery features the garden patio, the bright window-lit living room, or the cozy warm room with a wood-burning fireplace the locals call “The Hearth Room.” Parkhouse Eatery has been voted “Best Bruch” by the A-list voters for two years running. Our dinner service has been recognized with two “Silver Fork Awards” in the past five years. We look forward to having you as our guest for your next warm, romantic evening.

SILVER – Alexander’s on 30th 3391 30th St. San Diego, 92104 619-281-2539

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SILVER – Lemonade

3958 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-293-7900

SEAFOOD GOLD – Oscar’s Mexican Seafood Thank you for voting for us as your DUI defense firm two years in a row!


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646 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-798-3550 If success is measured by the taste of the market, then the market really loves Oscar's Mexican

Seafood. People have clamored for more and more of its delicious food and it has responded with opening five restaurants throughout San Diego. Currently in Hillcrest, East Village, North Pacific Beach, Pacific Beach and Encinitas, this delicious slice of Mexico has put out some of the best tacos you’ll ever have north of the border. Our breakfast, appetizers, tacos, tortas and ceviche are to die for! Using only the freshest ingredients and the best cooking techniques, Oscar’s Mexican Seafood provides the best touch of Mexican delight to San Diego. Not only can you order your food to go and enjoy at the beach or park, but they offer catering to anywhere in San Diego. Thanks, Gay San Diego readers, for voting us “Best Seafood”!

SILVER – Poke One N Half 3030 University Ave. San Diego, 92104 619-497-0697

SPANISH CUISINE GOLD – Café Sevilla 353 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92101 619-233-5979

SILVER – Cueva Bar 2123 Adams Ave. San Diego, 92116 619-269-6612


1017 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-297-2056

SILVER – Gaslamp Tavern 868 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92101 619-239-3339

STEAKHOUSE GOLD – Red Fox Steakhouse and Piano Bar 2223 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, 92104 619-297-1313

SILVER – Turf Supper Club 1116 25th St. San Diego, 92102 619-234-6363

SUSHI GOLD – Sushi Deli

228 W. Washington St. San Diego, 92103 619-231-9597 Sushi Deli was started in 1983 by Mrs. Otake. She worked alone out of a small storefront shop in Downtown San Diego making simple sushi rolls and sandwiches, hence Sushi Deli. The business has grown over the years and although they are see Sushi, pg 11

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GOLD – Jyoti-Bihanga

no longer making sandwiches, Mr. and Mrs. Otake take pride in ensuring the highest quality and quantity of Japanese style cuisine at a super value. Although the days of the 99-cent Bud Light may be gone, the new days of local craft beers, specialty sake and unique sake cocktails have only just begun. So come on in, order your favorite appetizer and roll —maybe it’s the scallop dynamite and the Hillcrest roll or it could be the Sushi Deli fries and the San Diego roll — and don’t forget to enjoy it all with one of San Diego’s popular craft beers! I’ll see you at the bar!

SILVER – Harney Sushi 3964 Harney St. San Diego, 92110 619-295-3272

THAI CUISINE GOLD – Amarin Thai 3843 Richmond St. San Diego, 92103 619-296-6056

SILVER – Lotus Thai 3761 Sixth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-299-8272

3351 Adams Ave. San Diego, 92116 619-282-4116

SILVER – Grains Café

2201 Adams Ave. San Diego, 92116 619-269-5999


1050 University Ave. E103 San Diego, 92103 619-534-5034 Vom Fass Hillcrest is locally owned by Jay and Colleen Cavalieri. We are located in The Hub shopping center — by Ralph’s and Trader Joe’s. We satisfy your cravings for life’s little luxuries, worldly experiences and easy, delicious, healthy meals, and entertaining at home. Our products include the world’s finest oils, vinegars, liqueurs, spirits and wines — including 18 different Scotch, American and Irish whiskies, and 10 different brandies. We enjoy sharing our love of the products with our customers, with free tastes daily in the shop, as well as private tasting parties. We are a terrific resource for your corporate and personal gift giving and unique private events.

Now Serving Beer, Wine & Mimosas

We enjoy having our shop in Hillcrest and being a “neighborhood store,” where customers return again and again, and we are able to help with local community fundraising events. We have a wonderful selection of boutique wines that we hand-select from small, family wineries. Join us for wine tasting every Wednesday, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Tastings are $5 (refunded with bottle purchase). Be sure and bring a friend, too!

SILVER – Wet Stone Bar & Café 1927 Fourth Ave. San Diego, 92101 619-255-2856 

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GOLD – Mission Gallery

GOLD – Susan Hartman 8880 Rio San Diego Drive #800 San Diego, 92108 619-260-1122

2525 University Ave. San Diego, 92104 619-822-4280

Jim O’Connell and Randy Batley founded Mission Gallery in 1980. From that point on, the owners have worked full time to find some of the rarest, most unusual, decorative and valuable pieces for all their buyers. Our antiques inventory spans a variety of unique and one-ofa-kind items. Browse our fine oil paintings and watercolors, antique clocks, bronze sculpture, fine antique furniture, lighting, ceramics, porcelains, silver, Persian rugs, jewelry and vintage watches. If you are looking for a most extensive and unique collection of antiques from around the world, then Mission Gallery is your store! We are buying and selling seven days a week: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. We’d love to see you at our San Diego store. Call us at 619-692-3566. You can drop us a line by visiting our website:

The Law Offices of Susan L. Hartman specializes in all DUI defense cases, handling both the DMV hearings and the court process in San Diego County and throughout California. We do not dabble in driving under the influence matters; it is all we do. In addition, we handle drunk driving post-sentence matters such as requests for early termination of probation, modification of probation, deadline extensions and expungements. While aggressive in negotiations and in the courtroom, Susan is compassionate and non-judgmental towards her clients. She partners with her clients with the common goal of reaching the best resolution possible, striving to save your driving privileges, and getting your matter dismissed or reduced whenever possible. Do not just plead guilty! There may be defenses in your case that can lead to reduced charges or even a dismissal.

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SILVER – India Street Antiques

750 B St. San Diego, 92101 619-685-3053

ACCOUNTANT GOLD – Abbas, Jenson & Cundari CPAs

SILVER – Rowling & Associates

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660 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92103


ACUPUNCTURE GOLD – Tripoint Holistic Therapy

5252 Balboa Ave. #804 San Diego, 92117 858-576-7494

SILVER – Sustain Community Acupuncture

2537 University Ave. San Diego, 92104 619-358-9508

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ADULT BUSINESS GOLD – Pleasures & Treasures

415 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-291-6969

2361 India St. San Diego, 92101 619-231-3004

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1545 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, 92108 888-714-7925

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John Hine Mazda opened in 1971 as a charter dealership — it was one of the first on the West Coast to carry the car brand. Hine Mazda is the top-selling Mazda dealer in San Diego County, according to Mazda’s fve-year sales report, and a recipient of the 2017 Mazda Gold Cup award for customer satisfaction, maintaining a quality dealership image and ongoing sales and service staff training requirements. Located at 1545 Camino Del Rio South in Mission Valley, John Hine Mazda is here for you throughout your entire car ownership experience. The dealership offers a wide range of car loan and Mazda lease options, a huge selection of new and pre-owned inventory, a fully staffed service and maintenance center, genuine Mazda parts to enhance your driving experience and a state-ofthe-art collision repair center. This year John Hine Mazda celebrates 60 years in San Diego and over 75 years in business.

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“Intimate, funny, quietly moving!” The San Diego Union-Tribune


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AUTO DEALER SILVER – Courtesy Chevolet

750 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, 92108 619-297-4321

AUTO REPAIR GOLD – Hillcrest Smog & Repair

3864 First Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-297-4059

SILVER – Smitty’s Service

3441 Adams Ave. San Diego, 92116 619-281-7722

BANK GOLD – California Bank & Trust

3737 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-299-9700 California Bank & Trust (CB&T) is a full-service banking company out of San Diego that specializes in commercial, business, personal banking, wealth management and commercial real estate. It was established in 1972, has grown to

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acquire several smaller banks and now employs nearly 1,700 employees, operating through 102 branches throughout California. CB&T has also grown to be a leader in global financial services research and consulting, and is growing rapidly. CB&T has also been rated “outstanding” by the FDIC for its performance under the Community Reinvestment Act and is a preferred lender of the Small Business Association. As a company, CB&T focuses on personal relationship, building trust and meeting the clients’ needs. In return, clients get the opportunity to work with get highly educated, experienced, professional bankers who attend to them on a very personalized, one-on-one basis. For more information or to speak to customer service, call 800-400-6080 or check out our website

SILVER – Chase Bank

365 W. Washington St. San Diego, 92103 619-497-0868

BARBER GOLD – Winn’s Barber Shop

445 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-295-1597

SILVER – Floyd’s 99 Barbershop 407 W. Washington St. #2, San Diego, 92103 619-220-4970

BIKE SHOP GOLD – Brooklyn Bicycles

3437 Adams Ave. San Diego, 92116 619-283-1926 Brooklyn Bicycles has opened a new location in Bankers Hill. By shopping with us in Normal Heights and Bankers Hill, you are supporting your LBS (local bicycle shop). And if you shop with us online, you are supporting an extension of that shop. Either way, we are excited to help you commute by bike or getting out there to ride! We believe in bicycling as a form of transportation. Our specialty is to gearing you up for commuting and getting around town. We like having fun out on the road. We stock bikes and accessories that help you have fun being a roadie. We like helping everyone who likes biking. So, making the most of our small shop, we service all kinds of bikes, are pretty creative in finding/building the perfect bike for you, can order any kind of bike, and our website has accessories for any kind of biking.

SILVER – Mission Hills Bicycle Shop

141 W. Washington St. San Diego, 92103 619-296-0618

BOUTIQUE GOLD – Cody’s Home and Gift

1029 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 | 619-269-7264

SILVER – Creative Crossroads


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BUSINESS & RETAIL COLLECTIVE GOLD – Torrey Holistics 10671 Roselle St. #100, San Diego, 92121 858-558-1420 Torrey Holistics, San Diego's finest licensed and permitted medical marijuana dispensary, is located in Sorrento Valley at Interstate 5. It’s the closest legal dispensary to Torrey Pines State Beach — as well as Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Del Mar, Encinitas, Leucadia and Carlsbad. Our mission is to bring overall peace and balance into our patients’ lives through the education and proper use of medicinal marijuana products. Licensed since 2015, Torrey Holistics carries the highest quality of top-shelf organic strains, premium CBD flowers and products, topicals, vaping cartridges/accessories, concentrates and edibles. With professional, knowledgeable cannabis consultants on-site, Torrey Holistics works with patients to identify their concerns and relieve ailments. We are committed to providing the best possible care to patients!

CONSIGNMENT/RESALE GOLD – Creative Crossroads 502 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 800-685-2513

Best of Gay San Diego 2017 surcharge-free ATMs. SDCCU is leading the way, offering free checking with e-statements, SDCCU Mobile Deposit, mortgage loans, auto loans, Visa credit cards and business services. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal housing opportunity, equal opportunity employer. For details, visit

SILVER – California Coast Credit Union

1060 University Ave. A101, San Diego, 92103 858-495-1600

DAY SPA GOLD – Karma Relaxation Spa

3969 First Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-299-9888

SILVER – EnviouSkin

4670 Park Blvd. San Diego, 92116 619-255-9368

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Dr. Jeffrey Keeny's professional staff is eager to help with your dentistry needs and answer any questions you might have during your visit with us. Each member of our team specializes in particular dentistry services from dental cleanings, root canals, dental insurance, continuing care, sensitivities, cosmetic care and more. Have questions? Contact a member of our team today and we will be happy to help.

SILVER – Dr. Rod Strober 3330 Third Ave #302, San Diego, 92103 619-299-5925

DRY CLEANERS GOLD – Magic Touch Cleaners 4196 Adams Ave. San Diego, 92116 619-281-0031

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SILVER – Uptown Cleaners

DENTIST GOLD – Dr. Jeffrey Keeny

1807 Robinson Ave. #101, San Diego, 92103 619-295-1512

1020 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-299-2378 see Business & Retail, pg 16

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SILVER – Consignment Classics 1895 Hancock St. San Diego, 92110 619-491-0700

COSMETOLOGY/ DERMATOLOGY GOLD – Hillcrest Advanced Aesthetic Dermatology 3737 Fourth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-299-0700

SILVER – Medical Age Management 3911 Normal St. San Diego, 92103 619-795-6700


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Learn to cook French delicacies like a pro at this exciting demonstration followed by a three-course dinner with wine pairings. Menu includes seasonal Mushroom Cassolette, Monkfish Bouillabaisse and Pear & Wild Berry Grand Mére.

A Marine Room tradition! Watch the waves come right up to our picture windows while you enjoy a lavish breakfast buffet filled with choices such as Felix’s Wild Mushroom Frittata and Grand Marnier Chocolate Brioche French Toast.

Wednesday, October 25 | 6 p.m. | $90 per person

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Whether it's an intimate party of ten or a festive gathering of 200, let us tend to every detail so that you can enjoy the event. Our catering team will provide custom touches including personalized menus, specialty cocktails and holiday décor.

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Fall is the perfect time to relax in our oceanfront lounge and enjoy the bartender's daily cocktail and select global wines from $9, plus all of our gourmet lounge menu appetizers are $13.

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GOLD – San Diego County Credit Union 502 University Ave. #500, San Diego, 92103 877-732-2848 San Diego County Credit Union is San Diego’s largest, locally owned financial institution serving San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties. SDCCU has assets of $6.7 billion, over 279,000 customers, more than 35 convenient branch locations and 30,000

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8889 Rio San Diego Drive #202, San Diego, 92108 | 619-295-0200

SILVER – Casey Alba, Edward Jones

2222 Fern St. San Diego, 92104 619-516-2744 Edward Jones is a different kind of investment firm. To us, face time and think time make sense. We meet with you to learn your individual needs so we can develop a strategy to help you achieve your long-term financial goals. So, whether you want to plan for retirement, save for college, reduce your tax bills or ensure you have income to cover your expenses, you can expect personalized service and long-term investing strategies instead of the latest investment fads. Join the nearly 7 million investors who know. Contact me today to help develop an investment strategy that makes sense for you.

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FLORIST GOLD – Green Fresh Florals

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SILVER – Dave’s Flower Box

2405 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, 92104 619-298-7247


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SILVER – Jerome’s Furniture

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GYM / HEALTH CLUB GOLD – Boulevard Fitness

2110 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, 92104 619-296-7878

SILVER – Fitness Together

4019 Goldfinch St. San Diego, 92103 619-794-0014

HAIR SALON GOLD – Hairspray Salon

141 University Ave. #2, San Diego, 92103 619-297-9333

SILVER – Joseph Anthony: on Fifth Avenue

2802 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-795-4646

HOSPITAL GOLD – Sharp Memorial Hospital

501 Washington St. San Diego, 92103 619-297-0014

SILVER – Scripps

4677 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-278-3300

HOTEL GOLD – Porto Vista Hotel

1835 Columbia St. San Diego, 92101 619-544-0614

SILVER – Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows 2223 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, 92104 619-296-2101

INSURANCE BROKER GOLD – Ryan Hartwigsen, Allstate Insurance

4080 Centre St. #107 San Diego, 92103 619-278-0081

As an insurance agent living in Hillcrest for 10 years with my partner, I know many local families. My knowledge and understanding of the people in this community help me provide over 4,000 customers with an outstanding level of service. I look forward to helping families like yours protect the things that are important — your family, home, car and more. I can also help you prepare a strategy to achieve your financial goals, such as saving for your child’s education or your retirement. I’m committed to showing you how Allstate is different and better than the rest. From sharing our broad product offerings for your protection and financial needs to offering you a real relationship you can count on. I’ll help you prepare for your financial future and offer a higher standard of service, delivered wherever and whenever you need.

SILVER – Gary Gerber, Farmers Insurance 1210 10th St. Coronado, 92118 619-435-1802

JEWELER GOLD – Jewels on 5th

3975 Fifth Ave. #130, San Diego, 92103 619-269-5853

SILVER – Bert Levi Family Jewelers

1050 University Ave. E105, San Diego, 92103 619-431-5277

MANICURE / PEDICURE GOLD – Hello Birdie Nail & Lash Lab

3032 University Ave. San Diego, 92104 619-358-9875

SILVER – Art Nails Hillcrest

3701 Sixth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-298-5929 see Business & Retail, pg 17 FROM PAGE 16

BUSINESS & RETAIL MASSAGE GOLD – Chiropractique Urban Retreat

813 W. Washington St. San Diego, 92103 619-269-9909

SILVER – Tripoint Holistic Therapy

5252 Balboa Ave #804, San Diego, 92117 858-576-7494

MUSEUM GOLD – SD Museum of Art

1450 El Prado, San Diego, 92102 619-232-7931

SILVER – SD Museum of Man

1350 El Prado, San Diego, 92101 619-239-2001


6540 Lusk Blvd. Ste C110 San Diego, 92121 619-354-8421

OPTOMETRIST GOLD – Urban Optiks Optometry

3788 Park Blvd. #5, San Diego, 92103 619-683-2020

SILVER – The Unoptical

1010 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-955-5369

PERSONAL TRAINER GOLD – Ryan Gans, Fitness Together

4019 Goldfinch St. San Diego, 92103 619-794-0014

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Best of Gay San Diego 2017 Ryan Gans has been involved in the fitness community for the better part of a decade. His journey in fitness started after suffering a brutal knee injury that required surgery. It was during knee rehabilitation, which he needed to gain basic function back in his knee, when Ryan's passion for fitness started. During the rehab process Ryan learned the amazing capabilities of the human body. In the years that followed, Ryan found the tools to improving human performance. Anyone who has trained with Ryan can attest that his workouts are effective in achieving results. Ryan’s customized workouts will get you results. His clients are never more than a couple of feet away, enhancing focus and taking away the fear, intimidation and the waiting found in most training/gym scenarios. Clients train in private in fully equipped suites, on an appointment only basis, where the focus is totally on and about them. He brings a highly efficient process to working out, combining a superior degree of coaching with smart nutrition to get results faster and safer. Your first session is complimentary and more diagnostic in nature, to allow a better understanding of your medical and medicinal backgrounds as well as previous workout experiences, timelines and goals. Clients at Fitness Together Mission Hills range across the spectrum, both in age and fitness levels. One thing that sets Ryan apart from other trainers is that he has tested numerous fitness methodologies, and knows first-hand how it affects the human body. Ryan would never give you an exercise or workout he hasn't done himself. If you are looking to lose a few pounds, make a major comeback from an injury, or are in need to better your body’s performance in any way, Fitness Together and Ryan Gans are a great choice. See what others are saying about us on YELP.

SILVER – Chris Keith

3969 Fourth Ave. Suite 209, San Diego, 92103 619-869-1205

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3915 Ninth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-299-2068

SILVER – Fur the Love of Your Pet 6316 Jeff St. San Diego, 92115 619-851-9496


2811 University Ave. San Diego, 92104 619-295-9663

SILVER – Hairy & Merry

2400 Kettner Blvd.San Diego, 92101 844-225-4364

At Sushi Deli, you get the unexpected... a vast menu of unique sushi rolls, kitchen specials, local craft beers, cider, and of course, sake. So come on in and enjoy yourself! Sushi Deli, 228 W. Washington St. 92103, 619.231.9597

PHARMACY GOLD – Hillcrest Pharmacy

120 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-260-1010

SILVER – AHF Pharmacy San Diego

3940 Fourth Ave #150, San Diego, 92103 619-574-9700 Not only does AHF Pharmacy provide unmatched quality service, we also offer a way to give back. By filling your prescriptions through an AHF Pharmacy, you are helping people living with HIV. For every dollar, 96¢ collected by our pharmacies directly fund AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s HIV/AIDS programs and services domestically and abroad. This allows us to continue our mission, providing cutting-edge HIV medical care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Our San Diego location is conveniently located at 3940 Fourth Ave, #140, in Hillcrest. We offer free delivery, medication adherence tools, private pharmacist consultations and amazing client care. Questions? Our staff is available to assist you with your prescription questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. see Business & Retail, pg 18

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1945 B St. San Diego, 92102 619-542-1321

SILVER – Janae Luxe Pilates Studio

719 10th Ave. San Diego, 92101 619-347-5892

REAL ESTATE AGENT GOLD – Tony Azar, the Metropolitan Group 3930 Idaho St. San Diego, 92104 619-260-1977


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Buying or selling a property can be a bewildering and stressful ordeal. But with the help of an expert, this potentially perplexing experience can be made trouble-free. One such qualified individual is Tony Azar. As a long-time resident of San Diego and an active member of the San Diego Association of Realtors, Tony is more than just a Realtor.

Tony is dedicated to the needs of his clients whether in residential, income or commercial real estate. He strives to make each client’s buying or selling experience one that is truly positive and care-free. If you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling a home, income or commercial property, call Tony Azar for guidance and advice on any and all of your real estate needs. He will also provide you with a complimentary “Home Buyers/ Sellers Guide” or a market analysis of your property.

SILVER – Ken Pecus, Ascent Real Estate

944 Orange Ave. Coronado, 92118 619-878-5098


902 Fort Stockton Drive San Diego, 92103 619-297-9710 Ascent Real Estate’s professional team of Realtors has tracked over $4 billion in sales volume since 2005. While, according to Sandicor MLS, the company is the county’s largest independent real estate brokerage based on units sold in 2014, Ascent manages every transaction with personal “Above and Beyond” standards of service. The company’s mission is to hire, develop and retain the real estate industry’s most respected agents; cultivating a work environment that is cutting edge, diverse, ethical, compassionate and strong in its convictions. Ascent Real Estate has 10 offices throughout San Diego in La Jolla, University City, Downtown, Coronado, Point Loma, Point Loma Village, Bankers Hill, Mission Hills, North Park and Kensington. Start your San Diego Home Search with Ascent Real Estate. Call them at 619-325-4100 or search for your home at

SILVER – The Metropolitan Group

3930 Idaho St. San Diego, 92104 619-260-1977


328 Maple St. San Diego, 92103 619-239-6900 Conveniently located in Bankers Hill, St. Paul’s Manor is a premier San Diego independent living community just blocks from Hillcrest, Downtown and Balboa Park. Retirement living at St. Paul’s Manor can be as leisurely or active as you desire. With its safe and easy walking distance to Hillcrest, Balboa Park, shops, restaurants, churches and public transportation, a car isn’t even needed. Basic utilities, three-course dinners, scheduled transportation, housekeeping, a wellness program, organized activities, security, 24-hour reception and maintenance are included. Enjoy retirement living without any of the burdens of see Retirement Living, pg 19 FROM PAGE 18

RETIREMENT LIVING home-ownership. St. Paul’s Manor makes it easy. Come and see for yourself why St. Paul’s Manor was voted Best Retirement Living!

SILVER – Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill 2567 Second Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-752-1099

Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill is in the middle of it all in the prestigious Bankers Hill neighborhood. Enjoy all the best of sunny San Diego from our ocean-view rooftop deck or venture out to explore fine dining, shopping, Victorian homes, Symphony Hall, Civic Theater and world famous Balboa Park. Our community is designed to meet your individual needs and give you the freedom to be yourself. We offer the best in independent senior living and assisted living from a family-owned company that knows connection is everything. Our apartments are spacious with private balconies. Our community has cozy gathering spaces, a fitness center, salon, bistro, beautifully landscaped courtyard areas and private underground parking. Medical facilities are abundant and easy to access. Call today and schedule your personal tour at Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill!


660 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92103 619-298-1826

Best of Gay San Diego 2017 As part of our commitment to the pets of Uptown and beyond, we are now open from 7 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. No more expensive after-hours care with strangers. At Bodhi, you are family! Thanks for your vote!

SILVER – Kensington Veterinary Hospital 3817 Adams Ave. San Diego, CA 92116 619-584-8418

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YOGA STUDIO GOLD – Pure Barre Hillcrest 3650 Fifth Ave. Suite 102, San Diego, 92103 619-296-0200

SILVER – CorePower Yoga 1080 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-296-9642 

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Thank you Gay San Diego Readers for voting us the Best Veterinary Hospital in town for 4 years in a row!


449 University Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-487-0237

SILVER – Nite Owl Gallery Tattoo 3509 Fifth Ave. San Diego, 92103 619-542-1606

VETERINARIAN GOLD – Bodhi Animal Hospital

2200 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92104 619-225-5838 Bodhi Animal Hospital is a beautiful, spa-like, state-of-the-art facility that is a proud part of the Uptown community. We provide affordable, top-of-the-line care for all and are committed to improving the lives of every person and every pet, every time. We work with nine rescue groups, practice “Fear Free” medicine, and are a “Certified Cat Friendly” practice. Your dogs and cats will be treated with gentleness and the individualized care required to make their visit with us the best it can be, including complimentary “Happy Pet” visits to ease their anxiety.

2200 University Ave. • San Diego CA 92104 • 619.313.4814 Open 7am-Midnight 7 days a week for scheduled & walk-in appointments, urgent & emergency care. After 8pm - urgent & emergency care only!


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