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SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO SAN DIEGO UPTOWN NEWS, APRIL 11–24, 2014

Martinis Above Fourth

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THIS YEAR’S WINNERS!

San Diego is known for its thriving Uptown neighborhoods, with close-knit communities that are full of life — families, parks, culture, food, music — and nonstop entertainment. It has vibrant nooks and crannies where residents, locals and visitors return again and again. We recently asked the readers of San Diego Uptown News to tell us their favorite restaurants, bars and retail businesses found throughout our Uptown neighborhoods and a few beyond. Uptown coverage starts at the birthplace of California — historic Old Town and Mission Hills — and moves to the lively and colorful Hillcrest “gaybor-

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hood,” on through the hip enclaves of North Park and University Heights and the cozy kick-back neighborhoods that cling to the canyons overlooking Mission Valley: Normal Heights, Kensington and Talmadge. It also extends down to those neighborhoods nestled along the border of Downtown: Bankers Hill, South Park and Golden Hill. 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 breakfast, chiropractor, happy hour, wine bar, art gallery, romantic dining, massage, florist, museum, local bar, and many, many more. Some winners have

been serving customers in their Uptown neighborhood for decades, while others are new to the scene but clearly already making an impact. In this month’s special pullout section, we offer the full list of readers’ choice winners, showcasing them with colorful photos and highlighting many of the winners and along with their missions to serve. To each of our winners, we extend a heartfelt congratulations on your Reader’s Choice 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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DINING & DRINKS CATEGORY AMERICAN BAKERY BBQ BREAKFAST BRUNCH BURGER BURRITO CASINO BUFFET CASUAL DINING CHINESE COCKTAIL COFFEE SHOP COMFORT FOOD CRAFT BEER BAR DELI DESSERT DINNER FARMERS’ MARKET FINE DINING FRENCH GREEK HAPPY HOUR HEALTH FOOD STORE INTERNATIONAL CUISINE IRISH PUB ITALIAN JAPANESE LOCAL BAR LATE NIGHT DINING LOUNGE LUNCH MEXICAN NEIGHBORHOOD BAR NEW RESTAURANT OUTDOOR BAR OUTDOOR DINING PIZZA ROMANTIC ROOFTOP DINING SALAD SANDWICH SEAFOOD SUSHI THAI CUISINE VEGETARIAN/VEGAN WINE BAR

GOLD Harvey Milk’s American Diner Babycakes Phil’s BBQ Hash House A Go Go Heat Bar and Kitchen Crest Café El Zarape Valley View Casino Urban Mo’s Wang’s #1 Fifth Avenue Filter Crest Café Hillcrest Brewing Company Deli Llama Babycakes Crest Café Hillcrest Farmers’ Market Bertrand at Mr. A’s Bleu Bohéme Alexi’s Greek Café Wang’s Sprouts Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro Rosie O’Grady’s Pappalecco Sushi Deli Coin-Op Arcade Bar Rudford’s Restaurant Martinis Above Fourth Crest Café Baja Betty’s Pecs Bar Harvey Milk’s American Diner Urban Mo’s Urban Mo’s Sicilian Thing Pizza The Marine Room Bertrand at Mr. A’s Souplantation Which Wich Fish Public Sushi Deli Taste of Thai Veg-N-Out Village Vino

SILVER Crest Café Twiggs Brazen BBQ Hob Nob Hill Great Maple Station Tavern Ponce’s Viejas Harvey Milk’s American Diner Hong Kong Restaurant Polite Provisions Lestat’s San Diego Chicken Pie Shop Blind Lady Ale House Harvey Milk’s American Diner Extraordinary Desserts Adams Avenue Grill Little Italy Farmers’ Market Busalacchi’s A Modo Mio Au Revoir French Bistro Olympic Cafe Uptown Tavern Trader Joe’s Bombay Exotic Cuisine The Ould Sod Busalacchi’s A Modo Mio Ichiban Seven Grand Crest Café Bamboo Lounge Deli Llama Carnitas’ Snack Shack Hamilton’s Tavern Parma Cucina Italiana Gossip Grill Parma Cucina Italiana Fillippi’s Pizza Grotto Bertrand at Mr. A’s George’s at the Cove Tender Greens Crest Café Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill ebisu Sushi Bar Amarin Thai Plumeria Vegetarian Restaurant Splash Wine Lounge and Bistro

BRONZE Urban Solace Bread & Cie BBQ 81 Snooze, an A.M. Eatery Fig Tree Café Lil B’s Huapangos Sycuan Lil B’s CityWok Martinis Above Fourth Twiggs Shakespeare Pub & Grille Toronado D.Z. Akin’s Delicatessen Heaven Sent Desserts Luna Grill North Park Farmers’ Market Great Maple Hexagone Country Kabob Urban Mo’s Whole Foods Market Soltan Banoo The Field Sanfilippo’s Italian Restaurant Nami Sushi and Japanese Fusion Heights Tavern Lil B’s Lei Lounge Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Café Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant The Alibi Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen Bourbon Street Bamboo Lounge Bronx Pizza The Prado Andaz Whole Foods Market Hillcrest Sandwich Company Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar Nami Sushi Bar and Japanese Fusion Bahn Thai Jyoti Bihanga Vegetarian Restaurant Wine Steals

RETAIL & ENTERTAINMENT CATEGORY ACCOUNTANT ACUPUNCTURE ADULT BUSINESS AUTO REPAIR SHOP BANK BICYCLE SHOP BOOKSTORE BOUTIQUE CASINO CHIROPRACTOR COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY CONSIGNMENT/RESALE CREDIT UNION DAY SPA DENTIST DOCTOR DRY CLEANERS FINANCIAL PLANNER FLORIST FURNITURE STORE GYM / HEALTH CLUB HAIR SALON/ BARBER HOSPITAL HOTEL JEWELER LAWYER LIVE MUSIC VENUE LIVE THEATER VENUE MASSAGE MUSEUM NEW BUSINESS NIGHTCLUB OPTOMETRIST PAWN SHOP PERSONAL TRAINER PET SERVICES PET HOSPITAL PHARMACY REAL ESTATE AGENT REAL ESTATE OFFICE RETIREMENT LIVING TANNING SALON TATTOO/PIERCING YOGA STUDIO

GOLD Abbas, Jenson and Cundari Wendy Goldman & Associates Pleasures and Treasures Mission Hills Automotive California Bank & Trust Mission Hills Bike Shop Adams Avenue Bookstore Luigi Vera Sycuan Fix Body Group San Diego City College Revivals San Diego County Credit Union Happy Head Evelyn G. Ascough, DDS Dr. David Shamblaw North Park Cleaners Casey Caliva, Edward Jones Mission Hills Florist Lawrance Furniture North Park Fitness Richard Joseph Salon Scripps Mercy Hospital Lafayette Hotel Francis Family Jewelers Rachel Young Belly Up Tavern Diversionary Theatre The Knot Stop Museum of Man Adam & Eve Spin Nightclub Urban Optiks Optometry Hillcrest Pawn Adam Winter Lifestyle South Bark Dog Wash Bodhi Veterinary Clinic & Animal Hospital AHF Pharmacy Tony Azar, Metropolitan Group Ascent Real Estate St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services iTan Hillcrest Sleeping Giant Tattoo Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga

SILVER Randall and James Adams Avenue Integrative Health The Crypt Smitty’s Service Union Bank Adams Avenue Bicycles Obelisk Elos Shoes Barona Good Vibrations Coleman University Buffalo Exchange Mission Federal Credit Union The Knot Stop Jeffrey S. Keeny, DDS Dr. Jannette Gray Veribest Cleaners Eric Brown, Waddell & Reed Green Fresh Florals Sears Outlet 24 Hour Fitness Douglas Saboe UC San Diego Medical Center Sommerset Suites Hotel Jewels on Fifth Tony Prost House of Blues Cygnet Theatre Happy Head Museum of Contemporary Art Village Vino Brass Rail Uptown Optometry Unique Pawn Brian White Urban Whiskers Kensington Veterinary Hospital Pride Pharmacy Mike Tristani, Tristani Real Estate Group Metropolitan Group Merrill Gardens Retirement Communties Hollywood Tan Diego Tattoo CorePower Yoga

BRONZE Sahmel and Associates Uptown Acupuncture Adam & Eve Hillcrest Smog & Repair Wells Fargo North Park Bikes Fifth Avenue Books Obelisk Viejas Chiropractique UC San Diego Thrift Trader California Coast Credit Union Massage Envy Hillcrest Dental Dr. Darren Farnesi Uptown Cleaners Sahmel & Associates Rainbow Flowers Ashley Furniture Boulevard Fitness Model Call Salon Sharp Memorial Hospital Balboa Park Inn Stuart Benjamin Kevin Wheeler The Merrow The Old Globe Bodhi Massage & Bodywork Center Mingei Museum Sidestage Improv Rich’s San Diego North Park Optometry Crown Jewelers Barry’s Boot Camp Bodhi Veterinary Clinic & Animal Hospital Pet Hospital of North Park Walgreens Tamara Zyhylij, Ascent Real Estate Keller Williams Realty White Sands La Jolla Tanline Left Hand Black Tattoo North Park Yoga


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DINING & DRINKS AMERICAN CUISINE

BRONZE – BBQ 81

2302 El Cajon Blvd., 92104 619-255-1958 barbeque81.com

BREAKFAST

BURGER

GOLD – Crest Café

425 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-295-2510 crestcafe.net

GOLD – Harvey Milk’s American Diner

GOLD – Hash House A Go Go

SILVER – Station Tavern

SILVER – Crest Café

SILVER – Hob Nob Hill

BRONZE – Lil B’s

535 University Ave., 92103 619-295-2747 harveymilksamericandiner.com 425 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-295-2510 crestcafe.net

BRONZE – Urban Solace 3823 30th St., 92104 619-295-6464 urbansolace.net

BAKERY

GOLD – Babycakes

3766 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-296-4173 babycakessandiego.com Babycakes serves up a spin on traditional cupcake dessert flavors like blood orange, mocha, and red velvet, coupled with a casual atmosphere reminiscent of the same charm you’d expect from Grandma’s house. It makes desserts more social and conversational – definitely a place to hang out and enjoy the moment! Now with two locations to serve you (Hillcrest and Morley Field) you get the best of both worlds. The Hillcrest Babycakes has a full bar and has become a community hot spot where you can eat your cake and drink it, too. From chocolate martinis to butterscotch truffles and orange dreamsicles, their mixologists will tempt your taste buds. The Morley Field location reflects the healthier side of Babycakes’ typically decadent cuisine, but also offers a full coffee bar and selections of their world famous cupcakes. We promise you will leave with a smile on your face, or a guilty grin, but either way, you’ll be satisfied!

SILVER – Twiggs

4950 Park Blvd., 92116 619-296-0616 twiggs.org

BRONZE – Bread & Cie 350 University Ave., 92103 619-683-9322 breadandcie.com

BBQ

GOLD – Phil’s BBQ

3750 Sports Arena Blvd., 92110 619-226-6333 philsbbq.net

SILVER – Brazen BBQ

441 Washington St., 92103 619-816-1990 brazenbbq.com

3628 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-298-4646 hashhouseagogo.com 2271 First Ave., 92101 619-239-8176 hobnobhill.com

2204 Fern St., 92104 619-255-0657 stationtavern.com

2611 El Cajon Blvd, 92104 619-296-8268

BURRITO

Opened in 1944 with the sole intention of providing quality food and exceptional service at reasonable prices, Hob Nob Hill has worked hard to stay true to its commitment. A full-service restaurant and bakery, Hob Nob Hill and its American country style furnishings offer their guests comfortable seating while they enjoy an array of tasty American classics. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, Hob Nob Hill’s Americanstyled menu provides guests with generous portions, affordable pricing and a taste that’s sure to entice its patrons for more. For more information regarding business hours and menu details, visit Hob Nob Hill on the web.

GOLD – El Zarape

BRONZE – Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

SILVER – Viejas

3940 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-500-3344 snoozeeatery.com

BRUNCH

GOLD – Heat Bar and Kitchen 3797 Park Blvd., 92103 619-546-4328 heatbarandkitchen.com

SILVER – Great Maple

1451 Washington St., 92103 619-255-2282 thegreatmaple.com The Great Maple is a simple declaration and appreciation for seasonal produce, responsible seafood and farm fresh American meat. We show our love of these great gifts as we protect and serve them in a room created for libation and conversation. Echoing a stylish European dinette with rustic touches, seating options are plentiful: belly up to the bar, grab a two-top, have a slice of pie at the counter, settle into a booth, or get some air on the patio. Our chefs create great eats for all foodies alike and our staff offers an environment that is warm and inviting. We strive for a meal setting without pretense and that gives you the opportunity to celebrate daily seasonal items and of course, pies. We welcome you to enjoy yourself at The Great Maple and indulge in all we have to offer.

BRONZE – Fig Tree Café 416 University Ave., 92103 619-298-2010 figtreeeatery.com

4642 Park Blvd., 92116 619-692-1652 elzarape.menutoeat.com

SILVER – Ponce’s

4050 Adams Ave., 92116 619-282-4413 poncesrestaurant.com

BRONZE – Huapangos 3693 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-546-5934 huapangocuisine.com

CASINO BUFFET

GOLD – Valley View Casino 16300 Nyemii Pass Rd., 92082 760-291-5500 valleyviewcasino.com 5000 Willows Rd., 91901 800-847-6537 viejas.com

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CASINOBUFFET BRONZE – Sycuan

5469 Casino Way, 92019 619-445-6002 sycuan.com

CASUAL DINING

GOLD – Urban Mo’s

308 University Ave., 92103 619-491-0400 mosuniverse.com

SILVER – Harvey Milk’s American Diner

535 University Ave., 92103 619-295-2747 harveymilksamericandiner.com

BRONZE – Lil B’s

2611 El Cajon Blvd., 92104 619-296-8268

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CHINESE CUISINE

GOLD – Wang’s

3029 University Ave., 92104 619-291-7500 wangsnorthpark.com

SILVER – Hong Kong Restaurant

3871 Fourth Ave., 92103 619-291-9449 hongkongrestaurant.menutoeat.com

BRONZE – CityWok

718 W. Washington St., 92103 619-220-8888 citywok.com

COCKTAIL

GOLD – #1 Fifth Avenue 3845 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-299-1911

One of Hillcrest’s most legendary gay bars, #1 Fifth Avenue has seen many changes since it opened

in the early ‘80s. Now a relaxing tavern that caters to a casual crowd, #1 Fifth Avenue boasts shirtless bartenders, attractive waiters, and an overall good energy. Conveniently located, 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 openended, friendly conversation and whatever’s playing on 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 – Polite Provisions 4696 30th St.,92116 619-677-3784 politeprovisions.com

BRONZE – Martinis Above Fourth

3940 Fourth Ave., 92103 619-400-4500 martinisabovefourth.com

COFFEE SHOP

GOLD – Filter

1295 University Ave., 92103 619-521-0533 Diversionary Theatre

SILVER – Lestat’s

3343 Adams Ave., 92116 619-282-0437 lestats.com

BRONZE – Twiggs

4590 Park Blvd., 92116 619-296-0616 twiggs.org

COMFORT FOOD

GOLD – Crest Café

425 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-295-2510 crestcafe.net

SILVER – San Diego Chicken Pie Shop

2633 El Cajon Blvd., 92104 619-295-0156 San Diego Chicken Pie Shop is celebrating its 76th year in business. The iconic restaurant, with

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a large collection of paintings and antique ceramics depicting roosters and chickens adorning its walls and shelves, has had four homes in its 76 years. The first Chicken Pie Shop opened in 1938 at Fifth Avenue and B Street, Downtown. A second location opened during the 1950s, with a short stint at the southeast corner of Fifth and Robinson avenues in Uptown. During the next decade the Downtown pie shop closed and the Uptown location moved across the street to the northeast corner, spending nearly 25 years in the spot where Starbucks operates today. Currently located at 2633 El Cajon Blvd., customers are encouraged to try its “Famous Chicken Pie Dinner,” as the recipe hasn’t changed in 76 years.

BRONZE – Shakespeare Pub & Grille 3701 India St., 92103 619-299-0230 shakespearepub.com

CRAFT BEER BAR

GOLD – Hillcrest Brewing Company 1458 University Ave., 92103 619-269-4323 hillcrestbrewingcompany.com

SILVER – Blind Lady Ale House

3416 Adams Ave., 92116 619-255-2491 blindladyalehouse.com

BRONZE – Toronado 4026 30th St., 92104 619-282-0456 toronadosd.com

DELI

GOLD – Deli Llama

3702 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-295-4666 delillamasd.com It began with a concept — sumptuous sandwiches in a whimsical setting where customers feel like family. In just four short years, The Deli Llama has received eight local awards for Best Deli, Best Lunch and Best Sandwich, and a national award for best ad for Gay Pride. With a menu that offers specialty sandwiches and Panini, gourmet soups and specialty drinks, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options, The Deli Llama continues to draw new and loyal

customers to enjoy its delicious food and fanciful setting … the little deli where the staff treats customers like family!

SILVER – Harvey Milk’s American Diner

535 University Ave., 92103 619-295-2747 harveymilksamericandiner.com

BRONZE – D.Z. Akin’s Delicatessen

6930 Alvarado Rd., 92120 619-265-0218 dzakinsdeli.com

DESSERT

GOLD – Babycakes

3766 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-296-4173 babycakessandiego.com

SILVER – Extraordinary Desserts 2929 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-294-2132 extraordinarydesserts.com

BRONZE – Heaven Sent Desserts

3001 University Ave., 92104 619-793-4758 heavensentdesserts.com

DINNER

GOLD – Crest Café

425 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-295-2510 crestcafe.net

SILVER – Adams Avenue Grill 2201 Adams Ave., 92116 619-298-8440 adamsavenuegrille.com

BRONZE – Luna Grill

350 University Ave., 92103 619-296-5862 lunagrill.com

FARMERS’ MARKET

GOLD – Hillcrest Farmers’ Market 3960 Normal St., 92103 619-299-3330 hillcrestfarmersmarket.com

The Hillcrest Farmers’ Market is one of the largest and most wellknown outdoor markets in all of San Diego. On any given Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can find 125

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FARMERS’MARKET vendors with fairly-priced items and a welcoming environment. Many of the local farmers participating in the market grow their produce organically or with no pesticides. We offer other activities as well, including a large number of participating arts and crafts vendors and live weekly entertainment by performers including Shawn Rohlf and the 7th Day Buskers, a local folk band. If you’re looking for a way to support local growers and enjoy San Diego’s sunny weather, check out this farmers’ market, you won’t be disappointed.

SILVER – Little Italy Farmers’ Market 580 W. Date, 92101 619-233-3769 littleitalymercato.com

BRONZE – North Park Farmers’ Market

3150 N. Park Way,92104 619-233-3901 northparkfarmersmarket.com

FINE DINING

GOLD – Bertrand at Mr. A’s 2550 Fifth Ave., #406, 92103 619-239-1377 bertrandatmisteras.com

SILVER – Busalacchi’s A Modo Mio 3707 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-298-0119 busalacchis.com

BRONZE – Great Maple

1451 Washington St., 92103 619-255-2282 thegreatmaple.com

FRENCH CUISINE

GOLD – Bleu Bohéme 4090 Adams Ave., 92116 619-255-4167 bleuboheme.com

SILVER – Au Revoir French Bistro

420 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-268-2400 aurevoirbistrohillcrest.net

BRONZE – Hexagone

495 Laurel St., 92101 619-236-0467 hexagonerestaurant.com

GREEK CUISINE

GOLD – Alexi’s Greek Café 3863 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-297-1777 alexisgreek.com

Serving Greek, Mediterranean and American food, this Hillcrest institution has been delighting palates for over 20 years. Serving everything from Gyros to spanakopita to Greek salads, Alexis even offers vegetarian cuisine. For the best Greek food in Hillcrest, visit Alexis Greek Café. No other Greek restaurant compares.

SILVER – Olympic Cafe

2340 University Ave., 92104 619-692-9082 olympiccafesd.com

BRONZE – Country Kabob 3375 Adams Ave., 92116 619-563-6300 greekcountrykabob.com

HAPPY HOUR

GOLD – Wang’s

3029 University Ave., 92104 619-291-9449 wangsnorthpark.com

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SILVER – Uptown Tavern 1236 University Ave, 92103 619-241-2710 uptowntavernsd.com

BRONZE – Urban Mo’s

308 University Ave., 92103 619-491-0400 mosuniverse.com

HEALTH FOOD STORE

GOLD – Sprouts

4175 Park Blvd., 92103 619-291-8287 sprouts.com

SILVER – Trader Joe’s

1090 University Ave., 92103 619-296-3122 traderjoes.com

BRONZE – Whole Foods Market 711 University Ave., 92103 619-294-2800 wholefoodsmarket.com

INTERNATIONAL CUISINE

GOLD – Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro

3940 Fourth Ave., 92103 619-295-5560 kouskousrestaurant.com

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Luca Forte of Castellani Wine at a fundraiser hosted by Pappalecco (Photo by Vince Meehan)

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NORTH PARK BIKES

INTERNATIONALCUISINE

Bikes, Service, Accessories etc.

THANK YOU SAN DIEGO FOR VOTING FOR US! 3022 North Park Way San Diego, CA 92104 619.255.3100 fax 619.255.3101 Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-8pm Now open Sundays 11am to 5 www.NorthParkBikes.com

SILVER – Bombay Exotic Cuisine

3960 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-297-7777 bombayrestaurant.com

BRONZE – Soltan Banoo 4645 Park Blvd., 92116 619-298-2801 soltanbanoo.com

IRISH PUB

GOLD – Rosie O’Grady’s 3402 Adams Ave., 92116 619-284-7666 rosieogradyspub.com

SILVER – The Ould Sod 3373 Adams Ave., 92116 619-284-6594 theouldsod.com

BRONZE – The Field 544 Fifth Ave., 92101 619-232-9840 thefield.com

ITALIAN CUISINE

GOLD – Pappalecco 3650 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-906-5566 pappalecco.com

Brought to you with love, Papalecco aims at providing its patrons with generous authentic Italian sandwiches on their hand-made, Tuscan bread. Using only the freshest of ingredients, including an assortment of meats and veggies, you’ll LOVE a delectable Panini for any meal occasion. Join them after work for a glass of refreshing red or white wine followed with one of their baked goods. Or, try a scoop of their large assortment of delightful gelato. Pappalecco has the friendliest staff in town. They will make you want to return again and again, with their warm smiles, in your “Italian home away from home.” Make your next bite a taste of Italy at Pappalecco at one of their three locations: Hillcrest, Little Italy and Point Loma. For more information regarding menu listings visit Pappalecco on the web.

Thank You for voting us Best Italian Cuisine!

Come in and enjoy one of our delicious sandwiches! Our bread is made by hand in the old Tuscan fashion. And we use only the freshest ingredients. Our friendly staff will make you feel welcome in your Italian home. So come visit us today!

Visit us at one of our three locations today! Hillcrest

Little Italy

Point Loma

3650 Fifth Ave. (619)906-5566

1602 State St. (619)238-4590

3402 Kurtz St. (619)269-0642

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SILVER – Busalacchi’s A Modo Mio 3707 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-298-0119 busalacchis.com

BRONZE – Sanfilippo’s Italian Restaurant 2949 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-299-6080 sanfilippos.net

JAPANESE CUISINE

GOLD – Sushi Deli

1228 W. Washington St., 92103 619-231-9597 sushideliusa.com

SILVER – Ichiban

1449 University Ave., 92103 619-299-7203 ichibansushisandiego.com

BRONZE – Nami Sushi Bar and Japanese Fusion 501 University Ave., 92103 619-297-7888 namihillcrest.com

LOCAL BAR

GOLD – Coin-Op Arcade Bar 3926 30th St., 92104 619-255-8623 coinopsd.com

SILVER – Seven Grand

3054 University Ave., 92104 619-269-8820 sevengrandbars.com

BRONZE – Heights Tavern 3377 Adams Ave., 92116 619-501-3455 heightstavern.com

LATE NIGHT DINING

GOLD – Rudford’s Restaurant 2900 El Cajon Blvd., 92104 619-282-8423 rudfords.com

SILVER – Crest Café

425 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-295-2510 crestcafe.net

BRONZE – Lil B’s

2611 El Cajon Blvd., 92104 619-296-8268

LOUNGE

GOLD – Martinis Above Fourth 3940 Fourth Ave., 92103 619-400-4500 martinisabovefourth.com

Martinis Above Fourth (MA4) is an eclectic contemporary restaurant, lounge, bar, and cabaret, featuring award-winning martinis right in the heart of Hillcrest. Our dining options include a casual light menu in our lounge and bar area to a full dinner menu available in our dining room. We offer a broad selection of starters and entrees, from our famous in-house crab cakes to our blue cheese-stuffed filet. MA4 also presents some of the best names in the cabaret world from Broadway stars, to comedians, to musical acts, and beyond. In addition, we also offer a wide variety of “cover free” entertainment, including “Musical Mondays” and our piano bar in the lounge area, so there is something for everyone at Martinis Above Fourth.

SILVER – Bamboo Lounge 1475 University Ave., 92103 619-291-8221 sdbamboolounge.com

BRONZE – Lei Lounge 4622 Park Blvd., 92116 619-813-2272 leilounge.com

LUNCH

GOLD – Crest Café

425 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-295-2510 crestcafe.net

SILVER – Deli Llama 3702 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-295-4666 delillamasd.com

BRONZE – Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Café

3172 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-295-2070 jimmycartersmexicancafe.com

MEXICAN CUISINE

GOLD – Baja Betty’s

1421 University Ave., 92103 619-269-8510 bajabettyssd.com

SILVER – Carnitas’ Snack Shack 2632 University Ave., 92104 619-294-7675 carnitassnackshack.com

In 2011, Chef Hanis Cavin and Sara Stroud opened Carnitas’ Snack Shack, their first joint venture, in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego. The “Snack Shack,” as it’s affectionately called, serves slow foodinspired, pork-centric American cuisine, snacks and locally sourced craft beers. Over the years Hanis and Sara (and Carnitas!) have earned the respect of their colleagues through hard work, creativity, and dedication to their community. Each year, they participate in many charity and outreach programs, educational field trips to local farms like Olivewood Gardens, school programs and food events such as Chef Celebration, the Emilio

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MEXICANCUISINE Nares Foundation, the Front Burner Fund for restaurant employees, San Diego Center for Children, Mama’s Kitchen, San Diego Food Bank and California Restaurant Association Mentoring Program.

BRONZE – Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant 4050 Adams Ave., 92116 619-282-4413 poncesrestaurant.com

NEIGHBORHOOD BAR

PIZZA

GOLD – Bertrand at Mr. A’s

SILVER – Fillippi’s Pizza Grotto

SILVER – George’s at the Cove

1747 India St., 92101 619-232-5094 realcheesepizza.com

BRONZE – Bronx Pizza

111 Washington St., 92103 619-291-3341 bronxpizza.com

ROMANTIC

2550 Fifth Ave., #406, 92103 619-239-1377 bertrandatmisteras.com 1250 Prospect St., 92037 858-454-4244 georgesatthecove.com

BRONZE – Andaz

600 F St., 92101 619-849-1234 sandiego.andaz.hyatt.com

SALAD

GOLD – Pecs Bar

GOLD – The Marine Room

GOLD – Souplantation

SILVER – Hamilton’s Tavern

SILVER – Bertrand at Mr. A’s

SILVER – Tender Greens

BRONZE – The Alibi

BRONZE – The Prado

BRONZE – Whole Foods Market

2046 University Ave., 92104 619-296-0889 pecsbar.com 1521 30th St., 92102 619-238-5460 hamiltonstavern.com

1403 University Ave., 92103 619-295-0881

NEW RESTAURANT

GOLD – Harvey Milk’s American Diner

535 University Ave., 92103 619-295-2747 harveymilksamericandiner.com

SILVER – Parma Cucina Italiana 3850 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-543-0049 parmaitaliankitchen.com

BRONZE – Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen

530 University Ave., 92103 619-501-6795 blueribbonrustickitchen.com

OUTDOOR BAR

GOLD – Urban Mo’s

308 University Ave., 92103 619-491-0400 mosuniverse.com

SILVER – Gossip Grill

1220 Unviersity Ave., 92103 619-260-8023 thegossipgrill.com

BRONZE – Bourbon Street 4612 Park Blvd., 92116 619-291-4043 bourbonstreetsd.com

OUTDOOR DINING

GOLD – Urban Mo’s

308 University Ave., 92103 619-491-0400 mosuniverse.com

SILVER – Parma Cucina Italiana

3850 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-543-0049 parmaitaliankitchen.com

BRONZE – Bamboo Lounge 1475 University Ave., 92103 619-291-8211 sdbamboolounge.com

2000 Spindrift Dr., 92037 858-459-7222 marineroom.com

2550 Fifth Ave., #406, 92103 619-239-1377 bertrandatmisteras.com 1549 El Prado, 92101 619-557-9441 cohnrestaurants.com

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GOLD – Sicilian Thing Pizza 4046 30th St., 92104 619-282-3000 sicilianthingpizza.com

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3960 W. Point Loma Blvd., 92110 619-222-7404 souplantation.com 2400 Historic Decatur Rd., 92106 619-226-6254 tendergreensfood.com

711 University Ave., 92103 619-294-2800 wholefoodsmarket.com

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DINING&DRINKS SANDWICH

GOLD – Which Wich 3825 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-574-9424 whichwich.com

SILVER – Crest Café

425 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-295-2510 crestcafe.net

BRONZE – Hillcrest Sandwich Company

3780 Fifth Ave. #1, 92103 619-293-0248 hillcrestsandwich.com

SEAFOOD

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BRONZE – Jyoti Bihanga Vegetarian Restaurant 3551 Adams Ave., 92116 619-282-4116 jyotibihanga.com

WINE BAR

GOLD – Village Vino

4095 Adams Ave., 92116 619-546-8466 villagevino.com

SILVER – Splash Wine Lounge and Bistro 3043 University Ave., 92104 619-296-0714 asplashofwine.com

BRONZE – Wine Steals

1243 University Ave., 92103 619-295-1188 winestealssd.com

GOLD – Fish Public

4055 Adams Ave., 92116 619-281-4014 fishpublic.com

SILVER – Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill 3667 India St., 92103 619-497-0914 bluewaterseafoodsandiego.com

BRONZE – Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar 411 Broadway, 92101 619-795-3800 spikeafricas.com

SUSHI

GOLD – Sushi Deli

1228 W. Washington St., 92103 619-231-9597 sushideliusa.com

SILVER – ebisu Sushi Bar 3765 Sixth Ave., 92103 619-297-3119 ebisusushisd.com

BRONZE – Nami Sushi Bar and Japanese Fusion 501 University Ave., 92103 619-297-7888 namihillcrest.com

THAI CUISINE

GOLD – Taste of Thai

527 University Ave., 92103 619-291-7525 tasteofthaisandiego.com

SILVER – Amarin Thai

3843 Richmond St., 92103 619-296-6056 amarinthaisandiego.com

BRONZE – Bahn Thai

4646 Park Blvd., #3, 92116 619-299-6363 bahnthai.net VEGETARIAN/VEGAN CUISINE

GOLD – Veg-N-Out

3442 30th St., 92104 619-546-8411 vegnout.com

SILVER – Plumeria Vegetarian Restaurant 4661 Park Blvd., 92116 619-269-9989 myplumeria.com

RETAIL & ENTERTAINMENT ACCOUNTANT

GOLD – Abbas, Jenson and Cundari

1940 Fifth Ave., #300, 92101 619-298-9699 ajccpa.com

SILVER – Randall and James 1090 University Ave., 92103 619-291-8678

BRONZE – Sahmel and Associates

3033 Fifth Ave., #425, 92103 619-295-0800 sahmelcpa.com

ACUPUNCTURE

GOLD – Wendy Goldman & Associates

2525 Camino Del Rio S., #265, 92108 619-917-6288 goldmanwellnesscenter.com

SILVER – Adams Avenue Integrative Health

3239 Adams Ave., 92116 619-546-4806 adamsavenue.althealnet.org

BRONZE – Uptown Acupuncture

1281 University Ave., #E, 92103 619-800-7000 uptownacupuncture.net

ADULT BUSINESS

GOLD – Pleasures and Treasures

2525 University Ave., 92104 619-822-4280 pleasuresandtreasures.biz Explore your inner adult! Welcome to Pleasures & Treasures, an upscale adult boutique owned and operated by Tim Melodick since 2006. Our spacious store has a comfortable atmosphere where you can ask questions and openly discuss any topic related to human sexuality. Pleasures & Treasures features a wide range of thoughtfully selected adult products with our customer’s satisfaction foremost in our minds.

SILVER – The Crypt

3847 Park Blvd., 92103 619-692-9499 cryptleather.com

BRONZE – Adam & Eve 415 University Ave., 92103 619-291-6969 adamevesandiego.com

The Adam & Eve retail store is an upscale specialty retail boutique for discerning couples, women, and men. Specifically designed to give an increasing number of women and couples customers a refined alternative to online and catalog shopping. Our store offers a wide variety and selection of women and men’s apparel, lingerie, hosiery, shoes, games, novelties, massages, lotions, DVDs, and instructional/ self-help manuals, and books. By offering only the highest quality products, we maintain the integrity that our customers have come to expect over the years. Our target customers are women, couples, and men 21-59 and older.

AUTO REPAIR SHOP

GOLD – Mission Hills Automotive

308 W. Washington St., 92103 619-299-9367 sdautopros.com Established in 1981, Mission Hills Automotive is located in the heart of historic Mission Hills. Here you can find expert service at a reasonable cost. Our mission is to never have an unsatisfied customer and we take it very seriously. We provide all automotive repairs for both domestic and foreign vehicles at a fair price to ensure that all of our customers and their cars leave happy. All of our professional technicians are ASE Master certified and provided with ongoing training, as our field is constantly changing with new technology. We want to make sure you are in good hands with our guys and up to date training is a sure way to promise this. We strive to be the dealership alternative. Transportation to and from the shop is also extended to our customers if needed. Come and experience Mission Hills Automotive for yourself with a free maintenance inspection on us.

SILVER – Smitty’s Service 3441 Adams Ave., 92116 619-281-7722 smittysservice.net

BRONZE – Hillcrest Smog & Repair 3864 First Ave., 92103 619-297-4059

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RETAIL&ENTERTAINMENT BANK

GOLD – California Bank & Trust 3737 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-299-9700 calbanktrust.com

Your finances are important to you and your future. At California Bank & Trust, you can expect to receive personalized service that will guide you towards your ideal financial solution. Whether your needs are individual, small business, or large corporation based, California Bank & Trust prides itself on creating successful banking relationships one client at a time. As a subsidiary of Zions Bancorporation with assets of over $50 billion, California Bank & Trust is proud to be a member of the prominent STAR® System, MasterCard®, Visa®/ Plus®, AMEX®, and Discover® ATM networks. They succeed in taking an individualized approach that one might expect from a local community bank, while simultaneously utilizing the cutting-edge solutions found at major financial institutions. For over 60 years they have grown alongside and delivered valuable services for generations of Californians, providing access to experienced, professional bankers with expertise in financing, cash management, wealth management, international banking, and more. California Bank & Trust employees pride themselves in going above and beyond the usual role of ordinary bankers. They are individuals who live in and are familiar with the communities they serve, and take pride in establishing and strengthening productive relationships with their clients.

SILVER – Union Bank

3900 Fifth Ave., #100, 92103 619-682-5160 unionbank.com

BRONZE – Wells Fargo

1220 Cleveland Ave., #M113, 92103 619-543-0096 wellsfargo.com

BICYCLE SHOP

GOLD – Mission Hills Bike Shop

141 W. Washington St., 92103 619-296-0618 facebook.com/ missionhillsbikeshop Looking for somewhere to go for all your bike needs? Mission Hills Bike Shop is your answer. Customer service is taken seriously here; we want you leaving feeling satisfied with your bike’s wellbeing and safety. We know the importance of bike upkeep when it comes to safety and the longevity of your bike’s lifetime. The three main services we offer are the basic tune, the complimentary tune, and the pro-tune. All services range from $45 – $120 and aren’t just limited to bike needs, we can help with

Airbrush art in the Egyptian Quarter where Urban Optiks is located (Art by Alex Julian) wheelchair issues as well. Whatever the issue may be, come stop by and see if we can help!

SILVER – Adams Avenue Bicycles 2606 Adams Ave., 92116 619-295-8500 aabikes.net

BRONZE – North Park Bikes 3022 North Park Way, 92104 619-255-3100 northparkbikes.com

BOOKSTORE

GOLD – Adams Avenue Bookstore 3502 Adams Ave., 92116 619-281-3330 adamsavebooks.com

Adams Avenue Book Store has been an essential part of the Normal Heights community since 1965, offering 40,000 used, rare and out of print books in over 100 categories, including theology, philosophy, history, art, literature, and children’s books. We also have a selection of German, French and Spanish books on a variety of topics. Books aren’t the only things here that will warm your heart. The store cats, Bartleby and Felixia, blink sleepily when you walk in and are happy to keep your lap warm while you read. Our store is one of the oldest used bookstores in San Diego. Built in 1916, it occupies 3,500 square feet in a two-story building on the corner of 35th Street and Adams Avenue. Store hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 – 5 p.m. Sunday. We’re open late until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. For more information, visit our website.

SILVER – Obelisk

1037 University Ave., 92103 619-297-4171 facebook.com/obeliskshoppe

BRONZE – Fifth Avenue Books 3838 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-291-4660

BOUTIQUE

GOLD – Luigi Vera

3823 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-871-0612 luigivera.com Luigi Vera is a unique boutique where you can buy, sell, and trade one-of-a-kind clothing. Luigi Vera, the boutique’s owner, came to the United States in 1996 from Sonora, Mexico to pursue his dream of owning his own boutique and starting a

label. The store is now full of Vera’s work alongside high-end pieces, such as Gucci, Dior, Chanel, and Tom Ford. On the racks of this tiny gem you can find fun hidden treasures and eclectic items both used and new, all for unbeatable prices. If you’re looking for eye-catching pieces to add to your closet, come wander through our space and you won’t be disappointed.

SILVER – Elos Shoes

3404 Adams Ave., 92116 619-241-2201 elosshoes.com

BRONZE – Obelisk

1037 University Ave., 92103 619-297-4171 facebook.com/obeliskshoppe

CASINO

GOLD – Sycuan

5469 Casino Way, 92019 619-445-6002 sycuan.com

SILVER – Barona

1932 Wildcat Canyon Rd., 92040 888-722-7662 barona.com

BRONZE – Viejas

5000 Willows Rd., 91901 800-847-6537 viejas.com

CHIROPRACTOR

GOLD – Fix Body Group

1010 University Ave., 92103 619-295-9791 fixbodygroup.com At Fix Body group we have a team of elite and experienced healthcare professionals available to you. We are San Diego’s premier rehab and training center, ready to help you overcome any challenges you may face. We use a powerful blend of Chiropractic, Sports Therapy, Strength Training, Nutrition, and Manual Therapies such as Active Release Technique (ART), Myofascial Release, and Structural Integration. We provide the necessary therapies to get athletes of all levels performing to their full potential. If you suffer from acute injury, chronic pain that seems incurable, or are simply are looking for ways to strengthen and realign your body or improve your performance, look no further. We gladly anticipate the chance to work with you. Our mission is to get you back doing what you love, pain free and stronger than before.

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CHIROPRACTOR SILVER – Good Vibrations 4060 Adams Ave., 92116 619-281-1234 goodvibrationschiro.com

What would you do if you knew chiropractic could help you live a healthier, happier and a more vibrant life? Chiropractic is for everyone: newborns, children, pregnant women, athletes, adults and older adults. We see people who have pain and disease, to people who are striving for optimal health. Good Vibrations Chiropractic is a place where people come and feel like it is their second home. It is about life, people, and health. The friendly atmosphere, peaceful surroundings, colorful décor, and lively music are unique and unlike the typical doctor’s office. Good Vibrations is a safe oasis which facilitates your best possible chiropractic adjustment, and the well being of your body, mind and spirit. At Good Vibrations we serve the exceptional chiropractic experience! Our chiropractors are located in the heart of Kensington in beautiful San Diego! Please call us or visit our website to schedule an appointment today and receive $25 off your first visit!

BRONZE – Chiropractique 2301 El Cajon Blvd., 92104 619-269-9909 chiropractiquesd.com

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GOLD – San Diego City College

1313 Park Blvd., 92101 619-388-3400 sdcity.edu Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014, San Diego City College welcomes 18,000 students each semester to its beautiful 60-acre campus. City College offers more than 100 majors, 115 certificate programs, and 1,500 classes. As the educational cornerstone of downtown San Diego, the tree-lined campus is a short walk from the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park and the City College Trolley Station. City College is currently undergoing the largest transformation in its history, with the completion of five new classroom buildings, including a career technology center for its Nursing, Cosmetology and Photography (visit the Luxe Gallery!) programs; a state-of-the-art corporate education center with a 100-seat lecture hall and multipurpose room; and a science building with an amazing new planetarium and advanced laboratories. Additionally, the visual and performing arts department offers dynamic dance and drama productions for the community in its 280-seat Saville Theatre. Excellence in education for 100 years keeps City College the number one choice for a quality education. Thank you Uptown News for voting San Diego City College #1.

SILVER – Coleman University 8888 Balboa Ave. 92123 858-499-0202 coleman.edu

For over 50 years, Coleman University has served as San Diego’s only exclusive Computer Training Institution. Founded in 1963, Coleman is recognized as a thriving force in the field of Information Technology. Renowned for its innovative, inverted curriculum, the University has proven to be successful in teaching thousands of students the skills they need to excel within their chosen field. The University’s motto “Dreams into Reality” is a testament to Coleman’s dedication to ensuring that each student is equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to build the future of their dreams. Specializing in programs such as: Application Development, Network Security, and Game Programming Development & Design, Coleman strives to provide students a top rate educational experience, while offering a supportive, friendly, and encouraging learning environment.

BRONZE – UC San Diego 9500 Gilman Dr., 92093 858-534-2230 ucsd.edu

CONSIGNMENT/RESALE

GOLD – Revivals

1644 University Ave., 92103 619-497-1000 revivalsstores.com

SILVER – Buffalo Exchange 3862 Fifth Ave., 92106 619-298-4411 buffaloexchange.com

BRONZE – Thrift Trader 3939 Iowa St., 92103 619-282-7283 thrifttrader.org

CREDIT UNION

GOLD – San Diego County Credit Union

2245 Fenton Pkwy., #107, 92108 877-732-2848 sdccu.com

SILVER – Mission Federal Credit Union

269 W. Washington St., 92103 858-524-2850 missionfed.com Evening shows: 8pm April 11-12, 18-19, 25-26

Sunday Matinees: 2pm April 13, 20, 27

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BRONZE – California Coast Credit Union 1060 University Ave., #A101, 92103 858-495-1600 calcoastcu.org

DAY SPA

GOLD – Happy Head

534 University Ave., 92103 619-333-8422 happyheadmassage.com

SILVER – The Knot Stop

1080 University Ave., 92103 619-296-5668 theknotstop.com

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DAYSPA

BRONZE – Massage Envy 1091 K St., 92101 619-238-4206 massageenvy.com

DENTIST

GOLD – Evelyn G. Ascough, DDS 3333 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-298-0821 evelynascoughdds.com

Did you know that cancer is the second leading cause of death in our country today and oral cancer is ranked as the sixth highest cause of cancer death? The sad part is while other types of cancer cases are either decreasing or remaining stagnant, oral cancer cases are increasing every year. Fortunately it doesn’t have to be this way. If diagnosed early, oral cancer patients can have an 80 to 90 percent or better survival rate. However, it is often difficult to visually diagnose oral cancer due to its lack of obvious symptoms. There is no pain involved and the tissues may look normal or like an ordinary cold sore, but which doesn’t heal in a normal two week time period. Not known to many, oral sex is the leading cause of oral cancer, beating both smoking and drinking. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is spread through oral sex, which is believed to be the reason for the development of cancer around the mouth. HPV is a virus that causes genital warts and cervical cancer in women. Recent studies suggest that it is now the primary cause of oral cancer. Dr. Ascough uses Vizilite Plus with TBlue to detect oral cancer. This technology is a screening system designed to identify, assess, monitor and mark unusual lesion suspected to be associated with precancerous cells and cancer. It is patented and clinically proven technology that reduces the number of false positive lesions dfound during a normal visual exam, preventing unnecessary biopsies. The test is pain free and will take no more than five minutes. The saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” never gets old. If you have questions please email us at smile@EvelynAscoughDDS. com or give us a call. Remember, “A healthy mouth is key to a better and healthier you!”

SILVER – Jeffrey S. Keeny, DDS 1807 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-295-1512 drkeeny.com

Dr. Jeffrey Keeny’s dental office is full of smiles, on the faces of customers and staff alike. The professional care provided by Dr. Keeny’s staff will immediately put you at ease. Our staff is eager to help with

your dentistry needs and answer any questions you might have during your visit with us. We take your dental health seriously by taking the time to ensure you receive the best care, catered to your individual needs. Each member of our team specializes in particular dentistry services from dental cleanings, root canals, dental insurance, continuing care, sensitivities, cosmetic care, and more. Contact us for more information.

BRONZE – Hillcrest Dental

1060 University Ave., #201, 92103 619-543-0112 hillcrestdentalcentre.com

DOCTOR

GOLD – Dr. David Shamblaw 2970 Fifth Ave., #140, 92103 619-260-3456 drshamblaw.com

At Dr. David Shamblaw’s office your individual concerns are always addressed. It is our goal to provide all patients with a caring, supportive environment where you feel comfortable discussing your health. Open during the weekdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., we work hard to ensure our patients have access to quality, up-to-date care, and are provided with the information they need to make the important decisions about their health care. We feel it is important that we offer a friendly, pleasant place to visit when you need to see your doctor. Whether your concern is preventative medicine, a new illness, or a chronic medical problem, Dr. Shamblaw and his capable staff will do their best to make your experience the best it can be. Our office is centrally located in Hillcrest, with plenty of free parking adjacent to our building and on the street.

GOLD – Casey Caliva, Edward Jones

1040 University Ave., #B211, 92103 619-296-3400 edwardjones.com

SILVER – Eric Brown, Waddell & Reed

8910 University Center Lane, #550 92122 858-457-1310 ericbrown.wrfa.com

BRONZE – Sahmel & Associates

FLORIST

GOLD – Mission Hills Florist 901 W. Washington St., 92103 619-291-3611 missionhillsflorist.com

SILVER – Green Fresh Florals 3785 Fourth Ave., 92103 619-544-0504 greeenfloralsd.com

BRONZE – Rainbow Flowers 1070 University Ave., 92103 619-296-7741 rainbowflowersca.com

FURNITURE STORE

GOLD – Lawrance Furniture 633 University Ave., 92103 800-598-4605 lawrance.com

SILVER – Sears Outlet 960 Sherman St., 92110 619-497-1123 searsoutlet.com

BRONZE – Ashley Furniture 7770 Miramar Rd., 92126 619-393-4663 ashleyfurniturehomestore.com

GYM/HEALTHCLUB

BRONZE – Dr. Darren Farnesi

SILVER – 24 Hour Fitness

DRY CLEANERS

GOLD – North Park Cleaners 2928 Lincoln Ave., 92104 619-281-6140

This family-owned business is the go-to spot for all of North Park’s dry cleaning and alterations. North Park Cleaners serve a wide variety of customers and needs.

SILVER – Veribest Cleaners 419 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-574-8893 veribestcleaners.com

BRONZE – Uptown Cleaners 1020 University Ave., #D105, 92103 619-299-2378 uptowncleanerssd.com

Mission Hills Bike Shop

3033 Fifth Ave., #425, 92103 619-295-0800 sahmelcpa.com

GOLD – North Park Fitness

5920 Friars Rd., 92103 619-795-6700 manageyourage.com

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FINIANCIAL PLANNER

SILVER – Dr. Jannette Gray 3636 Fifth Ave., #300, 92103 858-454-9771 chwbonline.com

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3049 University Ave., 92104 619-255-4830 northparkfitness.com 3965 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-683-2424 24hourfitness.com

BRONZE – Boulevard Fitness 2110 El Cajon Blvd., 92104 619-296-7878 blvdfit.com

HAIR SALON/BARBER

GOLD – Richard Joseph Salon 1717 University Ave., 92103 619-542-1144 richardjosephs.com

SILVER – Douglas Saboe North Park Hair Salon 3808 Grim St., 92104 619-985-4238 douglassaboe.com

BRONZE – Model Call Salon 3741 Park Blvd., 92103 619-296-8021 modelcallsalon.com

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RETAIL&ENTERTAINMENT GOLD – Lafayette Hotel HOSPITAL

GOLD – Scripps Mercy Hospital 4077 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-294-8111 scripps.org

SILVER – UC San Diego Medical Center 200 W. Arbor Dr., 92103 858-657-7000 health.ucsd.edu

As the only academic health system in the region, UC San Diego Health System delivers outstanding patient care through commitment to the community, groundbreaking research and inspired teaching. Receiving recognition worldwide, we are known for our constant work to expand our knowledge and improve the health system each and every day. Here you will find a staff full of extraordinary talents and expertise in an environment where the patient’s needs are always placed first. Our physicians are acknowledged leaders in their fields of medicine and surgery. Leading the way with numerous breakthroughs, UC San Diego Health System is one place that can offer you and your family medical treatments not available elsewhere in the region. We take our jobs and your health very seriously, we don’t just treat your disease – we treat you.

BRONZE – Sharp Memorial Hospital

7901 Frost St., 92123 858-939-3400 sharp.com/memorial/index.cfm

2223 El Cajon Blvd., 92104 619-296-2101 lafayettehotelsd.com

SILVER – Sommerset Suites Hotel

606 Washington St., 92103 619-692-5200 sommersetsuites.com

BRONZE – Balboa Park Inn 3402 Park Blvd., 92103 619-298-0823 balboaparkinn.com

JEWELER

GOLD – Francis Family Jewelers

1050 University Ave., 92103 619-297-7300

SILVER – Jewels on Fifth

3975 Fifth Ave., #130, 92105 619-269-5853 jewelson5th.com

BRONZE – Stuart Benjamin 7510 Hazard Center Dr., 92108 619-297-7666 stuartbenjamin.com

LAWYER

GOLD – Rachel Young

1505 Fifth Ave., #200, 92101 619-584-0505 rpylaw.com

SILVER – Tony Prost

1850 Fifth Ave., 92101 619-239-3392 thatgaylawyer.com

BRONZE – Kevin Wheeler

401 W. A St., #2600, 92101 619-209-3053 higgslaw.com/attorneys/kevin-lwheeler

LIVE MUSIC VENUE

GOLD – Belly Up Tavern 143 S. Cedros Ave., 92075 858-481-8140 bellyup.com

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

BRONZE – The Merrow

1271 University Ave., 92103 619-299-7372 themerrow.com The legend: (pronounced ‘Muroh’ but from Gaelic murúch) is the Scottish and Irish Gaelic equivalent of the mermaid and mermen of other cultures. There are other names pertaining to them in Gaelic: Muir-gheilt, Samhghubha, Muidhuachán, and Suire. They would seem to have been around for millennia because according to the bardic chroniclers, when the Milesians first landed on Irish shores the Suire, or sea-nymphs, played around them on their passage. The Merrow prides itself in being one of the best small music/ cultural venues in San Diego. Whatever is going on, The Merrow strives to maintain a focus on the introduction of all that is local: music, art, beer, and causes. We feel that keeping it in the community makes us all stronger and lends to more time kicking back with friends and having a cold one. Our event calendar is full of special opportunities to enjoy local artists as well as talented comedians and karaoke masters. Any night of the week, grab your friends, a beer and a seat at The Merrow.

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RETAIL&ENTERTAINMENT LIVE THEATER VENUE

GOLD – Diversionary Theatre 4545 Park Blvd., #101, 92116 619-220-0097 diversionary.org

SILVER – Cygnet Theatre 2410 Congress St., 92101 619-574-0059 cygnettheatre.com

Looking for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life? Come break away from reality for a night at the Cygnet Theatre and enjoy one of our many live productions. Open since 2003, our theatre has grown into one of San Diego’s leading theatre companies and we promise to live up to the reputation. We are strongly dedicated to bringing the best performances to San Diego. At the Cygnet Theatre we believe in the power of theater to startle the soul, ignite debate, and embrace the diversity of the community in which it serves. We are fearlessly committed to the dissection, examination and celebration of the human story through the medium of live theatre. Passionate about what we do, we want to share it with you. Buy your tickets online or call our box office.

BRONZE – The Old Globe 1363 Old Globe Way, 92101 619-234-5623 theoldglobe.org

The reputation of The Old Globe is one of timeless elegance. This internationally acclaimed Tony Award-winning theater has served

as an attraction for prominent theater artists coming from around the world. In addition to the quality of its individual actors, several Broadway-bound premieres such as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, and Damn Yankees have made their start at The Old Glove before continuing on to New York and other prestigious regional theaters throughout the country. The Globe’s year-round season consists of 15 plays and musicals, performed on any one of its three stages, and its highly regarded Shakespeare festival is especially noteworthy.

MASSAGE

GOLD – The Knot Stop

1080 University Ave., 92103 619-296-5668 theknotstop.com

SILVER – Happy Head

534 University Ave., 92103 619-333-8422 happyheadmassage.com

BRONZE – Bodhi Massage & Bodywork Center 3678 Fourth Ave., 92103 619-274-2744 bodhibodhi.com

needs and want to cater to you during your visit. We emphasize a holistic approach when addressing all aspects of the body, mind and spirit. Our team offers relaxing spa treatments as well as long-term treatments and all customized to your specific needs. We look forward to seeing you soon.

MUSEUM

GOLD – Museum of Man 1350 El Prado, 92101 619-239-2001 museumofman.org

SILVER – Museum of Contemporary Art

700 Prospect St., 92037 858-454-3541 mcasd.org

BRONZE – Mingei Museum 1439 El Prado, 92101 619-239-0003 mingei.org

NEW BUSINESS

GOLD – Adam & Eve

415 University Ave., 92103 619-291-6969 adamevesandiego.com

SILVER – Village Vino

Bodhi San Diego Massage and Wellness Center is passionately dedicated to your health and wellbeing. We are conveniently located in the heart of San Diego’s vibrant Hillcrest neighborhood. Find an escape here in our wellness center and treat yourself. We want you to feel like our space is a breath of fresh air. From our lush vegetation and all-wood floors, to the natural fabrics and colors surrounding our studio, you’ll feel welcome here. We work with each individual’s

4095 Adams Ave., 92116 619-546-8466 villagevino.com

BRONZE – Sidestage Improv 1531 Tyler Ave., 92103 619-500-1683 sidestageimprov.com

NIGHT CLUB

GOLD – Spin Nightclub 2028 Hancock St., 92110 619-294-9590 spinnightclubs.com

see NightClub, page 14

Dried salami at the Hillcrest Farmers’ Market (Photo by Vince Meehan)

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SILVER – Brass Rail 3796 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-298-2233 thebrassrailsd.com

BRONZE – Rich’s San Diego 1051 University Ave., 92103 619-295-2195 richssandiego.com

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3823 5th Ave. San Diego, CA 92103 619.683.2199 www.LuigiVera.com

BUY • SELL • TRADE!

OPTOMETRIST

GOLD – Urban Optiks Optometry

3788 Park Blvd., #5, 92103 619-683-2020 urban-optiks.com Urban Optiks Optometry is Hillcrest’s premier optical boutique featuring one of the most impressive and unique collections of superior-quality classic, modern and retro-inspired eyewear from around the world, along with leading edge eye examination technology. Whether you are looking for ultra-light minimalist frames or memorable frames that make a statement, Urban Optiks has the perfect eyewear to fit your prescription and style. Their expert opticians ensure that each customer finds the perfect frame for their face and prescription, using the latest digital optical lens technology in the industry. In addition, Urban Optiks is the only boutique in San Diego where you can design your own frame and lenses, creating a completely customized and personal piece of eyewear. Urban Optiks understands how much eye health and appearance can mean to your quality of life and they are committed to excellence in serving each patient’s complete eye care needs. Your face is a masterpiece frame it well!

SILVER – Uptown Optometry 4096 Park Blvd., 92103 619-291-5505 uptownoptometry.com

BRONZE – North Park Optometry

3068 University Ave., 92104 619-298-5524 northparkoptometry.com

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GOLD – Hillcrest Pawn 3748 Sixth Ave., 92103 619-297-1224 hillcrestpawnshop.com

SILVER – Unique Pawn

2939 El Cajon Blvd., 92104 619-294-3305 uniquepawnbrokers.com

BRONZE – Crown Jewelers 3311 Adams Ave., 92116 619-284-7243 pawnsandiego.com

PERSONAL TRAINER

GOLD – Adam Winter Lifestyle 1727 University Ave., 92103 858-722-6190 adamwinterlifestyle.com

SILVER – Brian White

3919 Fourth Ave., Suite D, 92103 619-800-1625 youshouldbedoingit.com

BRONZE – Barry’s Boot Camp 1220 Cleveland Ave., 92103 619-906-4455 barrysbootcamp.com

PET SERVICES

GOLD – South Bark Dog Wash 2037 30th St., 92104 619-232-7387 southbark.com

SILVER – Urban Whiskers 3942 Illinois St., 92104 619-723-9898

BRONZE – Bodhi Veterinary Clinic & Animal Hospital 2200 University Ave., 92104 619-677-6366 bodhisd.com

PET HOSPITAL

GOLD – Bodhi Veterinary Clinic & Animal Hospital 2200 University Ave., 92104 619-677-6366 bodhisd.com

As a conscious pet-owner, you only want the best for your furry or feathered friend. And at Bodhi Veterinary Clinic & Animal Hospital, that’s exactly what you can expect to receive. Their friendly pet-loving staff consists of doctors and professionals whose main priority is to provide top-notch care to their patients.

In addition to its superior caliber of personnel, you will also find a state-of-the-art veterinary facility eager to best serve the needs of your loved one. Their areas of expertise are extensive and cover medical, dental and surgical services, all while doing so in a warm, soothing environment. In order to best ensure the wellbeing of its patients, Bodhi places a large emphasis on preventative care to avoid problems with your pet’s health before they arise. Their comprehensive medical strategies include both Western and Eastern healing approaches. The combination of traditional and holistic services ensures your companion receives a well-rounded evaluation and is given the best treatment for his or her specific needs.

SILVER – Kensington Veterinary Hospital

3817 Adams Ave., 92116 619-584-8418 kensingtonvet.com

BRONZE – Pet Hospital of North Park 2444 University Ave., 92104 619-278-0000 pethospitalofnorthpark.com

PHARMACY

GOLD – AHF Pharmacy

3940 Fourth Ave., #150, 92103 619-574-9700 aidshealth.org 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, as 96 cents of every dollar collected by our pharmacies directly fund AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s HIV/ AIDS programs. Our pharmacy is conveniently located in Hillcrest. We offer free delivery, medication adherence tools, private pharmacist consultations and amazing client care.

SILVER – Pride Pharmacy 1270 University Ave., 92103 619-501-5888 pridepharmacysd.com

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PHARMACY BRONZE – Walgreens

3222 University Ave., 92104 619-528-1793 walgreens.com

REAL ESTATE AGENT

GOLD – Tony Azar, Metropolitan Group 3930 Idaho St., 92104 619-944-6901 tonyazar.com

Buying or selling property can be a bewildering and stressful ordeal. But with the help of an expert, this potentially perplexing experience can be made troublefree. One such qualified individual is Tony Azar. As a resident of San Diego and an active member of the San Diego Association of Realtors, he is more than just a realtor. He is a member of the community that is dedicated to the needs of his clients whether in residential, residential income, or commercial Real Estate. He strives to make each client’s buying or selling experience one that is truly positive and carefree. 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.

BRONZE – Keller Williams Realty 3965 Fifth Ave., #300, 92103 619-233-5935 buy619.com

RETIREMENT LIVING

GOLD – St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services 328 Maple St., 92103 619-239-6900 stpaulseniors.org

SILVER – Merrill Gardens Retirement Communties 2567 Second Ave., 92103 619-752-1099 merrillgardens.com

BRONZE – White Sands La Jolla

7450 Olivetas Ave., 92037 858-869-0229 thebegroup.org/communities/ white-sands-la-jolla

TANNING SALON

GOLD – iTan Hillcrest

660 University Ave., 92103 619-298-1826 itan.com

SILVER – Hollywood Tan 500 University Ave.,92103 619-220-8444 hollywoodtans.com

BRONZE – Tanline

2419 El Cajon Blvd., 92104 619-295-8267 tanlinesandiego.com

TATTOO/PIERCING

GOLD – Sleeping Giant Tattoo 3741 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-497-0902 sleepinggianttattoo.com

SILVER – Diego Tattoo 1606 Fern St., 92102 619-246-5226 diegotattoogallery.com

BRONZE – Left Hand Black Tattoo

1947 Fern St., #5, 92102 619-546-6555 LHBLK.com

YOGA STUDIO

GOLD – Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga 3287 Adams Ave., 92116 619-640-4438 pilgrimageyoga.com

SILVER – CorePower Yoga 1080 University Ave., 92103 619-295-9642 corepoweryoga.com

BRONZE – North Park Yoga 3047 University Ave., 92104 619-295-1190 northparkyoga.net u

SILVER – Mike Tristani, Tristani Real Estate Group 1709 University Ave., 92103 619-501-4000 metrosandiego.com

BRONZE – Tamara Zyhylij, Ascent Real Estate 410 Kalmia St., 92101 619-865-1389 tamarazhomes.com

REAL ESTATE OFFICE

GOLD – Ascent Real Estate 410 Kalmia St., 92101 619-325-4100 ascentrealestate.net

The Ascent Real Estate team is experienced in property sales and acquisitions ranging from expansive estates to single-family homes and condominiums. Ascent Real Estate embodies an enviable combination of entrepreneurial energy, comprehensive industry experience and local market knowledge. Ascent Real Estate is comprised of a talented and highly motivated team with extensive experience in all phases of real estate transactions. The company maintains excellent relationships with key players across the residential real estate industry including brokers, homebuilders, and financial partners.

SILVER – Metropolitan Group 3930 Idaho St., 92104 619-260-1977 sdmetrogroup.com

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