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Martinis Above Fourth

Fix Body Group

Luigi Vera

Great Maple


Tony Azar Bodhi Veterinary Clinic

Adan & Eve

AHF Pharmacy


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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Dr. Evelyn Ascough


San Diego Uptown News | April 11–24, 2014

Reader’s Choice 2013


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


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

Reader’s Choice 2013



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



GOLD – Crest Café

425 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-295-2510

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 425 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-295-2510

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


GOLD – Babycakes

3766 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-296-4173 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

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


GOLD – Phil’s BBQ

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


441 Washington St., 92103 619-816-1990

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

2204 Fern St., 92104 619-255-0657

2611 El Cajon Blvd, 92104 619-296-8268


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


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

SILVER – Great Maple

1451 Washington St., 92103 619-255-2282 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

4642 Park Blvd., 92116 619-692-1652

SILVER – Ponce’s

4050 Adams Ave., 92116 619-282-4413

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


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

see CasinoBuffet, page 4

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5469 Casino Way, 92019 619-445-6002


GOLD – Urban Mo’s

308 University Ave., 92103 619-491-0400

SILVER – Harvey Milk’s American Diner

535 University Ave., 92103 619-295-2747

BRONZE – Lil B’s

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

Reader’s Choice 2013


GOLD – Wang’s

3029 University Ave., 92104 619-291-7500

SILVER – Hong Kong Restaurant

3871 Fourth Ave., 92103 619-291-9449

BRONZE – CityWok

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


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

BRONZE – Martinis Above Fourth

3940 Fourth Ave., 92103 619-400-4500


GOLD – Filter

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

SILVER – Lestat’s

3343 Adams Ave., 92116 619-282-0437

BRONZE – Twiggs

4590 Park Blvd., 92116 619-296-0616


GOLD – Crest Café

425 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-295-2510

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

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


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

SILVER – Blind Lady Ale House

3416 Adams Ave., 92116 619-255-2491

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


GOLD – Deli Llama

3702 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-295-4666 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

BRONZE – D.Z. Akin’s Delicatessen

6930 Alvarado Rd., 92120 619-265-0218


GOLD – Babycakes

3766 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-296-4173

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

BRONZE – Heaven Sent Desserts

3001 University Ave., 92104 619-793-4758


GOLD – Crest Café

425 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-295-2510

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

BRONZE – Luna Grill

350 University Ave., 92103 619-296-5862


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

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

see Farmers’Market, page 5

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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

BRONZE – North Park Farmers’ Market

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


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

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

BRONZE – Great Maple

1451 Washington St., 92103 619-255-2282


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

SILVER – Au Revoir French Bistro

420 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-268-2400

BRONZE – Hexagone

495 Laurel St., 92101 619-236-0467


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

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

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


GOLD – Wang’s

3029 University Ave., 92104 619-291-9449

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

BRONZE – Urban Mo’s

308 University Ave., 92103 619-491-0400


GOLD – Sprouts

4175 Park Blvd., 92103 619-291-8287

SILVER – Trader Joe’s

1090 University Ave., 92103 619-296-3122

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


GOLD – Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro

3940 Fourth Ave., 92103 619-295-5560

see InternationalCuisine, page 6

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



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Reader’s Choice 2013 FROM PAGE 5



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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

SILVER – Bombay Exotic Cuisine

3960 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-297-7777

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


GOLD – Sushi Deli

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

SILVER – Ichiban

1449 University Ave., 92103 619-299-7203

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


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

SILVER – Seven Grand

3054 University Ave., 92104 619-269-8820

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


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

SILVER – Crest Café

425 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-295-2510

BRONZE – Lil B’s

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


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

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

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


GOLD – Crest Café

425 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-295-2510

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

BRONZE – Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Café

3172 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-295-2070


GOLD – Baja Betty’s

1421 University Ave., 92103 619-269-8510

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

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

see MexicanCuisine, page 7

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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



GOLD – Bertrand at Mr. A’s

SILVER – Fillippi’s Pizza Grotto

SILVER – George’s at the Cove

1747 India St., 92101 619-232-5094

BRONZE – Bronx Pizza

111 Washington St., 92103 619-291-3341


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

BRONZE – Andaz

600 F St., 92101 619-849-1234


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 1521 30th St., 92102 619-238-5460

1403 University Ave., 92103 619-295-0881


GOLD – Harvey Milk’s American Diner

535 University Ave., 92103 619-295-2747

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

BRONZE – Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen

530 University Ave., 92103 619-501-6795


GOLD – Urban Mo’s

308 University Ave., 92103 619-491-0400

SILVER – Gossip Grill

1220 Unviersity Ave., 92103 619-260-8023

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


GOLD – Urban Mo’s

308 University Ave., 92103 619-491-0400

SILVER – Parma Cucina Italiana

3850 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-543-0049

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

2000 Spindrift Dr., 92037 858-459-7222

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



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

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

711 University Ave., 92103 619-294-2800

see Dining&Drinks, page 8

Neon hula-hooper at the HBA Fat Tuesday street party (Photo by Vince Meehan)


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

SILVER – Crest Café

425 Robinson Ave., 92103 619-295-2510

BRONZE – Hillcrest Sandwich Company

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


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


GOLD – Village Vino

4095 Adams Ave., 92116 619-546-8466

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

BRONZE – Wine Steals

1243 University Ave., 92103 619-295-1188

GOLD – Fish Public

4055 Adams Ave., 92116 619-281-4014

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

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


GOLD – Sushi Deli

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

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

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


GOLD – Taste of Thai

527 University Ave., 92103 619-291-7525

SILVER – Amarin Thai

3843 Richmond St., 92103 619-296-6056

BRONZE – Bahn Thai

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

GOLD – Veg-N-Out

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

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


GOLD – Abbas, Jenson and Cundari

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

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

BRONZE – Sahmel and Associates

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


GOLD – Wendy Goldman & Associates

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

SILVER – Adams Avenue Integrative Health

3239 Adams Ave., 92116 619-546-4806

BRONZE – Uptown Acupuncture

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


GOLD – Pleasures and Treasures

2525 University Ave., 92104 619-822-4280 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

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

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.


GOLD – Mission Hills Automotive

308 W. Washington St., 92103 619-299-9367 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

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

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

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

BRONZE – Wells Fargo

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


GOLD – Mission Hills Bike Shop

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

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


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

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

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


GOLD – Luigi Vera

3823 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-871-0612 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

BRONZE – Obelisk

1037 University Ave., 92103 619-297-4171


GOLD – Sycuan

5469 Casino Way, 92019 619-445-6002

SILVER – Barona

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

BRONZE – Viejas

5000 Willows Rd., 91901 800-847-6537


GOLD – Fix Body Group

1010 University Ave., 92103 619-295-9791 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

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 COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY

GOLD – San Diego City College

1313 Park Blvd., 92101 619-388-3400 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

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


GOLD – Revivals

1644 University Ave., 92103 619-497-1000

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

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


GOLD – San Diego County Credit Union

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

SILVER – Mission Federal Credit Union

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

Sunday Matinees: 2pm April 13, 20, 27

14th & C Streets | (619) 388-3676 | Free Parking in Lot 8

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


GOLD – Happy Head

534 University Ave., 92103 619-333-8422

SILVER – The Knot Stop

1080 University Ave., 92103 619-296-5668

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


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

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

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


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

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

SILVER – Eric Brown, Waddell & Reed

8910 University Center Lane, #550 92122 858-457-1310

BRONZE – Sahmel & Associates


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

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

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


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

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

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


BRONZE – Dr. Darren Farnesi

SILVER – 24 Hour Fitness


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

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

Mission Hills Bike Shop

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

GOLD – North Park Fitness

5920 Friars Rd., 92103 619-795-6700



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

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3049 University Ave., 92104 619-255-4830 3965 Fifth Ave., 92103 619-683-2424

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


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

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

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

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Reader’s Choice 2013 FROM PAGE 11 HOTEL


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

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

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

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

SILVER – Sommerset Suites Hotel

606 Washington St., 92103 619-692-5200

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


GOLD – Francis Family Jewelers

1050 University Ave., 92103 619-297-7300

SILVER – Jewels on Fifth

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

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


GOLD – Rachel Young

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

SILVER – Tony Prost

1850 Fifth Ave., 92101 619-239-3392

BRONZE – Kevin Wheeler

401 W. A St., #2600, 92101 619-209-3053


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

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

BRONZE – The Merrow

1271 University Ave., 92103 619-299-7372 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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GOLD – Diversionary Theatre 4545 Park Blvd., #101, 92116 619-220-0097

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

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

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.


GOLD – The Knot Stop

1080 University Ave., 92103 619-296-5668

SILVER – Happy Head

534 University Ave., 92103 619-333-8422

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

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.


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

SILVER – Museum of Contemporary Art

700 Prospect St., 92037 858-454-3541

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


GOLD – Adam & Eve

415 University Ave., 92103 619-291-6969

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

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


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

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

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

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GOLD – Urban Optiks Optometry

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

BRONZE – North Park Optometry

3068 University Ave., 92104 619-298-5524 PAWN SHOP

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

SILVER – Unique Pawn

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

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


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

SILVER – Brian White

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


GOLD – AHF Pharmacy

3940 Fourth Ave., #150, 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, 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

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3222 University Ave., 92104 619-528-1793


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

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


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

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

BRONZE – White Sands La Jolla

7450 Olivetas Ave., 92037 858-869-0229 white-sands-la-jolla


GOLD – iTan Hillcrest

660 University Ave., 92103 619-298-1826

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

BRONZE – Tanline

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


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

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

BRONZE – Left Hand Black Tattoo

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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