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BEST OF GILROY 2021

Voted the best Through painstaking deliberations and difficult decisions, the community voted for theirfavorites. Now, in this issue, we unveil the winners of the annual Best of Gilroy awards. Readers had the chance to vote for a variety of businesses, organizations and more through an online ballot that was live for a month. With more than 100 categories to consider, at least 20 selections

had to be made in order for the ballot to count. We received numerous entries, with the community telling us their favorite places to eat, where to shop, what they like to do on the weekend and more. The results show many old favorites have once again reclaimed their titles, but plenty of others have been voted the best for the first time.

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John Hagins of Skylake Tree Service knows that his John Hagins of Skylake Tree Service knows that his line of work can be hazardous. As such, he cannot line of work can be hazardous. As such, he cannot stress safety enough. stress safety enough. His experience in the industry has taught him the His experience in the industry has taught him the importance of the old adages, “speed can kill” and importance of the old adages, “speed can kill” and “practice makes perfect.” “practice makes perfect.” “You have to know what your limits are,” he said. “Take “You have to know what your limits are,” he said. “Take

your time. Speed comes with practice. Practice prevents your time. Speed comes with practice. Practice prevents piss-poor production.” piss-poor production.” Skylake Tree Service, established in 2016, offers tree Skylake Tree Service, established in 2016, offers tree removal services to clients that range from removal services to clients that range from homeowners, businesses and governmental homeowners, businesses and governmental authorities. authorities. “I take pride in doing quality work,” Hagins said. “I “I take pride in doing quality work,” Hagins said. “I can’t be a mass producer. I have to be out in the field.” can’t be a mass producer. I have to be out in the field.”

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EQUIPMENT John Hagins, owner of Gilroy-based Skylake Tree Service, shows some EQUIPMENT John Hagins, owner Gilroy-based Skylake Tree Service, shows some of his various chainsaws he uses onofthe job. of his various chainsaws he uses on the job.


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BUSY SEASON Frank Espino, manager of Gilroy Flower Shop, puts together a rose arrangement for Valentine’s Day.

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GENERAL CONTRACTOR

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Irwin Construction and Marini Construction (Tie) DOG GROOMER

Sassy Pooch & Kitty Too

MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO

Antdawg's MMA CHIROPRACTOR

Bostock Chiropractic DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Lana's Dance Studio — Lana Wright

AUTO GLASS REPAIR

California Auto Glass

SCHOOL - PUBLIC

Christopher High School — Gilroy Unified School District SCHOOL - PRIVATE

Pacific Point

Christian Schools BED/MATTRESS STORE

Mancini's Sleepworld

ANIMAL RESCUE GROUP

South County Tail Waggers

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DANCING FAVORITE For more than 40 years, Lana’s Dance Studio has offered a variety of classes in a non-competitive environment.

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LASIK EYE SURGERY

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California Eye Surgeons — Dr. Harrup Kaur STORAGE FACILITY

Gilroy Self Storage Depot MORTUARY/ FUNERAL HOME

Habing Family Funeral Home

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

Chef Carlos Pineda DANCE STUDIO

Lana's Dance Studio OPTHAMOLOGIST

Visual Edge Optometric Group

INSURANCE AGENCY

Pinheiro Insurance Agency — Farmers PERSONAL TRAINER

Pulido's Pro Fitness (Linda Pulido) and R.I.S.E. Fitness

(Akua Floyd) (Tie) REAL ESTATE AGENT

Lisa Faria — Coldwell Banker BANK/ CREDIT UNION

Pinnacle Bank

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HELPING VETS Operation Freedom Paws founder, executive director and head trainer Mary Cortani talks with client Army veteran Lee Bell of Morgan Hill and his service dog.

RECYCLE CENTER

Martin’s Recycling Center

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WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE

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Fortino's Winery & Event Center ATTORNEY

James A. Ward Law and Law Office of Andrea Fortino (Tie) TIRE SHOP

America's Tire

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION

Rebekah Children's Services DECK AND FENCING COMPANY

Pacific Coast Fence COMPUTER REPAIR

JB Fix Phone Repair A/C-HEATING SERVICE

Guy's Heating & Air Conditioning WEDDING EVENT PLANNER

Fortino Winery & Event Center DERMATOLOGIST

Coastal Dermatology — Dr. Clayton Schlitz DOG TRAINER

Operation Freedom Paws

PHYSICIAN GENERAL PRACTICE

Dr. Smitha Kumar — Gilroy Family Medical Group AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

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Thank you for recognizing Merrill Gardens as the best senior living community in Gilroy! While times have changed, our promise hasn’t. We believe it’s never been more important for seniors to love the communities they call home, and we’re committed to doing everything possible to achieve just that. (408) 843-4904 • merrillgardensgilroy.com 7600 Isabella Way, Gilroy, CA 95020 Lic #435202344

Independent Living • Assisted Living • Memory Care

Thank You Morgan Hill For Voting Us Best Auto Body Shop 11 Years in a Row!

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16170 Jacqueline Court Morgan Hill, CA 95037 Open: Mon.–Fri. 8-5 • 408-778-9678 • www.advancedautobody.com

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Best Care & Service

Erik Chalhoub

BIKES AND MORE Gilroy Motorcycle Center has outgrown its spot at 7661 Monterey St., and will soon move into 303 East 10th St.

PLACE TO TAKE A CLASS

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Gavilan Community College

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KITCHEN BATH REMODELING COMPANY

Lazy Susan Designs, Inc. AUTO REPAIR SHOP

Preferred Automotive

FINANCIAL ADVISOR/ PLANNER

Edward Jones — Tim Fortino TREE SERVICE

Skylake Tree Service SPORTS MEDICINE

Fritter, Schultz & Zollinger Physical Therapy SOLAR SUPPLIER

Simmitri Solar

LANDSCAPER

Alpine Landscapes

Gilroy Motorcycle Center

ACUPUNCTURE

ACCOUNTANT

Heart Space Healing — Ahanna Goossen, LAC

OPTOMETRY/ VISION CENTER

Visual Edge Optometric Group

MOTORCYCLE DEALER

John Blaettler Accountancy PHOTOGRAPHER

Hawk Photography — Michael Hawk FRAMING SHOP

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Specializing In You! Thank you for voting Dr. Smitha Kumar the #1 Best Physician- General Practice in Gilroy for 2021. All of us at Gilroy Family Medical Group sincerely appreciate the opportunity to provide care for the community and thank you for the trust you have put in us. We will sincerely continue to provide the best service to the community.

Smitha Kumar, M.D. Family Practice Physican

Dr. Maria Sakai Family Practice Physican

Diana Reyes, front desk • Veronica Sanchez, office manager Dulsinia Ruiz, front desk • Genoveva Nassarie, MA • Ignacia Lopez. MA.

Thank you for voting Dr. Kumar #1 Best Doctor in Gilroy!

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9460 No Name Uno, Suite 115 • Gilroy, CA 95020 • 408-684-8103 www.gfmga.com • Accepting Most Insurance • Se Habla Espanol

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HEALTHY PETS Gilroy Veterinary Hospital is the go-to place for our four-legged friends’ routine checkups.

HOUSE OF WORSHIP

Saint Mary Church

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SKIN CARE

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PLUMBER/ PLUMBING COMPANY

Ernie's Plumbing

Mane + Skin (formerly Alchemy Hair Salon)

VETERINARIAN

FLOWER SHOP

ELECTRICIAN

Gilroy Flower Shop WEDDING VENUE

Fortino Winery & Event Center

Gilroy Veterinary Hospital

Gilroy Electric Inc. CAR WASH

Gilroy Express Car Wash

WEDDING CATERER

HOTEL / MOTEL / LODGING

BARBERSHOP

NAIL SALON

DRY CLEANERS

HEARING CENTER

DAY CARE/ PRESCHOOL

DAY SPA

Kneaded Bakery & Catering Gilroy Barber Lounge Lapels Dry Cleaners

Pacific Point Christian Preschool

Hilton Garden Inn Lavender Luxury Spa Costco Hearing Center

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Best Care & Service

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PLACE OF HEALING Wendy Mosgrove is the owner of Best Yoga Studios in downtown Gilroy.

MASSAGE SERVICES BEST OF GILROY 2021

Gilroy Health & Wellness

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DENTIST

Jernell Escobar DDS, Inc. YOGA STUDIO

Best Yoga Studios

PHARMACY

Walgreens NUTRITIONIST

LOVEFIX

AUTO DETAILING

Formula 1 Auto Detail and Borelli's Detailing (Tie) HEALTH CARE

FACILITY

MOVING COMPANY

AUTO BODY SHOP

SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY

Kaiser Permanente — Gilroy Bonfante Collision Center

CARPET CLEANING

Cleaning Services

Mah's Furniture Transport

Merrill Gardens — Gilroy INTERIOR DESIGN

Brotin Designs, Inc.

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THE COMMUNITY THAT GROWS TOGETHER, THRIVES TOGETHER. Kaiser Permanente Gilroy Medical Offices is proud to be voted #1 Best Health Care Facility by readers of the Gilroy Dispatch for 2021!

Learn more at kp.org/gilroy.

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At Kaiser Permanente, we don’t see health as an industry. We see it as a cause. That’s why we’re excited to be a part of the Gilroy community.

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BEST TATTOOS Hayden Mann (left) and Kenny Brown examine designs inside Brown’s tattoo shop, 29:11 Tattoo, which opened in 2020.

DOGGIE DAY CARE

TATTOO PARLOR

HOME HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

PLASTIC SURGEON

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The Dog House Inn

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Central Coast Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice OB-GYN

James A. Watson MD

29:11 Tattoo

AJM Plastic Surgery — Dr. Andrew J. Matthews

MORTGAGE BROKER

Guaranteed Rate Affinity — Lacey Sullivan

Jack Whelan Roofing

(formerly Alchemy Hair Salon)

ALLERGIST

REAL ESTATE COMPANY

ROOFER

Allergy and Asthma Associates — Gilroy

Coldwell Banker — Gilroy

HAIR SALON

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FOR VOTING US BEST W ED D IN G C A TE R ER FOO D DE L I VER Y BAK E RY CHE F - CA RLOS PINE DA www.kneaded.com | catering@kneaded.com @kneaded_bakery_catering

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T HANK Y OU GI L ROY F OR VOTI NG US THE C OMMUNI TY 'S “BE ST OF GI L ROY” AND F OR HE L P ING US RE AC H OUR MIS S ION OF “BE TT E RI NG LI VE S , ONE P AS TRY AND C ATE RI NG AT A TIME . ”

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LOVE FOR BOOKS Hotranatha and Punita Ajaya are the owners of BookBuyers in downtown Gilroy.

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BEST BOOKSTORE: BOOKBUYERS AND GRASSROOTS LEARNING

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The 9,000-square-foot BookBuyers and Grassroots Learning, with its inventory of more than 300,000 books spanning every genre the mind can imagine, is run by husband-and-wife owners

Hotranatha and Punita Ajaya, and a handful of dedicated volunteers. It’s easy to get lost in the labyrinth of shelves that fill the massive downtown Gilroy establishment at 7541 Monterey St. Where you’ll end

up, and what you’ll discover, is a satisfying journey. And it’s not just books. The store is stocked with musical albums, video games, puzzles and other items to get the brain working. Don’t forget to say hello to Happy, the friendly cat who is really in charge of the store.


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THANK YOU for voting Coldwell Banker Realty Gilroy “THE BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY” Coldwell Banker Realty independent agents don’t just sell homes in Gilroy - they live here, and are committed to making a positive difference in the community. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, land or multiple units, we can help. Contact us today. Gilroy | 408.848.2800 | 8050 Santa Teresa Blvd, Unit 210 | ColdwellBankerHomes.com BEST OF GILROY 2021

Not intended as a solicitation if your property is already listed by another broker. Affiliated real estate agents are Independent contractor sales associates, not employees. ©2021 Coldwell Banker. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker logos are trademarks of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. The Coldwell Banker® System is comprised of company owned offices which are owned by a subsidiary of Realogy Brokerage Group LLC and franchised offices which are independently owned and operated. The Coldwell

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Best shopping GIFTS/SPECIALTY SHOP

Celestial Trading

SPORTING GOODS

Big 5 Sporting Goods ART GALLERY

Gallery 1202 SMOKE SHOP

Tony's Smoke Shop JEWELRY STORE

Kay Jewelers ANTIQUES Marisa Duran

DOWNTOWN STAPLE Linda Ashford is the owner of Ashford’s Heirlooms, which is filled with kitchenware, furniture, potted plants, decor and thousands of other new and vintage items.

ETHNIC MARKET

Olives Mediterranean Market & Grill

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HOME FURNISHINGS

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Rosso's Furniture

AUTO DEALERSHIP

Gilroy Toyota THRIFT STORE

The Salvation Army Thrift Store

Ashford’s Heirlooms GROCERY STORE/ SUPERMARKET

Raley’s-Nob Hill

Johnson Garden Center

PET/FEED STORE

Shoe Palace

CLOTHING BOUTIQUE

FABRIC STORE

NATURAL FOOD STORE

WATER STORE

CARPET/ FLOORING STORE

FARMERS MARKET

LJB Farms

SHOE STORE

South Bay Natural Foods MUSICAL INSTRUMENT STORE

Guitar Center GARDEN/NURSERY CENTER

Ivori Boutique Water Warehouse

Petsmart

Michael’s

HARDWARE

Ace Hardware

Tomasello's Floor Covering & Interiors

BOOKSTORE

CASINO

BookBuyers and Grassroots Learning — Gilroy

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Best fun

Tarmo Hannula

RECREATIONAL HAVEN Bicyclists roll through the popular Uvas Creek Levee Trail.

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BEST BIKE RIDE: UVAS CREEK LEVEE TRAIL

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The Uvas Creek path is a dividing line between the calmness of the natural world and the insanity and stresses of our daily lives. The trail is also the best (but certainly not the quickest) way to get from one end of town to the other. Forget the potholes on Monterey Road or the endless roundabouts on Santa Teresa Boulevard.

A paved trail runs for roughly two miles along the boundary of the Uvas Creek Park Preserve, proving time and time again to be a popular spot for bicyclists, as well as joggers and walkers. The trail runs from the Gilroy Sports Park near Highway 101, past Gilroy High School and Christmas Hill Park, through the Heartland Dog Park (another favorite of readers) and ending near Gilroy Gardens.


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BIKE RIDE

Uvas Creek Levee Trail RUN / HIKE / WALK TRAIL

Mt. Madonna County Park

GOLF COURSE

Gilroy Golf Course

VIRTUAL EVENT

Moya Art Gallery And Studio

PLACE TO TAKE THE KIDS

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park PLACE TO TAKE THE DOG

Heartland Dog Park SWIMMING

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BEST MOVIE THEATER CineLux Theatres Area Manager Christopher Gunsky sits inside one of the Gilroy theater’s newly remodeled auditoriums.


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DOG PACK PACK The The Heartland Heartland Dog Dog Park Park is is a a popular popular spot spot for for canines canines and and their their humans. humans. DOG

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Gilroy Gilroy Gardens Gardens Family Family Theme Park Park Theme FESTIVAL/ FESTIVAL/ OUTDOOR EVENT EVENT OUTDOOR

Gilroy Garlic Garlic Gilroy Festival Festival

LOCAL BAND BAND LOCAL

JJ Hawg Hawg JJ

MUSIC VENUE VENUE MUSIC

The District District The PARK PARK

Gilroy Gardens Gardens Gilroy Family Theme Theme Family Park Park

KARAOKE KARAOKE

MOVIE THEATER THEATER MOVIE

SUMMER SUMMER DAY CAMP CAMP DAY

SMALL THEATER THEATER SMALL COMPANY COMPANY

Old City City Hall Hall Old Restaurant Restaurant Pacific Point Point Pacific Christian Christian School School

CineLux CineLux Theater Theater

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In these difficult times, God is with us. Thank you, Gilroy In these times, God is with us. Best Community, for difficult voting Saint Mary's Catholic Church House ofyou, Worship in South County. Thank Gilroy Community, for voting Saint Mary’s Catholic Church Best House of Worship in South County.

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Best food & drink KNEADED BAKERY When an event needs food, Kneaded Bakery is there. The bakery is run by students who have completed Rebekah Children’s Services’ Culinary Academy, and managed by Chef Carlos Pineda (who was voted by readers this year as the best chef and volunteer in Gilroy). The company was voted Gilroy’s best wedding caterer, food delivery service and bakery in this year’s awards. Kneaded caters everything from Rotary meetings, to car shows, school celebrations, weddings and more.

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DELICIOUS MENU Kishon Southy (right) of Kneaded Bakery interacts with guests at a Gilroy Gardens event catered by the company.

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FAMILY RESTAURANT

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CATERER

Old City Hall Restaurant

California Inspirations Catering

KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

CURBSIDE RESTAURANT

Black Bear Diner STEAKHOUSE

Westside Grill PHO RESTAURANT

Pho Thanh An

Old City Hall Restaurant WINERY

Fortino Winery & Event Center

PIZZA

Pinnochio's Pizza JAPANESE FOOD

Sushi Omakase

Its varied menu of appetizers, entrées and desserts will suffice any event’s craving. Mini beef wellingtons, garlic sweet potato fries, tri-tip and cheesecakes are just scratching the surface.

HOT DOG

Wienerschnitzel BAR/PUB

Promised Land Brewery

ROMANTIC WINE & FOOD EXPERIENCE

RESTAURANT

Westside Grill

Westside Grill

COFFEE SHOP

CHEF

Fifth Street Coffee Roasting Company

Chef Carlos Pineda

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BOSTOCK CHIROPRACTIC “Handmade Health Care” Dr. Guy M. Bostock

Voted Best Chiropractor in Gilroy 2005-2008, 2010, 2014, 2016-2021

Thank you for voting for me • Chiropractic services • On-site X-ray facility

(408) 847-7246 Bostock@GilroyChiropractor.com www.GilroyChiropractor.com 7881 Church St., Suite A, Gilroy

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• Physical therapy Includes: • Electrical muscle stimulation • Ultrasound • Mechanical traction • Therapeutic massage

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Best food & drink LATE NIGHT DINING

UNDER $20

Westside Grill

Café 152 Bread Company

COCKTAILS

NEW RESTAURANT

Westside Grill BURRITO/TACO

Super Taqueria BBQ RESTAURANT Juan Reyes

BEST BURRITO Super Taqueria’s burritos are a Gilroy favorite.

MARGARITAS

Victoria's Mexican Restaurant

HAPPY HOUR

Westside Grill and The Milias Restaurant (Tie) DESSERTS

Sweet Sicily

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DELI/SANDWICH SHOP

FOOD DELIVERY

COCKTAILS TO-GO

Westside Grill KOREAN FOOD

Moon's Kitchen MEDITERRANEAN FOOD

Tacos El Abuelo

HAWAIIAN FOOD

BURGER

VIETNAMESE FOOD

ITALIAN FOOD

Cafe 152 Bread Co FOOD TRUCK

LOCALLY MADE FOOD PRODUCT

Olive Mediterranean Grill

Bartenders Union

Olives Mediterranean Market & Grill

CRAFT BEER SELECTION

MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD

Westside Grill

SPORTS BAR

Kneaded Bakery & Bread

OD's Kitchen

Pineapple Village

Baskin Robbins

Old City Hall

Saigon-2-Siam Bistro

CHINESE FOOD

ICE CREAM/ YOGURT SHOP SALADS

BREAKFAST

Promised Land Brewery

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PET FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

BBQ 152

Brew City Burgers

Christopher Ranch DONUT SHOP

Gilroy Donut House MEXICAN FOOD

Victoria's Mexican Restaurant

L&L Hawaiian BBQ Mama Mia's Restaurant THAI FOOD

Saigon 2 Siam Bistro FRENCH FRIES

Brew City Burgers

VEGETARIAN FOOD

Saigon 2 Siam Bistro DINING VALUE

Brew City Burgers BAKERY

Kneaded Bakery & Bread SEAFOOD

Phil's Fish Market WAITRESS/WAITER

Julio Maya — Westside Grill INDIAN FOOD

Little India BRUNCH

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editor’s choice BEST PLACE TO GEEK OUT: CALDWELL’S COMICS & CARDS The posters of superheroes and action movie stars that line the front windows give passerbys a good indication of the fantastical world inside.

David Caldwell opened his eponymous store in downtown Gilroy earlier this year, and has gained a strong following of regular customers who frequently stop by to see the latest and greatest. Caldwell also has an impressive collection of sports, Pokemon and other collectible cards in the reserves. The store, it should be noted, is responsible for setting this editor on an addicting quest to collect as many high-profile NBA rookie cards as possible.

Erik Chalhoub

Once they step through the door at Caldwell’s Comics & Cards at 7483 Monterey St., customers are immediately greeted by a colorful wall filled floor-to-ceiling, and frontto-back, with the latest new comic book releases

and rare graded treasures.

GRAPHIC NOVELS David Caldwell, owner of Caldwell’s Comics & Cards, organizes a wall of comics inside his downtown Gilroy store.

BEST RIDE THROUGH THE FOREST

Quicksilver Express at Gilroy Gardens

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LOOKING THROUGH Whitney Pintello was the first to show her work at the new 6th Street Studios & Art Center.

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BEST MEAL TO FEED MULTIPLE PEOPLE

Ameca Burrito at Tacos Ameca The Ameca Burrito is the mecca for burrito fans in Gilroy. The massive, corn tortilla-wrapped burrito that resembles

a tree trunk is filled with rice, beans, cilantro, onions, sour cream, cheese and the customer's choice of meat. For $18, the burrito can easily be cut into three or more pieces to fill a family. Or one very hungry person. Tacos Ameca has two locations in Gilroy (7001 Monterey St. and 9305 Monterey Road) and one in Morgan Hill (15700 Monterey Road #160).

Gilroyans are fortunate enough to live near the lush forest of Mount Madonna County Park and its numerous hiking trails. But wouldn’t it be more exhilarating to fly through those trees in a mining cart? Gilroy Gardens’ iconic Quicksilver Express roller coaster, celebrating its 20th year along with the park, allows you to do just that. With the park being closed for all of 2020, that allowed the vegetation to grow out, resulting in some exciting fly-bys and near-misses through the twisted track.

BEST USE OF WINDOWS

6th Street Studios & Art Center

The gigantic street-facing windows of 64 West Sixth St. were made to be looked

through. The building, at one point in its history, was a showroom for Studebaker vehicles, after all. It was, admittedly, an awkward location for the Gilroy Dispatch, whose reporters toiling away on their keyboards made for a boring scene to downtown visitors looking inside. When the Dispatch moved to Gourmet Alley in 2020, Emily McEwan-Upright opened 6th Street Studios & Art Center in the building earlier this year. Now, those windows provide a look into a much more visually pleasing exhibit, with rotating artwork on display 24/7.

BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK GOLF COURSE

Gavilan College Golf Course

Built in the late 1960s, the nine-hole Gavilan College Golf Course has been a popular place where thousands of golfers have learned to play and continue to do so. It’s also a popular spot for buddies to get together and enjoy a few brews while hitting those birdies or bogeys, depending on how their luck is that day.


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