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VoTed BesT: ou, the Best of Chico voters, make this annual event a real community celebration. It’s your votes for your favorite community businesses, services, people and events that enable the CN&R to celebrate—with you—everything that makes Chico so special. Thanks to all our readers who voted and helped make this year’s contest such a success. This special Winners’ Issue is a follow-up to our 2018 Best of Chico issue. It gives us a chance to highlight all of our winners, first-place and runnersup. Those who took top honors in the Best of Chico contest were invited to a Woodstockthemed celebration at the Chico Women’s Club. We dug seeing all the winners who came to the party, and saw a lot of groovy costumes. Thanks to everyone who made the Best of Chico celebration event happen!


INSIDE: 4 EDITORS’ PICKS 2018 . . . . . . . . . . . 27 READERS’ PICKS 2018 . . . . . . . . . . 28 PARTY PHOTO OF WINNERS . . . . . . . 31 SPOTLIGHT ON THE WINNERS . . . . . . .

Thanks to these event services: New Clairvaux Vineyard: wine Star Liquors: beer and ice Bacio Catering & Carry Out: food Lovely Layers Cakery: dessert Passion for Life Photography: photo booth Jenny Skibo: group photo Chico News & Review Foundation: pouring at the bar News & Review staff: Director of Sales and Advertising Jamie DeGarmo: event coordinator, co-emcee

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Arts Editor Jason Cassidy: co-emcee Office Assistant Jennifer Osa: check-in, plaques Advertising Services Coordinator Ruth Alderson: invitations, check-in, plaques Art Director Tina Flynn: invitation and plaque design

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Best of Chico WinnERS SPOTliGhT 2018 Azad’s Martial Arts Center 313 Walnut St. #150 (530) 892-2923

1st Place: Best Martial Arts Studio

Gordo Burrito 1295 E. 8th St., (530) 809-1211

1st Place: Best Street Food 2nd Place: Best Burrito 2nd Place: Best Cheap Eats Established in 2001, Gordo Burrito has continued to be a Chico favorite. Serving up Delicious Mexican food enriched with flavor that comes from their roots, ranging from delicious shrimp plates to sopes, tacos and anything else in between. With two locations to serve you and their fast paced ordering and pick up lines, you can’t go wrong with a quick lunch stop or dinner to go after a long day. Look for their truck on 8th and Pine as well as the restaurant right up the street in the Valero

Farshad Azad is the recipient of two Hall of Fame Awards, as the Martial Arts Master of the Year, and a martial artist for over 40 years. He holds a 10th Degree Black Belt in Shaolin Tai Chi Chuan, a 9th Degree Black Belt in the art of Sinmoo Hapkido. In early 1990’s he was promoted to Senior Master rank in multiple styles of Korean martial arts system of Taekwondo. He holds a Master rank in the Filipino fighting art of Modern Arnis and Korean system of Jungsuwon with proficiency in a variety of Okinawan, Japanese, Chinese and South East Asian Arts, Kobudo, Full Contact Kickboxing, Kali, and Muay Thai Kickboxing. Grandmaster Azad has taught and shared his knowledge with thousands of martial arts enthusiasts, black belts, and masters around the world.

S&S Organic Produce 1924 Mangrove Ave., (530) 343-4930

1st Place: Best Grocer S&S Organic Produce and Natural Foods just celebrated their 50th year of business in this community. Not only did Chico vote this local business as their favorite grocer for 2018 but this was the 5th year in a row that S&S has won “Best of Chico”, making them Living legends. This family owned and operated business since 1968 features a large top quality Supplement Department with a highly trained staff eager to help. The store also features a large selection of Natural Foods, locally grown Organic Produce, Natural Cosmetics, Unique Gift Ideas, as well as a Full Service Butcher Shop and Deli. Another unique aspect of S&S is their BBQ department that creates amazing specialty sandwiches such as the delicious “Red Rooster” as well as their famous BBQ Tri-Tip Sandwich that will

John Barroso, Barroso Real Estate Team, Parkway Real Estate Co., (530) 570-8489

2nd Place: Best Real Estate Agent John Barroso is a Chico resident, husband, and the father of three young children. He has been in the real estate industry for 14 years with Keller Williams Realty and is now a broker/agent with Parkway Real Estate Co. With a background in loans, John is well-versed in all aspects of real estate investing and financing. As an active member of the Chico community, John lives and works downtown, advocating for the neighborhood and its valued members. John and his family appreciate the small town life, and he relishes in the opportunity to help others find their place within the community.


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John specializes in residential real estate in the Chico area and throughout surrounding communities. John was honored with the “Greatest Closed Volume” award from Keller Williams Realty Chico for the year of 2012 and again in 2014. John was also voted #1 Realtor in the 2015 Best of Chico. Outside of work, you might find John on the tennis courts, playing bocce ball, enjoying an occasional round of golf and spending time with family & friends.

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Best of Chico Winners sPotLigHt 2018

Kalico Kitchen 2396 Esplanade – Chico, (530) 343-3968,

1st Place: Best Kid Friendly Dining 1st Place: Best Food Server Christina Souza –  Kalico Kitchen Kalico Kitchen was started by Bill and Sara McHenry, in 1986. The restaurant was remodeled soon thereafter and sold to John and Jackie in 1991. Over the years Kalico Kitchen has kept its home-style feeling where you can take families and friends to enjoy a meal out. Today, Kalico is well known for the best broasted chicken, hamburgers and homemade pies in Chico. Kalico’s staff is always eager to please each and every customer. Having a variety of selections on the menu brings customers back over and over again to try something new. Now offering a customizable salad bar, individuals are able to choose what they would like on their salad. We offer a clean environment, great food

La Comida 954 Mangrove Ave., (530) 345-2254

1st Place: Best Cheap Eats


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Proframe Construction 11128 Midway #3, (530) 636-4574

Matthew Bettencourt Chico Creek Animal Hospital 3449 Hwy 32 – Chico. (530) 379-2517

1st Place: Best Veterinarian At Chico Creek Animal Hospital we believe that quality care is about treating our clients as if they were family and our patients as if they were our very own. Our team is dedicated to accomplishing one main goal, and that is to improve the lives of animals. We offer progressive care with cutting edge equipment, advanced health care options and a brand new, ultramodern hospital facility. If you’re new to the area, recently welcomed a four-legged addition to your family or are just in the market for a Chico veterinarian that you can trust with your most cherished companion, we invite you to come by and give us a try.

La Comida has been locally owned and operated since 1968. Many of our cooks and management have been with us for over 30 years. We offer quick, affordable food. We feature fresh food prepared daily using only the finest ingredients. Our beans contain no lard. The guacamole is made fresh daily using real avocados. Our chips are cooked in canola oil and the salsa is made in house. It is no wonder that La Comida has been voted Best Cheap Eats in Chico for 18 years in a row!

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1st Place: Best General Contractor  We would like to THANK everyone who voted us to be the Best General Contractor in Chico. This inspires us to be more proactive in accelerating our customer service to meet and exceed your expectations. Proframe Construction and PatioPros is family owned, serving Chico and surrounding areas for over 12 years. We have three divisions sharing the same vision of providing the best experience for all your building projects. Our framing & general contracting crews are available for all full scope projects, whether government, commercial or custom homes. PatioPros is your premier outdoor living space guru, offering life and sunrooms, shade patio covers, pergolas, everything needed to create the perfect retreat space right in your backyard. Trust is just one of the things we build well.

T h an k yo u Ch i Co She was super helpful while buying our first home and made us feel very comfortable and secure during the process. -Cheyenne Danielle Branham was knowledgeable, friendly and handled things quickly and efficiently. - larissa, ChiCo Danielle Branham Realtor® | CalDRE #01495078 530.570.8402 | CENTURY 21 Select Real Estate, Inc.

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Many Thanks Chico! Sierra Central Credit Union

Live Life Juice

352 East First St., (530) 354-3625

220 Broadway St., (530) 566-3346

2nd Place: Best Bank/Credit Union

1st Place: Best Locally Produced Food – Regional (Butte, Glenn, Tehama) 3rd Place: Best Lemonade 3rd Place: Best Vegetarian Cuisine

Sierra Central, like many credit unions, formed to serve military personnel. Beale Credit Union opened in 1955 when fifteen members of the Air Force each invested one hundred dollars to form the credit union that would serve military and civilian personnel. In 1963 Shasta Cascade Credit Union was chartered in Redding, California. Its membership base included city, county, hospital and lumber industry employees. Beale and Shasta Cascade merged in 1981 forming what is now known as the Sierra Central Credit Union. The newly formed credit union experienced a decade of rapid growth, merging with 22 other credit unions. Today, Sierra Central Credit Union continues to grow with increasing membership and provides amazing customer service to its members. Sierra Central Credit Union’s commitment is to continue being the Best Of Banking Where You Live and Work!

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Our Mission is Simple... To LIVE LIFE....with a smile! Also, to feed ourselves, our families and our community well, so we can all greet each day with energy and vitality. What you put in your body will determine how your body functions, and how you feel. Do you want to feel alive, vibrant, colorful, healthy? Then put vibrant, colorful and fresh food in your body. Our organic juices and fresh made food is all that, and more. Our goal is to inspire others, offer our juices to our community at a reasonable price, in a convenient fashion. We want to provide you with a feeling of vibrance, so you can LIVE LIFE to the bottle at a time.


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Tri-Counties Bank 1-800-922-8742,

1st Place: Best Bank/Credit Union Established in 1975 and headquartered in Chico, California, Tri Counties Bank provides a unique brand of Service With Solutions® helping customers to improve their financial success and well-being. It is a community-based bank with branches conveniently located throughout Northern and Central California including seven locations in the Chico area. Tri Counties Bank offers a competitive breadth of consumer, small business and commercial banking financial services, along with advanced online and mobile banking, a nationwide network of over 25,000 surcharge-free ATMs, and convenient live banker support by phone seven days a week.

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Candi Williamson

Best of Chico WinnerS SpotLight 2018

2062 Talbert Dr #100, (530) 521-7328

1st Place: Best Massage Therapist

Japanese Blossoms 2995 Esplanade #104, (530) 891-9022

Dawson Landscaping 1170 E Lassen Ave., (530) 343-0384

1st Place: Best Landscaper What makes Dawson Landscaping the best at what they do is team. From their hardworking dedicated workforce to the leadership behind them. Dawson focuses on goals and results. “Everyone contributes their fair share, we communicate, we stay organized, we support each other, and we have fun!” You don’t have to look very hard to see what Dawson has been up to over the last 20 years in Chico, chances are this company has touched your place of business or home with their quality work, and now for nearly a year, Dawson has been providing maintenance services for many areas around the city of Chico.” Thank you, Chico! What a wonderful gesture, and we look forward to continue providing this community with quality landscaping.”

1st Place: Best Local Restaurant – Chico 1st Place: Best Sushi 1st Place: Best Chef, Jeramie Sabelman 2nd Place: Best Food Server, Laura Baume Our whole crew here at Japanese Blossoms would like to thank each of you for continuously voting us Chico’s Best Sushi restaurant and this year for voting us Chico’s ‘Best Local Restaurant’ and ‘Best Chef’ with a second place finish for ‘Best Server’! We are so fortunate to live where we do and have such a supportive community, bountiful crops and amazing farmers literally in our backyard. All of our rice and much of our produce is grown within 20 miles of Chico and we love seeing our customers and farmers each week at the local Farmer’s Market. We have set many goals as a local business leader and because of your immense support, we have been able to see those dreams become reality. Thank you so much for all your support Chico!

Candi Williamson has been in practice since 2003 and specializes in over ten relaxing to therapeutic techniques. Through her years of experience building up to becoming a Certified Massage Therapist, Candi developed an intuitive touch. She can feel tension and injury in the body and she is able to feel the pressure your body is willing to receive so that you can have the most therapeutic experience. Her team includes many therapists that practice similar techniques and styles. Candi has passionately pursued Massage Therapy earning her Best Massage Therapist in 2017 and again this year!

Urban Design Solar 2260 Park Ave., (530) 809-1079

1st Place: Best Solar Company Urban Design Solar has been improving Chico’s energy footprint, one family and one business at a time, for over a decade. The family-owned company strives to go above and beyond to ensure that each client gets not only a well-installed product but also that it best serves their energy needs.

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Best of Chico WINNers sPOtLIght 2018

New Clairvaux Vineyard 26240 Seventh St., Vina, (530) 839-2200

1st Place: Best Local Winery – Regional

Lauren O’Donnell Interiors 1731 Esplanade Unit 1, (530) 592-9694

1st Place: Best Interior Designer Lauren O’Donnell Interiors is a full service residential and commercial design studio. Lauren has a passion for bringing beauty and balance into the home and helping others to achieve this has been beyond rewarding. With an extensive working knowledge on a broad range of projects she can expertly capture the specific style of each client while applying her aesthetic. Over the past 10 years of her experience, she has built solid relationships with contractors and trade professionals to expertly execute any given project. Lauren oversees each project as if it were her own so that her clients can relax knowing that the project is in skilled hands.

In the small, dusty town of Vina, California, a fifthgeneration winemaker and a community of TrappistCistercian monks are creating hand-crafted and unique wines. With a focus on quality and commitment, this surprising team is putting Vina on the map as a distinguished winemaking region. Vina’s rare viticultural soils were first cultivated by Peter Lassen as early as 1846. In 1890 Leland Stanford then transformed these modest beginnings into his Great Vina Ranch, becoming the world’s largest winemaking operation. Later, with prohibition looming, the land was sold and nearly 4,000 acres of vines removed. In 1955, a group of Trappist-Cistercian monks, known for developing some of the most famous European vineyards, settled in Vina establishing the Abbey of New Clairvaux. Today they work with winemaker Aimée Sunseri and her family producing award-winning wines from both Vina and her family’s Napa Valley vineyards. They believe wine is not just made well, but also must be grown well. With this in mind, New Clairvaux Vineyard endeavors to resurrect this once-famous region. You’re invited to visit and taste all that this historic and extraordinary winery has to offer.

Labelz Upscale Consignment Boutique 974 Mangrove Ave., (530) 345-1615

1st Place: Best Consignment/ Second Hand Threads


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Chico Paper Company 345 Broadway, (530) 891-0900

1st Place: Best Place to Buy Art Downtown Chico’s longstanding favorite art shop retains that honor because, well, it’s such a nice place to shop for art. The exclusive seller of artist Jake Early’s iconic prints with an in-house frame shop, Chico Paper Co. is wellknown for stocking a wide range of pieces from local artists as well as those from far-off places, ensuring a well-rounded collection. The knowledgeable and friendly staff is able to offer guests a dynamic experience whether it’s through buying art, custom framing a project or enjoying the talents of their represented artists. Chico Paper Company is a family-owned business that supports local artists and the arts community!

Six years ago, Labelz Upscale Consignment Boutique opened its doors to Chicoans eager to get their hands on big city styles without the big city prices. This quintessential “girls girl” shop is adorned with Tiffany blue and crystal chandeliers that contribute to the feeling that you’re part of something special within these four walls. The moment you walk in, you can expect to hear laughter and chit-chat between staff and their loyal customers. The owner, Cindy Brochheuser, is a style guru with a keen eye for scouting current, gently loved upscale pieces. Labelz is committed to serving the fashion-lovers of Chico and maintaining its spot as the North State’s #1 destination for consignment clothing and accessories.

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Ginno’s Kitchen and Appliance Center

Best of Chico WinnerS SpotLiGht 2018

2505 Zanella Way, (530) 342-2182

1st Place: Best Appliance Store John and Claudia Ginno opened Ginno’s Appliance in 1952. They built their business on quality, service, and reliability. Sons David & Gordon continue this tradition and have grown Ginno’s Kitchen & Appliance to the largest builder distribution center north of Sacramento. To meet the needs of both contractors and retail customers the Ginno brothers carry the name brands most trusted in the Appliance industry. As the North Valley’s largest independent appliance dealer Ginno’s can offer customers; low prices, a complete service department, knowledgeable sales consultants, delivery, and competitive financing. Whether you’re current appliance just stopped working, you’re looking to update your old appliances, or you need help designing your kitchen, trust the people who have been serving the needs of Butte County for 65 years...Ginno’s Kitchen & Appliance Center.

La Salles 229 Broadway St., (530) 487-7207

1st Place: Best New Restaurant La Salles is a warm and welcome place to enjoy indulgent eats, creative cocktails, a finely curated beer and wine selection, and local live music. If you are looking for great food and a fun atmosphere to enjoy a night out with friends or loved ones, stop by for a great downtown experience! Open Tues-Fri 3pm, Sat-Sun 9am. Sat & Sun Brunch 9am-2pm. Daily Happy Hour 3-6pm. Live Music Fri 4-6pm and Sat 11am-2pm. Check out our patio with fire pits and

Scrubbs Car Wash 1020 Skyway, (530) 893-4885

1st Place: Best Car Wash Home of the Ultimate Hand Wash and Detail Center. At Scrubbs, we use the highest quality products to clean your car. We guarantee you'll notice the difference between that of a standard machine wash and our professional hand wash. While we take care of cleaning your car, relax in our brand new deli area. Featuring fresh food, hot coffee and plasma TVs. You can even bring your laptop in to work or just surf on our complimentary wireless internet!

Bacio 1903 Park Ave., (530) 345-7787

1st Place: Best Caterer Bacio’s commitment to quality and seasonality goes beyond beautiful, delicious food. A Chico favorite since 1984, their reputation is unsurpassed when it comes to beautiful weddings, elaborate Galas, Farm to Table events and intimate gatherings. The retail Carry Out, at the corner of 19th and Park Ave. is open M-F and offers an array of thoughtfully prepared foods to take out, eat in or enjoy on the little patio out back. ON-LINE ORDERING and DELIVERY is available for your weekly business gatherings on the BIZBOX page of the website. Join their mailing list to find out about their next “Feed Your Soul” dinner pop-up, benefitting progressive local causes.

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Angels Nails & Spa

1293 E. 1st Ave. Chico (530) 343-5678,

965 Nord Ave #A100, (530) 487-7322

2444 Cohasset Rd., (530) 898-9000

1st Place: Best Place for Mani/Pedi 1st Place: Best Day Spa

1st Place: Best Place to Buy Home Furnishings

1st Place: Best Gym 2nd Place: Best Yoga Studio 3rd Place: Best Place for Kids to Play What can we say about In Motion Fitness that Chicoans don’t already know? The full-service gym offers topof-the-line fitness equipment, in addition to an array of classes, personal training, nutrition counseling and a cafe. Did we mention there’s also childcare for parents on the go as well as swimming pools, saunas and private workout rooms? Yeah, this “fitness resort” has it all.

Angels Nails & Spa is one of the best salons in this area, offering premier nail care and spa treatment services to satisfy your needs of enhancing natural beauty and refreshing your day. We are committed to providing you the latest advances in beauty care, we use ONLY the most trusted brands in the beauty industry. Our worldclass products, services, and top technologies will make you feel great and make you look best. And above all, staff are trained to follow a proper sanitization protocol that puts clients hygiene as the number one priority. We understand that Safety and Sanitation are key to your peace of mind. Come to us now and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.

The Hair Co. 2760 Esplanade #150, (530) 894-2002

2nd Place: Best Hair Salon Customers choose the Hair Co. for the talented stylists, friendly smiles, modern environment and variety of products available. The staff is always eager to send customers home with the perfect cut, color and style. And it doesn’t stop there: The Hair Co. also offers skin treatments, manicures and pedicures, waxing and massage. Talk about full-service! 16

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We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to our wonderful customers and the community of Chico for your votes! It is an honor to be chosen as Chico’s ‘Best Place to Buy Home Furnishings’ for the 5th year and to officially join the ‘Living Legacy’ crew. We provide full-service home decor and design work for your needs. We offer a range of furniture choices, two custom upholstery lines, bedding, draperies, and more. Our fully displayed rooms offer a variety of styles, as well as great gifts. Our friendly and talented staff can assist you through your decorating struggles big or small. Even if you are just in need of a dose of inspiration come by for a visit, we would love to see you!

Holt Construction, Inc. 37 Bellarmine Ct., (530) 899-1011

2nd Place: Best General Contractor Holt Construction, Inc. has been in operation since 2006. Whether you are a business owner ready to improve your office or retail space or a restaurant owner needing to upgrade your facilities or build a new restaurant, Holt Construction, Inc. has the resources and management to help in design and construction of your project. Holt Construction, Inc. is fully licensed and insured and works closely with local vendors to ensure their customers receive the best pricing and satisfaction. Holt Construction, Inc. services the entire Northern California region and Nevada.

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Best of Chico WinnErs sPotliGht 2018

Chuck Patterson Dealership 200 East Ave Chico, (530) 895-1771

Chico Eye Center 605 W. East Ave., (530) 895-1727

2nd Place: Best Eye-Care Specialist Chico Eye Center is the place to go to treat your peepers. With specializations ranging from basic vision correction to LASIK surgery, the doctors here are top notch when it comes to caring for your eyes. Patients appreciate the wide selection of frames as well as the friendly, professional staff.

1st Place: Best Auto Dealership

Earl’s Performance Plumbing (530) 343-0330,

1st Place: Best Plumber Earls Plumbing celebrates 20 years serving the North State by being voted #1 Plumber by Chico News & Review’s readers in the Best of Chico contest! For complete plumbing service and repair of your home or business, including; tank & tankless water heaters, filtration systems, toilets, showers, sinks, faucets, garbage disposals, well pumps & systems and bathroom remodels, you can trust Earl’s. Schedule Online or call us today and see why Earl’s Performance Plumbing was voted the BEST Plumber in Chico. When you need a plumber, Earl’s plumbing pros will come with a truck neatly filled with enough supplies to fix your problem! With Earl’s, it’s Fixed Right, Right Now.

Since 1966 Chuck Patterson has offered the highest level of customer service to Northern California. This is shown by winning Toyota’s highest honor, The Prestigious Presidential award as well as winning Chico News & Review Best In Chico for the past 12 years running. Whether it’s getting a repair done in our new and improved service center, picking up a new part from our Part’s department or getting into that new or used vehicle you have been dreaming about, we are here to serve you the customer. Come in and see the beautiful showroom offering free wifi, cookies, coffee and tea. Servicing Chico, Yuba City, Orland, Paradise, Magalia, Corning, Red Bluff, Durham, Oroville and Los Molinos. Dealership Hours: Mon - Sat 8:00AM 7:00PM Sun 10am-5pm

Thank you, Chico for voting us the BEST kid friendly restaurant & for BEST Server! Special Thanks to our manager, Cande Perez and server, Chris Souza.

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Gold Country Casino 4020 Olive Hwy. Oroville, (530) 533-4560,

1st Place: Best Casino 1st Place: Best Restaurant Oroville  (Safire) Gold Country Casino & Hotel is honored to be voted Best Casino for the eleventh year in a row. They are equally proud that the recently opened Safire Restaurant & Lounge has already captured the imagination and loyalty of CNR readers with its emphasis on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and luxe ambiance. Gold Country is redefining casino dining not only at Safire on the 6th floor but also the newly opened Acorn Café on the 2nd floor, where comfort food is taken to a whole new level. They are continuously working hard to elevate every experience for casino and hotel guests. Gold Country Casino & Hotel has been setting the Gold Standard in quality big name entertainment, gaming, and hospitality for two decades and, as the recent enhancements prove, the future holds even more promise of stellar good times.

The only Law Firm to receive a California State Senate Award and be voted 6 times Best of Chico.

Open 12 Years and always Voted Best Car Wash in Chico!

FRee Initial Consultation Supervising Litigation Attorney

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Community Action Agency of Butte County 181 E. Shasta Ave., (530) 712-2600

2nd Place: Best Charitable Cause Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc. thanks Chico for voting us to be CNR’s #2 Best Charitable Cause! We work daily to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty by whatever means necessary in our community. We pursue this mission through our North State Food Bank, our Esplanade House Program, and our Energy and Environmental and Energy Services. With your help we give our community their best chance to be healthy and economically secure. Our success embodies the caring spirt of Chico. You can find out more information at Thank you!!!

Daniel S. Thomas 619 W. East Ave., (530) 891-4391

1st Place: Best Plastic Surgeon

Butte Humane Society 2580 Fair St, (530) 343-7917

1st Place: Best Charitable Cause The staff who tend to the animals at Butte Humane Society epitomize the term “animallovers.” Their dedication and hard work to ensure pets find good homes is the number one reason CN&R readers continually recognize BHS as the “Most Charitable Cause.” They’ve also been named the “Best Place to Volunteer,” which speaks volumes about how the organization is run. In 2018, BHS will move closer towards building a new 24,000 square foot animal care and adoption center, including a shelter and clinic. With continued local love and support, BHS plans to create a community animal resource center that reflects the mission and core value of the organization. The new expanded facility will provide a campus for vital, lifesaving work. Upon completion, BHS will become the animal welfare hub of Butte County and beyond—working with other shelters and rescue groups to help reduce euthanasia in the north state.


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Celestino’s Pizza 101 Salem St. Downtown Chico (530) 896-1234,

1st Place: Best Pizza The boy’s from Jersey had a simple plan...make the best authentic New York thin-crust pizza for the people of Chico. They did, and on April Fool’s Day in 1997 Celestino’s Pizza opened for business. Luckily for Chicoans it was no April Fools Joke. There’s a reason they’ve been voted BEST pizza in Chico by CN&R readers 15 years in a row! The recipes are authentic and time-tested. Favorites include fresh salads, salad/ slice combo, chicken parmigiana hot sandwichs, homemade lasagna, calzones, and of course spaghetti with Meatballs. Dine-in, take-out, order by phone or online at Planning an event? Call ahead and your food will be ready for pick-up or delivered to you. Open everyday from 10:30am-10pm. Pick It Up - Fold It - Eat It...That’s the NY Way!

Dr. Thomas is grateful to be chosen again as Chico’s Best Plastic Surgeon. As someone who has lived in Chico with his wife and three sons for all of his professional career, he appreciates being part of this welcoming community. Dr. Thomas sends his heartfelt thanks to his amazing staff and wonderful patients that have made life in Chico greater than he could have ever known.

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Argyll Medical Group 100 Independence Circle, (530) 899-0295

1st Place: Best Local HealthCare Provider Argyll Medical Group has been caring for Chicoans for 18 years and is continuing its legacy of offering the most cutting edge technology available to its patients. It places a high standard of primary care and customer service. The independently, locally owned, Argyll Medical Group remains the same, as does the doc in charge, the good-natured but straightforward Roy Bishop. Still No. 1 in Chico’s heart.


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Best of Chico

North Valley Eye Care

Sabrina Chevalier

WiNNErS Spotlight 2018

114 Mission Ranch Blvd #50, (530) 891-1900

1834 Mangrove Ave., (530) 718-9115

1st Place: Best Eye-Care Specialist

1st Place: Best Real Estate Agent

Our doctors at North Valley Eye Care pride themselves in staying updated with the latest medical advancements and technologies. Our entire team strives to exceed the standards for your eye health and well-being. We are the first and most experienced LenSx certified laser cataract surgeons north of Sacramento! Come meet our doctors and surgery team and you will see why we perform more cataract surgeries than anyone else in Chico. Providing affordable, yet trendsetting, designer eyeglasses and sunglasses is our passion. Our optical team is outstanding and will help you select the perfect frame. North Valley Eye Care would love for you to visit our newly remodeled clinic and become one of our patients. Find out for yourself why we were voted Best of Chico.

Sabrina is a 3 time, first place winner for Best Realtor in CN&R for the consecutive years of 2016, 2017, and 2018! She is a second generation realtor, following her mother who is also a local real estate broker. Sabrina has her master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from CSU, Chico in English and is a Chico native. Married to a local high school teacher with Chico Unified, and parents to their two shiba inu boys (Yuka and Moon), Sabrina both lives and loves Chico, and is so grateful for your support and vote, allowing her to win for a third year in a row! When she’s not with her clients or negotiating a deal, she’s in the garden, walking the dogs, or reading a good book!

Apple Blossom Baby 977 East Ave. #90, (530) 345-1617

1st Place: Best Baby/Kid’s Clothier Families with kids know that Apple Blossom Baby is a full-service shop, perfect for a new mom and the rest of her little ones, as there’s a nursing chair and a play area in addition to everything the kiddies might need. Merchandise includes high-quality used as well as new items, and baby and birthday registries make it simple for your friends and families to choose the perfect gift. What more could a parent ask for in a store?

5th Street Steakhouse

At 5th Street, you’re special. Just by virtue of being there, you’re treating yourself—or being treated. And that’s fantastic. Whether you’re grabbing a few drinks and appetizers during the restaurant’s bustling happy hour, sitting down for a romantic dinner for two or enjoying a group event in the banquet room, 5th Street has you covered. And then some.

345 W. Fifth St., (530) 891-6328

1st Place: Best Fine Dining 2nd Place: Best Date-Night Dining 2nd Place: Best Local Restaurant – Chico


Thank you Chico, for voting us Best Dry Cleaner!

for voting The Arc Store the Best Thrift Store in Butte County again in 2018.

The Arc Stores fund the Family Support Programs for developmentally disabled individuals and their families. We'll keep providing Quality, Cleanliness, Selection and Price, please keep shopping at The Arc Stores and donating your gently used clothing.

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Kafele T. Hodari North Valley Dermatology Center, Rejuvene 251 Cohasset Road, (530) 342-3686

1st Place: Best Dermatologist

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As a board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Hodari believes in inspiring and empowering his patients to love their skin and body at all stages of health and appearance. In conjunction with Hodari’s exemplary work as a general Dermatologist, he also leads Rejuvené, an aesthetic and dermatological treatment center located at 251 Cohasset Road, Suite 240 in Chico. There, Dr. Hodari specializes in fillers, injections, and other cosmetic procedures helping patients to look as good as they feel. Rejuvené specializes in a wide variety of cosmetic procedures from facials and lasers to fat reduction treatments. Rejuvené also carries a variety of high-quality medical grade skincare and cosmetic products available in their Skincare Boutique. To make an appointment for medical dermatology call 894-6832 ext. 240, for Rejuvené call 342-8595.

For Elyse 228 Broadway St, (530) 893-0106

1St Place: Best Women’s Clothier  For Elyse provides a truly unique shopping experience! Amber and her daughter Elyse have created a place where moms and daughters can enjoy shopping together and both find pieces they love! They have a huge selection and receive new inventory daily! For Elyse covers all the categories! Everything from cozy sweaters and denim to cocktail dresses! Brides-to-be buy outfits for their engagement photos, bridal showers, and their bachelorette parties! I am excited they now have workwear! Thanks to their trained stylists I found an adorable suit that transitions into the perfect date night outfit! For Elyse carries styles you will incorporate into your wardrobe for years to come. We are so lucky to have such a loved locally owned business here in Chico!

Danielle Branham Century 21 Select Real Estate, Chico 1101 El Monte, Chico, (530) 899-5939

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3rd Place: Best Real Estate Agent As a sales associate affiliated with CENTURY 21 Select Real Estate, Inc., Danielle is here to help you buy or sell a home. One Chico buyer says, “Danielle Branham was knowledgeable, friendly and handled things quickly and efficiently. Being first time home buyers and trying to decipher the specificities of the process can


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feel like speaking a different language for which she was an excellent translator!! She handled the entire process smoothly and quickly and was always available to help us when we needed her. I would definitely recommend her in the future.”


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We love this stuff! Best save of 2018 The water towers at Third and Orient streets

Best fairytale ending Chico Princess Parties 116 W. Second St., 809-1666

Best new green movement Strawless in Chico

Best way to get trashed Trashy Fried Chicken Tacos at B Street Public House

Best public art masquerading as a road improvement Second Street roundabout

Best food epiphany Hot dogs are sammiches Gnarly Deli

Best cultural infusion TOT funding for arts

BEST CHEAP EATS 18 YEARS IN A ROW! Delicious & Affordable. Fast & Friendly. Made Fresh Daily. Now serving homemade Pork. FREE soda refills. Chico 954 Mangrove Ave, 345.2254

Best local sports feat

Bringing you quality Mexican food for 50 years!

Pleasant Valley High School makes the finals

117 Broadway, 899-8203

Best reason to leave downtown Booze District

Booze/Beverage/Fermentation District along South Park Avenue

Best armchair travel opportunity

Best democracy resource League of Women Voters of Butte County candidate forums

Congratulations Cn&r reader

Dustin J., from Oroville!

Best use for an old shipping container Build a bar!

Sierra Nevada’s Hop Yard outdoor bar

Sons and Daughters of Italy dinners

Best new claim to fame

Best new spot for natural remedies

Shepard Fairey mural

Hempful Farms

Best fusion of art and words CN&R art boxes

Winner of a hand-bloWn glass bong from blaze ‘n J’s smoke shop valued

at $800.

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The Best words “100 percent contained”

California’s firefighters and first responders— real heroes during the wildfire season

Best fire in the belly

Dustin’s ballot was selected at random. Thank you to everyone who voted in the Best of Chico.

this year, we had more votes than ever before!

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Readers’ Picks Goods & Services Antiques store FIRST Place: Eighth & Main Antique Center SECOND Place: Vintage Hen THIRD Place: Country Squyres Antiques

Appliance store FIRST Place: Ginno’s Kitchen & Appliance Center Inc. SECOND Place: Hudson’s Appliance Center THIRD Place: Collier Hardware

Auto repair shop FIRST Place: Affordable Automotive SECOND Place: Spencer Automotive THIRD Place: Boradori Automotive

Auto paint/body shop FIRST Place: Concours Elite SECOND Place: Knockout Collision Repair THIRD Place: JP’s Paint & Body Works

Bank/credit union

FIRST Place: Tri Counties Bank SECOND Place: Sierra Central Credit Union THIRD Place: Golden 1 Credit Union

Bike shop FIRST Place: Pullins Cyclery SECOND Place: Greenline Cycles THIRD Place: North Rim Adventure Sports

Cab company FIRST Place: G-Ride Pedi-Cab & Trolley SECOND Place: Yellow Cab THIRD Place: Taxi Dave

Car dealership FIRST Place: Chuck Patterson SECOND Place: Chico Nissan Hyundai THIRD Place: Courtesy Automotive Center

Car wash FIRST Place: Scrubbs Hand Wash & Detail Center SECOND Place: Surf Thru Express Car Wash THIRD Place: California Car Wash

Day spa FIRST Place: Angels Nails & Spa SECOND Place: Sweetwater Day Spa THIRD Place: Urban Medspa


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Dry cleaner


Sporting goods

Real estate agent

Craft beer selection

FIRST Place: 3rd Generation Cleaners SECOND Place: Chico Express Cleaners THIRD Place: Esplanade Cleaners

FIRST Place: Kirk’s Jewelry SECOND Place: Olde Gold Estate Jewelery THIRD Place: Gabrielle Ferrar

FIRST Place: Chico Sports LTD SECOND Place: Dick’s Sporting Goods THIRD Place: Sportsman’s Warehouse

FIRST Place: Sabrina Chevallier SECOND Place: John Barroso THIRD Place: Danielle Branham

Feed store/farm supply

Hydroponics store

Tattoo parlor

Solar company

FIRST Place: The Commons Social Empourium SECOND Place: The Chico Taproom THIRD Place: Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant

FIRST Place: Eye of Jade Tattoo SECOND Place: Red Room Tattoo THIRD Place: 12 Volt Tatoo


FIRST Place: Greenfire Hydrogarden & Organic Supply SECOND Place (tie): Chico Garden Center SECOND Place (tie): The Garden Connection

FIRST Place: Urban Design Solar SECOND Place: Alternative Energy Systems THIRD Place: Phoenix Solar Energy

FIRST Place: Northern Star Mills SECOND Place: Wilbur’s Feed & Seed THIRD Place: C Bar D Feed

FIRST Place: Christian & Johnson SECOND Place: Flowers by Rachelle THIRD Place: Chico Florist

Gift shop

FIRST Place: Hubbs & Co. SECOND Place: Made in Chico THIRD Place: Little Red Hen Gift Shop


FIRST Place: S&S Organic Produce and Natural Foods SECOND Place: Trader Joe’s THIRD Place: Chico Natural Foods Cooperative


FIRST Place: Danny’s Barbershop SECOND Place: Chico’s Barber Shop THIRD Place: Gearhead Barbershop

Hair salon

FIRST Place: Dimensions Salon SECOND Place: The Hair Co. THIRD Place: Two22 Salon

Place for a mani/pedi

FIRST Place: Angels Nails & Spa SECOND Place: Tammy Nails THIRD Place: Bliss Nails & Spa

Baby/kids’ clothier

FIRST Place: Apple Blossom Baby SECOND Place: Kat’s Meow THIRD Place: Children’s Place

Men’s clothier

FIRST Place: Formal Education SECOND Place: Men’s Wearhouse THIRD Place: Rouse & Revolt

Women’s clothier FIRST Place: For Elyse SECOND Place: Anika Burke THIRD Place: Cottonparty

Consignment/ second-hand threads FIRST Place: Labelz Upscale Consignment Boutique SECOND Place: Rouse & Revolt THIRD Place: Bootleg

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Liquor store FIRST Place: Spike’s Bottle Shop SECOND Place: Star Liquors THIRD Place: Ray’s Liquor

Local pet store

FIRST Place: Trailblazer Pet Supply SECOND Place: Northern Star Mills THIRD Place: Chico Pet Works & Pet Salon

Nursery FIRST Place: The Plant Barn & Gifts SECOND Place: Magnolia Gift & Garden THIRD Place: Little Red Hen Plant Nursery

Place to buy books FIRST Place: The Bookstore SECOND Place: Barnes & Noble Booksellers THIRD Place: ABC Books

Place for electronics/ computer repair FIRST Place: Chico Computer Clinic SECOND Place: Best Buy THIRD Place: PCI Computer Services

Thrift store FIRST Place: The Arc Store SECOND Place: Thrifty Bargain THIRD Place: Goodwill

Attorney FIRST Place: Michael Rooney SECOND Place: Denver Latimer THIRD Place (tie): Tim Ferris THIRD Place (tie): Jodea Foster

General contractor FIRST Place: Proframe Construction SECOND Place: Holt Construction THIRD Place: Jim Souza

Insurance agent FIRST Place: Gayle Aylward SECOND Place: Joni Ginno THIRD Place (tie): Kevin Baker THIRD Place (tie): Brad Jacobson

Landscaper FIRST Place: Dawson Landscaping SECOND Place: Sutherland Landscape Center THIRD Place: Blue Oak Landscaping

Food & Drinks Local restaurant – Chico FIRST Place: Japanese Blossoms SECOND Place: 5th Street Steakhouse THIRD Place: Leon Bistro

Local restaurant – Oroville FIRST Place: Safire SECOND Place: Tong Fong Low THIRD Place: Feather Falls Brewing Co.

Local restaurant – on the Ridge

Place to buy home furnishings

Professional photographer

FIRST Place: Budget Blinds SECOND Place: JCPenney THIRD Place: Nantucket Home

Shoe store FIRST Place: Heel & Sole Shoes SECOND Place: Johnson’s Shoes THIRD Place: Baker’s Birkenstock

Chef FIRST Place: Jeramie Sabelman SECOND Place: Ann Leon THIRD Place: Caleb Jones


FIRST Place: Helping Hands Cleaning Services SECOND Place: C & A Cleaning THIRD Place: Cleaned to Perfection

FIRST Place: Bacio Catering, Carry Out & Biz Box SECOND Place: Roots Catering & Restaurant THIRD Place: Special Times Catering

Interior designer

Cheap eats

FIRST Place: Lauren O’Donnell Interiors SECOND Place: Nantucket Home THIRD Place: Heirloom Fox


FIRST Place: Kalico Kitchen SECOND Place: Round Table THIRD Place: Hudson’s Gastropub

Patio FIRST Place: The Pour House SECOND Place: Parkside Tap House THIRD Place: La Salles FIRST Place: Happy Garden SECOND Place: Tong Fong Low THIRD Place: La Hacienda

FIRST Place: Cafe Coda SECOND Place: Sin of Cortez THIRD Place: Mom’s Restaurant

Brunch FIRST Place: Christina Souza SECOND Place: Laura Baume THIRD Place: Ronnie Hartman

Place for window treatments

Kid-friendly dining


(opened in the last year) FIRST Place: La Salles SECOND Place: OM Foods THIRD Place: The Lab Bar & Grill

FIRST Place: Earl’s Plumbing SECOND Place: Abel Plumbing & Electrical THIRD Place: Accurate Plumbing

Housekeeping service

FIRST Place: 5th Street Steakhouse SECOND Place: Leon Bistro THIRD Place: Red Tavern

New restaurant

FIRST Place: Mountain Sports SECOND Place: Chico Sports LTD THIRD Place: Sportsman’s Warehouse

FIRST Place: Teresa Raczynski SECOND Place: Diane Nicole THIRD Place: Steve Twist

Fine dining


Food server

FIRST Place: The Address SECOND Place: Esplanade Furniture THIRD Place: Finds Design & Decor

FIRST Place: Crush SECOND Place: 5th Street Steakhouse THIRD Place: Red Tavern

FIRST Place: Black Bear Diner SECOND Place: Mamma Celeste’s Gastropub & Pizzeria THIRD Place: Casa de Paradiso


Place to buy outdoor gear

Date-night dining

FIRST Place: La Comida SECOND Place: Gordo Burrito THIRD Place: Aca Taco

FIRST Place: Nash’s Restaurant SECOND Place: Cafe Coda THIRD Place: Mom’s Restaurant

Lunch FIRST Place: T. Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe SECOND Place: Broadway Heights California Cuisine THIRD Place: The Banshee

Small bites (apps/tapas) FIRST Place: Wine Time SECOND Place: Crush THIRD Place: Christian Michaels Ristoranté

Munchies FIRST Place: The Banshee SECOND Place: Midnite Munchies Delivery THIRD Place: Aca Taco




FIRST Place: Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery SECOND Place: Tin Roof Bakery and Cafe THIRD Place: Lovely Layers Cakery

FIRST Place (tie): Fresh Twisted Café FIRST Place (tie): Sweet Cottage THIRD Place: Live Life Juice Co.

FIRST Place: Lower Park Lavender SECOND Place: Margarita THIRD Place: One Night Stand

Diner FIRST Place: Cozy Diner SECOND Place: Morning Thunder Cafe THIRD Place: The Roost Cafe

Local coffee/tea house FIRST Place: Naked Lounge SECOND Place: Bidwell Perk THIRD Place: T. Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe

Spot to satisfy your sweet tooth FIRST Place: Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy SECOND Place: Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery THIRD Place: Sweet Chico Confections

International cuisine FIRST Place: Priya Indian Cusine SECOND Place: Cocodine Thai Cuisine THIRD Place: Inday’s Filipino Restaurant

Asian cuisine FIRST Place: Happy Garden SECOND Place: Cocodine Thai Cuisine THIRD Place: Tong Fong Low

Italian cuisine FIRST Place: Italian Cottage SECOND Place: Crush THIRD Place: Sicilian Cafe

Mexican cuisine

FIRST Place: Sol Mexican Grill SECOND Place: La Hacienda THIRD Place: Casa Ramos

Vegetarian cuisine

FIRST Place: OM Foods SECOND Place: T. Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe THIRD Place: Live Life Juice Co.

Street food

FIRST Place: Gordo Burrito SECOND Place: Drunken Dumpling Food Truck THIRD Place: Gnarly Deli



FIRST Place: Nobby’s SECOND Place: Burgers and Brew THIRD Place: Burger Hut


FIRST Place: Aca Taco SECOND Place: Gordo Burrito THIRD Place: Sol Mexican Grill

Ice cream/frozen yogurt

FIRST Place: Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy SECOND Place: Jon & Bon’s Yogurt Shoppe THIRD Place: La Flor de Michoacán Paletería y Nevería

FIRST Place: Scott Barwick SECOND Place: Liz Von Aspern THIRD Place: Vince Villegas


FIRST Place: Crush SECOND Place: The Pour House THIRD Place: Christian Michaels Ristorante

Place for poke FIRST Place: Halo Hawaiian BBQ & Poke Bar SECOND Place: Lucky Poke THIRD Place: LemonShark Poké

Sandwich FIRST Place: Spiteri’s Deli SECOND Place: Fast Eddie’s Sandwich Shop THIRD Place: Ike’s Place


FIRST Place: Argus Bar + Patio SECOND Place: The Banshee THIRD Place: Duffy’s Tavern

Sports bar FIRST Place: Bella’s Sports Pub SECOND Place: The Pour House THIRD Place: Oasis Bar & Grill

Watering hole for townies FIRST Place: Duffy’s Tavern SECOND Place: The Handle Bar THIRD Place: Studio Inn Lounge

FIRST Place: Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill SECOND Place: La Hacienda THIRD Place: Casa Ramos

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Place to dance

FIRST Place: New Clairvaux Vineyard SECOND Place: Almendra Winery and Distillery THIRD Place: LaRocca Vineyards



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FIRST Place: Madison Bear Garden SECOND Place: The Maltese THIRD Place: Studio Inn Lounge

Local winery – regional (Butte/Glenn/Tehama)

Nightlife & The Arts

FIRST Place: Wine Time SECOND Place: Unwined Kitchen & Bar THIRD Place: Crush

Karaoke night

FIRST Place: Aca Taco SECOND Place: Gordo Burrito THIRD Place: Sol Mexican Grill

FIRST Place: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. SECOND Place: Secret Trail Brewing Co. THIRD Place: British Bulldog Brewery

Now Serving Chico at Two Locations!

Place to drink a glass of wine

FIRST Place: Duffy’s Tavern SECOND Place: Mom’s Restaurant THIRD Place: Joe’s Bar


Local brewery – regional (Butte/Glenn/Tehama)

Bloody Mary

FIRST Place: Japanese Blossoms SECOND Place: The Rawbar THIRD Place: Big Tuna Sushi Bistro

FIRST Place: Live Life Juice Co. SECOND Place: PipeVine Chocolate THIRD Place: Lundberg Family Farms

Family owned and operated for 80 years

Happy hour

FIRST Place: Celestino’s SECOND Place: Farm Star Pizza THIRD Place: Woodstock’s Pizza


FIRST Place: Smokin Mo’s BBQ SECOND Place: Kinders Meats & Deli THIRD Place: Uncle Skinny’s BBQ


FIRST Place: Pho C & C SECOND Place: Noodle House THIRD Place: Vietnam Bistro

Locally produced food – regional (Butte/Glenn/Tehama)


FIRST Place: Madison Bear Garden SECOND Place: The Beach THIRD Place: Crazy Horse Saloon

Venue for live music FIRST Place: Sierra Nevada Big Room SECOND Place: Lost on Main THIRD Place: Tackle Box Bar & Grill

Local music act FIRST Place: Hot Flash SECOND Place: Defcats THIRD Place: Off the Record

Local visual artist FIRST Place: Janet Lombardi Blixt SECOND Place (tie): Christine Mac Shane SECOND Place (tie): Caitlin Schwerin

Art space FIRST Place (tie): 1078 Gallery FIRST Place (tie): Museum of Northern California Art THIRD Place: Chico Art Center

Place to buy art FIRST Place: Chico Paper Co. SECOND Place: Art Etc. THIRD Place: Chico Art Center

Theater company FIRST Place: Chico Theater Company SECOND Place: Blue Room Theatre THIRD Place: California Regional Theatre

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We appreciate your business and support. We at Happy Garden are honored to have won BEST Take Out & BEST Asian Cuisine in Chico!



your purchase of $30 or more Offer good through December 30, 2018

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Place to be seen


FIRST Place: Duffy’s Tavern SECOND Place: Parkside Tap House THIRD Place: Crush

FIRST Place: Matthew Bettencourt  SECOND Place: Gary Darling THIRD Place: Colleen Prather

Casino – regional (Butte/Glenn/Tehama)

Massage therapist

FIRST Place: Gold Country Casino SECOND Place: Feather Falls Casino THIRD Place: Rolling Hills Casino

FIRST Place: Candi Williamson SECOND Place: Babette Maiss THIRD Place: Jenni Miller

Beer event


FIRST Place: Oktoberfest SECOND Place: Beer Camp THIRD Place: Micro Brew Festival

Health & Wellness Local health-care provider FIRST Place: Argyll Medical Group SECOND Place: Mission Ranch Primary Care SECOND Place: Enloe Medical Center

Acupuncture clinic


Best Local Pet Store

Open mic

First Place: Prana Endura Wellness Center SECOND Place: True REST Float Spa THIRD Place: Vital Functional Medicine


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FIRST Place: In Motion Fitness SECOND Place: Chico Sports Club THIRD Place: Orangetheory Fitness

Boutique gym

FIRST Place: Orangetheory Fitness SECOND Place: Terrain Park Climbing Center THIRD Place: Chic Express Fitness

Personal trainer

FIRST Place: Spencer Boone SECOND Place: Andre Fassler THIRD Place: Marie Phillips

Alternative health-care provider

#1 Best Small Bites (apps/ tapas)

Best Feed Store/ Farm Supply


FIRST Place: Chico Community Acupuncture SECOND Place: Chico Acupuncture THIRD Place: Regina Dagorret


Recreation Dance studio

FIRST Place: Hype Dance Studio SECOND Place: North State Ballet THIRD Place: Studio One

Golf course – regional (Butte/Glenn/Tehama)

FIRST Place: Butte Creek Country Club SECOND Place: Bidwell Park Golf Course THIRD Place: Canyon Oaks Country Club

Dental care

Martial arts studio

FIRST Place: Nelsen Family Dentistry SECOND Place: Kremer Dental Care THIRD Place: Willow Creek Dentistry 

FIRST Place: Azad’s Martial Arts Center SECOND Place: Haley’s Martial Arts Center THIRD Place: Morning Sun Martial Arts


Yoga studio

Eye-care specialist FIRST Place: North Valley Eye Care SECOND Place: Chico Eye Center THIRD Place: Family Eye Care

General practitioner FIRST Place: Julie Archer SECOND Place: Marcia Nelson THIRD Place: A.M. Corky Rey

Pediatrician FIRST Place: Paul Wassermann SECOND Place: Daniela Morcos-Gannon THIRD Place: Ejaz Ahmed

Physical therapy office FIRST Place: Avail Physical Therapy SECOND Place: Coast Physical Therapy & Sports  Medicine THIRD Place: Enloe Medical Center Outpatient  Therapy Services

FIRST Place: Chico Heat SECOND Place: Almond Bowl THIRD Place: Chico State men’s basketball

Community Charitable cause

FIRST Place: Butte Humane Society SECOND Place (tie): Chico Housing Action Team SECOND Place (tie): Community Action Agency  of Butte County

Community event

FIRST Place: Taste of Chico SECOND Place: Thursday Night Market THIRD Place: Christmas Preview

Farmers’ market vendor

FIRST Place: Chico Chai SECOND Place: Grub CSA Farm THIRD Place: Guzetti’s Indian Food & Catering


FIRST Place: Museum of Northern California  Art SECOND Place: Gateway Science Museum THIRD Place: Chico History Museum

Party/event venue

FIRST Place: Larry E. Masula SECOND Place: Karen Escott THIRD Place: Mark Tenenbaum

FIRST Place: Kafele T. Hodari SECOND Place: F. Paul Sajben NTHIRD Place: Jacqueline Losi-Sasaki

Sporting event

FIRST Place: Yoga Center of Chico SECOND Place: In Motion Fitness Yoga Studio THIRD Place: Hot Yoga Club

Place for family fun

FIRST Place: Bidwell Park SECOND Place: Cal Skate/Funland THIRD Place: Rare Air Trampoline Park

Place for kids to play

FIRST Place: Caper Acres SECOND Place: Rare Air Trampoline Park THIRD Place: In Motion Fitness

Local league to join

FIRST Place: CARD Recreational Coed “E”  League Friendly Pitch Softball SECOND Place: Chico Youth Soccer League THIRD Place: Chico Eastside Little League  baseball

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FIRST Place: Chico Women’s Club SECOND Place: The Palms THIRD Place: The White Ranch

Place to pray

FIRST Place: Bidwell Park SECOND Place: Bidwell Presbyterian Church THIRD Place: Center for Spiritual Living Chico

Radio station

FIRST Place: 90.1 KZFR Community Radio SECOND Place: 103.5 KHSL The Blaze THIRD Place: 91.7 KCHO North State   Public Radio

Youth organization

FIRST Place: Boys & Girls Clubs   of the North Valley SECOND Place: Chico Area Recreation   and Park District THIRD Place: Young Life Chico/Butte County

Local personality

FIRST Place: Mike “G-Ride” Griffith SECOND Place: Linda Watkins-Bennett CTHIRD Place: Debbie Cobb


FIRST Place: Ryne Johnson SECOND Place: Janet Lombardi Blixt THIRD Place: Sanjay Dev

Teacher (K-12)

FIRST Place: Nicole Nye SECOND Place: Carol Stein THIRD Place: Linda Leen


FIRST Place: Nicholas Mertz SECOND Place: Farshad Azad THIRD Place: Lisa Currier

50. Van Anh Le, Angels Nails & Spa

2018 Readers’ Picks

51. Glynda Garner and Mitchell Bancroft, New Clairvaux Vineyard 52. Mike Griffith, G-Ride Pedi-Cab & Trolley 53. Jeramie Sabelman, Japanese Blossoms 54. Thania and Juan Ledesma, Aca Taco 56. Teresa Raczynski 57. Stacee Bedford, The Address 58. Amanda Bossheart, OM Foods 60. Garth Archibald and Jesse Grigg, The Commons Social Empourium 63. Amber, Elyse, Allison and Britta, For Elyse 64. Candi Williamson 65. Dave Atkinson and Don Slater, Hot Flash 66. Kyle Silliman, Chico Computer Clinic

Congratulations to Chico‘s Favorites! The following people received First-Place Winner plaques at the 2018 Best of Chico Party: 1. Tom Pyeatt and Michelle McNamara, Butte Creek Country Club

12. Jenni Miller, Prana Endura Wellness Center

2. Becki Brunelli and Farshad Azad, Azad’s Martial Arts Center

13. Cathy Royan, Spiteri’s Deli

4. Erin and Tyler, Trailblazer Pet Supply

15. Marc Moretti, Eighth & Main Antique Center

7. Shane and Jolene Dawson, Dawson Landscaping 8. Paul Wassermann 9. Sara Smallhouse, Museum of Northern California Art 10. Desiree Laurente and Kelsey Schwartz, Butte Humane Society 11. Kathy Hall, 5th Street Steakhouse

14. Nicholas Mertz

17. Janet Lombardi Blixt 18. Cindy Brocheuser, Labelz Upscale Consignment Boutique

37. Amanda Leveroni, Bacio Catering, Carry Out & Biz Box

25. Darci and James Crossin, Apple Blossom Baby

38. Lori Powers, Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery

26. Shawna Stinson and Julia Ingersoll, Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley

39. Socorro, Arc Thrift Store

27. Christine Souza, Kalico Kitchen 28. Lisa Weber, Yoga Center of Chico 29. Oscar H. and Charles H., Cozy Diner

73. Philipp Baker, The Plant Barn & Gifts

42. Lan Heng, Happy Garden 44. Sarah Adams and Lauren Kohler, Chico Chai 45. Janeene and Brian Hudson, Nobby’s 46. Stu Depper, 3rd Generation Cleaners

33. Antonio Rivera, Kalico Kitchen

21. Misty, S&S Organic Produce and Natural Foods

71. Michelle Rivers, Chico Community Acupuncture 72. Nathan Wiley and Megan Patterson, T. Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe

41. Doug Roberts, Duffy’s Tavern

32. Mike Armstrong, Gold Country Casino

19. Grant C. Parks, 90.1 KZFR Community Radio

22. Nicole Nye

24. Jessica Farrell and Kelsey Cameron, North Valley Eye Care

70. Autumn, Angelina, and Abigail Rasmussen, Live Life Juice Co.

47. Rickey and Casey Birdsill, La Comida

34. Shawna Sherod and Lindsay Kirk, Nelsen Family Dentistry 36. Lea Gadbois and Bethany Abt, Chico Paper Company

48. Anna Binyon, Naked Lounge


49. Erin Gonzales, CARD

Call ahead for your Holiday Pies!

Thank you, Chico, for voting us Best Diner!



Special Thanks to our Managers, Oscar Hernandez and Charles Harris.

We are open Thanksgiving Day! 6 am - 6 pm All Dinners, including Turkey, Ham or Steak are served from 10 am - 6 pm. Dine in or take out.


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