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Here are your choices for San Clemente’s best businesses, services, places and events of 2014.

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9th Annual

BEST OF SAN CLEMENTE PEOPLE’S CHOICE OLE AWARDS

Welcome to the Ninth Annual Best of San Clemente People’s Choice Ole Awards Annually we ask you, our readers, to vote for your favorite eateries, watering holes, services, shops, events and attractions. After your votes are tallied, the results are presented in this special keepsake issue we hope you will enjoy referring to throughout the year. With the vast majority of the winners representing businesses owned and operated locally, there truly is plenty here to be grateful for.

The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar Winner of Eight Golden Ole Awards

“It’s simple, no one does it like us.” VALARIE DAUGHERTY, THE FISHERMAN’S RESTAURANT & BAR


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IN THIS ISSUE EATERIES AND WATERING HOLES Best … Appetizers Bagel Bar Beer Selection Breakfast Breakfast Burrito Burger Cup of Coffee or Tea Donut Happy Hour International Eats Lunch Spot Margarita Menu for Healthy Choices Overall Restaurant Pizza Restaurant for a Date/ Romantic Evening Restaurant for Outdoor Dining Sandwich Spot to Cure a Sweet Tooth Sushi Taco Wine Selection

12 6 16 14 6 6 11 6 6 14 12 11 14 8 13 11 13 13 8 13 11 11 14

AT THE SHOPS Best … Antiques Arts and Crafts Supplies Clothing Home Décor and Furnishings Jewelry Kids’ Apparel and Toys Place for Buying and Viewing Art Place to Buy Flowers Specialty Grocer Store to Buy the Perfect Gift Surfboard Shaper Surf/SUP Shop

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SERVICES ON THE TO-DO LIST Best … Alternative Health Care Provider Barber Shop Car Repair Customer Service Dental Health Care Provider Dry Cleaner Grooming/Pet Care Gym/Workout Hair Salon

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Jeweler Local Nonprofit Organization Manicure and Pedicure Martial Arts Studio Medical Health Care Provider Pool Supply/Service Specialty Beauty Service Spa for Massages, Facials, etc. Tire Shop Veterinarian Yoga/Pilates Studio

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GETTING OUT Best … Billiards Beach Golf Course Local Annual Event Lodging Park Place to Take Out-of-towners Special Event/Wedding Venue Surf Break Venue for Live Music

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ON THE COVER: (Clockwise from top left) Bill Stewart, The Rider’s Club Café, Beachcomber Motel, Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, Active Culture Natural Foods Café, 24 Hour Fitness, The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar and Pizza Port. Photography by Allison Jarrell unless otherwise noted. T Street photo by Andrea Swayne.

34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624 phone 949.388.7700 fax 949.388.9977 www.sanclementetimes.com

PICKET FENCE MEDIA PUBLISHER Norb Garrett EDITORIAL Andrea Swayne, Jim Shilander, Allison Jerrell, Steve Breazeale, Andrea Papagianis ART/DESIGN Jasmine Smith

ADVERTISING Lauralyn Loynes, Susie Lantz, Debra Wells, Michele Reddick OPERATIONS Alyssa Garrett, Tricia Zines CONTRIBUTORS Dana Schnell, Robyn Wyman-Dill

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Eateries & Watering Holes BEST BREAKFAST GOLDEN OLE

Antoine’s Café

Antoine’s Café continues its longstanding reputation as a renowned breakfast eatery with menu favorites like veggie or ham and Swiss croissants, benedicts with crab or lox and fresh-brewed coffee. But manager Cassandra Haas said the menu isn’t the only thing drawing in repeat customers—servers strive to provide top-notch customer service and enjoy building relationships with the restaurants’ loyal patrons. 218 S. El Camino

Real, 949.492.1763, www.antoinescafe.com

SILVER OLE (TIE)

Café Mimosa

Best Breakfast Burrito

243 Avenida Del Mar, 949.481.6780, www.cafemimosasc.com

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S.C. Café

The Grill

1810 S. El Camino Real, 949.366.0626 NOMINEES: Active Culture Natural Foods Café • Adele’s at the San Clemente Inn • Avila’s El Ranchito • Banzai Bowls • Beach Garden Café • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Bread Gallery • Café Calypso • Café Rae • Captain Mauri’s Counterculture • Carrows Restaurant • Cinnamon Productions • Denny’s • El Jefe Café • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • The Grill • Hanson’s Market • IHOP • La Galette Creperie • La Siesta Mexican Restaurant • La Tiendita • McDonald’s • Mr. Pete’s Burgers • Pedro’s Tacos • Pipes Café • Poche Burger & Kitchen • Red Fox Lounge • Rose Donuts & Café • Rose’s Sugar Shack Café • Starbucks • Sunrise Café • Surfin’ Donuts • The Bagel Shack • The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar • Tommy’s Family Restaurant • Zebra House Coffee 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Antoine’s Café; Silver: Café Mimosa

BEST DONUT

The Grill

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Zebra House Coffee

Real, 949.218.6976, www.zebrahousecoffee.com

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Starbucks

300 S. El Camino Real, 949.369.9520; 1001 Avenida Pico, 949.369.5649; 638 Camino de los Mares, 949.496.5900, www.starbucks.com NOMINEES: 7 Eleven • Adele’s at the San Clemente Inn • Antoine’s Café • Beach Garden Café • Bear Coast Coffee • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Café Calypso • Café Del Sol • Café Espresso • Café Mimosa • Captain Mauri’s Counterculture • Cinnamon Productions • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • Hanson’s Market • Hapa J’s • Kaylani Coffee Co • La Colombiana • La Galette Creperie • Lavender Lounge Tea Company • McDonald’s • Nick’s San Clemente • Nourish • Peet’s Coffee & Tea • Pier Shack & Grill • Rose Donuts & Café • Rose’s Sugar Shack Café • S.C. Café • S.C. Donuts • Sugar Blossom Bake Shop • Surfin’ Donuts • The Bagel Shack • The Cellar • The Donut House • The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Zebra House Coffee; Silver: Starbucks

BEST BAGEL

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BEST CUP OF COFFEE OR TEA Zebra House customers get a realization things are different when they step in the door and see a book case that customers can freely borrow from and return to. Combine that with employees trained to provide all types of coffee drinks and educate customers on exactly what they’re getting, and you have the makings of San Clemente resident’s top choice for local coffee. 1001 S. El Camino

BEST BREAKFAST BURRITO

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Surfin’ Donuts

Surfin’ Donuts has become an earlymorning sugar fix staple in San Clemente, complete with a varied selection of donuts, breakfast sandwiches, freshlysqueezed orange juice and coffee. Local favorites include the tiger’s tail—a twisted pastry filled with cinnamon and chocolate—glazed apple fritters and donuts filled with fresh fruit. The shop’s location off of Interstate 5 makes it a great choice for a quick stop during the morning commute. 1822 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.1249

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S.C. Donuts

806 E. Avenida Pico, Suite G, 949.498.7837 NOMINEES: Active Culture Natural Foods Café • Antoine’s Café • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • Kelly’s Doughnuts • MRK Public • Rose Donuts & Café • Starbucks • The Donut House • Zebra House Coffee 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Surfin’ Donuts; Silver: S.C. Donuts

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After a several-week closure needed to recover from a recent fire, The Grill owner Doug Lemon is looking forward to reopening the restaurant later this month and once again offering San Clemente’s most popular breakfast burritos. Lemon said their burritos are big enough to split and come with a wide variety of add-ons like his homemade salsa, which many visitors have said is good enough to bottle. 202 N. El Camino Real, 949.492.8450 SILVER OLE

Pedro’s Tacos

2313 S. El Camino Real, 949.498.5904; 550 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.5908, www.pedrostacos.com NOMINEES: Active Culture Natural Foods Café • Adele’s at the San Clemente Inn • Adolfo’s Mexican Food • Antoine’s Café • Avila’s El Ranchito • Beach Garden Café • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Bull Taco • Burger Stop • Café Calypso • Café Del Sol • Café Rae • Captain Mauri’s Counterculture • Carl’s Jr • Chronic Taco • Corky’s Family Restaurant • Del Taco • El Jefe Café • El Mariachi Restaurant & Bar • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • Hanson’s Market • Humphrey’s Sandwich Shop • Kelly’s Donuts • Knuckleheads Sports Bar & Grill • La Cocina de Ricardo Mexican Restaurant • La Colombiana • La Galette Creperie • La Siesta Mexican Restaurant • La Tiendita • Las Golondrinas • Los Patios • McDonald’s • Mr. Pete’s Burgers • OC Tavern • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Pipes Café • Poche Burger & Kitchen • Ralphs • Rose Donuts & Café • Rose’s Sugar Shack Café • S.C. Café • South of Nick’s • Sunrise Café • Tequila’s Chophouse & Cantina • Tommy’s Family Restaurant • Zebra House Coffee 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Pedro’s Tacos; Silver: The Grill

GOLDEN OLE

The Bagel Shack

Owner Broc Meserve says The Bagel Shack understands what customers want, especially in the morning. That’s a fresh bagel, served quickly. “People like our speed of service, because people need to get out and get to work,” Meserve said. The combination of fresh bagels and quality ingredients that provide the building blocks for sandwiches, all named for local surf breaks, also helps make the Shack tops. 777 S. El Camino Real,

949.388.0745, www.thebagelshack.com

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Antoine’s Café

218 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.1763, www.antoinescafe.com NOMINEES: Active Culture Natural Foods Café • Adele’s at the San Clemente Inn • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Billy’s Meats Seafood and Deli • Café Calypso • Café Rae • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • The Grill • Hanson’s Market • Iva Lee’s Restaurant • Kaylani Coffee Co • Kelly’s Donuts • Panera Bread • Peet’s Coffee and Tea • Rose Donuts & Café • Rose’s Sugar Shack Café • S.C. Donuts • Starbucks • Surfin’ Donuts • Trader Joe’s • Zebra House Coffee 2013 WINNERS: Gold: The Bagel Shack; Silver: Kaylani Coffee Co.


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Best Menu for Healthy Choices Active Culture

BEST SANDWICH GOLDEN OLE

BEST MENU FOR HEALTHY CHOICES

Board & Brew

GOLDEN OLE

How do you get voted best sandwich nearly every year? Board & Brew co-owner Mike DeSanti said the key is providing fresh delicious fare that won’t break the bank … and don’t forget the divine secret sauce. “We strive to provide the best possible food and the lowest price,” DeSanti said. “And people understand the value aspect is built in.” 979 Avenida Pico, 949.498.2739, www.boardandbrew.com

SILVER OLE

Billy’s Meats Seafood & Deli

Active Culture Natural Foods Café

Active Culture is a new winner in the Ole Awards’ Healthy Choices category. Formerly known as Velvet Yogurt, owner Faye Clapp is happy with the restaurant’s recent transition from serving only frozen yogurt to offering a varied café menu with an array of sweet and savory gluten-free and natural menu items— from fresh, wholesome breakfast bowls to Clapp’s homemade lentil burgers.

111 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.5924, www.downtownsanclemente.com/billysmeats

111 S. El Camino Real, 949.276.4625, www.activeculturecafe.com

NOMINEES: Antoine’s Café • Beach Garden Café • Beach Fire Restaurant • Bella Colline Towne & Golf Club • Bread Gallery • Café Calypso • Café Mimosa • Café Rae • Captain Mauri’s Counterculture • Carl’s Jr • Cinnamon Productions • Duke’s Griddle N Grill • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • Fratello’s Family Italian Restaurant • The Grill • Guicho’s Eatery • Hanson’s Market • Humphry’s Sandwich Shop • Iva Lee’s Restaurant • Juice Stop • Kelly’s Donuts • Knuckleheads Sports Bar & Grill • LaRocco’s Pizza • Mr. Pete’s Burgers • MRK Public • Mulligan’s Sports Bar and Grill • Nick’s San Clemente • Nourish • OC Tavern • Panera Bread • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Pipes Café • Quiznos • Ralphs • Rose Donuts & Café • S.C. Café • San Clemente High School Snackbar • Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria • Smashburger • Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta • Subway • Sundried Tomato American Bistro • Sunrise Café • Surfside Pizza • The Bagel Shack • The Cellar • The Donut House • The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar • The Habit Burger Grill • The Kultured Kitchen • The Rider’s Club Café • Tina & Vince’s Italian Delicatessen • Zebra House Coffee 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Board & Brew; Silver: Billy’s Meats Seafood & Deli

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Captain Mauri’s Counterculture 149 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.8098, www.captainmauris.com

NOMINEES: 9 Style Sushi • Albertsons • Antoine’s Café • Banzai Bowls • Beach Fire Restaurant • Billy’s Meast Seafood & Deli • Board & Brew • Bread Gallery • Brick Pizzeria • Bull Taco • Café Calypso • Café Mimosa • Café Rae • Chipotle Mexican Grill • Daphne’s California Greek • El Pollo Loco • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • The Grill • Guicho’s Eatery • Hanson’s Market • Hapa J’s • Humphry’s Sandwich Shop • Juice Stop • Kahuna’s Grill at North Beach • La Colombiana • MRK Public • Nekter Juice Bar • Nick’s San Clemente • Nomads Canteen • Nourish • Panera Bread • Pick Up Stix Fresh Asian Flavors • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Poke + Roll 808 • Ralphs • Rice Temptation • Rubio’s Baja Fresh • Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta • South of Nick’s • Sundried Tomato American Bistro • Surfside Pizza • Taka-O Japanese Restaurant • Thai Palace • Thai Paradise • The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar • The Kultured Kitchen • Village Mediterranean Rim • Vine Restaurant & Bar • Wahoo’s Fish Taco • Zebra House Coffee • zpizza 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Captain Mauri’s Counterculture; Silver: Hanson’s Market

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BEST LUNCH SPOT

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638 Camino De Los Mares, 949.488.7826, www.habitburger.com

The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar

A top-level menu of salads, a chance for a quick bite at the Oyster Bar and a full midday menu help make Fisherman’s the city’s choice for favorite lunch spot. With the restaurant’s unbeatable view from atop the San Clemente Pier, diners are also treated to a relaxing respite from a busy day or a fun locale to savor time with friends. 611 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.6390, www.thefishermansrestaurant.com

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Nick’s San Clemente

213 Avenida del Mar, 949.481.2200, www.scnicks.com NOMINEES: 9 Style Sushi • Active Culture Natural Foods Café • Antoine’s Café • Avila’s El Ranchito • Banzai Bowls • Beach Garden Café • Beach Fire Restaurant • Biggie’s Burgers & More • Billy’s Meats Seafood & Deli • Board & Brew • Bread Gallery • Brick Pizzeria • Bull Taco • Burger Stop • Café Calypso • Café Del Sol • Café Mimosa • Café Rae • Captain Mauri’s Counterculture • Carbonara’s Trattoria • Cassano’s Pizza • Cinnamon Productions • Daphne’s California Greek • Duke’s Griddle N Grill • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • Fratello’s Family Italian Restaurant • The Grill • Guicho’s Eatery • Hanson’s Market • Hapa J’s • Humphry’s Sandwich Shop • Inka Mama’s • Kahuna’s Grill at North Beach • La Colombiana • La Galette Creperie • La Siesta Mexican Restaurant • LaRocco’s Pizza • Miyako Japanese Restaurant • Molly Bloom’s Irish Bar & Restaurant • Mr. Pete’s Burgers • MRK Public • New Mandarin Garden • Nomads Canteen • OC Tavern • Pedro’s Tacos • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Pizza Port • Poke + Roll 808 • Rice Temptations • Romano’s Pasta and Pizzeria • Rubio’s Baja Fresh • S.C. Café • San Clemente Wine Company • Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria • Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta • South of Nick’s • Subway • Sundried Tomato American Bistro • Super Bowl Express • Surfin’ Chicken Inc • Taka-O Japanese Restaurant • Talega Golf Club • Tequila’s Chophouse & Cantina • Thai Paradise • The Bagel Shack • The Cellar • The Habit Burger Grill • The Rider’s Club Café • Tina & Vince’s Italian Delicatessen • Tommy’s Family Restaurant • Wahoo’s Fish Taco • Zebra House Coffee • Zona’s Italian American Cuisine 2013 WINNERS: Gold: The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar Silver: Café Calypso

BEST BURGER

The Habit Burger Grill

NOMINEES: Antoine’s Café • Beach Garden Café • Beach Fire Restaurant • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Biggie’s Burgers & More • Burger Junkies • Burger Stop • Café Mimosa • Carl’s Jr • Del Taco • Denny’s • Dukes Griddle N Grill • The Grill • Hapa J’s • Iva Lee’s Restaurant • Izza Pizzeria • Jack in the Box • Kunckleheads Sports Bar & Grill • Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant • Mr. Pete’s Burgers • MRK Public • Nick’s San Clemente • OC Tavern • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Poche Burger & Kitchen • Rose Donuts & Café • Smashburger • Sundried Tomato American Bistro • Sunrise Café • The Cellar • The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar • Vine Restaurant & Bar • Zona’s Italian American Cuisine 2013 WINNERS: Gold: The Rider’s Club Café; Silver: The Habit Burger Grill

BEST PIZZA GOLDEN OLE

LaRocco’s Pizza

LaRocco’s Pizza offers customers a little slice of New York in the heart of San Clemente. The Italian eatery is famous for the original thin-crust style pizza, which can be ordered as a full pie or by the slice. LaRocco’s offers pies with classic toppings, such as the house special Brooklyn, white pizzas (with no red sauce) and even a few inventive twists, like a taco pizza. 122 S. El Camino Real,

949.366.8890, www.laroccospizzaonline.com

SILVER OLE

Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta 429 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.2540, www.sonnys.com

NOMINEES: Albertsons • Ball Park Pizza • Beach Fire Restaurant • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Billy’s Meats Seafood & Deli • Brick Pizzeria • Cassano’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant • Domino’s Pizza • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • Fratello’s Italian Restaurant • Italian Cravings • Izza Pizzeria • MRK Public • OC Tavern • Papa John’s Pizza • Papa Murphys Take N Bake Pizza • Pizza Hut • Pizza Port • Romano’s Pasta and Pizzeria • Round Table Pizza • San Clemente Pizza Company • Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria • Stuft Pizza • Sundried Tomato American Bistro • Surfside Pizza • Tina & Vince’s Italian Delicatessen • zpizza 2013 WINNERS: Gold: LaRocco’s Pizza; Silver: Pizza Port

Best Taco Pedro’s Tacos

BEST SUSHI GOLDEN OLE

9 Style Sushi

GOLDEN OLE

The Rider’s Club Café

Rider’s Club Café maintains its status as the city’s favorite burger for 2014. Co-owner Alexandra McGraw says it’s the restaurant’s consistency that keeps San Clemente diners coming back. “That’s what people who do really well are about,” McGraw said. “Everything’s fresh and we grind our meat in house every day.” McGraw also noted the restaurant’s regularly rotated craft brews, which make it a hot spot for beer lovers too. 1701 N. El Camino Real, 949.388.3758, www.ridersclubcafe.com

With friendly sushi chefs behind the bar— led by owner Q and chef Reo—attentive wait staff, surf videos playing overhead and a mostly local crowd, this cozy spot is a pleasant diversion both gastronomically and socially. The fare—fresh, creative and beautifully presented—has made it a go-to among San Clemente’s sushi lovers. Don’t miss the popular Garlic 9 roll and the seared yellowtail with jalapeño. Sake and beer go beyond standard, offering an interesting selection to accompany your meal. With a choice of sushi bar or table seating, 9 Style is perfect for date night or dinner out with the family. 102 Avenida Victoria, 949.366.3669

SILVER OLE

Taka-O Japanese Restaurant 425 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.7111, www.taka-orestaurant.com

NOMINEES: Aha! Sushi • Albertsons • Hanson’s Market • Hapa J’s • Ichibiri Japanese Restaurant • Miyako Japanese Restaurant • Nobu Sushi • Poke + Roll 808 • Rice Temptation • Super Bowl Express • Sushi Sono • The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar 2013 WINNERS: Gold: 9 Style Sushi; Silver: Taka-O Japanese Restaurant

“We were the first fish taco stand in Orange County. I think that’s something special about us.” ED McNARY, PEDRO’S TACOS

El Camino Real, 949.498.5904; 550 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.5908, www.pedrostacos.com

BEST TACO

SILVER OLE

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Pedro’s Tacos

La Siesta Mexican Restaurant

Pedro’s Tacos is an institution in San Clemente and has been since the doors first opened in 1986. The menu is full of Mexican classics, but it is the simple, fresh, iconic tacos that keep people coming back. Pedro’s Tacos offers seven different taco varieties, including their famous fish taco and staples such as carne asada and grilled chicken. 2313 S.

920 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.3094, www.lasiestasanclemente.com

NOMINEES: Adolfo’s Mexican Food • Antoine’s Café • Avila’s El Ranchito • Baja Fresh Mexican Grill • Beach Fire Restaurant • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Bull Taco • Café Del Sol • Chipotle Mexican Grill • Chronic Tacos • Del Taco • El Jefe Café • The Grill • Hapa J’s • Jack in the Box • La Tiendita • Las Golondrinas • Los Patios • Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant • Mulligan’s Sports Bar and Grill • Nomads Canteen • OC Tavern • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill • S.C. Café • South of Nick’s • Surfin’ Chicken Inc • Taco Bell • Tequilas Chophouse & Cantina • The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar • Vine Restaurant & Bar • Wahoo’s Fish Taco • Zebra House Coffee 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Pedro’s Tacos; Silver: La Siesta Mexican Restaurant

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BEST APPETIZERS GOLDEN OLE

Best Int’l Eats

The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar

The Fisherman’s Restaurant continues to be a popular choice for fresh seafood appetizers, including ahi poke, crab cakes and the bucket of clams. Valarie Daugherty, a restaurant manager, said Fisherman’s appetizers are distinctive, authentic and perfect to share. “It’s simple, no one does it like us,” Daugherty said. “Plus our view is unlike any other.”

Mongkut Thai

611 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.6390, www.thefishermansrestaurant.com

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Nick’s San Clemente

213 Avenida Del Mar, 949.481.2200, www.scnicks.com NOMINEES: 9 Style Sushi • Avila’s El Ranchito • Beach Fire Restaurant • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Brick Pizzeria • Bull Taco • Café Mimosa • Carbonara’s Trattoria • Duke’s Griddle N Grill • El Mariachi Restaurant & Bar • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • Fratello’s Family Italian Restaurant • Hapa J’s • Inka Mama’s • Iva Lee’s Restaurant • Izza Pizzeria • La Colombiana • La Siesta Mexican Restaurant • LaRocco’s Pizza • Los Patios • Mongkut Thai Restaurant • MRK Public • New Mandarin Garden • Nomads Canteen • OC Tavern • Pedro’s Tacos • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Pizza Port • Rice Temptation • San Clemente Wine Company • Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria • Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta • South of Nick’s • Sundried Tomato American Bistro • Taka-O Japanese Restaurant • Tequilas Chophouse & Cantina • The Cellar • Vine Restaurant & Bar • Zona’s Italian American Cuisine 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Nick’s San Clemente; The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar; Silver: The Cellar

BEST INTERNATIONAL EATS GOLDEN OLE

Mongkut Thai Restaurant

It’s been almost 30 years since Mongkut Thai owner-chef Ning Laitipaya opened her restaurant on Del Mar, and she’s been cooking up a wide array of mouthwatering authentic Thai offerings ever since. Laitipaya said loyal patrons return for favorites like the drunken noodle and pad thai, but in a couple weeks, she’s looking forward to updating her traditional jade garden chicken dish with a Thai crispy egg recipe. 212 Avenida Del

Mar, 949.492.3871, www.downtownsanclemente. com/mongkutthai

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Village Mediterranean Rim 123 Avenida Del Mar, 949.361.8970, www.villagemedrim.com

“The jade garden chicken is a popular dish in Thailand. In a couple weeks, we’ll begin serving a new, authentic recipe with ground chicken, basil, rice and crispy egg.” NING LAITIPAYA, CHEF-OWNER OF MONGKUT THAI

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NOMINEES: 9 Style Sushi • A Taste of China • Active Culture Natural Foods Café • Aha! Sushi • Antoine’s Café • Avila’s El Ranchito • Bamboo Bamboo’s Chinese • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Board & Brew • Banzai Bowls • Bull Taco • Café Mimosa • Café Rae • Carbonara’s Trattoria • China Well Restaurant • Chipotle Mexican Grill • Daphne’s California Greek • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • Fratello’s Family Italian Restaurant • Guicho’s Eatery • Hapa J’s • Ichibiri Japanese Restaurant • Inka Mama’s • Italian Cravings • Iva Lee’s Restaurant • La Colombiana • La Siesta Mexican Restaurant • LaRocco’s Pizza • Little Thia Hut Restaurant • Los Patios • Miyako Japanese Restaurant • Molly Bloom’s Irish Bar & Restaurant • New Mandarin Garden • Nick’s San Clemente • Nomads Canteen • Pedro’s Tacos • Pho Thanh Binh • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Poke + Roll 808 • Rice Temptation • Romano’s Pasta and Pizzeria • Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta • South of Nick’s • Taco Bell • Taka-O Japanese Restaurant • Tequila’s Chophouse & Cantina • Thai Palace • Thai Paradise Restaurant • The Cellar • The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar • Tina & Vince’s Italian Delicatessen • Vine Restaurant & Bar • Zona’s Italian American Cuisine 2013 WINNERS: Gold: South of Nick’s; Silver: Mongkut Thai Restaurant


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BEST RESTAURANT FOR OUTDOOR DINING

BEST RESTAURANT FOR A DATE/ ROMANTIC EVENING

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The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar

The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar

Since no restaurant in San Clemente can get closer to the ocean than The Fisherman’s, it’s not surprising it won the inaugural award in this category. “It’s the view, the weather. If it’s great weather, we’re ready because everyone will start coming down,” manager Valarie Daugherty said. “People always say to us ‘I bet you never get sick of this view.’” 611 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.6390, www.thefishermansrestaurant.com

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Café Mimosa

243 Avenida Del Mar, 949.481.6780, www.cafemimosasc.com NOMINEES: Antoine’s Café • Avila’s El Ranchito • Beach Garden Café • Beach Fire Restaurant • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Billy’s Meats Seafood & Deli • Board & Brew • Café 207 • Café Calypso • Captain Mauri’s Counterculture • Carbonara’s Trattoria • El Mariachi Restaurant & Bar • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • The Grill • La Colombiana • La Galette Creperie • MRK Public • Nick’s San Clemente • Nomads Canteen • Nourish • Pedro’s Taco • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Rubio’s Baja Fresh • Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria • Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta • South of Nick’s • Sundried Tomato American Bistro • Tequila’s Chophouse & Cantina • The Cellar • The Rider’s Club Café • Vine Restaurant & Bar • Wahoo’s Fish Taco • Zebra House Coffee • Zona’s Italian American Cuisine 2013 WINNERS: New Category

The sunset. The ocean crashing beneath you. You might not be able to come up with a more picturesque place to take the one you love than The Fisherman’s. There’s a menu full of delicious choices from the sea (oysters are aphrodisiacs after all). And the restaurant is constantly seeing familiar faces for annual family celebrations and treats preferred customers with a mud pie on their anniversaries. 611 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.6390,

CURE A SWEET TOOTH

BEST OVERALL RESTAURANT

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Active Culture Natural Foods Café/Velvet Yogurt

The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar

Despite the new name and menu change, owner Faye Clapp’s natural foods café, formerly known as Velvet Yogurt, has retained its status as a favorite frozen yogurt shop. Clapp said the quality and taste of their yogurt makes it stand out, and patrons are always coming back for their red velvet and Euro tart flavors. “I’m happy that people have stuck with us over the years,” Clapp said. 111 S. El Camino Real, 949.276.4625, www.

activeculturecafe.com

www.thefishermansrestaurant.com

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Schmid’s Fine Chocolates

Vine Restaurant & Bar

211 N. El Camino Real, 949.361.2079, www.vinesanclemente.com NOMINEES: Antoine’s Café • Beach Fire Restaurant • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Brick Pizzeria • Café 207 • Café Mimosa • Carbonara’s Trattoria • Hapa J’s • Ichibiri Japanese Restaurant • Iva Lee’s Restaurant • La Colombiana • La Siesta Mexican Restaurant • LaRocco’s Pizza • Mongkut Thai Restaurant • MRK Public • New Mandarin Garden • Nick’s San Clemente • Nobu Sushi • Pho Thanh Danh • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Pizza Port • San Clemente Wine Company • Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta • South of Nick’s Sundried Tomato American Bistro • Surfin’ Chicken • Taka-O Japanese Restaurant • Tequila’s Chophouse & Cantina • The Cellar • Village Mediterranean Rim • Vine Restaurant & Bar • Zona’s Italian American Cuisine 2013 WINNERS: Gold: The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar; Silver: Nick’s San Clemente

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99 Avenida Del Mar, 949.369.1052, www.schmidschocolate.com

NOMINEES: Abby’s Cheesecakes • Antoine’s Café • Banzai Bowls • BaskinRobbins • Beach Fire Restaurant • Café 207 • Café Calypso • Café Mimosa • Carbonara’s Trattoria • Cinnamon Productions • Dreamy Sweets Pastries • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt • IHOP • Jamba Juice • Juice It Up • Kaylani Coffee Co • Kelly’s Doughnuts • Nekter Juice Bar • Nick’s San Clemente • Nourish • Rite Aid • Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop • Rose Donuts & Café • S.C. Donuts • Sugar Blossom Back Shop • Surfin’ Donuts • The Cellar • The Donut House • The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar • Vine Restaurant & Bar • Yogurtland • Zebra House Coffee 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Active Culture Natural Foods Café/Velvet Yogurt; Silver: Baskin-Robbins

The total Fisherman’s experience has led to it winning multiple categories annually, and 2014 is no exception. What’s unique about Fisherman’s is the restaurant’s wide variety of meal options, from breakfast and brunch to lunch, dinner and cocktails. 611 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.6390, www.thefishermansrestaurant.com

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Nick’s San Clemente

213 Avenida del Mar, 949.481.2200, www.scnicks.com NOMINEES: 9 Style Sushi • Active Culture Natural Foods Café • Adele’s at the San Clemente Inn • Antoine’s Café • Avila’s El Ranchito • Beach Fire Restaurant • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Big Helyn’s Saloon • Billy’s Meats Seafood & Deli • Board & Brew • Brick Pizzeria • Café 207 • Café Del Sol • Café Espresso • Café Mimosa • Café Rae • Captain Mauri’s Counterculture • Carbonara’s Trattoria • China Well Restaurant • El Jefe Café • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • Fratello’s Family Italian Restaurant • The Grill • Guicho’s Eatery • Hapa J’s • Inka Mama’s • Italian Cravings • Iva Lee’s Restaurant • Izza Pizzeria • La Colombiana • LaRocco’s Pizza • La Siesta Mexican Restaurant • Little Thai Hut Restaurant • Mongkut Thai Restaurant • MRK Public • Nomads Canteen • Pedro’s Tacos • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Pizza Port • Poke + Roll 808 • Rice Temptation • Romano’s Pasta and Pizza • S.C. Café • San Clemente Wine Company • Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria • Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta • South of Nick’s • Sundried Tomato American Bistro • Sunrise Café • Surfin’ Chicken • Surfside Pizza • Taka-O Japanese Restaurant • Tequila’s Chophouse & Cantina • The Cellar • The Rider’s Club Café • Village Mediterranean Rim • Vine Restaurant & Bar • Zebra House Coffee • Zona’s Italian American Cuisine 2013 WINNERS: Gold: The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar; Silver: Nick’s San Clemente


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Best Beer Selection Pizza Port

BEST HAPPY HOUR

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The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar

South of Nick’s

The local landmark hosts Sunset Hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, with delicious seafood and themed offerings that don’t eat up your whole paycheck. “We strive to provide a great value for our customers,” said Mark Esparza, general manager. “And they come back for our consistency, ambiance and service.” Check out their South of the Border Night, $4 bar menu plates and oyster bar sunset specials. 611 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.6390, www.thefishermansrestaurant.com

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The Cellar

156 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com NOMINEES: Active Culture-Natural Foods Café • Avila’s El Ranchito • Barnoa Wine Bar • Beach Fire Restaurant • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Big Helyn’s Saloon • Board & Brew • Brick Pizzeria • Bull Taco • Café Mimosa • Duke’s Griddle N Grill • El Mariachi Restaurant & Bar • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • Fratello’s Family Italian Restaurant • Goody’s Tavern • Hapa J’s • Inka Mama’s • Iva Lee Restaurant • Izza Pizzeria • Knuckleheads Sports Bar & Grill • La Colombiana Restaurant • La Siesta Mexican Restaurant • Los Patios Restaurant • McDonald’s • Molly Bloom’s Irish Bar & Restaurant • MRK Public • Mulligan’s Sports Bar and Grill • Nick’s San Clemente • Nomads Canteen • OV Tavern • Ole’s Tavern • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Pizza Port • Poke + Roll 808 • Red Fox Lounge • San Clemente Wine Company • Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria • Sonic Drive-In • Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta • South of Nick’s • Sundried Tomato American Bistro • Taka-O Japanese Restaurant • The Rider’s Club Café • Tina & Vince’s Italian Delicatessen • Vine Restaurant & Bar • Zona’s Italian American Cuisine 2013 WINNERS: Gold: The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar; Silver: Sundried Tomato American Bistro

Once again, South of Nick’s proves their innovative mixology is unsurpassed, with the gold going to nine, tasty, handshaken margaritas, made to order with fresh ingredients and rimmed with Pop Rocks. Their bar menu—aptly titled “Liquid Assets”—offers such exotics as Spicy Lover, Toasted Coconut, Prickly Pear margaritas and a variety of sipping tequilas. 110 N. El Camino Real, 949.481.4545,

www.southofnicks.com

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Avila’s El Ranchito

204 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.5000, www.avilaselranchito.com NOMINEES: Adele’s at the San Clemente Inn • Beach Fire Restaurant • Bella Colline Towne & Golf Club • Big Helyn’s Saloon • El Jefe Café • El Mariachi Restaurant & Bar • Goody’s Tavern • Hapa J’s • Inka Mama’s • Iva Lee’s Restaurant • Knucklehead’sSports Bar & Grill • La Siesta Mexican Restaurant • Los Patios • Mulligan’s Sports Bar • Nick’s San Clemente • Ole’s Tavern • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Red Fox Lounge • Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta • Sundried Tomato American Bistro • Tequila’s Chophouse & Cantina • The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar • Vine Restaurant & Bar • Zona’s Italian American Cuisine 2013 WINNERS: Gold: South of Nick’s; Silver: Avila’s El Ranchito

14 SC Times Best of San Clemente People’s Choice Ole Awards

BEST BEER SELECTION

BEST WINE SELECTION

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Pizza Port

Bar Manager Casey Kendrix is a very busy man, managing 24 microbrews on tap and a bar for a hip and ever expanding clientele. To keep 600-plus craft beers straight, their chalkboard beer menu is divided into two categories, Guest Beers and Pizza Port Hand-crafted. The company’s own hand-crafted ales, brewed on-site, have earned them a slew of awards and “brew gods status” in some circles. 301 N. El Camino Real, 949.490.0005,

The Cellar

Proprietress Dawn Provence and sommelier Kim Prieto are cultivating a culture with distinctive tasting flights and a venue devoted to great wine, music and food. Stop in for Ecstatic Hour, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., for happy hour pricing on select wines, beers and small plates. And then stay for dinner and live music starting at 7 p.m. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday, with no cover charge or drink minimum. 156 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3663,

www.pizzaport.com

www.thecellarsite.com

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Nomads Canteen

102 Avenida Cabrillo, 949.481.4153, www.nomadscanteen.com NOMINEES: Albertsons • Antoine’s Café • Artifex Brewing Company • Avila’s El Ranchito • Barnoa Wine Bar • Beach Fire Restaurant • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Big Helyn’s Saloon • Board & Brew • Bob’s Fine Wines • Brick Pizzeria • Café Mimosa • Duke’s Griddle N Grill • El Mariachi Restaurant & Bar • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • Fred’s Liquor Market • Goody’s Tavern • Hapa J’s • Inka Mama’s • Iva Lee’s Restaurant • Knucklehead’s Sports Bar & Grill • La Colombiana Restaurant • LaRocco’s Pizza • Left Coast Brewing Co • Molly Bloom’s Irish Bar & Restaurant • MRK Public • Mulligan’s Sports Bar and Grill • Nick’s San Clemente • OC Tavern • Ole’s Tavern • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Ralphs • Red Fox Lounge • San Clemente Wine Company • Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria • Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta • South of Nick’s • Sundried Tomato American Bistro • The Cellar • The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar • The Rider’s Club Café • Tina & Vince’s Italian Delicatessen • Vine Restaurant & Bar • Zona’s Italian American Cuisine 2013 WINNERS: New Category

San Clemente Wine Company 212-1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com

NOMINEES: Albertsons • Antoine’s Café • Barnoa Wine Bar • Beach Fire Restaurant • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Big Helyn’s Saloon • Bob’s Fine Wines • Brick Pizzeria • Café 207 • Café Mimosa • Carbonara’s Trattoria • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • Fratello’s Family Italian Restaurant • Fred’s Market Liquor • Hanson’s Market • Iva Lee’s Restaurant • Izza Pizzeria • La Colombiana • LaRocco’s Pizza • Nick’s San Clemente • Nomads Canteen • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Ralphs • Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta • South of Nick’s • Sundried Tomato American Bistro • The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar • Tina & Vince’s Italian Delicatessen • Trader Joe’s • Vine Restaurant & Bar • Zona’s Italian American Cuisine 2013 WINNERS: Gold: The Cellar; Silver: San Clemente Wine Company


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Best Art Supply San Clemente Art Supply & Custom Framing

on-site framing, classes for all ages and a gallery for readings and exhibits. This is a people’s place, harboring an eclectic vibe, where service and ideas reign. 1531 N. El

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The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar

If it’s friendly, casual ambience you’re seeking, look no further. This watering hole is a perennial winner. Perched at the base of San Clemente Pier, it is a primo spot for watching the sun set over the Pacific. The fully-stocked bar offers cocktails, beer and a 10-page wine list, small plates, lunch and dinner service. 611 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.6390, www.thefishermansrestaurant.com

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Michaels

937 Avenida Pico, 949.940.0465, www.michaels.com NOMINEES: Fired Up • Russell Stationers • The Third Eye • Village Art & Craft Faire 2013 WINNERS: Gold: San Clemente Art Supply & Custom Framing; Silver: Michaels

BEST ANTIQUES

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Nick’s San Clemente

213 Avenida del Mar, 949.481.2200, www.scnicks.com

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Red Fox Lounge

220 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.3403 NOMINEES: Avila’s El Ranchito • Barnoa Wine Bar • Beach Fire Restaurant • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Big Helyn’s Saloon • Brick Pizzeria • Café 207 • Café Mimosa • Carbonara’s Trattoria • Duke’s Griddle N Grill • El Mariachi Restaurant & Bar • Fratello’s Family Italian Restaurant • Goody’s Tavern • Hapa J’s • Iva Lee’s Restaurant • Knuckleheads Sports Bar & Grill • La Colombiana • La Siesta Mexican Restaurant • Left Coast Brewing Co • Molly Bloom’s Irish Bar & Restaurant • MRK Public • Milligan’s Sports Bar and Grill • Nomads Canteen • OC Tavern • Ole’s Tavern • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Pizza Port • San Clemente Wine Company • South of Nick’s • Sundried Tomato American Bistro • Sunsets at the Pier • Taka-O Japanese Restaurant • Tequila’s Chophouse & Cantina • The Cellar • Vine Restaurant & Bar • Zona’s Italian American Cuisine 2013 WINNERS: Gold: The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar; Silver: Nick’s San Clemente

At the Shops BEST ARTS AND CRAFTS SUPPLIES

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Stanford Court Antiques

Stanford Court Antiques is celebrating a momentous year, which starts with a win as the city’s favorite place for antiques. “Stanford Court Antiques is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary in May,” owner Michael Kaupp said. “Over the years we have worked hard to maintain a high level of quality of furniture and other smaller antique items. I would like to think that this effort has paid off and that we have established a reputation for consistent quality and value.” 106 Avenida Del Mar, 949.366.6290, www.stanfordcourtantiques.com

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San Clemente Art Supply & Custom Framing

130 Avenida Granada, 949.498.2560, www.lacasaverdestore.com

La Casa Verde de Granada

San Clemente is a one-degree-of-artist town. You either are an artist or know one. It’s this vibrant community that inspired Richard and Patti Herdell to open an art-dedicated storefront in 2003—a shop offering some 16,000 supplies,

NOMINEES: Christopher-Lee Ltd • Consignment Design Concepts • Laura’s House Retail Store • Mak & Jill • Moldy Toes Records • On The Rocks Jewelry and Rare Coins • Paradise Jewelers • Plum Precious Antiques • Reclamation • ReFinds Consignment Shop • Salvation Army Family Store • San Clemente Antiques • South Coast Furniture & Mattress • Sweeet Repeeet Consignment • The Pac-Rat • Villa Cucina Home & Kitchen Store 2013 WINNERS: San Clemente Antiques; Silver: Stanford Court Antiques

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BEST HOME DECOR AND FURNISHINGS GOLDEN OLE

Luxe Home Furnishings

In a day when manufactured, massproduced goods fill stores, Lisa Liddi set out to highlight the small, unique items and people that truly make up the world. Since opening nine years ago, Liddi has supported artists, both locally and globally, who lend their talents to creating beautiful handmade or repurposed pieces—works that end up in the rooms or on the walls, tables and bodies of local clientele. 210 N. El Camino Real, 949.218.4700

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Backstreet Home Decor 307 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.2210, www.backstreethomedecor.com

NOMINEES: Bamboo & Beyond • Christopher-Lee Ltd • Consignment Design Concepts • DeNault’s True Value Hardware • ERBA • Flair Lighting • Hobie Surf Shop • La Casa Verde de Granada • La Tienda Thrift Store • Lowe’s Home Improvement • Mak & Jill • Paula Oblen • Pier 1 Imports • Reclamation • ReFinds Consignment Shop • Salvation Army Family Store • San Clemente Antiques • San Clemente • Sofas by Design • South Coast Furniture & Mattress • Stanford Court Antiques • Target • Tuesday Morning • Villa Cucina Home & Kitchen Store • Walmart 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Villa Cucina Home & Kitchen Store; Silver: Luxe Home Furnishings

Best Home Decor Luxe Home Furnishings

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Melrose in the OC

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ERBA

ERBA owner Lisa Rodarti travels all over the world to pick out the handmade, artisan jewelry she sells at her cozy Del Mar shop. Rodarti said she often chooses unique, bold pieces from young, start-up entrepreneurs, as well as recognized names like Uno de 50 and Virgins Saints and Angels. “I try to find things that are unique, edgy and fun to wear,” Rodarti said. 114 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.2355,

www.shoperba.com

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Paradise Jewelers

166 Avenida del Mar, 949.361.4367, www.paradisejewelers.com NOMINEES: Angel Wings • Bliss Boutique • Coral Thrift Shop • Designs by Nature • Eyeland Lash • Fi Fi La La’s • Gino’s Jewelers • Heavenly Couture • Hobie Surf Shop • Isabelle’s Cabinet • Jewelry Forever • Melrose in the OC • On The Rocks Jewelry and Rare Coins • Paradise Jewelers II • Plum Precious Antiques • Rascal’s Ladies Boutique • Reclamation • ReFinds Consignment Shop • Ritual Boutique • Salon Zinnia & Lifestyle Boutique • San Clemente Antiques • Sand & Sea Jewelry • Sweeet Repeeet Consignment • Swirl Boutique • Target • The Mole Hole • The Pac-Rat • The Passionate Collector • The Third Eye • Variant • Walmart 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Paradise Jewelers; Silver: ERBA

Attractive price points and contemporary trends in women’s fashion make Melrose in the OC a favorite of local fashionistas. Owner Kristina Waisner Sitzmann brings years of knowledge from working the New York, London and Tokyo markets. New stock—affordable, mostly LA-sourced and ranging in price from $14 to $70—arrives weekly at this stylish downtown boutique. 144-A Avenida Del Mar,

949.366.0561, www.melroseintheoc.com

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Angel Wings

204 Avenida Del Mar, 949.218.5258 NOMINEES: 99 Cents Only Stores • BC Surf Shop • Bijou Boutique • Bikram Yoga San Clemente • Bliss Boutique • Bunny’s Secrets • Catalyst Shop • Coral Thrift Store • Cotton ‘n Stuff • Em & Tess Clothing & Accessories • ERBA • Eyeland Lash • F.I.T.S. & Fashion • Fashions Fifteen • Fresh Produce • Heavenly Couture • Hobie Surf Shop • Icons of Surf • Institute Liberal Boutique • Isabelle’s Cabinet • Jack’s Surfboards • Jewelry Forever • pure. love. yoga. • Rascal’s Ladies Boutique • Rip Curl • Ritual Boutique • Salon Zinnia & Lifestyle Boutique • Sam’s Shoes & Shoe Repair • Styles for Less • Sweeet Repeeet Consignment • Swirl Boutique • Target • The Pac-Rat • Trestles Surf Outlet • Variant • Walmart 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Melrose in the OC; Silver: Angel Wings

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Mac & Madi’s Unique Children’s Boutique

Mac & Madi’s is a wonderland of infant

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to tween goods everywhere you look, with wooden train sets, collector picture books, plush toys and quality apparel adorning the nooks and crannies of this happy space. “In all my years working here, I’ve never had a bad customer,” said owner Corey Bauman, whose son and daughter provided the inspiration for opening her shop 12 years ago. 204 Avenida Del Mar, 949.366.6226, www.macandmadikids.com

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Petit Bonhomme

147 Avenida Del Mar, 949.361.3651, www.downtownsanclemente.com/petitbonhomme NOMINEES: Cottage Bliss • ERBA • Hobie Surf Shop • Jack’s Surfboards • Target • Walmart 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Mac & Madi’s Unique Children’s Boutique; Silver: Petit Bonhomme

“Our main goal is to sell beautifully, locally and globally handmade goods.” LISA LIDDI, LUXE HOME FURNISHINGS

BEST PLACE FOR BUYING AND VIEWING ART

100 Seville Ave., 949.492.7175, www.paintsanclemente.com

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San Clemente Art Gallery

The all-volunteer, nonprofit San Clemente Art Association is dedicated to nurturing local artists and their craft’s appreciation—that’s the way it’s been for 60 years since the organization held its first exhibit. And since 1972, in the heart of downtown, the association has showcased its members’ work free to the public in a gallery where visitors can peruse paintings, sculptures

and jewelry from renowned local talents. San Clemente Community Center,

Gallery 104

166 Avenida Del Mar, 949.218.0903, www.gallery104.com NOMINEES: Backstreet Home Décor • Bamboo & Beyond • Beach Fire Restaurant • Bull Taco • Café Rae • Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens • Delanty Fine Art • Ellen Benfatti Fine Art Gallery • ERBA • Fired Up • Ink Gallery Tattoos & Fine Arts • Knuckleheads Sports Bar & Grill • La Casa Verde de Granada • Michaels • Moldy Toes Records • Noll Surfboards • North Beach Art Walk • Reclamation • ReFinds Consignment Shop • San Clemente Antiques • San Clemente Florist • Solitary Exposure • South Coast Furniture & Mattress • Syrens Hair Parlor • T. Patterson Surfboards • The Mint Fine Art Gallery • Villa Cucina Home & Kitchen Store • Village Art & Craft Faire • Von Lortz Sidestreet Gallery • Whitney Gallery • Zebra House Coffee 2013 WINNERS: Gold: San Clemente Art Gallery; Silver: Gallery 104


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Best Specialty Grocer Hanson’s Market

BEST PLACE TO BUY FLOWERS

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Salon Zinnia & Lifestyle Boutique

641 Camino De Los Mares, 949.429.2020, www.salonzinnia.com

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Flowers and Friends

It’s scientifically proven—flowers make people happy. Hearing owner Keith Jones speak fondly of his early days, working for California floral pioneers in growing the industry, proves that statement holds true. “Every day, I love going to work,” he said. Millions of fresh-cut flowers have passed through his whimsical, steeple-roofed kiosk on the way to brightening someone’s day during his nearly quarter-century in business. 1844 N. El Camino Real, 949.366.9150, www.flowersandfriendssanclemente.com

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Downtown Flowers

111 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.7062, www.sanclementedowntownflowers.com NOMINEES: Albertsons • Beach City Florist • Enchanted Fine Florals • Kimberly’s Flowers • McKenna Florist • Ralphs • San Clemente Farmers Market • San Clemente Florist • Shore Gardens Retail Plant Nursery • Trader Joe’s • Wildflower of San Clemente 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Flowers and Friends; Silver: Downtown Flowers

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ERBA

Owner Lisa Rodarti has provided locals a one-stop gift shop for 14 years, but declares the true present is hers. “One of the greatest gifts of having a little shop like this ... is having the support of the people who live here,” she said. So whether you’re looking for a birthday or just-because gift, ERBA has the jewelry, aromatics, cards and more to brighten anyone’s day. 114 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.2355, www.shoperba.com

NOMINEES: Angel Wings • Asana FIT • Backstreet Home Décor • Bamboo & Beyond • BC Surf Shop • Bliss Boutique • Bunny’s Secrets • Café Rae • Catalyst Shop • Christopher-Lee Ltd • Con Rev • Coral Thrift Shop • Cottage Bliss • Dave Cook’s Golf Shop • Del Mar Beauty Supply • DeNault’s True Value Hardware • Designs By Nature • Dewey’s TV & Home Appliance • Downtown Flower Design • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • Enchanted Fine Florals • Eyeland Lash • Flowers and Friends • Fresh Produce • Heavenly Couture • Hobie Surf Shop • Jewelry Forever • Kelly’s Hallmark • La Casa Verde de Granada • La Tienda Thrift Store • Luxe Home Furnishings • Mak & Jill • Melrose in the OC • Mermaids San Clemente • Moldy Toes Records • Oliver’s Olive Oil • On The Rocks Jewelry and Rare Coins • Paradise Jewelers • Plum Precious Antiques • Rascal’s Ladies Boutique • Reclamation • ReFinds Consignment Shop • Republik of Kalifornia • Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop • Russell Stationers • San Clemente Antiques • San Clemente Art Supply • San Clemente Florist • San Clemente Wine Company • Schmid’s Fine Chocolates • Seaside Skin Care • Shore Gardens Retail Plant Nursery • South Coast Furniture & Mattress • Stewart Surfboards • Sweet Repeeet Consignment • Target • The Cellar • The Mole Hole • The Pac-Rat • The Third Eye • Three Dog Bakery • Tootsies Shoe Boutique • Treasures Discovered • Variant • Villa Cucina Home & Kitchen Store • Vix Vapes • Wildflower of San Clemente 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Paradise Jewelers II; Silver: ERBA

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Hanson’s Market

Hanson’s owner Ron Castruita has said that his market’s success lies in its ability to meet customers’ needs while offering a wide variety of organic and natural foods. Castruita, a 27-year San Clemente resident, opened Hanson’s Market in San Clemente three years ago and recently opened a second location in San Juan Capistrano in November. Castruita said he enjoys tailoring the stores’ offerings to fit his community. 415 E. Avenida Pico,

949.218.1690, www.hansonsmarket.com

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Trader Joe’s

638 Camino De Los Mares, 949.240.9996, www.traderjoes.com NOMINEES: Billy’s Meats Seafood & Deli • El Toro Rojo • Oliver’s Olive Oils • Pier Market • Ralphs • San Clemente Farmers Market • San Clemente Wine Company • Stater Bros. Market • Stellalucy Gluten-Free Market • The Cellar 2013 WINNERS: New Category

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Best Surfboard Shaper Bill Stewart

BEST SURFBOARD SHAPER

BEST SURF/ SUP SHOP

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Bill Stewart/Stewart Surfboards

Hobie Surf Shop

Bill Stewart is an inventor, engineer, artist and master shaper, all rolled into one. Responsible for the creation of some of surfing’s most visually stunning and innovative board designs—such as the Hydro Hull beveled-rail high performance longboard and the 2+1 fin set-up—Stewart has gained a loyal worldwide following in his more than four decades of crafting quality wave-riding vehicles. 2102 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.1085, www.stewartsurfboards.com

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For more than six decades, the name Hobie has been associated with the very best in water sports and the beach lifestyle, thanks to founder Hobie Alter’s made-for-fun inventions and expert craftsmanship. With two downtown locations, shoppers can find everything for a great day at the beach along with accessories for the home, stylish clothing and, of course, top-notch surfboards and SUPs. 151 Avenida Del Mar, 949.542.3400, 100 S. El Camino Real, 949.542.3355, www.hobie.com

Matt “Mayhem” Biolos/ Lost Surfboards

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NOMINEES: Brad Howe • Brawner Boards • Breno Basilio/Muleke Surfboards • Brian Bulkley • Bryan Knowles • Chelu • Chris “Slick” Schlickenmeyer • Chris Kaysen/Kaysen Surfboards • Cole Simler/Cole Surfboards • Coolbreeze Boardworks • Dewey Weber Surfboards • Donald Brink/Brink Surfboards • Eric Martin • Erik Rubner • Garth Day/G. Day Surfboards • George Wilson • Greg Martz • Hamish Graham/Superstix Surfboards • Hobie Surf Shop • Jack’s Surfboards • Jean Pierre Van Swae • Jed Noll/Noll Surfboards • Jerry O’Keefe/Soul Stix Surfboards • Jimmy Nudo • John Kuhns • John Robertson/Robo Surfboards • Matt Parker/ALBUM Surfboards • Michael Mauri/Fundamental Surfboards • Midget Smith Surfboards • Paul Carter/Paul Carter Surf Art • Rich Harbour/Harbour Surfboards • Rick Rock Surfboards • Rip Curl • Riviera Paddlesurf • Ron House/Ron House Paddlesurf • Ryan Engle/Canvas Surfboards • Scott’s Surfboard Repair • Shaper’s Alley • Sun Dolphin Surfboards • Terry Senate/Terry Senate Surfboards • Timmy Patterson/T. Patterson Surfboards • Tyler Lawyer 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Timmy Patterson/T. Patterson Surfboards; Silver: Matt “Mayhem” Biolos/Lost Surfboards

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1755 N. El Camino Real, 949.492.5721, www.catalystshop.com

BC Surf Shop

222 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.9085, www.shopbcsurf.com

Stewart Surfboards

2102 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.1085, www.stewartsurfboards.com NOMINEES: Basham’s Surf Shop • Brawner Boards • Catalyst Shop • Coolbreeze Boardworks • eBodyboarding • Icons of Surf • Jack’s Surfboard Outlet • Lost Surfboards • Lost Winds • Noll Surfboards • Republik of Kalifornia • Rip Curl • Riviera Paddlesurf • T. Patterson Surfboards • Terry Senate Surfboards • The WareHouse • Trestles Surf Outlet 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Hobie Surf Shop; Silver: BC Surf Shop


9th Annual

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Best Customer Service San Clemente Smiles Photo courtesy of San Clemente Smiles

“We are a happy team and we love to make our patients happy and give them hope.” CHRISTIAN MACEY, SAN CLEMENTE SMILES

Services on the To Do List BEST OVERALL CUSTOMER SERVICE GOLDEN OLE

Collins Harrell, D.M.D./ San Clemente Smiles

Dr. Collins Harrell says the effort made toward customer service at the San Clemente Smiles offices is one made by everyone. “Our goal and vision as a team is to be the happiest dental office on earth,” Harrell said. “We want to give our very best to all who enter our doors, so we start by giving our very best to each other.” Harrell said creating a friendly environment amongst the staff helps everyone, including patients, which leads to better outcomes for the business and patients. “This positive ‘yes’ culture allows us as a team to be true patient advocates, which we believe is the highest and best form of genuine customer service,” he said. 905 Calle Amanecer, 949.498.1320, www.sanclementesmiles.com

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Salon Zinnia & Lifestyle Boutique

641 Camino De Los Mares, 949.429.2020, www.salonzinnia.com

NOMINEES: 5 Elements Spa • A Sweetpea Event & Celebration • A-1 Home Healthcare • Active Culture Natural Foods Café • Adele’s at the San Clemente Inn • Angel Wings • Antoine’s Café • Asana FIT • Bamboo & Beyond • Basham’s Surf Shop • Bayside Window Cleaning • BC Surfshop • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Bikram Yoga San Clemente • Bliss Boutique • Bonded Cleaners • Bonnie’s Skin Care • Bow Wow Beautiful Pet Spa • Brick Pizzeria • BT Fitness • Café 207 • Café Calypso • Café Espresso • Café Mimosa • CB Cycle Barn • Chin’s Acupuncture • Century 21 O.M.A • City of San Clemente • David A. Buchan, D.D.S. • Del Mar Beauty Supply • Del Mar Watch & Clock Shop • DeNaults True Hardware • Department of Motor Vehicles • Designer Magic Carpet • Dewey’s TV & Home Appliance • Dr. Thompson Chiropractic • Dreamy Sweets Pastries • Duke’s Griddle N Grill • Eaton’s Income Tax Services • Ellie’s at North Beach • ERBA • Erini P. Redmond, D.D.S. • Eyeland Lash • Flowers and Friends • Foundation Fitness San Clemente • Frank’s Auto Collision • Griffin Optometric Group • The Grill • Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy • Hanson’s Market • Hapa J’s • Hobie Surf Shop • Holiday Inn Express • Holley’s Tire Service • Iva Lee’s Restaurant • Izza Pizzeria • Jay’s Catering • Jewelry Forever • John Redmond/Redmond Orthodontics • K & S Cleaners • Kate Reeves/Ralphs • Kelly’s Hallmark • Kristen Ritzau, D.D.S. • La Casa Verde de Granada • La Siesta Mexican Restaurant • LaRocco’s Pizza • Left Coast Brewing Co • Living Art Gallery Tattoo • Los Patios • Mac & Madi’s Unique Children’s Boutique • Mark Zeni Tile & Stone Inc • Mathnasium • Mathom House Books • MDP Supply Inc • Melrose in the OC • Mike Plouff/Allstate Insurance • Mike’s Pet Care • Modest Spot Salon • Moldy Toes Records • Nails by Karen Dispenza • Nick’s San Clemente • Nics Vaccum & Small Appliance • North Beach Nutrition • Nourish • OC Autoworks • Ole’s Tavern • Oliver’s Olive Oil • Paradise Jewelers • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Pipes Café • Rainbow Sandals • Ralphs • Rascal’s Ladies Boutique • Ray’s Barber Place • Red Fox Lounge • ReFinds Consignment Shop • Republik of Kalifornia • Rip Curl • Ritual Boutique • Run More • Saddleback Memorial Medical Center • Salon Bamboo • Sam’s Shoes & Shoe Repair • San Clemente Art Supply • San Clemente Chamber of Commerce • San Clemente Florist • San Clemente Grooming & Pet Spa • San Clemente Gym • San Clemente Veterinary Hospital • San Clemente Wine Company • San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter • San Clemente Villas by the Sea • Schmid’s Fine Chocolates • Seaside Skin Care • Sea View Pharmacy • Shadetree Automotive • Shake It Design • SHE at Phenix Salon Suites • Shore Gardens Retail Plant Nursery • Slam Sports • Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta • South of Nick’s • Starbucks • Subway • Sundried Tomato American Bistro • Sunrise Café • Sweeet Repeeet Consignment • Taka-O Japanese Restaurant • Talega Animal Hospital • Talega Day Spa • Target • The Cellar • The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar • The Habit Burger Grill • The Mole Hole • The Pac-Rat • The Rider’s Club Café • The Third Eye • Thomas Bailey/Mission OBGYN • Tootsies Shoe Boutique • Trade Winds Hair Salon • Trader Joe’s • Universal Press • UPS Store • UsedSurf • Variant • Villa Cucina Home & Kitchen Store • Village Book Exchange • Vine Restaurant & Bar • Vix Vapes • Wagadoodle Pet Salon • Wahoo’s Fish Tacos • Wheenk! Physical Therapy • Wildflower of San Clemente • Zebra House Coffee • Zona’s Italian American Cuisine 2013 WINNERS: Gold: The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar; Silver: Paradise Jewlers

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BEST BARBER SHOP

Salon • Jerry’s Barber Shop • Neptune’s Den Mens Hair Salon • Popeye’s for Hair • Salon Bamboo • Salon Incognito • Salon Zinnia & Lifestyle Boutique • Sport Clips • Supercuts • Syrens Hair Parlor • The Señor Barber 2013 WINNERS: Gold: V’s Barbershop; Silver: The Señor Barber

BEST HAIR SALON GOLDEN OLE

Salon Bamboo

Rachel Place

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Ray’s Barber Place

Rachel Place said her shop’s easy camaraderie and homey feel helped make it San Clemente’s favorite barber shop in 2014. “People say it has a good energy, that everyone is friendly,” Place said. “We’re remodeling right now and people want to be sure we don’t lose that feel.” Place said her barbers strive to get to know their customers, from weekday regulars to the weekend Marine crowd. 400 S. El Camino Real, 949.361.6626, www.raysbarberplace.com

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V’s Barbershop

802 Avenida Talega, Suite 105, 949.429.7770, www.vbarbershop.com NOMINEES: A Cut Above Barber Shop • Alicia’s Barber and Hair Styling Salon • Beach Cities BarberShop • Downtown Barber Shop • Hair Affair • Headgames

“I’m so grateful. It’s been a great 11 years with more to come,” said Jamie Springer, the upbeat owner of Salon Bamboo, always looking to up his game. Specializing in color, cuts, hair extensions and beauty treatments, he credits his stylists, estheticians and management for building their long-standing reputation for customer satisfaction. Part of the “more to come” on the radar for 2015 are some exciting new styling products. 150 Avenida Del Mar, Suite A, 949.361.3348, www.salonbamboo.com

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Salon Zinnia & Lifestyle Boutique

641 Camino De Los Mares, 949.429.2020, www.salonzinnia.com NOMINEES: Alicia’s Barber and Hair Styling Salon • Beach Waves Salon • Carlisle’s Hair Design • Clips ‘n Curls • D’Vine Salon and Spa • Ermanno DeVito Hair Studio • Hair Affair • Hair Sculptors Beauty Salon • Hairwaves • Headgames Salon • Janelle Marcoe Studio • Kreative Hair Design • Look Hair & Makeup Studio • Ma Jolie Hair Salon • Minart’s Hair Fashion/Boutique • Modest Spot Salon • Phenix Salon Suites • Popeye’s for Hair • R Tistic Salon • Revival • Salon 221 • Salon Bleu • Salon Incognito • Salon Real • Salon Rendez-vous • Sanctuary Salon by Cha • Shake It Design • SHE at Phenix Salon Suites • Sport Clips • Supercuts • Syrens Hair Parlor • Tradewinds Hair Salon 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Salon Bamboo; Silver: Salon Incognito

Best Beauty Service Eyeland Lash Christine Petrun

BEST SPECIALTY BEAUTY SERVICE GOLDEN OLE

Eyeland Lash

When Christine Petrun lost her corporate job she remapped her career, discovering a service she loved—eyelash extensions. She learned the craft, got certified and began performing extensions in her spare bedroom. Since then, Petrun opened a storefront where her well-trained staff has introduced locals to semi-permanent, individual extensions that make

mascara obsolete. It’s a unique process, performed by technicians devoted to helping clients look, and feel, their best. 647 Camino Del Los Mares, Suite 104, 949.391.0670, www.eyelandlash.com

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Talega Day Spa

1161 Puerta Del Sol, 949.429.5757, www.talegadayspa.com NOMINEES: 5 Elements Spa • Allure Nails & Spa • Always Bronze • Beauty Nails • Bellagio Nail Spa • Bonnie’s Skin Salon • C’ Siren Day Spa • Del Mar Beauty Supply • D’Vine Salon and Spa • Fashion Nails • Final Touch Nails & Spa • Hairwaves • O2 Wellness Center • Phenix Salon Suites • Sally Beauty Supply • Salon Bamboo • Salon Bleu • Salon Incognito • Salon Zinnia & Lifestyle Boutique • Seaside Skin Care • Simple Touch Skin Care • Smooth Waxing Salon • Sugaring Studio • The Brow Boutique • V Nails Boutique • Waves Beyond Skin Care • Zia Threading 2013 WINNERS: New Category


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Best Manicure Nails by Karen Dispenza

BEST MANICURE AND PEDICURE GOLDEN OLE

Nails by Karen Dispenza

After more than a decade in nail care in New York, Karen Dispenza came to San Clemente in 1996, successfully meshing East Coast salon sensibilities with the casual style and culture of the West Coast. She has since developed a reputation for delivering quality services in a relaxed atmosphere where friendly relationships are shaped right alongside beautiful nails. Gel polishes, nail wraps, acrylics and fills are among her offerings.

find two relaxation rooms—sauna and steam. 1161 Puerta Del Sol, 949.429.5757, www.talegadayspa.com

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5 Elements Spa

157 Avenida Del Mar, 949.361.0505, www.5elementsspa.com NOMINEES: Bonnie’s Skin Care • C’ Siren Day Spa • Chin’s Acupuncture • Clavel Avery/Phenix Salon Suites • D’Vine Salon & Spa • Facial Aesthetics Concepts • Glo Micro Spa • Massage Alma • Massage Envy • Patti Dunn Skin Care & Massage • Phenix Salon Suites • Salon Bamboo • Salon Zinnia & Lifestyle Boutique • Seaside Skin Care • Shine Bodyworks • Simple Touch Skin Care • Thai Bodyworks • The Green Room • The Soul Intention • Waves Beyond Skin Care 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Talega Day Spa; Silver: Seaside Skin Care

1911 S. El Camino Real, 949.361.6693, www.sanclementenails.com

BEST ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

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Mingee’s Nails

Chin’s Acupuncture Center

164 Avenida Del Mar, 949.369.1818; 132 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.1139 NOMINEES: 5 Elements Spa • Allure Nails & Spa • Beauty Nails • Bellagio Nail Spa • D’Vine Salon & Spa • Final Touch Nails & Spa • Happy Nails and Spa • Lux Nail Spa • Ocean View Nails • Passion Nails & Spa • Professionail & Spa • Salon Bamboo • Salon Real • Salon Zinnia & Lifestyle Boutique • SC Nail Lounge • Serinity Nail Salon • Studio B • Sunset Glow Nail Spa • Sweet Escape • Talega Day Spa • The Perfect Ten • V Nails Boutique 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Mingee’s Nails; Silver: Nails by Karen Dispenza

For more than 24 years Chin’s Acupuncture Center—formerly Family Acupuncture Center—has provided the best in acupuncture, Gua Sha, cupping, herbal medicine, applied Kinesiology and more, making them a top alternative health care choice. “I take a unique approach to optimizing health and well-being,” said Luke TaekSoo Jung, L.Ac. “With a combination of Eastern and Western modalities, treatment is customized to each patient’s individual body constitution.” 415 N. El Camino Real, 949.361.2046,

BEST SPA FOR MASSAGES, FACIALS, ETC.

www.jungsacupuncture.com

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Talega Day Spa

449 Recovery

This relaxation sanctuary, where restorative pampering is guaranteed, was inspired by the ancient Etruscan civilization that created the concept of pampering and nurturing the body. This “touch of Tuscany” spa adheres to spa traditions of old, offering an assortment of services, such as facials and massages, coupled with modern amenities. Inside their mural-painted walls, you’ll

1401 N. El Camino Real, 855.435.7449, www.449recovery.com NOMINEES: A Point of Health Acupuncture • Amy U. Choi, D.C. • Bradley Shapero, D.C./Premier Health Care • Chiropractic Center/ Tyler Johnson D.C., CCSP • Healing Tree Clinic • Heather Rice, L.Ac. • Holistic Healing Herbs & Vitamins • John A. Virag, D.C. • Kate Andrews, L.Ac./Granada Acupuncture • Kevin Dand, D.C., Kim Lee Thorp • Michael L. Kruetz, D.C. • Mizokami Advanced Circulatory Sports • New Hope Acupuncture Center • OC Couple and Family Therapy • Premier Health Care • Richard C. Roth, D.C. • Ryan Anderson, D.C./ Trestles Chiropractic • San Clemente Villas by the Sea • Sepi Fortsie, D.C./ Pacific Coast Chiropractic • Serene Qi Acupuncture • The Soul Intention 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Emily K. Valenzuela, L.Ac./A Point of Health Acupuncture; Silver: Chin’s Acupuncture Center

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Best Car Repair Shadetree Automotive

BEST DENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER GOLDEN OLE

Collins Harrell, D.M.D./ San Clemente Smiles

Dr. Collins Harrell began his practice 15 years ago, and since then he and the staff at San Clemente Smiles have been working to master the art of painless dentistry and patient comfort. “We set ourselves apart by creating a culture of patient advocacy in our practice that our patients sense the moment they walk into our office,” Harrell said. “I am not happy until my patients are happy.” 905 Calle Amanecer, 949.498.1320, www.sanclementesmiles.com

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Kristen Ritzau, D.D.S.

122 Avenida Cabrillo, 949.234.6850, www.kristenritzaudds.com NOMINEES: Alex Eidelstien, D.D.S. • Alex J. Brandon, D.D.S./Brandon Orthodontics • Alice P. Moran, D.D.S • Artistic Dentistry • Brian J. Rice, D.D.S/ Family Dentistry Services • Brighter Image Dental • Carla P. Bryan, D.D.S. • Cheryl Colker, D.D.S. • Cheryl E. McDonogh, D.M.D., A.P.C • Dana Ghorab, D.D.S., P.C. • David A. Buchan, D.D.S • David J. Hinrichs, D.D.S. • David M. Guyot, D.D.S. • Donald L. Muir, D.M.D. • Donald S. Field, D.D.S. • Edmond H. Henken, D.D.S., M.S./Henken Orthodontics • Eric Johnson, D.D.S. • Erini P. Redmond, D.D.S. • Jacob K. Lee/Pediatric Dentistry of San Clemente • John Castillo, D.D.S. • John Redmond, D.D.S., M.S. • Jon Draper, D.D.S. • Karen S. Potter/San Clemente Endodontics • Kent C. Sanders, D.D.S. • Lawrence Eckl, D.D.S./Dr. Eckl Family Dentistry • Mike W. Shannon, D.D.S. • Nhu Q. Tran, D.D.S. • Nicolas C. Salvati, D.D.S. • Norman B. Crow, D.D.S. • Paul M. Reischl, D.D.S./Reischl Dentistry • Radiant Smiles Dental Care • Ronald W. Trosper, D.D.S. • Sachiko V. Fukuman,

D.D.S. • San Clemente Dental Group and Orthodontics • Sean Thompson, D.D.S. • Talega Dental Group • Taylor Olsen, D.D.S., M.S.D/Olsen Orthodontics • Tricia L. Williams • Wallace D. Thune, D.D.S. • William J. Brownson, D.D.S. • William J. Capobianco, D.D.S. • William J. Redmond, D.D.S. • Wyatt D. Simons, D.D.S • 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Brian J. Rice, D.D.S./Family Dentistry Services; Silver: Carla P. Bryan, D.D.S.

BEST MEDICAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER GOLDEN OLE

Adam Crawford, D.O./Premier Physicians Medical Group

Primary Care Physician Adam Crawford has been serving San Clemente for 15 years and enjoys being a true family doctor. Crawford, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, and the staff at Premier Physicians have served generations of beach town families while working to stay at the forefront of the medical field. Crawford is also an avid surfer, paddle boarder and horseback rider, making him a great fit for San Clemente. 724 S. El Camino Real, 949.493.6113, www.premierphysicians.org

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Ricardo Davalos, M.D./ Ocean Breeze Medical Group 150 Avenida Cabrillo, 949.369.6993

NOMINEES: Adam C. Franklin, M.D./Sea View Orthopedic Medical Group • Andres Betts, M.D./Pain Doctors • Candace M. Basich, M.D. • Catherine Y. Han/Orange Coast Women’s Medical Group • Christopher Carlin, M.D./West Dermatology • Elizabeth Johnson, M.D./Orange Coast Women’s Medical

Group • Eva F. Gentile, M.D./Seapoint Medical • Gus Gialamas, M.D./Sea View Orthopedic Medical Group • Harvard Eye Associates • Hitesh K. Patel, M.D. • Hybrid MD Urgent Care • Inchel C. Yeam, M.D. • James I. Sperber, M.D. • James Johnson, M.D. • Katherin A Teeple, M.D. • Kenneth L. Rexinger, M.D. • Lauren B. Dwinell, M.D./Southern Orange County Pediatric Associates • Lori L. Clark/ Senior Care Medical Associates • Lowell Klienman, M.D. • Mark S. Sugar, M.D./ Allergy & Asthma Associates • Michael W. Shannon, M.D. • Mohammed M. Ali, M.D. • Ocean Breeze Medical Group • Orange Coast Women’s Medical Group • Peter S. Jungwirth, M.D. • Piper Walsh, Ph.D. • Predrag P. Mitrevski, M.D. • Premier Physicians Medical Group • Rahul M. Kale, M.D. • Ralf Reuland, M.D. • Richard Ganges, M.D./ Facial Aesthetic Concepts • Ronald K. McGee, M.D. • Saddleback Memorial Medical Care • Sara Shokouhi, M.D./Heal Medical Clinic • Sea View Pediatrics • Southern Orange County Pediatric Associates • Steven P. Cullen, M.D./San Clemente Internal Medicine • Susan Saltzman, M.D. • Thomas S. Bailey, M.D./Mission OBGYN Medical Group • Tortsen J. Kruse, M.D. • Wheenk! Physical Therapy • William W. Martin, Ph.D. • Yelena Wood, M.D. 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Adam Crawford, D.O./Premier Physicians Medical Group; Silver: Ricardo Davalos, M.D./Ocean Breeze Medical Group

BEST JEWELER GOLDEN OLE

Paradise Jewelers

Owner Rick Dunning—a diamontologist with 35 years of experience in estate and custom jewelry design and owner of two stores employing five other jewelers— has seen business continually grow over his nine years in San Clemente. The store recently relocated from El Camino Real to Avenida Del Mar, a move Dunning said has been popular with customers by allowing him to offer a larger selection. 166 Avenida del Mar, 949.361-4367, www.paradisejewelers.com

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On the Rocks Jewelry and Rare Coins

207 N. El Camino Real, 949.366.0022

NOMINEES: Del Mar Watch & Clock Shop • Gino’s Jewelers • Jewelry Forever • Paradise II • Sand & Sea Jewelry 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Paradise Jewelers; Silver: On the Rocks Jewelry and Rare Coins

BEST CAR REPAIR GOLDEN OLE

Shadetree Automotive

Shadetree Automotive owner Paul Huffman said his company’s efforts at providing the best customer service possible begins with making the shop a great place to work. “We really try to create a workfriendly environment for our employees,” Huffman said. “By doing this we think we end up with a more customer friendly business.” That also translates to upgrading the shop regularly with the latest technology to provide for the next generation of customers. 1635 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.6470,

www.shadetreeautorepairsanclemente.com

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Jay’s Car Repair

1504 Avenida De La Estrella, 949.492.7990, www.jayscarrepair.mechanicnet.com NOMINEES: Advanced Auto Services • Arnold’s Auto Repair • Auto Medic • B & M Auto Body Shop • Big O Tires • Bill Brewster Automotive • Bobs Auto Repair • Carlos Auto Repair • Coastline Automotive • Courtesy Automotive Services • D & A Performance Automotive • Dave Wert Auto Repair • El Camino Automotive & Tire Center • Fix Auto • Franks Auto Collision • Holley’s Tire Service • Jack Staggs Auto Repair • Klink’s Auto Repair • Littlepage Autoworks • OC Autoworks • OC German Car Service • Ocean Breeze Automotive • Pep Boys Auto Service & Tire • Ramona Tire & Automotive Service Center • RSC Automotive Repair • San Clemente Auto Care • San Clemente Auto Center • San O Mechanic • Sergio’s Advanced Auto Services • Shorecliffs Auto Services • Startech Auto Repair • Valvoline Instant Oil Change • Victoria Auto Repair • West Coast Automotive Specialists 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Shadetree Automotive; Silver: El Camino Automotive & Tire Center

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Best Dry Cleaner Bonded Cleaners

Greg Suding (L) and Scott English

BEST TIRE SHOP GOLDEN OLE

Holley’s Tire Service

Since 1961, Holley’s Tires has been the trusted choice for generations of San Clemente motorists. When Ron Strickland bought the business 25 years ago, he not

only kept the name but also the shop’s reputation for honesty, top quality and service. “Most of us have worked here for more than 20 years and combined have more than 100 years of knowledge and experience,” said manager Sergio Castro. “Service is our best product.” 1225 N. El Camino Real, 949.492.4733, www.holleystireservice.com

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Jimmy’s Tire Center

911 Avenida Pico, 949.492.4500, www.jimmystirecenters.com NOMINEES: Big O Tires • Bobs Auto Repair • El Camino Automotive & Tire Center • Firestone Complete Auto Care • Fonseca Jr. Tires • OC Autoworks • Pep Boys Auto Service & Tire • Ramona Tire & Automotive Service Center • San O Mechanic • West Coast Automotive Specialists 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Holley’s Tire Service; Silver: Jimmy’s Tire Service

BEST DRY CLEANER

BEST POOL SUPPLY/SERVICE

Bonded Cleaners provides reasonablypriced same-day service, spot removal, repairs and alterations, along with specialty cleaning for wedding gowns, formals, suede, leather, bedspreads, comforters and more. A family business operating in the same location for 34 years, Bonded built the first dry cleaning plant ever in SC in 1981 and have since expanded their services into other SoCal communities. 1221 N. El Camino Real,

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SC Pool & Spa Works

Since 2002, the staff at SC Pool & Spa Works has supplied locals with the utmost knowledge and care when it comes to all their aquatic needs. Whether you’re looking to make energy-saving upgrades, in need of routine maintenance services or experiencing issues with the water, deck or structure of your pool, this experienced team has you covered with expert repairs and fast response times. 1311 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.7665, www.scpoolworks.com

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Left Coast Pool and Spa Service 949.680.7715, www.leftcoastpools.com 32 SC Times Best of San Clemente People’s Choice Ole Awards

NOMINEES: Aquaman Swimming Pool & Spa Service • Bill’s Pool Supplies & Service • California Dreamin’ Pool and Spa Service • Eric May Pool Service • Leslie’s Pool Supplies • Plumeria Pools • Radiant Pool & Spa Service 2013 WINNERS: Gold: SC Pool & Spa Works; Silver: Leslie’s Pool Supplies

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Bonded Cleaners

949.498.1183, www.bonded-cleaners.com

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K & S Cleaners

114 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.5424, www.sanclementedrycleaners.com NOMINEES: Baroni Cleaners Tailoring and Tuxedos • Celebrity Cleaners • El Camino Cleaners • Grant Plaza Cleaners • Luckys Dry Cleaners • Nelson’s Cleaners • Pico Cleaners • Presidio Cleaners • Silver Cleaners • Sunny Fresh Cleaners • Talega Cleaners 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Bonded Cleaners; Silver: K & S Cleaners


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BEST GYM/ WORKOUT GOLDEN OLE

24 Hour Fitness

The 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport in San Clemente boasts an impressive, sprawling complex for fitness buffs and recreation users to explore. Aside from its large number of machines and free weights, the gym also offers an indoor lap pool, a sauna, a full indoor basketball court, exercise classes and a kids club, making it the preferred onestop fitness mecca for San Clemente residents. 110 Avenida La Pata, 949.245.0265,

www.24hourfitness.com

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San Clemente Gym

123 S. El Camino Real, 949.361.1007, www.sanclementegym.com NOMINEES: Anytime Fitness • Asana FIT • BeachFit CrossFit • Bikram Yoga San Clemente • BT Fitness • CB CycleBarn • Club Pilates San Clemente • Curves • Fitness 19 • Fitness Elite for Women • Foundation Fitness San Clemente • Gracie Bara San Clemente Martial Arts • Guillobel Brazilian Jui-Jitsu Academy • Hanger 18 Indoor Rock Climbing Gym • Iron Woman Boot Camp • North Beach Kettlebell • OceanaFit Yoga • pure. love. yoga. • Rancho San Clemente Tennis & Fitness Club • San Clemente Beach Trail • San Clemente Community Center • So Cal Boot Camp • Total Body Conditioning • USSD Martial Arts San Clemente • Xtreme Fitness 2013 WINNERS: Gold: San Clemente Gym; Silver: CrossFit Orange County

“We are passionate about inspiring and empowering our members to live fit and healthy lives.” ADRIAN DIXON, 24 HOUR FITNESS

BEST YOGA/ PILATES STUDIO GOLDEN OLE

Asana FIT

Asana FIT isn’t your typical yoga studio. Manager Ashley Plummer said the studio offers spiritual healing and community building opportunities through special services and events. A wide variety of classes accommodates all skill levels and can even help treat certain injuries. “We’re really a center for spiritual healing,” Plummer said. “It’s not just about the body; it’s also about the mind.” 102 S.

Ola Vista, 949.492.0110, www.asanafit.com

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pure. love. yoga.

415 E. Avenida Pico, 949.492.5048, www.pureloveyogasc.com

Best Gym 24 Hour Fitness

NOMINEES: Bella Pilates Studio • Bikram Yoga San Clemente • BT Fitness • Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens • Club Pilates San Clemente • Fitness Elite for Women • Foundation Fitness San Clemente • Jessica Seabern/ City of San Clemente • Linda Bell Studios • OceanaFit Yoga 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Asana FIT; Silver: OceanaFit Yoga

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BEST MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO GOLDEN OLE

Guillobel Brazilian Jui-Jitsu Academy

Founded by world champion black belt fighter Paulo Guillobel, the Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy provides programs for adults, children and families. The academy prides itself on instructing the popular martial arts form, which can be applied to self-defense, competition or to those looking for a good, unique workout. Aside from the popular adults’ program, the academy offers classes for children ages 3 to 13. 621-A N. El Camino Real, 949.366.2107, www.guillobelbjj.com

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Gracie Barra San Clemente Martial Arts

“We treat each one of our students as part of our family and we are always willing to go the extra mile to help them achieve their goals.”

1011 Avenida Pico, 949.361.9411, www.gbsanclemente.com

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USSD Martial Arts San Clemente 79 Via Pico Plaza, 949.361.9111, www.martialartsinsc.com

NOMINEES: Fight Strong MMA • National Taekwondo Academy • Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts Academy • San Clemente Self Defense • Subfighter MMA • Sunrise Tae Kwon Do • Villari’s Martial Arts 2013 WINNERS: Gold: USSD Martial Arts San Clemente; Silver: Guillobel Brazilian Jui-Jitsu Academy

BEST GROOMING/ PET CARE

PAULO GUILLOBEL

to make sure your animal companions look and feel their best. The website also offers pet health tips, local dog park listings, pet care services and online appointment bookings. 801 Via Suerte, Suite 101, 949.391.7297, www.ocgroomer.com

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San Clemente Grooming & Pet Spa

Everyone knows you feel better when you look good, and pets are no exception. With experienced groomers and self-serve washing stations—with warm water jets to bathe and massage pets— owner Tamara Muslin and staff strive

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Wagadoodle Pet Salon

653 Camino De Los Mares, Suite 100, 949.493.7297, www.theyellowbone.com NOMINEES: Bow Wow Beautiful Pet Spa • Camp Bow Wow • Critters Mobile Pet Grooming • Hilary’s Mobile Grooming • Home Town Pet Grooming • Manicured Mutt Grooming Salon • Mike’s Pet Care • Paws Pet Resort • San Clemente Veterinary Hospital • Talega Animal Hospital • The Pet Palace • Unleashed by Petco • VIP Pet Spa 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Pet Treasures (Wagadoodle Pet Salon); Silver: San Clemente Grooming & Pet Spa

BEST VETERINARIAN GOLDEN OLE

San Clemente Veterinary Hospital

Since 1957 this AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital has been caring for San Clemente’s pet community with a high standard of excellence. The state-ofthe-art facility with six doctors on call, kennels and grooming services is open seven days a week. “We are thankful to our loyal clients and the confidence the community has in us,” veterinarian John Agostini said. 1833 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.5777, www.sc-vet.com

Best Vet San Clemente Veterinary Hospital

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Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital 1242 Puerta Del Sol, 949.429.1555, www.pacificcoastveterinary.com

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Talega Animal Hospital 995 Avenida Pico, 949.481.8387, www.talegaah.com

NOMINEES: Avenida Animal Hospital • Jim Aria Zand/Pico Veterinary Clinic • John Agostini/San Clemente Veterinary Hospital • Kristy Surbida/Talega Animal Hospital • Matthew Brady/Veterinary Housecalls • Mike Ontiveros/ Estrella Veterinary Hospital • Nagy Amin/Avenida Animal Hospital • Nicole Millner/Talega Animal Hospital • Pico Veterinary Clinic • Sarah Gertmenian/ Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital • Scott Deihl/Camino Veterinary Clinic • Steve Scibelli/Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital 2013 WINNERS: New Category

34 SC Times Best of San Clemente People’s Choice Ole Awards

BEST LOCAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION GOLDEN OLE

Family Assistance Ministries

Family Assistance Ministries Director Mary Gray Purdue says the fact that San Clemente residents get to see the difference the organization makes on a daily basis— in feeding the hungry and helping keep people from facing homelessness—led to FAM being named as the city’s favorite. “It’s an honor to be here,” Purdue said, “because we change lives.” 1030 Calle Nego-

cio, 949.492.8477, www.family-assistance.org

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Pet Project Foundation

221 Avenida Fabricante, 949.492.1617, www.petprojectfoundation.org Nominees: 7 Day Hero • Abolitionist Mamas • Action Angels • Assistance League of Capistrano Valley • Azimuth Education Foundation • Bargain Box Thrift Store/Assistance League of Capistrano Valley • Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area • Case Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens • COA Community Outreach Alliance • Cool to be Kind • Downtown Business Association • Elks USA • Friends of the San Clemente Library • iHOPE • Kids Around the World • Kiwanis Club of San Clemente • La Tienda Thrift Store/Joshua House • Las Buenas Amigas • Laura’s House • Marblehead Elementary School Aloha Education Foundation • Nick Pasquale Foundation • Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and School • Pacific Coast Church • Pregnancy Resource Center • Saddleback Church • San Clemente Chamber of Commerce • San Clemente Collaborative • San Clemente Community Market • San Clemente High School Education Foundation • San Clemente Junior Woman’s Club • San Clemente Presbyterian Church • San Clemente Rotary • San Clemente Watershed Task Force • San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter • Splash Foundation • St. Andrew’s By-the-Sea United Methodist Church • Surfer’s Healing • Suring American • Surfrider Foundation • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • The Heritage of San Clemente Foundation • The Salvation Army • The San Onofre Foundation • The Shoreline Church • YMCA • Young Life • Young Republicans 2013 WINNERS: New Category


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BEST OF SAN CLEMENTE PEOPLE’S CHOICE OLE AWARDS

Getting Out BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OFTOWNERS GOLDEN OLE

The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar

Fisherman’s is obviously a destination for residents, who then choose it to introduce their out-of-town guests to the authentic San Clemente experience. And servers frequently get all sorts of questions about the city from visitors. Whether it’s during the summer, over the holidays or any other time, Fisherman’s tops locals’ to-do list when hosting friends and family.

Clemente Wine Company • San Onofre State Beach • Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria • Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta • South of Nick’s • Surfin’ Chicken • Taka-O Japanese Restaurant • Talega Day Spa • The Cellar • The Rider’s Club Café • Trestles • Vine Restaurant & Bar 2013 WINNERS: Gold: The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar; Silver: San Clemente Pier

BEST VENUE FOR LIVE MUSIC GOLDEN OLE

Iva Lee’s Restaurant

Lisa and Eric Wagoner, husband and wife co-owners of Iva Lee’s Restaurant, opened the southern-style eatery in 2002, but it wasn’t until last year that they expanded the lounge and put in a dance floor and stage. The restaurant has since become a mecca for local bands and international artists alike, with live music running Wednesday through Saturday. The music often features uptempo blues and jazz. 555 N. El Camino Real,

611 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.6390, www.thefishermansrestaurant.com

949.361.2855, www.ivalees.com

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The Cellar

San Clemente Pier

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Avenida Victoria/Pacific Ocean

156 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com

NOMINEES: Antoine’s Café • Avenida Del Mar • Avila’s El Ranchito • Beach • Beach Fire Restaurant • Beach Trail • Bikram Yoga San Clemente • Board & Brew • Café Del Sol • Café Mimosa • Café Rae • Calafia State Beach • Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens • Ellie’s Table at North Beach • ERBA • Hapa J’s • Iva Lee’s Restaurant • Knucklehead’s Sports Bar & Grill • La Colombiana • Melrose in the OC • Mongkut Thai Restaurant • Nick’s San Clemente • Nomads Canteen • North Beach • Pedro’s Tacos • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • Pizza Port • Rainbow Sandals • San Clemente Ocean Festival • San

NOMINEES: Barnoa Wine Bar • Beach Fire Restaurant • Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Café Mimosa • Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens • Casino San Clemente • Goody’s Tavern • Knucklehead’s Sports Bar & Grill • Molly Bloom’s Irish Bar & Restaurant • Nomads Canteen • OC Tavern • Pierside Kitchen + Bar • San Clemente Pier • Sundried Tomato American Bistro • Talega Park • The Clementine • Vine Restaurant & Bar • Zebra House Coffee • Zona’s Italian American Cuisine 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Iva Lee’s Restaurant; Silver: The Cellar

Best Venue for Live Music Iva Lee’s Restaurant

“We try to keep a broad range of music styles, from blues and jazz to local talent. We’re really lucky to have some great musicians coming through here.” ERIC WAGONER, IVA LEE’S CO-OWNER


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Best Beach T Street

lifeguard tower, a snack bar and picnic tables make it a popular family destination. And the waves draw surfers and bodyboarders from beginners to pros.

BEST BILLIARDS GOLDEN OLE

339 W. Paseo De Cristobal

Mulligans Sports Bar

Mulligans Sports Bar has become a go-to spot for billiards fans in San Clemente. The local watering hole provides stiff drinks and plenty of pool action. The tables are cheap and attract everyone from novice players stopping in for a drink to talented pool sharks. Mulligans has become synonymous with the billiards scene in the area, as the South Orange County American Poolplayers Association holds regular contests there. 1401 Calle Valle, 949.492.4400, www.mulligansbarsanclemente.com

San Clemente Main Beach/Pier Avenida Victoria at San Clemente Pier

NOMINEES: 204s • Calafia/San Clemente State Beach • Cotton’s Point • Lasuens/Lost Winds • Linda Lane • Lower Trestles • North Beach • Old Man’s/ San Onofre State Beach • Poche Beach • Riviera Beach • San Clemente State Beach • San Onofre State Beach • The Hole • Trail 1/San Onofre State Beach • Trail 6/San Onofre State Beach • Trestles • Upper Trestles 2013 WINNERS: Gold: T Street; Silver: San Clemente Main Beach/Pier

BEST SURF BREAK GOLDEN OLE

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Trestles/Lower Trestles

Ole’s Tavern

127 S. El Camino Real, 949.498.9400, www.olestavern.com NOMINEES: Big Helyn’s Saloon • Duke’s Griddle N Grill • Goody’s Tavern • Knucklehead’s Sports Bar & Grill • OC Tavern • Outrigger • Pizza Port • Red Fox Lounge 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Duke’s Griddle N Grill; Silver: Mulligan’s Sports Bar

BEST BEACH

Lowers has long been a favorite of the area’s best surfers—a roll call too lengthy to list here—whether on quests from amateur to professional careers or longtime soul surfers. And for pros from across the globe, its famed cobblestone break is a premier destination for competition, honing their skills or simply enjoying the fun of riding one of the world’s most rippable, high performance waves. San Ono-

fre State Beach, Old Highway 101, 949.492.4872, www.parks.ca.gov

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T Street

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The “T” is for Trafalgar Lane but the metered parking is actually located where Esplanade and West Paseo de Cristobal end at the bluff top overlooking the beach. Accessed via a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks, or from the beach trail below, fire pits, restrooms, a

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T Street

North El Camino Real/Avenida Pico NOMINEES: 204s • Calafia/San Clemetne State Beach • Church Beach • Clock Tower • Cotton’s Point • Lasuens/Lost Winds • Middle Trestles • North Beach • Old Man’s/San Onofre State Beach • Poche Beach • Riviera Beach • San Clemente Main Beach/Pier • San Onofre State Beach • Trail 6/San Onofre State Beach • Upper Trestles 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Lower Trestles; Silver: T Street

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BEST GOLF COURSE GOLDEN OLE

San Clemente Municipal Golf Course

The “Muni,” as it is affectionately known to locals, returns to take home the top spot in San Clemente golf. The classic layout, which features several ocean views, offers a good test for beginners and seasoned golfing veterans alike and provides a great bargain for residents. The fairways are wide and the greens are famously unique. When putting, make sure to account for the ocean break. 150 E. Avenida Magdalena, 949.361.8380, www. sanclementegc.com

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Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club 200 Avenida La Pata, 949.498.6604, www.bellacollinagolf.com

NOMINEES: Shorecliffs Golf Club • Talega Golf Club 2013 WINNERS: Gold: San Clemente Municipal Golf Course; Silver: Talega Golf Club

Lane Park includes dramatic and beautiful ocean views, space for children to play and adults to work out, with ready access to the Beach Trail. It’s a place where residents can go to reflect on all the blessings they’ve been given. 400 Linda Lane, 949.361.8264, www.san-clemente.org

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Linda Lane Park

In the race for best park, San Clemente chose two very different sites, giving insight on the entire breadth of the city’s recreational offerings. Linda

Vista Hermosa Sports Park

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Vista Hermosa Sports Park

Vista Hermosa Sports Park offers stateof-the-art facilities for the community to swim, play and come together. With an Olympic-sized pool, the Courtney’s SandCastle Universal Access Playground and fields for baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and football, there’s likely something for every person. The park is also the home of San Clemente’s Sports Hall of Fame, where the accomplishments of the city’s top athletes are celebrated. 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa, 949.429.8797, www.san-clemente.org

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BEST PARK

Best Park

Max Berg Plaza Park

1100 Calle Puente, 949.361.8264, www.san-clemente.org NOMINEES: Bonita Canyon Park • Calafia Park • Courtney’s SandCastle Universal Playground • Forster Ranch Community Park/Pirate Park • Leslie Park • Liberty Park • Marblehead Park • Mira Costa Park • Park Semper Fi • Parque Del Mar • Pines Park • Ralphs Skate Park • Rancho San Clemente Park • Richard T. Steed Memorial Park • San Clemente Dog Park • San Gorgonio Park • San Luis Rey Park • San Onofre State Park • Talega Park • Tierra Grande/Red Barn Park • Verde Park 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Linda Lane Park; Silver: Vista Hermosa Sports Park

“The community loves Vista Hermosa because it has something for everyone ... fields to play on, water to swim in, trails, and a great playground.” PAMELA PASSOW, CITY OF SAN CLEMENTE


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Best Lodging Beachcomber Motel

BEST LODGING GOLDEN OLE

Beachcomber Motel

Situated steps from the Pacific, this vintage inn—constructed in San Clemente’s signature Spanish-revival style—has gifted visitors with a true California experience since opening its doors in 1947. Private patios and picture windows from each of the inn’s villas open onto lush lawns overlooking the historic Pier, offering guests a postcard view of Southern California’s clear blue skies and sea. 533 Avenida Victoria, 949.492.5457, www.beachcombermotel.com

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Casa Tropicana Hotel

610 Avenida Victoria, 949.492.1234, www.casatropicana.com NOMINEES: Best Western Plus Casablanca Inn • Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel • Holiday Inn Express • Holiday Inn San Clemente • Hotel Miramar • San Clemente Cove Resort • San Clemente Inn • San Onofre State Beach Campground • Sea Horse Resort • The Patriots’ Boutique Motel 2013 WINNERS: Gold: San Clemente Inn; Silver: Holiday Inn San Clemente

BEST SPECIAL EVENT/WEDDING VENUE

historic white adobe arches, red-tiled roofs, lush gardens and mosaic-lined walkways provide over 50 couples annually a pristine backdrop to say “I Do.” But this casa isn’t just for declarations of love; it is the heartbeat of San Clemente, celebrating the culture, history and people that make this town great. 415 Avenida Granada, 949.498.2139, www.casaromantica.org

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Casino San Clemente

140 Avenida Pico, 949.369.6600, www.thecasinosanclemente.com NOMINEES: Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club • Calafia State Beach • Cypress Shores Community Park • Ole Hanson Beach Club • San Clemente Historic Cottage/California State Parks • San Clemente Municipal Golf Course • San Clemente Pier • San Clemente Presbyterian Church • Sea Horse Resort • Talega Golf Club • Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center 2013 WINNERS: New Category

BEST LOCAL ANNUAL EVENT GOLDEN OLE

San Clemente Ocean Festival

“The Greatest Show on Surf,” is San Clemente’s choice for its favorite annual event. Perhaps no event better exemplifies the city’s commitment to its surf and beach culture, as residents and visitors pack the pier for two full days of surf, SUP, swimming and watermen events, along with woodies, sand sculptures, the mermaid parade and festival foods like the ever-popular turkey legs. www.oceanfestival.org

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Fiesta Street Festival www.scchamber.com

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Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens

Casa Romantica—a name has never been more fitting. Seemingly floating above the Pacific Ocean, the Casa’s

NOMINEES: Annual Art & Craft Fair/San Clemente Art Association • Annual Dinner & Auction/Boys & Girls Clubs of the South Coast Area • Big Event/San Clemente Junior Woman’s Club • Blame it on the Music • Carnival Colossal • Christmas at the Casa • Clam Chowder Cook-off/San Clemente Seafest • Earth Day • GardenFest • Hunger Walk/Family Assistance Ministries • July 4th Fireworks Show/San Clemente Pier • Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast • North Beach Art Walk • Paint San Clemente • Polynesian Festival • Puttin’ on the Glitz/ Downtown Business Association • Relay for Life • Salsa Challenge/Fiesta Street Festival • San Clemente Beach Concerts at the Pier • San Clemente Car Show • San Clemente Farmers Market • San Clemente Micro-Brew Festival • San Clemente Oktoberfest • San Clemente Seafest • Stoke-O-Rama Surf Contest • Taste of San Clemente • Toast to the Casa • Village Art Faire 2013 WINNERS: New Category

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