SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO THE PENINSULA BEACON THURSDAY, JUNE. 28, 2012
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Congratulations to the following businesses who were chosen by the readers of the Peninsula Beacon. The business categories were published in ballot form over a period of 6 weeks. Readers were asked to cast ballots for their favorite choices. This was no simple task! With more than 71 categories, our readers came through with overwhelming response. We wish to thank all the readers who took the time to recognize these businesses which do so much to make Point Loma, Shelter Island, Midway and Old Town such wonderful communities.
American Appetizer Bagel Shop Bakery Bar Bay View BBQ Beer Selection Breakfast Buffet Burger Burrito Cafe/Coffee Shop Cajun Carne Asada Catering Chicken Wings Chinese Restaurant Desserts Dinner Enchiladas Family Restaurant Fish Taco French Frozen Yogurt Greek Happy Hour Hawaiian Ice Cream/Gelato Irish Italian Juice Bar Korean Lunch Margarita Martini Mexican Appetizer Mexican Restaurant Mexican Seafood Most Romantic Nachos New Restaurant Overall Service Patio Dining Pet-Friendly Restaurant Pizza Place for a B-day Party Sandwich Seafood Sports Bar Steak Sunday Brunch Sushi Tequila Bar Thai Tortillas Vietnamese Wine Selection SERVICES Accountant Air Conditioning/Heating Art Gallery Attorney Auto Detail Auto Repair Bank Bicycle Shop Carpet Cleaner Car Wash Chiropractor City Tour Computer Repair Day Spa Dentist Doctor Pet Groomer Dry Cleaner Eyewear Financial Planner Florist Furniture Store Grocery Store Hair Salon Hearing Center Hotel Insurance Agent Jewelry Local Attraction Mexican Pottery Mortgage Agent Museum Nail Salon Nursery Old Town Store (in old Town) Optometrist/Ophthalmologist Paint Store Personal Trainer (Name & Co.) Pet Hospital/Vet Pet Resort Pet Sitter Pet Store Pharmacy Pilates Place with Unusual Gifts Plumber Printer Resale Shop Roofing Shipping/Packaging Shoe Store Smog Check Special Event Venue Sporting Goods Swimsuits Workout Spot Weight Loss Yoga Facility
Jimmy's Famous American Tavern Brigantine Seafood Panera Bread Con Pane Joao's Tin Fish Bali Hai Phil's BBQ Slater's 50/50 Red Sails Inn Yummy Buffet Slater's 50/50 Miguel's Cocina Chi Chocolat Mardi Gras Bara Bara Banyon Catering Wing's & Thing's China Ann Tender Greens Old Venice Casa Guadalajara Cafe Coyote Joao's Tin Fish New Orleans Creole Cafe Cup of Yo Harbor Greek Cafe Wine Steals Da Kine's Coldstone Creamery O'Hungry's Old Venice PL Juice & Smoothie Jiggle Jiggle Tender Greens Miguel's Cocina The Pearl Casa De Reyes Miguel's Cocina Miguel's Cocina Bali Hai Old Town Mexican Cafe Slater's 50/50 Brigantine Seafood Fiesta De Reyes Wine Pub Old Venice Sammy's Woodfired Pizza Point Loma Seafood Point Loma Seafood Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co. Fiddler's Green Bali Hai Harney Sushi Cafe Coyote Supanee House of Thai Cafe Coyote Point Loma Pho Hacienda de las Rosas Winery SERVICES Batten Accountancy, Inc. Central Plumbing Heating & Air Beacon Art Gallery Richard Mcentyre Detail in Progress Precision Auto San Diego Trust Moment Cycle Clean Earth Genie Car Wash CRAC Old Town Trolley The Jesus Geeks Massage Envy Dr. De Rosier Shelter Island Medical Group Preen To Pristine Liberty Station Dry Cleaners Sunglass & Optical Warehouse Tom Gibbings 20/20 Fin. Advisors Point Loma Village Florist Amighini Fresh & Easy JoL Salon Peninsula Hearing The Bay Club Hotel & Marina Matt Kalla A.L. Jacobs & Sons Jewelers Old Town San Diego Bazaar Del Mundo Mark Nokes Visions Art Museum Nails by Lesa Ace Hardware Rust Sunglass & Optical Warehouse Ace Hardware So Cal Fit Bootcamp Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital Dr. Boyd's Pet Resort Wizard of Paws Preen To Pristine Point Loma Shelter Island Drug Pilates by the Bay Bazaar Del Mundo Central Plumbing Heating & Air Minuteman Press Alice Alfreda Resale Boutique Affordable Roofing Postal Annex Liberty Station Birkenstock All Smog Check NTC Point Loma Outfitting Point Loma Outfitting The Bar Method Weight Watchers Chakra Pilates
Classic Malt Dhop The Wine Pub Charlie's Best Bread Harbor Town Pub Point Loma Seafood Da Kine's Harbor Town Pub Point Break Cafe Soup Plantation Crazy Burger Alamo Mexican Restaurant The Living Room New Orleans Creole Cafe Miguel's Cocina Old Town Mexican Cafe Harbor Town Pub Chi Chocolat Brigantine Seafood Casa De Reyes Old Town Mexican Cafe Mitch's Seafood Coldstone Creamery Country Kabob Sail Ho Golf Restaurant Bali Hai Volare Sushiya Rockin Baja Lobster Cosmopolitan Hotel Fred's Tio Carlo's Casa De Reyes Old Venice Miguel's Cocina Harbor Town Pub Slater's 50/50 Luna Grill Slater's 50/50 Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co. Miguel's Cocina Old Venice Brigantine Seafood Slater's 50/50 Brigantine Humphreys Umi Sushi Miguel's Cocina Thai Time Old Town Mexican Cafe Wine Steals SERVICES Water Color Society David Smedley
The best-of-the-best in the Peninsula, Old Town When it comes to top-shelf offerings in retail, restaurants and services, the Peninsula area and Old Town San Diego help you reach just a little higher. From the serenity of Shelter Island to the pristine beauty of Point Loma and from the magic of the Midway District to the rich, historic vibe of Old Town and the impressive shopping and cultural diversity of Liberty Station, the choices are practically endless. Perhaps you’re seeking out a quiet spot for a sunset margarita where you can observe the passing boats in peace as the setting sun eases into the horizon. Or maybe you’re on the hunt for cool museums and new educational opportunities for the family and kids. Perhaps you just need some flashy new sunglasses or some down time with a long, relaxing massage. Point Loma, with its iconic peninsula finger dipping into the Pacific, is home to a wealth of fabulous homespun eateries, fine-dining establishments, services of every kind, food sources offering healthful products and values, and sumptuous wine bars to cap off a relaxing evening together. Liberty Station, once the site of the sprawling, venerable Naval Training Center, is fast becoming San Diego’s hottest mecca for arts, entertainment, culture, science and shopping, packing an extensive array of shops, markets and restaurants all into a single community. Nearby Shelter Island, with its incredible bay views and stunning downtown panoramas, boasts some of the finest and most beautiful waterside hotels and restaurants in San Diego, along with cottage shops offering up cool maritime merchandise and knickknacks. Over at the Midway District, you’ll discover everything from mechanic needs to mouth-watering barbeque offerings, cozy cafés with themes you won’t find elsewhere in San Diego, sporting-goods and homeimprovement outlets and all forms of entertainment opportunities.
Old Town San Diego, considered the birthplace of California with its roots tracing back to the first European settlements on the West Coast, is packed with historic museums, artifacts, stunning Spanish architecture and enough picturesque shops and restaurants to keep you and the family busy all day. One thing is clear: no matter what you’re looking for in each of these Peninsula areas or Old Town San Diego, there are a host of merchants here who treat you like a king or queen — whether its fixing that aching tooth, putting the finishing touches on your tax return or helping you find just the right bouquet of flowers to say, “I’m thinking of you.” But how in the world do you narrow your selections with so much to choose from? Well, that’s where The Peninsula Beacon can make things a little easier for you. Here, we present the latest edition of the 2012 Readers Choice Awards — the best-of-the-best in retail, restaurants and services for the Peninsula area and Old Town San Diego. The merchants in these bustling areas are dedicated to winning your business — and more importantly, to keeping it. The awards served up in the following pages were chosen by our loyal readership, which we value so highly. Some of the winners may already be your favorites. Others you might not be familiar with. But now you have the consensus of fellow readers to help you decide where to do your shopping, dining and take your daily business. Take a look inside, and keep watch for another round of Readers Choice Awards in retail and services in Ocean Beach this September!
Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern
Jimmy's Famous American Tavern serves authentic, delicious, comfort food for foodies. The food is straight-up, uncomplicated, and hot-damn deliciously good. The Tavern’s motto, "Food's Hot ... Get in Here!" beckons anyone in the neighborhood to try their oldschool cocktails and hearty comfort food. Favorites on the menu include beer-battered onion rings, Southern-fried chicken and 10-ounce burgers. Overlooking the Pacific on The Promenade in Point Loma, Jimmy’s has a comfy, post-mod gastropub setting with a large main bar, lounge, comfy booths, and outdoor patio complete with fire pit.
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Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern 4990 N. Harbor Drive, Point Loma (619) 226-2103 www.j-fat.com
The Brigantine is the place to go for the ultimate seafood experience. The first Brigantine Seafood Restaurant opened in 1969 on Shelter Island, and since has been cultivating its name as a leader in the seafood industry. Whether it’s the award-winning swordfish or classic fish tacos, there is a choice marine meal waiting for any San Diegan. With small dish and appetizer favorites like oysters, fried calamari and even chicken wings, it’s hard to pass up on stopping by, especially during the Brigantine’s famous happy hour.
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Consignment Classics Trader Joe's Notorious Salon The Pearl The Diamond Source NTC Park Exhibits El Centro Artisano Lisa Calabotta Whalwy House Rose's Nails Walter Anderson's Miners Gems & Minerals
The Brigantine 2725 Shelter Drive, Point Loma (619) 224-2871 www.brigantine.com
Fitness Together Bayside Veterinary Hospital Camp Run a Mutt
Best Bagel Shop
Pampered Pup CVS
Panera Bread claims its workers are the “bakers of bread,”“a symbol of warmth and welcome.” It’s no wonder the cafe earned top marks in this year’s Readers Choice. Panera bakes more bread each day than any bakery-cafe concept in the country. Each day, at every location, trained bakers craft and bake each loaf from scratch, using the best ingredients to ensure the highest quality, evident from the sandwiches to bread bowls to, of course, bagels.
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Panera Bread 2445 Truxtun Road, Point Loma (619) 222-2122 www.panerabread.com
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Con Pane strives to be the best artisan bread bakery in San Diego County. The bakery-cafe offers more than 20 flavors of hand made artisan bread, decadent morning pastries, inventive sandwiches, and coffee and espresso drinks. Now that you do, you guys have probably figured out that this Point Loma eatery touts its many types of bread as heavily as what it puts between the slices, from a turkey Cobb sandwich with avocado to a raisin and Hazelnut Batard. There’s even a three-bread platter that comes with olive oil and goat cheese to help you decide on your fare. Good bread indeed makes the best of companions. Here, you’ll find both. Con Pane 2750 Dewey Road, Suite 105 (619) 224-4344
Best Bar Joao’s Tin Fish Joao’s Tin Fish is a historic fisherman’s restaurant. More than a dining experience, The Tin Fish welcomes you in and treats you as if you are the only customer, leaving you to sit back, relax and make yourself at home while enjoying the superb seafood. They pride themselves on serving only the freshest seafood, caught and brought in daily from San Diego, Los Angles, Seattle, Alaska and Boston. Whether you’re craving the delectable crab cakes, one of the famous fish tacos or something off the vast drink selection, The Tin Fish has one goal in mind: to make you happy. Joao’s Tin Fish Pub & Eatery Liberty Station, Point Loma (619) 794-2192 www.joaostinfish.com
Best Bay View Bali Hai There’s no escaping the Hawaiian theme at this longtime San Diego fixture, it’s everywhere from the menu to the décor. Hawaiian nachos, macadamia nut chicken, haole halibut and about a million more. The 50th state rules here by virtue of its cuisine, and its tiny place on the map be hanged. Meanwhile, the restaurant’s accouterments are ever-changing in deference to tiki art, or Polynesian carvings of human forms. And the fact that the building sits smack on the water only enhances the flow of things. Mahalo – and enjoy! Bali Hai Restaurant 2230 Shelter Island Drive, Point Loma (619) 222-1181 www.balihairestaurant.com
READERS CHOICE AWARDS 2012 Best BBQ Phil’s BBQ For the past 10 years, BBQ lovers across San Diego County have turned to restaurateur Phil Pace to satisfy a singular craving: mesquite-grilled babyback and beef ribs, chicken and sandwiches. Serving thousands of customers a day, Phil has built his foundation on consistency, quality, freshness and friendly service. The restaurant relocated to its current address in Point Loma in 2007 but even with a change of location, the Phil’s experience and menu remains the same: long lines of anticipation, an energetic, friendly atmosphere, fantastic food, huge portions and many, many, paper towels.
Louisiana-style Cajun food to San Diego since 1988. The chefs expertly prepare each meal with the freshest ingredients and products straight from the heart of Louisiana. Mardi Gras has a cozy, friendly atmosphere that will make you feel right at home, and mouth-watering menu options to delight your tastebuds. With the largest selection of Louisiana products on the West Coast, you can either dine in, and enjoy their famous Po’Boy sandwiches or Jumbalaya, or purchase everything you need to make your own Cajun-style meal. Mardi Gras Cafe 3185 Midway Drive, #E, Point Loma (619) 223-5501 www.mardigrascafesandiego.com
Phil’s BBQ 3740 Sports Arena Blvd., (619) 222-0010 www.philsbbq.net
Best Carne Asada
Best Beer Selection
Slater’s might be known for its “Burgers by Design,” but it’s the restaurant’s tap list that has made it a favorite of San Diegans. With more than 100 beers on tap, from Abita Purple Haze to Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, and all the alphabet letters in between, there’s a beer from every glass. Best-paired with Slater’s beers is the “50/50” burger, but don’t let its menu curtail your selection, you can create a burger with your own mish-mosh of toppings to pair it perfectly with your brew.
The chefs and planners at Banyan Catering have more than 12 years of experience in the food, beverage and hospitality industries. They know that impeccable food and outstanding service must go hand in hand. Each experience is unique. Banyan listens to you, and works with your budget to create a truly spectacular event. Banyan Catering uses the freshest ingredients in each of its menus, from lunches and dinners, to weddings, working to make any occasion a special one.
Slater’s 50/50 Liberty Station, Point Loma (619) 398-2600 sandiego.slaters5050.com
Banyan Catering (619) 546-0650 www.banyancatering.net
Best Chicken Wings
Red Sails Inn
Wing’s & Things
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Wings N’ Things is committed to the absolute best when its comes to its chicken. The wing shop uses the freshest all-natural chicken, that’s tender, juicy and never been frozen. Local favorites include the Shrimp Meal and Buffalo Chicken Pizza. Wings N’ Things has been San Diego’s wing spot for more than 30 years, and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Best Buffet Yummy Buffet An evening at Yummy Buffet is always enjoyable. The buffet features a fantastic variety of freshly prepared Asian and American cuisine. Yummy has everything from fresh handmade spring rolls and egg-drop soup to ribs and mashed potatoes. It even has a large selection of freshly rolled sushi. The fair price, and casual, inviting environment makes you want to stay for more and more helpings. Yummy Buffet 2855 Midway Drive, Point Loma (619) 222-3388 www.yummybuffet.com
Best Burger Slater’s 50/50 (See Best Beer Selection)
Best Burrito Miguel’s Cocina (See photo box page 4)
Best Cafe/Coffee Shop Chi Chocolat Chi Chocolat makes the little things seem extraordinary. The little cafe specializes in fresh artisan chocolates created with the most exquisite ingredients. Many of the products are hand-rolled and molded using quality ingredients without artificial colors and additives. The eye for detail makes each treat beautiful to behold and delightful to consume. Chi Chocolat Liberty Station, Point Loma (619) 546-0650 chichocolat.squarespace.com
Best Cajun Mardi Gras Mardi Gras Cafe & Marketplace has been offering delicious and authentic
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Wings N Things 3194 Midway Drive, Sports Arena (619) 226-0185 www.wingsnthings.com
Best Chinese Restaurant China Ann China Ann has been a mainstay for fast, cheap, hearty Chinese food for a reason. Prices are fair and the amount of food you receive is incredible. The service is fast, and for those people who want a good meal without leaving the house, the delivery is free. Favorites from the menu are cream cheese wontons, egg drop soup and chicken chop suey. China Ann also offers a large variety of vegetarian options. China Ann Chinese Restaurant 3174 Midway Drive, #K, Point Loma (619) 221-0888
Best Desserts Tender Greens Organic food might not lead to the idea of a great dessert, but Tender Greens manages just fine. The majority of the produce comes from a little farm in Oxnard where things are grown naturally. The fresh, natural flavor really stands out in each of the items Tender Greens serves. The dessert menu is constantly changing since, every day, the desserts are baked specially using the best ingredients and the freshest market fruit. Tender Greens Liberty Station, Point Loma (619) 226-6254 www.tendergreensfood.com
Best Dinner Old Venice Old Venice has been family owned and operated for the last 30 years. It is the perfect place to unwind and relax while enjoying authentic Italian comfort food. Casual elegance, relaxed charm and a fusion of Mediterranean flavors combine to present a dining experience you won’t forget. Daily specials and the
entrancing European ambience sets Old Venice apart from its competition. Old Venice Restaurant 2910 Canon Street, Point Loma (619) 222-5888 www.oldvenicerestaurant.com
Best Enchiladas Casa Guadalajara Sitting at the north entrance of Old Town, Casa Guadalajara welcomes
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guests with its charming presence and fabulous decor. The Cantina features over 50 of the most popular tequilas and the dishes offer seasonal specials like Carnitas Mole Enchiladas. The Mexican restaurant has award winning cuisine, delicious margaritas, live Mariachis and a gracious staff. Casas Guadalajara 4105 Taylor Street, Old Town (619) 295-5111 www.casaguadalajara.com
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Miguel’s Cocina 2912 Shelter Island Dr., Point Loma (619) 224-2401 2444 San Diego Ave., Old Town (619) 298-9840 www.brigantine.com/miguels
Miguel’s Cocina Located in the sport-fishing capital of San Diego, Miguel’s is a Shelter Island favorite. Enjoy seating on the restaurant’s marina-view patio, or dine indoors in one of the artfully designed dining rooms. Miguel’s is beloved for its awardwinning Mexican food and incomparable margaritas and, of course, the jalapeño white sauce. From burritos to margaritas, Miguel’s serves both big and bold.
Best Family Restaurant
Best Fish Taco
Joao’s Tin Fish
Cafe Coyote is located in the heart of Old Town and serves traditional and authentic Mexican food. Tortillas are made fresh daily by hand, margaritas are prepared with a selection of more than 100 tequilas and Mariachis add to the authenticity of the restaurant. The cafe has both indoor and outdoor dining areas and is one of only two certified “Tequila Houses” in the United States. For more than 20 years, Cafe Coyote has remained one of San Diego’s landmark restaurants.
(See Best Bar)
Cafe Coyote 2461 San Diego Ave., Old Town (619) 291-4695 www.cafecoyoteoldtown.com
a type of charm and hospitality that is very true to New Orleans. New Orleans Creole Cafe 2482 San Diego Ave., #A, Old Town (619) 542-1698 www.neworleanscreolecafe.com
Best French New Orleans Creole Cafe
Best Frozen Yogurt
When the New Orleans Creole Cafe opened in 2004, its mission was to focus on the food. In the years that have passed, it’s evident the cafe has been successful in that endeavor. The recipes on the menu have been passed down through seven generations of family and many of the ingredients are imported directly from Louisiana. The cafe is a small restaurant, with everything done by its two owners, giving it
Cup of Yo Frozen Yogurt strives to provide quality frozen yogurt and quality customer service to every person who walks in the shop. The process is simple enough, choose your cup, choose your flavors, choose your toppings, then weigh and pay. It’s only the amount of flavor and topping combinations (eight yogurt flavors and more than 30 toppings) that may complicate the process- in a good way.
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Cup of Yo 955 Catalina Blvd. #104, Point Loma (619) 223-2523 www.cupofyo.com
Best Greek Harbor Greek Cafe Greek, Near East and Mediterranean cuisine blend together to make Harbor Greek Cafe quite the place to eat. The freshness of the Greek Mediterranean and the style of San Diego combine to present you with a pleasant, friendly dining experience like no other. Harbor Greek Cafe 2556 Laning Road, Point Loma (619) 224-3900 www.harborgreekcafe.com
Best Happy Hour Wine Steals Wine Steals operates under the unique concept of combining wine buying with wine tasting in a casual and fun atmosphere. The focus is on unpretentious wine exploration. Happy hour is always a good time, especially when wine is $4 a glass and pizza only $2 a slice. Enjoy happy hour, or any hour, on the large patio or in the Tuscan-inspired lounge. Wine Steals 2970 Truxtun Road, Point Loma (619) 221-1959 www.winestealssd.com
Best Ice Cream/Gelato Coldstone Creamery Cold Stone Creamery has garnered a name for itself for its inventive way of dishing up — or should we say “dicing up” — ice cream. The staff willingly mixes and matches whatever flavors and toppings your heart desires on a frozen granite slab for a custom-made dessert. If you’re undecided, go for a signature sundae like the banana caramel crunch. The store also sells cakes, shakes and smoothies. Cold Stone Creamery Liberty Station, Point Loma (619) 221-8291 2448 San Diego Ave., #C, Old Town (619) 543-9057 www.coldstonecreamery.com
Best Irish O’Hungry’s O’Hungry’s is world famous for serving full yards of beer and authentic Irish plates. It’s been a popular local hangout for decades. O’Hungry’s puts a fun twist on Irish-favorites like corned-beef sandwiches. It’s location in Old Town helps it stand out among the crowd. O’Hungry’s 2547 San Diego Ave., Old Town (619) 298-0133 www.ohungrys.com
Best Italian Old Venice
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The first Da Kine’s opened in PB in 1997. Today, it’s still pushing out the Hawaiian food everyone has come to love. The cheap prices and casual atmosphere are also hard not to love. Plates like kalua pig, loco moco, ahi poke, chicken katsu and spam musubi are all Hawaiian and San Diego favorites.
Best Juice Bar
Da Kines Liberty Station, Point Loma (619) 269-4561 www.dakines.com
Point Loma Juice & Smoothie Don’t be fooled by its name, Point Loma Juice & Smoothie offers more than smoothies. The juice choices are awesome, organic and extremely healthy. Along with a large selection, the shop lets you customize almost everything from juices and smoothies to acai bowls and PB&J sandwiches. The service is fast, the prices are fair and many locals will go on the record as saying it’s better and healthier than any chain competitor. PL Juice & Smoothie 1255 Rosecrans Street, Point Loma (619) 710-9299
Best Korean Jiggle Jiggle Many people wonder about the meaning behind "Jiggle Jiggle." In Korean, jiggle jiggle is the sizzling sound of food on the grill. Korean cuisine was unknown to many, but with the rising popularity of Korean taco trucks, many people have begun showing interest in Korean food, which is loved because it is very light and healthy. Jiggle Jiggle serves authentic Korean dishes such as the bibimbop and yookgaejang, and even offers tacos and burritos. Jiggle Jiggle Korean Grill 3146 Midway Drive, Point Loma (619) 758-9191 www.jigglekgrill.com
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Best Martini The Pearl The Pearl Hotel is an authentic, intimate, hop, cool boutique hotel in Point Loma. The rich lodging accommodations and weekend social scene attract an energetic, adult clientele. The Restaurant at The Pearl offers a cocktail menu as cool and trendy as the hotel itself. A friendly and knowledgeable bar staff serves expertly-selected wines and beers, along with signature cock-
READERS CHOICE AWARDS 2012 tails to prime your palate for the kitchen’s winning preparations. The Pearl Hotel 1410 Rosecrans Street, Point Loma (619) 226-6100 www.thepearlsd.com
Best Mexican Appetizer Casa de Reyes Offering traditional mexican fare with flare, Casa De Reyes is situated outdoors under a unique carrizo arbor, just steps from Fiesta De Reyes stage. Bring the whole family to dine & enjoy daily entertainment ranging from energetic mariachis to historic plays to traditional folklorico dancing. Sit around the fire pit and catch up with friends over a drink or just hang out on the lawn and enjoy the entertainment on our outdoor stage. Fiesta De Reyes 2754 Calhoun Street, Old Town (619) 297-3100 www.fiestadereyes.com
the margaritas are large and delicious. Yes, the atmosphere is fun and inviting. But what makes this cafe stand out to our readers is its nachos. The OTMC nachos come with chili sauce, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, beans, chorizo and jalapenos – just enough of everything to make it the best.
Old Town Mexican Cafe 2489 San Diego Ave., Old Town (619) 297-4330 www.oldtownmexcafe.com
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
Best New Restaurant Slater’s 50/50 (See Best Beer Selection)
Best Overall Service Brigantine Seafood (See Best Appetizer)
Best Patio Dining Casa De Reyes
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Best Mexican Restaurant Miguel’s Cocina (See Best Burrito)
Best Mexican Seafood Miguel’s Cocina (See Best Burrito)
Most Romantic Bali Hai (See Best Bay View)
Best Nachos Old Town Mexican Cafe It’s an obvious guess that Old Town Mexican Cafe serves authentic Mexican food in the heart of Old Town. The way it does it though, puts it above the rest. Yes, the tacos are great, and Taco Tuesday makes them even better. Yes,
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Best Place for a B-day Party Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza opened its doors in 1989 in La Jolla, and was the first restaurant concept in San Diego to introduce the woodfired oven to its guests. Everybody loves pizza, which is why Sammy’s was voted best place for a party, with its easy-to-please menu and fun casual atmosphere. Sammy’s even lets you customize its pizzas and offers healthier selections like whole wheat crusts. Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza 2401 Truxtun Road #102, Point Loma (619) 222-3111 www.sammyspizza.com
Nothing like buying and selling local to increase your neighborhood’s tax base. Local’s also a pretty neat concept when you want to ensure the freshness of your product. Point Loma Seafoods offers a staggering 70 menu entries, and all of them reportedly taste like they were caught about 15 minutes ago (check out the chowders and the shrimp). There’s even a sushi deli, unlike in 1963, when this firm opened its doors. That’s 54 years’ experience – for which the creatures of the deep are no match.
Wine Pub 2907 Shelter Island Drive,Point Loma (619) 758-9325 www.thewinepubsd.com
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Best Pet-Friendl Restaurant The Wine Pub is a 21+ wine bar, restaurant and lounge. Its mission is to provide customers with exceptional wine and beer paired with delicious dishes that will entice both the amateur and the expert in a relaxed, intimate setting. The Wine Pub offers more than 25 domestic and new world wines and locally brewed beer on tap. It also features an outdoor patio area complete with a cozy fire pit, making it the perfect setting to catch up with a friend, or even a canine companion. Join us for “Woofer Wednesday.” If you dine with your dog we will donate 10% of your bill to the Barking Lot Rescue Center.
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Point Loma Seafoods 2805 Emerson St., Point Loma (619) 223-1109 www.pointlomaseafoods.com
Best Carne Asada Barra Barra Barra Barra Saloon offers great food in a great atmosphere. From $5 margaritas to seafood dishes and flatbread tacos, Barra Barra takes authentic Mexican food up a notch. The restaurant always serves fresh chips, but of course it’s the amazing carne asada tacos and burritos that qualify Barra Barra as a top pick for our readers. Barra Barra Saloon 4016 Wallace Street, Old Town (619) 291-3200 www.barrabarrasaloon.com
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STAGECOACH DAYS: Celebrating The West On The Move Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is celebrating travel and transportation in the era of real horsepower at Stagecoach Days from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays in July and August. The free event features a different theme each Saturday including Californio Day, Women of the West, Soldiers and Citizens, TwainFest and Vaquero Day. Attendees will enjoy afternoons filled with activities that reflect life in early San Diego and celebrate the West on the move. Through vignettes, demonstrations, living history activities, stories and songs, visitors will gain an appreciation for early modes of transportation and daily life. The 2012 Stagecoach Days schedule is as follows:
July 7 – West on the Move - After the Mexican War, more and more settlers came to San Diego as a place to live or as a resting point prior to heading to the gold fields of Northern California. Today, California State Parks will present demonstrations and activities that promote 19th century transportation. July 14 -- Californio Day – From 1821 through 1848, the people who lived in Southern California were called “Californios” rather than Mexicans. Those unique “Californio” cultural such as gambling and paper flower making will be presented. July 21 -- Women of the West -Women played an important part in the development of the West. Some of the daily activities of these women will be
demonstrated on this Saturday. July 28 -- Games and Amusements -- In the 1800s, games and amusements were commonly associated with large celebrations that incorporated most of the local townspeople. This day will pay tribute to traditional games of the time. August 4—Trades That Shaped Westward Expansion -- As towns developed in the West so did the need for specialized trades and artisans. Old Town San Diego will present pivotal 19th century trades that shaped the community of San Diego.“ August 11 – Vaquero Drive -- Cattle was the single most important economic resource for Southern California for more than 50 years. This day will give the opportunity to learn about the hide and tallow trade, chuck wagon
cooking, roping, branding, saddle making and more. August 18 -- TwainFest -- The festival marks 102 years of Mark Twain’s passing and celebrates the American author as well as some of his peers. Excerpts from famous works will be read aloud by costumed San Diego actors at a variety of park venues throughout the day. August 25 – Soldiers and Citizens -- In the mid-1840s, California went to war with Mexico. United States troops were stationed in San Diego County and fought here in an effort to support the war. This day will feature military practices that changed San Diego forever. For more information, go to www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego.
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Best Sports Bar Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company Since its birth in 1991, Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co. has evolved from a simple pizzeria into the sports-themed restaurant it is today. The addition of the televisions and delivery came next followed by the evolution into the brewing industry. The company’s focus on sports is evident from each game on each of its many TV’s to its partnerships with five professional sports organizations, including the San Diego Chargers. Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co. Liberty Station, Point Loma (619) 876-5000 libertystation.oggis.com
Fiddler’s Green Fiddler’s Green had its origins in 18th century sailing lore. Today, the owners of the Point Loma restaurant welcome you to their own Fiddler’s Green where the best food, drink and times are offered nightly in one of the world’s most renowned sailing ports. The restaurant offes four different types of steak, among ribs, chicken and of course seafood entrees.
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Best Thai Supannee House of Thai features the great Thai cuisine many people come to crave. Familiar favorites like pad Thai noodles and chicken datay dot the menu. It also boasts many authentic Thai dishes that are almost impossible to find anywhere else in San Diego. Supannee Thai offers great value for both lunch and dinner and also offers a take-out and kids menu. Supannee House of Thai 2907 Shelter Island Drive, Point Loma (619) 795-8424 www.sdthai.com
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Best Sushi Located in Old Town, Harney Sushi is is a trendy and eclectic restaurant with a great happy hour. It’s a premiere sushi bar and restaurant experience. As fresh as it gets, and as imaginative as
pickiest of eaters, from vegans to meat lovers and everyone in between. Pho Point Loma Grill 2788 Midway Drive, Point Loma (619) 226-6502 www.phopointlomagrill.com
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Pho Point Loma & Grill offers Vietnamese home-style cuisine like no other. Whether you’re just stopping by for a glass of its renowned ice coffee or want a real family-style Vietnamese meal, Pho Point Loma is the best spot in town to get Vietnamese. The restaurant guarantees satisfaction to even the
Every visitor to the Hacienda de las Rosas wine tasting room is greeted by a family member, recessed in historical attire, behind a huge handcarved pinewood bar. The cozy setting is a step into Old Town’s past. The tasting room features an artist gallery, wine accessory shop and garden room for guests to visit, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Hacienda de las Rosas Winery 2754 Calhoun Street, Old Town (619) 840-5557 www.sdwinery.com
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Best Breakfast Red Sails Inn Restaurant 2614 Shelter Island Drive, Point Loma (619) 223-3030 www.theredsails.com
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The Red Sails wine list includes three Merlots, which tells you something. Just as Merlot is the wine for any occasion, so too is the eatery’s talent for pleasing all the people all the time, whether it’s wine with dinner or coffee with breakfast. While mom and dad are chowing down on crab benedict and omelettes, the little ones have a menu of their own, which includes the universal favorite hot cakes. Red Sails is in its 55th year now, which means it’s had time to get it all right – and it certainly has.
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Best Air Conditioning/ Heating Central Plumbing Heating & Air Central Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning is a true San Diego plumbing company that has been locally owned and operated since 1975. Everyone working at Central Plumbing is friendly, prompt, reliable and knows their stuff. They get the job done in a professional manner for a fair price. Central Plumbing guarantees quality services, and customer satisfaction is their No. 1 priority. Central Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning 6152 Mission Gorge Road (619) 283-5531 www.centralplumbing.com
Best Art Gallery Beacon Art Gallery Beacon Artworks Galley exclusively features the artwork of painter RD Riccoboni. The gallery is one of the many independently owned and operated San Diego-based businesses located in Fiesta de Reyes in Old Town. With the help of Riccoboni, the gallery tells the story of California, notably San Diego, from Old Town to today, making the gallery an experience not to miss. Beacon Artworks Gallery 2754 Calhoun Street (619) 823-6130 www.beacon-artworks.com
Best Attorney Richard McEntyre Richard F. McEntyre can help meet all your legal needs in the areas of probate and trust administration, estate planning, and real estate. McEntyre has been serving the San Diego community for more than 35 years and is still going strong. He treats every client like his most important client. And charges reasonable fees for his exceptional services. Richard McEntyre 3156 Sports Arena Blvd. (619) 221-0279 www.richardfmcentyre.com
Best Auto Detail Detail In Progress Prentice St. Clair has turned auto detailing into an art. For 15 years, he has perfected the practice of rejuvenating neglected vehicles and maintaining the value of new ones. Always on the cutting edge, Prentice under-
stands how hard it is in today’s world to part with your vehicle. For this reason, he has a mobile service, where he can come to you at your home or office, make overnight appointments, or even have your car delivered back to you before you even notice its gone.
ter, but also extends the life of your investment. Clean Earth Restoration started the business with a professional carpet cleaning services. It hasindustry leading equipment that leads to better results and a better home or business environment.
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Best Bank San Diego Trust Committed to being the premier community bank, San Diego Trust delivers a comprehensive set of tailored products and services and enjoys supporting the communities it serves. It’s proven ability to adapt to ever-changing market conditions have enabled the organization to continue to generate strong results despite the many economic headwinds still plaguing local and state economies.. San Diego Trust Bank 1110 Rosecrans Street Suite 101., Point Loma • (619) 225-1355
Best Bicycle Shop Moment Cycle Moment Cycle is a San Diego Bike Shop specializing in dynamic bike fitting. The people over at Moment Cycle are willing to spend hours with each customer to provide a full service bike fitting. Since it fits bikes to riders, not riders to bikes, you can shop with confidence knowing you are purchasing a bike that is a perfect fit for you. Moment Cycle 2816 Historic Decatur Road, #135 (619) 523-2453 www.momentcyclesport.com
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READERS CHOICE AWARDS 2012 to grant. It provides professional car wash services for any vehicles, including vans and trucks. It also offers oil change, tire rotation and battery services. Genie Car Wash & Oil Change 3949 W. Point Loma Blvd. (888) 229-8916 www.geniecarwashptloma.com
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There’s no escaping the Hawaiian theme at this longtime San Diego fixture, it’s everywhere from the menu to the décor. Hawaiian nachos, macadamia nut chicken, haole halibut and about a million more: The 50th state rules here by virtue of its cuisine, and its tiny place on the map be hanged. Meanwhile, the restaurant’s accouterments are ever-changing in deference to tiki art, or Polynesian carvings of human forms. And the fact that the building sits smack on the water only enhances the flow of things. Mahalo – and enjoy! Bali Hai Restaurant 2230 Shelter Island Drive, Point Loma (619) 222-1181 www.balihairestaurant.com
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zations and to help save computers. They offer computer and other technological support with affordable services and professional attention you won’t get from other for-profit companies. It’s that unique quality service and helpfulness that makes them stand out to readers.
Chiropractic Release and Acupuncture Center, or CRAC is located in Liberty Station and specializes in helping San Diegans reach optimum athletic performance. It specializes in non-surgical sports injury treatment but is open to helping any patient who walks through the doors. CRAC offers chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, stretch therapy and massages. CRAC 2751 Roosevelt Road, Suite 203, Point Loma (619) 795-2224 www.cracsandiego.com
Best City Tour Old Town Trolley For more than 20 years, Old Town Trolley Tours has been providing sightseeing tours highlighting the best San Diego attractions. Specializing in “transportainment,” the tour offers a wide array of things to see and do for visitors of all ages. The readers voted. Old Town Trolley is definitely the best way to see San Diego. Old Town Trolley Tours 4010 Twiggs Street, Old Town (619) 298-8687 www.trolleytours.com/san-diego
Best Computer Repair The Jesus Geeks The Jesus Geeks is an IT ministry at The Rock Church, created to serve individuals, groups, communities, organi-
Best Day Spa Massage Envy Massage Envy specializes in offering great massages that fit busy schedules and tight budgets. Not only does Massage Envy offer top-of-the-line spa treatments, like a Swedish massage or anti-aging facial, but does so at a price that beats the competition. Appointments are easy to make, the facility is always clean, and the staff is very friendly. Massage Envy Spa Liberty Station, Point Loma (619) 222-0300 www.massageenvy.com
Best Dentist Dr De Rosier If your dental problem can’t wait, Dr. DeRosier wants to know about it – any time of day or night. Just call the office and follow the instructions; the doctor will return your call promptly. Under any conditions, you and the doctor can make sure your teeth last a lifetime. Doing it right the first time, after all, makes all the difference. David DeRosier, DDS, Inc. 3019 Emerson St., Point Loma (619) 222-7400 www.drderosier.com
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Best Dry Cleaner Liberty Station Dry Cleaners You can always trust Liberty Station Cleaners to take care of your clothes. Need to get a stain out of your dress? No problem. Do those pants need some alterations? Piece of cake. These people know what they’re doing and are professional, quick, and friendly. Liberty Station Dry Cleaners 2445 Truxtun Road, Suite 100, Point Loma (619) 226-2000
Best Eyewear Sunglass & Optical Warehouse For the last 19 years, Sunglass & Optical Warehouse has been offering the largest and most comprehensive selection of sunglasses and optical frames. Not only does the company pride itself in meeting all of your optical needs, but they have the best prices in town. From designer brands to sport glasses and prescription lenses, it’s a one-stop-shop for the latest eyeware fashion and prescription lenses. Sunglass & Optical Warehouse 3450 Kurtz Street, Suite D, Sports Arena (619) 291-4810 www.sunglassoptical.com
Best Financial Planner Tom Gibbings 20/20 Financial Advisers Tom Gibbings not only offers top-notch financial advice, he is also a managing partner of 20/20 Financial Advisers. He manages a variety of financial products, from stocks and bonds to mutual funds and other equity and risk management products. Gibbings has more than 25 years of financial planning experience and has earned the Certified Financial Planner Certification and Chartered Life Underwriter designation. Most importantly, he puts his clients first in helping them achieve future financial security. Tom R. Gibbings, 20/20 Financial Advisers 1660 Hotel Circle North, Suite 205 (619) 718-6500 www.2020financialadvisers.com
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Best Florist Point Loma Village Florists You’re probably thinking that florists deliver primarily to residences on special
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occasions. You’re positively wrong about that. Point Loma Village Florist routinely delivers products to some 160 businesses in the area, and it somehow manages not to forget its duties to private parties. Point Loma Village Florist is No. 1 with you for at least 160 reasons. Point Loma Village Florist 3020 Canon St., Point Loma (800) 995-6110
Best Furniture Store Amighini Amighini Home Decor and Architecturals is a fast-growing luxury brand in vintage furniture, rustic furnishings and architecturals. Amighini is redefining the home decor business through originality in design, quality in materials, refined craftsmanship and a blend of new vintage furnishings with unique salvaged antiques. The end result is an elegant mix you don’t find anywhere else. Amighini 2880 Sims Road, Point Loma (619) 269-5963i www.amighini.com
Best Grocery Store Fresh & Easy At Fresh & Easy, you can expect value. Prices are low and service is high. The store makes fresh, wholesome food accessible and affordable to everyone. There’s never any high fructose corn syrup, added trans fats, artificial colors or flavors in any Fresh & Easy brand products. The grocery store offers both its products, and other brands at honest, low prices, making grocery shopping convenient for you.
Bazaar del Mundo Bazaar del Mundo has thousands of extrordinary items in each of its unique little shops. There’s tons of authentic and eclectic folk art, fashion, gifts, jewelry, accessories and home decor just waiting to be discovered. From vibrant colors to natural textures, Bazaar del Mundo offers an exquisite shopping environment and experience.
The salon is as chic and stylish as the cuts and colors it doles out. Its team of professionals stays on top of major trends, and regularly attends in-house training sessions to maintain quality results with each client. The salon offers a wide variety of services, from cuts, colors and waxing to Brazilian blowouts and feather extensions. Each service even comes with a complimentary shiatsu massage and hot towel treatment! JoL Salon Liberty Station, Point Loma (619) 501-4469 www.jolsalon.com
Best Hearing Center Peninsula Hearing Peninsula Hearing Center provides state-of-the-art hearing services for everyone. The staff at PHC works closely with each customer to determine the best solution for his or her hearing needs. PHC offers a full range of diagnostic and preventative hearing professional services, including hearing aid screenings, evaluations, hearing aid sales and rehabilitative and preventative counseling. The staff is profession-
al and works to develop personal relationships with each of its customers, making for a better experience. Peninsula Hearing Center 1310 Rosecrans Street, Point Loma (619) 569-1937 www.peninsulahearingcenter.com
Best Hotel The Bay Club Hotel & Marina For a relaxing getaway with unforgettable waterfront views, The Bay Club Hotel & Marina is the only choice. This resort hotel offers oversized rooms and attentive service and amenities that truly impress. The hotel has developed a reputation for its spacious guest rooms, amazing views of the Bbay and elegant onsite restaurant. It also offers a complimentary full breakfast buffet and airport transportation. The Bay Club Hotel & Marina 2131 Shelter Island Drive, Point Loma (619) 224-8888 www.bayclubhotel.com
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Best Insurance Agent Matt Kalla Insurance Agency State Farm started selling insurance about 87 years ago. Matt Kalla hasn’t been with the company quite that long, but he’s old enough to know how to help protect your family in the matter to which it’s accustomed. In recessionary times like these, Matt can be your best friend.
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Best Jewelry A.L. Jacobs & Sons Jewelers (See photo box, page 11)
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Visions Art Museum 2825 Dewey Road, Suite 100 (619) 546-4872 www.quiltvisions.org
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Mark Nokes Mark Nokes brings more than 20 years of mortgage consulting experience to the table when dealing with each of his clients. Whether you want to buy a home or refinance your mortgage, Nokes provides professional and helpful guidance through the process. Mark Nokes Home Mortgage Consultant 3890 Valley Centre Drive (619) 247-5675 www.wfhm.com/mark-nokes
Best Museum Visions Art Museum
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the-art gallery. The unique subject matter and beautiful creations help this museum stand out.
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Step back in time to a colorful world of fun and entertainment in beautiful Old Town San Diego, known as the birthplace of California. Today, Old Town is home to more than 150 shops, awardwinning restaurants, 17 museums and many historical sites. The finest in professional theatre, artisans, galleries and shops are all within easy walking dis-
tance with free live entertainment, mariachis, dancers, tours and more; it’s no wonder Old Town was voted best local attraction by our readers.
Visions Art Museum is a nonprofit international arts organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of the quilt as art. It presents art quilts, fiber and textile exhibitions throughout the year and artists from all over the world are showcased in its state-of-
Nails by Lesa The nail technicians at Nails by Lesa know what they’re doing. The ladies are friendly and actually care about the way your nails turn out. The salon is clean and has a relaxing atmosphere and abundance of spa chairs. There’s also a large selection of nail polish colors and the trendy gel polishes as well. With decades of experience the salon also offers other services like waxing and massages, all for a very reasonable price. Nails by Lesa 1876 Rosecrans Street, Point Loma (619) 221-1925
Best Nursery Ace Hardware The staff at Ace Hardware at Liberty Station go above and beyond for their customers, and that’s what sets them apart from other home, hardware and nursery stores in the neighborhood. Ace offers services, convenience and a great selection. The nursery selection is more than just flowers and plants, the store also offers all the tools, equipment and expertise needed to make your garden green and gorgeous. Crown Ace Hardware Liberty Station, Point Loma (619) 326-0827 www.crownace.com
Best Old Town Store Rust Rust General Store is an 1860sinspired shop that reflects the history and culture of Old Town. It’s only been open a year, but it has already made a mark with our readers. Rust carries unique and interesting product lines that highlight the influence of the Northern European travelers, traders and residents that found their way into San Diego. The shop reproduces the historical ambiance, shopping experience and products in a way that is interesting and fun for its 21st-century shoppers. Rust General Store 2720 Calhoun Street, Old Town (619) 295-7878 www.rustgeneral.com
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Best Paint Store Ace Hardware (See Best Nursery)
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Best Pet Groomer Preen-2-Pristine
Preen-2-Pristine is one place both pets and their owners absolutely love. The
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niently located near shops, restaurants and, of course, the bay, making it easy to stop by and get fit. The studio offers Pilates sessions that can help you rehabilitate injuries, gently get back into shape, cross-train along with other workouts, and tighten and strengthen your muscles. Pilates by the Bay 2590 Truxtun Road, #105 (619) 300-5363 www.sdpilatesbythebay.com
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Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital is a full service veterinary practice specializing in small animals. The staff treats each pet like a member of the family and provides a warm, caring environment. They understand the important role your pet plays in your family and provide the highest quality medicine and services with compassion.
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Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital 3625 Midway Drive (619) 222-0597 www.shelterislandvet.com
Best Pet Resort Dr. Boyd’s Pet Resort At Dr. Boyd’s, they accommodate you ... and your pet. With a straight-forward, 24-hour pricing plan, any-time check in, fun facility and experienced handlers, any pet would be lucky to stay at this purrfect resort. Dr. Boyd’s also offers behavioral and obedience training, and veterinary and grooming services. It’s easy to see why Dr. Boyd’s is San Diego’s first choice for pet boarding, training and care. Dr. Boyd’s Pet Resort 2147 San Diego Ave., Old Town (619) 260-6060 www.drboyds.com
Best Pet Sitter Wizard of Paws Wizard of Paws offers central San Diego reliable, quality pet sitting services. They’re here for all situations and all of your pets needs, including those times when you're not home for midday walks, traveling, on vacations or business trips or just working late. Serving San Diego since 2004, Wizard of Paws provides award-winning professional in-home pet sitting, along with many other services at reasonable rates. They provide free in-home consultation and quote and available nights, weekends and holidays for all of your pets needs. Wizard of Paws 619) 212-3705 www.wizardofpawspets.com
Best Pet Store Prim-2-Pristine (See Best Pet Groomer)
Best Pharmacy Point Loma Shelter Island Drug This drug store is a great neighborhood pharmacy and not at all a chain store. Whether you are on your way to the harbor or on your way home from work, this drug store stocks many helpful items for which the need may arise. The pharmacy has caring staffers who are willing to assist you and offer their expertise. The storefront fits right into the unique and quiet ambiance of the La Playa neighborhood. Point Loma Shelter Island Drug 1105 Rosecrans St. (619) 223-8181
Best Pilates Pilates by the Bay Pilates by the Bay was voted by our readers as the best fitness and wellness Pilates studio in Point Loma. It’s conve-
When you stop by Postal Annex+ at Liberty Station, it’s like having your own personal assistant. It offers shipping services, but goes beyond with passport photos, notaries and copy services. Postal Annex even carries office and packaging supplies, creating one-stopshop convenience. Postal Annex+ Liberty Station, Point Loma (619) 222-7257 www.postalannex.com
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At Birkenstock, they are passionate about the footwear they sell. Whether you’re shopping for men, women or kids, you’ll be able to find a pair of shoes that are comfortable and durable. But it’s the personal service from the staff makes all the difference.
Minuteman Press works hard to deliver the highest-quality products and services on time and within budget. Nearly every printing service imaginable can be completed by Minuteman, from black and white copies, to newsletters to binding and lamination. Most importantly, customers get first-class services each and every day with high-quality finished products every time. Minuteman Press 3175 Midway Drive (619) 222-1519 www.midwaysd.minutemanpress.com
Best Resale Shop Alice Alfreda Resale Boutique Fashion meets fairness at Alice Alfreda Resale Boutique. Although the boutique is small, it carries quite a punch. From Fendi purses to DVF dresses, the boutique offers high-end at a low price. The shop’s owners also update its loyal customers on new items and buy fashion pieces from customers at a fair price. Alice Alfreda Resale Boutique 1255 Rosecrans Street, Point Loma (619) 549-8676
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Birkenstock 2461 San Diego Ave., Old Town (619) 692-9485 www.birkenstocksd.com
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A.L. Jacobs & Sons Jewelers
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A.L. Jacobs and Sons Jewelers has been serving San Diego since 1937 and continues to provide fine quality jewelry for all budgets. The family jeweler carries a unique selection of jewelry from engagement rings to gold and silver jewelry, and can also take care of your watch, clock and jewelry repair. If your jewelry isn’t insured now, it is the best time to protect your precious items with a professional jewelry appraisal from A.L. Jacobs and Sons Jewelers. The personal service and product knowledge comes from the decades of experience.
When you stop by All Smog Check you can expect friendly, courteous service. All Smog offers all types of smog tests and makes it easy to get checked, since walk-ins are always welcome. The staff have more than 18 years of experience and are knowledgeable when it comes to making your car run smoothly. All Smog Check 3122 Midway Drive (619) 224-2888 www.allsmogcheck.com
A.L. Jacobs and Sons Jewelers 2445 Truxun Road, Point Loma (619) 955-5007 www.aljacobsandsons.com
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Best Roofing Affordable Roofing, Inc One of the area’s preferred companies for residential and commercial roofing solutions. Since 1984 our team of roofers has been contracted to work on countless homes and business buildings. We’ve built an excellent reputation for the quality of our work and strong work ethic. We welcome you to our website and encourage you to contact us with any questions or to request a free estimate. Toll Free: 800-941-4144, Phone: 619-225-0426, Fax: 619-337-0447, Email: email@example.com
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Best Event Venue NTC
NTC at Liberty Station, located at the former Naval Training Center in Point Loma, is San Diegoâ€™s destination for arts, culture, science and technology. NTC showcases San Diegoâ€™s creative community, and offers state-of-the-art venues for indoor or outdoor weddings, events, parties, seminars, retreats and meetings. Open seven days a week, NTC offers dozens of hands-on classes and programs, with something for everyone. NTC at Liberty Station Liberty Station, Point Loma www.ntclibertystation.com
Best Sporting Goods Point Loma Outfitting Point Loma Outfitting has been providing customers with clothing and accessories from premier brands for all types of sports and outdoor activities. It helps customers maintain a comfortable, active lifestyle selling everything from shoes and jackets to sunglasses and gloves. Point Loma Outfitting 2885 Perry Road, Point Loma (619) 224-4060 www.pointlomaoutfitting.com
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Best Workout Spot The Bar Method The Bar Method workout uses isometrics, the science of physical therapy and the intense pace of interval training to create a powerful exercise routine. The results are a lean, firm, sculpted body. The Bar Method facility and staff in Point Loma make working out enjoyable and fun. Bar Method San Diego 2751 Roosevelt Road, Suite 200, Point Loma (619) 226-2301 pointloma.barmethod.com
Best Wight Loss Weight Watchers When it comes to weight loss, everyone has different goals. Weight Watchers has continued to be successful in helping both men and women reach those goals. They provide individual leaders to work with you to discuss and set goals that work with your lifestyle and on your time frame. Weight Watchers 2640 Decatur St., Point Loma www.weightwatchers.com
Best Yoga Facility Chakra Pilates Chakra Pilates is a full service Pilates, barre and yoga studio. Chakra not only provides the true and classical Pilates method but offers maximun-impact Pilates programs, vinyasa yoga and barre classes as well. Chakra caters to clients at all levels, working with each to expand their training through the large variety of classes on personal training the studio offers. Chakra Pilates 1310 Rosecrans St., Point Loma (619) 270-1271 www.chakrapilates.com
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