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EACH YEAR, THE CALIFORNIA AGGIE TAKES POLLS FROM OUR READERS ABOUT THE “BESTS” OF DAVIS. The votes are in! Compiled from 860 votes, The California Aggie presents BEST OF DAVIS 2017.

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The Habit - 7.8%

IN-N-OUT - 30.8%

BEST BURGER - 53.7%

BURGERS AND BREW BY RYAN BUGSCH AND ABIGAIL WANG features@theaggie.org

Whether students are looking for a place to take family, enjoy a night out with friends or simply eat an amazing meal, Burgers and Brew has earned the vote of the best burger in Davis. Since its opening in 2007 on 3rd Street in Downtown Davis, the restaurant is always filled with hungry students and Davis residents looking for good burgers and beer. While browsing the menu, it is easy to find unique burger options that prove themselves worthy in

taste, such as the lamb burger and the buffalo burger. Burgers and Brew even offers speciality dishes like the turkey avocado melt, the steak sandwich and its fish and chips. The quality of food and service of the waitstaff adds to the experience, and is what makes Burgers and Brew a popular place to eat. “What I like about Burgers and Brew is they have a good vibe — all the servers are super friendly and cool,” said second-year cognitive science major Thorie Ásgeirsdóttir. “Also, it’s just good grubby food.” It’s official —Burgers and Brew is a staple in Davis that is a must visit for anyone looking to see what the small town is all about.

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pluto’s - 15%

Uncle Vito’s - 11.2%

ZIA’S - 15.5%

Woodstock’s - 25.7%

BEST SANDWICH - 46.8%

BEST pIZZA - 49.8%

IKE’s

BLAZE

BY SYDNEY ODMAN AND BRADLEY GEISER features@theaggie.org

When a Davis resident gets that lunchtime craving for a good sandwich, their instincts immediately lead many of them to Ike’s Love and Sandwiches. Located in the heart of Downtown Davis at the intersection of 2nd and F Street, Ike’s is a town favorite with an extensive menu. From sandwiches filled with fried chicken to a variety of vegan options, all spread with that special “Ike’s Dirty Sauce,” there are delicious options available for all customers. Every item on the menu has a fun and quirky title, such as the “Picnic Day” with Aggie sauce and a variety of vegetables, the “Damn Straight” with halal chicken, marinara sauce and mozzarella sticks and the “Kevin Bacon,” their twist on the BLT. The menu varies from location to location, but

the great taste never falters. “I’ve heard so many great things about Ike’s and only just recently tried it for the first time,” said first-year human development major Addy Newman. “I got the ’Lizzy’s Lips’ sandwich and loved it. [Ike’s] certainly lives up to all the hype.” While Ike’s is a Davis favorite, this sandwich shop isn’t unique to just to our college town. Ike’s first opened in 2007 in San Francisco and over the years has expanded its brand throughout the Bay Area, northern California and Los Angeles. However, founder Ike Shehadeh is a UC Davis alumnus himself, so the connection to this college community does not end with simple franchising. Since Ike’s has grown in popularity, the shop’s delicious sandwiches have been featured on the television show Man vs. Food and in The Huffington Post. Don’t wait to try this iconic Davis stop; go to Ike’s between 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. to discover your favorite signature sandwich.

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BY KRISTEN LEUNG features@theaggie.org

Customizable toppings, artisanal ingredients, fast service and reasonable prices come together at Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, a franchise pizza joint serving up personal-sized thin crust pizzas cooked with a unique, open-stove fastfiring technique. At around $8 per pizza, Blaze offers a large selection of high-quality, creative toppings and sauces for fairly affordable prices and allows customers to choose from a menu of signature pizzas or to fully customize their own. Blaze’s build-your-own pizza model and counter-served setup makes it stand out from other pizzerias and earns it the title of “Best Pizza in Davis,” usurping four-peat previous winner, Woodstock’s Pizza. “I love how you can build your own,” said Madelin Cartoscelli, a front desk employee at the ARC. “I’ve had it so many times and it tastes

BY BRIAN LANDRY features@theaggie.org

DAVIS TAQUERIA - 14.5%

ALI BABA’S - 21.9%

BEST BURRITO - 39%

GUADALAJARA

There’s never a bad time for a burrito. Whether it’s 8 a.m. or 9 p.m., Taqueria Guadalajara — commonly referred to as “Guads” — is the place to go for burritos in Davis. For the third year in a row, Guads has won best burrito in the Best of Davis competition; not only that, the restaurant has a 4.2 out of five star rating on Google reviews and four stars on Yelp with over 500 reviews. It may be easy to overlook Taqueria Guadalajara since it’s not in downtown like most popular Davis restaurants, but the trip out to its North Davis location will not disappoint. Taqueria Guadalajara is in Anderson Plaza, which is con-

delicious [...] especially when they put parmesan cheese on it, oh yeah!” Customers follow their pizzas down an assembly line of workers who deftly add toppings per customers’ requests, see their pizza fast-fired right before them and enjoy it either to-go or while sitting down at trendy aluminum tables and patio seating. Though the shop specializes in delivering a straightforward menu that allows for limitless combinations of toppings, it has a selection of crowd-pleasing drinks and desserts: s’more pies, sea salt chocolate chip cookies, olive oil brownies, beer, wine and free refill fountain drinks. The shop also features gluten-free dough and vegan selections, such as tofu popcorn chicken, vegan cheese and salads. Reviewers rave about Blaze’s blood orange lemonade, which is included as one of their free-refill items and draws some savvy students to dine in just for the limitless supply.

veniently a stop on the G, J, and Q bus lines. For a restaurant located far from downtown to consistently win best burrito despite competition so consistently, the food obviously has to stand out. “There’s a few other great burrito places in Davis, but Guads stands out because it is just a solid, tight and clean burrito,” said Ryan Tomasi, a fifth-year mechanical engineering major and Guads regular. “Way too many burritos are loose and sloppy but Guads gives burritos the structure they deserve.” Other options on their menu include nachos, tortas, tacos, tostadas and quesadillas. Regular and veggie burritos start at under $7 and are just two of the many reasons why Taqueria Guadalajara is one of the “Bests” of Davis.


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DELTA OF VENUS - 15.1%

DAVIS CREAMERY - 20.3%

BLACK BEAR DINER - 26.8%

CREAM - 23.1%

BEST BREAKFAST - 40.6%

BEST DESsert - 26.8%

CREPEVILLE

yoloberry

BY SAHITI VEMULA features@theaggie.org

Crepeville, located near the UC Davis campus on 3rd Street, now holds the honor of UC Davis’ favorite breakfast place. Crepeville’s success at its first location in San Francisco in 1990 “ignited a trend that spread quickly throughout the Bay Area,” as described on its website. In 2002, the family owners of Crepeville moved to Sacramento, founding the place we now know and love conveniently located downtown and very close to campus. They have been serving students and community members ever since. Junhyuk Kwon, a first-year managerial eco-

nomics major, was satisfied with the establishment’s customer service and enjoyed his order of the eggs benedict with potatoes. “I was recommended [to go there] by [my] RA,” Kwon said. “It was pretty good actually.” Their menu has a wide assortment of crepes, from savory crepes with a side of house style potatoes to dessert crepes served with whipped cream. For their non-crepe-loving customers, the restaurant offers options such as eggs, omelettes, sandwiches, bagels, soups, salads and pastas, even providing coffee with free refills. “It’s kind of vintage because the menu is written on the chalkboard,” Kwon said. “It looked very friendly, just like one of those restaurants in Davis.”

BY IVAN VALENZUELA features@theaggie.org

Students and community residents have always known that frozen yogurt is a go-to choice in Davis, and, with the hotter days of summer fast-approaching, there has never been a better time to head to downtown for a quick cup. That’s why it comes as no surprise that voters were quick to pick Yoloberry Yogurt as their favorite place to get the best dessert in the city of Davis. Lee Pflugrath, who grew up in Davis and has run Yoloberry Yogurt for almost a decade, said that running a shop in the city he was raised has been a rewarding experience. “As the owner of YoloBerry Yogurt, I consider myself fortunate that I decided to establish my

business in my hometown,” Pflugrath said via e-mail. “The residents of Davis are extremely loyal to local businesses, and this is certainly evident at YoloBerry.” Yoloberry Yogurt hosts a number of contests and competitions throughout the year, and on any given day, a variety of people can be seen enjoying frozen yogurt on Yoloberry’s own front lawn. Pflugrath said that students even frequent the shop long after graduation. “We love the UC Davis community, the faculty, the staff and above all, the students,” Pflugrath said. “The students bring such energy and enthusiasm to YoloBerry. It is impossible not to love them.” Yoloberry is located on C Street, across from Central Park, and is open from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. every weeknight, and until 12 a.m. on weekends.

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TASTY KITCHEN - 18.2%

FOUR SEASONS - 23.8%

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT - 44.8%

DUMPLING HOUSE BY ALLYSON TSUJI AND MARISOL BEAS features@theaggie.org

Dumpling House is locally renowned for its savory dumplings, served pan-fried, in soup broth or steamed with a special house recipe sauce. The dumplings themselves are handmade in the restaurant near the register, where customers can take a sneak peek at their food. Each dumpling is filled and folded individually before being sent to the kitchen for cooking.

“I enjoy watching the workers,” said Andrew Jackson, a thirdyear mathematics major. “It is interesting to watch [them] make the food right there in front of you.” Though the freshly-made dumplings are the restaurant’s most popular dish, Dumpling House also serves potstickers, rice bowls, wontons and, for a change of pace, fish and chips. For sides, customers can order steamed veggies or appetizers such as egg rolls or a mouth-watering plate of fried green onion bread. Dumpling House is also vegetarian-friendly — non-meat eaters can order vegetable

dumplings as well as tofu or veggie bowls. Regardless of the dish, all of the food is well-priced, well-proportioned and prepared quickly — great for busy college students. At peak hours, Dumpling House is often packed with students and Davis citizens alike, but its bustling nature is appealing to customers. “The atmosphere was busy, but not unfriendly,” Jackson said. Inexpensive and delicious, Dumpling House is a classic choice for Chinese food. So swing by its location on E Street in Downtown Davis, pick up your chopsticks and dig in!

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thai nakom - 11.4%

EL burrito - 18.1%

SOPHIA’s thai kitchen - 18.5%

DC LATE NIGHT - 23.5%

BEST THAI RESTAURANT - 50.7% BEST late night snack - 32%

THAI CANTEEN BY RAY RUANO features@theaggie.org

The small but unique restaurant that is Thai Canteen has become a staple in the heart of Davis. Since its opening in 2010, it has continued to serve students, residents and visitors a taste of Thai culture. Whether it’s for lunch, dinner or a late-night meal, Thai Canteen offers a menu with a variety of foods and drinks; from rice plates to noodles, soups to snacks, one can indulge in everything it has to offer. “You can order something unique to snack on such as a crispy taro fries or a more tradi-

in-n-out tional dish, like the pad si ew,” said Olivia Solis, a fourth-year cognitive science major. “[The traditional dishes] have a mix of sweet and spice, and the pad si ew dish successfully captures a perfect balance of the two.” In all of Thai Canteen’s glory, customers can expect a great atmosphere to sit down, eat and socialize with friends or family. “Besides the food, I especially like the bike parking outside,” Solis said. “[It] provides students a quicker access to enjoy a meal or quickly pick up a to-go order.” Thai Canteen not only offers an opportunity to try something new — it also allows Davis community members to experience a different culture one mouthful at a time.

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preethi - 13.2%

kathmandu kitchen - 22.9%

BEST INDIAN cuisine - 50.4%

Raja’s Tandoor

BY AARON LEVINS AND GILLIAN ALLEN features@theaggie.org

Late into a night of grueling studying, working or partying, sometimes, students just need a snack. Inn-Out is always there in those late hours, its golden arrow glowing in the darkness, a bastion of good eats. In-n-Out’s simple menu only offers burgers, fries, drinks and shakes available for purchase. If a particular patron does not find something for themselves on the menu, there are also plenty of options on the “secret menu” such as fries or burgers “animal style” with cheese, grilled onions and In-n-Out’s special spread, “protein style,” with lettuce instead of burger buns, and grilled cheese for

BY KAELYN TUERMER-LEE AND OLIVIA LUCHINI features@theaggie.org

When crossing the border between campus and downtown, one can almost taste the buttery garlic naan accompanied by spicy chicken tikka masala. Upon walking into Raja’s Tandoor, the aroma of spices fills the room, and the atmosphere is friendly with the warm smile and greeting of the owner, Taranbir Chowdhury. Raja’s, located at 207 3rd Street, is very close to campus and offers a variety of dishes, including aloo gobi, channa masala, dal, bhindi and saag paneer, all of which lend to the reasons why Raja’s has been voted best

vegetarian customers. This way, people with all kinds of diets can enjoy In-n-Out’s great food. Cesar Corrales, a second-year environmental toxicology major and In-n-Out fanatic, has a particular favorite meal at In-n-Out. “The double-double with animal style fries and a Neapolitan shake, with extra spread on the side,” Corrales said. In-n-Out leaves plenty of room for personalization and even allows patrons to customize the number of patties and slices of cheese to put on a burger — all the way up to 100x100. Indeed, In-n-Out serves to please. In-n-Out stays open until 1 a.m. on weeknights and 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for all who wish to satisfy a late-night craving.

Indian cuisine in Davis for the second year in a row. “There’s not just one thing about Raja’s that makes it so good,” said Lily Elisha, a third-year sociology major. “I find that, as new to me as most things were, everything is delicious. Taranbir [...] cares about the food he provides as much as he cares about the customers.” Raja’s’ food not only tastes good, but is also healthy, prepared without the use of food coloring, artificial flavors, MSG or butter. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the option of take-out, the buffet is all day, every day for only $6.95, with many vegetarian and vegan options. One can also enjoy naan, veggie momos and naanwiches at its booth at the farmer’s market every Saturday.


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Zen Toro - 12.1%

Nami - 27.4%

Best Japanese Food - 52.3%

Mikuni BY MADISON LYZNICK features@theaggie.org

After tallying favorites from students near and far, this year’s Best of Davis Japanese food goes to Mikuni, which can be found in the Davis Commons on 1st and E streets. This Japanese restaurant and sushi bar currently has eight different locations, including one in Davis, with a ninth location to be opened in San Francisco soon. Open for over 25 years, Mikuni has mastered the art of creating mouthwatering foods that lure in

foodies and sushi lovers. From the atmospheric setting to the incredible food, Mikuni reaches new heights of deliciousness. High-quality fish and decadent options make for a tasty meal and a nice night out with a date, friends or family. “It lived up to its expectations […] The sushi tasted really fresh, and the waiter was so helpful with choosing the rolls,” said Ivan Escobedo, a first-year biochemical engineering major. “The menu was very diverse if you don’t want fish or have specific meal preferences.” The decor creates a comforting atmosphere, and the waiters make everyone feel welcome.

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LAZY COW - 18.8%

COOKS - 18.9%

MANDRO - 22%

FICKLE PICKLE - 19%

BEST Boba- 33.4% BEST COHO FOOD - 46.4%

Sharetea BY ALLY OVERBAY AND MICHAEL WEXLER features@theaggie.org

Boba, milk tea, bubble tea — regardless of the title, boba is vital to Davis culture. There are small milk tea locations scattered throughout downtown and the outskirts of the city — or, in the case of Sharetea, they can even be found just off campus. Because these small boba joints offer hubs for socializing, fundraising or even studying, Davis’ Sharetea is a prime location for students with a craving for sweet tea and tapioca balls, and has thus been deemed Davis’ Best Boba. Open on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sharetea has long enough hours to satisfy

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TxMx late-night cravings and to fill uncomfortably long gaps in class schedules. With free wifi, indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of charging outlets, Sharetea is easily accessible for studiers. “We’re so close to campus,” said Cathy Hsieh, a second-year computer science major and an employee at Sharetea. “It’s really easy to go get boba and then go to class. Personally, I don’t want to go all the way down to E Street to go get boba. Sharetea is right here!” For Hsieh, working at Sharetea is easy and convenient; her commute to work is merely a few steps from the Memorial Union. And fortunately for Davis’ boba-loving community, such convenience also exists for the student body.

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BY NICOLAS RAGO features@theaggie.org

The CoHo has a wide variety of food choices, from Cooks’ soups and hot meals to Fickle Pickle’s sandwiches; yet, above them all, stands the TxMx Grill. Be it burritos, quesadillas, tacos or nachos, TxMx has the fix for hungry college students passing through the CoHo on the way to their next class. For Zane Daee, a second-year neurobiology, physiology and behavior major, TxMx is high on his CoHo grub list.

“I love Mexican food, [so TxMx] is definitely the go-to,” Daee said. “The burritos are huge; they got some bomb guacamole. They stack those burritos — they don’t just give you a little bit of food; they fill them up.” A light hunger can be satiated with a black bean taco salad, and if it is lunchtime, as Daee recommends, the especial carnitas burrito will leave anyone stuffed. “You got to get the carnitas burrito,” Daee said. “Get it with guacamole and spicy salsa. It is my go-to.” Whether in the mood for just a snack or a full meal, TxMx has you covered.


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Two beers for $6 at 3rd and U - 23.5%

The Trinity - 25.6%

BEST Drink Special - 28.3%

Mojito Night at Bistro 33 BY EMMA SADLOWSKI features@theaggie.org

Bistro 33’s Mojito Night keeps Thursday nights in downtown Davis lively, according to students who voted the bar special as the best in Davis. The Mojito Night special is available every Thursday from 6 p.m. to midnight, during which buyers can treat themselves to an entire mojito pitcher for just $12.

“The special is great; everyone here loves it,” said Dalia Lopez, a hostess at Bistro 33. “You can get a pitcher of mojitos for $12 instead of getting one drink for 10 dollars, which is really nice. The bar area is also really big, so it can fit quite a lot of people there.” Conveniently located on the corner of F and 3rd Streets in Downtown Davis, Bistro 33 also serves a plethora of breakfast, lunch and dinner options. On Thursday nights, Davis students and residents can enjoy their drinks on the patio and relax to the music of DJ Smilez, a lo-

cal DJ artist. Bistro 33 also boasts its own outdoor fire pit for chilly nights when the temperature drops. After a long week of classes and studying for exams, UC Davis students seem to agree that Mojito Night at Bistro 33 is the best way to kick off the weekend in Davis. Restaurant goers should plan to arrive early in the evening, as Bistro 33’s Mojito Night typically draws in large crowds as the night progresses. “[It’s crowded] as long as there are no midterms!” Lopez said.

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The Coho - 20.1%

Burgers and Brew - 9.8%

Mishka’s - 32%

ARBORETUM - 33.4%

BEST Place TO Take a Date - 45.9%

BEST COFFEE - 37.7%

FARMER’S MARKET

TEMPLE BY ELIZABETH MARIN features@theaggie.org

What is the only thing that can get UC Davis students through a tough week of midterms? Coffee, of course. Caffeine-dependent students can take a moment and step out of the hectic environment in downtown Davis and enter a mini coffee oasis at Temple Coffee on the corner of G and 3rd Streets. Temple creates a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, which is a breath of fresh air for busy students. With an overall minimalist feel, the shop features a long table in the center with many seats surrounding it to create an area for UC Davis students to study. Large windows throughout the store allow for natural lighting to shine through and add to the peaceful energy. The founder of Temple, Sean Kohmescher,

envisioned Temple being a “community gathering place,” according to its website, and this is exactly what it has accomplished, according to Temple Coffee employee Christy Smith. “I would say we have a really good community here,” Smith said. In addition to a great community, Temple also takes pride in the quality of its coffee beans. As a craft coffee shop, Temple’s baristas go through a training program in order to learn the art of coffee and ensure high quality customer service. “[We] make sure everyone is getting really good coffee,” Smith said. “There is no one else really in Davis that makes it the way that we make it.” Whether a coffee connoisseur or someone looking for some Instagram-able latte art, Temple’s got all coffee lovers covered.

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University of Beer- 18.3%

DeVere’s - 20%

BEST BAR - 28.4%

Blondie’s New York Pizza

BY CLARA ZHAO features@theaggie.org

Davis has many places to spend a romantic day — from picnics in the Arboretum to a nice dinner downtown and maybe even petting the Tercero cows. This year, students have decided that the best place to take a date is the Davis Farmers Market. Open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m., the Davis Farmers Market sells a wide variety of locally-grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, arts and gifts, honey, eggs and more. The market is also home to the International Food Faire and the beer and wine garden. Chil-

BY MARLYS JEANE AND CAMILLE CHARGOIS features@theaggie.org

A stroll down G Street on a warm Friday night is like feeling the heartbeat of Davis. Energetic chatter and music flow out of doorways as UC Davis students enter their bars of choice. Although there are bar options on practically every corner of downtown, at the end of the strip lies this year’s most popular: Blondie’s. Although relatively new to Davis, Blondie’s is abuzz with people on any given evening. Whether they’re there to enjoy the establishment’s New York-style pizza or the Friday night deal of half-off a fishbowl, people come into Blondie’s ready to have a good time. “Blondie’s kind of caters to everything,” said John Russell, the owner of the restaurant and

dren can enjoy the bouncing bungalows, two playgrounds, Cenral Park’s bicycle-powered carousel, face-painting and Dilly Dally the Clown. Local bands also perform a wide variety of music at Picnics in the Park on Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m., which set a casual yet romantic mood. Performed genres include rockabilly, blues, folk, bluegrass and pop/rock. “It’s a nice place to take a date,” said Mattie Fritz, a first-year biological sciences major. “The weather is always nice in the spring, and you can sample new food together. Plus, there’s always a booth that’s selling flowers — a nice gesture for your S.O. [significant other].” So, for anyone heading out for a day of romance with their special someone, consider checking out the farmers market!

bar. “It’s an upbeat hybrid atmosphere that offers a little bit of everything. A lot of people come in here for our famous pizza, [...] college kids come for the nightlife and we have our regulars.” Although Blondie’s offers a warm atmosphere for those who want to come in and enjoy dinner with friends and family, UC Davis students are particularly attracted to the bar’s Club Nights on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, which feature old-school arcade games and a crowded dance floor. Happy Hour is Monday through Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m., and patrons can now enjoy a brand new menu item, introduced on Blondie’s’ one-year anniversary on May 5th — the Beergarita, a 30-ounce margarita and seven-ounce Corona — just in time for the warm spring weather.


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The Buzz - 3.9%

manetti shrem - 12.8%

Whole Earth Festival - 17.3%

trivia nights - 32%

BEST EVENING ENTERTAINment - 43.6%

MONDAVI CENTER BY EMILY SHINTANI features@theaggie.org

BEST CAMPUS EVENT - 75.3%

PICNIC DAY BY BIANCA ANTUNEZ

features@theaggie.org For many UC Davis students, April signifies a clean slate after the rough Winter Quarter, the revival of our bright and beautiful town and the largest student-run event in the nation: Picnic Day. Voted as the best Davis event by a landslide, this free, family-friendly event celebrated its 103rd birthday this past April. Year after year, Picnic Day continues to embody the lively spirit of the city and its university in events such as the annual frisbee dog contests, Battle of the Bands, music and dance events, various demonstrations and lectures and the famous Doxie Derby. As one of our most treasured and highly-anticipat-

ed traditions, Picnic Day never fails to entertain and intoxicate, with some students rising before 8 a.m. to commence their festivities. “For me, the most interesting part is seeing everyone around,” said Charles Mak, a fourthyear design major. “It is kind of overwhelming, especially since Picnic Day is notorious for everyone being wasted in the morning, but there is so much activity on the Quad, the districts and even the dorms.” Aside from the booze, however, Picnic Day also serves as a UC Davis open house for prospective students and a venue for current students to showcase their studies. As generations of UC Davis students come and go, Picnic Day has and always will be the event that brings all Aggies back together.

For the third consecutive year, the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center has been voted Davis’ best evening entertainment. Since its 2002 opening, the Mondavi Center has provided entertainment via a range of various artistic performances. During the 2016-17 school year, the Mondavi Center hosted acts including the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, UC Davis alumni Hasan Minhaj, HellaCappella17 and even Lindsey Stirling. Students like Matthew Engquist, a first-year materials science and engineering major, appreciate that the center has the sophisticated air of an arts venue while remaining intimate. “I went to see the Lightwire event in late

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February,” Engquist said. “I thoroughly enjoyed the Mondavi Center as a performance venue because it is large enough to give the impression of an important venue but small enough to allow those in the back to still see what is happening on stage.” The Mondavi Center’s two venues, Jackson Hall and the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, are open to the Davis community as well as students. Jackson Hall is a larger location with 1,801 available seats, while the Vanderhoef Studio seats 250. Regardless of venue, students agree that attending the center is a great way to spend an evening. “I would definitely recommend it to someone because it has a wide range of performances from various genres of music to comedy to theatre,” Engquist said. ”Besides, UC Davis students get a discount!”

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GREENBELT - 9.5%

ARBORETUM - 10%

BEST PLACE TO EXERCISE - 79.4%

THE ARC BY HANNAH HOLZER features@theaggie.org

A Thursday night at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) is a flurry of commotion and excitement. A swarm of students buzz around the equipment in the weight room while, down the hall, the squeak of sneakers echoes from the basketball courts, the continuous thud of a punching bag sounds in the distance and harnessed rock climbers swing from rock to rock. “There’s always people to meet,” said second-year environmental science and management major

Curtis Garrett. “I met a lot of people just playing basketball.” Garrett has worked at the ARC as a member services attendant since Fall Quarter and also enjoys working out there about three times a week. Located on campus, the ARC is easily accessible for students. A few of the services offered at the ARC include a climbing wall, classes for salsa dancing and candlelit yin yoga, an activities court for hockey or soccer and rows of equipment in the weight room. It is a hub of social activity from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily, and students like Garrett enjoy the atmosphere. “You can always walk onto any of the courts and play,” Garrett said. “With equipment, there’s always people you can ask. People are pretty open to help you.”

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TOUR GUIDES - 19.7%

IN CLASS - 27.7%

THE AGGIE - 22.3%

ARBORETUM - 27.9%

BEST PLACE TO NAP - 41.9%

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BEST PLACE TO WORK - 28.6%

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The CoHo is the go-to spot for hungry students and staff in between classes. Founded in 1968, the CoHo is located in the heart of campus within the Memorial Union. The CoHo is unique in that it only employs students to both serve and prepare popular food and drink items, making it the largest student-run restaurant in the United States. “I’ve only worked here a short time, and I’ve already made a lot of connections with Davis students I never would’ve met otherwise,” said Haley Baxter, a fourth-year English major and current employee at the CoHo. “It’s such a hectic but fun environment to work in.”

For years the restaurant has churned out delicious baked goods, aromatic coffee and a variety of lunch and dinner options. “I love gathering recipes and making cookies and bars,” Baxter said. “It makes me feel good knowing that someone’s going to eat something I was a part of, especially something as delicious as a pastry.” Finding a good place to work is hard, especially a place as fun and friendly as the CoHo. For those who are looking for a great place to make lasting friendships while getting paid, keep an eye out for openings on the ASUCD job website. “[My coworkers and I] jammed out and sang to Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez while we worked,” Baxter said. “Experiences like this make my shifts pass by fast and makes me look forward to clocking into work.”

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THE COHO - 14.9%

THE SCC - 16.1%

BEST PLACE TO STUDY - 58.3%

SHIELDS LIBRARY

BY CAROLINE RUTTEN AND DOMINIC FARIA features@theaggie.org

Due to their immense popularity, finding a free hammock on the Quad can be a ruthless endeavor. With a total of only 12 hammocks on both sides of the Quad available to an entire campus of students, it quickly becomes a matter of survival of the fittest. However, the legitimate struggle that goes into getting the best place to nap in Davis makes it all the more satisfying. The reward of a hammock nap is tantalizing — floating above ground, small slivers of sunlight gently sliding through the canopy of trees above, the rustling of leaves with the hustle and bustle of the Memorial Union making a background of white noise as one decompresses after class. The experience is picturesque and quintessen-

BY YVONNE LEONG AND LARA LOPTMAN features@theaggie.org

UC Davis has multiple libraries ranked among the top 100 academic research libraries in North America. For this year’s Best of Davis, Shields Library won the top spot for best place to study on campus. There are over 10 million items in its collection available for UC Davis students, staff and faculty. Even with the vast number of resources, if there are still materials students or faculty need, Shields offers an interlibrary loan system with other UC campus libraries as well as remote resources through a VPN using their UCD LoginID. “I think Shields is the best study spot because it’s a very convenient location on campus. It’s right next to a lot of classrooms, as well as places like the CoHo and MU,” said Serena Uppal, a third-year economics and math double major. Shields Library offers a 24-hour room with

tially Davis. “The swaying [makes it the best place to nap],” said first-year genetics major Nicholas Garaffo. “You really get in the groove, and it’s also a great cuddle spot.” Students keep coming back for more, a testament to the comfort and prime location the hammocks offer. “This is my [...] third time this week [getting a hammock],” Garaffo said. “It’s the spot.” Securing oneself a hammock is like finding a diamond in the rough — when the rare chance to get one is yours, you do as much as you can to make the most out of the precious find. Garaffo, for instance, usually stays as long as an hour and forty minutes. With the serenity and comfort that are the hammocks on the Quad, a restful nap is in store for UC Davis students. The only complaint: there aren’t enough.

wireless access, private study rooms and a printing room. The main reading room on the second floor includes a high ceiling with many paintings, ample lighting and an abundance of outlets. If graduate and Ph.D. students would like, they may wait-list for the carrels — cages with desks, chairs, light and ethernet cables — which line the second floor for a more personal study space. “I personally like the main reading room because of the amount of space and sunlight that it has,” Uppal said. Shields offers various tools and study aids for check-out, including individual charging lockers and battery packs, whiteboards and markers, headphones, power squids and subject-specific equipment such as atomic structure kits. It also has a computer room that provides computers for printing, scanning and reference. Shields Library is open Monday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to midnight.


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T&M - 18.6%

SAFEWAY - 19%

B&L - 20.2%

BEST BIKE SHOP - 51.5%

BEST PLACE TO buy groceries - 61.7%

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Located conveniently on the corner of Russell Boulevard and Sycamore Lane in University Mall, the winner of Best Place to Buy Groceries is the Hawaiian shirt paradise that is Trader Joe’s. Open since 2010, Trader Joe’s is the grocery store located closest to campus — only a quartermile away from the Segundo Residence Halls and across the street from the Cuarto Residence Halls. Trader Joe’s offers a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, frozen meals and more. Even though Trader Joe’s is much smaller than larger grocery stores in Davis like Safeway and the Davis Food Co-op, Trader Joe’s prevailed. Affordability is a major selling point for grocery stores, and Trader Joe’s markets itself as a

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store with upfront pricing on all its goods. “‘Value’ is a concept we take very seriously,” the Trader Joe’s website reads. “And by ‘Value,’ we mean great everyday prices on all of our great products — no sales, no gimmicks, no clubs to join, no special cards to swipe.” Upon walking into the bustling store, one can turn to their right to see the array of produce and ready-to-eat meals the store serves. Another marketing tactic Trader Joe’s employs is their seasonal offerings, including their pumpkin pancake mix in the fall. Scott Bowden, a third-year English major, values more than just the affordable pricing at Trader Joe’s. “They have a wide variety of foods that I like, and it’s at a really low price, so I don’t feel like I’m spending too much money when I shop here,” Bowden said.

Since the 1960s, Davis has been known as the bike capital of America, a nickname embraced by both students and locals. The town is home to 10 bike shops in its 9.9 square mile area, but the on campus Bike Barn has been voted the best bike shop in Davis yet again. Though it started as just a repair shop in 1971, the Bike Barn has added a store for gear and accessories as well as a rental hub over the years, and its convenient Silo location keeps it busy with customers. “We’re geared towards serving students primarily, so we work on all types of bikes to maintain them,” said Christa Hoffman, a Bike Barn mechanic and second-year environmental science and economics double major.

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The Bike Barn is unique compared to the other bike shops in town because it is completely student-run and focused on serving the campus community. Hoffman, who has worked at the Bike Barn since Fall 2016, also noted that the Bike Barn is distinctive due to its involvement with programs like Aggie Bike Buy and the Helmet Hair Don’t Care campaign. Aggie Bike Buy helps incoming students buy and customize a bike for the start of the school year so they don’t have to transport one when moving onto campus, while Helmet Hair Don’t Care is a campaign that encourages Davis bikers to wear helmets. Hoffman said that the work environment is beneficial for student employees and patrons alike. “We employ almost entirely students, which allows for people to gain experience while working,” Hoffman said. “It’s a great, student-centered atmosphere.”

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BLONDIE’S - 26.1%

BEST PLACE TO dance - 39%

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For the second year in a row, the Davis Graduate has effectively Hokey-Pokied into the hearts of Davis students and has been crowned the best place to dance. During the day, the Davis Graduate — more commonly known as “the Grad” — doubles as a bar and restaurant with a wide selection of beers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizzas and other foods. But at night, the Grad transforms into a lively club full of energizing music, groups of laughing friends and people breaking it down on the dance floor. “We’re probably one of the only places that do dancing specifically as opposed to just being a bar that puts a DJ in a corner,” said Danny Ramos, the manager of the Grad.

Since its opening in 1971, the Grad has offered multiple dance genres that change depending on the day of the week. Anyone 21 and over interested in learning how to Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Merengue and more can take free lessons at 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during Salsa Night. Dancers can then show off their new moves on the dancefloor with the accompaniment of either DJ Nehad, DJ j bear or DJ Migz. Anyone who is at least 18 may also participate in country line dancing during Country Night, which happens every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 p.m. “We do Country Night. We do Salsa Night,” Ramos said. “We do it right.” People looking to get their boogie on can find the Grad on Russell Boulevard in the University Mall. The bar and restaurant opens at 11 a.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. on the weekend, and the dancing carries on late into the night.

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NATSOULAS CAT AND DOG - 16.9%

Downtown pianos - 31.4%

BEST Public art - 43.3%

EggHeads

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BY KIMIA AKBARI features@theaggie.org

Robert Arneson’s famous Eggheads have once again established their victory as the best public art in Davis. Over the past 26 years, these expressive pieces have become a symbol of the university and the city itself. In addition to their role as public art, these masterpieces from the “father of the ceramic Funk movement” have gained attention by being used as a medium for an eclectic series of endeavors. In 2016, several eggheads were displayed on various news media outlets after protesters spray-painted “Fire Katehi” on them. However, they were immediately repainted.

Graduating seniors can often be seen casually lounging about near an egghead in order to capture candid pictures to accurately reflect moments from their educational journey. “The Eggheads are ambiguous, yet relatable,” said Sina Soltanzadeh Zarandi, a third-year neurobiology, physiology and behavior major. Soltanzadeh Zarandi appreciates that the Eggheads often appear to be a “reflection of inner feelings and thoughts” with consideration of the hall or building next to which they are placed. Eggheads can be found dispersed around campus with locations as the following: “Yin & Yang” by Wright Hall, “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” on the east side of King Hall, “Bookhead” by the entrance of Shields Library, “Eye on Mrak” by Mrak Hall and “Stargazer” behind North Hall.

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stargazer - 12.3%

Farmer’s Market - 14.8%

eye on mrak - 21.7%

The coho - 20.5%

BEST EGGHEAD - 47.5%

BEST Place to People watch - 54.4%

BOOkHEAD

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BY AARON LISS features@theaggie.org

This year’s campus favorite Bookhead Egghead sculpture welcomes visitors to UC Davis’ Peter J. Shields Library with its head literally buried in a book. Renowned UC Davis Arts department professor and artist Robert Arneson, who created all five of The Egghead Series heads, was a lauded sculptor whose work can be found in many museum collections and is best known for his sculpture of assassinated San Francisco mayor George Moscone. The painted bronze piece was installed October of 1991 as first of the series, and is differentiated from the other eggheads by its light-blue coat. Arneson, who passed away in 1992, established the ceramic sculpture program for the

UC Davis Arts department in 1962, which was a controversial and even provocative university choice because ceramics was still relegated outside of the fine arts sphere. Today, Arneson’s work allows students to reflect on their own time at UC Davis. “It reminds me of how I feel about studying,” said Jasnoor Kaur, a library assistant and thirdyear neurobiology, physiology and behavior major. Kaur noted how the sculpture symbolizes the academic process of immersing oneself in literature, absorbing the text. In the midst of midterms and finals weeks, students have been known to kiss or rub the Bookhead’s bald skull, but even during less stressful times the disembodied head nestled face-first into an open book captures the attention of students and other passersby.

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MRAK hall walkway - 9.8%

uc davis brick wall sign - 14.2%

most picturesque location - 70.9%

arboretum

BY EDDY ZHU features@theaggie.org

At UC Davis, people-watching is an enriching and fascinating activity that anyone with a bit of free time can partake in. Though each of the 35,000 students on campus have their own unique personalities and stories to share, the hectic bustle of daily student life often makes gazing into the lives of random strangers difficult and unfulfilling. Fortunately, there exists a place on campus with constant activity, a laidback atmosphere and people aplenty. This year, the Quad was voted by the students as the best place to people-watch, and with good reason. The refreshingly wide open plaza of grass and trees attracts students of all kinds. “I feel like the Quad gets the most foot traf-

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When classes get too hectic students can escape and relax among the Arboretum’s 100 acres of gardens, beneath towering redwoods or catch up on sleep next to the lazy river that hosts occasional groups of otters. With so many unique natural elements, it’s no wonder students have once again chose the Arboretum as the most picturesque location on campus. Whether students are trying to impress a first date or convince their parents that Davis is not just a cow town, the Arboretum offers a tranquil spot for students to relax amidst nature. Students can enjoy a different part of the Ar-

fic and the most variety of different student groups,” said Ivy Feng, a fourth-year political science public service and economics major. “It’s definitely one of the prime meet up and catch-up spots on campus.” The Quad is situated next to the Memorial Union and the CoHo, meaning there is a constant stream of students coming to and fro classes or enjoying coffee breaks. The on-campus clubs and organizations also set up their booths on the edge of the Quad — nowhere else can students witness frat bros, robotics club members and non-students preaching the bible within mere feet of each other. So, the next time a bit of time to kill before class is available, readers should book it down to the CoHo, order a latte, find a seat on the patio and stare out into the endless green abyss known as the Quad.

boretum each time they visit, making it a staple destination to see when friends visit from out of town. The Arboretum highlights the mellow vibes of UC Davis’ campus (when it’s not finals week). “Some UCs have beaches, but we have the Arboretum,” said first-year neurobiology, physiology and behavior science major Pahrmis Hashemi. “I think it really characterizes Davis as a chill and kind of adventurous school.” On the weekends and after classes, students can find ways to unwind by napping under trees in the Arboretum or de-stress with an afternoon run with friends. Whatever students choose to do in their free time to relax, the Arboretum’s tranquil landscape offers a picturesque backdrop for students to enjoy.


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GEL 1 - 8.4%

physics cats - 18.5%

FST 3 - 33.7%

arboretum otters - 20.9%

BEST on-campus animal - 23.9%

BEST GE COURSE - 55.1%

nutrition 10 BY PARI SAGAFI AND ETHAN VICTOR features@theaggie.org

Voted the best general education course at UC Davis, Nutrition 10: Discoveries and Concepts in Nutrition is a three-unit class that is offered year-round. Fulfilling science and engineering credit, the 400-person course is taken by myriad students. Covering the development and properties of nutrition throughout history, the class is seen as informative and applicable. Cindy Osana, a fourth-year sociology and psychology double major, took the course with Dr. Liz Applegate in Winter 2016. “NUT 10 educated me about proper nutrition on a holistic perspective,” Osana said in an email interview. “I enjoyed the class very much and still implement what I’ve learned to this day.” Students like Osana refer to the educational

value of a class and would suggest that others take the course. “I would definitely recommend this class because, not only was it fun and interactive, it helped me make healthier decisions about what I put in my body,” Osana said. “Overall I think it is important to invest in learning about proper nutrition for a healthy and happy life.” The course appeals to students from all majors and years, as Osana explained that her course had a light workload. Topics include the importance of exercise as well as popular diets and supplements. The class also explores more traditional nutrition topics such as vitamins and minerals. While there are hundreds of courses that are offered at UC Davis, only one is considered the best course picked by the students. When course load and applicability are combined, Aggies get their ideal class — a three-unit course designed to maintain healthy eating habits and keep one’s GPA afloat.

tercero cows BY BECKY LEE AND ALEX ARECHIGA features@theaggie.org

Any student at UC Davis can reaffirm the mixed emotions that come with attending a cowtown university. How would you describe the experience of being able to see cows from your dorm window? Although people find Davis’ farmland reputation somewhat laughable, it is undeniable our campus cows are the epitome of UC Davis’ unique persona. “I think the cows are a really defining feature of UC Davis,” said first-year design major Alice Kuang. “When you think of UC Davis, you really think of the cows. Even though in the mornings — especially when it’s hot — you really do smell the cows, I think it adds to the UC

Davis feel and experience.” Aside from serving as a second mascot for UC Davis and the town of Davis alike, the Tercero Herd, which consists of Holsteins, Jerseys, Milking Shorthorns, and Brown Swiss cows, provides hands-on training for Animal Science majors looking to acquire valuable skills with the livestock. Though closely followed by the Physics building cats and the otters found in the Arboretum, it’s no question why the mooing residents of Dairy Road claim the favorite animal crown year after year; their gentle nature, captivating cuteness and undeniably ripe scent have made them a staple of the Davis landscape. Students love the cows because they are a great attribute to the university, but mostly because they are cute and approachable.

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Pepper spraying Cop - 19.4%

Katehi - 31.5%

Best meme - 33%

Turkeys BY ARIEL ROBBINS AND EMILIE DEFAZIO features@theaggie.org

It can be quite hard to define what a “meme” is in this age of internet culture and recreational self deprecation. “There’s a lot of symbolic meaning and there’s a lot of hidden meaning in memes that — if you’re outside of that kind of subculture niche, you’re really going to be frazzled if you come in contact with memes for the first time,” said Kevin M. Dousa, a fourth-year English and philosophy major. This year, the UC Davis population has decided that out of some of the campus’ most popular images to share — from former chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi’s tortured facial expressions to the infamous Occupy Wall Street protest’s pepper-spraying cop — the most iconic meme of 2017 is that of the Davis turkeys. The turkeys that flood the City of Davis in the fall and spring by blocking bike lanes and settling themselves of cars near the Colleges at La Rue are well-known for their irresistible lack of giving a care. Dousa, who has worked with courses focused on meme reception over summer 2016 as a writing tutor

at the Student Academic Success Center, explained that these turkeys are prolific due to their incredibly loyal audience. This following can be found on Facebook pages like “UC Davis Memes for Edgy Teens” and “UC Davis Memes Page,” liking and tagging friends in posts to laugh at the idea of a Davis citizen requesting police backup due to an especially aggressive bird. “If you’re a UC Davis student, and you come across turkeys like walking across town, [...] it’s going to ring a bell with you and it’s going to resonate more than if you went to some other university,” Dousa said. “Memes really do pick up on the small, everyday experiences that people share and don’t even realize they share it.” Memes, like that of the campus turkeys, can unite a group of people under the shared appreciation for a certain iconic image or representation of a collective experience. For the 2016-2017 school year — and most likely for many years to come — these turkeys will stay in the hearts and minds of UC Davis students. “It’s language, it’s art, it’s culture,” Dousa said. “Don’t be afraid of it — it’s awesome. I want people to openly embrace memes.”

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Unitrans - 12.6%

Bike and yellow stripe - 19%

Walking- 18%

CURSIVE “DAVIS, CA” - 31.6%

BEST SNAPCHAT FILTER - 44.7%

BEST METHOD OF TRANSPORTATION - 62%

WHITE water tower

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In a classic underdog upset, bikes have been voted Davis’ best mode of transportation. It may come as no surprise that the first city to have bike paths, as well as a Bicycling Hall of Fame, chose biking as its preferred mode of transportation. The quick nature of bikes make them far more preferable than walking, waiting for Unitrans or buying an expensive pass for oncampus parking. “I’d say for our geography here — it’s faster,

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it’s cheaper, it’s more fun,” said Johnny Campbell, a second-year graduate student and associate instructor in the Horticulture and Agronomy Program. “What other reasons could there be? It’s exercise.” Biking to campus doesn’t always have to be about being cheaper or faster. Some students just enjoy the ride. Though pesky pedestrians, chaotic bike circles and fights for the nearest bike rack can be a pain, biking has blossomed into an Aggie tradition. With their low environmental impact and speedy capabilities, it is a no-brainer that biking won best mode of transportation for 2017.

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The classic white water tower Snapchat filter has graced the phone screens and embellished the snaps of countless individuals in the UC Davis student community. Alluring due to its powerful design and logo, it transforms many a snap into a piece of art. “I used the white water tower filter when I took a scenic picture of the campus,” said Ashley Salazar, a third-year wildlife, fish and conservation biology major. “I thought it was a cute, simple filter that best represented UC Davis.” This filter draws inspiration from the iconic

water towers on campus, one located by the Arboretum and the other by the Dairy Field on Hutchison drive. The UC Davis logo imprinted across these towers welcomes visitors to the campus and distinguishes these towers from others in the City of Davis. Though primarily used to circulate water throughout UC Davis, these water towers are also great for the aesthetic appeal of the campus. That same aesthetic appeal is conveniently captured by the filter on Snapchat. Other competitors did not have the appeal of the white water tower. It is safe to say that the beloved white water tower filter has earned a warm place in the hearts of UC Davis students.

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Arboretum - 12%

Farmers’ market - 42.2%

BEST Place to take your family - 44.9 %

DOWNTOWN DAVIS

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Always active both day and night, Downtown Davis — full of restaurants, movie theaters and shops for people of all ages — has been voted this year’s Best Place to Take Your Family. Davis’ downtown encompasses about five blocks, from B Street to G Street. Downtown has everything from bookstores to ice cream parlors; most shops open as early as 10 a.m., with some closing as late as 11 p.m. The three movie theaters are on the east side of downtown, including the Varsity Theater on F Street, which hosts the UC Davis Film Festival every spring. Bookstores like The Avid Reader and coffee shops like Peet’s Coffee & Tea are in close walking distance, and popular restaurants

such as Black Bear Diner, Crepeville, Woodstock’s Pizza and Burgers & Brew are always full of customers. Boba hot spots, such as ShareTea and Tea 4 U, are spread out across downtown for anyone craving tapioca — even family from out of town. “I think downtown is a great little square for people to be,” said Melody Sellers, a fourth-year theater and dance major. “It’s small, but it has a lot to offer as far as entertainment, food and interest. There [are] a lot of odd and weird places downtown that people don’t realize are so important to the personality of this town.” With its numerous places to explore and get a taste of the community, Downtown Davis is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with family.


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LAKE TAHOE- 18.2%

BEST DAY TRIP - 53.1%

SAN FRANCISCO BY CARAJOY KLEINROCK features@theaggie.org

For those who crave an escape from Davis, San Francisco is the best place to take a day trip. Only an hour and a half away and can be reasonable either by car or amtrak, San Francisco is a city full of adventure and a great place to go with family, friends or even alone for a little getaway from this thing called school. For some adventure, try going to places that are not tourist attractions; but, if it’s your first time going to San Fransisco, make sure to go to Fisherman’s Wharf Pier 39 to catch a perfect view of Alcatraz and grab a clam chowder bread bowl from Boudin and Dolores Park to relax and eat a sushi burrito. Lisa Bell, a fourth-year exercise biology major, likes to go to San Francisco on the weekends because it gives her a break from Davis.

“I usually go to the wharf and find a new coffee place,” Bell said. “The last time I went I went to Philz coffee and got the mint latte, which was pretty tasty. I also try and find a new eatery that doesn’t look like it’s commercial — I found this cool earthy cafe shop the last time I went.” When it comes to getting to San Francisco, driving to a BART station is the easiest way to get around. Once in the city, using a popular ride-sharing app is fairly reasonable. “I usually drive to a BART station and then BART in,” Bell said. “I usually stick [to] the area of the wharf and Ghirardelli square — I do the same route all the time.” San Francisco has something for everyone, and there is never a lack of activities to do, and escaping to the big city of San Francisco can make returning to Davis feel like coming home.

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