14th Annual Best of San Juan Capistrano & Rancho Mission Viejo People's Choice Horseshoe Awards

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MARCH 12, 2021

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WELCOME TO THE BEST OF SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Every year, we celebrate the best San Juan Capistrano and Rancho Mission Viejo have to offer by honoring local businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals with the People’s Choice Horseshoe Awards, as selected by you, the readers. At no other time in our publication’s history have those recognitions ever been more important, as this Best of 2020 highlights the resiliency of the local community that faced unprecedented challenges over the past year.

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Eateries, Watering HolEs and More

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Ambience Appetizers Bar Bartender Beer Selection Breakfast Breakfast Burrito Brunch Burger Cup of Coffee Dinner Spot Family Restaurant Happy Hour International Eats Lunch Spot Margarita Menu for Healthy Choices New Restaurant Overall Restaurant Pizza Restaurant for Outdoor Dining Restaurant for Vegan Options Salsa Sandwich Spot for Take-Out Spot to Cure a Sweet Tooth Taco Wine Selection

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At the Shops

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Auto Dealer Clothing Home Décor and Furnishings Home Improvement Store Jewelry Local Grocer Nursery Pet Store Place to Buy Flowers Secondhand/Thrift Store Shop For Equestrian Gear Shop For Western Wear Spot for the Perfect Gift

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Services on the To-Do List

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Acupuncturist Auto Body Shop Banking Institution Barber Shop Catering Chiropractor Dental Health Care Provider Dry Cleaner Grooming/Pet Care

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Group Workout Gym Hair Salon Law Firm Local Nonprofit Organization Manicure and Pedicure Mechanic Shop Medical Health Care Provider New Business Orthodontist Overall Customer Service Photography Studio Pilates Studio Senior Living Facility Spa for Massages Spa for Facials Specialty Beauty Service Veterinarian Yoga Studio

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Getting Out

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Camp for Kids Entertainment Venue Family Excursion Spot Historic Spot Horse Training Park Place to Take Out-of-Towners Riding Lesson Special Event/Wedding Venue Stable Trail

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BEST NEW RESTAURANT GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Heritage Barbecue

31721 Camino Capistrano, heritagecraftbbq.com

As soon as Heritage Barbecue opened in August at the former Mission Grill property, it drew long lines of hungry patrons who were eager to try its Texas-style barbecue. The casual walk-up service restaurant has been a hit with locals and visitors. Heritage Barbecue is owned by married couple Brenda and Daniel Castillo, who previously operated pop-ups throughout Orange County. Heritage Barbecue has won

other awards from Southern California publications, a testament to its quality and reach. It features all-outdoor patio seating. SILVER HORSESHOE

Mayfield Restaurant & Marketplace

31761 Camino Capistrano, 949.218.5140, mayfieldoc.com

Mayfield also opened in August—across the street from the movie theater— adding to the downtown corridor’s development into a foodie hub. Mayfield’s cuisine is a mix of European and Californian flavors. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Brussels Bistro; Silver: Tamarindo

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BEST BREAKFAST GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Mollies Famous Café

32033 Camino Capistrano, 949.240.9261

Longtime favorite Mollies Famous Café is the perfect spot to stop for coffee, waffles and other hearty breakfast meals. The casual diner has a downhome feel, and the friendly staff stands ready to serve customers looking for scrambled eggs on the weekends or before they head off to work. Customers also love the sandwiches, burgers and hash browns. Going to Mollies is also a chance to see familiar faces from around town, given its popularity among many San Juan Capistrano residents.

The Ramos House Café

SILVER HORSESHOE

Bravos California Fresh 31722 Rancho Viejo Road, 949.487.2728, bravoscafresh.com

Bravos California Fresh’s breakfast items include hotcakes, hash browns, eggs and French toast. You can also order bacon, steak, and biscuits and gravy. Order online to get your day started right. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Mollies Famous Café; Silver: Ellie’s Table Bakery & Café

BEST CUP OF COFFEE GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Hidden House Coffee 31791 Los Rios Street, 949.240.0200, hiddenhousecoffee.com

Located in the Los Rios area, Hidden House Coffee is a cute spot to stop, grab some coffee, and chat with friends and

family while spending a weekend or afternoon in downtown San Juan Capistrano. The available outdoor seating is suited to pandemic-era guidelines, and staff can answer any questions about coffee. Hidden House Coffee also sells 5-pound bags of coffee blends, boasting it has served more than 4 million cups of coffee in their 10 years of business. SILVER HORSESHOE

Ellie’s Table EGAN HOUSE

31892 Camino Capistrano, 949.558.5310, elliestable.com

Owner Linda Loaeza says the support from customers has always been huge, as have been their compliments about the coffee. As a family-owned business, she says she takes pride in building relationships with clientele and the surrounding community. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Hidden House Coffee; Silver: Ellie’s Table Bakery & Café

Hidden House Coffee

BEST BREAKFAST BURRITO GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Las Golondrinas Mexican Food

27124 Paseo Espada, Suite 803, 949.240.3440, lasgolondrinas.biz

Las Golondrinas has plenty of burritos to chow down on in the mornings, from their two-egg burrito to the machaca burrito, which comes with shredded beef or chicken. You can also order a bean and cheese burrito, a veggie burrito, or the super veggie burrito, which is loaded into a double tortilla. For the health-minded folks, Las Golondrinas has a fitness special burrito made with

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egg whites, boiled beans, cabbage, tomatoes and salsa. Customers love the fresh food and reasonable prices.

SILVER HORSESHOE

Cedar Creek Inn

26860 Ortega Highway, 949.240.2229, cedarcreekinn.com SILVER HORSESHOE

Bravos California Fresh 31722 Rancho Viejo Road, 949.487.2728, bravoscafresh.com

Bravos California Fresh’s breakfast burritos come stuffed with eggs, cheddar jack cheese and hash browns, with a flour tortilla wrap. You can choose from steak, bacon, veggie, or other style of breakfast burrito. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Las Golondrinas Mexican Food; Silver: Bravos California Fresh

BEST BRUNCH GOLDEN HORSESHOE

The Ramos House Café

31752 Los Rios Street, 949.443.1342, ramoshouse.com

Though the well-known brunch spot in the Los Rios area is under new ownership with Michelle and Kris Winrich, customers can still expect the tradition of Southern-style hearty meals and a great view of downtown San Juan when grabbing a bite at this local institution. The prix fixe brunch menu is offered on Saturday and Sunday and includes one small plate (e.g., cinnamon apple beignets or citrus salad) and one large plate (e.g., smoked bacon scramble with apple-fried potatoes or crab hash with scrambled eggs). The outdoor seating complies with CDC safety guidelines during the ongoing health crisis, and the relaxing atmosphere will help put your mind at ease while you chow down.

Cedar Creek Inn is also a popular spot for outdoor dining. The Sunday brunch menu includes lemon pancakes, eggs Benedict, and crab cake Benedict. Soak up the downtown views while on the patio. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: The Ramos House Café; Silver: Trevor’s at the Tracks

BEST LUNCH SPOT GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Cedar Creek Inn

26860 Ortega Highway, 949.240.2229, cedarcreekinn.com

People passing by Mission San Juan Capistrano or one of the downtown antique shops are always welcome to stop at Cedar Creek Inn, if they’re hungry. The lunch menu includes fish and chips, salmon, steak, and pasta. It’s a popular place to catch up with friends and loved ones. Cedar Creek Inn also has a variety of salads, burgers and sandwiches, including a seafood salad and Reuben sandwich. SILVER HORSESHOE

Trevor’s at the Tracks 26701 Verdugo Street, 949.493.9593, trevorsatthetracks.com

Local favorite Trevor’s is an ideal spot to stop for lunch while exploring downtown. Grab some drinks, order a burger or from a wide variety of salads and chargrilled flatbreads. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Trevor’s at the Tracks; Silver: Cedar Creek Inn

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Mayfield Restaurant & Marketplace

BEST MENU FOR HEALTHY CHOICES GOLDEN HORSESHOE

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Mayfield Restaurant & Marketplace

Mayfield Restaurant & Marketplace

One example of Mayfield’s healthy options includes a burrata salad with beets that have been roasted in soy sauce and pomegranate molasses, radicchio from The Ecology Center, and a candied walnut pesto. “We are very excited to be nominated in this year’s awards. I always wanted Mayfield to be a neighborhood restaurant that brought new flavors and ingredients to the community, so to be recognized in our short time of being open by the SJC locals is fantastic!” says owner and operator George Barker.

Given that the restaurant sources much of its fresh produce from The Ecology Center, it’s not a surprise Mayfield has been a hit with vegans since opening in August. Mayfield’s dishes include hummus, fried eggplant, shawarma, and salads. Organic wines are also offered. Their downtown location is perfect for people-watching and soaking up the beautiful San Juan Capistrano scenery while you dine. The atmosphere is relaxed, and Mayfield runs a Supper Club prix fixe menu on Friday and Saturday. Grab some spices and jam from the market while you’re there.

31761 Camino Capistrano, 949.218.5140, mayfieldoc.com

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Ellie’s Table Bakery & Café

31892 Camino Capistrano, 949.558.5310, elliestable.com

Owner Linda Loaeza says Ellie’s Table was built on the slogan, “Happiness is homemade,” and especially during these challenging times, she really believes the customers complete their Ellie’s Table family. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Trevor’s at the Tracks; Silver: Ellie’s Table Bakery & Café

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BEST RESTAURANT FOR VEGAN OPTIONS

31761 Camino Capistrano, 949.218.5140, mayfieldoc.com

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Rancho Capistrano Winery 26755 Verdugo Street, 949.481.6682, ranchocapwinery.com

Rancho Capistrano Winery’s Impossible Burger will satisfy your vegan cravings, and comes on sourdough bread and served with fries. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Trevor’s at the Tracks; silver: Thai Juan On

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BEST SANDWICH GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Bad to the Bone BBQ

31738 Rancho Viejo Road, 949.218.0227, badtothebone-bbq.com

One of Bad to the Bone BBQ’s most popular sandwiches is its beef brisket, which is served on a fresh bun. Hungry patrons can add grilled onions and aged cheddar cheese as extras. Other sandwiches include the fire-roasted tri-tip on a French roll, the Carolina pulled pork, the BBQ chicken breast, and pulled smoked chicken. Bad to the Bone boasts it is “real pit” barbecue, with meats slow-cooked in wood-burning pits. Sink your teeth into one of their delicious sandwiches. SILVER HORSESHOE

Rancho Capistrano Winery

26755 Verdugo Street, 949.481.6682, ranchocapwinery.com

Rancho Capistrano Winery is known for its savory sandwiches that blend a variety of flavors into one palate-pleasing experience, with multiple awards to show for it. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Trevor’s at the Tracks; Silver: Cedar Creek Inn

BEST TACO GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Ricardo’s Place

32082 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.4941, ricardosplacesjc.com

With so many taco options—chicken, beef, fish, carnitas, El Pastor (pork) or potato— Ricardo’s Place is a haven for anyone craving a taco plate and other Mexican cuisine. “Our menu is open in that we have so many different tacos,” says restaurant owner Ricardo Beas.

Bad to the Bone BBQ “Here, we don’t have a structure of this or that.” Filled with cabbage, slices of bell pepper, cilantro and lime, each taco is sure to amaze and excite the taste buds. Beas recommends that customers try the salmon taco, a top seller. SILVER HORSESHOE

Sol Agave

31111 Rancho Viejo Road, 949.218.1158, solagave.com

Never forgetting their humble beginnings operating out of a food truck, Sol Agave’s owners haven’t strayed from their original taco recipes, continuing to offer delicious meat and seafood fillings, served in a yellow corn tortilla. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Ricardo’s Place; Silver: El Adobe de Capistrano

BEST SALSA GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Ricardo’s Place

32082 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.4941, ricardosplacesjc.com

Readers continue to rave about the salsas at Ricardo’s Place because of their consistency and commitment to stick to original recipes after all these years in business. “We still play with new ingredients, but we still have kept the original,” owner Ricardo Beas explains. The varieties of salsa options available to customers vary in spiciness, so those looking for a really bold taste and flavor can go with the homemade red salsa, or they can test the heat of the homemade jalapeno salsa. SILVER HORSESHOE

El Adobe de Capistrano 31891 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.1163, eladobedecapistrano.com

The salsa at El Adode de Capistrano is always made fresh daily, and roasted, which really enhances the flavor of the tomatoes. “Everything starts with freshness and quality products,” manager Max Gutierrez says. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Ricardo’s Place; Silver: El Adobe de Capistrano

BEST PIZZA GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Ricardo’s Place

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Ball Park Pizza

31654 Rancho Viejo Road, 949.493.6852

Ball Park Pizza is a throwback to the

Ball Park Pizza local pizza parlor you remember from your youth—a place where you would go to get a great pizza after winning the big game or just to hang out with your family and friends to watch sports and play games. The family-owned-and-operated pizza shop is committed to family and community, and is obsessed with creating a family-friendly experience in which kids and parents alike can enjoy a great meal and have a great time. SILVER HORSESHOE

Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria & Tap Room

31781 Camino Capistrano, Suite 201, 949.429.3599, selmaspizza.com

Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria serves up pastas, sandwiches and a variety of other menu items, but its main specialty is its Chicago deep-dish pizzas, bringing that delicious taste of Chicago pies to South Orange County. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria & Tap Room; Silver: Ball Park Pizza

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Five Vines Wine Bar

BEST APPETIZERS GOLDEN HORSESHOE

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BEST BURGER GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Bad to the Bone BBQ

31738 Rancho Viejo Road, 949.218.0227, badtothebone-bbq.com

Bad to the Bone BBQ’s burgers are mesquite-grilled and made from freshground Angus chuck roast. Choose the ranch burger, the smokehouse with sauce and caramelized onions or a plant-based vegan burger. Orders come with a side item, such as collard greens, french fries, and potato salad. Bad to the Bone BBQ keeps the Western heritage of San Juan Capistrano alive and well with its food and atmosphere. SILVER HORSESHOE

Rancho Capistrano Winery 26755 Verdugo Street, 949.481.6682, ranchocapwinery.com

Their ranch burger features a halfpound of Angus Beef with barbecue sauce, lettuce, onions, and other toppings. The vegan Impossible Burger is also available. Both orders include fries. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Trevor’s at the Tracks; Silver: In-NOut Burger

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31761 Camino Capistrano, Suite 11, 949.800.9145, fivevineswinebar.com

Five Vines Wine Bar is known for its creative and delectable selection of finger foods. Order the “Mormor’s Famous Cheese Ball” (a Swedish recipe from the owner’s mother), try the Bruschetta Bites, or sample the house-made Hummus Dip. Customers can also enjoy the spinach artichoke dip, a large cup of their soup of the day and their mixed nuts, including lightly toasted walnuts, almonds, and pecans. The light eats are perfect for the relaxed and inviting atmosphere at Fives Vines, one of the most popular spots in the downtown area. SILVER HORSESHOE

Rancho Capistrano Winery 26755 Verdugo Street, 949.481.6682, ranchocapwinery.com

Fried Brussels sprouts, flatbreads, and gourmet french fries are some of the starters you can snack on while enjoying some wine before your entrée arrives. The Cheese & Meat Plate features assorted cheeses, dried fruit, meats, nuts, fig jam and crackers. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Five Vines Wine Bar; Silver: Trevor’s at the Tracks

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BEST DINNER SPOT GOLDEN HORSESHOE

BEST INTERNATIONAL EATS GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Rancho Capistrano Winery

Thai Juan On

With its outdoor patio right in the heart of downtown San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Capistrano Winery is the perfect spot to grab dinner, whether you’re on a date or celebrating an occasion. The friendly staff is ready to attend to your dinner needs, and you can sip a glass of wine while enjoying the night in South Orange County. Customers appreciate the ample patio space available, allowing for enough room to have uninterrupted conversations. Take-out is also available, for people who want to enjoy their dinner at home.

Thai Juan On is a gateway to savory Thai cuisine, right here in Orange County. The restaurant menu has a variety of noodle, green curry shrimp, and soup dishes from which to choose. The spring rolls make a tasty appetizer, and the beef and pork dishes are also popular. Some dishes are prepared with green beans, bell peppers, and green onions. Customer recommendations include the Drunken Noodle or Crying Tiger dishes. Complement your food choice with a Thai iced coffee. Thai Juan On has outdoor patio seating available.

26755 Verdugo Street, 949.481.6682, ranchocapwinery.com

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Trevor’s at the Tracks 26701 Verdugo Street, 949.493.9593, trevorsatthetracks.com

With its appealing décor, patio seating, and location right next to the downtown train plaza, Trevor’s is a safe bet when you want to enjoy a night out in San Juan and see all the town has to offer. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Trevor’s at the Tracks; Silver: Cedar Creek Inn

BEST RESTAURANT FOR OUTDOOR DINING GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Rancho Capistrano Winery

26755 Verdugo Street, 949.481.6682, ranchocapwinery.com

Given a lot of its dining space is on the outdoor patio, it’s no wonder Rancho Capistrano Winery earns the Golden Horseshoe in this category. The patio tables are a popular spot on Friday nights and the weekends, as friends and family drop by to catch up and enjoy the afternoon or night view of downtown San Juan. Trying to nab a parking spot in the parking lot nearby can be a challenge during busy times, but the experience is worth the diligence.

31878 Del Obispo Street, Suite 109, 949.234.0332, thaijuanon.com

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Mayfield Restaurant & Marketplace

31761 Camino Capistrano, 949.218.5140, mayfieldoc.com

Owner and operator George Barker grew up in England, and he brings that continental sense of flavor to Mayfield, where customers can enjoy Turkish eggs or a brown rice grain bowl with avocado and crushed hazelnuts. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Thai Juan On; Silver: Ciao Pasta Trattoria

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Bad to the Bone BBQ

31738 Rancho Viejo Road, 949.218.0227, badtothebone-bbq.com

Bad to the Bone BBQ has long been a local institution you can bring the kids

for some hearty barbecue and a chance to unwind. The kids’ menu includes hamburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken strips, and macaroni and cheese. Children’s orders come with an Oreo cookie. Parents can order baby back ribs or pork ribs. Share some fruit cobbler dessert afterward. Co-founder Marty Wells says he is very grateful for the loyal customers who helped get them through the challenging times during the COVID-19 pandemic. SILVER HORSESHOE

Bravos California Fresh

31722 Rancho Viejo Road, 949.487.2728, bravoscafresh.com

Bravos California Fresh is a wholesome and welcoming spot for families to stop for lunch while traveling through San Juan Capistrano. Try the quesadilla family deal while you’re there. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Ruby’s Diner; Silver: Ricardo’s Place

BEST SPOT FOR TAKE-OUT GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Bad to the Bone BBQ

31738 Rancho Viejo Road, 949.218.0227, badtothebone-bbq.com

Bad to the Bone has been open for take-out orders during the health crisis, with curbside service and contactless payments. Co-founder Marty Wells says the restaurant is blessed to have a customer base built up over the past 16 years who have supported them during a tumultuous time. “It’s been challenging to adapt to the new way of carrying out food,” Wells says. Their barbecue dishes make the perfect lunch or dinner while you’re hunkered down at home and binging television shows and movies as the pandemic continues.

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Heritage Barbecue

31721 Camino Capistrano, heritagecraftbbq.com

Heritage Barbecue has instituted curbside service during the coronavirus crisis. Their hearty meals are good to take home and enjoy. Try their smoked meats, Texas chili, and other specialty barbecue menu items. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Bad to the Bone BBQ; Silver: Thai Juan On

BEST AMBIENCE GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Five Vines Wine Bar

31761 Camino Capistrano, Suite 11, 949.800.9145, fivevineswinebar.com

With its outdoor patio right by the downtown movie theater and train depot, Five Vines Wine Bar is a nice spot to relax and chat over wine and appetizers while in the heart of the renovated and revitalized Verdugo Street area. The cozy atmosphere lets you enjoy San Juan’s rustic charm, and the familiar staff and regular patrons ensure Five Vines is a neighborhood hangout where it’s likely you’ll run into recognizable faces. Take a walk on nearby Los Rios Street afterward. SILVER HORSESHOE

Cedar Creek Inn

26860 Ortega Highway, 949.240.2229, cedarcreekinn.com

Stop at local favorite Cedar Creek Inn, take a seat on the back patio, and enjoy lunch or dinner and a few beverages while admiring the area and people-watching amid the downtown bustle. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Trevor’s at the Tracks; Silver: Five Vines Wine Bar

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Trevor’s at the Tracks 26701 Verdugo Street, 949.493.9593, trevorsatthetracks.com

With its beautiful and distinctive architecture and frequent live musical entertainment, Trevor’s is just as enjoyable for its open-air atmosphere as it is for its tasty food offerings. Have a drink and enjoy a burger while surrounded by lush flowers and the historic legacy of the Los Rios area. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Trevor’s at the Tracks; Silver: Rancho Capistrano Winery

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BEST OVERALL RESTAURANT GOLDEN HORSESHOE

BEST SPOT TO CURE A SWEET TOOTH GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Rancho Capistrano Winery

Ellie’s Table EGAN HOUSE

A staple of San Juan and a perennial award winner, Rancho Capistrano Winery is perfectly situated in the downtown area, with a wide-ranging menu that offers something for everyone, as well as a classy outdoor atmosphere that will ensure your lunch or dinner there is an enjoyable experience. The restaurant normally is busiest on Friday nights and weekends, a testament to its popularity with locals and visitors. Along with the food, the customer service usually gets rave reviews.

Another year, another Golden Horseshoe for Ellie’s Table Egan House. “People are not only drawn to Ellie’s Table for the array of desserts and pastries we carry,” says owner Linda Loaeza, “but how each dessert and pastry is thoughtfully hand-crafted. A customer favorite is our Kouign-amann, which originated in the Breton region of France. Our French pastry chef has taken this delicacy and modified the original recipe to include a creme brûlée center. When ordered at our cafe, sugar crystals are sprinkled over top and then caramelized on-site.” Salivating yet?

26755 Verdugo Street, 949.481.6682 ranchocapwinery.com

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Trevor’s at the Tracks 26701 Verdugo Street, 949.493.9593 trevorsatthetracks.com

Trevor’s has it all—an ideal location, top-notch food, and brand quality built up over the years. The restaurant has endured temporary closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is always busy when it reopens its doors. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Trevor’s at the Tracks; Silver: Cedar Creek Inn

31892 Camino Capistrano, 949.558.5310, elliestable.com

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3:16 Bakery Shop

26762 Verdugo Street, 949.218.6060

A quaint little downtown bakery, 3:16 Bakery Shop’s customers appreciate the variety of pastries and gelato. Visitors also like the cakes, cookies, pies, and other sweets. 3:16 Bakery Shop is particularly popular with people who visit via train. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Ellie’s Table Bakery & Café; Silver: 3:16 Bakery Shop

Ellie’s Table Bakery & Café

BEST MARGARITA GOLDEN HORSESHOE

El Adobe de Capistrano 31891 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.1163, eladobedecapistrano.com

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In what is becoming an annual tradition, El Adobe de Capistrano has once again been bestowed with the Golden Horseshoe for Best Margarita. Made with a generous serving of tequila, the restaurant’s margaritas boast a well-balanced refreshing flavor that excites the taste buds and gets the good vibes rolling. Among the most popular are the Cadillac Margarita, Pineapple Cilantro Margarita and the Black Tequila Margarita, made with muddled blackberries and Nosotros Reposado tequila. After work, grab a pitcher of any one of these fine margarita options to share with friends.

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Sol Agave

31111 Rancho Viejo Road, 949.218.1158, solagave.com

Sol Agave serves hand-crafted margaritas made with fresh squeezed lime, 100% blue agave as the nectar and finished with Jimador, top-shelf tequila. For those who can’t decide on just one margarita, try the margarita flight. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: El Adobe de Capistrano; Silver: Sol Agave

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BEST BEER SELECTION

Docent Brewing

GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Docent Brewing

33049 Calle Aviador, Suite C, 949.767.8170, docentbrewing.com

Docent Brewing’s staff strives to be the perfect embodiment of the company name, as every bartender is a certified cicerone, meaning they’re knowledgeable about beers and can guide customers to the brew that best satisfies their palate. “Whether you’re a novice beer drinker or a new beer drinker, we can guide you through what you’re looking for,” says General Manager Taylor Dunlap. And not submitting to any one style, Docent brews a variety of beers, from pale ales to Belgians. SILVER HORSESHOE

The BrewHouse

31896 Plaza Drive, Suite D3, 949.481.6181, thebrewhousesjc.com

While focused on supporting independent craft breweries from the Southern California area, The BrewHouse offers a top-notch array of beers, representing a variety of styles, so customers can always discover something new at this San Juan hideaway. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Five Vines Wine Bar; Silver: Docent Brewing

BEST WINE SELECTION GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Five Vines Wine Bar

31761 Camino Capistrano, Suite 11, 949.800.9145, fivevineswinebar.com

Five Vines Wine Bar, a perennial Golden Horseshoe winner in this category, features more than 65 high-end wines. All to-go bottles are 10% off (15% for wine club winners). Their wide-ranging selection features plenty of Cabernets, Pinot Noirs, red blends and an assortment of Chardonnays and other white wines. Owner Randy Fisher handles the wine selection and tries to keep it regional. The wine list is frequently rotated, so customers usually can find something thecapistranodispatch.com

new when they stop in. Adventurous spirits can try a “Flying Blind” flight of three reds—if you correctly guess the varietals of all three, the tasting is free. SILVER HORSESHOE

Rancho Capistrano Winery

26755 Verdugo Street, 949.481.6682, ranchocapwinery.com

The wine list features 40 award-winning labels. The to-go list includes enticing tastes such as Amorette, a 2019 Rose of Pinot Gris; Ortega, a red blend incorporating Grenache, Petit Verdot and Mourvedre; and Bouchard, a 2017 Malbec reserve wine. Rancho Capistrano Winery has a wine club, with benefits that include wine shipped to your door. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Five Vines Wine Bar; Silver: Rancho Capistrano Winery

BEST HAPPY HOUR GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Five Vines Wine Bar

31761 Camino Capistrano, Suite 11, 949.800.9145, fivevineswinebar.com

Happy hour is usually 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday—but the way things are going during the COVID-19 pandemic, you might as well make your own happy hour. House wines, craft beers by tap or bottle, and the social menu items are $2 off. Five Vines also offers daily specials during its extended happy hour. Check its website for the latest details. SILVER HORSESHOE

Rancho Capistrano Winery

26755 Verdugo Street, 949.481.6682, ranchocapwinery.com

Happy hour is Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m. Grab a wine or drink, order some fries or other favorite food, and take your mind off current conditions for a bit. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Five Vines Wine Bar; Silver: Rancho Capistrano Winery

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Cole Fairchild, Five Vines Wine Bar

BEST BAR GOLDEN HORSESHOE

BEST BARTENDER GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Swallow’s Inn

Cole Fairchild

This quirky dive bar, located in the heart of downtown along Camino Capistrano, is synonymous with San Juan Capistrano. While the inside area of Swallow’s was closed for most of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its outdoor back lot has been open when allowed. Swallow’s is known for carrying on the Western tradition of San Juan and is a lively spot for food, drinks, dancing and entertainment when there are no pandemic restrictions. Check their Facebook page for the latest information.

31761 Camino Capistrano, Suite 11, 949.800.9145, fivevineswinebar.com

31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, swallowsinn.com

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Trevor’s at the Tracks

26701 Verdugo Street, 949.493.9593, trevorsatthetracks.com

Take a seat at the outside bar near the courtyard dining area, order a drink, and enjoy the sounds of the passing trains and conversations with those around you. Trevor’s is one of those spots where you can catch up with old friends in an inviting atmosphere. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Swallow’s Inn; Silver: Five Vines Wine Bar

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If you swing by Five Vines, chances are you’ll see Cole either working behind or around the bar. The son of owners Randy and Suzy Fairchild—and an owner in his own right—Cole is wellknown for being a history buff always ready to share an anecdote with customers about days gone by in San Juan Capistrano. Cole credits the staff with enabling him to entertain customers. It is no surprise that his favorite spot is nearby, at the historic and iconic Mission San Juan Capistrano. SILVER HORSESHOE

Luis Del Pozo

Mayfield Restaurant & Marketplace 31761 Camino Capistrano, 949.218.5140, mayfieldoc.com

“We put a lot of time and effort into sourcing great spirits and creating craft cocktails that fit our ethos at Mayfield, and it is amazing to see our hard work is paying off,” Luis Del Pozo says. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Cole Fairchild, Five Vines Wine Bar; Silver: Mike Fox, Cedar Creek Inn

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BEST JEWELRY GOLDEN HORSESHOE

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Abby’s Fine Jewelry Designs

Wildfire Mercantile

“Everything that we have in store, we design and make on the premises,” says Abby Kahn, owner and craftsman of Abby’s Fine Jewelry Design, a family-owned-and-operated custom jeweler. “Everything is made right here in San Juan Capistrano.” In their 16th year in San Juan, the Kahn family thanks their loyal customers-turned-friends for their continued trust. “We’ve always had customers come out to support us,” Kahn says. “It has made us feel very welcome and a part of this community.”

Wildfire Mercantile is more than a shop, says owner Susan Stansbury of the chic, Western-themed boutique that she and husband Troy opened in 2017. “It’s a gathering place that people feel a connection to,” she says. The smell of leather and a convivial vibe greet you upon arrival. A friendly staff, and Orange County’s largest selection of hats, boots and traditional Western to Boho fashion styles for men and women will keep you coming back.

32382 Del Obispo Street, 949.493.3632, abbysdesigns.com

Wildfire Mercantile

Chico’s

At Wildfire Mercantile, the intricate, gem-laden creations of Native American artists encapsulate the unique histories and cultures of their distinct tribes. “You won’t find these pieces anywhere else,” says Susan Stansbury, shop owner and purveyor of goods.

From lounge to cocktail attire, this downtown women’s boutique curates a unique collection of clothing and accessories. For the ultimate shopping experience, Chico’s signature Style Experts offer personalized outfitting, fashion tips and exclusive looks at new collections.

2019 WINNERS: Gold: Wildfire Mercantile; Silver: Abby’s Fine Jewelry Designs

2019 WINNERS: Gold: Wildfire Mercantile; Silver: Lidia House by Rags & Stones

26850 Ortega Highway, Suite K, 949.240.6770, wildfiremercantile.net

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26850 Ortega Highway, Suite K, 949.240.6770, wildfiremercantile.net

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BEST CLOTHING

26850 Ortega Highway, Suites G & L, 949.488.7075, chicos.com

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American Horse Products 31896 Plaza Drive, Suite C4, 949.248.5300, americanhorseproducts.com

Founded by local equestrians Jim and Diane Carter in 1999, American Horse Products is a staple for all your English and Western gear needs from the barn to the trail, as well as for special events or simply running errands around town.

Wildfire Mercantile

2019 WINNERS: Gold: Wildfire Mercantile; Silver: American Horse Products

BEST SHOP FOR EQUESTRIAN GEAR GOLDEN HORSESHOE

American Horse Products

arrangements for various occasions, including weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. “We try to keep our customers happy, and we always back it up with a 100% guarantee,” Zargar says. The shop has also been committed to the local community, emphasizing education, by offering annual scholarships to students at San Juan Hills High School. SILVER HORSESHOE

Plant Depot

32413 San Juan Creek Road, 949.240.2107, plantdepot.com

Plant Depot offers a great selection of flowers to fit any occasion. And its staff works diligently to help customers find exactly the right types of flowers they’re looking for to create the garden of their dreams. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Mother Earth Flowers; Silver: Trader Joe’s

31896 Plaza Drive, Suite C4, 949.248.5300, americanhorseproducts.com

BEST SPOT FOR THE PERFECT GIFT GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Wildfire Mercantile

26850 Ortega Highway, Suite K, 949.240.6770, wildfiremercantile.net

From iconic American-made housewares and clothing from Pendleton to inimitable artisan adornments and Western-infused children’s goods, there’s a little something for everyone at Wildfire Mercantile, and at every price point, too, says owner Susan Stansbury, who hand-selects unique, heirloom gifts for the shop’s shelves. “If you invest in something of quality, it ends up being the best value,” Stansbury adds. “It becomes a legacy in your family and takes on a bigger meaning. It becomes part of your family history.” SILVER HORSESHOE

Mission Store at Mission San Juan Capistrano

26801 Ortega Highway, 949.234.1318, missionsjc.com

At Mission San Juan Capistrano’s timeless shop—The Mission Store— you’ll find remarkable gifts from local artisans, books and devotional items,

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BEST SHOP FOR WESTERN WEAR GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Wildfire Mercantile

26850 Ortega Highway, Suite K, 949.240.6770, wildfiremercantile.net

“We have everything for riders and nonriders,” says Susan Stansbury, founder and buyer of the upscale, Western boutique Wildfire Mercantile—an in-the-heart-of-downtown boutique where shoppers will find contemporary, Boho and Old West fashions. Whether you are attending a special event, a Western-themed wedding or shopping for normal day-to-day wear, Wildfire Mercantile offers one of the region’s largest selections of high-end and everyday boots, hats, denim and Western-flair stylings that embrace the passionate nature, generous hearts and unique personalities of the Southern California cowgirl and cowboy.

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The mantra at American Horse Products is this proclamation: “Add excitement to the horse world!” For 20-plus years, that’s just what the Carter family has done. They’ve cultivated a community at this one-stop tack, feed and apparel shop offering everything for horse, rider, home and barn. Their dedicated, knowledgeable staff is always at the ready to find the perfect saddle, bridle, riding boot, helmet or belt, as well as feed, horse and barn products you require for future trail rides and competitions. It has everything you ever needed and more. SILVER HORSESHOE

Wildfire Mercantile

26850 Ortega Highway, Suite K, 949.240.6770, wildfiremercantile.net

Local and traveling equestrians (Western-wear lovers, too) flock to Wildfire Mercantile for all their riding apparel needs. Here, you can shop for ranch and fashion apparel or resilient and refined boots alongside an array of hats and apparel from more than 40 brands. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: American Horse Products; Silver: Wildfire Mercantile

BEST PLACE TO BUY FLOWERS GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Mother Earth Flowers 32158 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.4400, motherearthflorist.com

For the past 35 years, Mother Earth Flowers has emphasized service and quality for its customers. “That’s our key to success,” says owner Amir Zargar. Mother Earth sells fresh-cut flowers and plants, and it also can supply

BEST NURSERY GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Plant Depot

32413 San Juan Creek Road, 949.240.2107, plantdepot.com

Plant Depot is a full-service, family-owned-and-operated nursery where, since 1995, its staff has helped customers create a yard or garden and achieves what they’re specifically looking to create. Whether you’re looking for soil, sod, trees, shrubs, flowers, or even gifts inside the shop, Plant Depot has everything one will need for home gardening. “We try to create an environment where it’s a one-stop shop,” co-owner Jennifer Kittle says. “You can come here to get everything you need.” SILVER HORSESHOE

Armstrong Garden Centers 32382 Del Obispo Street, Suite D, 949.661.6666, armstronggarden.com

Armstrong Garden Centers’ motto is getting the guesswork out of gardening, as its focus for the previous 130 years in California has been providing their customers with horticultural knowledge, assortments of quality plants and garden-related products. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Plant Depot; Silver: Armstrong Garden Centers

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DeNault’s ACE Hardware

BEST HOME IMPROVEMENT STORE

Lavish Home Decor

31105 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite C4, 949.429.8881, lavishhomedecor.com

Offering luxury home furnishings and interior design services, Lavish Home Décor aims to give customers a unique shopping experience, as its showroom allows them to explore custom furniture options and shop for unique gifts and accessories. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Lavish Home Décor; Silver: Wildfire Mercantile

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DeNault’s ACE Hardware

31862 Del Obispo Street, 949.493.1031, denaults.com

DeNault’s ACE Hardware is always geared and ready to provide local homeowners with their home improvement project needs. The shop’s staff works hard to give every customer a more personalized service than what they may find at one of the big-box stores. “We try to carry stock that the area needs, not just cookie-cutter stock,” owner Don DeNault says. “And we mainly just try to give personal service, get people in and out quicker than big-box stores,” giving the people what they need. SILVER HORSESHOE

Dunn-Edwards Paints

32061-71 Camino Capistrano, 949.234.1201, dunnedwards.com

Since 1925, Dunn-Edwards Paints has been a leading manufacturer of paint products in the Southwestern U.S., and has been committed to providing superior products and services to all of its customers. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: DeNault’s ACE Hardware; Silver: Supply Line Building Materials

BEST HOME DÉCOR & FURNISHINGS GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Marshalls

31878 Del Obispo Street, 949.240.2711, marshalls.com

With an appreciation for “surprise,” Marshalls is always looking to surprise its customers with an array of fresh and exciting merchandise to discover. Customers visiting Marshalls are sure to find everything they’ll need for chic home décor, including bedding, bath accessories and an assortment of home furnishings. This national department store chain prides itself on being an off-price retailer, as its idea of “value” is a blend of “brand, fashion, price and quality.” Marshalls boasts that it offers

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Laura’s House Resale Store

BEST SECONDHAND/ THRIFT STORE GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Laura’s House Resale Store 31878 Del Obispo Street, Suite 104, 949.218.6400, laurashouse.org/resale-store

Laura’s House, a nonprofit organization that provides survivors of domestic violence with emergency shelter, legal assistance, counseling and other types of services, operates this local resale store to support its programs in Orange County. The store, which also provides much-needed items for clients, features a rotating display of merchandise and goods, at affordable prices. And amid the pandemic, the store’s importance to the community and survivors has been even more pronounced, as the nonprofit has seen a dramatic increase in domestic violence cases. SILVER HORSESHOE

OC Goodwill Boutique

31892 Plaza Drive, Unit A-1, 949.272.0505, ocgoodwill.org

OC Goodwill Boutique offers men’s and women’s clothing, as well as clothing for kids and a small furniture section. Customers shopping at this boutique can also find more curated merchandise compared to the classic Goodwill shop. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Laura’s House Resale Store; Silver: OC Goodwill Boutique

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BEST LOCAL GROCER

BEST PET STORE

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Trader Joe’s

Pets Plus

32151 Camino Capistrano, 949.496.4150, traderjoes.com

Despite being a national chain, Trader Joe’s in San Juan Capistrano sees itself as a local neighborhood grocery store that’s happy to be part of the community and proud to offer unique products at affordable prices. When customers shop at Trader Joe’s, they’re able to find quality organic products across the company’s own food labels, as well as the basics, including milk, eggs and produce. Customers also can also find beer, wine and liquor and an array of fresh flowers. SILVER HORSESHOE

Irvine Ranch Market at Marbella

31109 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 1782, 949.248.1067

This high-end grocery store offers fresh produce, prime meats, and a full-service deli and bakery. “We’re like a family store, and customers love shopping here, and we love our customers,” says General Manager Bill Pillette. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Trader Joe’s; Silver: Marbella Farmers Market

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32022 Camino Capistrano, 949.248.3400, petsplusca.com

Tuttle-Click’s Capistrano Ford

BEST AUTO DEALER GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Tuttle-Click’s Capistrano Ford

33301 Camino Capistrano, 949.359.6739, capistranoford.com

Part of the Tuttle-Click family of auto dealers in Orange County, Capistrano Ford and its team of veteran, professional salespersons work hard to keep clients satisfied, giving shoppers a comfortable place to purchase a new automobile. “We have the right products, in the right location,” says General Sales Manager Luis Palos. Though currently dealing with new limited hours during the pandemic, Capistrano Ford has

always stood out among its prospective car buyers by offering extended hours of operation, Palos says.

Pets Plus, a family-owned business with multiple locations in Southern California, offers a bevy of supplies, products and services for both pets and pet owners, satisfying every person’s (and their furry friends’) needs. “We’re all obsessed with animals, and we want to make sure the animals are taken care of,” says San Juan store manager Tom Goldberg. “And the only way to do that is to take care of the customers.” Additionally, furthering customers’ expectations, Pets Plus routinely hosts dental clinics and vaccination services for everyone’s four-legged companions. SILVER HORSESHOE

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Capistrano Volkswagen 32922 Valle Road, 949.493.4511, capovw.com

Since opening in 1997, Capistrano Volkswagen has grown to become one of the nation’s largest VW dealers, in large part to its team that has tirelessly worked to be better than what customers expect from an auto dealer. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Tuttle-Click’s Capistrano Ford; Silver: Paradise Automotive Group

Petco

32391 Camino Capistrano, Suite A, 949.240.9388, petco.com

With a focus on improving the lives of pets and their owners, Petco has set new standards in pet care, while offering products and services meant to deepen the bond between pet and pet parent. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Pets Plus; Silver: Petsmart

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accountable to their goals, help them get there with teaching and encouragement and set new goals. Members also can get virtual training with the Anytime Fitness Coaching app. SILVER HORSESHOE

Brush Salon

31770 Camino Capistrano, 949.496.8800, brushsalon.com

Brush Salon provides an exceptional experience for all of its services, and it starts with their professional staff. Brush Salon cultivates good energy for its clients and happy faces with topnotch hair service. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Anytime Fitness; Silver: Five Vines Wine Bar

BEST SPA FOR MASSAGES GOLDEN HORSESHOE

The Massage Associates

31952 Camino Capistrano, Suite C-10, 949.489.7924, themassageassociates.com

Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

BEST NEW BUSINESS GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano 31692 El Camino Real, 949.503.5700 innatthemissionsjc.com

Visitors feel at home at the Inn at the Mission, whether for a staycation, an intimate event in the Olive Grove, or indulging in Chef Aaron Obregon’s dishes under the twinkling outdoor lights at Ysidora. “There is something so magical about our hotel and our connection to the Mission,” says general manager Pam Ryan. “During their time here, visitors instantly feel that connection to the history and culture of their surroundings in the heart of San Juan Capistrano.” SILVER HORSESHOE

BEST CATERING GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Bad to the Bone BBQ

31788 Rancho Viejo Road, 949.218.0227, badtothebone-bbq.com

Catering events has obviously been sparse during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Bad to the Bone BBQ has still done some catering drop-offs, and is available if you need such services. When events are able to safely return, Bad to the Bone can cater your wedding or other social events. The number of entrees depends on the catering package you choose, and delivery is available with a 25-person minimum. Food will come ready to serve in aluminum containers, so get ready for some hearty barbecue once gatherings are allowed.

Sundried Tomato American Bistros & Catering

At The Dog Pawrk Brewing Company, the focus is to reward customer loyalty by providing good, local beer combined with the dogged passion and stubbornness to always do the unexpected and provide creative beers.

Owner Rob Quest calls Sundried Tomato a “one-stop shop” for catering needs and can do everything from pick-ups to deliveries. They work with venues all over Orange County, including Casa Romantica in San Clemente.

2019 WINNERS: Gold: Delice Breton; Silver: Diamond Salon

2019 WINNERS: Gold: Sundried Tomato American Bistros & Catering; Silver: Bad to the Bone BBQ

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Anytime Fitness

31107 Rancho Viejo Road, 949.481.2220, anytimefitness.com

Anytime Fitness offers personal and individual attention beyond what the other big-name national gym chains do. Anytime Fitness offers fitness consultations and different levels of training. It also works with each of its members to get started with a plan and provides a path for each member’s fitness journey. Personal trainers keep members

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Salon Capistrano

32241 Camino Capistrano, Suite A103, 949.493.2200, saloncapistrano.com

In several of its facial treatments, including the Deluxe European and Gentlemen’s Facial, Salon Capistrano incorporates facelift massages for healthy and fresh skin. Some treatments also include massages for hands and feet. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: The Massage Associates; Silver: Salon Capistrano

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The Dog Pawrk Brewing Company

27122 Paseo Espada, Suite A904, 949.652.3379, thedogpawrk.beer

BEST OVERALL CUSTOMER SERVICE

For 20 years, The Massage Associates has been providing top-notch massage services of all kinds to South Orange County. Owner Michelle Bryant and the staff specialize in deep-tissue therapeutic massages. The professional therapists work with the clients to understand their individual needs and keep the body feeling in tip-top shape. The Massage Associates staff works to fix clients’ nagging aches and pains. They also offer specialized treatments with hot stones or CBD oil, as well as prenatal, sports and oncology massages.

31781 Camino Capistrano, 949.661.1167, sundriedtomatobistro.com

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BEST MANICURE & PEDICURE

BEST HAIR SALON GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Brush Salon

GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Brandy Stevens, Salon Capistrano

31770 Camino Capistrano, 949.496.8800, brushsalon.com

Once again, Brush Salon maintains its top spot and collects another Golden Horseshoe as the favorite hair salon of San Juan Capistrano. Brush Salon offers a comfortable atmosphere where all clients can come to enhance their style with the help of the salon’s professional staff. The staff uses cutting-edge techniques to give clients the best experience and keep up the good energy and vibe of Brush Salon. Besides the traditional haircut services, Brush Salon also offers several other hair services, including color, keratin straightening treatments and balayage.

Brush Salon

32241 Camino Capistrano, Suite A103, 949.493.2200 saloncapistrano.com

The Golden Horseshoe for the best place to take care of your human horseshoes once again goes to Brandy Stevens and the team at Salon Capistrano. Beyond providing exemplary service year after year, the salon has cultivated a connection with the community and its customers that keeps people happy with the work done and continually returning. Stevens and the nail technicians at Salon Capistrano maintain a high level of sanitation practices for a clean and safe workspace. Clients are protected, taken care of and leave happy. SILVER HORSESHOE

Happy Nails and Spa

32301 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.6888 happynails.com

Happy Nails has been offering first-class nail spa facilities at several locations across Southern California for years. Happy Nails offers treatments of all kinds in top-of-the-line spa chairs and work stations. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Salon Capistrano; Silver: Color Nails & Spa

BEST SPA FOR FACIALS GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Salon Capistrano

32241 Camino Capistrano, Suite A103, 949.493.2200, saloncapistrano.com

Salon Capistrano owner and aesthetician Paula Guerena has been in the business for more than 25 years, and she is certified in medical aesthetics, chemical peels, Belavi facelift massage, waxing, microdermabrasion and more. Salon Capistrano offers a wide variety of facials and skin care treatments, including the Deluxe European and Signature Epicuren Treatment (often described as a non-surgical facelift). The guys can get in on the fun, too, with the Gentlemen’s Facial, which includes pampering from head to toe with aromatic hot towels, steam, extractions, facelift massage, revitalizing masque and brown trim.

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Salon Capistrano care treatments that are safe, relaxing and medical-grade. OC SkinLab provides curated and targeted treatments that aren’t harmful, for a relaxing and beneficial experience. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Salon Capistrano; Silver: OC SkinLab

BEST SPECIALTY BEAUTY SERVICE

(BROWS, WAXING, LASHES, ETC.) GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Salon Capistrano

32241 Camino Capistrano, Suite A103, 949.493.2200, saloncapistrano.com

In addition to the salon’s award-winning work in manicures, pedicures, facials and massages, Salon Capistrano

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Para Brows

32035 Camino Capistrano, 949.590.0868, parabrows.com

It’s all in the name, as Para Brows offers all kinds of beauty services for your pair of brows. Para Brows provides services in threading, waxing and facial treatments. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Brush Salon; Silver: Salon Capistrano

Salon Capistrano offers a full variety of hair services in addition to their wide array of award-winning beauty services. Whether it’s just a cut or something more dynamic, Salon Capistrano provides professional and exemplary service. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Brush Salon; Silver: Salon Capistrano

BEST BARBERSHOP GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Hair of the Dog Barbershop 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.488.8254

Any top-of-the-line barbershop captures the vibe of its city and the people who live in it, and Hair of the Dog does that perfectly for San Juan Capistrano. Located with a great shop in historic downtown attached to the Swallow’s Inn, Hair of the Dog Barbershop has connected with its clients. It provides professional and detailed work to make clients look their best. Hair of the Dog is open every day of the week and welcomes walk-ins.

The Señor Barbers

31901 Camino Capistrano, Suite 1, 949.248.4577; 31105 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite C-16, 949.218.5276, thesenorbarber.com

Hair of the Dog Barbershop

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32241 Camino Capistrano, Suite A103, 949.493.2200, saloncapistrano.com

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OC SkinLab

is a full-service salon that provides all levels of beauty services. On the hair side, the salon offers an array of cutting and styling services, as well as color, highlights, extensions and other special services. The salon can also provide style services for brides and bridal parties, as well as offering lash and brow services and all manner of waxing treatments. If there’s a beauty service available, it can be done at Salon Capistrano.

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For nearly two decades, The Señor Barbers franchises have provided quality service at four South Orange County locations, including two in San Juan Capistrano. The Señor Barbers location nearest you can line up any haircut or beard trim. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Brush Salon; Silver: The Señor Barbers

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BEST GYM

BEST GROOMING/PET CARE

GOLDEN HORSESHOE

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Anytime Fitness

The Zuri Pet Spa & Resort

31107 Rancho Viejo Road, 949.481.2220, anytimefitness.com

Anytime Fitness has consistently taken the top spot and Golden Horseshoe as San Juan Capistrano’s favorite gym. That’s because, though it is a national chain, it doesn’t provide the soulless service of a big national brand. Anytime Fitness caters to each of its members to provide a personal fitness experience that stands above the rest. It has all the standard gym amenities (free weights, weight machines, cardio machines, medicine balls, jump ropes), but provides greater than standard gym service. It also provides a safe and professional gym experience. SILVER HORSESHOE

24 Hour Fitness

27124 Calle Arroyo, 949.489.9900, 24hourfitness.com

Despite the pandemic, 24 Hour Fitness was able to adapt its San Juan Capistrano location to offer outdoor workouts and still able to provide the top-notch 24 Hour Fitness experience. This location also offers virtual training sessions. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Anytime Fitness; Silver: 24 Hour Fitness

BEST GROUP WORKOUT GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Invictus

31734 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite C, 949.484.5595, iaminvictusfit.com

Invictus Fitness’ group coaching leads with exercise while also focusing on nutrition and lifestyle.“We always start with exercise, because we believe it’s a catalyst for people to make positive changes in their health,” says co-owner Josh Elsesser. The coaching also individualizes every workout for each member.“Even though it’s in a group setting, they’re all getting an individual workout that’s specific to their abilities and fitness level,” he explains. The training sessions, he adds, are also focused on balance, building muscle and then adding strength. SILVER HORSESHOE

CrossFit No Boundaries

27136 Paseo Espada, Suite 1101, 949.229.8049, crossfitnoboundaries.com

After you’ve stepped into CrossFit No Boundaries, the gym’s staff makes it their goal to train you and push you to see what type of effort you’ll need to continue developing and meeting your fitness goals. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: CrossFit No Boundaries; Silver: Align Pilates & Yoga

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32423 Calle Perfecto, 949.429.7222, thezuripetspa.com

Ortega Animal Care Center

BEST YOGA STUDIO GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Yoga Bungalow

32382 Del Obispo Street, 949.310.5477, yoga-bungalow.com

Yoga Bungalow has described itself as the antithesis of a “one size fits all” yoga studio, and that has never been more accurate than now. Because of the pandemic, Yoga Bungalow transferred its schedule of yoga classes outdoors, as well as over Zoom video calls. A client at any level of yoga experience will find a class to participate in, including multiple beginners’ classes. Yoga Bungalow has cultivated a community to relax, strengthen, stretch and align the body. SILVER HORSESHOE

Align Pilates & Yoga Center 31896 Plaza Drive, Suite E6, 949.481.3577, alignpilatescenter.com

Align Pilates & Yoga has a fully equipped studio and caters to more of a boutique audience, with smaller class sizes that allow trainers to focus on personalized attention for its members. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Align Pilates & Yoga Center; Silver: SolFire Yoga

BEST PILATES STUDIO GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Align Pilates & Yoga Center 31896 Plaza Drive, Suite E6, 949.481.3577, alignpilatescenter.com

Align Pilates & Yoga focuses on the quality of the classes it offers to help clients achieve the Pilates lifestyle. Whether taking part in studio or at home over a livestream, Align Pilates does all it can to focus on each individual. Align Pilates & Yoga operates with smaller class sizes to facilitate its instructors helping clients perform the specific movements of Pilates, which is important in its effectiveness. Clients can also get private sessions for an even more focused approach.

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Studio Barre

31878 Del Obispo Street, Suite 108, 949.218.1668, sanjuancapistrano.studiobarre.com

Studio Barre provides a constantly changing workout routine to help its members continually get stronger. The national chain offers workouts with little or no equipment involved that can change your body in just a few classes. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Align Pilates & Yoga Center; Silver: Mantra Fitness

BEST VETERINARIAN GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Ortega Animal Care Center Dr. Matthew Brehmer, Dr. Lynlee Fluent, Dr. Liz Lee

27341 Ortega Highway, 949.487.7600, oaccpets.com

The team at Ortega Animal Care Center—Dr. Fluent, Dr. Brehmer, Dr. Lee and their veterinary technical staff—provide years of knowledge and experience to give your pets the most comprehensive care possible. The center is family-owned by the husband-wife team of Brehmer and Fluent. In addition to all sides of small animal medicine, Fluent has special interest in soft tissue surgery, dentistry and abdominal ultrasound; Brehmer, in internal medicine, preventative care and reproduction; and Lee in acupuncture and chronic pain management. SILVER HORSESHOE

With another Golden Horseshoe, The Zuri Pet Spa once again sets the standard for pet services in San Juan Capistrano. The Zuri Pet Spa offers full grooming, boarding and daycare with a full spa experience to pamper your “furry family member.” Pets can get all the best treatment with relaxing music, aromatherapy, playrooms and overnight “villas.” In addition, The Zuri Pet Spa goes above and beyond to offer chauffeur service to take your pet to and from home in comfort. Web cams also allow owners to remotely check in on their pets. SILVER HORSESHOE

Ortega Animal Care Center 27341 Ortega Highway, 949.487.7600, oaccpets.com

Ortega Animal Care Center provides an experienced and knowledgeable team to care for anything your pet needs. It offers grooming and bathing services, dental care, spa care and veterinary care. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: The Zuri Pet Spa & Resort; Silver: Ortega Animal Care Center

BEST AUTO BODY SHOP GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Coastline Collision Center 33001 Calle Perfecto, 949.388.1555, coastlinecollisioncenter.com

Coastline Collision Center has been at its San Juan Capistrano location since 2008, but it offers more than 70 years of combined experience in the automotive and collision industry. Coastline Collision is a premier collision and custom paint shop that sets itself apart by pricing and customer service. “With superior technology and equipment, your car will be returned to its pre-accident condition in as short a time as possible while providing you, the customer, with a great amount of care,” the staff promises. SILVER HORSESHOE

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Caliber Collision

32391 San Juan Creek Road, 949.493.1147, sjah.com

Caliber Collision strives to set the standard in customer service and in cutting-edge technology. With auto body repair services including painting, auto glass repair and dent repair, Caliber Collision’s desire is to have your vehicle back on the road as soon as possible.

Dr. Randall Bondurant, DVM

The team at San Juan Animal Hospital is led by Dr. Randall Bondurant and offers high-quality service at the full-service small animal veterinary hospital. The hospital lives up to its motto of “Loving Care for Your Best Friend.” 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Dr. Lynlee Fluent, DVM, Ortega Animal Care Center; Silver: Dr. Randall Bondurant, DVM, San Juan Animal Hospital

26442 Via De Anza, 949.661.7077, calibercollision.com

2019 WINNERS: Gold: Paradise Automotive Group; Silver: Coastline Collision Center

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BEST MECHANIC SHOP GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Star Motors European Service

32961 Calle Perfecto, 949.539.0494, starmotorseuro.com

As the name suggests, this independent, family-owned auto repair shop specializes in European vehicles. “We actually specialize in people and fix cars for fun,” jokes owner Chris Knuth. What sets this shop apart, he says, is the relationships his team builds with the clients, as they’re focused on creating a quality customer experience. “When we inspect every vehicle, we look at it like it’s our own car or family members’ car,” he says. “This empowers customers to make the best decision when it comes to their family’s vehicle needs.” SILVER HORSESHOE

delivering every cleaning convenience possible to customers. It has been serving Orange County and San Juan Capistrano for more than 25 years, with ownership having been in the industry for more than 40 years spanning three generations. “We pride ourselves on being eco-friendly and train all of our team to provide the best care and service possible to our customers,” says Polo Cleaners President Riaz Chauthani. SILVER HORSESHOE

Town & Country Cleaners 31654 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite F, 949.240.1730

The Town & Country Cleaners staff aims to learn each customer by name. Customer service is the highest priority for owner Steve Kim, who took over the family-run business in 2019. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Polo Cleaners; Silver: Town & Country Cleaners

Camino Import Auto Service 32953 Calle Perfecto, 949.661.3522, caminoimportauto.com

Primarily known for work on German-manufactured luxury automobiles such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW, Camino Import Auto Service relies on decades of auto care experience, striving to do the best job for its customers, at the right price. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Paradise Automotive Group; Silver: CAARS

BEST DRY CLEANER GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Polo Cleaners

31105 Rancho Viejo Road, 949.496.7354, polocleaners.com

Polo Cleaners is dedicated to providing the best customer service and uncompromising attention to detail while

BEST DENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Carol Daderian, DDS

32272 Camino Capistrano, Suite C, 949.661.3594, caroldaderiandds.com

Dr. Carol Daderian has been practicing general dentistry since graduating from USC with her degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1988. She’s been at her current San Juan Capistrano office for more than 20 years and has committed herself to providing her patients with the best possible treatment for their needs. Patients continue to recommend her services to their family members and friends, as she is mindful of the impact she has on their health and well-being.

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Scott G. Lamming, DDS

31897 Del Obispo Street, Suite 100, 949.245.0577, drlamming.com

Dr. Scott G. Lamming and staff are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. Services include checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Carol Daderian, DDS; Silver: Priya Ganju, DDS, Capistrano Children’s Dentistry

BEST ORTHODONTIST

Michelle Hure, MD, MS

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Taylor Olsen, DDS, MSD Olsen Orthodontics

31920 Del Obispo Street, Suite 265, 949.542.7799, ocbraces.com

Dr. Taylor Olsen says orthodontics is life-altering. “It not only straightens teeth but also changes faces as we work to achieve a balanced smile and facial aesthetics,” Olsen says. “I love when people come in who for years have smiled a closed-lip smile because they are embarrassed about their teeth, and leave smiling ear to ear because they are now so proud of their smile.” Dr. Olsen and his team make it a point to get to know their patients individually. SILVER HORSESHOE

Mark Sayed, DMD

32341-H Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3993, mysmileoc.com

Dr. Mark Sayed has been providing orthodontic treatment to children and adults in South Orange County for 20 years. His philosophy is to treat and guide the natural development of teeth in order to prevent extractions, surgery and long-term extensive braces. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Taylor Olsen, DDS, MSD, Olsen Orthodontics; Silver: Ortega Dental Care

BEST MEDICAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Michelle Hure, MD, MS OC SkinLab

31899 Del Obispo Street, Suite 130, 949.359.6400 ocskinlab.com

OC SkinLab was created by Dr. Michelle Hure and provides top-notch medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology care. Dr. Hure’s care centers around personal interaction with clients to provide trust and confidence in the work and to know exactly what the clients’ needs are. She is double board-certified in both anatomic pathology and dermatopathology, which both relate to diagnosing disorders and diseases of the skin. Her knowledge and compassion combine with her quality staff to provide a warm and caring environment with great service. SILVER HORSESHOE

MemorialCare Medical Group 31001 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 200, 877.696.3622 memorialcare.org

MemorialCare Medical Group is a nonprofit health care system, and its San Juan Capistrano location offers many great services, such as urgent care and internal medicine, as well as family and pediatric care. SILVER HORSESHOE

Kaiser Permanente San Juan Capistrano Medical Offices 30400 Camino Capistrano, 833.574.2273 kaiserpermanente.org

Kaiser Permanente is the largest health care provider in California and provides great care in San Juan Capistrano. Kaiser offers family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, physical therapy, radiology and a pharmacy. Star Motors European Service

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BEST ACUPUNCTURIST

2019 WINNERS: Gold: Atria San Juan; Silver: Brookdale San Juan Capistrano

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Jeff Choi

Reata Glen

AXOS Acupuncture 27462 Calle Arroyo, Suite A, 949.248.9899, axosacupuncture.com

Dr. Jeff Choi says customers come to him, because acupuncture enhances physical, emotional and immune function, which strengthens your body, prevents disease, calms the mind, eliminates pain and enhances your health. Under his care, customers are treated as unique individuals with unique health concerns. “Acupuncture has been practiced around the world for over 3,000 years, and is the fastest-growing health care discipline in the U.S.,” Choi says. “Why? Because it works; and people are turning to acupuncture in incredible numbers for a natural approach to health care.” SILVER HORSESHOE

Dr Lee Acupuncture

32086 Camino Capistrano, 949.240.4711

After 40 years of working as an acupuncturist, and opening his San Juan Capistrano office in 1989, it’s no wonder that most of Dr. Anyork Lee’s patients are returnees or were recommended through word of mouth. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Jeff Choi, AXOS Acupuncture; Silver: Tiffany Atkinson, LAc, MSOM, OCAcupuncturist

BEST CHIROPRACTOR GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Michael Nelson, DC Ortega Chiropractic

BEST LOCAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION GOLDEN HORSESHOE

The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding

26284 Oso Road, 949.240.8441, sheacenter.org

each client. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Dr. Michael Nelson, DC, Ortega Chiropractic; Silver: Andrea Vidaurre-Mendoza, DC, Vidaurre Chiropractic

BEST SENIOR LIVING FACILITY GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Reata Glen

2 Las Estrellas Loop, Rancho Mission Viejo, 949.674.4139, reataglen.com

Located on 60 acres in Rancho Mission Viejo, Reata Glen provides a plethora of life-enriching amenities and activities for its residents. As a Life Plan Community, Reata Glen offers 480 residential living homes with dozens of unique floor plans. Along with the more than

200 activities and amenities, residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle. “Living at Reata Glen means having the opportunity and resources to be fulfilled every single day,” says Executive Director Suzanne Nasraty. Residents also have the convenient access to quality care at the adjacent health center, which offers assisted living, memory care and long-term care. SILVER HORSESHOE

Silverado San Juan Capistrano Memory Care Community

30311 Camino Capistrano, 949.240.0550, silverado.com

Silverado San Juan Capistrano is more than just assisted living. It is a specialized memory care community dedicated to enriching life for the memory-impaired, made up of experts leading the

“In a community like San Juan Capistrano where there are so many quality organizations, we are honored to be included in the Best of San Juan Capistrano Awards once again,” says Dana Butler-Moburg, Executive Director of The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding. “Our commitment to improve the lives of people with disabilities through therapeutic horse-related programs serves children age 2 through adulthood. Our largest-growing program treats veterans coping with PTSD. Thanks to San Juan Capistrano for your support of persons with special needs to thrive at Shea!” SILVER HORSESHOE

Otra Mas Horse Rescue and Equine-Assisted Therapy 27252 Calle Arroyo, 949.661.3130, otramas.net

“Despite the pandemic, we have continued to provide outstanding care for our horses and provide much needed equine-assisted therapy to our community,” founder Kathy Holman says. Despite the challenge, they maintain social distancing during sessions. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding; Silver: Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano

27462 Calle Arroyo, Suite A, 949.493.7070, ortegachiropractic.org

Dr. Michael Nelson believes that chiropractic treatment enhances the body’s innate potential. He says his relationships with customers come down to respect and appreciation, but his practice is unique in the sense that he does not recommend long-term treatment. “I am patient-oriented,” he says. “I am very accessible to them by phone and in person at the office, and I am willing to see them after hours if they need.” Dr. Nelson keeps prices affordable and works with the client’s insurance to ensure quality service.

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Kelly A Boshman, DC

32221 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.4141

Dr. Kelly Boshman brings more than four decades of experience in chiropractic practice and has been providing service in San Juan Capistrano for more than 20 years. He and his staff provide professionalism and care for

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Farmers & Merchants Bank

BEST BANKING INSTITUTION GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Farmers & Merchants Bank 31873 Del Obispo Street, 949.488.8550, fmb.com

Founded in Long Beach in 1907 by Charles J. Walker, Farmers & Merchants Bank provides white-glove service to clients at 25 branches across Orange County, Long Beach, the South Bay and Santa Barbara, as well as through robust online and mobile banking platforms. Farmers & Merchants Bank offers commercial and small business banking, business loan programs, home loans and consumer retail banking products, including checking, savings and youth accounts. It is also a California state-chartered bank with deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and an Equal Housing Lender. SILVER HORSESHOE

Law Office of Stephen M. Rios 32302 Camino Capistrano, Suite 205, 949.493.1166

The Rios family has a long tradition of justice, law enforcement and legal representation. The Law Office of Stephen M. Rios brings years of experience and dedication to clients, specializing in divorce cases, child custody, personal injury and more. 2019 WINNERS: New Category

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Chase Bank

31972 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.0602, chase.com

Chase Bank offers more than 5,100 branches and 16,000 ATMs nationwide. It also operates in more than 100 countries and is one of the largest banks in the United States. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Farmers & Merchants Bank; Silver: Wells Fargo

BEST LAW FIRM GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Cefali & Cefali, APC

32158 Camino Capistrano, Suite 207, 877.423.3254, callcefali.com

Michael and Courtney Cefali, a husband-and-wife attorney team, will do whatever it takes to serve their clients in matters of personal injury, accidents, slip and falls and other issues involving negligence. “We’ve recovered millions of dollars for people,” says Courtney Cefali. “Most people that come to us are victims of accidents. We are sensitive to that throughout the entire process. We are very available to clients; there’s no runaround. When someone calls our office, they hear from us right away. We treat our clients like family.”

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Accent Portraits by Diana

32281 Camino Capistrano, Suite C104, 949.661.6465 accentportraitsbydiana.com

Whether it’s a family, back-to-school, holiday or life-event portrait, Diana Schmitt brings more than three decades of experience to capture any special moment beautifully. Her fun and easygoing personality puts clients at ease, allowing for the best, most photogenic and natural results. “I want my clients to absolutely love their photos,” says Diana. “Seeing someone love the photos they’re getting is part of why I love what I do.” She works alongside her husband, Scott Schmitt, who also owns San Juan Photo & Digital Lab. SILVER HORSESHOE

San Juan Photo & Digital

32281 Camino Capistrano, Suite C104, 949.661.5668 sjcphoto-digital.com

San Juan Photo & Digital has been serving the South Orange County area since 1981, offering film processing, photo restoration, custom printing, camera repair, passport photos, film and video transfer, greeting cards and CD and DVD duplication. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Accent Portraits by Diana; Silver: A Single Shot Photography

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BEST TRAIL GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Patriot Trail El Adobe de Capistrano

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BEST SPECIAL EVENT/ WEDDING VENUE GOLDEN HORSESHOE

El Adobe de Capistrano 31891 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.1163, eladobedecapistrano.com

Not only is El Adobe de Capistrano one of the more reasonably priced venues in town, it is a state historic landmark boasting one of the largest settings for any gathering or special event. Offering the traditional atmosphere and style of an old-fashioned Mexican restaurant, El Adobe is top of the line when it comes to hosting special events. For weddings, guests can dance the night away under the stars, as the roof of the auditorium can open up. SILVER HORSESHOE

Franciscan Gardens

31815 Camino Capistrano, 949.248.1586, franciscangardens.com

Both rustic and charming, Franciscan Gardens features an elegant outdoor courtyard, expansive indoor space with historic exposed brick walls and crystal chandeliers, in a setting that offers a private secluded backdrop that makes it an enchanting and cozy venue for special events and weddings. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: The Villa San Juan Capistrano; Silver: El Adobe de Capistrano

BEST HORSE TRAINING GOLDEN HORSESHOE

The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding

26284 Oso Road, 949.240.8441, sheacenter.org

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Christina Carson Performance Horses 27252 Calle Arroyo, 949.661.3130, ortegaequestriancenter.com

When you take part in this program, you’ll feel like you’re back in the Old West. Christina (you can call her Chris) brings years of experience to the saddle, and wants students to leave the arena feeling inspired and motivated. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Christina Carson Performance Horses; Silver: The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding

BEST RIDING LESSON GOLDEN HORSESHOE

The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding

26284 Oso Road, 949.240.8441, sheacenter.org

Whether you’ve never ridden a horse before or are an experienced rider, there’s always something new to learn at the Shea Center—and it’s also a good chance to talk shop with other equestrians. The Shea Center has helped countless clients—including those with autism and military veterans—through their horse-riding lessons. The Shea Center’s lessons focus on dexterity and sensory integration.

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In 2006, a flag pole was erected on top of what has become known as Flag Hill—in memory of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Patriot Trail, which leads you to Flag Hill, is a popular trail for hikers with a moderate skill level, accessible year-round. The trailhead begins where Camino Las Ramblas dead-ends. Once you reach the flagpole, you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree aerial views of the ocean and the rolling hills of South Orange County. SILVER HORSESHOE

Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park

33401 Ortega Highway, 949.923.2210, ocparks.com

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Ortega Equestrian Center 27252 Calle Arroyo, 949.661.3130, ortegaequestriancenter.com

Family-owned-and-operated since 1982, the Ortega Equestrian Center is a quaint spot for horse riding, away from the busy pace of downtown. Instructors will work with you in this soothing and invigorating atmosphere.

Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park is a huge, 8,000-acre park preserve with camping sites, wildlife sightings, nature walks, trails and more. Visitors can enjoy valleys shaded by oaks and sycamores along gently flowing streams. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Patriot Trail; Silver: San Juan Creek Trail

BEST PARK GOLDEN HORSESHOE

2019 WINNERS: Gold: Christina Carson Performance Horses; Silver: The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding

Los Rios Park

BEST STABLE

With benches, wide-open space, historic placards that detail the early faces around San Juan Capistrano, and charming nearby restaurants and shops, Los Rios Park is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. The picturesque park is often the backdrop for wedding and graduation photos and is currently undergoing renovations by the city. Check out the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society on Los Rios Street after grabbing a spot in the newly renovated parking lot. Families and couples like having lunch here.

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Ortega Equestrian Center 27252 Calle Arroyo, 949.661.3130, ortegaequestriancenter.com

Located on Calle Arroyo, Ortega Equestrian Center is equipped to meet all of your equestrian needs, whether you are an accomplished competitor, a weekend trail rider or a novice wanting to learn more. Their stable offers Western training programs and secure trail rides. Stalls are cleaned daily, and there are two large arenas, with the main one lighted. Ortega Equestrian Center has direct access to many of the local trails, and guided trail rides are offered on a daily basis.

31791 Los Rios Street, 949.493.1171, sanjuancapistrano.org

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Reata Park and Event Center

28632 Ortega Highway, 949.493.1171, sanjuancapistrano.org

The young clients who take lessons at the Shea Center often walk away smiling, due to the friendly staff and level of direct and compassionate instruction.

Reata Park is a popular spot to go walking, biking, or just to simply appreciate the outdoors. The 12-acre park, located on Ortega Highway in eastern San Juan across from Rancho Mission Viejo, features substantial recreational space, a network of paths and trails, and plenty of space for weddings and group events such as the most recent Taste of San Juan food and drink festival.

2019 WINNERS: Gold: Ortega Equestrian Center; Silver: Tar Fars Stables

2019 WINNERS: Gold: Los Rios Park; Silver: Reata Park and Event Center

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The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding

26284 Oso Road, 949.240.8441, sheacenter.org

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Five Vines Wine Bar

31761 Camino Capistrano, Suite 11, 949.800.9145, fivevineswinebar.com

With Five Vines’ outdoor patio seating, variety of wines and food, and location near the train plaza and Verdugo Street, locals love to bring their visiting friends and relatives here. The cuisine and décor are emblematic of downtown San Juan Capistrano’s upscale vibe. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Mission San Juan Capistrano; Silver: Los Rios Historic District

BEST ENTERTAINMENT VENUE GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Zoomars at River Street Ranch

BEST FAMILY EXCURSION SPOT GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Zoomars at River Street Ranch

31791 Los Rios Street, 949.831.6550, zoomars.com

Located in the historic Los Rios District, Zoomars is the only petting zoo in South Orange County and a favorite spot for families to visit on the weekends. Kids can feed the more than 100 farm animals—including horses, goats, sheep, chickens, a llama and an alpaca—and take pony and train rides, among other fun activities. Owner Dan Almquist says Zoomars is grateful to be a part of the community. “The animals are missing the kids,” he says of periodic shutdowns related to shifting health guidelines during the pandemic. As of March, Zoomars was open, with reservations required, so bring the kids to get up close and personal with their furry friends.

BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Mission San Juan Capistrano 26801 Ortega Highway, 949.234.1300, missionsjc.com

Schoolchildren from outside the area enjoy field trips to the historic Mission (founded in 1776), which these days are being held virtually. Out-of-town visitors also enjoy going to Mission San Juan Capistrano to learn about the history, admire the architecture and pray in the Serra Chapel. Executive Director Mechelle Lawrence Adams says the Golden Horseshoe award is “a reminder of the value of our work and that every day, making, investing, stewarding and caring for the site truly matters.” Its location is also a great starting point to show someone what San Juan is all about.

The Coach House was closed for most of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but owner Gary Folgner is ready to get back to live concerts when allowed to do so. Folgner says his venue has been a great place for entertainment, be it live music or comedy, since opening in 1980. “There’s people who come that are in their 20s and 30s,” Folgner says in reference to the wide-ranging ages of their audience, which often includes older folks as well. Keep your tickets from canceled events for the day when the doors reopen. SILVER HORSESHOE

Swallow’s Inn

31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, swallowsinn.com

Swallow’s Inn has always been known as a venue showcasing live music while patrons enjoy food and drinks and hang out with friends old and new. After the pandemic ends, get ready for the tradition to continue. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: The Coach House; Silver: Swallow’s Inn

The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding

26284 Oso Road, 949.240.8441, sheacenter.org

The Shea Center looks after the kids that come onto their grounds for horse riding lessons, tailoring each ride according to the client’s needs and abilities. The Shea Center is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through horse-related programs, helping kids with speech, posture, and other issues. The fun and friendly outdoor atmosphere makes the place inviting for families, especially during the summer camps. SILVER HORSESHOE

Surf and Turf Therapy 949.312.7227, surfandturftherapy.org

Using surfing, horseback riding and other activities, Surf and Turf Therapy provides non-traditional therapy to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Last year’s inaugural four-day camps featured a “therapy-intensive” focus involving physical, occupational and speech work. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding; Silver: Los Rios Rock School

BEST HISTORIC SPOT GOLDEN HORSESHOE

Mission San Juan Capistrano 26801 Ortega Highway, 949.234.1300, missionsjc.com

Mission San Juan Capistrano offers a window into the days of old California. Visitors come to glimpse the historic structures and enjoy the lush gardens. “It’s a great honor to have the support of the locals. Recognition like this of the Mission San Juan Capistrano’s importance to the community reminds everyone that the landmark is the heart of this community and that the residents truly care about living in a mission town,” says Executive Director Mechelle Lawrence Adams.

Los Rios Historic District

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Los Rios Street, sanjuancapistrano.org

26801 Ortega Highway, 949.234.1300, missionsjc.com

Bring the kids and grandparents to learn about the history of this Native American-built site, Native American culture, and its founder, Saint Junipero Serra. The Mission, the crown jewel of the 21 California missions, is a popular place for family photos.

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33157 Camino Capistrano, 949.496.8930, thecoachhouse.com

GOLDEN HORSESHOE

SILVER HORSESHOE

SILVER HORSESHOE

2019 WINNERS: Gold: Zoomars at River Street Ranch; Silver: Mission San Juan Capistrano

The Coach House

BEST CAMP FOR KIDS

Mission San Juan Capistrano

14th Annual Best of San Juan Capistrano People’s Choice Horseshoe Awards

California’s oldest neighborhood, located directly across the railroad tracks from the Capistrano Depot, features historic buildings dating to the late 1700s, including three original adobe structures and rustic homes that have been passed down through generations. A stroll through the streets is like being transported back in time. Grab brunch and coffee and shop while you’re there. 2019 WINNERS: Gold: Mission San Juan Capistrano; Silver: Los Rios Historic District

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2020 NOMINEES 3:16 Bakery Shop 7-Eleven 24 Hour Fitness 61 Hundred Bread

-AA1 Auto Repair Smog A Single Shot Photography A Stones Throw Winery A’s Burgers Abby’s Fine Jewelry Designs Accent Portraits by Diana Adorable Pet Grooming & Nutrition Afif Haitham El-Hasan, MD/ Kaiser Permanente Agustin Mexican Food Align Pilates and Yoga American Horse Products Andi Lytal, DVM/ Sycamore Trails Stables Andiamo’s Equestrian Anytime Fitness AR Workshop San Juan Capistrano Armstrong Garden Centers Ashlee Averill Performance Horses Ashraf G. Fahim, MD/ San Juan Pediatrics Assistance League of Capistrano Valley Avenue Bagel Café Axos Acupuncture

-BBad to the Bone BBQ Ball Park Pizza Banfield Pet Hospital Bank of America Barking Dog Trail BASANTI

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Baskin-Robbins Becky Cox/Sycamore Trails Becky Holman/ Black Diamond Performance Horses Bella Nails Bellisimo Tile & Marble Inc Bill Jensen Auto Repair Bin Hoang, DDS/Radiant Smiles Dental Care Black Diamond Performance Horses Blas Aguilar Adobe Museum Blenheim EquiSports Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley BP Performance Horses Bradford Staph, DDS Brandy Stevens/ Salon Capistrano Bravos California Fresh Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano Brenda Dias/Ortega Equestrian Center Brookdale San Juan Capistrano Brothers Auto Care Brush Salon Bueno Bueno Mexican Kitchen

-CCAARS: Capistrano Alignment & Auto Repair Service Caliber Collision California Bank & Trust California Desert Engines Calvary Chapel Camino Health Center Camino Import Auto Service

Camino Real Playhouse Camryn Clair Photography Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort Capistrano Boxing Gym Capistrano Brewing Company Capistrano Children’s Dentistry Capistrano Mazda Capistrano Valley Toyota Capistrano Volkswagen Carl’s Jr. Carlos Restrepo, DDS/ Del Obispo Dental Carol Daderian, DDS Catholic Charities of Orange County Casa De Kathy Thrift Store Cedar Creek Inn Cefali & Cefali Central Hair Design Charisma Beauty Salon Charles Stone, DDS/ Charles and Judy Slone Family Dentistry Charles Wilson, DDS Chase Bank Chico’s Christina Carson Performance Horses Chrissy Rogers/Woodland Farms Ciao Pasta Trattoria Cindy Forrest Performance Horses Citibank Cloud 9 Bakers Club Nails & Spa Coastline Collision Center Color Nails & Spa Cook Cordova Park Costco Cottage Home & Garden CREER Comunidad y Familia Crivello’s Italian Bistro

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2020 NOMINEES CrossFit No Boundaries Curtis Michaels Hair Salon

-DDana Smith Show Team Daniel Michael Salon David Gonzales, MD/ MemorialCare Medical Group DeeDee Jo Perlas Del Obispo Terrace Senior Living Del Taco Délice Breton DeNault’s ACE Hardware Diamond Salon Docent Brewing Domino’s Pizza Don Roberto Jewelers Donut Hut Dr. Lee Acupuncture Dunn-Edwards Paints

-EEl Adobe de Capistrano El Café Real El Campeon Carniceria El Coyotito Mexican & Seafood Restaurant El Maguey Mexican Restaurant El Molino de Oro El Pollo Loco Eli Alexander Salon Ellie’s Table Egan House Emerald Cove Day Camp Eric Wilson, DDS/RW Implants & Cosmetic Dentistry Estrella Pet Grooming Excell Equestrian Express Cleaners Extreme Haircuts

-FFamily Assistance Ministries (FAM) Farmers & Merchants Bank Five Vines Wine Bar Fiesta Association FKN Bread Floral Designs by Christa Rose Fox Chiropractic Sports Rehab Center Franciscan Gardens Franks Auto & Transmission Friends Salon

-GGoin’ Native Therapeutic Gardens Gold & Braid Salon Gravity Medical Spa Great Opportunities

-HH&M Motors Hair of the Dog Barbershop Hallie Bates Hammer Burger Happy Nails and Spa Hearts 4 Africa

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Hennessey’s Tavern Heritage BBQ Hidden House Coffee HK Dermatology Homefront America Hummingbird House Café

-IImpact Automotive Service In-N-Out Burger Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano Invictus Fitness Solutions Irvine Ranch Market at Marbella Isabel’s Beauty Salon Ivy Gate Farm

-JJay’s Catering Company JD Flannel Donuts and Coffee Jeff Choi/Axos Acupuncture John Berney Equestrian Juañeno Trail Juice Joint & Deli Juliana Farms Trail

-KKaiser Permanente Kelly Boshman, DC/ Boshman Chiropractic Kelly Kaban, DDS/ Kaban Dental

-LL + Co. Lash Studio L’Hirondelle La Michoacana El Rey La Mission Flowers & Gifts La Vida Counseling Center Las Catrinas SJC Las Golondrinas Mexican Food Las Vaqueras Riding Club Laura’s House Laura’s House Resale Store Lauren Ford Photography Lavish Home Décor Le Spa Lesley Mitchell Lidia House by Rags & Stones Lily Nails Los Rios Historic District Los Rios Park Lovely Nails Lynlee Fluent/Ortega Animal Care Center

-MMaggie May’s Grooming Spa Mandi Lynn Wilson, DDS/ Capistrano Children’s Dentistry Mantra Fitness Marbella Country Club Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery Mark Sayed, DMD Marshalls Matrice Varela/

Curtis Michaels Hair Salon Matthew Brehmer, DVM/ Ortega Animal Care Center Matthias Schwarz Eventing Mayfield Market McDonald’s MemoriaCare Medical Group Urgent Care Mercado El Rey Michael Foudy, DC/ Foudy Chiropractic Michael Nelson, DC/ Ortega Chiropractic Michelle Hure, MD, MS/ OC SkinLab Millennium Housing Mimi Trinh, MD/Memorial Care Medical Group Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano Mission Equine Hospital Mission San Juan Capistrano Mission Store Mission Trails Stables Mojgan Niktash, DDS/ Paradise Dental Mollies Famous Café Monaco Jewelers Morena Tile & Stone, Inc. Mother Earth Flowers

-NNader Ghiassi, DDS/ Ortega Dental Care Nest Nissan of San Juan Capistrano Nono’s Mexican Restaurant NYC Café & Catering

-OOaks Polo Fields OC Goodwill Boutique OC Pizza San Juan OC SkinLab OC Sugaring Ocean Honda Oeeshi Japanese Grill OptumCare Medical Group Ortega Animal Care Center Ortega Cleaners Ortega Equestrian Center Ortega’s Capistrano Trading Post Otra Mas Equine Assisted Therapy

-PPaddy’s Station Paloma Medical Group Panage Panera Bread Paper Annex Para Brows Paradise Automotive Group Paradise Automotive Service Inc. Patriot Trail Paula Guerena/ Salon Capistrano Petco Pets Plus PetSmart Pho Lotus

14th Annual Best of San Juan Capistrano People’s Choice Horseshoe Awards

Pizza Amore Café Pizza Hut Plant Depot Plaza de Magdalena Poke & Sushi Polo Cleaners Prima Deshecha Trail PUBlic 74 Purmort Farms Equestrian

-RRalf V. Reuland, MD Rancho Capistrano Winery Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano Rancho Sierra Vista Equestrian Center Randall Bondurant, DVM/ San Juan Animal Hospital Randall Holbrook Art & Design Reata Glen Reata Park Regency Theatres Renu Facial and Body Aesthetics Revel Resale Ricardo’s Place Rite Aid Robert Kluss, DDS/ Absolute Smile Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park

-SSalon Capistrano San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition San Juan Capistrano Historical Society San Juan Capistrano Historical Society O’Neill Museum San Juan Capistrano Rotary San Juan Creek Trail San Juan Family Dentistry San Juan Hills Golf Club San Juan Hills Sports Bar & Grill San Juan Photo & Digital SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union Scott Lamming, DDS Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria & Tap Room Serra’s Pantry Shine Cleaners Silverado San Juan Capistrano Memory Care Community Skincare by Marilee Sol Agave Something to Bark About Mobile Grooming Southwest Barbers Special Camp Specialized Motorsports Star Motors Starbucks Stephen Rios Law Studio Barre San Juan Capistrano Subway Sundried Tomato American Bistros & Catering

Supply Line Building Materials Surf and Turf Therapy Swallow’s Inn Sweet Home Capistrano Bakery Sycamore Trails Stables

-UUnder Pressure Homework Help UNIDOS South OC Union Bank

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-TTaco Chop Catering Tannins Restaurant & Wine Bar Taqueros Mexican Restaurant Taralai Thai Massage Target Taylor Olsen, DDS, MSD/ Olsen Orthodontics Thai Juan On The Ark of San Juan Companion Animal Rescue The Bagel Shack Restaurant & Bakery The BrewHouse The Coach House The Cottage Gallery on Los Rios The Dog Pawrk Brewing Company The Ecology Center The Ecology Center Farm Stand The Hair Station The London Hair Studio The Massage Associates The Old Barn Antique Mall The Olives Branch The Ramos House Café The Señor Barbers The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding The Tea House on Los Rios The Villa San Juan Capistrano The Zuri Pet Spa & Resort Tokyomods Tom Baker Photography Totoya Sushi & Tapas Town & Country One Hour Cleaners Trader Joe’s Tram Hall, DDS Tree of Life Nursery Trevor’s at the Tracks Tuttle-Click Capistrano Ford

Vidaurre Chiropractic Vincent Michael Salon Vons

-WW Salon Studio Wells Fargo Wendi’s Donuts West Coast Tire & Service Whispering Hills Trails Wig-Wag Dog Grooming Wildfire Mercantile Wow Poki-Poke

-YYoga Bungalow Yoon Kee Chinese Kitchen Ysidora Restaurant and Lounge at Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

-ZZia Jewelry Zoomars at River Street Ranch zpizza

IN SENDERO MARKETPLACE: F45 Rancho Mission Viejo Gavilán® 55+ Gelson’s Markets In-N-Out Burger Louis Mauna, DVM/Sendero Animal Hospital Nekter Juice Bar Sendero Animal Hospital Sendero Marketplace Sendero Nails

DEAR READERS, The nominees were submitted by our community of voters. Please note that we have done our best to review this list and to make edits such as misspellings and elimination of businesses located outside of our coverage area or non-brick-and-mortar businesses. Please be advised that there may be errors. If you have a correction to submit for next year’s Best of San Juan Capistrano issue, please email us with your suggestion at info@picketfencemedia.com. Only polite suggestions will be reviewed and considered for publishing in future issues. Thank you for your understanding and participation! —Your Friends at The Dispatch

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