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Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012

Readers poll - eats

Coffeehouses, buffets, restaurants and more


Best Breakfast Spot

The Mission

Honorable mention: Broken Yolk, Antique Row Café, Hash House a Go Go

Best Brunch Spot

The Tractor Room

Honorable mention: Prepkitchen La Jolla, The Mission, Hash House a Go Go

Best Cajun Restaurant

Bud’s Louisiana Café

Honorable mention: New Orleans Creole Café, Cajun Kitchen, Mardi Gras Café

Best Casino Buffet


Honorable mention: Valley View, Pala, Viejas

Best Cheap Eats

El Zarape

Honorable mention: Chicken Pie Shop, Papa Luna’s Empanadas, The Kabob Shop

Best Chicken Wings

Dirty Birds

Honorable mention: South Park Abbey, Mother’s Ocean Beach, The Joint

Best Chinese Restaurant

Del Mar Rendezvous

Honorable mention: Mandarin House, Dumpling Inn, Szechuan Mandarin

Best Coffeehouse


Honorable mention: Claire De Lune, Caffe Calabria, Krakatoa

Best Contemporary Cuisine

Urban Solace

Honorable mention: Alchemy, Indigo Grill, Smoking Goat

Best Family Restaurant

Antique Row Café

Honorable mention: Corvette Diner, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, DZ Akins

Best Greek Restaurant

Olympic Café

Honorable mention: Daphnes, Cafe Athena, Country Kabob

Best Hotel Restaurant

The Pearl

Honorable mention: Humphreys, Albie’s Beef Inn, Nine-Ten

Best Indian Restaurant


Honorable mention: Royal India, India Palace, Monsoon

Best Italian Restaurant

Il Postino

Honorable mention: Bencotto, Cucina Urbana, Arrivederci

Best Japanese Restaurant

Sushi Ota

Honorable mention: Tajima, Gaijin, Hane Sushi

Best Korean Restaurant

Manna BBQ

Honorable mention: Buga Korean BBQ, Village Korean Restaurant

Best Local Caterer

San Diego Taco Company

Honorable mention: Phil’s BBQ, Abbey Catering, Bazaar del Mundo Fiesta Catering

Best Local Pizza


Honorable mention: Pizza Port, Luigi’s, Lefty’s Chicago Pizzaria

Best Mexican Restaurant


Honorable mention: Old Town Mexican Café, Ranchos, Fidels Little Mexico

Best New Restaurant (open since October 2011)

Prepkitchen Little Italy

Honorable mention: California Kebab & Beer Garden, Slater’s 50/50, Hillcrest Brewing Company

Best Outdoor Dining

Prepkitchen Del Mar

Honorable mention: The Prado, C-Level, Poseidon

Best Place for Late-Night Dining

Studio Diner

Honorable Mention: Brian’s 24, Rudfords, Lucha Libre

Best Place to get Dim Sum


Honorable mention: Emerald, China Max, Dumpling Inn

Best Romantic Restaurant

The Marine Room

Honorable mention: Bertrand at Mr. A’s, BO-Beau, Old Venice

Best Seafood Restaurant

The Fish Market

Honorable mention: Anthony’s Fish Grotto, Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, Oceanaire

Best Spanish Restaurant

Cafe Sevilla

Honorable mention: Costa Brava, Tapas Picasso, Candelas

Best Steakhouse

Donovan’s Steak & Chop House

Honorable mention: Cowboy Star, Bully’s East, The Butcher Shop

Best Sushi

Sushi Deli

Honorable mention: Sushi Ota, Harney Sushi, Hane Sushi

Best Taco Shop

Lucha Libre

Honorable mention: El Indio, Roberto’s, La Posta

Best Thai Restaurant


Honorable mention: Lotus Thai, Thai Time, Taste of Thai

Best Vegan Restaurant

Evolution Fast Food

Honorable mention: Sipz, Pokez, Casa de Luz

Best Vegetarian Restaurant


Honorable mention: Sipz, Ranchos, Evolution Fast Food

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

OB Noodle House

Honorable mention: Saigon on Fifth, Pho Ca Dao & Grill

Best Bagel Shop

Big City Bagels

Honorable mention: City Bagel, PL Bagels, Bagel & Bialy

Best Philly Cheesesteak

Gaglione Bros.

Honorable mention: Eddie’s Philadelphia Cheese Steak and Hoagies, Monkey Paw, The Philly Grill

Best Bakery

Bread & Cie

Honorable mention: Sugar & Scribe Bakery, Azucar, Extraordinary Desserts

Best Barbeque

Phil’s BBQ

Honorable mention: Brazen BBQ, BBQ House, Abbey’s Real Texas BBQ

Best Breakfast Burrito


Honorable mention: Nico’s, El Zarape, Sombrero

Best Burger


Honorable mention: Slater’s 50/50, Rocky’s Crown Pub, Burger Lounge

Best Burrito

El Zarape

Honorable mention: Ranchos, Lucha Libre, Lolita’s

Best Cupcakes


Honorable mention: Sprinkles, Frost Me, Pubcakes

Best Deli

DZ Akins

Honorable mention: City Deli, Rubicon Deli, Mona Lisa

Best Dessert

Extraordinary Desserts

Honorable mention: Heaven Sent Desserts, Chocolat, Sugar & Scribe Bakery

Best Donut Shop

VG’s Donuts

Honorable mention: Golden Donut, OB Donuts, Donut Star

Best Ethnic Food Market

99 Ranch Market

Honorable mention: Awash Ethiopian Market, North Park Market, Zion Market

Best Farm-to- Table Restaurant


Honorable mention: The Linkery, Alchemy, Urban Solace

Best Farmers Market

Hillcrest Farmers Market

Honorable mention: Ocean Beach Farmers Market, Little Italy Mercato, North Park Farmers Market

Best Fast Food

In-N-Out Burger

Honorable mention: Rubio’s, Sombrero, Smashburger

Best Fish Tacos


Honorable mention: South Beach, Rubio’s, Blue Water

Best Fish-N-Chips

Shakespeare Pub & Grille

Honorable mention: Princess Pub, The Fishery, Tin Fish

Best Food Truck

MIHO Gastrotruck

Honorable mention: Green Truck, God Save the Cuisine, Devilicious

Best Health Food Store


Honorable mention: Whole Foods, OB People’s Co-op, Olive Tree Market

Best Hot Dog

Lefty’s Chicago Pizzaria

Honorable mention: Daddy’s Hot Dogs, Hot Diggity Dog, Mother’s Saloon

Best Ice Cream Shop


Honorable mention: Cold Stone, Daily Scoop, Gelato Vero Caffe

Best Local Grocery Store

Windmill Farms

Honorable mention: Keil’s, Olive Tree Market, OB People’s Co-op

Best Prime Rib

Bully’s East

Honorable mention: Cowboy Star, Albie’s Beef Inn, Butcher Shop

Best Salad Bar


Honorable mention: Salad Style, Tender Greens, Green Spot

Best San Diego Chef

Brian Malarkey

Honorable mention: Matt Gordon, Deborah Scott, Katherine Humphus

Best Sandwich Shop

Rubicon Deli

Honorable mention: Jersey Mike’s Subs, Board & Brew, Cheese Shop

Best Smoothie

OB Smoothie

Honorable mention: Senor Mango’s, Evolution Fast Food

Best Yogurt


Honorable mention: Golden Spoon, Yog-art, Yogurt Express