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Tuesday, Nov 11, 2008

Best of San Diego 2008: Reader's poll

We're no Yelp, but every now and then we let our readers have a say. Those of you who took the 20 minutes it took to fill out our reader's poll have spoken.

By Nobody

Best Tourist Attraction1. Balboa Parkwww.balboapark.org2. Hotel Del Coronado3. Old Town San Diego

Best Annual Event    1. ComiConwww.comic-con.org2. Gay Pride3. ArtWalk, Little Italy

Best Annual Music Festival or Event1. San Diego Street Scenewww.street-scene.com2. Adams Avenue Street Fair3. Gator by the Bay

Best Business or Vocational School1. San Diego Art Institute1439 El Prado, Balboa Park2. Mueller College3. Fashion Institute of Design, San Diego

Best San Diego College or University1. University of California San Diegowww.ucsd.edu2. San Diego State University3. University of San Diego

Best San Diego Resort  Hotel1. Hotel Del Coronado1500 Coronado Ave., Coronado2. Catamaran Resort Hotel3. Lodge at Torrey Pines

Best San Diego Boutique Hotel1. Ivy Hotel600 F St., Downtown2. Hotel Solimar3. Tower 23

Best Hotel Swimming Pool1. Hard Rock Hotel207 5th Ave., Downtown2. Lafayette Hotel & Suites3. Hotel Solamar

Best San Diego Monument1. Cabrillo National Monument2. Mount Soledad3. The Lemon Grove Lemon

Best San Diego County Beach1. Coronado2. Black’s Beach3. Moonlight Beach

Best San Diego DUI Attorney1. Kerry Steigerwalt’s Pacific Law Centerwww.pacificlawcenter.com2. Mr. DUI - Eugene Ellis3. The DUI Guys - Philip L. Gagnon, Jr.

Best Financial Institution1. San Diego County Credit Union21 locations in San Diego Countywww.sdccu.com2. Mission Federal Credit Union3. North Island Credit Union

Best Oil Change1. Jiffy Lube14 locations in San Diego Countywww.jiffylube.com2. Genie Oil Change & Car Wash3. Econo Lube

Best San Diego Theme Park1. San Diego Zoowww.sandiegozoo.com2. Sea World3. San Diego Wild Animal Park

Best Bail Bond Company1. King Stahlman Bail Bondswww.kingstahlmanbail.com2. Aladdin Bail Bonds3. All Pro Bail Bonds

Best San Diego Hair Salon1. The Electric Chair4944 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach2. Disconnected3. Hair Drezzers on Fire

Best Yoga Studio1. Bikrams Yogawww.bikramyoga.com2. Yoga One3. Bird Rock Yoga

Best Day Spa1. Spa La Costa2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad2. Spa Tiki3. Bella Tosca

Best Tanning Salon1. California TanLocations throughout San Diego Countywww.californiatan.com2. Tan Line3. Ocean Beach Tanning

Best Place to get a Massage1. The Knot Stop1080 University Ave., Hillcrest2. Massage Envy3. Chirpractique

Best Tattoo Parlor1. Avalon II3039 Adams Ave., Normal Heights2. Two Roses Tattoo3. Tower Tattoo

Best Lasik Surgeon1. Advanced Ophthalmology4150 Regents Park Row, La Jolla2. Global Laser Vision3. Dr. Flowers Vision Institute

Best San Diego Tattoo Artist1. Sulu’ape Angela (Big City Tattoo)2913 University Ave., North Park2. Dave Warshaw (Avalon 2)3. Nes (Body Marks Tattoo)

Best Piercing Place1. Apogee Body Piercing4944 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach2. Enigma3. Absolute Tattoo & Piercing

Best Workout Gym1. 24 Hour FitnessLocations throughout San Diego Countywww.24 hourfitness.com2. Undisputed3. Powerhouse Gym

Best Boxing Gym1. City BoxingLocations Downtown and in Pacific Beach2. Undisputed3. Encinitas Boxing and Fitness

Best Chiropractor1. Spence Chiropractic Center8555 Station Village Lane, Mission Valley2. Chiropractique3. Life Within Chiropractic

Best Antique Store1. Ocean Beach Antique Mall4926 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach2. La Mesa Antique Mall3. India Street Antiques

Best Smoke Shop1. The Black5017 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach2. 420 Smoke Shop3. Inner World

Best Local Liquor Store1. Adams Avenue Liquor2740 Adams Ave., Normal Heights2. Chip’s Liquor3. Par Liquor

Best Independent Pet Store1. MuttropolisLocations in Solana Beach and La Jolla, www.muttropolis.com2. Natural Pet3. Pet Me PleaseBest Skate Shop1. Overload Skate Shop3064 University Ave., North Park2. Hangar 943. Route 44

Best Surf Shop1. Ocean Beach Surf Shop4885 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach2. Mitch’s Surf Shop 3. Clairemont Surf Shop

Best Bike Shop1. Adams Avenue Bicycles2606 Adams Ave., Normal Heights2. Mission Hills Bikes3. Cal Coaast Bicycles

Best Place to buy Eyewear1. Sunglass and Optical3 locations in San Diego Countywww.sunglassoptical.com2. Arena Eyeworks3. Newport Optometry

Best Adult Bookstore & Gift Shop1. F StreetLocations throughout San Diego County2. The Crypt3. Dr. Love’s

Best San Diego CD Store1. M Theory Music915 W. Washington Ave., Mission Hills2. Record City3. Off the Record

Best North County CD Store1. Lou Records434 N. Highway 101, Encinitas2. Spin Records3. Gary’s Record Paradise

Best Used CD Store1. Lou’s Records434 N. Highway 101, Encinitas2. Music Trader3. M-Theory Music

Best Record Store to buy Vinyl1. Folk Art Rare Records2881 Adams Ave., Normal Heights2. Access Music3. California Sound & Lighting

Best Music Equipment Store1. Guitar CenterLocations in La Mesa and San Marcoswww.guitarcenter.com2. Guitar Trader3. Old Time Music

Best Bead Store1. Black Bead5303 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach2. South Sun3. The Sheperdess

Best Local Men’s Clothing Store1. Attic520 5th Ave., Downtown2. G Star3. Mesh

Best Local Women’s Clothing Store1. Kate Ross3013 University Ave., North Park2. The River3. Neighborhood Boutique

Best Vintage/Resale Clothing Store1. Buffalo ExchangeLocations in Pacific Beach and Hillcrestwww.buffaloexchange.com2. Wear it Again Sam3. Flashbacks

Best Place to Buy a Bathing Suit1. Gone Bananas3785 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach2. Pilar’s3. Sun Diego

Best Art Supply Store1. Blick1844 India St., Little Italy2. Artist’s & Craftsman Supply3. Michael’s

Best Comic Book Store1. Comics-N-StuffLocations throughout San Diego2. Comickaze3. Galactic Comics

Best Independent Bookstore1. Adams Ave Books3502 Adams Ave., Normal Heights2. Bluestocking Books3. Ducky Waddles

Best Furniture Store1. Underground Furniture1345 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach2. Boomerang for Modern3. Pomegranate

Best Mattress Store1. Sleep Trainwww.sleeptrain.com2. Banner Mattress3. Mattress Discounters

Best Auto Dealer1. Mossy Nissan6 locations in San Diego Countywww.mossynissan.com2. Bob Baker Lexus3. Toyota Carlsbad

Best Romantic Restaurant1. Old Venice2910 Canon Road, Point Loma2. The Prado3. Humphrey’s by the Bay

Best Restaurant to Impress a First Date1. Dussini275 5th Ave., Downtown2. George’s at the Cove3. The Guild

Best Breakfast Spot1. Richard Walker’s Pancake House520 Front St., Downtown2. Hash House A Go-Go3. Broken Yolk

Best Sunday Brunch1. Hash House a Go-Go3628 5th Ave., Hillcrest2. Humphreys by the Bay3. House of Blues Gospel Brunch

Best Lunch Spot1. Urban Solace3823 30th St., North Park2. Sushi Deli3. Pizza FusionBest Late Night Eatery1. Rudford’s2900 El Cajon Blvd., North Park2. Brian’s American Eatery3. City Deli

Best Cheap Eats1. Chicken Pie Shop2633 El Cajon Blvd., North Park2. El Zarape3. O.B. Noodle Shop

Best Cajun Restaurant1. Gulf Coast Grill4130 Park Blvd., San Diego2. Bud’s Louisiana Cafe3. Chateau Orleans

Best Chinese Restaurant1. Red Pearl Kitchen440 J St., Downtown2. China Inn3. China Camp

Best Italian Restaurant1. Busalacchi’s3683 5th Ave., Hillcrest2. Asti Ristorante3. The Godfather

Best Sushi Restaurant1. Harney SushiLocations in Oceanside and Old Townwww.harneysushi.com2. Ra Sushi3. Sushi on the Rock

Best Thai Restaurant1. Taste of Thai527 University Ave., Hillcrest2. Lotus Thai3. Rama

Best Indian Restaurant1. Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India3960 5th Ave., Hillcrest2. Monsoon3. Ashoka the Great

Best Greek Restaurant1. Daphne’s Greek Café10 locations in San Diego Countywww.daphnesgreekcafe.com2. Cafe Athena3. EXY

Best Spanish Restaurant1. Cafe Sevilla555 4th Ave., San Diego2. Costa Brava3. La Gran Tapa

Best Mexican Restaurant1. Old Town Mexican Café2489 Old Town Ave., Old Town2. Gringo’s3. Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Café

Best Mexican Taco Shop1. Roberto’s7 locations throughout San Diego County, www.robertos.com2. El Indio3. Santana’s

Best Steak House1. Donovan’sLocations in La Jolla and Gaslampwww.donovanssteakhouse.com2. Bully’s3. Rei do GadoBest Casino Buffet1. The Buffet at Valley Viewwww.valleyviewcasino.com2. Ranch House Buffet at Barona 3. Viejas Harvest Buffet

Best Coffeehouse1. Claire De Lune2906 University Ave., North Park2. Lestat’s3. Caffé Calabria

Best New Restaurant 1. Sea Rocket Bistro3382 30th St., North Park2. Cowboy Star3. PB Ale House

Best Bagel1. Einstein BrothersLocations throughout San Diego Countywww.einsteinbros.com2. Baltimore Bagels3. Big City Bagels

Best Donut1. OB Donut Shop1830 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Ocean Beach2. VG’s Donuts3. Golden Donuts

Best Fish & Chips1. Shakespeare’s Pub3701 India St., Middletown2. Tin Fish3. Princess PubBest Burger1. Hodad’s5010 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach2. Rocky’s Crown Pub3. Tioli’s Crazee Burger

Best Barbeque1. Phil’s BBQ3750 Sports Arena Blvd., Sports Arena2. The Barbecue Pit3. Baby Back Jack’s

Best Seafood1. Oceanaire400 J St., Downtown2. The Fish Market3. Pacifica Del Mar

Best Pizza1. Woodstocks6145 El Cajon Blvd., College Area2. Bronx Pizza3. Basic

Best Deli1. D.Z. Akins6930 Alvarado Road, La Mesa2. City Deli3. Giorgino’s Deli

Best Sandwich Shop1. The Cheese Shop627 4th Ave., Downtown2. EZ J’s3. Board and Brew

Best Vegetarian1. Rancho’s3910 30th St., North Park2. Veg-n-Out3. Sipz

Best Bakery1. Bread & Cie350 University Ave., Hillcrest2. DZ Akins3. Azucar

Best Smoothie1. OB Smoothie Bar5001 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach2. Chronic Smoothie3. Krakatoa

Best Ice Cream1. Mootime Creamery1025 Coronado Ave., Coronado2. Mariposa Ice Cream3. Heaven Sent DessertsBest Yogurt1. Paradise Yogurt5664 Mission Center Road, Mission Valley2. Yog-Art3. Yogurt Mill

Best Dessert Place1. Extraordinary Desserts2929 5th Ave., Bankers Hill2. Heaven Sent Desserts3. Eclipse Chocolat

Best Grocery Store1. Seaside Market2087 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff by the Sea2. Stumps3. Keil’s

Best Health Food Store1. Trader Joe’s10 locations in San Diego Countywww.traderjoes.com2. Henry’s3. O. B. People’s Co-Op

Best Farmers Market1. Hillcrest2. Little Italy Mercato3. North Park

Best Fast Food1. In-N-OutLocations throughout San Diego Countywww.in-n-out.com2. Jack in the Box3. McDonald’s

Best New Bar (open since Sept. 1, 2007)1. Toronado4026 30th St., North Park2. Tilted Kilt3. The Office

Best Wine Bar1. Wine Steals3 locations in San Diego Countywww.winestealssd.com2. Sogno Di Vino3. The Grape

Best Wine Shop1. 3rd Corner2265 Bacon St., Ocean Beach2. San Diego Wine Company3. The Wine Bank

Best Tequila Bar1. El Agave2304 San Diego Ave., Old Town2. Fred’s Mexican Café3. Cantina Mayahuel

Best Gaslamp Bar1. The Bitter End770 5th Ave., Downtown2. Henry’s Pub3. Tivoli

Best North County Bar1. Coyote Bar and Grill300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad2. En Fuego Cantina and Grill3. Hensley’s Flying ElephantBest Beach Bar1. Wave House3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach2. P.B. Shore Club3. Beachcomber

Best College Bar1. PB Bar & Grill860 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach2. McGregor’s Ale House3.  U-31

Best San Diego Dive Bar1. Nunu’s3537 5th Ave., Hillcrest2. Pacific Shores3. The Silver Fox

Best Outdoor Patio at a Bar1. Firehouse American Eatery and Lounge722 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach2. PB Bar and Grill3. Moondoggies

Best Open-Air Bar1. Wave House3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach2. Altitude Sky Lounge3. Envy at Ivy Hotel

Best North County Dive Bar1. Surf and Saddle123 W. Plaza St., Solana Beach2. Duke’s Cardiff Office3. The Shanty

Best Neighborhood Bar1. The Waterfront2044 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy2. Cass Street Bar & Grill3. The Local

Best Gay Bar1. Urban Mo’s308 University Ave., Hillcrest2. Bourbon Street3. Universal

Best Dance Club1. Stingaree454 6th Ave., Downtown2. On Broadway3. Aubergine

Best Bar to listen to Local DJs1. The Whistle Stop2236 Fern St., South Park2. U-313. Air Conditioned

Best Jazz Club1. Anthology1337 India St., Little Italy2. Croce’s3. Onyx Room

Best Bar to be Seen1. Hard Rock Hotel 207 5th Ave., Gaslamp2. Stingaree3. Envy at Ivy Hotel

Best Irish Pub1. The Field544 5th Ave., Downtown2. Dublin Square3. Hooley’s

Best Comedy Club1. The Comedy Store916 Pearl St., La Jolla2. The Comedy Palace (at the Greek Palace)3. Ocean Beach Comedy @ Winston’s

Best Strip Club1. Déjà VuLocations throughout San Diegowww.dejavu.com2. Hustler Club3. Cheetahs

Best San Diego Sports Bar1. East Village Tavern and Bowl 930 Market St., East Village2. Seau’s3. Player’s

Best North County Sports Bar1. Yogi’s2005 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea2. Rookies3. Tidewater TavernBest Bar to Play Pool1. Nick’s at the Beach809 Thomas Ave., Pacific Beach2. Society3. Dussini

Best Karaoke Bar1. The Lamplighter817 W. Washington St., Mission Hills2. Carriage House3. JT’s Pub

Best Open-Mic Night1. Lestat’s3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights2. O’Connell’s3. Tiki House

Best Jukebox at a Bar1. Live Wire2103 El Cajon Blvd., North Park2. Liars Club Alpine3. Cherry Bomb

Best San Diego Beer1. Firehouse American Pale Alewww.firehousebrew.com2. Karl Strauss Red Trolley Ale3. Stone Arrogant Bastard

Best Domestic Beer1. Bud Lightwww.budlight.com2. Coors Light3. Pabst Blue Ribbon

Best Import Beer1. Coronawww.corona.com2. Bass Ale3. Guinness

Best San Diego Beer Bar1. Hamilton’s Tavern1521 30th St., South Park2. Toronado3. The Tap Room

Best North County Beer Bar1. Pizza PortLocations in Solana Beach and Carlsbadwww.pizzaport.com2. Stone Brewery3. Rookies Restaurant & Sports Bar

Best Bloody Mary1. Hash House A Go-Go3628 5th Ave., Hillcrest2. The Waterfront3. World Famous

Best Margarita1. Baja Betty’s1421 University Ave., Hillcrest2. Old Town Mexican Café3. Gringos Cantina y Cocina

Best Energy Drink (that is NOT Red Bull)1. Monsterwww.monsterenergy.com2. Rock Star3. Sobe No Fear

Best Happy Hour1. PB Bar and Grill860 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach2. Turquoise Cafe Bar Europa3. Cass Street Bar & Grill

Best San Diego Bartender1. Doug @ The Turf Supper Club2. Thaddeus Robles @ Live Wire3. K8 Wince @ Starlight

Best San Diego Cocktail Waitress1. Beverly Weber @ The Local2. Randi @ Imperial House3. Jen Olsen @ Sweetwater Saloon

Best Museum1. Museum of Contemporary ArtLocations in La Jolla and Downtownwww.mcasd.com2. Museum of Natural History3. Museum of Photographic Arts

Best San Diego Movie Theater1. Hillcrest Landmark3965 5th Ave., Hillcrest2. Ultra Star Hazard Center3. Gaslamp 15

Best Live Theatre1. Old Globe Theatre1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park2. La Jolla Playhouse3. Cygnet Theatre

Best Live Music Venue (All Ages)1. Soma3550 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego2. Lestat’s 3. Epicentre

Best Live Music Venue (21+)1. The Casbah2501 Kettner Blvd., Middletown2. House of Blues3. Anthology

Best Indoor Concert Venue1. Belly Up Tavern143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach2. House of Blues3. Dream Catcher at Viejas

Best Outdoor Concert Venue1. Humphrey’s by the Bay2241 Shelter Island Dr., Shelter Island2. Viejas Concerts in the Park3. Valley View Casino

Best Place to Listen to Local Music1. The Casbah2501 Kettner Blvd., Middletown2. Bar Pink3. Beauty Bar

Best Coffeehouse with Live Music1. Lestat’s3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights2. Claire de Lune3. Rebecca’s

Best Gaming Casino1. Viejas Casino5000 Willows Road, Alpine2. Sycuan Casino3. Valley View Casino

Best Bowling Alley1. East Village Tavern & Bowl930 Market St.,East Village2. Mira Mesa Bowl3. Parkway Bowl

Best Public Park1. Balboa Park2. Mission Bay Park3. Chicano Park

Best San Diego Sports Team1. San Diego Chargerswww.chargers.com2. San Diego Padres3. USD Toreros

Best San Diego Golf Course1. Torrey Pines2. Singing Hills3. Riverwalk

Best San Diego Athlete1. Ladainian Tomlinsonwww.chargers.com2. Tony Hawk3. Adrian Gonzalez

Best San Diego Radio Personality1. Dave, Shelly & Chainsawwww.101kgb.com2. Halloran3. Mikey

Best San Diego Radio Station1. FM 94/9www.fm949.com2. Sophie 103.73. 88.3 Jazz 88

Best San Diego TV Personality1. Sam the Cooking Guywww.samthecookingguy.com2. Michael Turko3. Ruben Galvan

Best Local TV News Station1. KUSI Channel 9/51www.kusi.com2. XETV Channel 6 CW3. KNSD Channel 7/39 NBC

Best San Diego TV Station1. XETV Channel 6 CWwww.sandiego6.com2. KNSD Channel 7/39 NBC3. KFMB Channel 8 CBS




 
 
 
 
 
 
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