WINNERS: Best of La Jolla 2012


Congratulations to the BEST OF LA JOLLA Winners
And thanks to the readers who voted them in!

The wait is over! The results are in! Here is how La Joll Light readers voted in our 14th annual online favorites poll. Many of the “incumbents” are back, but there are a few new faces, too. This guide showcases the businesses, restaurants and people whose excellent efforts make the Jewel one of the most wonderful places on the planet in which to live, work and play.

Your support and patronage will help them keep up their great work

Susan DeMaggio
Editor


Best Restaurant
1. Puesto
2. George’s at the Cove
3. Eddie V’s

Best New Restaurant
1. Herringbone
2. Puesto
3. Amicis

Best Breakfast
1. Brockton Villa
2. Harry’s Coffee Shop
3. The Cottage

Best Lunch
1. George’s at the Cove
2. El Pescador
3. Aroma Cafe
 
Best Takeout
1. Burger Lounge
2. Bubbas Smokehouse
3. El Pescador

Best Brunch
1. La Valencia Hotel
2. Beaumont’s
3. Brockton Villa

Best Family Restaurant
1. Barbarellas
2. Piatti
3. The Cottage

Best Outdoor Restaurant
1. George’s at the Cove
2. Museum Cafe
3. A.R. Valentien
 
Best Burger
1. Burger Lounge
2. Smashburger
3. Jeff’s Burgers

Best Dessert
1. Michelle Coulon
2. French Gourmet
3. Girrard Gourmet

Best Margarita
1. Alfonso’s
2. George’s at the Cove
3. Su Casa

Best Pizza
1. Pizza On Pearl
2. Carino’s
3. Extreme Pizza
 
Best Sandwich
1. Girrard Gourmet
2. El Pescador
3. Panera Bread

Best Sushi
1. Sushi On the Rock
2. Zenbu
3. Aloha Sushi

Best Seafood
1. El Pescador
2. Crab Catcher
3. Eddie V’s

Best Steak
1. Donovan’s Steak and Chop House
2. Eddie V’s
3. A.R. Valentien
 
Best American
1. Harrys Coffee Shop
2. Beaumont’s
2. Karl Strouss
3. The Shores

Best Chinese
1. P.F. Chang’s
2. China Chef
3. Mandarin House

Best Mediterranean 
1. Marketplace Grill
2. Piatti
3. Mediterranean Grill

Best French
1. French Gourmet
2. Tepenade
3. Aroma Cafe
 
Best Italian
1. Piatti
2. Manhattan
3. Osteria Romantica

Best Mexican
1. Alfonso’s
2. Puesto
3. Su Casa

Best Thai
1. Spice and Rice
2. La Basil Thai
3. Chedi Thai

Best Bakery
1. French Gourmet
2. Girrard Gourmet
3. Michelle Coulon
 
Best Café
1. Brick and Bell
2. The Living Room
3. Come on in Café

Best Catering
1. Come on in cafe
2. Guiseppe
3. French Gourmet

Best Coffee Shop
1. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
2. Pannikin
3. The Living Room

Best Wedding Venue
1. La Valencia Hotel
2. La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club
3. The Lodge at Torrey Pines
 
Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt
1. Baskin Robbins
2. Cold Stone
3. Froglanders

Best Pharmacy
1. Burns Drugs
2. CVS Pharmacy
3. Vons Pharmacy

Best Furniture/HomeFurnishings
1. Seaside Home
2. My Own Space
3. Ecteteras

Best Rugs
1. Prospect Rugs
2. Aja Rugs
3. Jam Rug Gallery
 
Best Bank
1. Wells Fargo
2. Bank of America
3. Chase

Best Hotel
1. La Valencia
2. The Lodge at Torrey Pines
3. Hotel Parisi

Best Mens Apparel
1. Ralph Lauren
2. Ascot Shop
3. Brooks Brothers

Best Mens Formal Wear
1. Ascot Shop
2. Armani Exchange
3. A Better Deal Tuxedo
 
Best Women’s Boutique
1. Kerut
2. La Donna
3. Sigi’s Boutique

Best Shoes
1. Tootsies
2. LJ Shoe Gallery
3. Rangoni

Best Eyewear/Sunglasses
1. La Jolla Optic
2. Optical Shop of Aspen
3. Shade Shack

Best Jewelry
1. Bowers
2. Prospect Jewelers
3. Jewels by the Sea
 
Best Dry Cleaner
1. Margaret’s
2. La Jolla Cleaners
3. Ogden’s

Best Florist
1. Adelaide’s
2. Bridget’s Bloom
3. Bloomers

Best Grocery
1. Whole Foods
2. Vons
3. Jonathan’s Market

Best Housekeeping
1. Rene’s of La Jolla
2. Merry Maids
3. The Maids
 
Best Travel Agency
1. Worldview
2. Cadence Travel
3. Chayet Travel

Best Hair Salon
1. Alessandro
2. Pearl Salon
3. Model Call

Best Day Spa
1. SK Sanctuary
2. Estancie La Jolla
3. The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Best Health Club
1. La Jolla Sports Club
2. 24 Hour Fitness
3. La Jolla’s Fitness Training
 
Best Yoga
1. La Jolla Yoga Center
2. Core Power
3. Prana

Best Senior Living
1. Casa de Manana
2. White Sands
3. Shea Family Care La Jolla

Best Art Gallery
1. Contemporary Fine Art
2. Quint Gallery
2. Salazar
3. Madison Gallery

Best Dentist
1. Dr. Joseph D’Angelo
2. Dr. Alicia Kennedy
3. Dr. Tracy Taddey
 
Best Dermatologist
1. Dr. Susan Stuart
2. Dr. Howard Milstein
3. Dr. Scott Boughton

Best Cosmetic Surgeon
1. Dr. Stephen M. Krant
2. Dr. Robert Singer
3. Dr. Stuart B. Kincaid

Best Contractor
1. Gunrow Construction
2. The Wright Company
3. Beachem Construction
3. Four by Four

Best Financial Planner
1. Michael O’Brien – Wells Fargo Advisors
2. Bev Patton
2. Ajay Gupta
3. Scott Kyle
 
Best Trainer
1. Tim Machado – LJ Sports Club
2. Catherine Cox – Sharp Fitness
3. Brandi Sharpe. Sharpe fitness
3. Josh Liberty- LJ Sports Club
3. Skip George – La Jolla Sport and Spine
3. Steve Booth, Bird Rock Fitness

Best Hearing Aid
1. AccuQuest Hearing Center
2. A-1 Hearing Aid Center

Best Camera Electronics Store
1. C&H Photo
2. Ritz Camera
3. Radio Shack

Best Insurance Agent
1. Terry Hudkins
2. Michael Frager
2. Eric Gardner
2. Nigel Mallet