Best of La Jolla Readers Poll

Best of LJ 2019
The wait is over! The results are in! Here is how La Jolla Light readers voted in our 2019 Best of Jolla Reader’s Poll. There are quite a few new faces this year, and many of the “incumbents” are still on top.

This list includes businesses, restaurants and people whose excellent efforts make our area 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!

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all our readers who voted for them!

In addition to the winner’s list below, check out our digital edition by clicking here.

Accountant

1. Thomas E. Huckabee CPA Inc.

2. Jeff Michaelson & Co.

3. Russell E. Ingledew, CPA Inc

American

1. Harry’s Coffee Shop

2. The Spot

3. Karl Strauss

Antiques

1. Ark Antiques

2. Ross Thiele & Sons

3. The Faded Awning

Architect

1. Bennett & Associates

2. Marengo Morton

3. Lars Remodeling & Design

Art Gallery

1. Contemporary Fine Art

2. Fresh Paint Gallery

3. K. Nathan Gallery

Attorney

1. Joe Sammartino

2. Richard Wildman

3. Barbara L Richards

Automotive Repair / Service

1. Family Auto Repair

2. German Motors And Imports

3. La Jolla Independent

Bakery
1. Brick & Bell

2. French Gourmet

3. Parakeet Café

Bank

1. Union Bank

2. Chase Bank

3. Bank of America

Best Happy Hour

1. Beaumont’s

2. Manhattan

3. Barbarella

Bicycle Store

1. California Bicycle Inc

2. Fly Rides San Diego

3. Pedego La Jolla

Boutique Fitness Studio

1. SPARKCYCLE

2. Rush Cycle

3. Fiercely Optimistic

Breakfast
1. Parakeet Cafe

2. Brick & Bell

3. The French Gourmet

Brunch

1. Brockton Villa

2. The French Gourmet

3. Parakeet Café

Burger

1. Burger Lounge

2. Public House

3. The Spot

Café
1. Brick & Bell

2. Parakeet Cafe

3. Caroline’s Seaside Café

Catering

1. Girard Gourmet

2. French Gourmet

3. Parakeet Café

Children’s Store

1. Little Love

2. The Children’s Place

3. Spoiled Rotten Boutique

Chinese

1. Mandarin House

2. Din Tai Fung

3. China Chef

Chiropractic Clinic

1. Dr. Trevor Robertson

2. Active Rest Chiropractic

3. Seaside Chiropractic

Cocktail

1. Herringbone La Jolla

2. Nine-Ten

3. Beaumont’s

Coffee Shop
1. Brick & Bell

2. Parakeet Cafe

3. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Complimentary & Integrative Health/Wellness Centers

1. Pacific Pearl La Jolla / Guarneri Integrative Health, Inc.

2. KOI Wellbeing

3. Fiercely Optimistic

Convenience Store

1. Dicks Liquor

2. Wine Time

3. La Jolla Country Market

Cosmetic Surgeon

1. Dr. William Groff

2. Dr. Stephen M. Krant

3. Dr. Richard Chaffoo,MD

Credit Union

1. Navy Federal Credit Union

2. San Diego County Credit Union

3. California Coast Credit Union

3. Mission Federal Credit Union

Dance Studio

1. Ooh La La

2. Dance to Evolve

3. Tap Fever Studios

Day Spa

1. Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

2. The Lodge at Torrey Pines

3. La Vie Day Spa

Dentist

1. Dr. John and Tracy Taddey

2. Dr. Joseph D’Angelo / Dr. Ashley Olson, La Jolla Dentistry

3. Dr. Paul Dougherty

Dermatologist

1. Dr. William Groff

2. Dr. Susan Stuart

3. Dr. Azadeh Shirazi

Dessert

1. Michele Coulon

2. The French Gourmet

3. Parakeet Café

Dry Cleaner

1. Ogden’s One Hour Cleaners

2. Margaret’s Cleaners

3. Lele’s Cleaners

Eyewear/Sunglasses

1. Be Seen Optics

2. Dr. Trainer

3. Gordon Wong Eye Design & Optometry

Family Restaurant

1. Piatti

2. Beaumont’s

3. Barbarella

Financial Planner

1. Brian Zimmerman

2. Kristian Colvin

3. Northwestern Mutual - Scott Ashline

Florist

1. Adelaide’s

2. Bloomers

3. Bridget’s Blooms

French
1. French Gourmet

2. Bistro Du Marché

3. Cafe la Rue (La Valencia)

Furniture/Home Furnishings

1. Nativa

2. My Own Space

3. Everett Stunz

Gift Shop

1. Warwick’s

2. Hi Sweetheart

3. Francesca’s

Hair Salon

1. Cristina Q

2. Alessandro

3. Rex Studio

Health Club

1. La Jolla Sports Club

2. 24 hour Fitness

3. High Voltage

Healthy Dining
1. Parakeet Cafe

2. Lean & Green Cafe

3. Trilogy Sanctuary

Home Remodeling

1. Lars Remodeling & Design

2. GDC

3. Murfey Construction

Hotel

1. La Valencia

2. Empress Hotel

3. Grande Colonial Hotel

Housekeeping

1. Rene’s of La Jolla

2. Merry Maids

2. The Maids

Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt

1. Bobboi Natural Gelato

2. Cold Stone

3. Baskin Robbins

In Home Care/Senior Assistance
1. Home Care of La Jolla

2. Senior Helpers San Diego County

3. La Jolla Nurses Homecare

Insurance Agent

1. Vickie MAllett

2. Dave Scott - State Farm Insurance Agent

2. Farmers Insurance - Nick Adamo

2. Scott Held Insurance Agency

Interior Designer

1. Lars Remodeling & Design

2. Ross Thiele & Sons

3. Inplace Studio

Italian

1. Piatti

2. Manhattan of La Jolla

3. Café Milano

Jewelry

1. Bowers Jewelers

2. CJ Charles

3. Bella Jolla Jewelry

Juice Bar

1. Juice Kaboose

2. Juice Crafters

3. Nekter Juice Bar

Linens & Bedding

1. Martha Smith Linens

2. Everett Stunz

3. My Own Space

Lunch
1. Parakeet Cafe

2. The French Gourmet

3. El Pescador

Margarita

1. Su Casa

2. Puesto

3. Verde Ranchero

Mediterranean

1. The Med (La Valencia)

2. Piatti

3. Marketplace Grille

Men’s Apparel

1. Ascot Shop

2. Ralph Lauren

3. Brooks Brothers

Men’s Formal Wear

1. Bendl’s Custom Shirts of La Jolla

2. Brooks Brothers

3. A Better Deal Tuxedos & Suits

Mexican

1. Su Casa

2. Puesto

3. The Taco Stand

Mortgage Banker
1. Greg Parker

2. Ed Woolery

3. Dawn DuCharme Union Bank

3. Tracy Trudeau

Nail Salon

1. Gloss Hand Spa

2. Perfect 10 Nails

2. The Nail Lounge of La Jolla

4. Seabreeze Nails Spa

New Restaurant

1. Saffron Thai

2. Cruisers Gourmet Subs

3. Nekosan

Orthodontist
1. La Jolla Village Orthodontics

2. Dr. Hoss

3. Dr. Charles Briscoe

Outdoor Restaurant

1. George’s at the Cove

2. La Valencia

3. Piatti

Pastry
1. The French Gourmet

2. Sugar and Scribe

3. Girard Gourmet

Pediatrician

1. Dr. Gretchen C. Gainor

2. James Veronique, MD

3. Dr. Sandeep S. Chaudhary

Pilates Studio

1. Pilates Plus La Jolla

2. Marla Bingham Studio

3. Gotham Pilates

Pizza

1. Isola Pizza Bar

2. Mr. Moto Pizza

3. Carino’s

Plumber

1. Arrow Plumbing

2. Bill Howe Plumbing

3. Anderson Plumbing Heating and Air

Preschool
1. Gillispie School

2. La Jolla Country Day School

3. La Jolla Village Montessori School

Private School

1. La Jolla Country Day

2. Gillispie School

3. Stella Maris Academy

Restaurant with a View

1. The Marine Room

2. George’s at the Cove

3. Brockton Villa

Sandwich
1. Cruisers Gourmet Subs

2. Girard Gourmet

3. Jersey Mikes

Seafood

1. El Pescador

2. Eddie V’s

3. Marine Room

Senior Living
1. Chateau La Jolla

2. Casa de Manana

3. White Sands

Shoes

1. Rangoni

2. Charleston Shoe Company

3. Euro Comfort

Skin Care Specialist

1. Secret Spa & Salon

2. Signature Skin Care

3. Zio Skin Spa

Steak

1. Eddie V’s

2. Donovan’s

3. Manhattan of La Jolla

Surf Shop

1. Mitch’s surf shop

2. Surf Diva

3. Bird Rock Surf

Sushi

1. Sushi on the Rock

2. Sushi Mori

3. Shiku

Taco

1. The Taco Stand

2. Puesto

3. Don Carlos

Takeout

1. Bubba’s Smokehouse BBQ

2. China Chef

3. Girard Gourmet

Thai

1. Aroi Cafe

2. Saffron Thai

3. Spice & Rice Kitchen

Tourist Attraction

1. Birch Aquarium

2. La Jolla Historical Society

3. The Conrad

Trainer

1. Jimmy Moreno, True Life Center

2. Paulette instructor at Pilates Plus La Jolla

3. Kids on the Go Therapy

Travel Agency

1. Travel Edge

2. Cadence Travel

3. Chayet Travel Network

Veterinary Hospital

1. La Jolla Veterinary Hospital

2. Windansea Veterinary Clinic

3. Bird Rock Animal Clinic

Wedding Venue

1. The Lodge at Torrey Pines

2. Birch Aquarium

2. La Jolla Woman’s Club

Wine Bar

1. LJ Crafted Wines

2. Truluck’s

3. We Olive

Women’s Boutique

1. Shade Boutique

2. Sigi’s Boutique

3. Robina

Yoga

1. Buddhi Yoga

2. Trilogy Sanctuary

3. Prana Yoga Center

Youth Sports Team

1. La Jolla United Water Polo

2. Coastal Clash Field Hockey Club

2. La Jolla Youth Baseball

2. Mad Dog lacrosse