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Thursday, January 1, 2009

2008 BEST OF


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BEST OF RESULTS:
ROSARITO BEACH BAJA CALIFORNIA
BAR
Reader Choice: Bobby’s By The Sea
Honorable Mention: Amigos Cantina
BARTENDER
Readers Choice: Nicolas Santos

BEACH
Readers Choice: La Mision

BREAKFAST
Readers Choice: La Bamba

CHEAP EATS
Readers Choice: Yaqui Taco

DAY TRIP
Readers Choice: Valle de Guadalupe
Honorable Mention: California Motorsport Adventours

DEVELOPMENT
Readers Choice: Descanso Home
Honorable Mention: Club Marena, Bella Vista Baja
ENTERTAINMENT
Readers Choice: Du Pue & Hoyos

FISH MARKET
Readers Choice: Vince’s Old Pier

GYM
Readers Choice: Pita Spin

HAPPY HOUR
Readers Choice: La Fonda - Taco Tuesday

MAIL SERVICE
Readers Choice: Click-on
Honorable Mention: International Mail Center

HOTEL/MOTEL
Readers Choice: Bobby’s By The Sea
Honorable Mention: Rosarito Hotel, New Port Beach Hotel 

LIQUOR STORE
Readers Choice: Mercado del Mar

LOCAL ARTIST
Readers Choice: Juan Angel Castillo B.
Honorable Mention: Francisco Cabello, Jorge Luna

MEXICAN RESTAURANT
Readers Choice: La Estancia

NON MEXICAN RESTAURANT
Readers Choice: La Bamba

MONTH OF THE YEAR
Readers Choice: August

NEW BUSINESS
Readers Choice: D'Groomer

PIZZA
Readers Choice: Peter Piper Pizza

REAL ESTATE BROKER
Readers Choice: Diane Gibbs

REAL ESTATE AGENT
Readers Choice: Laura Miller

SWEETS & DESERTS
Readers Choice: Cha Cha

TAKE OUT OF TOWN GUEST
La Bufedora

WIFI INTERNET CONNECTION
Readers Choice: Click-on

WINE
Readers Choice: Fuentes Winery


ENSENADA BAJA CALIFORNIA
BAR
Readers Choice: The Bahia Resort Bar

BARTENDER
Readers Choice: Ruben at La Chulada

BREAKFAST
Readers Choice: La Finca Restaurant

DEVELOPMENT
Readers Choice: Baja Country Club

HAPPY HOUR
Readers Choice: Posada El Rey Sol Restaurant

HOME FURNISHINGS
Readers Choice: Fausto Polanco

MONTH OF THE YEAR
Readers Choice: October

PLACE TO STAY
Readers Choice: Posada El Rey Sol

TAKE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS
Readers Choice: Bodegas de Santo Tomas
Honorable Mention: La Bufedora

MEXICAN
Readers Choice: Magañas Restaurant

NON-MEXICAN
Readers Choice: Bambo Garden

WIFI INTERNET LOCATION
Readers Choice: La Vendimia

SAN FELIPE BAJA CALIFORNIA

ARCHITECT
Winner of 2007
Readers Choice: Rosalinda Ramos
Honorable Mention: Salvador Nunez Lugo, Ricardo Montano 

ART GALLERY
Readers Choice: Baja Nueva
Honorable Mention: Oasis Fine Art Gallery

BAKERY
Readers Choice: Panadería Especial
Honorable Mention: Sundance Deli

BAR
Readers Choice: V Lounge
Honorable Mention: Lighthouse, Fandangos

BARTENDER
Readers Choice: Manny Vealasco (V Lounge)
Honorable Mention: Steve (Lighthouse), Pedro (Fandangos)

BEACH
Readers Choice: Cantu Cove
Honorable Mention: Playa de Oro, Club de Pesca

MEXICAN BEER
Readers Choice: Tecate Light
Honorable Mention: Cucapa Classica, Modelo Especial

BREAKFAST
Readers Choice: Juanitos in the Ejido
Honorable Mention: Baja Java, El Toro Restaurant

CAMPING
Readers Choice: Ki Ki's

CHARITY
Readers Choice: ZAPP (Zero Additional Pup-ulation Project)
Honorable Mention: Sonshine Hacienda

CHEAP EATS
Readers Choice: Rancho Allegre
Honorable Mention: Adriana Fish Tacos, Hot Dogs Don Fidel

COCKTAILS
Readers Choice: Playa de Oro Bar & Grill
Honorable Mention: Bar Miramar, Lighthouse

COFFEEHOUSE
Readers Choice: Baja Java
Honorable Mention: Java Jitters

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
Readers Choice: B. J. Sweitzer Construction Managment
Honorable Mention: San Felipe Management Services

DAY TRIP
Readers Choice: Puertecitos Hot Springs
Honorable Mention: Waterfalls

DELICATESSEN
Readers Choice: Sundance Deli
Honorable Mention: Sand & Sea, Z Market

DENTIST
Readers Choice: California Dental Spa
Honorable Mention: Dra. Esther Rogers, Dr Jason Consultorio Dental

DEVELOPMENT
Readers Choice: Playa de Oro
Honorable Mention: El Dorado Ranch, Perla del Mar

ENTERTAINMENT
Readers Choice: Vatos Locos
Honorable Mention: Agave Blues, Singout Sisters

FISH MARKET
Readers Choice: Rubens Fish Market

FISHING TOURS
Readers Choice: Tony Reyes

FRESH PRODUCE
Readers Choice: Hipon Mercado
Honorable Mention: Riviera Liquors

GYM
Readers Choice: Squatts
Honorable Mention: Ken Sue Martial Arts

HAIRCUT/STYLIST
Readers Choice: Hair by Nancy
Honorable Mention: Lillyana’s Day Spot

HAPPY HOUR
Readers Choice: Lighthouse
Honorable Mention: Al’s Backstreet, V Lounge

HARDWARE STORE
Readers Choice: Maderas de San Felipe

HOME BUILDER
Readers Choice: Sweitzer Construction
Honorable Mention: Baja Home Improvement Services, Vertical Construction

HOME FURNISHINGS
Readers Choice: Baja Nueva
Honorable Mention: Capistrano

KARAOKE
Readers Choice: Mac & Nan's Karaoke at The Arches Restaurant
Honorable Mention: Singout Sisters, Maria at Juanitos (La Ventana)

LANDSCAPER
Readers Choice: Versoleil
Honorable Mention: Mauricio

LIQUOR STORE
Readers Choice: Licores Riviera

LOCAL ARTISTS
Readers Choice: Adrena Joyce
Honorable Mention: Rabin Waters, Lisa Shannon

MAIL SERVICE
Readers Choice: SunRunner Mail

MONTH OF THE YEAR
Readers Choice: October
Honorable Mention: March, April

NEW BUSINESS
Readers Choice: Sand & Sea Market
Honorable Mention: V Lounge, San Dollar Mail

PIZZA
Readers Choice: Fatboy’s Pizza
Honorable Mention: Sandrail Pizza, Rabbit Pizza

PLACE TO STAY
Reader Choice: El Cortez
Honorable Mention: Marina Resort

PLACE TO TAKE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS
Readers Choice: Al's Bakstreet Bar
Honorable Mention: V Lounge

REAL ESTATE BROKER
Reader Choice: Amor Property
Honorable Mention: Call Margaret, SeaMexico Realty

REAL ESTATE AGENT
Readers Choice: Glenda Rohner
Honorable Mention: Bill Maine, Gary Gold

MEXICAN FOOD
Readers Choice: Juanitos in the Ejido
Honorable Mention: Chuy’s Restaurant (Mar de Cortez), La Vaquita

NON MEXICAN FOOD
Readers Choice: Latin Garden
Honorable Mention: Lighthouse, El Nido

SERVICE ORGANIZATION
Readers Choice: Lions Club
Honorable Mention: Rotary Club, Las Amigas

SPA
Readers Choice: Lillyana’s Day Spot
Honorable Mention: Diane Pilato's Sea Star

SWEETS & DESERTS
Readers Choice: Baja Chocolate Lovers

SANITATION/WASTE MNGMT.
Readers Choice: San Felipe Disposal

WIFI INTERNET CONNECTION
Readers Choice: Fandangos

WINE
L.A. Cetto

PUERTO PEÑASCO SONORA

ARCHITECT
Readers Choice: Wilfredo Montenegro

BAKERY
Readers Choice: Tito’s Bakery

BAR
Readers Choice: JJ’s Cantina
BARTENDER
Readers Choice: Martin Gomez at The Thirsty Parrot

BEACH
Readers Choice: "Tucson" Beach

BREAKFAST
Readers Choice: Aladino's
CHARITY
Readers Choice: Larry Large Foundation

CHEAP EATS
Readers Choice: La Carreta

COCKTAILS
Readers Choice: Al Capone's Pizza and Beer

COFFEEHOUSE
Readers Choice: Mario's Coffee

DAY TRIP
Readers Choice: Magdalena de Kino

DENTIST
Readers Choice: Dr. Arturo Yamamoto, Dr. Jesus Cota

DEVELOPMENT
Readers Choice: Bella Vista Homes

ENTERTAINMENT
Readers Choice: Alex Zantyllan

FISH MARKET
Readers Choice: Federicos

FISHING TOUR
Readers Choice: Seafari Tours

HOME BUILDER
Readers Choice: Plinio Rivero

HOME FURNISHINGS
Readers Choice: Casa Bonita

MONTH OF THE YEAR
Readers Choice: October

PIZZA
Readers Choice: Al Capone's Pizza and Beer

MEXICAN RESTAURANT
Readers Choice: Hacienda Las Fuentes

NON MEXICAN RESTAURANT
Readers Choice: The Thirsty Parrot

NEW BUSINESS
Readers Choice: Consign and Design

PLACE TO TAKE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS
Readers Choice: Kayak Rocky Point

REAL ESTATE AGENT
Readers Choice: Bill "Memo" Barvitski

REAL ESTATE BROKER
Readers Choice: Heidi Wosak, Century 21 Sun & Sand

SPA/MASSAGE
Reader Choice: Rita Pizarro

SAN CARLOS, SONORA

ARCHITECT
Readers Choice: Luis Osuna Zatarain
"Luis's ""castles"" are among the most uniquely designed and beautiful of homes that grace San Carlos. His ""Laird's Castle"" in the Bahia is the most photographed home in San Carlos, and has become literally a tourist attraction." 

BAR
Readers Choice: The Soggy Peso
"The Soggy Peso is a great bar with food, outstanding location on the beach and great service. Their Full Moon Party once a month with a buffet spread of food and entertainment is a must!! Owner Lisa Armano has also done an outstanding job of decorating with the beautiful broken tile table tops, counter tops and bano's. "

BEACH
Readers Choice: Pilar
"The beach at Pilar in front of Bahia Delfin and Pilar Condo's is spectacular with its view of Tetakawi. Sunsets are magical from Pilar. The beach is always clean and kept up. Plus the welcome addition of the dolphin pods hanging out there in the water, make swimming, kayaking etc. an extra treat"

BREAKFAST
Readers Choice: Embarcadero Restaurant in the Marina
"Embarcadero Restaurant has a great Sunday brunch at a reasonable price and the regular menu is excellent with great prices. My favorite is Eggs Benedict. The food is very good, the service great and the patio overlooking the Marina makes for great atmosphere."

CHARITY
Readers Choice: Case de Hogar Orhanage
"Not only does Case de Hogar take care of 9 children and are taking on 9 more, but they feed over 400 people on Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Not unusual to stop by the orphanage and find Jennie Navarro cooking and feeding 20-30 people who have no money or food or place to go. Jesse and Jennie Navarro also do marital counseling and family counseling free of charge. They also bring in medical teams from Canada and U.S. twice a year to do medical/dental/eye clinics FREE for the poor in the area. Casa de Hogar is more than an orphanage, its two people with a servants heart to reach not only the orphans but those in need."

CHEAP EATS
Readers Choice: Ernies
"Ernies is not only one of the cheapest places in town to eat, but one of the best. Everything is fresh, homemade and delicious on a daily basis."

COCKTAILS
Readers Choice: Ruby's Wine Bar
"Ruby's Wine Bar is a classy, upscale little wine bar with premium wine list. Tapas and delectable finger foods available along with your favorite alcohol imbiber. Located on the Marina, is great to sit outside on warm evenings in the comfortable wicker furniture and listen to their premier pianist, Omar Arriage, on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm Great staff to boot@"

ENTERTAINMENT
Readers Choice: Omar Arriaga
"Omar Arriage is from Obregon, Sonora and a brilliant young pianist who plays on Wednesday evenings at Ruby Wine Bar, Saturdays at Evies, Sunday mornings at Evies. He plays classical, jazz, contemporary etc. and his special twist on traditional renditions is always a treat. Great entertainment with class and flair."

HAIRCUT
Readers Choice: Maru's
Maru is a great person who does a good haircut and all the rest and low prices

HAPPY HOUR
Readers Choice: La Palapa
I love happy hour on Friday and Saturday evenings at La Palapa because of the sunsets and view of Tetakawi and balladeer Eric Holland's great music to enjoy it with.

HOME BUILDER/CONTRACTOR
Readers Choice: Gabriel Osuna Zatarain
"One of San Carlos premier builders, Gabriel Osuna Zatarain, makes building your home a joy with his amicable sense of humor and beautiful workmanship in the completed product. His unique style has become famous with his exquisite ""Lairds Castle"" in the Bahia becoming a landmark for photographers and tourists. His other ""castles"" are scattered thru out the Country Club and other areas of San Carlos."

HOME FURNISHINGS
Readers Choice: Muebleria Decoracion Tesoro
"Decoracion Tesoro is undoubtedly one of the classiest and finest furniture stores anywhere in Sonora. Its talented owners Emma Sezzi and her daughter Adriana, not only have a wonderful selection to choose from, but also offer a host of their own personal talents of faux painting, rag painting etc to enhance the beauty of your home. This is a great family run business where service and integrity are tops."

KARAOKE
Readers Choice: Captains Club
"Sunday evenings, and randomly other nights, this great little bistro hosts karaoke, live entertainment other nights, and great food. Charming and quaint with its ""fisherman"" decor, staff and service top notch."

MOTEL/HOTEL
Readers Choice: Paradiso Resort
"Paradiso Resort has gone thru much renovations and has much to offer at reasonable prices. The restaurants are great, the beaches clean and beautiful, and the staff tip top. It also a wonderful place for charity groups to hold functions as they have a great ballroom and staff to do a super job."

NIGHTCLUB
Readers Choice: Froggy's
"Froggy's hosts UTOPIA, talented rock group with singer on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Balladeer Eric Holland plays on Tuesday evenings."

REAL ESTATE BROKER
Readers Choice: Karen Stuart
"Longs Seaside Reality is tops for real estate dealings. Known for their honesty, integrity and ""customer first"" policy, can't beat the ""A"" team at this great office. Broker Karen Stuart hands above anyone else in town also for service. "

RESTAURANT NON-MEXICAN FOOD
Readers Choice: La Palapa Greek Restaurant
"La Palapa rates high in quality of food, service and moderate prices. The location is outstanding on top of it. Also hosts entertainment Wednesday thru Saturday evening that is excellent."

RESTAURANT NON-MEXICAN FOOD
Readers Choice: Piccolo
"Piccolo, one of the best restaurants in town, focuses on Italian dishes, chicken and fish dishes that are quite good. Fish, vegetables etc are fresh daily. Service is excellent, and owner Magua is always a joy to see and talk with."