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Friday, January 1, 2010

2009 BEST OF


M. Dean Jones Architecture and Planning, San Jose del Cabo
Dean Jones has an award-winning architectural firm. He designs custom homes, thoughtful renovations and planned communities. The firm works with their clients to give them environments that express their needs, while creating interest through the sculptural use of form and materials. For over 30 years the firm's efforts have been to create designs that are earth friendly, incorporating passive heating and cooling whenever possible. The firm's designs use recycled materials and incorporate the principles of harmony, balance and the positive flow of energy. By integrating the interior spaces with the exterior site amenities, the firm's designs enrich their client's lives.

Architect Winners
Roberto Moreno, Rosarito Beach
Rosaline Ramos Lazcano, San Felipe
Sylvia St. Clair, MAR Architect, Todos Santos
Arq. Arturo Canseco, San Carlos


Art Gallery
Baja Nueva, San Felipe
Baja Nueva is San Felipe’s premiere furniture, home decorating and gift store that is a "must visit" when in San Felipe. Located on Mar de Cortez in the Plazita, it is chock full of exciting and colorful items for the home. Original artwork, glass vases and plates, heirloom boxes, wall clocks, candles and holders, decorator shadow boxes and authentic local Indian pottery is just a small amount of the eye candy that keeps you looking from place to place in this wonderfully colorful and well laid out store. 




Art Gallery Winners
CEARTE, Ensenada
Artesanias La Antigua California, La Paz
Jill Logan Galería, Todos Santos
Pez Gordo Gallery, San Jose del Cabo
Galeria La Grande, Cabo San Lucas

Bakery
Diego's Deli & Pie Shop, Rosarito Beach
Panaderia Especial, San Felipe
Pan D'Les, La Paz

Bar
Augie's Bar & Bait, Loreto
This ain't your average bait shop, because here the bait is either smiling and handing you a cold one from behind the bar or it's served with a side of wisabi. Located on the Malecón in Loreto, this is the preeminent hotspot for the gringo community. Whether you're an Augie's virgin or veteran, it's a warm and welcoming place; a Mexican version of Cheers. Augie's is a daily celebration of old friends and new friends, and a genuine happy hangout with great food and good times. They're open to serve excellent food and drinks from 9 a.m.–10 p.m. daily, and it is the perfect place to make great friends, and eat and drink well.  

Bar Winners
Bobby's by the Sea, Rosarito Beach Beach
The Whale's Tail, Ensenada  
Fandangos, San Felipe
Thirsty Parrot, Puerto Peñasco

Bartender
Nicholas, Bahia Cantilles, Rosarito Beach
Cuco (Pete's Camp), San Felipe
Louie (Al Capones), Puerto Peñasco  

Breakfast
Mamas Royal Cafe, Cabo San Lucas
Mama's Royal Cafe is said to have the "best breakfast in the whole country" and one of the oldest Gringo restaurants in Cabo San Lucas. If you're looking for a big breakfast like your mom would make at home, this is the place. Mama’s Royal Cafe has it all, from fruit plates to more omelets than you can imagine and all the traditional Mexican dishes, along with a full bar to kick your morning. If you're a fan of breakfast, there is no better place, possibly in the whole country!  


Breakfast Winners
La Bamba, Rosarito Beach
Juanito's in Ejido, San Felipe
Restaurant Sagitario, Loreto
Gorilla's Grill, La Paz
La Maria Bistro, Puerto Peñasco

Cheap Eats
Mongolin Grill, Rosarito Beach
Jaunito's in Ejido, San Felipe
El Super Burro, Loreto
Rancho Viejo, La Paz

Coffeehouse
Cha Cha's, Rosarito Beach
Baja Java, San Felipe
Cafe de Lolita, Loreto
Guiseppi's, Puerto Peñasco
Barracuda Bob's, San Carlos

Contruction Manager
BJ Sweitzer Construction, San Felipe
Loreto Inspections, Loreto
NewTek Construction Services, La Paz
Cabo Tech Constructores, Cabo San Lucas

Dentist


Dr. Melina California, San Felipe

Dr. Melina California Fierros Zatarain, or Melina, as her friends and patients refer to her, is a dentist and the owner of California Dental Spa on Mar Caribe Sur, across from the ABC terminal in San Felipe. California Dental Spa’s services include everything your mouth could need. When you enter the California Dental Spa, the atmosphere and warm greeting immediately make you feel at ease. The word has spread so rapidly that in just one year California Dental Spa has fast become the most popular dental clinic in the region.


Dentist Winners
Dr. Ochoa Medina, Rosarito Beach
Angels Touch Dental Clinic, San Jose del Cabo
Cabo Cosmetic Dental, Cabo San Lucas
Dr. Lbarra, Puerto Peñasco

Development
Club Marena, Rosarito Beach
Baja real estate has now reached a new level in style and exclusivity. A prestigeous yet affordable lifestyle awaits you in Club Marena. This is a superb beachfront condominium with spectacular, panoramic ocean views and lush grounds in the most exclusive Baja real estate development in the region. Built to exacting American standards, with exceptional workmanship, these oceanfront homes offer modern day conveniences in a romantic setting, which is why our readers voted it as Baja's Best Development.
Development Winners
Playa de Oro, San Felipe
Bobby's by the Sea, Ensenada
Bella Sirena, Puerto Peñasco
Entertainment
Denny Flannigan, San Felipe
Denny "Moondogg" Flannigan has appeared onstage and in concert with over 250 major acts including the Doobie Brothers, the Beach Boys, Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, The BeeGee's, Tommy James and the Shondells, B.B. King, and many more. He has performed in every state in the continental U.S. The first song written by Denny in 1964, "You'll Come Back," became an instantaneous number one hit for five weeks running on Colorado's giant, KIMN Radio. Denny was a writer, comedian and musician on many television shows including The Midnight Special, ABC's In ConcertThe John Byner Comedy HourDavid Frost's Madhouse 90The Merv Griffin Show and a host of others. Denny currently resides in San Felipe and enjoys performing and living "La Vida Loca" en Mexico.
Winner
Deja-Vu, Cabo San Lucas
Mark Mulligan, San Carlos

Fishing
Minerva's Baja Tackle, Cabo San Lucas
Minerva's Baja Tackle is a Cabo fishing legend. Minerva's started back in the days when Cabo was just a sleepy fishing village with dirt roads and a couple of hotels. Now, fishing is what Cabo San Lucas is famous for and they're proud to say that they have played a big part in not only starting the sport fishing industry in Cabo San Lucas, but also in preserving the resource by promoting conservation and responsible fisheries management. Minerva's Baja Tackle has over 32 years of experience fishing Los Cabos and are ready to provide you with the ultimate fishing vacation.
Fishing Winners
Azteca Sportfishing, San Felipe
Sergios Sportfishing, Ensenada
The Baja Big Fish Company, Loreto
Pancho Villa, Puerto Peñasco

Haircut/Salon
Douglas Day Hair, Rosarito Beach
Lilyanna's Estetica, San Felipe
Berenice Pozo, La Paz

Happy Hour
Jolly Mon Bar, San Felipe
Jolly Mon Bar, located in Plaza Paraiso (KM 178.5) has something for everyone EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK! It's San Felipe's hot new sports bar north of town. Every Friday they serve free champagne to the ladies and sushi for all! A new neighborhood bar San Felipe locals call home. The San Rail Pizza has moved in with their complete pizza menu—whole or by the slice—plus hot dogs, and on weekends tacos. This is a fun place to be.


Happy Hour Winners
Augie's Bar & Bait, Loreto
Baja Cantina, Cabo San Lucas
Al Capones Pizza, Puerto Peñasco

Home Builder
San Felipe Home Builders, San Felipe
Zoe Custom Home Builders, Cabo San Lucas
Baraka en Todos, Todos Santos

Home Furnishings
The Cabo Furniture Company, San Jose del Cabo
The Cabo Furniture Company provides top-notch customer service throughout the execution of all phases of the design process. Each of their dedicated and passionate staff strive to create unique interiors based on client's individual needs at the best prices. Their suppliers have proven track records delivering quality products for over 12 years. Listening to their clients, this results in a home environment that is beautiful and functional by incorporating their lifestyle into their residence. Their integrity is based on their desire to deliver what they promise.

Home Furnishings Winners

Baja Nueva, San Felipe
Mueblería San Diego, La Paz
Casa Bonita, San Carlos

Landscaping
Versoleil, San Felipe
La Paz Landscaping, La Paz
Vivero Los Cabos, San Jose del Cabo

Liquor Store
Marcado del Mar, Rosarito Beach
Rivera Liquor, San Felipe
Cactus Liquor, Loreto
Cabo Duty Free, Cabo San Lucas

Lodging

Poco Cielo, Rosarito Beach

Poco Cielo, loosely translated, means "little heaven." This small, private hotel has nine intimate guest rooms, an on-site restaurant and cantina, and the most friendly staff on the coast. Located halfway between Rosarito and Ensenada in the La Misión area, on the coastline of beautiful Baja California, Mexico, guests will find themselves relaxed and at home within minutes. Adding to your entertainment are their themed rooms dressed in high quality bed and bath linens, one-of-a-kind furnishings intertwined in a setting of inviting styles, rich textures and vibrant colors to make your visit distinctly memorable. Their restaurant prepares and serves authentic Mexican and American Cuisines and the bounty of our local fishers. Enjoy the ambiance of their beachfront terraces while the ocean provides a naturally tranquil backdrop to your meal.

Lodging Winners
El Rey Sol Posada, Ensenada
El Cortez Hotel, San Felipe
Hotel Luna, Loreto
Hacienda Del Sol, La Paz
El Delfin Blanco, San Jose del Cabo
Los Milagros Hotel, Cabo San Lucas

Mail Service
Click-On, Rosarito Beach
Sunrunner, San Felipe
Mail Boxes Etc., Cabo San Lucas
Mail Boxes Etc., San Jose del Cabo

Market/Grocery WinnersHipon, San Felipe
Dali's Deli, Loreto 
CCC, La Paz
Costso, Cabo San Lucas

New Business

Sex City, Puerto Peñasco
Lilian Vega proves that romance blossoms in tough economic times.
It bears mentioning that there are some businesses that are doing so well that it’s time to open a second location. What business is that? Why, romance, of course! It makes sense that when fewer folks are able to go out on the town to wine and dine, there are some who will find ways to make staying home more fun than not. About a year ago, the lovely Lily Vega opened the first Sex City store in the strip mall (pun intended) across from SuperLey. Just this week, Lily cut the ribbon on her second location, located on the corner of Luis Encinas and Calle 13.

New Business Winners
Mongolian Grill, Rosarito Beach
Red - Food, Wine and Martini Bar, San Jose del Cabo
Jacks Bar & Grill, Cabo San Lucas

Nightclub
Cabo Wabo, Cabo San Lucas
One of the wildest and craziest, most renowned places to party (and eat) in Cabo San Lucas is Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo. The menu includes Sammy's Drunken Shrimp, peppercorn crusted beef and many kinds of fresh seafood of the day. Nightly entertainment is provided by live bands and DJs (Sammy plays when he is in town). Look for the lighthouse jutting from atop the building, but don't be surprised if it is too packed to get in. 





Nightclub Winners
Rosa & Rita, Rosarito Beach
Jolly Mon Bar, San Felipe
La Iguana, Todos Santos
Elixir, Puerto Peñasco


PizzaFatboy's Pizza, San Felipe
1697, LoretoToscana, La Paz
IL Giardino Pizzeria Trattoria, Todos Santos
Mamma Mia Pizza & Pasta, Cabo San Lucas

Al Capones Pizzeria, Puerto Peñasco

Real Estate Agent
Larry French, Rosarito Beach
Bill Maine, San Felipe
Eduardo Ramirez, La Paz
Bill Barvitski, Puerto Peñasco

Real Estate Broker
Baja Real Estate Group, Rosarito Beach
Amor Property, San Felipe
Alexander Real Estate & Investments, Loreto
Omni Real Estate Services, La Paz
Leagan Realty, Puerto Peñasco

Restaurant
The Mongolian Grill, Rosarito Beach
The Mongolian Grill has fast become Rosarito's favorite restaurant, having only been open a year it has already earned itself the "The Best Restaurant in Rosarito" title by our readers. If you enjoy good food, that's healthy and affordable, you'll love this place. They have several lunch items under $5 including Teriyaki Bowls, Korean Tacos, California Sushi rolls, large Asian Chicken Salads and, of course, the Mongolian BBQ (under $7). You will become addicted to a healthy way of eating. They are only two miles south of the Rosarito Beach Hotel, which is about 5–10 minutes from Diego's. 


Restaurant Winners
Whales Tail Pub & Grill, Ensenada
Baja Jimmy's, San Felipe
Afrodita Grill, Mulegé
Loreto Islas, Loreto
Tailhunter Fubar Cantina, La Paz
Tequila's Sunrise Bar & Grill, Todos Santos
Manuel's Creative Cuisine, San Jose del Cabo
Felix's, Cabo San Lucas
Al Capones Pizza, Puerto Peñasco


Sweets & Desserts Winners
La Bamba, Rosarito Beach
In Rosarito, you can find the very best American classic dishes being served at La Bamba on Popotla Blvd., just two turnarounds south of the AM-PM. Look for the checkered wall and signage, and prepare yourself for some great homemade treats not available anywhere else in Baja. Your hosts, William and Susan, are always on hand, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The décor, reminiscent of '50s diners, provides the mood for the experience, in addition to the music background ranging from Elvis to Dean Martin and more. The menu is an array of dishes ranging from hamburgers to corned beef hash. Oh, did I mention that everything is homemade, from scratch! As you slip into the plush tuck-and-roll booths, the daily specials are before you on a your placemat, which change daily. And the desserts, to die for, as there are cakes, pies, muffins, cheesecakes and even sugarless pies for those of us curbing our sugar intake.
Sweets & Desserts Winners
Baja Chocolate Lovers, San Felipe
Tre Galline Restaurant, Todos Santos
Tio Lupe's, Cabo San Lucas

WiFi Location
Fandango Bar, San Felipe
Hangout Cafe, Cabo San Lucas
Cafelix, Todos Santos