Best of OC

Best Of 2016

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  • + Aliso Viejo
  • + Anaheim
  • + Arcadia
  • + Avalon
  • + Azuza
  • + Bakersfield
  • + Balboa
  • + Bellflower
  • + Beverly Hills
  • + Brea
  • + Buena Park
  • + Burbank
  • + Cabazon
  • + Capistrano Beach
  • + Carlsbad
  • + Carson
  • + Cerritos
  • + Chatsworth
  • + Chino Hills
  • + Claremont
  • + Colton
  • + Corona
  • + Corona Del Mar
  • + Costa Mesa
  • + Coto de Caza
  • + Covina
  • + Culver City
  • + Cypress
  • + Dana Point
  • + Diamond Bar
  • + Downey
  • + El Segundo
  • + Encino
  • + Escondido
  • + Fallbrook
  • + Fontana
  • + Foothill Ranch
  • + Fountain Valley
  • + Fresno
  • + Fullerton
  • + Garden Grove
  • + Gardena
  • + Glendale
  • + Granada Hills
  • + Hawaiian Gardens
  • + Hermosa Beach
  • + Highland
  • + Huntington Beach
  • + Indio
  • + Irvine
  • + Julian
  • + La Canada Flintridge
  • + La Habra
  • + La Jolla
  • + La Mirada
  • + La Palma
  • + Ladera Ranch
  • + Laguna Beach
  • + Laguna Hills
  • + Laguna Niguel
  • + Lake Forest
  • + Lakewood
  • + Las Vegas
  • + Lawndale
  • + Lomita
  • + Long Beach
  • + Los Alamitos
  • + Los Angeles
  • + Malibu
  • + Manhattan Beach
  • + Marina Del Rey
  • + Maywood
  • + Midway City
  • + Mission Viejo
  • + Montclair
  • + Mountain Center
  • + Mt Baldy
  • + Newport Beach
  • + North Hollywood
  • + Northridge
  • + Norwalk
  • + Oceanside
  • + Orange
  • + Out of Town
  • + Palos Verdes Peninsula
  • + Panorama City
  • + Paramount
  • + Pasadena
  • + Pioneertown
  • + Placentia
  • + Pomona
  • + Portola Hills
  • + Rancho Cucamonga
  • + Rancho Palos Verdes
  • + Rancho Santa Margarita
  • + Redlands
  • + Redondo Beach
  • + Riverside
  • + Rossmoor
  • + Rowland Heights
  • + San Bernardino
  • + San Clemente
  • + San Diego
  • + San Francisco
  • + San Juan Capistrano
  • + San Marino
  • + San Pedro
  • + Santa Ana
  • + Santa Monica
  • + Seal Beach
  • + Sherman Oaks
  • + Sierra Madre
  • + Signal Hill
  • + Silverado
  • + Solana Beach
  • + South El Monte
  • + South Gate
  • + South Pasadena
  • + Stanton
  • + Studio City
  • + Sunset Beach
  • + Temecula
  • + Torrance
  • + Trabuco Canyon
  • + Tustin
  • + Twentynine Palms
  • + Universal City
  • + Unknown
  • + Venice
  • + Villa Park
  • + Westminster
  • + Whittier
  • + Wilmington
  • + Woodland Hills
  • + Yorba Linda
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Ever just want to get away from it all, steal a boat, and throw your luck in with the sea? Sure, the waves and typhoons and kraken will be ready to send you to the deep, but better water than Donald Trump, you know? Thankfully, we at OC Weekly have a fleet ready should the worst happen thanks to our newish owner, boat-show-and-mag magnate Duncan McIntosh. He's assured us an ocean-worthy dinghy in case of catastrophe or any subpoenas we need to escape—HELL YA!

That's about all I got as an intro for the theme of this issue (besides the awesome full-page cartoons of Weekly cartoonist Luke McGarry), but what I'm especially excited about—besides the loads and loads of blurbs highlighting all the wonderful, amazing things available in Orange County (and Long Beach, and Pomona, and even Whittier—hey, we're in a conquering mode at this infernal rag)—is that we're publishing photos of some of the winners for the first time in a decade. The old owners always handcuffed us to specific themes, forcing every illustration or photo to reflect a year's particular theme (that's why in 2007, we had a cowboy slam-dunking—um, okay). Now, we're thrilled to show and not just tell you the must-eat spots, the must-visit boutiques, the must-hike canyons and the must-smoke dispensaries.

Gracias as always for reading us, and start patronizing these places and second-guessing us at ocweekly.com and Facebook/Snapchat/Twitter/Instagram/MySpace/LiveJournal/Western Union!

With contributions from Dustin Ames, Gustavo Arellano, Dave Barton, Joel Beers, Lisa Black, Isabella Cano, Mary Carreon, Matt Coker, Denise De La Cruz, Mercedes Del Real, Robert Flores, Edwin Goei, Angel Grady, Taylor Hamby, Nate Jackson, Dave Lieberman, Patrice Marsters, R. Scott Moxley, Aimee Murillo, Sophia Perricone, Gabriel San Román, Cynthia Rebolledo, Nick Schou and Christopher Toland.

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