Best of OC

Best Of 2009

Neighborhoods

  • + 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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Best of OC

Best Of 2009

Best of 2009

A Whole Loterí­a

Take a deep breath, damas y caballeros. We are not doing this entire Best Of issue in Spanish. That doesn't happen until Phase IV of the Reconquista. (According to our official timetable, autographed by Hugo Chávez and Barack Obama, we're still in Phase III.)

The kitschy-cool-anachronistic imagery of the Mexican Loterí­a game—actually played kinda like bingo, only with images instead of letters—has undergone plenty of postmodern repurposing before: Check out the stylish tchotchkes at Cantera in Santa Ana or the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, for starters.

But in the gifted hands of painter Shaunna Peterson, our reimagined deck of the traditional 54 cards provides the perfect visual framework to laud all that is laudable, even iconic, about our own patria. We've also created a dozen new tarjetas in honor of some of our leading citizens—photographed by the aptly named Star Foreman for maximum iconic-ness—and asked them to name their most quintessentially OC person, place, idea, event, etc. And, as per usual, we've asked you to lay your cards on the table about your own local faves through our Readers' Poll.

Best of OC 2009: Bold, bright, beautiful . . . y ¡Buena!

To see all of our Loterí­a cards up close, click here.

Arts & Entertainment

Actors, troubadours, campfire singers, cowboy poets & purty pictures (Please don’t  shoot the piano player!)

Bars & Clubs

Watering holes, bars, dance halls, houses of ill repute, whiskey, wine, tequila, whiskey, whiskey, beer, whiskey, whiskey & also whiskey

Food & Drink

Hardtack, biscuits & gravy, salt pork, beef jerky, burritos, falafel, & banh mi—you know, cowboy  food

People & Places

Trading posts, purveyors of fine goods & services, skilled tradesfolk, trinkets, gewgaws & sundries

Shopping & Services

Trading posts, purveyors of fine goods & services, skilled tradesfolk, trinkets, gewgaws & sundries

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