Best of OC

Best Of 2011

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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Readers' Choice 2011

OC LIFE

Best Politician: No such thing

Best Downtown: Laguna Beach

Best Residential Neighborhood: Old Towne Orange

Best Hotel: Montage Laguna Beach

Best Newscaster: Jillian Reynolds

Best Blog: I Heart Old Towne Orange

Best Radio Personality: Kevin & Bean

Best Radio Station: KROQ-FM 106.7

Best Television Station: FOX-KTTV 11

Best Weathercaster: Dallas Raines

Best Sportscaster: Vin Scully

  


SHOPS & WARES

Best Mall: South Coast Plaza

Best Vintage Store: Buffalo Exchange

Best Used-Book Store: Camelot Books

Best Video-Game Store: Games 4 U

Best Comic-Book Store: Comics Unlimited

Best Liquor Store: Hi-Time Wine Cellars

Best Record/CD Store: Second Spin

Best Spa: Burke Williams

Best Laser Hair Removal: Dr. Tattoff

Best Manicure-Pedicure: Happy Nails

Best Tattoo Parlor: Outer Limits Tattoo

Best Place to Get Pierced: Electric Chair Tattoo

Best Way to Get a Pet: Stella's Hope

Best Sex Shop: Condom Revolution

Best Surf Shop: Jack's Surfboards

 


DIVERSIONS

Best Ducks Player: Teemu Selanne

Best Angels Player: Jered Weaver

Best College Player: Michael Lorenzen, Cal State Fullerton

Best Coach: Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Best Ride at Disneyland: Space Mountain

Best Gym: 24 Hour Fitness

Best Golf Course: Pelican Hill Golf Club

Best Beach In OC: Laguna Beach

Best Nature Trail: Crystal Cove State Park

Best Surf Spot: Trestles

Best Day Trip: San Diego

 


FOODSTUFFS

Best Outdoor Dining: The Beachcomber

Best Waterfront Dining: Duke's Huntington Beach

Best New Restaurant: True Food Kitchen

Best Restaurant: Seasons 52

Best Restaurant When Someone Else Is Paying: Mastro's Ocean Club

Best Late-Night Dining: Harbor House Café

Best Diner: Ruby's Diner

Best Seafood Restaurant: The Crab Cooker

Best Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant: Native Foods Café

Best Sunday Brunch: Las Brisas

Best Vietnamese Restaurant: Bodhi Tree Vegetarian Café

Best Thai Restaurant: Royal Thai Cuisine

Best Japanese Restaurant: Matsu

Best Sushi: RA Sushi

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant: Marrakesh

Best Italian Restaurant: Roman Cucina

Best Indian Restaurant: Natraj's Tandoori

Best Mexican Restaurant: Avila's El Ranchito

Best Chinese Restaurant: P.F. Chang's China Bistro

Best Taco: Chronic Tacos

Best Pho: Pho 99 Vietnamese Restaurant

Best Hamburger: In-N-Out

Best Dessert: Chocolate soufflé at Roy's

Best Cupcake: Casey's Cupcakes

Best Pizza: Gina's Pizza and Pastaria

Best Burrito: Chipotle

Best Hot Dog: Jerry's Wood-Fired Dogs

Best French Fries: Memphis Café

Best Brewery: Newport Beach Brewing Co.

Best Bakery: 85C Bakery

Best Deli: Jerry's Famous Deli

Best New-Age Food Truck: Seabirds

Best Farmers' Market: Irvine Farmers' Market at UC Irvine

Best Bagels: Bruegger's

Best Ice Cream: Rite Aid/Thrifty's Ice Cream

Best Coffee: Kéan Coffee

Best Coffeehouse: Kéan Coffee

  


ARTS & CULTURE

Best Rock Band: Thrice

Best Punk Band: Social Distortion

Best DJ: DJ Oldboy

Best Live Band: Young the Giant

Best Hip-Hop Act: Parallel

Best Indie Band: Young the Giant

Best Art Museum: Laguna Art Museum

Best Visual Artist: Heather Ritts

Best Indie Film Theater: Edwards University Town Center

Best Museum (Non-Art): Discovery Science Center

  


NIGHTLIFE

Best Place to Pick Up a One-Night Stand: Foxfire

Best Bar In Orange County: Crow Bar

Best Dive Bar: Goat Hill Tavern

Best Pub: The Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant

Best Sports Bar: Rudy's Pub & Grill

Best Gay Bar: Tin Lizzie Saloon

Best Venue for Live Comedy: Improv (Irvine and Brea)

Best Strip Joint: California Girls

Best Place to Play Pool: Diamonds Billiard Club

Best Bar/Club Night: Yost Theater

Best Happy Hour: Yard House

Best Beer Selection: Yard House

Best Bartender: Andrea at the Green Girl Saloon

Best Margarita: El Matador

Best Signature Cocktail: Rainbow at Aloha Grill

Best Martini: La Cave

Best Lounge: The Rooftop Lounge

Best Venue for Live Music: House of Blues

Best Club DJ: Marcus McBride

Best Rock Club: House of Blues

Best Punk-Rock Bar: Detroit Bar

Best Dance Club: Sutra

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