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Despite the impermanence of life, our dear readers have always held out hope for something better. Here are those things that you, dear reader, have voted best:

 

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SHOPPING & SERVICES

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Best Adult Store: Pink Kitty
Best Apartment Complex: The Village at Irvine Spectrum Center
Best Body Shop: Fountain Valley Bodyworks
Best Car Wash: Beacon Bay Car Wash
Best Comic-Book Store: Comic Hero University
Best Cosmetic Surgeon: Dr. Michael Niccole
Best Downtown: Downtown Fullerton
Best Hotel: Hotel Menage
Best Laser Hair Removal: Dr. Tattoff
Best Liquor Store: Hi-Time Wine Cellars
Best Mall: South Coast Plaza
Best Manicure/Pedicure: Happy Nails
Best Place to Get Pierced: Outer Limits Tattoo
Best Record/CD Store: Second Spin
Best Surf Shop: Jack’s Surfboards
Best Tattoo Parlor: Outer Limits Tattoo
Best Tourist Attraction: Disneyland
Best Trend: Craft beers
Best Used-Book store: Bookman
Best Vape Shop: Vapor Craze
Best Vintage Store: Buffalo Exchange
Best Way to Get a Pet: Orange County Animal Rescue Coalition



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SPORTS & RECREATION

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Best Angels Player: Mike Trout
Best Beach: Huntington Beach
Best Boot Camp: Extreme Boot Camp
Best Bowling: Irvine Lanes
Best Casino: Pechanga Resort & Casino
Best Collective: Rite Greens
Best College Player: Any USC player
Best Day Trip: San Diego
Best Ducks Player: Teemu Selanne
Best Golf Course: The Resort at Pelican Hill
Best Gym: 24 Hour Fitness
Best Mud Run: Irvine Lake Mud Run
Best Nature Trail: Crystal Cove
Best Place to Play Pool: Danny K’s Billiards
Best Ride at  Disneyland: Space Mountain
Best Sportscaster: Vin scully
Best Yoga: CorePower

 

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FOOD & DRINK

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Best Bagels: Shirley’s Bagels
Best Bakery: Blackmarket Bakery
Best Bar/Club Night: Johnny’s Saloon
Best Bar In Long Beach: Alex’s Bar
Best Bar in Orange County: Swinging Door
Best Barbecue: Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
Best Bartender: James Woods (Hopscotch Tavern)
Best Beer Selection: Slater’s 50/50
Best Bikini Bar: Green Girl
Best Breakfast: Sugar Shack Cafe
Best Brewery: bootlegger’s Brewery
Best Burrito: Chronic Tacos
Best Chinese Restaurant: Golden Dragon
Best Coffee: Kéan Coffee
Best Coffeehouse: The Gypsy Den
Best Cupcake: Patty’s Cakes
Best Deli: Claro’s Italian Market
Best Dessert: Bruxië
Best Diner: Harbor House Café
Best Dive Bar: Goat Hill Tavern
Best Farmers’ Market: Fullerton Farmers’ Market
Best Fish Taco: Wahoo’s Fish Taco
Best Food Truck: Kogi Korean BBQ
Best French Fries: In-N-Out
Best Gay Bar: Velvet Lounge
Best Hamburger: In-N-Out
Best Happy Hour: The YArd House
Best Hot Dog:  Costco
Best Ice Cream: Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour
Best Indian Restaurant: Punjabi Tandoor
Best Italian Restaurant: Cucina Alessa
Best Japanese Restaurant: Honda-Ya
Best Korean Barbecue: Kogi Korean BBQ
Best Late-Night Dining: Harbor House Café
Best Lounge: Rooftop Lounge
Best Margarita: K’ya Bistro
Best Martini: The Cellar
Best Mexican Restaurant: Avila’s El Ranchito
Best Middle Eastern Restaurant: Zov’s Bistro
Best New Restaurant: Little Sparrow
Best Outdoor Dining: Rooftop Lounge
Best Pho: Pho 54
Best Pie: Marie Callender’s
Best Pizza: zpizza
Best Place to Pick Up a One-Night Stand: Downtown Fullerton
Best Pub: Shenanigan’s
Best Punk-Rock Bar: Johnny’s Saloon
Best Restaurant: Slapfish
Best Restaurant Ambiance: K’ya Bistro
Best Sandwich: Bruxië
Best Seafood Restaurant: Slapfish
Best Signature Cocktail: Hopscotch Tavern
Best Sports Bar: Tilted Kilt
Best Sunday Brunch: Little Sparrow
Best Sushi: RA Sushi
Best Taco: Chronic Tacos
Best Taco Tuesday: Slapfish
Best Thai Restaurant: Royal Thai Cuisine
Best Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant: Rutabegorz
Best Vietnamese Restaurant: Phans55
Best Waterfront Dining: Rooftop Lounge
Best Wine Bar: Twisted Vine
Best Wings: Wingnuts

 

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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Best Art Gallery: Laguna Art Museum
Best Art Museum: Bowers Museum
Best Blog: OC Beer Blog
Best Club DJ: DJ Alex Dreamz
Best Hip-Hop Act: Snoop/Tha Dogg Pound
Best Indie Band: The Devious Means
Best Indie Film Theater: Edwards University Town Center 6
Best Live Band: Flashback Heart Attack
Best Local Celebrity: Mickey Mouse
Best Museum (Non-Art): Discovery SCience Center
Best Musical Production: Wicked
Best Newscaster: Rob Fukazaki
Best Politician: None
Best Punk Band: Social Distortion
Best Radio Personality: Kevin & Bean
Best Radio Station: KROQ-FM 106.7
Best Rock Band: Social Distortion
Best Rock Club: House of Blues
Best Strip Joint: The Library Gentlemen’s Club
Best Television Station: HBO
Best Venue for Live Comedy: Irvine Improv
Best Venue for Live Music: House of Blues
Best Visual Artist: Kelly Castillo
Best Weathercaster: Dallas Raines

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