Best of OC

Best Of 2014

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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SHOPS & SERVICES
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Best Adult Store
Condom Revolution
1777 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, (949) 646-1967; www.conrev.com.

Best Apartment Complex
Promontory Point
200 Promontory Dr. W., Newport Beach, (949) 675-8000; www.irvinecompanyapartments.com/communities/promontory-point.

Best Auto Dealership
Toyota of Orange
1400 N. Tustin St., Orange, (714) 639-6750; www.toyotaoforange.com/index.htm.
 
Best Body Shop
Fountain Valley Body Works
17481 Newhope St., Fountain Valley, (714) 751-8812; www.fvbodyworks.com.

Best Car Wash
South Pacific Car Wash
2750 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 433-0135; www.southpacificwash.com.

Best Collective
Organix Wellness
1640 E. First St., Santa Ana; instagram.com/organixwellnesscenter.

Best Comic-Book Store
Comic Book Hideout
215 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (657) 217-0624; www.comicbookhideout.com.

Best Cosmetic Surgeon
Dr. Jed Horowitz
3991 MacArthur Blvd., Ste. 320, Newport Beach, (714) 902-1100; www.pacificcenterplasticsurgery.com/newport-beach-plastic-surgery-practice/dr-horowitz/.

Best Downtown
Huntington Beach

Best Evaluation Center
Harbor Evaluation
440 Fair Dr., Ste. S, Costa Mesa, (800) 620-2027; facebook.com/harbor.evaluations.

Best Laser Hair Removal
Gentle Touch Med Spa
113 WaterWorks Way, Ste. 350, Irvine, (949) 528-3864; ochairremoval.com.

Best Liquor Store
Hi-Time Wine Cellars
250 Ogle St., Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463; hitimewine.net.

Best-Looking Patrons (Hottest Crowd)
The Rooftop Lounge
1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, (949) 497-2446; lacasadelcamino.com.

Best Mall
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (800) 782-8888; southcoastplaza.com.

Best Manicure/Pedicure
Ritz Nails Salon
275 E. 17th St., Ste. B, Costa Mesa, (949) 515-4144.

Best Place to Get Pierced
Outer Limits Tattoo & Body Piercing
2981 Bristol St., Ste. B4, Costa Mesa, (714) 241-8287; www.outerlimitstattoo.com/home.aspx.

Best Record/CD Store
Amoeba Music
6400 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 245-6400; www.amoeba.com.

Best Smoke Shop
Ziggy’s
15451 Beach Blvd., Westminster, (714) 379-9020; www.ziggys.us.

Best Sugaring Salon
Downtown Sugar
218 W. Third St., Santa Ana, (714) 647-9338; www.downtownsugar.com.

Best Surf Shop
Jack’s Surfboards
2727 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 673-2300; www.jackssurfboards.com.

Best Tattoo Parlor
Outer Limits Tattoo & Body Piercing
2981 Bristol St., Ste. B4, Costa Mesa, (714) 241-8287; www.outerlimitstattoo.com/home.aspx.

Best Tourist Attraction
Disneyland
1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 781-4636; disneyland.disney.go.com/destinations/disneyland/.

Best Trend
Craft Beer

Best Used-Book Store
Comic Book Hideout
215 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (657) 217-0624; www.comicbookhideout.com.

Best Vape Shop
The Vintage Vape
910 S Euclid St., Ste. D, Anaheim, (714) 999-9932; m.mainstreethub.com/thevintagevape.

Best Vintage Store
Dee-Lux
1500 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa, (714) 979-1968; mydeelux.com.


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SPORTS & RECREATION
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Best Angels Player
Mike Trout

Best Beach
Huntington Beach
2000 Main St., Huntington Beach; www.huntingtonbeachca.gov.

Best Boot Camp
Rampage Family Fitness
23461 Ridge Route Dr., Ste. I, Laguna Hills, (949) 916-0901; rampagefit.com.

Best Bowling
Lucky Strike
20 City Blvd. W., Ste. G2, Orange, (714) 937-5263; www.bowlluckystrike.com.

Best College Player
Cody Kessler

Best Day Trip
San Diego

Best Ducks Player
Ryan Getzlaf

Best Golf Course
Tustin Ranch Golf Club
12442 Tustin Ranch Rd., Tustin, (714) 734-2106; tustinranchgolf.com.

Best Gym
24 Hour Fitness
24hourfitness.com.

Best Hotel
Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, (949) 715-6000; montagehotels.com/lagunabeach.

Best Mud Run
Irvine Lake Mud Run
5305 Santiago Canyon Rd., Silverado, (714) 697-5863; irvinelakemudrun.com.

Best Nature Trail
Crystal Cove Beach Cottages
35 Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, (949) 497-0900; www.crystalcovebeachcottages.com/html/.

Best Place to Play Pool
The Copper Door
225 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, (714) 543-3813; thecopperdoorbar.com.

Best Ride at Disneyland
Space Mountain
1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 781-4636; disneyland.disney.go.com/destinations/disneyland/.

Best Sportscaster
Vin Scully

Best Surf Spot
The Wedge
Located at the extreme east end of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach; www.surfline.com/surf-report/the-wedge-southern-california_4232/.

Best Yoga
Ra Yoga
3077 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 708-3060; rayoga.com.

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FOOD & DRINK
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Best Bagels
Bruegger’s
2841 W MacArthur Blvd., Ste. E, Santa Ana, (714) 557-3855; www.brueggers.com.

Best Bakery
85 Degrees Bakery Cafe
2700 Alton Pkwy., Ste. 123, Irvine, (949) 553-8585; 85cafe.us.

Best Bar for NFL Season
Muldoon’s Irish Pub
202 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 640-4110; www.muldoonspub.com.

Best Bar in Orange County
Johnny’s Saloon
17428 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, (714) 848-0676; www.facebook.com/johnnyssaloon.

Best Barbecue
Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Q
4050 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, (714) 634-1227; lucillesbbq.com.

Best Bartender
Crystal
Muldoon’s Irish Pub, 202 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 640-4110; www.muldoonspub.com.

Best Beer Selection
Yard House
1875 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, (949) 642-0090; www.yardhouse.com.

Best Bikini Bar
Green Girl Saloon
14341 Beach Blvd., Westminster, (714) 897-8612; www.thegreengirlsaloon.com.

Best Breakfast
The Original Pancake House
10035 Adams Ave., Ste. 101, Huntington Beach, (714) 964-7500; www.originalpancakehouse.com.

Best Brewery
Bootlegger’s Brewery
130 S. Highland Ave., Fullerton, (714) 871-2337; www.bootleggersbrewery.com.

Best Burger
Slater’s 50/50
8082 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 594-5730; slaters5050.com.

Best Burrito
Chipotle Mexican Grill
2300 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, (949) 646-1288; www.chipotle.com.

Best Chinese Restaurant
Peking Dragon Restaurant
34171 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, (949) 493-9499; www.pekingdragonrestaurant.com.

Best Coffee
Kean Coffee
2043 Westcliff Dr., Ste. 100 Newport Beach, (949) 642-5326; www.keancoffee.com.

Best Coffee-Shop Girls
Café Lu
634 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 839-1608; instagram.com./cafelu.

Best Coffeehouse
Portfolio Coffeehouse
2300 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 434-2486; www.portfoliocoffeehouse.com.

Best Cupcakes
Sprinkles Cupcakes
944 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, (949) 760-0003; www.sprinkles.com.

Best Day-Drinking Bar
Mutt Lynch’s
2300 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, (949) 675-1556; www.muttlynchs.com.

Best Deli
Big Belly Deli
814 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 226-8333.

Best Dessert
Nothing Bundt Cakes
270 E. 17th St., Ste. 4, Costa Mesa, (949) 642-2900; www.nothingbundtcakes.com.

Best Diner
Harbor House Cafe
34157 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, (949) 496-9270; www.harborhousecafe.com.

Best Dive Bar
The Goat Hill Tavern
1830 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, (949) 548-8428.

Best Farmers Market
Downtown Santa Ana Farmers’ Market
Spurgeon Street, between Third and Fourth streets, Santa Ana, (714) 592-4678; dtsafarmersmarket.com.

Best Fish Taco
Baja Fish Tacos
3664 S. Bristol, Santa Ana, (714) 641-4836; bajafishtacos.com.

Best French Fries
Crow Burger Kitchen
3107 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 673-BRGR; crowburgerkitchen.com.

Best Gay Bar
VLVT Velvet Lounge
416 W. Fourth St., Santa Ana, (714) 232-8727; velvetoc.com.

Best Happy Hour
Slater’s 50/50
8082 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 594-5730; slaters5050.com.

Best Hot Dog
Jerry’s Wood Fired Hot Dogs
1510 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa, (714) 546-4910; jerrysdogs.com.

Best Ice Cream
AFTERS Handcrafted Ice Cream
18030 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley; aftersicecream.com.

Best Indian Restaurant
Natraj’s Tandoori
natrajusa.com.

Best Italian Restaurant
Mama D’s Italian Kitchen
3012 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 675-6262; mamadsnewport.com.

Best Japanese Restaurant
Tokyo Table
2710 Alton Pkwy., Irvine, (949) 263-0000; tokyotable.com.

Best Juice Bar
Nekter
nekterjuicebar.com.

Best Korean Barbecue
Gen Korean BBQ House
13741 Newport Ave., Tustin, (714) 505-1800; genkoreanbbq.com.

Best Late-Night Dining
Harbor House Cafe
34157 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, (949) 496-9270; www.harborhousecafe.com.

Best Lounge
MESA Restaurant
725 Baker St., Costa Mesa, (714) 557-6700; mesacostamesa.com.

Best Luxe Lonchera
Kogi Korean BBQ
(323) 315-0253; kogibbq.com.

Best Margarita
Javier’s
javiers-cantina.com.

Best Martini
Mastro’s Steakhouse
633 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, (714) 546-7405; mastrosrestaurants.com.

Best Mexican Restaurant
Avila’s El Ranchito
2101 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 675-6855; www.avilaselranchito.com.

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant
Open Sesame
5215 E. Second St., Long Beach, (562) 621-1698; www.opensesamegrill.com.

Best Neighborhood Bar, Long Beach
Shenanigans Irish Pub and Grille
423 Shoreline Village Dr., Long Beach, (562) 333-6477; shenaniganslb.com.

Best New Restaurant
Red O
143 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 394-3836 or (949) 718-0300; www.redorestaurant.com.

Best Outdoor Dining
The Rooftop Lounge
1289 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, (949) 497-2446; www.lacasadelcamino.com/index.php.

Best Peruvian Restaurant
Inka Grill
260 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 444-4652; inkagrill.co.

Best Pho
Banh Mi & Che Cali
18122 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, (714) 593-6300.

Best Pie
Marie Callendar’s
18889 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, (714) 963-6791; www.mariecallenders.com.

Best Pizza
Z Pizza
3941 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana, (714) 437-1111; www.zpizza.com.

Best Pub
Muldoon’s Irish Pub
202 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 640-4110; www.muldoonspub.com.

Best Punk Rock Bar
Johnny’s Saloon
17428 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, (714) 848-0676; www.johnnyssaloon.com.

Best Restaurant
AnQi Gourmet Bistro by Crustacean
3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 557-5679; www.anqibistro.com.

Best Restaurant Ambience
AnQi Gourmet Bistro by Crustacean
3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 557-5679; www.anqibistro.com.

Best Ribs
Smoqued BBQ
128 N. Glassell St., Orange, (714) 633-7427; www.smoquedbbq.com.

Best Rock Club
The Observatory
3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; www.observatoryoc.com.

Best Sandwich
Sessions West Coast Deli
823 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 220-9001; sessionssandwiches.com.

Best Seafood Restaurant
The Cannery
3010 Lafayette Rd., Newport Beach, (949) 566-0060; www.cannerynewport.com.

Best Signature Cocktail
Don the Beachcomber
16278 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach,(562) 592-1321; www.donthebeachcomber.com.

Best Sports Bar
The Tilted Kilt
1625 W. Katella Ave., Orange, (714) 633-5458; www.tiltedkilt.com/locations/orange/.

Best Steakhouse
Mastro’s Steakhouse
633 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa,(714) 546-7405; www.mastrosrestaurants.com.

Best Sunday Brunch
Woody’s Wharf
2318 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 675-0474; www.woodyswharf.com.

Best Sushi
Sushi On Fire
301 Main St., Ste. 103, Huntington Beach, (714) 374-8885; www.facebook.com/SushiOnFire.

Best Taco
Bear Flag Fish Co.
7972 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, (949) 715-8899; newport.bearflagfishco.com.

Best Taco Tuesday
Avila’s El Ranchito
2800 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 675-6855; www.avilaselranchito.com.

Best Thai Restaurant
Thai Basil
2431 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-0888; thaibasilfullerton.com.

Best Untraditional Exotic Burger
Slaters 50/50
24356 Swartz Dr., Lake Forest, (949) 460-9314; slaters5050.com.

Best Vegan Restaurant
Native Foods
2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 751-2151; www.nativefoods.com.

Best Vietnamese Restaurant
AnQi Gourmet Bistro by Crustacean
3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 557-5679; www.anqibistro.com.

Best Waterfront Dining
The Beachcomber
15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, (949) 376-6900; www.thebeachcombercafe.com/_crystalcove/index.aspx.

Best Wine Bar
SeaLegs Wine Bar
21022 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, (714) 536-5700; www.sealegswinebar.com.

Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings
14110 Culver Dr., Irvine, (949) 872-2999; www.buffalowildwings.com.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Best Art Gallery
Wyland Galleries
509 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, (949) 376-8000; www.wyland.com.

Best Art Museum
Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org.

Best Bar to Dance In
The Copper Door
225 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, (714) 543-3813; thecopperdoorbar.com.

Best Blog
Diary of a Mad Hungry Woman
madhungrywoman.com.

Best Casino
San Manuel
777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland, (800) 359-2464; www.sanmanuel.com.

Best Club DJ
Dangerhouse
djdangerhouse.com.

Best Hip-Hop Act
c4mula
c4mula.com.

Best Indie Band
Hank and Her Ponies
facebook.com/HankandherPonies.

Best Indie Film Theater
The Frida Cinema
305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org.

Best Karaoke Spot
Woody’s Wharf
2318 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 675-0474; woodyswarf.com.

Best Live Band
Flashback Heart Attack
www.flashbackheartattack.com.

Best Local Celebrity
Teemu Selanne

Best Museum (Non-Art)
Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 542-2823; www.discoverycube.org/oc.

Best Musical Production
Book of Mormon

Best Newscaster
Chuck Henry

Best Nightclub
Sutra Night Club
1870 Harbor Blvd., Ste. A-200, Costa Mesa, (949) 874-3053; www.sutraoc.com.

Best Place to Pick Up a One-Night Stand
Baja Sharkeez
114 McFadden Place, Newport Beach, (949) 673-0292; www.sharkeez.net/newport-beach/.

Best Play
Jersey Boys

Best Politician
Loretta Sanchez
lorettasanchez.house.gov.

Best Punk Band
Bristol to Memory
www.bristoltomemory.com.

Best Radio Personality
Kevin & Bean
kroq.cbslocal.com/category/kevin-bean/.

Best Radio Station
KROQ
kroq.cbslocal.com.

Best Rock Band
Flashback Heart Attack
www.flashbackheartattack.com.

Best Strip Club
The Library
7000 Garden Grove Blvd., Westminster, (714) 891-1430; www.thelibrarygc.com.

Best Venue for Live Comedy
Irvine Improv
31 Fortune Dr., Ste. 216, Irvine, (949) 854-5455; irvine.improv.com.
   
Best Venue for Live Music
The Observatory
3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; observatoryoc.com.

Best Visual Artist
Michael Ziobrowski
www.facebook.com/michael.ziobrowski.

Best Weathercaster
Dallas Raines

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