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Best Of 2015

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  • + Anaheim
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  • + Avalon
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  • + Bakersfield
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  • + 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
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  • + 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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SHOPPING & SERVICES

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BEST ADULT STORE
Condom Revolution
1777 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, (949) 646-1967; conrev.com.

BEST APARTMENT COMPLEX TO LIVE
Downtown Santa Ana Artists Village
300 W. Second St., Santa Ana, (877) 282-6413; artistsvillageapartments.com.

BEST AUTO DEALERSHIP
Tustin Toyota
36 Auto Center Dr., Tustin, (714) 832-3111; tustintoyota.com.

BEST BODY SHOP
Fountain Valley Bodyworks
17481 Newhope St., Fountain Valley, (714) 751-8812; fvbodyworks.com/index.php.

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

BEST COLLECTIVE
Surf City Collective
19142 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, (714) 362-0339; weedmaps.com/dispensaries/surf-city-collective.

BEST COMIC BOOK STORE
Pulp Fiction
1742 Clark Ave., Long Beach, (562) 986-4154; pulpfictionbooksandcomics.com.

BEST COSMETIC SURGEON
Dr. Terry J. Dubrow
1617 Westcliff Dr., Ste. 100, Newport Beach, (949) 515-4111; drdubrow.com.

BEST DOWNTOWN
Downtown Santa Ana
downtown-santaana.com
.

BEST E-JUICE BRAND
The Vape Depot
2139 N. Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 494-1442; thevapedepot.com

BEST EVALUATION CENTER
OC 420 Evaluations
1671 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (855) 665-3825; weedmaps.com/doctors/oc-420-evaluations.

BEST HOTEL
Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, (866) 271-6953; montagehotels.com/lagunabeach.

BEST LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Dr. Tattoff
1441 W. MacArthur Blvd., Santa Ana, (949) 581-5334; www.drtattoff.com.

BEST LIQUOR STORE
Hi-Time Wine Cellars
250 Ogle St., Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463; hitimewine.net.

BEST MALL
South Coast Plaza
901 S. Coast Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 481-5009; southcoastplaza.com.

BEST MANICURE/PEDICURE
Happy Nails and Spa
happynails.com
.

BEST PLACE TO GET PIERCED
Outer Limits Tattoo
2981 Bristol St., Ste. B4, Costa Mesa, (714) 241-8287; outerlimitstattoo.com.

BEST RECORD/CD STORE
Fingerprints
420 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 433-4996; fingerprintsmusic.com.

BEST SMOKE SHOP
Up In Smoke
(714) 641-1008.

BEST SUGARING SALON
Downtown Sugar
218 W. Third St., Santa Ana, (714) 647-9338; downtownsugar.com.

BEST SURF SHOP
Jack's Surfboards
jackssurfboards.com
.

BEST TANNING SALON
Rockstar Tan
myrockstartan.com
.

BEST TATTOO PARLOR
Players Club Tattoo Parlor
18822 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, (714) 968-0658; playersclubtattoo.com.

BEST TOURIST ATTRACTION
Disneyland
1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 781-4636; disneyland.disney.go.com.

BEST TREND
Moscow Mules

BEST USED BOOK STORE
The Bookman
840 N. Tustin St., Orange, (714) 538-0166; orange.ebookman.com.

BEST VAPE SHOP
The Vintage Vape
910 S. Euclid St., Ste. D, Anaheim, (714) 999-9932; thevintagevape.com.

BEST VINTAGE STORE
Buffalo Exchange
buffaloexchange.com
.

 

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BEST CABLE/INTERNET PROVIDER
Cox
Communications

6771 Quail Hill Pkwy., Irvine, (866) 961-0027;
www.cox.com/residential/home.html.


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SPORTS & RECREATION

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BEST ANGELS PLAYER
Mike Trout
twitter.com/MikeTrout
.

BEST BEACH
Huntington Beach
huntingtonbeachca.gov
.

BEST BOOT CAMP
Barry's Bootcamp
6260 Scholarship, Irvine, (949) 932-0292; barrysbootcamp.com.

BEST BOWLING
Fountain Bowl
17110 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, (714) 963-7888; fountainbowl.com.

BEST CASINO
Pechanga Resort & Casino
45000 Pechanga Pkwy., Temecula, (951) 693-1819; palacasino.com.

BEST COLLEGE PLAYER
Rebecca Wilson (Cal State Fullerton soccer)
fullertontitans.com/sports/w-soccer
.

BEST DAY TRIP
San Diego
sandiego.org
.

BEST DUCKS PLAYER
Teemu Selanne (retired)
instagram.com/sel8nneteemu
.

BEST GOLF COURSE
Monarch Beach Golf Links
50 Monarch Beach Resort N., Dana Point, (949) 240-8247; monarchbeachgolf.com/index.php.

BEST GYM
Equinox
equinox.com
.

BEST NATURE TRAIL
Bolsa Chica Wetlands
bolsachica.org/the-wetlands/ecology
.

BEST PLACE TO PLAY POOL
The Copper Door
225 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, thecopperdoorbar.com.

BEST RIDE AT DISNEYLAND
Space Mountain
1313 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, (714) 781-4000; disneyland.disney.go.com.

BEST SPORTSCASTER
Vin Scully
officialvinscully.com/index.php
.

BEST SURF SPOT
Huntington Beach Pier
huntingtonbeachca.gov
.

BEST YOGA
YogaWorks
yogaworks.com
.

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FOOD & DRINK

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BEST BAGELS
Bruegger's Bagels
26921 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (949) 360-8217; brueggers.com.

BEST BAKERY
French's Bakery
273 E 17th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 642-0571; frenchscupcakebakery.com.

BEST BAR IN LONG BEACH
Alex's Bar
2913 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, (562) 434-8292; alexsbar.com.

BEST BAR IN OC
The Copper Door
225 N. Broadway, Santa Ana; thecopperdoorbar.com.

BEST BAR FOR DANCING
The Copper Door
225 N. Broadway, Santa Ana; thecopperdoorbar.com.

BEST BARTENDER
Paul Hadad
The Crow Bar and Kitchen, 2325 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar, (949) 675-0070; thecrowbarcdm.com.

BEST BARBECUE
Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Q
23760 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest, (949) 581-7427; lucillesbbq.com.

BEST BEER COLLECTION
Goathill Tavern
1830 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, (949) 548-8428; goathilltavern.com.

BEST BIKINI BAR
The Green Girl Saloon
14341 Beach Blvd., Westminster, (714) 897-8612; thegreengirlsaloon.com.

BEST BREAKFAST
The Original Pancake House
originalpancakehouse.com
.

BEST BREWERY
Bootlegger's Brewery
130 S. Highland Ave., Fullerton, (714) 871-2337; bootleggersbrewery.com.

BEST BURRITO
Chronic Tacos
eatchronictacos.com
.

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT
Golden Dragon
27311 La Paz Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 362-4739; goldendragontogofood.com.

BEST COFFEE
Portola Coffee Lab
3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 284-0596; portolacoffeelab.com.

BEST COFFEE-SHOP GIRLS
Café Lu
634 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 604-6347; facebook.com/cafelu.

BEST COFFEEHOUSE
Portola Coffee Lab
3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 284-0596; portolacoffeelab.com.

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

BEST PLACE FOR DATE NIGHT
OPM Restaurant & Lounge
8901 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 848-1188; www.opmhb.com.

BEST DAY-DRINKING BAR
Mutt Lynch's
2300 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, (949) 675-1556; muttlynchs.com.

BEST DELI
Big Belly Deli
Costa Mesa, (949) 226-8333; Newport Beach, (949) 645-2888.

BEST ICE CREAM
Afters Ice Cream
aftersicecream.com
.

BEST DINER
Harbor House Café
34157 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, (949) 496-9270; harborhousecafe.com.

BEST DESSERT
Afters Ice Cream
aftersicecream.com
.

BEST DIVE BAR
Cassidy's Bar & Grill
2603 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 675-8949.

BEST FARMERS' MARKET
Downtown Santa Ana Farmers' Market
downtown-santaana.com
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BEST FISH TACO
Wahoo's Fish Taco
wahoos.com
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BEST FOOD TRUCK
Lobsta Truck
lobstatruck.com
.

BEST FRENCH FRIES
In-N-Out Burger
in-n-out.com
.

BEST GAY BAR
VLVT Velvet Lounge
416 W. Fourth St., Santa Ana, (714) 664-0663; velvetoc.com.

BEST HAMBURGER
Grinderz
grinderzhb.com
.

BEST HAPPY HOUR
Proof Bar
215 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, (714) 953-2660; proofbar.com.

BEST HOT DOG
Wursthaus
305 E. Fourth St., Ste. 106, Santa Ana, (714) 760-4333; wursthausdtsa.com.

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT
Natraj Cuisine of India
24861 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Hills, (949) 581-4200; natrajusa.com.

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Mama D's Italian Kitchen
3012 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, (949) 675-6262; mamadsnewport.com.

BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT
Matsu
18035 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, (714) 848-4404; matsusogood.com.

BEST JUICE/SMOOTHIE SHOP
Nekter Juice Bar
nekterjuicebar.com
.

BEST KOREAN BARBECUE
Gen Korean BBQ House
genkoreanbbq.com
.

BEST LATE-NIGHT DINING
Harbor House Café
34157 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, (949) 496-9270; harborhousecafe.com.

BEST-LOOKING PATRONS (HOTTEST CROWD)
Fig & Olive
151 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 877-3005; figandolive.com.

BEST LOUNGE
Kitsch Bar
891 Baker St., Costa Mesa, (714) 546-8580; kitschbar.com.

BEST MARGARITA
El Matador
1768 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, (949) 645-0324; elmatadorcostamesa.com.

BEST MARTINI
The Cellar Restaurant & Spirit Room
305 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 525-5682; cellardining.com.

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT
Avila's El Ranchito
avilaselranchito.com
.

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN RESTAURANT
Open Sesame
5215 E. Second St., Long Beach, (562) 621-1698; opensesamecafe.com.

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
SOCIAL Costa Mesa
512 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 642-2425; socialcostamesa.com.

BEST OUTDOOR DINING
4th Street Market
201 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, (714) 486-0700; 4thstreetmarket.com.

BEST PERUVIAN RESTAURANT
Inka Grill
23600 Rockfield Blvd., Lake Forest, (949) 587-9008; inkagrill.org.

BEST PHO
Nam Vietnamese Eatery
1702 N. Bristol St., Santa Ana, (714) 667-0888; nameatery.com.

BEST PIE
Polly's Pies Restaurant
pollyspies.com
.

BEST PIZZA
Pieology
pieology.com
.

BEST PLACE TO PICK UP A ONE-NIGHT STAND
Foxfire Night Club
5717 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd., Anaheim, (714) 974-5400; foxfirenightclub.com.

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

BEST PUB
The Auld Dubliner
aulddubliner.com
.

BEST PUNK ROCK BAR
Johnny's Saloon
17428 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, (714) 848-0676; johnnyssaloon.com.

BEST RESTAURANT
Playground 2.0
220 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, (714) 560-4444; playgrounddtsa.com.

BEST RESTAURANT AMBIANCE
The Hobbit
2932 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, (714) 997-1972; hobbitrestaurant.com.

BEST ROCK CLUB
The Observatory
3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; observatoryoc.com.

BEST SANDWICH
C4 Deli: The Cure for the Common
200 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, (714) 269-1555; c4deli.com.

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Bear Flag Fish Co.
7972 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, (949) 715-8899; bearflagfishco.com.

BEST SIGNATURE COCKTAIL
Little Sparrow
300 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 908-4924; littlesparrowcafe.com.

BEST SPORTS BAR
Tilted Kilt Orange
1625 W. Katella Ave., Orange, (714) 633-5458; tiltedkilt.com/locations/orange.

BEST STEAKHOUSE
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
flemingssteakhouse.com
.

BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH
Chapter One: the modern local
227 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, (714) 352-2225; chapteronetml.com.

BEST SUNDAY FUNDAY
4th Street Market
201 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, (714) 486-0700; 4thstreetmarket.com.

BEST SUSHI
Sushi On Fire
sushionfire.com
.

BEST TACO
Dos Chinos
201 E. Fourth St., Ste. 139, Santa Ana, (714) 564-0527; doschinos.com.

BEST TACO TUESDAY
Avila's El Ranchito
avilaselranchito.com
.

BEST THAI RESTAURANT
Basil Thai Cuisine
9921 Hamilton Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 968-2717; basilthaihuntingtonbeach.com.

BEST UNTRADITIONAL EXOTIC BURGER
Slater's 50/50
slaters5050.com
.

BEST VEGAN RESTAURANT
Native Foods Café
nativefoods.com
.

BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT
Nam Vietnamese Eatery
1702 N. Bristol St., Santa Ana, (714) 667-0888; nameatery.com.

BEST WATERFRONT DINING
Duke's Huntington Beach
317 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, (714) 374-6446; www.dukeshuntington.com.

BEST WINE BAR
SeaLegs Wine Bar
21022 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, (714) 536-5700; sealegswinebar.com.

BEST WINGS
Buffalo Wild Wings
buffalowildwings.com
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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BEST ART GALLERY
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
117 N. Sycamore St., Santa Ana, (714) 667-1517; occca.org.

BEST ART MUSEUM
Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; bowers.org.

BEST CLUB DJ
DJ Kaboom
facebook.com/deejaykaboom
.

BEST HIP-HOP ACT
Gutter Writers
gutterwriters.com
.

BEST INDIE BAND
Spare Parts for Broken Hearts
sparepartsforbrokenhearts.com
.

BEST INDIE FILM THEATER
The Frida Cinema
305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, (714) 285-9422; thefridacinema.org.

BEST INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT
@ocmusicleague
instagram.com/ocmusicleague
.

BEST KARAOKE
Azteca Restaurant & Lounge
12911 Main St., Garden Grove, (714) 638-3790; aztecaoc.com.

BEST LIVE BAND
FlashPants
flashpants.com.

BEST LOCAL CELEBRITY
Gwen Stefani
gwenstefani.com
.

BEST MUSEUM (NON-ART)
Discovery Cube
2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 542-2823; discoverycube.org.

BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana, (714) 285-9422; thefridacinema.org.

BEST NEWSCASTER
Ric Romero
facebook.com/ABC7Ric
.

BEST NIGHTCLUB
The Copper Door
225 N. Broadway, Santa Ana; thecopperdoorbar.com.

BEST PLAY
Wicked
www.wickedthemusical.com
.

BEST POLITICIAN
Bernie Sanders
berniesanders.com
.

BEST PUNK BAND
Bristol to Memory
bristoltomemory.com
.

BEST RADIO PERSONALITY
Ryan Seacrest
RyanSeacrest.com
.

BEST RADIO STATION
KROQ
kroq.cbslocal.com
.

BEST ROCK BAND
Flashback Heart Attack
flashbackheartattack.com.

BEST STRIP JOINT
The Library Gentlemen's Club
7000 Garden Grove Blvd., Westminster, (714) 891-1430; thelibrarygc.com.

BEST TELEVISION STATION
KTLA
ktla.com
.

BEST VISUAL ARTIST
Ben Froehlich (Ink Refuge)
inkrefuge.com
.

BEST VENUE FOR LIVE COMEDY
Irvine Improv
527 Spectrum Center Dr., 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 WEATHERCASTER
Henry DiCarlo
ktla.com
.

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