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Readers' Choice Orange County 2008 -

NIGHTLIFE

Best Bar
House of Blues, Anaheim

Best Bartender
Wade Hammond at the Prospector, Long Beach

Best Beer Selection
Goat Hill Tavern, Costa Mesa

Best Club DJ
DJ Zach Moos

Best Dance Club
Ember, Anaheim

Best Dive Bar
Cassidy's Bar & Grill, Costa Mesa

Best Gay/Lesbian Bar
Club Lucky, Anaheim; Hamburger Mary's, Long Beach

Best Lounge
Sutra, Costa Mesa

Best Margarita
Javier's, Newport Coast

Best Place to Pick Up a One-Night Stand
Sharkeez, Newport Beach

Best Place to Play Pool
Danny K's, Orange

Best Place to See a Comedy Show
Improv, Irvine

Best Sports Bar
Heroes, Fullerton

Best Venue for Live Music
House of Blues, Anaheim; Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa

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FOODSTUFFS

Best Barbecue
Burrell's BBQ, Santa Ana

Best Chinese Restaurant
China Moon, Laguna Niguel

Best Coffee
Kéan Coffee, Costa Mesa

Best Cupcake
The Frosted Cupcakery, Long Beach

Best Deli
Roscoe's, Fullerton

Best Dessert
Sprinkles, Newport Beach

Best Indian Restaurant
Natraj Tandori, Tustin

Best Italian Restaurant
Market City Caffe, Brea

Best Japanese Restaurant
Kappo Honda, Fountain Valley

Best Late-Night Dining
Harbor House Café, Sunset Beach

Best Mexican Restaurant
El Matador, Costa Mesa

Best New Restaurant
The Counter, Irvine

Best Outdoor Dining
Rudy's, Newport Beach

Best Pizza
Z Pizza

Best Place to Dine Alone
Gypsy Den, Santa Ana

Best Seafood Restaurant
Captain Jack's, Sunset Beach

Best Sunday Brunch
Las Brisas, Laguna Beach

Best Thai Restaurant
Thai Nakorn, Stanton

Best Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant
Au Lac, Fountain Valley; Native Foods, Costa Mesa

Best Vietnamese Restaurant
Pho 99, Costa Mesa

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ARTS & CULTURE

Best Art Museum
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana

Best Hip-Hop Artist
Free the Robots

Best Live Band
Satisfaction

Best Movie Theater
Newport Lido, Newport Beach

Best Visual Artist
Brian Boyer

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DIVERSIONS

Best Golf Course
Pelican Hill, Newport Beach

Best Gym
Custom Bodies Fitness, Irvine

Best Nature Trail
El Dorado Nature Center, Long Beach

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SHOPS & WARES

Best Manicure
Happy Nails, Rancho Santa Margarita

Best Pet Store
Whiskers, Long Beach

Best Place to Get Pierced
Goodfella's Tattoo, Orange

Best Tattoo Parlor
Aces High, Fullerton

Best Used Bookstore
Latitude 33, Laguna Beach

Best Vintage Store
Buffalo Exchange, Long Beach

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OC LIFE

Best Hotel
Hotel Menage, Anaheim

Best Place for a First Date
Roman Cucina, Fullerton

Best Radio Station
KUCI.org, Irvine


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David Hartman
David Hartman

I wanted to know how our company could be noted as a potential "Best Of" for 2010? We are dedicated pet owners and have grown Pet Minded from 1 to 25 strong. We recently won "Best Dog Walker" by My FOX LA and would love the chance to tell some one why we are different and why we should be in a potential "Bet Of" for 2010. We hope to hear from you.Woof!-DavidGeneral Manager

Janae Raphael
Janae Raphael

I noticed that you don't have the Best Beauty Supply Store catagory. I would like to nominate Planet Beauty, a chain of beauty boutiques throughout California (based in Newport Beach)providing fabulous skincare and hair care products as well as salon services to meet every beauty need, while ensuring excellent customer service through product knowledge and hands on training for all its dedicated employees.

Tiffany
Tiffany

Hi, I've noticed that you guys don't have a "Best Donuts" in OC yet. I would like to recommend to you Kelly's Donuts & Burgers in Huntington Beach. They have excellent donuts and killer breakfast burritos. I work just across the street and all my co-workers eat there. Great food and great people. Thanks.

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