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Readers' Choice 2012 Orange County 2012 -

OC LIFE

Best Radio Personality
READERS' CHOICE: Kevin & Bean

Best Politician
READERS' CHOICE: Barack Obama

Best Blog
READERS' CHOICE: Ashnfashn.com

Best Radio Station
READERS' CHOICE: KROQ

Best Television Station
READERS' CHOICE: FOX

Best Weathercaster
READERS' CHOICE: Dallas Raines

Best Newscaster
READERS' CHOICE: Steve Edwards

Best Sportscaster
READERS' CHOICE: Vin Scully

Best Downtown
READERS' CHOICE: Huntington Beach

Best Residential Neighborhood
READERS' CHOICE: Old Towne Orange

Best Hotel
READERS' CHOICE: Montage Laguna Beach

Best Party School
READERS' CHOICE: San Diego State University

Best Place to Spot Celebrities
READERS' CHOICE: Hollywood

Best Cosmetic Surgeon
READERS' CHOICE: Dr. Mark A. Anton

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SHOPS & WARES

Best Liquor Store
READERS' CHOICE: Hi-Times Wine Cellars

Best Trend
READERS' CHOICE: Gastropubs

Best Laser Hair Removal
READERS' CHOICE: The Chocolate Day Spa

Best Manicure/Pedicure
READERS' CHOICE: Happy Nails & Spa

Best Shop for Brides-to-Be
READERS' CHOICE: David's Bridal

Best Used-Book Store
READERS' CHOICE: Bookman

Best Place to Get Pierced
READERS' CHOICE: Outer Limits

Best Tattoo Parlor
READERS' CHOICE: Outer Limits

Best Way to Get a Pet
READERS' CHOICE: Rescue

Best Mall
READERS' CHOICE: South Coast Plaza

Best Record Store
READERS' CHOICE: Second Spin

Best Costume Shop
READERS' CHOICE: Wicked Chamber

Best Surf Shop
READERS' CHOICE: Jack's Surfboards

Best Collective
READERS' CHOICE: Rite Greens

Best Vintage Store
READERS' CHOICE: Buffalo Exchange

Best Comic-Book Store
READERS' CHOICE: Comics Unlimited

* * *

DIVERSIONS

Best Day Trip
READERS' CHOICE: San Diego

Best Ride At Disneyland
READERS' CHOICE: Space Mountain

Best Coach
READERS' CHOICE: Mike Scioscia

Best Angels Player
READERS' CHOICE: Mike Trout

Best Golf Course
READERS' CHOICE: Pelican Hill

Best Nature Trail
READERS' CHOICE: El Moro Trails and Crystal Cove State Park

Best Beach
READERS' CHOICE: Huntington Beach

Best Surf Spot
READERS' CHOICE: Huntington Beach

Best Bowling Alley
READERS' CHOICE: Lucky Strike

Best Ducks Player
READERS' CHOICE: Teemu Selanne

Best Mud Run
READERS' CHOICE: Irvine Lake Mud Run

Best Gym
READERS' CHOICE: 24 Hour Fitness

Best Casino
READERS' CHOICE: Pechanga Resort & Casino

* * *

FOODSTUFFS

Best Sandwich
READERS' CHOICE: Jersey Mike's Subs

Best Pizza
READERS' CHOICE: zpizza

Best Bagels
READERS' CHOICE: Bruegger's Bagels

Best Japanese Restaurant
READERS' CHOICE: Matsu

Best Taco
READERS' CHOICE: Slapfish

Best Ice Cream
READERS' CHOICE: Rite Aid Pharmacy

Best Diner
READERS' CHOICE: Harbor House Café

Best French Fries
READERS' CHOICE: In-N-Out

Best Pho
READERS' CHOICE: Hien Vuong

Best Brewery
READERS' CHOICE: BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse

Best Late-Night Dining
READERS' CHOICE: Harbor House Café

Best Hot Dog
READERS' CHOICE: Costco

Best Indian Restaurant
READERS' CHOICE: Tandoori Fresh

Best Deli
READERS' CHOICE: Big Belly Deli

Best Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant
READERS' CHOICE: Native Foods Café

Best New Restaurant
READERS' CHOICE: Slapfish

Best Thai Restaurant
READERS' CHOICE: Royal Thai Cuisine

Best Seafood Restaurant
READERS' CHOICE: Slapfish

Best Outdoor Dining
READERS' CHOICE: The Rooftop Lounge

Best Italian Restaurant
READERS' CHOICE: Cucina Alessa

Best Burrito
READERS' CHOICE: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Best Burger
READERS' CHOICE: In-N-Out

Best Dessert
READERS' CHOICE: The Cheesecake Factory

Best Coffee
READERS' CHOICE: Starbucks

Best Pie
READERS' CHOICE: Marie Callender's

Best Coffeehouse
READERS' CHOICE: Kéan Coffee

Best Waterfront Dining
READERS' CHOICE: Duke's Huntington Beach

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant
READERS' CHOICE: Open Sesame

Best Bakery
READERS' CHOICE: C'est Si Bon Bakery

Best Luxe Lonchera
READERS' CHOICE: Kogi

Best Farmers' Market
READERS' CHOICE: Huntington Beach Farmers' Market

Best Cupcake
READERS' CHOICE: Sprinkles Cupcakes

Best Sunday Brunch
READERS' CHOICE: Chapter One: the modern local

Best Mexican Restaurant
READERS' CHOICE: Avila's El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant

Best Restaurant
READERS' CHOICE: Playground

Best Fish Taco
READERS' CHOICE: Wahoo's Fish Taco

Best Taco Tuesday
READERS' CHOICE: Avila's El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant

Best Chicken Wings
READERS' CHOICE: Buffalo Wild Wings

Best Restaurant When Someone Else Is Paying
READERS' CHOICE: Mastro's

Best Vietnamese Restaurant
READERS' CHOICE: Café Lotus

Best Barbecue
READERS' CHOICE: Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ

Best Chinese Restaurant
READERS' CHOICE: P.F. Chang's

Best Sushi
READERS' CHOICE: Sushi On Fire

* * *

ARTS & CULTURE

Best Live Band
READERS' CHOICE: Social Distortion

Best Punk Band
READERS' CHOICE: Social Distortion

Best Rock Band
READERS' CHOICE: Flashback Heart Attack

Best Hip-Hop Act
READERS' CHOICE: Busta Rhymes

Best Museum (Non-Art)
READERS' CHOICE: Discovery Science Center

Best Art Museum
READERS' CHOICE: The Getty

Best Visual Artist
READERS' CHOICE: Wyland

Best Indie Film Theater
READERS' CHOICE: Lido Theatre

Best Indie Band
READERS' CHOICE: Jeremiah Red

Best DJ
READERS' CHOICE: Kitty Pawz

* * *

NIGHTLIFE

Best Bar In Orange County
READERS' CHOICE: Johnny's Saloon

Best Bartender
READERS' CHOICE: Vanessa at the Green Girl Saloon

Best Dive Bar
READERS' CHOICE: Goat Hill Tavern

Best Beer Selection
READERS' CHOICE: Yard House Restaurant

Best Strip Joint
READERS' CHOICE: House of Eden

Best Martini
READERS' CHOICE: Mastro's

Best Pub
READERS' CHOICE: Malarky's Irish Pub

Best Gay Bar
READERS' CHOICE: VLVT Velvet Lounge

Best Happy Hour
READERS' CHOICE: Slater's 50/50

Best Rock Club
READERS' CHOICE: House of Blues, Anaheim

Best Club DJ
READERS' CHOICE: Kitty Pawz

Best Punk-Rock Bar
READERS' CHOICE: Johnny's Saloon

Best Margarita
READERS' CHOICE: Javier's

Best Lounge
READERS' CHOICE: The Continental Room

Best Venue for Live Comedy
READERS' CHOICE: Irvine Improv

Best Bikini Bar
READERS' CHOICE: Green Girl Saloon

Best Sports Bar
READERS' CHOICE: Slater's 50/50

Best Venue for Live Music
READERS' CHOICE: House of Blues, Anaheim

Best Signature Cocktail
READERS' CHOICE: Moscow Mule at Chapter One: the modern local

Best Place to Play Pool
READERS' CHOICE: Danny K's Billards & Sports Bar

Best Bar/Club Night
READERS' CHOICE: The District Lounge

Best Place to Pick Up a One-Night Stand
READERS' CHOICE: Baja Sharkeez

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