WINNERS: Best of La Jolla 2010


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Thanks to those of you who voted for your favorite businesses, restaurants and people in the La Jolla Light’s 12th Best of Readers Poll. Our readers weren’t shy about voting for the best of the best in La Jolla. You’ll find some of the same names listed as in past years as well as an array of the newest places on the La Jolla scene, and some who took honors in more than one category. Congratulations to all of the winners and the second- and thirdplace finishers — and thanks to all our readers who took the time to vote.

As you wander through the list, remember the merchants, restaurateurs, hoteliers and professionals listed here are what make La Jolla a great place to live, work and visit. Support them by shopping and dining and frequenting their establishments.

— Kathy Day


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Best restaurant 

  1. George’s at the Cove
  2. Nine-Ten
  3. Sushi on the Rock
Best new restaurant

  1. Smashburger
    “Thank you, La Jolla, for voting Smashburger ‘Best New Restaurant in La Jolla.’ We are now open in the Del Mar Plaza and Mission Valley’s Hazard Center, too!”
  2. Aroma Café
  3. Cups
Best breakfast

  1. The Cottage
    “Thanks to everyone for your continued support. We had another great year! A big thanks to all the La Jolla Light readers who took the time to vote online.”
  2. Harry’s Coffee Shop
  3. Brockton Villa
Best lunch 

  1. George’s at the Cove
  2. Burger Lounge
  3. The Cottage
Best takeout 

  1. Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
  2. Burger Lounge
  3. Prep Kitchen
Best brunch

  1. La Valencia Hotel
    “Thank you La Jolla for voting La Valencia as the Best Hotel and Best Brunch for 10 consecutive years.”
  2. Brockton Villa
  3. Beaumont’s
Best burger

  1. Burger Lounge
    “All of us at Burger Lounge are humbled by your vote. We thank you for your gracious support.”
  2. Smashburger
  3. The Spot
Best family restaurant 

  1. Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
  2. Beaumont’s
  3. The Cottage
Best wine 

  1. George’s at the Cove
  2. Vigilucci’s
  3. Beaumont’s
Best outdoor restaurant 

  1. George’s at the Cove
  2. Museum Café
  3. Piatti
Best margarita

  1. Alfonso’s
    “Thank you La Jolla for your support over the past 39 years. We’ll continue to provide quality food and
    service in the community.”
  2. Jose’s
  3. Su Casa
Best coffee shop

  1. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
    “This is an honor not only for us and to our employees, but for our direct trade farmers who work tirelessly all year to provide us with exquisite coffee.”
  2. Pannikin
  3. Brick & Bell
Best sandwich

  1. Girard Gourmet
    “We love La Jolla and its residents. We are happy to be voted Number 1. We strive to know all our customers by name and consider you all our family.”
  2. El Pescador
  3. Salami Shop
Best sushi

  1. Sushi on the Rock
    “Thanks to the La Jolla Light readers and to everyone in the community for voting Sushi on the Rock best sushi in La Jolla. You rock!”
  2. Zenbu
  3. Roppongi
Best dessert 

  1. Michele Coulon Bakery
  2. The French Gourmet
  3. Cups
Best pizza 

  1. Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
  2. Pizza on Pearl
  3. Extreme Pizza
Best steak 

  1. Donovan’s
  2. Fleming’s
  3. La Jolla Strip Club
Best American 

  1. Harry’s Coffee Shop
  2. Beaumont’s
  3. The Spot
Best Asian fusion 

  1. Roppongi
  2. Café Japengo
  3. Zenbu
Best Chinese 

  1. P.F. Chang’s
  2. Mandarin House
  3. China Chef
Best seafood

  1. El Pescador
    “Thanks to the community for making El Pescador
    a La Jolla tradition for 35 years.”
  2. George’s at the Cove
  3. Marine Room
Best Mediterranean

  1. Piatti
    “On behalf of the staff here at Piatti, we would like to thank all of La Jolla for making us apart of their restaurant experience for the past 20 years! We look forward to serving you delicious, quality driven, inspired food for many more!”
  2. Marketplace Grille
  3. Trattoria Acqua
Best French

  1. Tapenade
    “The best cooking advice is more than a recipe, it is coming from my heart, a taste buds logic. Thank you for voting Tapenade Best French. Cheers.” — Jean-Michel Diot
  2. French Gourmet
  3. Aroma Café
Best bakery

  1. French Gourmet
    “Thank you for voting for us! Even as culinary trends come and go, we are so lucky to still be a local favorite after all of these years!”
  2. Michele Coulon
  3. Girard Gourmet
Best Italian 

  1. Piatti
  2. Vigilucci’s
  3. Osteria Romantica
Best Mexican 

  1. Alfonso’s
  2. Su Casa
  3. Jose’s
Best Thai 

  1. Spice & Rice
  2. La Basil
  3. Chedi Thai
Best catering

  1. Giuseppe
    “We are always trying to create the best food and service for every customer. Whether it is at the Museum Café, or for catered events. Large or small.”
  2. French Gourmet
  3. Girard Gourmet
Best vegetarian

  1. Lean & Green
    “Thank you for voting us best vegetarian restaurant in La Jolla. When planning your organic and eco-friendly holiday event think Lean & Green for all of your holiday catering needs.”
  2. Spice & Rice
  3. Marrakesh
Best ice cream/yogurt

  1. Froglanders
    “Thank you La Jolla for all the love and support you have offered since 1986. We look forward to seeing your familiar faces for years to come. Ribbit! Ribbit!”
  2. Cold Stone
  3. Baskin Robbins
Best pharmacy

  1. Burns Drugs
    “All of us at Burns feel the community is our family. We are proud to be part of your health care team and sincerely appreciate your support and loyalty to Burns Drugs.”
  2. CVS
  3. Pharmaca
Best art gallery

  1. Contemporary Fine Art
    “Thanks to our many loyal clients who have honored us by voting us Best Gallery in La Jolla. We invite you to stop by and say hi and see what’s new.”
  2. Quint Gallery
  3. Madison
Best men’s apparel

  1. Ascot Shop
    “We are very grateful and appreciative for all the support from our wonderful friends and clients who keep coming back all these years.”
  2. Brooks Brothers
  3. Ralph Lauren
Best shoes

  1. Rangoni-Frenzi
    “Rangoni Shoes is honored to win Best Shoe store in La Jolla! Delivering a personalized, fashionable shopping experience will continue to be their top priority.”
  2. La Jolla Shoe Gallery
  3. Euro Comfort
Best café 

  1. Pannikin
  2. Brick & Bell
  3. Museum Café
Best deli 

  1. Girard Gourmet
  2. Cheese Shop
  3. Jonathan’s
Best eyewear/sunglasses

  1. La Jolla Optique
    “The next best thing to the gift of sight is being voted La Jolla’s Best Optical. Thanks to La Jolla Light readers and our clients.”
  2. Optical Shop of Aspen
  3. San Diego Optical
Best jewelry

  1. Bowers
    “We would like to express our gratitude. It is an honor to be an award-winning business, however it is more important to us that we are a part of this community.”
  2. CJ Charles
  3. Jewels by the Sea
Best furniture 

  1. Roche-Bobois
  2. Seaside Home
  3. My Own Space
Best rugs 

  1. La Jolla Rugs
  2. Aja Rugs
  3. Prospect Rug
Best hair salon

  1. Alessandro
    “The team at Alessandro is grateful for your friendship and support through the years.”
  2. Dearinger
  3. Model Call
Best hotel 

  1. La Valencia
  2. The Lodge at Torrey Pines
  3. Estancia La Jolla
Best bank 

  1. Wells Fargo
  2. Chase
  3. Bank of America
Best grocery 

  1. Whole Foods
  2. Vons
  3. Jonathan’s
Best yoga/athletic clothing 

  1. Lululemon
  2. Lucy
  3. Bodywear Boutique
Best housekeeping 

  1. Merry Maids
  2. Rene’s of La Jolla
  3. The Maids
Best dry cleaner

  1. Margaret’s
    “We are honored to be acknowledged by the residents of La Jolla. The owners, management and staff are grateful for your continued support.”
  2. La Jolla Cleaners
  3. Ogden’s
Best florist

  1. Adelaide’s
    “Wow! It’s been over 60 years. We are so proud to be recognized by such a wonderful community. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
  2. Bloomers
  3. La Jolla Florist
Best plumber

  1. Bill Howe
    ““Thank you for choosing Bill Howe Plumbing as La Jolla’s best plumber for the 2nd year! Serving you for 30 years, because We Know Howe!”
  2. Kirk Myron/Myron Plumbing
  3. MD Plumbers
Best women’s boutique 

  1. Sigi’s
  2. Encore of La Jolla
  3. Bendl’s
  4. Kerut
Best travel agency 

  1. Travel Dynamics
  2. Worldview
  3. Worldwide
Best trainer 

  1. Mary Pat Holm
  2. Franz Sniderman
  3. John Lenz
Best day spa

  1. SK Sanctuary
    “Thank you for selecting us again for the Best Day Spa! We are honored and will continue to do our best to live up to this special distinction!”
  2. Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
  3. The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Best health club

  1. La Jolla Sports Club
    “The staff at La Jolla Sports Club wants to say thank you and we are honored that you voted us best health club in La Jolla. Live Life Fit.”
  2. 24 Hour Fitness
  3. La Jolla’s Finest Fitness (formerly Planet Fitness)
Best yoga

  1. La Jolla Yoga Center
    “La Jolla Yoga Center was created as much for the community to gather as for the yoga — a place where we can all support each other in a healthy, positive, and caring environment. Thank you all for supporting LJYC. Join us in celebrating our anniversary on Nov. 13.”
  2. Prana
  3. Bikram
Best contractor

  1. Dewhurst
    “Thank you La Jolla for selecting Dewhurst & Associate as best contractor of the year. Our personal commitment to you for quality craftsmanship and dedicated service has not changed for over 81 years. We appreciate your confidence and loyalty.”
  2. Four by four
  3. Grunow
Best senior living

  1. Casa de Manana
    “Casa de Manana would like to thank the readers of the La Jolla Light for their continued support in voting us best retirement community for several years in a row.”
  2. White Sands
  3. Seasons at La Jolla
Best dermatologist

  1. Dr. Susan Stuart
    “I am once again honored and humbled to be chosen as the Best Dermatologist. We strive to provide state of the art cosmetic and laser technology with a warm and personal touch.”
  2. Dr. Scott Boughton
  3. Dr. Mary Dobry
Best dentist

  1. Dr. Joseph D’Angelo
    “My staff and I would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to our patients for their votes of confidence and affirmation of our efforts to providing great dental care.”
  2. Dr. John Taddey
  3. Dr. Charles Brisco
Best cosmetic surgeon

  1. Dr. Stephen Krant
    “I am honored to be voted the Best Plastic Surgeon for the past 10 years. I believe that what sets us apart is the excellent patient care from our entire office and from SK Sanctuary, our award-winning medical day spa.”
  2. Dr. Stuart B. Kincaid
  3. Dr. Robert Singer
Best financial planner

  1. Scott Kyle/Coastwise
    “At Coastwise we are dedicated to providing worldclass, personalized investment services to our clients. Thanks for voting us the Best in La Jolla” – Scott Kyle, Coastwise Capital Group
  2. Jim Carey
  3. Avelino Cortina III
Best mortgage

  1. Gaylord/Hansen
    “Thanks for the honor! Our team is ranked in the Top 10 nationally within Bank of America. Every day counts in our industry and we have over 75 years of experience on our team to help you through the process.”
  2. Nancy Gardner – CMC Mortgage
  3. Greg Parker

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