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Friday, Apr 26 2013 11:03 AM

Complete List: 2013 Best of Bakersfield

By Bakersfield Life Magazine

Here are the winners and favorites in all 108 categories of this year's Best of Bakersfield contest.

To read about 20 "Best of" winners highlighted in this issue, CLICK HERE. To read more about the 20th anniversary edition of "Best of Bakersfield," CLICK HERE.

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Best of Bakersfield 2013

FOOD AND DRINK

Best Breakfast Restaurant        
24th Street Cafe
1415 24th St.; 323-8801; 24thstreetcafe.com
Favorites
Cope’s Knotty Pine Café    
Village Grill    

Best Wine Selection        
Imbibe Wine and Spirits Merchant    
4140 Truxtun Ave.; 633-9463; imbibewine.com
Favorites        
Costco            
Café Med

Best Business Lunch            
Luigi’s Restaurant and Delicatessen
725 E. 19th St.;
322-0926; shopluigis.com
Favorites
Mexicali            
Uricchio’s Trattoria                   

Best Buffet        
Hodel’s Country Dining    
5917 Knudsen Drive; 399-3341; hodels.com
Favorites    
Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace Steakhouse        
Golden Corral
Restaurant        
            
Best Mexican Restaurant        
Mexicali            
631 18th St.; 327-3861 and 5601 California Ave.; 327-5201; mexicalifood.com
Favorites
La Costa Mariscos        
Red Pepper Restaurant   

Best Seafood Restaurant        
Red Lobster        
8180 Rosedale
Highway; 589-9956; redlobster.com
Favorites
Cafe Med            
La Costa Mexican Restaurant            

Best Basque Restaurant        
Wool Growers Restaurant
620 E. 19th St.; 327-9584; woolgrowers.net
Favorites
Noriega’s            
Benji’s French Basque Restaurant

Best Burger Place            
In-N-Out Burger        
5100 Stockdale Highway; 2310 Panama Lane; 800-786-1000; in-n-out.com
Favorites
Juicy Burger        
Eureka! Burger

Best Overall Restaurant        
Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse        
9000 Ming Ave.; 664-7750; tahoejoes.com
Favorites
Luigi’s Restaurant & Delicatessen
BJ’s Restaurants & Brewery    

Best Margarita 
Mexicali        
631 18th St.; 327-3861 and 5601 California Ave.; 327-5201; mexicalifood.com
Favorites    
Chili’s            
Mauricio’s Grill & Cantina                    

Best Microbrew Selection    
Lengthwise Brewing Co.
Various locations including 6720 Schirra Court; 836-2537; lengthwise.com     
Favorites        
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery        
Eureka! Burger                    

Best Yogurt Shop    
Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt
8200 Stockdale Highway, Suite M-2; 396-8000; tfyogurt.com
Favorites
Yogurtland Bakersfield    
Daddy O’s Frozen Yogurt & Gelato
        
Best Pizza Spot    
Tony’s Pizza
Various locations including 4750 Coffee Road, Suite 101; 588-4700; tonyspizzabakersfield.com
Favorites        
Rusty’s Pizza        
Pizzaville                    

Best Bakery        
Smith’s Bakeries
Various locations including 2808 Union Ave.; 325-3411;
smithsbakeries.com
Favorites        
Sweet Surrender        
Cupcakes N Crema        

Best Sunday Brunch        
Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace
2800 Buck Owens Blvd.; 328-7560; buckowens.com
Favorites        
The Padre Hotel        
Hodel’s Country Dining            

Best Sushi/ Japanese Restaurant        
Akira Japanese Restaurant
4154 California Ave.; 326-1860
Favorites        
Tokyo Garden        
Love Sushi        

Best Romantic Restaurant        
Uricchio’s Trattoria
1400 17th St.; 326-8870; uricchios-trattoria.com
Favorites        
Cafe Med            
The Belvedere Room at The Padre Hotel
        
Best New Restaurant      
Eureka! Burger    
10520 W. Stockdale Highway; 241-5999; eurekaburger.com
Favorites        
Salty’s BBQ & Catering    
The Mark Restaurant
    
Best Cupcakes    
Sweet Surrender    
6439 Ming Ave.; 835-8530; sweetsurrenderbakery.com
Favorites        
Smith’s Bakeries        
Cupcakes N Crema        
            
Best Chinese Restaurant        
Bill Lee’s Bamboo Chopsticks    
1203 18th St.; 324-9441; billlees.com
Favorites        
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro    
Great Castle Chinese Restaurant                    

Best Drive-Thru    
In-N-Out    
5100 Stockdale Highway; 2310 Panama Lane; 800-786-1000; in-n-out.com
Favorites        
Starbuck’s Coffee Co.     
Dewar’s                    

Best Salsa        
Mexicali
631 18th St.; 327-3861 and 5601 California Ave.; 327-5201; mexicalifood.com
Favorites        
El Jacalito Grill        
Mauricio’s Grill & Cantina            

Best Deli/Sandwich Shop    
The Sequoia Sandwich Company
Various locations including 1231 18th St.; 323-2500; sequoiasandwich.com
Favorites        
Caesar’s Italian Delicatessen        
Panera Bread

Best Restaurant for Kids/Family
John's Incredible Pizza Co.
3709 Rosedale Highway; 859-1111; johnspizza.com
Favorites
Moo Creamery
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse

Best Happy Hour
Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse
9000 Ming Ave.; 664-8723; tahoejoes.com
Favorites
Lengthwise Brewing Company
Elephant Bar

Best Steak Restaurant
Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse
9000 Ming Ave.; 664-8723; tahoejoes.com
Favorites
KC Steak House
Steak & Grape Restaurant

Best Barbecue Restaurant
Famous Dave's
7777 Rosedale Highway; 829-2128; famousdaves.com/bakersfield
Favorites
Champs BBQ & Catering
Jake's Original Tex-Mex Cafe

Best Catering Service
Jake's Original Tex-Mex Cafe
1710 Oak St.; 322-6380; jakestexmex.com
Favorites
Famous Dave's
Hodel's Country Dining

Best Bar
The Padre Hotel
1702 18th St.; 427-4900; thepadrehotel.com
Favorites
Mexicali
Lengthwise Brewing Company

Best Wing Place
Buffalo Wild Wings
5677 Gosford Road; 664-4550; buffalowildwings.com
Favorites
Wingstop
Hooter's

Best Italian Food Restaurant
Uricchio's Trattoria
1400 17th St.; 326-8870; uricchios-trattoria.com
Favorites
Frugatti's
Luigi’s Restaurant & Delicatessen

Best Lunch Spot
Luigi’s Restaurant & Delicatessen
725 E 19th St.; 322-0926; shopluigis.com
Favorites
Jake's Original Tex-Mex Cafe
Sequoia Sandwich Company

Best Thai Food
Chef's Choice Noodle Bar
1534 19th St.; 325-1234; chefschoicenoodlebar.wordpress.com
Favorites
The Orchid Thai Fusion Cuisine
Blue Elephant

COMMUNITY

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests            
Dewar’s
1120 Eye St.; 322-0933 and 2700 Calloway Drive; 587-2056; dewarscandy.com
Favorites
Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace            
Wool Growers Restaurant                

Best Golf Course    
Seven Oaks Country Club    
2000 Grand Lakes Ave.; 664-6404; sevenoaks-countryclub.com
Favorites    
Bakersfield Country Club    
Riverlakes Golf Course             

Best Local Celebrity        
Aaron Perlman    
facebook.com/AaronPerlman
Favorites
Jake Varner        
Buck Owens                

Best Place to Worship        
Valley Bible Fellowship
2300 E. Brundage Lane; 325-2251; vbfbak.org
Favorites        
St. Francis of Assisi Parish            
Valley Baptist Church    
            
Best Private School        
Bakersfield Christian High School
12775 Stockdale HIghway; 410-7000; bakersfieldchristian.com    
Favorites
St. Francis Catholic School            
Garces Memorial High School                    

Best Local Band    
Mento Buru
reverbnation.com/mentoburu; facebook.com/MentoBuru        
Favorites
Thee Majestics        
Korn            

Best Local Teacher        
Ryan Coleman, Centennial High School
Favorites
Sara Lewis, Norris Elementary School            
Jennifer Hardin, Shafter High School                

Best Art Gallery    
Bakersfield Museum of Art          
1930 R St.; 323-7219; bmoa.org
Favorites
Metro Galleries        
The Foundry Art Gallery                

Best Place to People Watch        
Kern County Fair    
1142 S. P St.; 833-4900; kerncountyfair.com    
Favorites
The Marketplace        
The Valley Plaza Mall                

Best Made in Bakersfield Product        
Dewar’s (Ice Cream and Chews)
1120 Eye St.; 322-0933 and 2700 Calloway Drive; 587-2056; dewarscandy.com
Favorites
Smith’s Bakeries (Cookies)            
Pyrenees French Bakery                

Best Worthy Cause            
Relay for Life
Held at Wingspoint, southwest corner of Airport and Merle Haggard drives; 327-2424; relayforlife.org    
Favorites
Wounded Heroes Fund of Kern County        
SPCA    

Best Annual Event            
Kern County Fair        
1142 S. P St.; 833-4900; kerncountyfair.com
Favorites
CALM HolidayLights    
Relay for Life                    

Best Community Theater       
The Gaslight
Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall    
12748 Jomani Drive; 587-3377; themelodrama.com    
Favorites
Stars Theatre       
Bakersfield Community Theatre                    

Best Weekend Getaway        
Pismo Beach
pismobeach.org        
Favorites
Santa Barbara        
Las Vegas                

Best Place for Singles to Meet    
Church            
Favorites
Lengthwise Brewing Co.    
The Padre Hotel                

Best College/Higher Learning Source        
California State University Bakersfield    
9001 Stockdale Highway; 654-2782; csub.edu
Favorites
Bakersfield College        
Taft College        

SHOPS AND SERVICES

Best Shoe Store    
Guarantee Shoe Center    
2101 Chester Ave.; 325-8751; guaranteeshoecenter.com    
Favorites
Macy’s            
Famous Footwear                    

Best Doctor/General Practitioner        
Dr. Raj Patel, Preferred Family Care Physicians
5925-A Truxtun Ave.; 638-2273        
Favorites
Dr. Susan Helper, Mohawk Medical Group    
Dr. William J. Farr, Farr Medical Group    
    
Best Travel Agency        
AAA Travel Agency    
1500 Commercial Way; 327-4661; aaa.com
Favorites
Uniglobe Golden Empire Travel        
Lambourne Travel Service
        
Best Used Car Dealership        
Bill Wright Toyota    
5100 Gasoline Alley Drive; 735-4989; billwright.com
Favorites
Motor City Buick GMC    
Jim Burke Ford

Best Tuxedo Store            
AJ’s Tuxedos Junction    
2527 F St.; 325-2044 and 3699 Ming Ave.; 831-4114; ajstuxedo.com
Favorites
Mr. Tuxedo        
Men’s Wearhouse
    
Best Customer Service        
Urner’s        
4110 Wible Road;
396-8400; urners.com    
Favorites
Deborah Baker, Emporium Western Store        
Wayne Marden, Ole Boy Outdoors, Inc.
    
Best Bike Shop    
Snider’s Cyclery
2700 New Stine Road; 833-2700 and 2700 Union Ave.; 324-4751; sniderscyclery.com        
Favorites
Finish Line        
Action Sports                

Best Camera Shop            
Henley’s        
2000 H St.; 324-9484; henleysphoto.com    
Favorites
Best Buy            
Costco                    

Best Health Food Store            
Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins
4308 California Ave.; 324-6990; lassens.com    
Favorites
Cay Health Foods        
Cone’s Health Foods and Vitamins        

Best CPA/Accounting Firm    
Brown Armstrong Certified Public Accountants    
4200 Truxtun Ave., Suite 300; 324-4971; bacpas.com         
Favorites
Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock CPAs & Advisors        
Hocking Denton Palmquist CPA                    

Best Jewelry Store            
American Jewelry Co.    
3200 21st St., Suite 500; 325-5023; americanjewelry-company.com
Favorites
Rogers Jewelry Co.        
Knight’s Jewelers                

Best Mattress Store            
Urner’s Z’s Please Sleep Center        
4110 Wible Road; 396-8400 and 9500 Brimhall Road, Suite 201; 241-9329; urners.com
Favorites
Mattress Land SleepFit Center        
Mr. Mattress                   

Best Dentist        
Thomas A Berry, DDS    
500 Old River Road; 663-4451
Favorites
Thomas Frank, DDS        
Kurt Sturz, DDS           

Best New Local Business        
The Mark Restaurant    
1623 19th St.; 322-7665
Favorites
Brazilian Wax Boutique    
Village Pet Market           

Best Coffee Place    
Starbucks Coffee Co.    
Various locations including 9000 Ming Ave.; 655-8065; starbucks.com
Favorites
Dagny’s Coffee Co.        
Covenant Coffee               

Best Florist        
Log Cabin Florist        
800 19th St.; 327-8646; logcabinflorist.com
Favorites
Mt. Vernon Florist        
Vons                   

Best Sporting Goods            
Dick’s Sporting Goods            
9300 Rosedale Highway; 588-8100; dickssporting-goods.com
Favorites
Big 5 Sporting Goods    
Action Sports       

Best Men’s Apparel        
Macy’s            
2601 Ming Ave.; 832-5550; macys.com
Favorites
Men's Wearhouse        
JCPenney    
    
Best Women’s Apparel        
Forever 21        
2801 Ming Ave.; 832-2090; forever21.com
Favorites
Macy’s            
Kohl’s

Best Specialty Doctor        
Dr. Ravi Patel, Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center
6501 Truxtun Ave., 322-2206; cbccusa.com    
Favorites
Dr. Jason Helliwell, Advanced Women’s Health Center        
Dr. Gregory Stainer, Southwest Eye Care and Laser   

Best Hotel        
The Padre Hotel        
1702 18th St.; 427-4900; thepadrehotel.com
Favorites
Bakersfield Marriott Hotel            
DoubleTree Hotel           

Best Veterinarian        
Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital    
8610 Harris Road; 327-4444 (small animals) and 4408 Wible Road; 832-1150 (large animals); bakersfieldvet.com
Favorites
Dr. Travis Thurman, Thurman Veterinary Center            
Dr. Kim Bonham, Stockdale Veterinary                
 

Best Department Store            
Target            
Various locations including 11000 Stockdale Highway;
617-3657; target.com
Favorites
Kohl’s            
Macy’s

Best New Car Dealership        
Bill Wright Toyota    
5100 Gasoline Alley Drive; 735-4989; billwright.com
Favorites
Jim Burke Ford        
Three Way Chevrolet Cadillac

Best Interior Designer        
Robert Moseley, House of Moseley        
8200 Stockdale Highway; 397-7222; houseofmoseley.com
Favorites
Melissa Hutton, Beladagio        
Kelly Archer, Red Door Interiors

Best Hospital        
San Joaquin Community Hospital            
2615 Chester Ave.; 395-3000; sjch.us
Favorites
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital            
Mercy Southwest Hospital

Best Western Store            
Emporium Western Store            
1031 19th St.; 325-8476; emporiumwesternstore.com
Favorites
Boot Barn        
Floyd’s General Store

Best Shopping Center            
The Marketplace        
9000 Ming Ave.; 714-545-1400; themarketplacebakersfield.com
Favorites
Valley Plaza Mall        
Northwest Promenade    

Best Real Estate Company        
Coldwell Banker Preferred, Realtors    
Various locations including 9100 Ming Ave., Suite 100; 836-2345; cbbakersfield.com
Favorites
Watson Realty        
Miramar International        


Best Personal Trainer        
Lisa Cooper, Bakersfield Adventure Boot Camp for Women    
601 Mondavi Way; 327-8602; bakersfieldbootcamp.com        
Favorites
Peter Pang, In-Shape, Custom Built Personal Training        
Gina Rolow, Body by Gina

Best Real Estate Agent            
Jon Busby, Remax Magic        
110 New Stine Road; 410-7355; teambusby.com
Favorites
Gary Belter, Coldwell Banker Preferred        
Mary Christenson, Watson Realty

Best Chiropractor        
Christopher Berry, Advanced Wellness Center            
8501 Brimhall Road, Building 300; 410-9355; chiropractorbakersfield.com
Favorites
David Mongold, Alpha Omega Wellness Center            
Troy Sorensen, California Chiropractic

Best Home Appliance Store    
Urner’s Appliance Center            
4110 Wible Road; 396-8400; urners.com
Favorites
Lowe’s            
Home Depot

Best Home Improvement Building Contractor        
Dream Maker Bath & Kitchen            
5880 District Blvd., Suite 19; 837-1117; dreammaker-remodel.com
Favorites
Chris Bertolucci, Construction, Inc.        
Blue River Cabinetry & Construction

Best Bank/Financial Institution        
Kern Schools Federal Credit Union        
Various locations including 4530 Ming Ave.; 833-7900; ksfcu. org
Favorites
Wells Fargo Bank        
Chase Bank

Best Drycleaner    
Today Cleaners        
Various locations including 8200 Stockdale Highway, Suite M11; 634-1210; todaycleaners.com
Favorites
Sparkle Cleaners        
New City Cleaners

Best New Home Builder        
McMillin Homes        
10008 Jersey Shore Drive; 391-2779; mcmillinhomes.com
Favorites
Castle & Cooke Homes    
Froehlich Signature Homes            
 

Best Electronics    
Best Buy            
8300 Rosedale Highway,  587-0675, bestbuy.com
Favorites
Urner’s Appliance
Center            
Costco            

Best Pest Control Company        
Clark Pest Control    
530 California Ave.; 888-589-9508; clarkpest.com
Favorites
Terminix            
Banks Pest Control            

Best Law Firm      
Chain Cohn Stiles    
1430 Truxtun Ave., Suite 100; 323-4000; chainlaw.com
Favorites
The Law Offices of Young Wooldridge        
Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP           

Best Lawyer        
David K. Cohn, Chain Cohn Stiles    
1430 Truxtun Ave., Suite 100; 323-4000; chainlaw.com
Favorites
George R. Horrigan, Floyd & Horrigan        
Nicholas P. Azemika, Azemika & Azemika               

Best Pet Supplies    
PETCO            
5151 Gosford Road; 664-6874 and 8220 Rosedale Highway; 587-1097; petco.com
Favorites
PetSmart            
Biscuit Boutique & Doggy Spa               

Best Tire Store     
Costco            
3800 Rosedale Highway; 852-2643 and 4900 Panama Lane; 398-4750; costco.com
Favorites
America’s Tire Store    
Big O Tires               

Best Auto Service        
North Bakersfield Toyota Scion        
19651 Industry Parkway Drive; 615-1100; northbakersfieldtoyota.com
Favorites
Motor City Lexus        
Barber Honda

Best Fitness/Health Club        
In-Shape Health Clubs    
Various locations including 4801 White Lane; 398-4970; inshapeclubs.com
Favorites
Body Xchange Sports Club        
24 Hour Fitness

Best Tile Store    
Bill Ray Ceramic Tile Center, Inc.        
6301 E. Brundage Lane; 366-3255; billraytile.net
Favorites
Carpet Outlet Plus        
Stockdale Ceramic Tile Center, Inc.    
 

Best Medical Group            
Kaiser Permanente     
Various locations including 5055 California Ave.; 334-2020; kp.org
Favorites
San Dimas Medical Group            
Bakersfield Family Medical Group

Best Funeral Home            
Greenlawn Mortuary & Cemetery        
3700 River Blvd.; 324-9701 and 2739 Panama Lane; 834-8820;  greenlawnmotuaryandcemetery.com
Favorites
Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary        
Basham Funeral Home

Best Bridal Wear    
David’s Bridal        
1210 Wible Road; 831-5400; davidsbridal.com
Favorites
Ladies & Gents Bridal    
A J’s Tuxedo        
 

Best Heating/Air    
Oasis Air Conditioning        
1000 E. Truxtun Ave.; 322-2665; 322cool.com
Favorites
Stockdale Aire        
Econo Air, Inc.

Best Hair Salon    
Essentiels Spa Et Beaute, The Marketplace        
9000 Ming Ave., Suite K7; 654-0321; edayspas.com
Favorites
Protégé Hair Designs    
Paragon Salon Spa

Best Physical Groups        
Terrio Physical Therapy & Fitness    
Various locations including 8302 Espresso Drive, Suite 100; 377-1700; myterrio.com
Favorites
Glinn & Giordanno Physical Therapy        
Pair & Marotta Physical Therapy        
 

Best Plastic Surgeon        
Dr. Darshan Shah        
4850 Commerce Drive; 865-5009; drshah.com
Favorites
Dr. Gordon Mitts        
Dr. Dev Vipul                
 

Best Motorcycle Shop            
Bakersfield Harley-Davidson
35089 Merle Haggard Drive; 325-3644; bakersfieldhd.com
Favorites
Valley Cycle & Motorsports        
Bikersfield Garage

Best Carpet Flooring         
Carpet Outlet Plus    
4301 Rosedale Highway; 323-3133; carpetoutletplus.com
Favorites
Lowe’s            
Jost Carpet One Floor & Home            

Best Furniture Store            
Weatherby’s Furniture        
620 Chester Ave.; 327-2747; weatherbysfurniture.com
Favorites
Urner’s            
Red Door Interiors

Best Nursery/ Garden Store        
White Forest Nursery    
300 Morning Drive; 366-6291; whiteforestnursery.com
Favorites
Robby’s Nursery & Landscape Service        
Bolles Nursery  

Best Tattoo Artist            
Nick Manning, Pretty In Ink Tattoo Studio    
1660 Oak St.; 325-5548    
Favorites
Johnny Diaz, The Painted Man Tattoo    
Jimmy Bertram, The Black Shamrock Tattoo Parlor 

Best Retirement Home            
Glenwood Gardens    
350 Calloway Drive, Suite A1; 587-0221    
Favorites
Rosewood Retirement Community        
Emeritus at Bakersfield Senior Living          

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