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And the Winners Are...
  ..the entire communities of Pacific            day and inspire new businesses to
Beach, Mission Beach and Mission                 reach the heights.
Bay. With what seems like an endless               Because both the nominees and win-
list of great restaurants, boutiques             ners were chosen by the people who
and retail shops, everything you need            live and work here, the Readers
can be found in our vibrant slice of             Choice Awards shows a true insider’s
America's Finest City.                           look at the best of what Pacific Beach,
  Categories in the first Beach & Bay            Mission Beach and Mission Bay have
Press Readers Choice Awards cover                to offer.
the sunniest corner for your coffee
wake-up call to the smoothest spot for
a soothing nightcap - and everything
in between.
 These awards recognize the people
and places that make our beach com-
munities truly extraordinary.
  Some of the winners may surprise
you; others have enjoyed sterling rep-
utations for years and even decades.
We hope these awards will delight
those who aspire to excellence every                                   The 2009 Readers Choice Award winners were
                                                                              selected by Beach & Bay Press readers!
                                                               READERS CHOICE AWARDS 2009

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             Beach & Bay Press

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                                                                                             #1 Lunch at the Beach!
A W A R D S                                  2 0 0 9
                                                                                  • Awesome Menu
                                                                                  • Call in Your Order to
                                                                                    Dine In or Grab-n-Go!
Awards for Dining                                                                 • Daily Specials
CATEGORY                       GOLD                       SILVER
Overall Restaurant             Cantina                    The Fishery
                                                                                  • Happy Hour
Overall Restaurant Service
New Restaurant
                               Fig Tree Cafe
                                                          Dirty Birds             • Pool Tables
Breakfast                      Fig Tree Cafe              Kona's
Lunch                          Cass Street Bar & Grill    Dirty Birds
Dinner                         Firehouse                  Lamont St Grill
Family Restaurant              Lotsa Pasta                Marino's Italian
Restaurant w/ Wine Select.     Lamont St Grill            Chateau Orleans
Take Out                       Zanzibar                   Wich Which
Sunday Brunch                  Fig Tree Cafe              Catamaran
Beer Selection                 Tap Room                   Millers Field
Sports Bar                     PB Bar & Grill             RT's Longboard Grill
Place to People Watch          Lahaina's                  Boardwalk
Pet Friendly Restaurant        Fig Tree                   Cafe 976                      You love the food at Cass Street, now try our award
Best Place to Dance            Johnny V's                 Typhoon Saloon
Live Music                     710 Beach Club             Cane's                          winning menu in our new Bird Rock location!
Happy Hour                     Latitude 32                PB Ale House
Best Comfort Food              Bub's                      Good Time Charlie's
Late Night Eatery              Nick's                     Saska's
                                                                                  Cass Street Bar & Grill
Place to go on a Budget        Latitude 32                Bub's
Place for a Birthday Party     Jrdn                       Firehouse
                                                                                  4612 Cass Street
Most Romantic                  Costa Brava                Lamont St Grill         858.270.1320
Best Ocean View                Tower 23                   Green Flash
Appetizer                      Jrdn                       Cafe Athena
                                                                                  Cass Street Cafe & Bakery
Burrito                        Mi Casa                    Taco Surf
Burger                         Bareback Grill             Rocky's
                                                                                  5550 La Jolla Blvd.
Fish Taco                      RT's Longboard Grill       PB Bar & Grill          858.454.9094
Desserts                       French Gourmet             Nick's at the Beach
Margarita                      Gringo's                   Tavern @ The Beach
                               Tower 23
                               The Atoll                                         CATEGORY                      GOLD                     SILVER
Pizza                          Hoboken Pizza              Filippi's              Bank                          Comerica                 Home Bank
Sandwich                       Which Wich                 Pop's Cheesesteak      Hotel                         Tower 23                 Catamaran
Steak                          Saska's                    Lamont St Grill        Children's Apparel            Forget Me Not
Sushi                          Sushi Ota                  Surfside Sushi         Men's Apparel                 Raw
Seafood                        The Fishery                Joe's Crab Shack       Women's Apparel               Scenario                 Raw
American                       Firehouse                  Baleen                 Best Place to Buy Jeans       Raw                      Buffalo Exchange
BBQ                            Tony Roma's                                       Eye Wear                      Sun glass City           Eyeglasses Galore
Vietnamese                     Pho Sao Bien               Pho Time               Swimsuits                     Gone Bananas             Sun Splash
Thai                           Kafe Yen                   Lanna Thai Cuisine     Jewelry Store                 Pangaea
Chinese Restaurant             Great Plaza Buffet         China Inn              Shoe Store                    Forward Footwear         Atomic Shoes
French                         French Gourmet                                    Dry cleaners                  Liz & David's            Martinizing
Greek                          Cafe Athena                                       Florist                       Impulsive                Flower Girls
Irish                          Hennessey's                                       Grocery Store                 Trader Joe's             Henry's
Italian                        Mama Mia's                 Pernicao's             Travel Agency                 STA Travel               Travel Depot
Mexican Restaurant             Gringo's                   Margo's                Pet Hospital/Vet              Turquoise Animal Hosp    Cheshire Cat
Bakery                         Charlie's Best Bread       French Gourmet         Hair Salon                    Beli Beli                Garage Salon
Bar                            Shore Club                 PB Ale House           Day Spa                       Renew Health Center      Catamaran
Cafe                           Zanziber                   The Mission            Health Club                   Fitness West             American Boxing
Catering                       French Gourmet             Fig Tree               Yoga Facility                 East West Yoga           PB Yoga
Coffee shop                    Turquoise Coffee           Java Jone's            Senior Living Facility        Sunrise                  Wesley Palms
Juice Bar                      Big Squeeze                Chronic Smoothies      Tanning Salon                 Hollywood Tan            I Tan
Donut Shop                     Linda's                    Lucky Donuts           Printer                       North Shore              PB Printing
Bagel Shop                     Einstein                   Brugger's              Nails                         Mingle Salon             Turquoise Nails
Deli                           Chalkboard Deli            Chronic Smoothies      Shipping/Packaging            UPS Store                Surf n' Post
Ice cream/Frozen Yogurt        Bogart Yogurt              Dolci Mango            Dentist                       Dr Maroon                Pacific Dental Arts
Vegetarian/Vegan               Vegan Zone                 Synergy                Pharmacy                      My Health Mart
Patio Dining                   Fig Tree                   Cafe 976               Electrician                   Beach Electrical
                                                                                 Contractor/Construction       Armstrong Construction

Shopping and Services
                                                                                 Optometrist/Ophthalmologist   Dr. Deborah Prince
                                                                                 Bicycle Shop                  Pacific Coast            Rusty Spokes
                                                                                 Scooter/Motorcycle            Pacific Beach Cycle      PB Scooter

CATEGORY                       GOLD                           SILVER             Smog Check
                                                                                 Fast Oil Change
                                                                                                               Smog Express
                                                                                                                                        PB Smog
                                                                                                                                        Evan's Tires
Antiques                       Olga & Stella                                     Pet Store                     Noah's Ark
Art Gallery                    Aztec Graphics                                    Resale Shop                   Cream of the Crop        The Buff
Bookstore                      Open Door Books                Pennywise          Surf Shop                     Surf Club                PB Surs Shop
Chiropractor                   Lifeforce                      Dr Libbs           Skate Shop                    Soul Grind
Furniture Store                Yorkshire Pine                 Underground        Tattoo/Piercing               Guru                     Core
Place with Unusual Gifts       Pangaea                        Patina             Gardening/Nursery             Green Garden's           PB Garden's
Auto Repair                    PB Foreign                     Robert's           Pool Care                     Pacific Paradise Pools
                                                                   READERS CHOICE AWARDS 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                 AUGUST 20, 2009
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DINING                                      Jrdn
Overall Restaurant
Isabel’s Cantina                            New Restaurant
At Isabel’s Cantina, you can expect a       Fig Tree Café
fusion of Latin and Asian cuisine that’s    Fig Tree Café has intertwined casual
remarkably addictive and surprisingly       PB dining on its spacious, outdoor
healthy. From spicy pork carnitas to        patio under a large Ficus tree with
tofu, the staff creates a vegetarian’s      Mediterranean cuisine. Fig Tree Café
haven as well as a meat-lover’s par-        serves largely organic,
adise. The exotic dining space is at        California/Mediterranean food like
once dramatic and hip, with its 15-foot     smoked salmon omelets or, on the
Buddha staring down at the dining           hippy side, blue corn pancakes and
room. Casual booths, stark lines and        whole grain granola. Twenty-seven-
warm colors create an atmosphere not        year-old Johan Engman opened the
found elsewhere in Pacific Beach,           restaurant in October of 2008 with the
attracting crowds for brunch, lunch,        intent to focus on organic, locally
and dinner.                                 sourced ingredients. Among its most
                                            popular dishes are the organic, veggie-
                                            filled Windansea omelet comprised of
Isabel’s Cantina

                                            locally raised free-range eggs, and a
966 Felspar St.

                                            BLT served on a croissant with the
(858) 272-8400
                                            unexpected addition of turkey and avo-
The Fishery                                 cado. Engman oversaw the remodeling
(Sea entry under Seafood)                   of the former Rafaela’s Italian restau-         Tower 23 Gold Medal for Best Ocean View, Gold Medal for Martini, Gold Medal for Hotel. JRDN Gold Medal for Best Place for a Birthday Party,
                                            rant. The patio now features a wooden                                                                          Gold Medal for best Appetizer and Silver Medal for Best Overall Restaurant.
Overall Restaurant Service                  canopy and stonewall fountain, and the
                                            interior has been painted with Tuscan-                                                       early morning on the waves.                       chicken – is a huge hit and all the
                                            inspired vineyard scenes.
                                                                                                                                                                                           dressings are made fresh onsite. The
Nick’s at the Beach
This neighborhood restaurant has
                                                                                                                                                                                           photos of local fishing personalities
                                                                                        Fig Tree Café                                    Kono’s Surf Club Café
made a name for itself by serving the                                                   (see entry under New Restaurant)
                                                                                                                                                                                           hanging on the walls and large replicas
                                            Fig Tree Café                                                                                704 Garnet Ave.
best seafood in a comfortable, casual
                                                                                                                                                                                           of fish reminds everyone who arrives in
                                            5119 Cass St.                                                                                (858) 483-1669

environment. It’s also no stranger to
                                            (858) 274-2233                                                                     

press accolades - a local magazine once                                                 Kono’s Surf Club Cafe                                                                              sandals with sand still in their hair:
rated it the top neighborhood eatery.       Dirty Birds                                 If you like a little dinner with your            Lunch                                             Cass St. Bar & Grill is the beach town
The sidewalk café can accommodate           For a place with a name like this,          breakfast, Kono’s is your place. That’s          Cass Street Bar & Grill                           bar. Of course, NFL and other sports
                                            things inside look immaculate–sweep-        because nobody does potatoes like this           Cass St. Bar & Grill is the neighbor-             get their fair coverage from the TVs
up to 20 people, and the Sports Bar
                                            ing wooden beams and stanchions with        eatery, with cheese, bell pepper and             hood bar where regulars and newcom-               hanging over the bar.
upstairs touts a large outdoor ocean-
                                            cool beachy art on the walls. And Dirty     whatever other topping you can think             ers alike come to hang out, eat large
view deck and 29 - TVs. But what’s on
                                            Birds throws you a few odd looks, too—      of to boot. If you like a little view with       platters of fresh, homemade food,
                                                                                                                                                                                           Cass Street Bar & Grill
the menu counts, too - like the tortilla-
                                            turkey chili fries and fried cheese slid-   your morning meal, you could do                  drink from the large selection of micro-
                                                                                                                                                                                           4612 Cass St.
crusted mahi mahi, pastas, dinner sal-
                                                                                        worse. Cross the boardwalk and sit on            brews, play pool or shuffleboard and
                                                                                                                                                                                           (858) 270-1320

ads, sandwiches and Chilean sea bass,       ers are just a couple quirky entries on
                                            the menu. This eatery has been open         the modest patio that overlooks the              have a good time. Happy hour happens
a huge local favorite. Add the banquet                                                                                                                                                     Dirty Birds
                                            for all of about 10 minutes, but it does    ocean; you’ll see firsthand why you live         every weekday night and patrons sit               (see entry under New Restaurant)
facilities and take-out service, and
                                            everything like it’s been in the neigh-     in Southern California. And if you like          sidewalk side at the open air bar. Popu-
you’ve got Nicks, now 12 years on and
                                            borhood forever.                            quotes on the wall of your eatery,               lar dishes include the hollowed-out
nothing in its way. Visit Nick’s at the
                                                                                                                                         fresh baguette with charbroiled chick-
Pier in Ocean Beach, too!                                                               you’re in the right restaurant as well,
                                                                                        with a little erudition adding to the            en, topped with avocado, salsa and let-
                                            Dirty Birds
                                                                                                                                                                                           Firehouse American
                                                                                        flare of the décor. There’s a laid-back          tuce for $7.95. The charbroiled fish
                                            4656 Mission Blvd.
Nick’s at the Beach                                                                                                                                                                        Eatery + Lounge
                                                                                        surfer vibe amid it all as well, which           burger comes with the in-house tartar             Located next to the Pacific Beach fire
                                            (858) 274-2473
809 Thomas Ave.,

                                                                                                                                                                                           station and just steps away from the
                                                                                        makes it perfect for Pacific Beach and           sauce. The oriental chicken salad –
(858) 270-1730

                                                                                        the surfer crowd that stops off after an         with a choice of charbroiled fish or              beach, Firehouse mixes downtown-
                                                                        READERS CHOICE AWARDS 2009

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                    Beach & Bay Press

                                                                                                over marvelous house-made fresh                                                           wiches. It caters to the gamers in no
                                                                                                pasta. Salmon over fettuccine in a deli-                                                  less a fashion - it features pool tables,
                                                                                                                                            (see entry under Hotel)
                                                                                                cate dill cream sauce is especially fine.                                                 darts, interactive TV and 72 televisions
                                                                                                The huge array of desserts is house-        Beer Selection                                for watching just about every sport that
                                                                                                made too, with something for every          Tap Room                                      satellite carries (four of the screens are
                                                                                                palate. The most desirable tables are       The Tap Room is the place to go for           8 feet wide). If sports isn’t your thing,
                                                                                                on the lovely fireplace-heated patio,       good beer and good American food.             there’s always dancing - and that’s
                                                                                                not far from the full bar.                  The beer list is extensive – check it out     when Club Tremors comes in handy,
                                                                                                                                            online if you’re looking for something        just a few feet away. There’s something
                                                                                                                                            in particular, plus want to know who          for everybody here.
                                                                                                Lamont Street Grill

                                                                                                                                            the brewer is. Here’s just a tantalizing
                                                                                                4445 Lamont St.
                                                                                                                                            few from the list: Smoked Porter,
                                                                                                                                                                                          Pacific Beach Bar & Grill
                                                                                                                                            Alpine Ale, Pure Happiness, Hop Head
                                                                                                                                                                                          860 Garnet Ave.
                                                                                                Chateau Orleans                             Red, Windansea Wheat and Old        
                                                                                                Chateau Orleans has transplanted the        Rasputin. On the menu, the Tap Room
                                                                                                spirit of southern Louisiana to             offers hand-tossed pizzas, Greek pie or       RT’s Longboard Grill
                                                                                                Turquoise Street. Renowned blues            Buffalo BBQ chicken, as well as salad,        (see entry under Sports Bar)
                                                                                                musicians play live music on Fridays        subs and pastas.
                                                                                                and Saturdays while patrons dine on a                                                     Place to People Watch
                                                                                                Cajun feast of frog legs and catfish
                                                                                                                                            Tap Room

                                                                                                nuggets for starters, and the Orleans
                                                                                                                                            1269 Garnet Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Lahaina’s Beach House
                                                                                                                                                                                          If you want a taste of all walks of life
                Dirty Birds – Silver Medal for Best New Restaurant and Silver Medal for Lunch
                                                                                                BBQ plate or Fire in the Hole catfish
                                                                                                                                            (858) 274-1010

                                                                                                                                                                                          under one roof, this is where you go.
type luxury (leather sofas, fire pit bar,       cess with a humble beginning in a               for the main course. Mardi Gras masks
                                                                                                                                                                                          Bikers, legendary overimbibers, ditzy
patio seating) with PB casual—board             small house on Balboa Avenue. Owner             and brightly colored beads hang on the
                                                                                                                                                                                          chicks, high-rolling real estate agents,
                                                                                                                                            Miller’s Field
shorts, flips-flops and the usual beach-        Carol Blomstrom is an active member             walls. Couples or singles can sit at the    Yep – this is a sports bar. Just don’t let
                                                                                                                                                                                          PR people, friends you haven’t met yet:
town trademark sartorials. Foodwise,            of the community and was an honorary            bar that opens onto a patio outside and     the chief chef hear you say that. At
                                                                                                                                                                                          Lahaina’s is a veritable Petrie dish of
it’s all about appetizers like fondue,          mayor of Pacific Beach.                         any seat is within earshot of blues         Miller’s, you can enjoy a wide variety of
                                                                                                                                                                                          the public marketplace, especially if
quesadillas and mini-corn dogs. Along                                                           gurus Tomcat and Robin Henkel. The          unique entrees each expertly prepared
                                                                                                                                                                                          you’re prepared to pay cash only (no
with the sandwiches, salads and lighter                                                         atmosphere is mellow; the music is          with the highest quality ingredients.
                                                Lotsa Pasta
                                                                                                                                                                                          credit, thanks).
dinner fare is a small dessert menu                                                             smooth; and the bar carries two types       Whether it’s lunch, dinner, happy hour
                                                1762 Garnet Ave.

that even includes chocolate chip cook-                                                         of micro-brews from Louisiana - Abita       or late at night, it’s a great time to sit
                                                (858) 581-6777
                                                                                                                                                                                          Lahaina’s Beach House

ies and milk.                                                                                   and Dixie. The wine list is thoughtfully    down to one of our hearty appetizers.
                                                                                                                                                                                          710 Oliver Ave.
                                                Marino’s Italian restaurant
                                                A cozy, secluded place to find tasty            chosen, based, in part, on the owner's      Signature flatbread pizzas. Huge burg-
                                                                                                                                                                                          (858) 270-3888

                                                pizza, pasta and salads. The charming           palette - check out the watermelon          ers and sandwiches made fresh, by
Firehouse American Eatery and Lounge
                                                                                                                                                                                          The Boardwalk
                                                interior satisfies more than just the           wine for a refreshing twist.                hand. Crisp salads, piled high. Savory        The Boardwalk restaurant in Mission
722 Grand Ave.

                                                                                                                                            soups, made fresh daily. Delectable
(858) 274-3100                             stomach. Open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.,                                                                                                     Beach transformed from a bistro to a
                                                Marino’s is the place to go for a quick                                                     deserts or any of our other fresh food        full service restaurant in May of 2007
                                                                                                Chateau Orleans

                                                                                                926 Turquoise St.
Lamont Street Grill                             snack or a late-night meal.                     (858) 488-6744                                                                            when Patrick Walsh assumed owner-
(see entry under Rest. with Wine Selection)                                                                                                               ship. The Boardwalk offers a full platter
                                                                                                                                                                                          of choices - omelets, Mexican food,
                                                Marino’s Italian restaurant                                                                 Miller’s Field
                                                                                                                                            4465 Mission Blvd.
                                                                                                                                                                                          sandwiches, burgers, salads and soups,
                                                4475 Ingraham St.
                                                                                                Take Out
Family Restaurant                                                                                                                           (858) 483-4143
                                                                                                                                                                                          as well as imported and local beer. The
                                                (858) 490-0168
                                                                                                Zanzibar Cafe                     
                                                                                                (see entry under Cafe)                                                                    mission of the Boardwalk is to offer
Lotsa Pasta
The difference between freshly made
                                                Restaurant with Wine Selection
pasta and the dried version equals the          Lamont Street Grill                                                                         Sports Bar                                    high quality food in a relaxed atmo-
contrast between a home cooked meal             Lamont serves California comfort food,                                                      Pacific Beach Bar and Grill                   sphere. The Boardwalk is home base to
                                                punctuated by bold and sometimes                                                                                                          KU fans. The restaurant is also proud
                                                                                                Which Wich
and a frozen dinner. Lotsa Pasta rolls                                                          (see entry under Sandwich)                  This venue, also popularly known at
out nine different flavors of freshly           strange Mexi/Asian/Cajun flavors, in a                                                      “the Grill,” is located two blocks from       to announce it owns the Safari Buck
made pasta from plain semolina to red           rambling converted residence with sev-                                                      Crystal Pier, and the patio is about the      Hunter arcade game.
                                                eral rooms and levels for gazing into                                                       size of the pier itself. The Grill offers a
                                                                                                Sunday Brunch
chili pepper and offers 18 different
                                                certain eyes and popping certain ques-                                                      full-service menu featuring a serious
                                                                                                                                                                                          The Boardwalk
freshly made sauces from its vodka
                                                                                                Fig Tree Café
                                                tions. Dinners come with soup or                (see entry under New Restaurant)            selection of appetizers, salads, Mexican
                                                                                                                                                                                          3704 Mission Blvd.
version to the chipotle sauce. The                                                                                                                                                        (858) 488 9484

restaurant has had two decades of suc-          salad, and many entrées are served                                                          entrees, pizza, pasta, burgers and sand-
                                                                       READERS CHOICE AWARDS 2009
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Pet Friendly Restaurant                                                                         their home, which they visit everyday
                                                                                                for a drink or two and to hang out by
                                                                                                the jukebox. The pub also took on an
Fig Tree Café
(see entry under New Restaurant)
                                                                                                Irish character on its own accord.
                                                                                                Walker casually hung an Irish flag; the
Café 976                                                                                        sign and carpets are, by chance, green
Half this iconic eatery’s name betrays                                                          and so Walker eventually sealed the
the home-style vibe inside and out.                                                             deal by adding a few Shamrocks to the
“976” is actually a street address, and                                                         sign. The pub caters to singles or cou-
no wonder – the venue is a converted                                                            ples seeking a reasonably priced dinner
Craftsman house built about 80 years                                                            – not just a bowl of chili. The menu
ago and surrounded by every tree that’s                                                         varies but Mondays were meatloaf
ever been grown in recorded history.                                                            night, Tuesdays – pork chops, Wednes-
You’re invited to choose from any num-                                                          days – lasagna and so on. The
ber of nooks and crannies at which to                                                           serendipitous Irish flag also sparked a
sit and enjoy the generous breakfast                                                            collection of flags after a donation and
and lunch choices from the remodeled                                                            now more than 60 flags from around
counter – and you simply must wash                                                              the world hang from the ceiling. The
down your meal with a Nutty Irish man                                                           only stipulation is that the flags must
espresso, replete with hazelnut and               Fig Tree Cafe, owner Johan Engman, Gold       be purchased from their place of origin.
mint. 976 is pretty un-PB for PB, but PB         Medal for New Restaurant, Sunday Brunch,       Another quirk is the photos on the wall
wouldn’t be PB without it.                             Breakfast, Patio Dining, Pet Friendly,   of patrons on their travels around the
                                                                  Silver Medal for Catering.    world holding cardboard signs
                                                                                                inscribed with the Latitude of their
Café 976

                                               gallery shows just how raucous things            location.
976 Felspar St.
(858) 272-0976                                can get, but what the pictures don’t
                                               show is that everything’s all in fun. Live
                                                                                                Latitude 32

                                               music every weekend, a great lineup of
                                                                                                5019 Cass St.
Best Place to Dance                                                                             (858) 273-0501
Johnny V’s                                     special and weekly events, Monday
For better or worse, Pacific Beach is          Night Football and more: 710 has                 Pacific Beach AleHouse
known as the place where the younger           everything PB demands and the ocean              (see entry under Bar)
generation goes to party. For the better,      right out the door to boot.
Johnny V is the next step – it brings                                                           Best Comfort Food
the Gaslamp Quarter to the beach in
                                               710 Beach Club

appearance and style without the
                                               710 Garnet Ave.                                  Bub’s Dive Bar & Grill
                                                                                                Last May, Bub’s had a chicken wing
expense and attitude. A dress code is
                                               (858) 483-7844
                                                                                                eating contest that lasted 15 rounds –
enforced after 9 p.m. and is at the dis-

                                                                                                and since chicken wings are an official
cretion of management. This place              Cane’s Bar and Grill                             comfort food, Bub’s must have some
does not allow hats, T-shirts, sweat-          Recent entertainment at Cane’s                   kind of handle on just this kind of fare.
shirts, shorts, athletic wear or exces-        includes bands like Ozomatli, Zero 7             Chipotle fish tacos, onion rings, brown-
sively baggy clothing. We require men          and MIA. Not only is the slate of per-           ies, even mash balls (spiced mashed
to wear a collared shirt or a nice             formers among the best, but Cane’s is            potatoes): Bub’s carries them and
sweater. Hardly run-of-the-mill around         more like an informal club than a con-           more, catering to every fiber of your
these parts.                                   cert venue. Underneath it all, some-             being that craves empty calories as a
                                               thing insidious is fueling that success,         matter of survival. Saner stuff, like fruit
                                               and it’s probably the killer calamari
Johnny V’s
945 Garnet Ave.                                                                                 bowls and steak and eggs, is also avail-
(858) 274-4833                                 appetizer Somebody in the kitchen has            able, but it’s not nearly as much fun.
                                               a bead on the secret to good calamari —
                                               you can only deep-fry it for under two
                                                                                                Bub’s Dive Bar & Grill
Typhoon Saloon
With four levels of action and a huge          minutes to prevent it from getting too
                                                                                                1030 Garnet Ave.

dance floor in the back, it’s hard not to      tough. Your palate will take it from
                                                                                                (858) 270-7269

have fun busting a move at this Garnet         there for an appetizer experience you

hot spot. Feeling swanky? Typhoon has          won’t soon forget. Even the 25 TVs
a reservation-only mezzanine lounge
                                                                                                Good Time Charlie’s
                                               crammed with sports are insufficient             A sports bar is a sports bar is a …
for group parties. Sports fans need go         distractions.                                    except when it’s Good Time Charlie’s,
no farther than the front patio, as                                                             which serves the best calamari sand-
Typhoon boasts more than 30 televi-                                                             wich in the history of the universe. And
                                               Cane’s Bar and Grill

sions and serves as San Diego fan
                                               3105 Ocean Front Walk
                                                                                                the cheesy garlic bread is both cheesy
headquarters for the San Francisco
                                               (858) 488-1780
                                                                                                and garlicky like you won’t believe. If
49ers and California Golden Bears, in                                                           those aren’t enough to persuade you
addition to showing the Chargers some
                                               Happy Hour
                                                                                                that Chuck’s ranks with the great com-
love.                                          Latitude 32
                                                                                                fort food eateries, try the potato salad.
                                               William Walker opened Latitude 32 on
Typhoon Saloon
                                               Cass Street 13 years ago after managing          End of discussion.                                               ristorante italiano pizzeria
                                               Cass Street Bar & Grill for nine years.
1165 Garnet Ave.
                                                                                                Good Time Charlie’s
                                               Walker intended Latitude 32, named
(858) 373-3474
                                                                                                910 Grand Ave., Ste. 101
                                               after the latitude in which San Diego

Live Music                                     falls, to resemble the sort of English
                                                                                                (858) 274-3834

                                                                                                Late Night Eatery
                                                                                                                                                  GRAZIE! For making Mamma Mia
                                               pub that sits on every neighborhood
710 Beach Club
The thing that sets 710 apart from the         block in England, which originated as a
                                                                                                Nick’s at the Beach
                                                                                                (see entry under Overall Restaurant Service)
                                                                                                                                                      the #1 Italian Restaurant
other venues is probably Pacific Beach         public house where men would meet to
itself. The club is directly off Crystal       discuss politics, business and women.                                                                 for the 2nd time in a row.
Pier, which is about as PB a landmark          More than a dozen English and Irish-             Saska’s Steak & Seafood
as you’ll find. A look at the online photo     men have made the Cass Street pub                (see entry under Steak)

                                                                                                                                                  Thank You loyal friends, customers
                                                                                                                                                     and everybody who voted!
                                                                                                                                                            C O M I N G     S O O N !

                                                                                                                                               Opening in September adjacent to Mamma Mia, you
                                                                                                                                               must experience the ambiance of this authentic
                                                                                                                                               osteria featuring fine Italian wines and small bites.

                                                                                                                                                 1932 Balboa Ave , 858-272-2702,
                                                      Latitude 32,                                Mamma Mia, Francesco & Cinzia Mezzetti,
        Gold Medal for Happy Hour and Best Place to Go on a Budget                                          Gold Medal for Italian Cuisine
                                                           READERS CHOICE AWARDS 2009

 6           AUGUST 20, 2009
             Beach & Bay Press

                                                                             Place to go on a budget                       inviting and the crowd is hip yet mel-           central jewel in the Bare Back Grill’s
Thank you PB for voting us your choice as best                                                                             low -- everybody gets to enjoy an ocean          amply adorned crown. And that’s not a
                                                                                                                           view while sipping signature cocktails           piece of driftwood sitting on your
                                                                             Latitude 32
place to buy jeans, best place for mens apparel                              (see entry under Happy Hour)
and a favorite for womens apparel                                                                                          and nibbling on sushi.                           placemat, you big silly again. It’s the
                                                                                                                                                                            menu, hand-cut and laminated by Bare
                                                                                                                                                                            Back co-owner P.J. Lamont himself.
                                                                                                                           Tower Bar and Lounge

20% OFF                                        All Regular Priced            Bub’s Dive Bar & Grill
                                                                                                                                                                            Lamont is one of a trio of New Zealan-
                                                                                                                           723 Felspar St.
                                                                             (see entry under Best Comfort food)
                                                                                                                                                                            ders who built a lot of this place from
                                                                                                                           (866) TOWER23
                                                                                                                                                                            the ground up - but that was fine by
                                                                             Place for a birthday party
                                                                                                                                                                            them, because the final product was
                     Through September 30
                                                                                                                           The Green Flash
                                                                                                                           The name makes you think of a super-             that much more genuine. They tout
                                                                             Here’s where chef David Warner fuses
     Juicy Couture • Frankie B • Hudson                                                                                    hero theme, doesn’t it? If that’s what           their lighter dishes like chicken and
                                                                             the best of contemporary steak and
                                                                                                                           you were looking for, you’re out of luck,        fish sandwiches with the same enthusi-
                                                                             seafood restaurants. He uses hand-
          Ben Sherman • 7 Diamonds                                                                                         A green flash is an optical phenomenon           asm they do their beer and wine and
                                                                             selected, all-natural meats, the finest
                                                                                                                           that occurs at sunset when the sun’s             burgers - they even serve beet root as
                                                                             sustainable-source seafood and locally
                                                                                                                           upper rim touches the horizon. Experi-           one of their gazillion toppings on the
                                                                             grown organic produce to create a
                                                                                                                           ence your own green flash while feast-           latter.
      And more of your
                                                                             uniquely modern California cuisine.
                                                                                                                           ing on one of the eatery’s veggie que-
                                                                             Birthday boys and girls will enjoy the
      favorite brands
                                                                                                                           sadillas or sucking down a great
                                                                                                                                                                            Bare Back Grill
                                                                             magnificent Pacific Ocean view while
                                                                                                                           Mimosa at the bar. If you don’t see a
                                                                                                                                                                            4640 Mission Blvd.

 (858)483-9112                                                               sipping on signature cocktails, nibbling
                                                                                                                           flash this time, you will always have a
                                                                                                                                                                            (858) 274-7117

                                                                             on sushi and exploring one of San
                                                                                                                           chance on your next visit.
 940 Garnet Ave                       *excludes eyewear, watches & jewelry   Diego’s most creative wine lists.
                                                                                                                                                                            Rocky’s Crown Pub
                                                                                                                                                                            Nothing fancy or schmancy about this
                                                                                                                           The Green Flash                                                          JRDN
                                                                             723 Felspar St.
                                                                                                                           701 Thomas Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                            place. Just expect a big, juicy, great
                                                                                                                                                                            burger, the way Rocky’s has been mak-
                                                                                                                           (858) 270-7715
                                                                             (858) 270-5726
                                                                                                                                                                            ing them for centuries. One customer
                                                                                                                           Appetizer                                        reported he went back after years away
                                                                                                                                                                            from PB and found the place just as
                                                                             Firehouse American                            Jrdn
                                                                             Eatery + Lounge                               (see entry under best place for a B-day Party)   awesome as before he left; another said
                                                                             (see entry under Dinner)                                                                       Rocky’s is the reason he’s no longer a
                                                                                                                                                                            vegetarian. A lot of it has to do with the
                                                                                                                                                                            bun; the things are so fresh and warm
                                                                                                                           Cafe Athena
                                                                                                                           (see entry under Greek)
                                                                             Most Romantic
                                                                             Costa Brava Spanish                                                                            they fall apart in your hands. The bar
                                                                                                                                                                            may be on the smallish side, but a cold
                                                                                                                                                                            beer and a cheeseburger make up the
                                                                             Restaurant                                    Burrito
                                                                             Delicious food abounds in Pacific
                                                                                                                                                                            best meal in the history of the universe
                                                                             Beach but Costa Brava is a culinary
                                                                                                                           Mi Casa Comida y Cerveza
                                                                                                                           You’ll probably recognize the last word          — so the bar doesn’t really need to be
                                                                             gem with an old world heritage at its
                                                                                                                           in the name of our next venue – it               much larger, now, does it?
                                                                             table: Spanish culture and food. Costa
                                                                                                                           translates to “beer,” and there’s plenty
                                                                             Brava dedicates an entire web page to
                                                                                                                           of that here. But it’s the burrito that
                                                                                                                                                                            Rocky’s Crown Pub
                                                                             explaining its tapas (small bites) - from
                                                                                                                           makes this place special; you can get
                                                                                                                                                                            3786 Ingraham St.

                                                                             empanadas, grilled shellfish and potato
                                                                                                                           them any way you want here, and for
                                                                                                                                                                            (858) 273-9140

                                                                             omelets to simple ingredients that hold
                                                                                                                           many people, that makes this place a
                                                                             their own on the plate - jamon Serrano,
                                                                                                                                                                            Fish Taco
                                                                                                                           Mexican restaurant versus your typical
                                                                             chorizo sausage, or unique Manchego
                                                                                                                                                                            RT’s Longboard Grill
                                                                                                                           taco stand.                                      Nightly drink specials, live music, tele-
                                                                             cheese. The restaurant has won awards
                                                                                                                                                                            vised sports, cheap pool and palm-
                                                                             for its tapas, paella and Spanish wines.
                                                                                                                                                                            thatch tables color the budget-intensive
                                                                                                                           Mi Casa Comida y Cerveza

                                                                             The servers are very knowledgeable
                                                                                                                           1775 Garnet Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                            effect at RT’s — it’s comfortable and
                                                                             about the Spanish cuisine. The difficul-
                                                                                                                           (858) 272-0567
                                                                                                                                                                            unpretentious here, replete with surf-
                                                                             ty in finding a table on a given night
                                                                                                                                                                            boards and a neon sea above the
                                                                             speaks for the consensus in the com-
                                                                                                                                                                            square bar. If you’re watching pennies,
                                                                             munity that Costa Brava is a top choice.
                                                                                                                           Taco Surf
                                                                                                                           The burrito is to fast Mexican cuisine           you’re strongly encouraged to try Open
                                                                             Costa Brava Spanish Restaurant                what the hamburger is to the uneducat-           Mic Night on for size. It’s on Tuesdays,
                                                                             1653 Garnet Ave.                              ed American palate. Each item is                 and it features fish tacos for $1.25 and
          Thank you for voting                                               (858) 273-1218
                                                                                                                           incredibly tasty when it’s done right —          Corona beer for $3. The very friendly
                                                                                                                           and in the case of the former, Taco Surf         service has its roots in the surfer com-

     TACO SURF                                                               Lamont Street Grill
                                                                             (see entry under Rest. with Wine Selection)
                                                                                                                           has it knocked. There’s not much to the
                                                                                                                           decor of the place other than a pick-up
                                                                                                                           counter and a few small tables — but
                                                                                                                           the ceiling is lined with some sweet
                                                                                                                                                                            munity. The bar is in fact a memorial to
                                                                                                                                                                            Ron Trenton, a lifeguard and pilot
                                                                                                                                                                            whose plane disappeared in 1997. His
A Favorite for Burritos in Pacific Beach                                                                                                                                    brothers opened RT’s to fulfill his
                                                                             Best Ocean View                               classic surfboards to fuel the local fla-        dream — ownership of a laid-back
                                                                             Tower Bar and Lounge                          vor. The burritos, tacos and fajitas are         beach bar.
                Bring this ad in for                                         (at Tower 23 Hotel)                           big and fat to boot, and you get to
                                                                             You can actually credit the Tower's cre-      experiment with a massive choice of
                                                                                                                                                                            RT’s Longboard Grill

         $1.00 OFF
                                                                                                                           toppings. You reportedly can’t go
                                                                                                                                                                            1466 Garnet Ave.
                                                                             ative wine list to another establishment
                                                                                                                           wrong with the California burrito,
                                                                                                                                                                            (858) 270-4030
                                                                             in the same hotel. It's JRDN (or "Jor-
                                                                                                                           topped with hashed browns.

                                                                             dan," for the purists who prefer the
                                                                             phonetic pronunciation), a very high-         Taco Surf                                        Pacific Beach Bar and Grill
             your next burrito purchase.                                     end restaurant that swears by the             4657 Mission Blvd.                               (see entry under Sports Bar)
                                                                             magic it performs on beef and other
                                                                                                                           (858) 272-3877

                                                                             meats. Red wines go swimmingly with                                                            Desserts

                                                                             that kind of thing -- and that translates     Burger                                           The French Gourmet
                                                                             to a comprehensive selection at the bar
                          4657 Mission Blvd.                                                                                                                                (See entry under French)
                                                                             (the powers that be didn't forget the
                                                                                                                           Bare Back Grill
                         San Diego, CA, 92109                                                                              Those aren’t manhole covers on top of
                                                                             whites, either). Meanwhile, the bar
                                                                                                                           your plate, you big silly. Those are the
                                                                             offers a casual yet sophisticated experi-
                                                                                                                                                                            Nick’s at the Beach
                          (858) 272-3877                                                                                   two giant organic beef patties that              (see entry under Overall Rest. Service)
                                                                             ence. The atmosphere is warm and
                                                                                                                           come with the Bare Big & Dirty, the

                                                     1808 Garnet Ave.
                                                      Pacific Plaza II
                                                    Mon     CLOSED
                                                    Tues    CLOSED
                                                    Wed     10:30am–6pm
                                                    Thurs & Fri - 6am–6pm
                                                    Sat & Sun - 6am–5pm
 Real Sourdough • Crusty French • Sourdough Walnut • Spinach Feta
  Nine Whole Grains • Hallah Egg Bread • Banana Chocolate Chip
      Apple Cinnamon Walnut • Black Forest Chocolate Cherry
    Pumpkin • Fruit n’ Nutz • Maple Walnut • Cheddar Jalapeno
   Fat Free Muffins • Exceptional Biscotti • Cream Cheese Scones

Awesome Tasting • All Natural • Scratch Baked • Organic Flours
Free Giant Cinnamon Roll or Muffin or
Cookie or Scone with Purchase of a Loaf!
 One Coupon Per Person Per Day. $5.00 Minimum Purchase. Expires 09/31/09                                                                                               Cass Street Bar & Grill, Gold Metal for Best Lunch
                                                                    READERS CHOICE AWARDS 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                   AUGUST 20, 2009
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                                                                               Shore Club - “sunsets served daily” - Gold Medal Best Bar

Margarita                                    start out as a pizza restaurant at all. Its     also offers an engaging variety of fresh
                                             origins were in Little Italy, where Vin-        seafood entrées in addition to a great
                                             cent dePhilippis and Madeleine Stefani          selection of pastas.
Gringo’s Cantina
(see entry under Mexican Restaurant)
                                                                                                                                             THANKS PB FOR VOTING US
                                             ran a deli grocery — the couple’s busi-
                                             ness savvy fed on itself until Filippi’s                                                        BEST BAR IN PACIFIC BEACH!
                                                                                             Saska’s Steak & Seafood

                                             pizza took hold. Fifteen delicious pizza
                                                                                             3768 Mission Blvd.
Tavern at the Beach                                                                                                                                   BEST VIEW IN PB • EPIC SUNSETS
Tavern at the Beach is a casual but          entries, with mountains of the tradi-
                                                                                             (858) 488-7311
                                                                                                                                    CLASSIC ROCK N’ROLL
bustling neighborhood bar just a             tional toppings, spearhead a menu that                                                                       20 DRAFTS • 2 FULL BARS
stone’s throw away from the ocean.           includes lasagna, ravioli, spaghetti,           Lamont Street Grill
There is always something going on at        soups, salads and subs. If you’re not
                                                                                                                                                     KILLER FOOD • MONSTER BURGERS
                                                                                             (see entry under Rest. with Wine Selection)
Tavern, which offers pool tables, more       satisfied with that, you can always go
                                                                                                                                                             KITCHEN OPEN LATE
than 40 TVs, resident DJs seven days a       back for more somewhere else. Filippi’s
                                                                                                                                                           ALL SPORTS PACKAGES
week and outdoor patios. On Aug. 26,         has venues from Temecula to Chula
                                                                                                                                                       KARAOKE SUNDAY 9PM - 1AM
Tavern at the Beach will throw its MTV       Vista.
                                                                                             Sushi Ota
                                                                                             The coolest thing about Sushi Ota is
                                                                                                                                             BREAKFAST SERVED SAT & SUN 8AM-3PM!
Grind Beach Party so all beachgoers are
                                                                                             that it relies on the sushi tradition, not
                                                                                                                                                              for information: 858.272.SURF

invited to stop by after a day in the sun.
                                             Filippi’s Pizza Grotto
                                                                                             the trendy fusion concept, to see it
                                                                                                                                                     PBSHORECLUB.COM MYSPACE.COM/PBSHORECLUB

Taking silver in best margarita for
                                             962 Garnet Ave.                                                                                        ON THE BOARDWALK WHERE GRAND MEETS THE SAND
                                                                                             through. The menu is short because the
Reader’s Choice, you’ll just have to try
                                             (858) 483-6222                                                                                        4343 OCEAN BOULEVARD • PACIFIC BEACH, CALIFORNIA

                                                                                             regulars look to the daily specials post-
that one for yourself.
                                             Sandwich                                        ed behind the counter. The chefs turn
Tavern at the Beach                                                                          the day’s catch into artful little bundles
                                                                                             accented with spices. Seafood, teriyaki-
                                             Which Wich?
                                             Which Wich features 51 varieties of
1200 Garnet Ave.
                                                                                             glazed meats, feather-light tempura
                                             customized, toasted “wiches.” The con-

                                                                                             and a variety of small appetizers dot
                                             cept is known for its ordering system.
                                                                                             the rest of the menu. It’s located about
                                             At Which Wich, customers place their
Tower Bar and Lounge                                                                         three seconds from the I-5 — no
(see entry under Best Ocean View)            orders by using red sharpie pens to
                                                                                             romantic views of the ocean here —
                                             mark up pre-printed menus on sand-
                                                                                             then again, you’re not going in for a
                                             wich bags. The customer selects a
                                                                                             view of the concrete expanse.
                                             sandwich from ten different categories
Specialty/Trademark Drink
The Atoll                                    divided up by principal protein source
                                                                                                                                               Thanks PB for voting us
(at the Catamaran Resort Hotel)
                                                                                             Sushi Ota
                                             (typically meat), chooses between a             4529 Mission Bay Dr.
The Atoll has won a local magazine's         variety of breads, cheeses and vegeta-
                                                                                             (858) 270-5670

first-place Sunday Brunch nod for            bles and, finally, selects the desired
                                                                                                                                           your Favorite BBQ Restaurant
three of the last 10 years. You appar-       spreads and sauces. All Which Wich
ently feel the honors are deserved,          locations feature music from Aware
                                                                                             The Fishery
because you've followed suit for 2007.       Records, newspaper reading stations,
                                                                                             The Fishery will not be closing for a                     in Pacific Beach
                                                                                             remodel as stated in the issue dated
This Sunday brunch features generous         and Wi-Fi internet access.
                                                                                             8/20/09. In addition to the daily
Champagne pours and mounds of
                                                                                             menu, The Fishery invites diners to
sushi, the popular raw fish usually rele-
                                             Which Wich                                                                                            for
                                                                                             enjoy the excitement of fish straight out
                                                                                                                                           Join us &                                  (858) 272-7427
gated to roadside haunts and cafeteria-
                                             1001 Garnet Avenue

                                                                                             of the sea, and local organically grown
                                                                                                                                             Ribs as
style eateries. This restaurant provides
                                             (858) 270-WICH
                                                                                             fruit and vegetables at Chef Paul’s new        Margar days                             4110 Mission Blvd.
fine dining with exceptional service
                                                                                             weekly “Tuesday Tastings.”
                                             Pop’s Jersey Style                                                                            on Tu es
amid the tranquil vista and the tropical                                                                                                                                                San Diego, CA
breezes of Mission Bay in San Diego.                                                                                                                                                             Free 3 hr. parking.
                                             Cheese Steak
                                             What makes a Jersey style cheese steak
                                                                                             The Fishery
Pacific Beach is known for its occasion-     sandwich different from a Philly style
                                                                                             5040 Cass St.
ally roughhewn demeanor -- but The           one is bread that is toasted a little
                                                                                             (858) 272-9985

Atoll is a world apart, especially on late   longer to give it a crispier texture. Also

Sunday mornings.                             setting a Jersey sandwich apart is the          Joe’s Crab Shack
The Atoll Catamaran                          standard peppers, onions and mush-              Somewhere between the dance lights,
Resort Hotel                                 rooms. August marks the one-year                sirens and ear-splitting music, a conga
                                             anniversary of Pop’s Jersey Style               line will form and weave its way
3999 Mission Blvd.

                                             Cheese Steak at its location in Pacific         through the throngs to wish you many

                                             Beach. Serving up these tantalizing             happy returns. Crab claws, shrimp and

Pizza                                        sandwiches are two boys, a mom and              other juicy entries like Buffalo wings                                Since 1962
Hoboken Pizza                                one pop.                                        and corn on the cob dot the menu here,
                                                                                             a fitting complement to the ice cream
                                                                                             and cake you would have had at home.
                                             Pop’s Jersey Style Cheese Steak
and Beer Joint
Hoboken is perhaps the only pizzeria in                                                                                                        “Thank you PB for voting
                                             1730 Garnet St.
                                                                                             Joe’s is popular with the college folks,
Pacific Beach where you can go for a
                                             (858) 483-2600
                                                                                             just so you’ll know what you’re getting
slice of east coast pizza, drink a beer,                                                                                                          us as one of your
                                                                                             into on the big day.
listen to Frank Sinatra and watch surf
videos. Regulars aren’t just eating pizza
three times a week, however; the menu
                                                                                             Joe’s Crab Shack
                                                                                             4325 Ocean Blvd.                                    favorite surf shops”
includes pasta platters, subs and sal-
                                                                                             (858) 274-3474

ads. Hoboken also doesn’t close until 2

a.m. so it’s a fine place to end the                                                         American
evening. The owner was born and
raised in Hoboken where he starting
                                                                                             Firehouse American
sweeping floors at the pizzeria on his                                                       Eatery + Lounge
street for two slices of extra cheese, and       Saska’s – Gold Medal for Best Steak and     (see entry under Dinner)
eventually earned enough respect from             Silver Medal for Best Late Night Dining
the Italian family to start rolling dough.                                                   Baleen San Diego
If you’re looking for an authentic joint     Steak                                           Baleen San Diego is the fine-dining
                                                                                                                                                   • b i k e s • s ur fb oa r d s
with good homemade pizza, walk over          Saska’s Steak & Seafood                         restaurant at Paradise Point sitting on               • blades • body boards
to Hoboken’s.                                All of 58 years ago, Joe Saska opened           the sparkling waters of Mission Bay
                                             this simple restaurant with the idea of         with a Polynesian motif. Named after                  • sandals • clothing
                                             offering quality steaks and real Roque-         the baleen whale’s method of filtering
Hoboken Pizza and Beer Joint

                                             fort salad dressing to his customers.
1459 Garnet Ave.
(858) 270-7766                                                                               food through its comb-like plates, the                         Today, Saska’s offers a distinctive din-        restaurant offers a wide selection of
                                             ing experience in a quaint, intimate            Pacific fish, as well as land animals:                             858-373-1138
Filippi’s Pizza Grotto                       atmosphere. Steaks have always been             slow-roasted chicken, apple pork chops
In name, Filippi’s has been in San           the main draw to this place—the juicy,          or the Australian rack of lamb. Nomi-
                                                                                                                                                           4150 MISSION BLVD. #161
Diego since 1950, which makes it older       expertly cooked “Duke” is one of the            nated for best American cuisine, head                           SAN DIEGO, CA 92109
than most of you. The thing is, it didn’t    most delicious in San Diego. Saska’s            chef Megan Reischman pairs the Pacif-
                                                                    READERS CHOICE AWARDS 2009

      8            AUGUST 20, 2009
                   Beach & Bay Press

ic catch with Baja flavors. Take the          pork, tofu or shrimp. The restaurant         and China. You can add chicken, pork,        Cafe Athena                                 Bakery
diver scallops wood roasted with              also sells a Vietnamese coffee with a        beef, seafood and, for the more adven-       1846 Garnet Ave.
kumquats and chardonnay. Interested           French influence – served with a             turous, duck to your dish. You can even
                                                                                                                                                                                    Charlie’s Best Bread
                                                                                                                                                                                    If the smell at the front door doesn’t
                                                                                                                                        (858) 274-1140
patrons can observe the hustle and            strainer and condensed milk on the           custom-fit your food to the preferred
                                                                                                                                                                                    entice you inside, the myriad samples

bustle of the exposed kitchen first-          side. A selection of beer is also avail-     degree of spiciness. Everything’s in
                                                                                                                                                                                    surely will. You could fill up on those
hand, which adds a warm touch with            able. Lunch goers shouldn’t expect to        place, especially the Thai.
                                                                                                                                                                                    alone. But don’t – otherwise, you’ll
its copper hooded fireplace.                  wait more than five minutes for their                                                     Hennessey’s Tavern
                                                                                                                                        (Pacific Beach)                             miss your shot at the zucchini bread,
                                              meal, and homebodies can place an
                                                                                           Kafe Yen
                                                                                                                                                                                    chocolate bread, a million kinds of
                                              order and carry out their food. Open 10                                                   Did you know that more than two-
Baleen San Diego                                                                           4516 Mission Blvd.

                                                                                                                                                                                    cookies and sunflower seed dinner
                                              a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Satur-
                                                                                           (858) 373-3936
                                                                                                                                        thirds of all new restaurants fail within
1404 West Vacation Road

                                                                                                                                                                                    rolls. Charlie’s also offers lots of vegan
                                              day, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
(858) 490-6363
                                                                                                                                        the first year? The Hennessey’s Tavern
                                                                                                                                                                                    options, and if you ask nicely, the
                                                                                                                                        chain won’t hear of it—it’s proven to be
                                                                                                                                                                                    accommodating staff will even make
                                                                                           Lanna Thai
                                                                                           If peanut sauce whets your appetite,         a resounding success, demonstrating
                                              Pho Sao Bien
                                                                                                                                                                                    bread from your own recipe. The locals
                                                                                           Thai cuisine is for you. It’s premiere       atypical longevity and prosperity. Since
                                              1958 Garnet Ave.

                                                                                                                                                                                    swear by this place – and although we
Tony Roma’s
It’s pretty much about the ribs at Tony                                                    among the billions of spices and herbs
                                              (858) 272-9612
                                                                                                                                        its 1976 founding, the chain has grown
                                                                                                                                                                                    don’t advocate dirty language, we cer-
Roma’s — baby-backs, St. Louis style,                                                      that make Thai among the most popu-          from a single location in Hermosa
                                              Pho Time                                                                                                                              tainly wouldn’t let a little thing like that
rib combos and more line the menu,            With bright green bamboo signage to          lar with American palates. The chefs at      Beach to a 10-venue operation, owing
                                                                                                                                                                                    discourage you.
straddled by an array of salads and           initially attract hungry eyes, there is an   Lanna Thai know this and know it well        to its selection of authentic Irish fare
soups, sandwiches, chicken entrees and        array of good eats at this new pho spot.     – in fact, they encourage you to specify     and grog and outstanding service. You       Charlie’s Best Bread
more. The best news is that you don’t         The wonderful pho soup aroma wafts           the level of your taste for spice (from 1    only need go to the Pacific Beach locale
                                                                                                                                                                                    1808 Garnet Ave.
have to go to Tokyo or Madrid or any-         inside the restaurant, which helped          to 10), peanut sauce and all. The            to see why.
                                                                                                                                                                                    (858) 272-3521

where else to join in on the fun and food.    earned them a Readers Choice award           restaurant’s Island Treasures, a young
                                              this year. The broth is not too oily and     coconut stuffed with veggies, or the
                                                                                                                                        Hennessey’s Tavern Pacific Beach
                                                                                                                                                                                    The French Gourmet
                                                                                           charbroiled, prime-cut Bangkok Steak                                                     (see entry under French)
                                              even referred to as golden and sparkly,
Tony Roma’s                                                                                                                             4650 Mission Blvd.

                                                                                           are two delicious places to start. Lanna
4110 Mission Blvd.                                                                                                                      (858) 483-8847
(858) 272-7427                                a perfect formed and tasty concoction.                                          
                                              With tender steak and finely cut tripe       Thai uses local products wherever pos-                                                   Bar
                                              and tendon, the Pho Time soup is a           sible – hard to believe that the result      Italian                                     Pacific Beach Shore Club
                                              standout.                                    yields such exotic fare.                                                                 You guys can’t drink on the beach any-
Vietnamese                                                                                                                              Mamma Mia
Pho Sao Bien                                                                                                                            The left hand definitely knows what the     more, unless you want a big fat ticket
Vietnamese restaurant Pho Sao Bien is                                                                                                   right one’s doing at this place. The        from a big fat cop. The law, however,
                                              Pho Time                                     Lanna Thai

known for its rice noodle soup, called                                                                                                  servers’ suggestions are spot-on – lis-     doesn’t say you can’t drink near the
                                              1820 Garnet St.                              4501 Mission Bay Dr.

Pho, that visitors from the north rave                                                                                                  ten and heed them when they recom-
                                                                                           (858) 274-THAI
                                                                                                                                                                                    beach – and that’s what makes Pacific
                                              (858) 273-1664

about, which is saying something since
                                              Thai                                                                                      mend Italian staples like lodigiana         Beach Shore Club’s locale so conve-
the competition up there is more fierce                                                    Chinese Restaurant                           salad, lasagna and ravioli al casale. You   nient. The flat-screen TVs are only feet
between Vietnamese restaurants. The
                                              Kafe Yen
                                              This unassuming little place serves          Great Plaza Buffet                           simply can’t go wrong with those choic-     from the water to boot, as are the great
salad bowl is also popular, which con-        great selections to a fault, even if Thai                                                 es. Neither will you shirk at the sight     Happy Hour deals, goldfish races,
sists of vermicelli noodles topped with
                                                                                           1840 Garnet Ave.
                                              isn’t your fare of choice. It serves Indi-
                                                                                           (858) 273-6868                               and smell of the handmade pasta or          Karaoke on Sunday , Red Bull slushies
lettuce, mint, bean sprouts, peanuts          an and Japanese curry as well as noo-                                                     the idea of exclusively in-house prepa-     and ’tater-tots.
and a choice or combo of chicken, beef,       dle dishes from Malaysia, Singapore          China Inn                                    ration. There’s quaint all around, too –
                                                                                           How this place charges almost nothing        Mama Mia’s is located in an old wood
                                                                                                                                                                                    Pacific Beach Shore Club

                                                                                           for its food and at the same time main-      house, lending new life to the term
                                                                                                                                                                                    4315 Ocean Blvd.

                                                                                           tains its flashy decor is beyond us. The     “home cooking.”
                                                                                                                                                                                    (858) 272-7873
                                               Eclectic selection of                       funksters that populate this place,

                                                                                           young and usually without a lot of
                                                                                                                                        Mamma Mia
                                                reading material                                                                                                                    Pacific Beach AleHouse
                                                                                           money, can expect to let go of less than                                                 PB AleHouse isn’t your dad’s Pacific
                                                                                                                                        1932 Balboa Ave.
                                                 for all ages and
                                                                                           $10 for generous helpings of Chinese
                                                                                                                                        (858) 272-2702
                                                                                                                                                                                    Beach bar – it’s every bit a world-class
                                                                                           staples such as egg foo yong, chow
                                                                                                                                                                                    microbrewery and restaurant. Hand-
                                                     Open Tuesday, Wednesday,              mein, chop suey and variations on            Pernicano’s Family                          crafted burgers, fries, pizza and a
                                                                                           chicken and beef dishes (prices for the                                                  diverse menu make PB Ale House a
                                                  Thursday, Sunday from 10am - 5pm

                                                                                           Imperial Lobster and Peking Duck are
                                                                                                                                        Looking for a large platter of home-        destination location for the beer con-
                                                   Closed Monday, Friday, Saturday

   4761 Cass Street in Pacific Beach • Corner of Cass & Missouri                           somewhat higher). If you have even           made meatballs and pasta, or a side of      noisseur, tourist and San Diegan. The
     (858) 270-8642 •                                                less to spend, you’re welcome to spend       fried shoestring potatoes? Feel like a      place brews a gold, wheat, pale ale,
                                                                                           time at the full bar — cocktails, like the   family-size meal? Pernicano’s has you       amber, IPA, porter and stout – and as
                                                                                           rest of the fare, are anything but pricey.   covered. Specialties include pork           if that weren’t enough, it hand-patties
                                                                                                                                        chops, calamari Venesia and eggplant        each hamburger. Its fries are cut daily
                                                                                                                                                                                    from fresh Idaho potatoes. Each pizza
                                                                                           China Inn
                                 VOTED                                                     877 Hornblend St.                            parmigiana. For dessert, you’ll find


                                                                                           (858) 483-6680
                                                                                                                                        your sweet buds are lovingly satisfied:     is handcrafted. It has more than 15 big
           BEST CATERING, BAKERY,                                                                                                       choose between caramel pie, canolis,        fat TVs. Do not pass “go” – stop here.
                                                                                                                                        spumoni ice cream and tiramisu.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Pacific Beach AleHouse
       FRENCH RESTAURANT & DESSERTS                                                        The French Gourmet
                                                                                           The Gourmet’s traditional bakery is
                                                                                                                                        Pernicano’s Family Restaurant               721 Grand Ave.

                                                                                           renowned for its outstanding French
                                                                                                                                                                                    (858) 581-BEER
       2009 BEACH & BAY PRESS READERS CHOICE AWARDS                                                                                     711 Turquoise St.

                                                                                           pastries. It’s also a showcase for full-
                                                                                                                                        (858) 488-2900                    

                                                                                           service catering and wedding cakes,
                                                                                           which many consider to be the best in        Mexican Restaurant                          Zanzibar Cafe
                                                                                           the history of the universe. The                                                         Zanzibar Café has been serving coffee
                                                                                           Gourmet’s selection of breads, break-
                                                                                                                                        Gringo’s Cantina
                                                                                                                                        The secret to any successful happy          to the locals for more than 17 years and
                                                                                           fast pastries, cookies and cakes include     hour is its people — and you can bet        doubles as a friendly neighborhood
                                                                                           the French Gourmet chocolate mousse          the crowd at Gringo’s doesn’t disap-        café and a tourist destination. The peo-
                                                                                           and the strawberry bagatelle — layers        point. It’s very young, very lively and     ple who run it are having such fun that
                                                                                           of white sponge cake dabbed with             very Pacific Beach, which means it          they thought they’d open another loca-
                                                                                           syrup, filled with Bavarian cream and        knows its wines, margaritas and tequi-      tion – so they did, in downtown San
                                                                                           fresh strawberries and topped with a         las. The wine list tends toward the         Diego’s East Village. Both places boast
                                                                                           thin layer of marzipan. Wash it all          South American stuff, which begs for        killer java, which you’re welcome to
                                                                                           down with an espresso drink or a glass       companionship with food like the            drink in the restaurant and wine bar,
                                                                                           of wine, or keep the experience moving       venue’s very good chili verde. $3 draft     where the eatery offers many wines
                                                                                           with pâté, quiche or imported cheese.        beers, a house wine and house margar-       exclusive to the business. Zanzibar’s
                                                                                                                                        itas sweeten the deal; weekly specials      gourmet market next door carries sal-
                                                                                                                                                                                    ads and entrees by the pound, home-
                                                                                           The French Gourmet
                                                                                                                                        abound, like Margarita Mondays ($2
                                                                                                                                                                                    made baked goods, coffee, tea, choco-
                                                                                           960 Turquoise St.
                     It’s Always a Delicious Day at…                                       (858) 929-1984                               Imperial beer and half-off Margaritas
                                                                                                                                        all night) or Wine Wednesdays (half-        lates, olive oils and vinegars – quite a
                  The French Gourmet!                                            

                                                                                                                                        priced bottles of wine). Gringo’s has       potential haul for a coffee shop.
                                                                                                                                        thought of everything — the least you
    Catering u Restaurant u Bakery u Wine Boutique
                                                                                                                                        can do is oblige.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Zanzibar Café
                                                                                           Cafe Athena
                                                                                           The Greek cuisine at this spot is so
                                                                                                                                                                                    976 Garnet Ave.

                                                                                           good, and its reputation so formidable,
                                                                                                                                                                                    (858) 272-4762
                                                                                                                                        Gringo’s Cantina
   • California-French Cuisine in a casual setting.
                                                                                           that it’s probably best to make a reser-
                                                                                                                                        4474 Mission Blvd.

                                                                                           vation. If you don’t, you may wait a
   • Retail wine boutique with very competitive pricing.                                                                                (858) 490-2877
                                                                                                                                                                                    San Diego Coffee
                                                                                           while on the area’s most comprehen-
   • Traditional French pastries, baguettes, croissants,                                                                      

                                                                                           sive Greek menu, which includes terrif-
                                                                                                                                                                                    Tea and Spice
                                                                                                                                                                                    This café has been brewing and whole-
     pâtés, cheeses, and more!
                                                                                           ic gyros, souvlaki, moussaka and no
                                                                                                                                        Margo’s Mexican Grill
                                                                                                                                        Margo’s is a family-run restaurant that     saling invigorating elixirs since 1978.
                                                                                           fewer than 1 million desserts. The           opened in 2006 and prides itself on its     San Diego Coffee Tea and Spice won
    Celebrating 30 delicious years!
                                                                                           three-room decor is tasteful yet upscale     original Southern California burrito –
   Breakfast & Lunch Served Daily 8am – 3pm                                                                                                                                         their customers over by roasting pre-
                                                                                           and reflects a Greek islands motif. The      with its own added twist of course. A       mium specialty coffees with excellent
                                                                                           cuisine is shaped by simplicity and
   Dinner Tues - Sat 4pm-Close
                                                                                                                                        meal at Margo’s is not the same as          customer service. By selecting the
                                                                                           spawned by ingenuity. Simple, unpre-

                                      T HE F RENCH G OURMET
                                                                                                                                        grabbing a burrito – rather, it’s partak-   finest coffee beans from around the
                                                                                           tentious foods such as grains, pasta         ing in the comfortable atmosphere of a      world and roasting them to perfection,
                                                                                           and legumes are enriched by the pun-         family home. Check out Margo’s web-         choice blends are brewed and bound to
                                                                                           gent flavors of garlic, onion, eggplant      site for happy hour information and         have you percolating in no time.
                                                                                           and artichoke and by the essences of
                                       Catering • Restaurant • Bakery • Wine Boutique
                                                                                                                                        free coupons.
                                                                                           olive oil, lemons and raisins. The best
                                     960 Turquoise St. • San Diego, CA 92109                                                                                                        San Diego Coffee Tea and Spice
                                                                                           Greek cooking is tied to nature and to
                                                                                                                                        Margo’s Mexican Grill                       5026 Cass St.

                                                                                           the seasons, and it flourishes accord-
                                       Call for reservations:                                                                           2015 Garnet Ave.                            (858) 581-1933

                                                                                           ingly. Cafe Athena strives to serve its
                                                                                                                                        (858) 581-1408                    
                                       (858) 488-1725
                                                                                           dishes with the same elemental quality.
                                                                                                                                                  The Mission
                                                                     READERS CHOICE AWARDS 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                           AUGUST 20, 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                       Beach & Bay Press                     9
The Mission is a concept of a cafe spe-       dozen with chocolate glaze and the              carrots for fresh juice, as well as wheat
cializing in simple, healthy, tasty food      apple fritter a few of the favorites. The       grass. The deli offers strawberry
with a whimsical edge and a focus on          only way to get a good grasp on this            banana smoothies, banana and choco-
artful presentation at an affordable          sugary treasure is to stop by for your-         late smoothies and banana, chocolate
price. The simplicity and fresh ingredi-      self and have a taste.                          and peanut butter smoothies. A late
ents are produced with dedication to the                                                      breakfast includes BLT and egg salad
cause of living a more conscientious                                                          sandwiches. Chalkboard is open from
                                              Linda’s Donut Shop

lifestyle. This modern concept in                                                             11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sat-
                                              1888 Grand Ave.

healthy dining, combined with pleasant                                                        urday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mon-
                                              (858) 274-4004

surroundings, is their specialty. The         Lucky Donuts House                              days.
Mission is open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Wait. Hold it. Stop right there. Do not
                                              pass go. Just enjoy any of the 1 million
                                                                                              Chalkboard Deli & Coffee Shop

                                              cream-filled doughnut varieties here.
The Mission                                                                                   1146 Garnet Ave.
                                                                                              (858) 274-8819
                                              Lucky’s has every variety of bearclaw
3795 Mission Blvd.
(858) 488-9060
                                              you can imagine as well – and the best          Chronic Smoothies                                Thank Furnishings        as Your
                                                                                                                                             Modern You for Choosing UsStore
Catering                                      thing about it is its locale. It’s three        (see entry under Juice Bar)                         Outstanding Furniture
The French Gourmet                            blocks from the ocean, which means
(See entry under French)                      you’ve got a built-in place to work off         Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt
                                              all that sugar.
                                                                                              Bogart Yogurt                                                    Modern Furnishings • Custom Sofas
Fig Tree Café                                 Lucky Donuts House                              The length of your sweet tooth doesn’t
(See entry under New Restaurant)
                                              909 Grand Ave., Ste. 8
                                                                                              matter; Bogart Yogurt has you covered                              Come See Our Showroom at:
                                                                                              better than the rest. The trick, see, is to
                                              (858) 273-3829
                                                                                                                                                                       1345 Garnet Ave
Coffee shop                                                                                   serve yogurt that doesn’t stand out in
                                                                                              the sugar department – that way,
                                              Bagel Shop                                                                                                                858.581.0229
                                                                                              you’re free to add toppings to taste.
Turquoise Coffee                              Einstein Bros Bagels
Turquoise Coffee in North PB offers
                                              Einstein is a corporate chain with
                                                                                              Some of the flavors here change regu-
much more than the ordinary cup of            darn good bagels. Forget the cream
                                                                                              larly, but there’s always a staple or two,
joe. The coffee shop and online retailer      cheese (unless you want something
                                                                                              like vanilla, peanut butter and choco-
sells organic free trade coffee from          simple), Einstein offers a lox-topped
                                                                                              late. The cake batter flavor will speak to
countries all around the world, includ-       bagel, egg sandwiches, egg panini, egg
                                                                                              your childhood, when you used to filch
ing Brazil, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Yemen        wraps and yoghurt – just for break-
                                                                                              from the kitchen; meanwhile, the
and Zimbabwe.                                 fast. For lunch there is offerings of
                                                                                                                                                                                                            GREAT FOOD
                                                                                              venue’s California Killer Cookies are
                                              pastrami and swiss and albacore tuna
                                                                                              freshly made and will make quick work
                                                                                                                                                                                                     UNIQUE BURGERS
                                              salad, to name a few. Grilled sand-
Turquoise Coffee
                                                                                              of whatever sugar fix you have left.                              L
                                              wiches, pizza bagels, nacho bagels,                                                                            HIL
841 Turquoise St.                                                                                                                                                                                                   WINGS
(858) 488-4677
                                                                                                                                                EAT DR                       soups and salads are also in the mix.           Bogart Yogurt
                                                                                                                                                      INK & C                                                 BREAKFAST

                                                                                                                                                        THANKS PB for voting
                                                                                              910 Grand Ave., Ste. 108                                                                                Served ‘till 3pm Daily
                                              Einstein Bros Bagels                            (858) 581-0202
Java Jones
Java Jones collects fair trade, organic
                                              1772 Garnet Ave., suite F

beans from all over the world – from

                                                                                                                                                      us a favorite new restaurant
                                              (858) 272-9321
                                                                                              Dolci Mango
Peru to Ethiopia – and roasts them                                                            Dolci Mango offers a European-style
                                                                                              frozen yoghurt desert that is a low-fat

                                                                                                                                                         and a favorite lunch!
downtown for a fresh cup of java every-
                                              Bruegger’s Bagels
                                              Bruegger’s Bagels achieve a bagel with
day. The store opens at 5:30 a.m. and                                                         alternative to ice cream with all the
                                              a crusty outside and chewy inside by
closes at 10 p.m. so there is plenty of                                                       health benefits of yoghurt. Dolci means
                                              using fresh dough, kettle boiling it and
time to sit, relax, enjoy the artwork                                                         delicious in Italian and mango is
                                              baking them on a stone-hearth – not a
hanging on the walls, and the friendly                                                        known for its exotic taste, hence the
                                              rake – so that they bake evenly. Non-
                                                                                                                                              M-F 3PM-6PM HAPPY HOUR
staff who take a few moments to social-                                                       name of the shop. There are more fla-
                                              profits should check out Bruegger’s
                                                                                              vors than just mango, however; Dolci
                                                                                                                                              ½ PRICE PITCHERS / ½ OFF ALL WINGS
ize. Most importantly, the coffee shop        donation policy: the corporation will
offers free Internet so students and                                                          Mango offers plain, green tea and eight         $1 OFF Bottles, Mugs & Wine
                                              donate a matching amount of bagels to
freelancers can work all day and never                                                        flavored yoghurts – from honeydew to
                                              those purchased – as long as the bagels
be far from a refreshing pick-up. The                                                         blueberry cheesecake to cappuccino.
                                              are not resold. Bruegger’s sells 20 dif-
                                                                                                                                                         4656 MISSION BLVD. PACIFIC BEACH
coffee shop also serves sandwiches and                                                        Dolci Mango has four branches in San
                                              ferent varieties of bagels and 13 differ-
                                                                                                                                                         858.274.2473 • DIRTYBIRDSPB.COM
salads.                                                                                       Diego and opened in Pacific Beach
                                              ent toppings so the bagel never gets
                                                                                              three years ago.
Java Jones                                    boring.
4978 Cass St.                                                                                 Dolci Mango
                                              Bruegger’s Bagels                               1420 Garnet Ave.
(858) 274-0028
                                              1886 Garnet Ave.                                (858) 483-6265
                                              (858) 273-3836
Juice Bar                           

Big Squeeze Juice Bar                                                                         Vegetarian/Vegan
Need help getting enough vitamins and         Deli
nutrients? The Big Squeeze is the place
                                                                                              Vegan Zone
                                                                                              Actually, this restaurant probably
                                              Chalkboard Deli
for you. This juice bar offers fresh
                                                                                              belongs in another classification. Veg-
squeezed smoothies, vegetable juices,
                                              & Coffee Shop
                                              For 14 years, Bill Thomson of Mission           anism is a step removed from vegetari-
wheat grass, tropical juices and fruit        Beach has layered Boar’s Head deli              anism - the word connotes a way of
bowls. Start out with the Breakfast of        meats onto sandwiches, spun smooth-             living that seeks to exclude all forms of
the Gods – a blend of strawberries,           ies and assembled salads behind the             exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals
peaches, blueberries, bananas, apple          counter of Chalkboard Deli, while his           for food, clothing or any other purpose.
juice, orange juice and nonfat plain          wife runs the orders. The duo named             Pretty radical philosophy, but one wor-
yoghurt. The veggie juice will give you       all their sandwiches after famous peo-          thy of pursuit in many circles. That
a kick with its mixture of carrots, cel-      ple: Howard Stern packs in the ham,             doesn’t mean that the fare is at all exot-
ery, parsley, beets, spinach, cucumber,       turkey and roast beef. Fidel Castro             ic or remote – Vegan Zone has lots of
broccoli and apple juices. The store          takes marinated turkey breast and               starters, salads, sandwiches, soups,
also sells purified water, frozen yoghurt     cooks it in salsa. Donald Trump knows           noodle and rice dishes, curries and
and wheatgrass.                               how to bring home the bacon, lettuce            sushi rolls to suit any taste.
Big Squeeze Juice Bar                         and, apparently, the tomato as well.
                                              Sandwiches range in price from $6.50
1826 Garnet Ave.                                                                              Vegan Zone

                                              to $9. The deli is also a mini juice bar.
(858) 273-1001                                                                                859 Hornblend St.

                                              The Thomson’s squeeze oranges and                                                                      (858) 272-1913

Chronic Smoothies
Chronic Smoothies is habit-forming.
Try it for yourself. This smoothie joint                                                                                                              Thank You Pacific Beach!
offers an acai smoothie, a mocha mix,
coconut crème or a blend of orange
                                                                                                                                                        It is a great honor to win the silver medal for
juice, mangoes, peaches, strawberries                                                                                                                           best sandwiches in our first year.
and bananas. Three guys opened the                                                                                                                                                                                 Love,
shop in 2000. And if you need more
than a smoothie in the morning,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pop, Mama and the boys
Turquoise Coffee is only a few feet
away. Chronic Smoothies is also open
all day for those who have formed a
serious habit: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on week-
days and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.
Chronic Smoothies

                                                                                                                                              Free Delivery

                                                                                                                                                                   10% OFF Your next order
                                                                                                                                                                          HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
841 Turquoise St.

                                                                                                                                               Limited area
(858) 488-6420
                                                                                                                                             See our menu on
Donut Shop
                                                                                                                                                                      Please present coupon when ordering. Expires12/31/09
Linda’s Donut Shop
Patrons love this old-fashioned donut
shop for its early hours – open by 5                                                                                                            1730 Garnet Ave. • 858.483.2600
a.m. – and late hours – closed by 10 or                                                                                                                  In the Vons shopping center next to Lotsa Pasta
11 p.m. The donuts are not small and                  Pops' Jersey Style Cheese Steaks, Guadagni family,"Pop", "Mama", Antonio, Benito Jr,
the selection exceeds more than two                                                                              Silver Medal for Sandwich             Mon.-Fri. 9am to 8pm Sat. 9am to 7pm
                                                                   READERS CHOICE AWARDS 2009

     10            AUGUST 20, 2009
                   Beach & Bay Press

                                             still want to see the color and look of a                                               thing else – if you ask.                     (see entry under Best Ocean View)
                                             poster in person.
Synergy Raw Bakery                                                                       Libs Chiropractic Center
Synergy Raw Bakery is an oasis for                                                       The Libs – a husband-and-wife team –
vegans and health-conscious folk who                                                     have run Libs Chiropractic Center
                                                                                                                                     Underground Furniture
                                                                                                                                     1345 Garnet Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Catamaran Resort Hotel
live in PB. On a street that serves plen-                                                since the early ’80s. Dr. Lori Libs has
                                             Aztec Graphics
                                                                                                                                                                                  At the Catamaran, the biggest draw
                                             1439 Garnet Ave.                                                                        (858) 581-0229
ty of burgers, tacos, pizza and sand-        (858) 272-7760                              been practicing since 1979 with a focus
                                                                                                                                                                                  isn’t the beautiful studios and suites.
wiches, Synergy serves up vegan wraps,
                                                                                         on family care. She continues to study                                                   It’s not even the tropical garden. And it
raw and vegan ice cream, assorted raw                                                    gentle chiropractic techniques. Dr.
                                                                                                                                     Place With Unusual Gifts
                                                                                                                                                                                  certainly isn’t the placid setting along
vegan pies, granolas and a variety of        Gallery at Land’s End                       David Libs has been a practicing chiro-     Pangaea Outpost                              Mission Bay’s sandy shores. It’s the
healthy drinks like fermented tea called     Gallery at Lands End has a tract record     practor since 1982. He has advanced         Once upon a time, Pangaea was the
                                                                                                                                                                                  birds – namely the lobby’s longtime
Kombucha and juices. The small store         of 35 years in custom framing that          training in the Gonstead Technique          center of the world, a colossal land
                                                                                                                                                                                  parrot-family members who entertain
also sells eco-friendly clothing, recycled   ranges from a simple, clean metal           and is a qualified medical examiner.        mass that contained anything and
                                                                                                                                                                                  the guests with their antics and vocal
rubber accessories and organic body          molding to elaborate, water gilded cor-     Dr. David specializes in working with       everything its inhabitants needed,
                                                                                                                                                                                  refrains. They’re a nice touch to a nicer
care products.                               ner fames. Check out the website for a      accident/worker comp cases and              including the trinkets. Pangaea’s gone
                                                                                                                                                                                  venue, one that features surprisingly
                                             photo of a 40 pound bronze relief           severe lower back pain patients. The        ahead and split into seven continents
                                                                                                                                                                                  affordable rooms. And then there’s
                                             framed for a local La Jolla Gallery. The    center also offers Vax-D treatment to       in the last little while – but the Outpost
                                                                                                                                                                                  always the spa.
Synergy Raw Bakery

                                             store offers more than 3,000 molding        treat herniated discs, as well as mas-      has kept the name and spirit alive with
1419 Garnet Ave.

                                             options and 500 matting choices. Jay        sage therapy, nutrition consultation        all manner of gifts from all over the
(858) 490-2144
                                                                                                                                                                                  Catamaran Resort Hotel
Patio Dining                                 and Vicki Ford ran the gallery until        and acupuncture.                            world. Fancy kitchen utensils, Eastern       3999 Mission Blvd.

                                             they sold it to staff member Thayne                                                     cultural artifacts, baubles, bangles and
                                                                                                                                                                                  (800) 422-8386

                                             Yungman two years ago. The Fords are                                                    even beads: Pangaea’s the place to
Fig Tree Café                                                                                                                                                           
(see entry under New Restaurant)
                                                                                         Libs Chiropractic Center

                                             enjoying semi-retirement. Gallery at                                                    duck into for a look at the world as it
                                                                                         4410 Lamont St.
                                             Lands End is currently showcasing two                                                   was and is.
                                                                                         (858) 483-8500

                                             local artists Deb Schwedhelm, a pho-
                                                                                                                                                    Open Door Books
                                                                                                                                                                                  If you’re looking for certain main-
Café 976
(see entry under Pet Friendly)               tographer, and John John, an ocean-
                                                                                                                                     Pangaea Outpost
                                                                                                                                                                                  stream titles, Open Door may not be
                                                                                         Furniture Store
                                             loving painter.
                                                                                                                                     909 Garnet Ave.
                                                                                         Yorkshire Pine                                                                           your first choice. This venue’s mission
                                                                                                                                     (858) 581-0555
                                                                                         Yorkshire Pine furniture is inspired by
                                                                                                                                                                                  is to encourage understanding and
                                                                                         the casual lifestyle of America’s coasts,
                                             Gallery at Land’s End

SHOPPING & SERVICES                          4984 Cass St.                                                                                                                        acceptance of all people regardless of
                                                                                         and carries the new Coastal Living Col-     Patina                                       creed, race or sexual preference by
                                                                                                                                     Patina is an old fashion gift store that
                                             (858) 270-7820
                                                      lection. The collection features laid-                                                   offering a wide selection of reading
                                                                                                                                     carries delectable items like Annie
Art gallery
                                                                                         back elegance for any room in your                                                       material. Its fare features, but is not
                                                                                         home including multiple style options       Glass serving pieces, Huile d’olive
                                                                                                                                                                                  limited to, books on mainstream Chris-
Aztec Graphics
Aztec Graphics has found its niche as                                                                                                soaps, positively green cards and the
                                                                                         and a palette of 14 different seaside                                                    tian churches, Eastern philosophies,
one of the few remaining poster/frame
                                             Lifeforce Health
                                                                                         color. Coastal Living marries color         Bunnies by the Bay baby line. The art-
shops in the county. While the store                                                                                                                                              Judaism, Buddhism, Native American-
                                                                                                                                     work and quality of the ware will
                                             Lifeforce Health Chiropractic offers a      with the warm patina of English pine.                                                    ism, feminism, family, marriage and
does sell some giclees – limited print                                                                                               charm you and make sweet presents
                                             variety of solutions to building health     What a great combination!                                                                parenting. It also touts quality fiction
editions of artwork – most of its busi-                                                                                              for a wedding, baby shower, dinner
                                             that include chiropractic adjustment,                                                                                                and nonfiction books and the greatest
ness focuses on custom framing and its                                                                                               party, housewarming gift or just a
                                             corrective exercises to realign the                                                                                                  respect for the power of the pen.
                                                                                         Yorkshire Pine
sale of 4,000 different posters. In the                                                                                              token of appreciation. Visit Patina’s
                                             skeletal, muscles and connective tis-
                                                                                         5171 Santa Fe St.

recession, customers still want to deco-                                                                                             website for a full list of their products,
                                                                                         (858) 270-7463
                                             sues and coaching on nutritional sup-
                                                                                                                                                                                  Open Door Books
rate but can’t afford to drop $200 on a                                                                                              colorful photos and, even, online shop-
                                             plements and healthy food choices.
                                                                                                                                                                                  4761 Cass St.
custom frame, but may be willing to                                                      Underground Furniture
                                                                                                                                     ping. Born and raised and living in La
                                             Chiropractor Peter Seguinot, a gradu-       You never know what the future holds.
                                                                                                                                                                                  (858) 270-8642
spend $50, said Barbara Bailey who                                                                                                   Jolla, Barbara Holz and her husband,
                                             ate of LifeWest Chiropractic College,

runs the store with her husband, Rick.                                                   Just ask the peeps over at Under-
                                             opened the clinic in September of 2008      ground Furniture, where the inventory       Paul, ran Patina in Point Loma for 12
The couple opened Aztec Graphics                                                                                                     years before setting up on Turquoise
                                                                                                                                                                                  Pennywise Books
                                             to treat patients with a myriad of          is clean-lined and modern, like it was                                                   If you ever had a bookcase made of cin-
near San Diego State University 26                                                                                                   Street a year ago.
                                             health issues from backaches and sciat-     in the ’50s and ’60s. This place is                                                      der blocks and plywood, you probably
years ago, hence the store’s name, and
                                             ica to headaches, neck pain and stress      always trying to keep that aspect in the                                                 know something about how Pennywise
moved to Garnet Avenue 18 years ago.
                                             management.                                 store, and that’s the way it’s been since                                                Books looks inside. This is a totally no-
The most popular poster sold is a
                                                                                                                                     957 Turquoise St.

black-and-white photo of Highway 1                                                       its opening 10 years ago. And in all that   (858) 488-4488
                                                                                                                                                                                  frills shop, with nary an information
                                                                                         time, you’ve responded so well that                                                      booth in sight, and that’s part of the
                                             Lifeforce Health Chiropractic
that runs from La Jolla to Del Mar.

                                                                                         Underground is inviting you to get into
                                             1707 Grand Ave.

Despite the poster business moving to
                                             (858) 273-6700
                                                                                                                                     Hotel                                        charm. The non-descriptness leaves
the Internet, Rick said that customers
                                                           the act. You can now build your own                                                      your imagination free to discover the
                                                                                         sofa – custom colors, sizes and every-                                                   wonders within – there are enough
                                                                                                                                     Tower Bar and Lounge
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used books here to keep readers enrap-        visiting businesses and residents at         Cindy Gappy opened Scenario, a bou-
tured for months. The new stuff’s avail-      their location, as well as offering full     tique-size store with a lounge atmo-
able too, and at less cost since you’re       services to its banking clients. As a        sphere, this past February across the
not paying for a lot of overhead.             bonus, Paraiso said there is never a         street from her sister’s smoke shop,
                                              long line for service.                       The Godfather. The store sells clothes
                                                                                           that can be dressed up or down for a
Pennywise Books

                                                                                           night on the town or a stroll to the
1331 Grand Ave.                               Comerica Bank

                                                                                           neighborhood eatery. The clothes tar-
(858) 270-1640                                1802 Garnet Ave.

                                                                                           get women aged 15 to 60 and range in
                                              (858) 274-4693
Auto Repair                         
PB Foreign &                                                                               price from $30 to $100, and plenty of
                                              Home Bank of California                      accessories are available to go either
                                              Have you noticed how hard it is to           way. If all goes well, Gappy hopes to
Domestic Car Repair
At PB Foreign & Domestic Car Repair
you’ll feel you’ve left your car in the       squeeze a cashier’s check out of a teller    open another store downtown.
hands of some pretty knowledgeable            these days? Either the bank doesn’t sell
                                              them or they cost the equivalent of a
folks. Not only has this shop been open
                                              second mortgage. Home Bank of Cali-
                                                                                           1135 Garnet Ave.
since 1981, it’s family owned, which
                                              fornia goes against the grain in this
                                                                                           (858) 274-4411
translates to a solid investment in the

business’ credibility. The staff will get     respect. In fact, Home Bank goes the
you rolling – after all, it’s a family tra-   extra mile in most respects – and these      Raw Clothing
dition.                                       days, with so much riding on every           (see entry under Best Place to Buy Jeans)
                                              financial decision you make, it’s good
                                              to know PB has a friend like that in its
PB Foreign & Domestic Car Repair
                                                                                           Best Place to Buy Jeans
4570 Mission Bay Dr.
                                                                                           Raw Clothing
                                                                                           Raw opened its doors in the summer of
(858) 480-3637
                                                                                           1992 in crazy ol’ Pacific Beach. The
                                              Home Bank of California
                                              875 Garnet Ave.                                                                                                               P.B. Foreign & Domestic, Gold Medal for Auto Repair
Roger’s Auto Body                             (858) 270-5881                               staff chose the beach so it can hang out
Quick repair and honest estimates have
                                                                                           there before and after work and some-       low prices — here, recycling is always
kept Roger’s Auto Body in service and                                                      times during work. During the last 13       in style.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Eye Glasses Galore
                                                                                                                                                                                   Eye Glasses Galore sells a variety of
in reputable standings with Pacific                                                        years, it’s had thousands of happy cus-
                                              Men's apparel
                                                                                                                                                                                   sunglasses and eyeglasses to keep you
Beach residents. No frills, no hassles;       Raw Clothing                                 tomers and only two unhappy ones.
                                                                                                                                                                                   seeing well, looking stylish and han-
                                                                                                                                       Buffalo Exchange

they get you in and get you out with          (see entry under Best Place to Buy Jeans)    After SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo,
                                                                                                                                       1007 Garnet Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                   dling the bright, San Diego sun. Prices
excellent service and knowledgeable                                                        Raw is the most popular tourist desti-
                                                                                                                                       (858) 273-6227
                                                                                                                                                                                   for the glasses range from $70 to $425.
mechanics.                                                                                 nation in all of San Diego (kidding). In

                                                                                                                                                                                   You can also find cords to keep your
                                              Children's apparel
                                                                                           any case, go check out the wide range
                                                                                                                                                                                   glasses around your neck, clip-on’s to
                                              Forget Me Not                                                                            Eyewear
                                              Forget Me Not sells specialty toys from      of clothing and footwear—the peeps’ll
Roger’s Auto Body
                                                                                                                                                                                   swing between indoor and outdoor
                                                                                           treat you to a cappuccino from neigh-
                                                                                                                                       Sunglass City
                                              Europe and wooden toys, as well as
4837 Cass St.
                                                                                                                                       Don’t tell us. Let us guess. You were       light and cases.
                                                                                           boring Zanzibar Café for your trouble.
(858) 483-2432
                                              high-end resale clothing. The store                                                      just walking onto the beach when you
Bank                                          aims to create a hub of children’s activi-                                               realized you left your prize sunglasses
                                                                                                                                                                                   Eye Glasses Galore

                                              ty and will launch a reopening Sept. 19                                                  on top of the microwave at home,
                                                                                           Raw Clothing
                                                                                                                                                                                   1772 Garnet Ave
Comerica Bank
Rooted in Detroit and headquartered
                                                                                           940 Garnet Ave.
                                              to introduce music and arts classes. The                                                 along with your wallet. The folks at
                                                                                                                                                                                   (858) 270-9320
                                                                                           (858) 483-9111
out of Dallas, the 160-year old Comeri-       candy store within is a bonus attraction
                                                                                                                                       Sunglass City can’t do anything about
ca Bank has established its footprint in      for the tots. Owner Ingrid Kua donates                                                   the wallet part, but they can get you up    Swimsuits
southern California. Within the past          10 percent of her profits to her adopted     Buffalo Exchange                            and running otherwise. They’re an
nine years, the bank has set up 100           son’s refugee camp in Liberia. The store     Buffalo Exchange works to protect the       authorized dealer for Ray Ban and
                                                                                                                                                                                   Gone Bananas Beachwear
                                                                                                                                                                                   This place has one up on the other
branches in the region, including seven       has already set its footprint in PB with     environment by reusing and recycling        more than 20 other brands of eyewear.       beach clothing stores in the area. It
branches that opened in San Diego in          five years under its belt.                   clothing. With all that activity, the       Now, if only you’d remembered your          takes its fashion cues right off the
the past two years. Comerica Bank has                                                      inventory — including designer wear,        money...                                    beach. It’s just off the boardwalk, after
operated on Garnet Avenue for the past                                                     vintage, jeans, leather and one-of-a-
                                              Forget Me Not
                                                                                                                                                                                   all, and it has everything you need for a
two years and bank manager Val                                                             kind items — is ever-changing and
                                              5005 Cass St.
                                                                                                                                                                                   day on the sand - cover-ups, bikinis,
                                                                                                                                       Sunglass City

Paraiso said its strength is in its atten-                                                 plentiful. You’ll also find new merchan-
                                              (858) 272-5622                                                                           1478 Garnet Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                   one-piece suits, sandals, beach bags
tion to small businesses. Paraiso said                                                     dise and accessories to choose from.
                                                                                                                                       (858) 272-6041
                                              Women's apparel
                                                                                                                                                                                   and more. All this stuff comes in
the bank attempts to be proactive by                                                       Buffalo Exchange offers great finds at

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designer or more affordable models.                                                                     Internet now. Impulsive Flowers sold
And you’re so close to the beach that                                                                                                      outside Henry’s Market offer creative
                                                                                             and Trading Company                                                                           Henry’s Farmers Market
                                                                                             Remember the scene from “The Shaw-                                                            At first glance, Henry’s looks pretty
you don’t even have to take your pur-        Jewelry Store
                                                                                             shank Redemption” where inmate                arrangements for the usual occasions –          much like any other store — but the
chase home first.                            Pangaea Outpost                                 Andy Dufresne walked by a guard,              weddings and funerals and romantic              similarity ends there. Your browsing
                                             (see Place with Unusual Gifts)                  undetained, in a pair of non-issue            surprises – but you can also choose             will yield a different impression about
                                                                                             shoes? The folks at this venue wouldn’t       from a traditional, contemporary or             the chain’s commitment to value-
Gone Bananas Beachwear

                                                                                                                                           exotic look, or just skip the petals and
3785 Mission Blvd.
                                             Shoe Store                                      let that happen to you – they know that                                                       minded, health-conscious patronage,
                                                                                                                                           go for the gourmet basket. Take time to
(858) 488-4900
                                                                                             you know that others notice your                                                              especially in the personal care depart-
                                                                                                                                           stop by and smell the roses. The side
                                             Forward Footwear
Sunsplash Swimwear                           This chic Pacific Beach boutique carries        footwear, and that’s why they strive to                                                       ment. Regular health-screening events
Sunsplash Swimwear provides a full                                                           carry every size and style imaginable. If     store is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven            complement the free tastings that fre-
                                             more than 200 styles of shoes and
selection of international swimwear.                                                         they don’t have it, they’ll find it. It’s a   days a week.                                    quently spring up. Henry’s has you
                                             accessories by a variety of brand manu-
The offerings include runway styles for      facturers like Steve Madden, Chinese            cinch Dufresne would have come here                                                           covered.
juniors, gorgeous bikinis, contempo-                                                         if he’d been on parole.
                                                                                                                                           Impulsive Flowers
                                             Laundry, Jessica Simpson, Jeffrey
rary one-pieces, stunning missy, fun
                                                                                                                                           1260 Garnet Ave.
                                             Campbell, Restricted, Dollhouse,
                                                                                                                                                                                           Henry’s Farmers Market
                                                                                                                                           (858) 274-4333
mix & match, daring d-cup, lovely long
                                                                                                                                                                                           1260 Garnet Ave.
                                             Michael Antonio and NYLA, creating
                                                                                             Atomic Trading Company
torso, and slimming styles. Sunsplash
                                                                                             and Shoe Store                                                                                (858) 270-8200
                                             an awe-inspiring selection. The best
has it all! The store’s collection is con-
                                                                                             1036 Garnet Ave.                                                                    

                                             part of the experience is the personal-
                                                                                                                                           Flower Girls
tinually being updated and changed                                                                                                         Flower Girls is all about spreading
                                                                                             (858) 272-8822

                                             ized customer service with shoes
                                                                                                                                                                                           Travel Agency
with recent swimwear fashions to bring                                                                                                     peace, love and flowers throughout the
                                             affordably priced.
                                                                                             Dry Cleaners                                                                                  STA Travel
the latest trends and styles to you.                                                         Liz & David's                                 world and bringing a fresh, sleek               STA Travel has never been known to
Their swim wear specialists are trained
                                             Forward Footwear
                                                                                             Experience, quality, handwork, sensi-         approach to floral design. Its configura-       turn down a client - but if you’re a stu-
to assist you in finding the perfect                                                         tivity and sterling service are hallmarks     tions incorporate the finest flowers            dent, it can find you some exceptional
                                             1061 Garnet Ave.

swimsuit to flatter your figure!                                                             of our trade. Experts in tailoring, dry       available, and the gals are versed in the       deals. Show proof of your status, and
                                             (858) 490-0411

                                                                                             cleaning and bridal apparel specializing      traditions of many cultures and can             STA will issue you an International

                                                                                             in alterations, custom designs,               meet the needs involved in many types           Student Identity Card, a vital tool in
Sunsplash Swimwear

                                                                                             restyling new or vintage heirloom gar-        of celebrations. But the proof is in the        finding some of the world’s deepest
979 Garnet Ave.                              Atomic Shoe Store
                                                                                                                                           petals – so come see and hear more at
(858) 581-3400
                                                                                             ments, beading and intricate embel-                                                           travel discounts. These people know
                                                                                             lishments. No requests too large or too       this cozy venue in the heart of PB.             travel as much as they love it and can
                                                                                             small. All services are guaranteed by                                                         especially help with travel insurance,
                                                                                             owner.                                                                                        something you think you don’t need
                                                                                                                                           Flower Girls
                                                                                                                                           4645 Cass St.
                                                                                                                                           (858) 273-0023                                  until it’s too late.

                                                                                             Liz & David's
                                                                                             5011 Cass Street                                                                              STA Travel

                                        %                                                    (858) 483-8604

                                                                                             Cass St. Cleaners
                                                                                             Need a quick place to dry-clean your
                                                                                             shirt or hem your pants? Cass St.
                                                                                                                                           Grocery Store
                                                                                                                                           Trader Joe’s
                                                                                                                                           By now, this place is a staple among
                                                                                                                                           PB’s grocery-shopping iconoclasts.
                                                                                                                                                                                           953 Garnet Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                           (858) 270-6401

                                                                                                                                                                                           Travel Store
             OFF                                                                             Cleaners is the perfect location with         Products include gourmet foods,                 Travlers Depot
                                                                                             store front parking and enough coffee         organic foods, vegetarian foods, unusu-         Travelers Depot is a wise place to stop
  Custom Frames                                                                              shops on the block in case you decide         al frozen foods, imported foods,                before you travel to ensure you have
                                                                                             to wait. The service is friendly and pro-     domestic and imported wine, “alterna-           everything for your journey. Travelers
                                                                                                                                           tive” food items (like the strawberry
     Selected Styles and Mouldings
                                                                                             fessional and the readers have made                                                           Depot sells luggage, travel books,
                                                                                                                                           balsamic vinegar you’re been looking            maps, purses, handbags and back-
        through November 15th
                                                                                             this spot a top choice.
    Custom Framing up to 50% off Aaron Bros. and Michael’s                                                                                 for) and basics like bread, cereal, eggs,       packs. As you will have to rely more on
                                                                                                                                           dairy, coffee and produce. The chain            your feet during your travels, Travelers
                                                                                             Cass St. Cleaners
          Ready Made Frames • 4,000 Posters in Stock
                                                                                                                                           has nearly 300 stores, mostly in South-         Depot also stocks comfortable sandals
                                                                                             5010 Cass St.

                                                                                                                                           ern California — but it’ll never grow too
       Tropical, Surf, Local Art • 50% OFF Greeting Cards
                                                                                                                                                                                           and Keen shoes – a waterproof, non-
                                                                                             (858) 483-3911

                                                                                             Florist                                       big for Pacific Beach.                          slip, comfortable shoe for professionals
                                                                                             Impulsive Flowers                             Trader Joe’s                                    and travelers alike with weary feet.
                                                                                             The Internet has changed business but         1211 Garnet Ave.
                                                                                             flowers have not gone out of style –
                                                                                                                                                                                           Travlers Depot                                                                                                                    (858) 272-7235                                  1655 Garnet Ave.
                                                     858 272 7760                            you can just order them through the
  1439 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach                                                                                                                                                        (858) 483-1421

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                                                                                                                                                                 Casually Elegant Dining
                                                                                                                                                              4445 Lamont St., Pacific Beach
                                                                                                                                                          Between Grand & Garnet (858) 270-3060

     (858) 274-1140
                 1846 Garnet Ave
          Pacific Beach in Pacific Plaza II
                       (Next to Kinkos)                                             with purchase of
                                                                                       two entrees
                                                                                        Limit one coupon per table. Not valid with any
                                                                                                other offer. Expires 11-30-09
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Pet Hospital /Vet                              The residence also focuses on giving                                                                                                   mons, which is a hands-on technique
                                               care for residents with Alzheimer’s, as                                                                                                that works with the skeletal structure
                                                                                           i-Tan                                         & Fitness Center
                                                                                           The ‘i’ in i-TAN stands for “indoor” —        American Boxing MMA & Fitness Cen-
                                               well as hospice care. The residence also    exactly as you thought. In this case,         ter has kicked open the door to every        to promote a more organized posture
Turquoise Animal Hospital
Turquoise Animal Hospital under-
                                               offers short-term stays.                    “indoor” means inside any of the firm’s       age level, gender and ability to offer its   and sense of balance. The technique
stands the profound value you place on
                                                                                           six levels of tanning beds. You should        students strength, agility, coordination     aims to help overworked muscles move
your pet, and it’s prepared to care for it
                                                                                           see the level-five bronzing bed, as it’s      and defense skills. Exercising at a gym      with more efficiency and grace.
                                               Sunrise Assisted Living of La Jolla
accordingly. The state-of-the-art labs         810 Turquoise St.

and surgical facilities are designed for
                                               (858) 488-4300                              called. It looks like it’s ready for a trip   will keep a person healthy; training at
                                                                                           to the sun. A few minutes inside this         American Boxing will make a person
                                                                                                                                                                                      East West Yoga & Health Center
expert work on dogs, cats and smaller                                                                                                                                                 1356 Garnet Ave.

pets – and the hospital goes just about        Wesley Palms                                state-of-the-art machine, and you’ll          fit. The studio teaches classes in Muay      (858) 334-4313

everybody one better with its spaying          (silver medal)                              look like you went with it. i-TAN also        Thai Kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu, mixed mar-

and neutering service, puppy obedi-                                                        provides airbrush tanning, mystic tan-        tial arts (MMA), personal training and
                                                                                           ning, body wraps, skin treatments and         cross fit classes. Cardio kickboxing will
                                               Wesley Palms
ence classes and ID service, involving
                                                                                                                                                                                      PB Yoga and Healing Arts
                                                                                           teeth whitening.                              tone every muscle in the body. High          PB Yoga and Healing Arts offers six
                                               2404 Loring St.
chip implantation for instant identifi-
                                                                                                                                                                                      styles of yoga, including Svaroopa
cation of your animal.                                                                                                                   school wrestlers can continue their
                                                                                                                                                                                      yoga, Svaroopa yoga for seniors,
                                                                                                                                         training with submission wresting. The

                                                                                                                                         class size never exceeds 15 people so        Vinyasa flow, Anusara yoga, postural
                                                                                           1764 Garnet Ave.
Turquoise Animal Hospital                      Tanning Salon
                                                                                                                                         that students receive personal attention.    yoga and yin yang yoga. Svaroopa uses
                                                                                           (858) 581-9060
950 Turquoise St.
                                               Hollywood Tans
                                               Hollywood Tans is for hotties that trav-                                                                                               poses to help open the deepest layers of
(858) 488-0658

                                               el. The tanning company has 300 loca-                                                                                                  muscle tension. Ansusara is a heart-                                                                                                          American Boxing MMA & Fitness Center
                                                                                           Health Club
                                               tions nationwide so members can find                                                                                                   oriented and alignment-based practice
                                                                                                                                         2710 Garnet Ave., Suite 205
                                                                                           Fitness West
                                               a quick, clean tan at any sunny location    Fitness West is a family-owned health                                                      to help its practitioners to see the good
Cheshire Cat Clinic                                                                                                                      (858) 581-2694
Cheshire Cat Clinic understands the
                                               they found themselves in. Fifteen tan-                                                                                                 in all things. Postural yoga aims to cor-

value you place on Felix, and it’s pre-                                                    club that has been in business since
                                               ning booths are offered at each location    1985. Fitness West offers eight differ-                                                    rect disparities in the musculo-skeletal
pared to care for it accordingly.
                                                                                                                                         Yoga Facility
                                               so no appointments are necessary.           ent types of workout classes: boot                                                         system, beneficial for people who use
Advances in life-changing surgery
                                               Hollywood Tans offers four options for      camp cross training, yoga, group
                                                                                                                                         East West Yoga                               computers frequently or suffer with
haven’t left grass-roots pet care out of
                                               achieving the sunny glow: a high pres-      cycling, cardio kickboxing, body sculpt-                                                   chronic pain. Six therapists also call PB
the equation here.
                                                                                                                                         & Health Center
                                               sure booth that only requires 2 to 3 vis-   ing, aerobics/step, Pilates and High          East West Yoga & Health Center pro-          Yoga home with expertise in massage,
Cheshire Cat Clinic
                                               its per month to maintain the desired       Energy Athletic Training, which is 60         vides a wide selection of eastern tradi-     herbs, acupressure, Feng Shui and
4680 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
                                               shade; the eight minute tan requires 3      minutes of strength and cardio train-         tions and western techniques to culti-       holistic health.
                                               to 4 sessions; the 10-minute ten needs      ing. Upstairs offers a variety of exercise    vate health of mind, body and spirit.
(858) 483-1573

                                               4 to 5 visits; and the 11-minute option     equipment from treadmills and stair           The offerings include seven varieties of
                                                                                                                                                                                      PB Yoga and Healing Arts
Hair Salon
                                               will provide a base tan in 5 to 6 ses-                                                    yoga practices: bliss, flow, Iyengar,
                                                                                                                                                                                      961 Turquoise St.
                                                                                           climbers to rowing machines and free
                                                                                                                                         True Balance Yoga, Yoga for a healthy
                                                                                                                                                                                      (858) 488-7774
                                               sions. UV-free tanning is also available    weights.
Belli Belli
Slang for beautiful, Belli Belli has glam-
                                               through misters and moisturizers.                                                         back, prenatal yoga and Yoga therapy.
orized its clients for five years with full-
                                                                                                                                         Pilates and core challenge are also          Printer
                                                                                           Fitness West
service hair styling and treatments,
                                                                                                                                         offered. Practitioners in acupuncture,
                                               Hollywood Tans                              1880 Garnet Ave.
skin care, eyelash and waxing services,
                                                                                                                                                                                      North Shores Printery
                                                                                                                                         massage and skin care are also avail-        No job is too small for the North
                                               1321 Garnet Ave.                            (858) 272-9378

massage and wedding and event                                                                                                                                                         Shores Printery that has served the
                                                                                                                                         able. The center also provides
                                               (858) 490-0555                    

preparations. Belli Belli describes itself                                                                                                                                            community since 1980. North Shores
                                                                                                                                         Feldenkrais lessons with Sanna Sam-

as classically organic where the staff                                                     American Boxing MMA
blends Cheers with Nordstrom in its
approach: everyone knows your name
and you’re always right. Choose
between senior stylists with five years
and more under their belts or regular
stylists that charge less.
Belli Belli
3461 Ingraham St.
(858) 270-2288

Garage Salon
Garage Salon exclusively uses Aveda
products that are 30 percent organic
with a flower and plant base and
infused with essential oils. Kikki
Irigoyen, 28, opened Garage Salon
two-and-a-half years ago after seven
years in the industry in Los Angeles.
Irgoyen trained at the Aveda Institute in
Minneapolis, where she graduated with
the first 4.0 in three years. Garage Salon
offers hair services – cuts, finishing
color and highlighting, as well as facial
services. Each guest receives a comple-
mentary neck and shoulder massage as
well as an Aveda hand ritual.
Garage Salon
4502 Cass St.
(858) 490-0363

Day Spa
Renew Integrative
Health Center
Renew Integrative Health Center offers
two floors of medical professionals that
approach healthcare through a holistic
lens. Practitioners range from doctors
to chiropractors to acupuncturists and
marriage therapists. For Reader’s
Choice, Renew stood out for its day
spa. Being healthy is sometimes also
about cultivating health and the mas-
sage therapy and detox programs will
help you find that path.
Renew Integrative Health Center
2206 Balboa Ave.
(858) 866-6688

(see entry under Hotel)

Senior Living Facility

Sunrise Assisted
Living of La Jolla
Sunrise Senior Living offers a variety of
options for the elderly, and, at the loca-
tion in north Pacific Beach, a charming
space with patios and a lovely, large
dining room and living room. The resi-
dence offers assisted living for those
who need help with day-to-day tasks.
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                    Beach & Bay Press

Printery offers services in off-set and       and copying needs, ship a package, and      much you can’t find here, with the pos-     believe us, ask Benjamin Franklin).           by the shop, check out some BMX
digital printing, finishing, full capabili-   even issue a mailbox with a real street     sible exception of bikinis.                 Messing with the unknown is never as          choices online that include the Redline,
ty binding, drilling and folding. A           address. Feeling anxious about an                                                       simple as it looks, and that’s where          Free Agent, SE Bikes and Mongoose
graphic designer can create logos or          upcoming move? The UPS Store also                                                       Beach Electrical Service comes in.            selection.
                                                                                          Mingle Nail Salon

identity packages for customers. Jay          provides supplies, packing help and                                                     Underscore “Service” here – Beach
                                                                                          955 Garnet Ave.

Brewer and Jeremy Sessions manage             freight services.                                                                       Electrical can recommend exactly the
                                                                                          (858) 273-5928                                                                            Pacific Coast Bicycle
the store.                                                                                                                            right utilities for your home wiring or
                                                                                                                                                                                    1637 Garnet Ave.

                                                                                                                                      other electrical project. Heck, it can
                                                                                                                                                                                    (858) 581-2453
                                              UPS Store                                   Angelic Nails & Spa
                                                                                          Angelic Nails & Spa keeps those in the
                                                                                                                                      even contract it for you if you’re unsure
North Shores Printery                         1804 Garnet Ave.
                                                                                          North PB area looking right from head
                                                                                                                                      about what to do next. Don’t be fool-
926 Turquoise St.                             (858) 237-6661

                                                                                          to toe. It’s has been on Turquoise                                                        Rusty Spokes
                                                                                                                                      hardy, like Ben. Let a professional step      For a smooth riding beach cruiser or to
(858) 488-4871
                                              Surf & Post
                                              Surf & Post is your one-stop shop for       Street for a couple of years and offers

                                                                                          nail salon and day spa services.            in, before you get the shock of your life.    equip your wheels with a kickstand
                                              personal mailboxes, Fed Ex and UPS
                                                                                                                                                                                    that resembles a double barrel shot-
                                              Shipping, packaging services, black-
PB Printing /
PB Printing cares for the environment                                                                                                                                               gun, check out Rusty Spokes bike shop
                                                                                                                                      Beach Electrical Service
                                              and-white and color copies, faxes, and
                                                                                          Angelic Nails & Spa

by using soy based inks, Green Seal                                                                                                                                                 at 1344 Garnet Ave. Shop owner and
                                                                                                                                      1777 Missouri St.

                                              Notary services. Surf & Post also offers
                                                                                          841 Turquoise St.

Certified paper and through its recy-                                                                                                                                               bicycle scientist David Morrow seems
                                                                                                                                      (858) 488-3962
                                                                                          (858) 488-0756
                                              short-term storage, as well as loan
cling programs.                                                                                                                                                                     to turn out fresh inventions on a regu-
                                                                                                                                      Contractor / Construction
                                              signing services. Located across from
                                                                                                                                                                                    lar basis, like his recently patented soft-
                                              the Post Office in Pacific Beach, it’s a    San Diego Dental Arts
                                                                                          Dr. John Maroon and his wife Dr.                                                          cruise line of beach cruisers. Superior
PB Printing
                                              far quicker way to send anything. Open
                                                                                                                                      Construction Inc.
                                                                                                                                      President of Armstrong Construction,          customer service also sets this shop
853 Hornblend St.

                                              9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Ask for Steve!          Manijeh Maroon have run the Pacific
                                                                                                                                      Tom Armstrong began at the base level         apart. You can stop in for a quick chain
(858) 273-8335
                                                                                          Beach branch of San Diego Dental Arts
Optometrist / Ophthalmologist                                                             for one year, and operate two branches      at the age of 15 as a laborer, carpenter,     repair or to pump your tires for no or
                                                                                                                                      framer and layout worker. He worked
                                              Surf & Post

                                                                                          in Chula Vista. Dr. John Maroon has a                                                     small fee.
                                              4629 Cass St.
                                                                                                                                      his way up from there – two years later
Dr. Deborah Prince
Before opening her ophthalmology                                                          fellowship from the International
                                              (858) 272-8656

office in Pacific Beach in 2006, Dr.                                                      Congress of Oral Implantology, and is a     he was specializing in stairway con-
                                                                                                                                                       Rusty Spokes

Prince served on active duty in the US                                                                                                struction and then building roofs. A
                                                                                                                                                                                    1344 Garnet Ave.
                                                                                          member of four different associations
                                                                                                                                      couple more years later he supervised
Navy, and was the recipient of the            My Health Mart                              for oral treatment, including the Inter-
                                                                                                                                      construction phases, and soon, Tom
                                                                                                                                                                                    (858) 581-1931
Armed Forces’ Optometrist of the Year         My Health Mart is run by pharmacist         national Association for Orthodontics.
in 1999. Dr. Prince is a graduate of          Mark DeWoskin who aims for his store        In his spare time, Dr. Maroon is a          went solo in the designing and remod-         Scooter / Motorcycle
Washington and Jefferson College and          to offer a relic of the past: a mom-and-    painter and sculptor. Dr. Manijeh           eling business. Tom’s goal is to make         Pacific Beach Scooters
the Pennsylvania College of Optome-           pop pharmacy where the pharmacist           Maroon attended Loma Linda Universi-        the community a beautiful place to live       Pacific Beach Scooters offers customers
try. Dr. Prince offers a novel alternative    knows your name and cares about you         ty where she received the prestigious       and his handicraft – mostly two or            scooters perfect for a cruise – you can
to Lasik surgery or glasses: corneal          personally – not the bottom line men-       award for Excellence in Clinical            three bedroom town homes – can be             drink a cold one and ride up to 30
reshaping. The patient wears a rigid          tality of the corporate chains. The store   Achievement. Dr. Manijeh Maroon was         viewed on his website. In his work, he        miles without refueling – or ready for a
contact lens while sleeping to help           is dedicated to the communities of          a clinical instructor at Loma Linda Uni-    aims to capture as much sunlight and          cross-country trip: TBG scooters are
reshape the cornea – similar to wear-         Pacific Beach and La Jolla, which it has    versity and held a staff position at the    ocean view as possible.                       coast-to-coast certified although it may
ing an orthodontic device to reshape          served for the past 40 years.               Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho                                                       take a while to drive across. Customers
                                                                                                                                                                                    can also choose the electric bikes that
                                                                                                                                      Armstrong Construction Inc.
teeth. Dr. Prince also volunteers regu-                                                   Mirage.                                     755 Turquoise St.
larly with Vision Health International,                                                                                                                                             run at 20-30 miles per hour with a bat-
                                              My Health Mart
                                                                                                                                      (858) 488-3465
an organization that brings vision care                                                                                                                                             tery life of 20 miles that can be plugged
                                              1015 Turquoise St.                          San Diego Dental Arts             
                                                                                                                                                                                    into a wall socket to recharge. The nice
                                              (858) 274-6762
services to needy people in developing
                                                                                          2168 Balboa Ave.
countries.                                                                                                                                                                          thing about electric bikes, said co-
                                                                                          (858) 273-2800                              Bicycle Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                    owner Christina Delaney, is that if you
                                              Nails                                                                                   Pacific Coast Bicycle
                                                                                                                                      The logo for Pacific Coast Bicycle says       run out of power, you can always pedal
Optometrist/ Ophthalmologist
                                              Mingle Nail Salon
                                              This is a full-service nail, waxing and                                                 it all: a stick drawing of a bicycle in the
                                                                                          Pacific Beach Dentistry
                                                                                                                                                                                    the bike! Delaney runs the store with
Dr. Deborah Prince

                                              skin-care salon, and it runs on a wide                                                  shape of a Harley Davidson – high             Ruston Youngblood and Tim Foley.
1890 Garnet Ave.                                                                          96 Hornblend Street

                                              variety of services. The professional                                                   handles and a low ride. This bicycle          Pacific Beach Scooters bought out PB
(858) 274-3777                                                                            (858) 273-7900

                                                                                                                                      shop is in the know about the latest
                                              techs are ready to give you the best                                                                                                  Cycles and West Coast Scooter and
UPS Store                                     possible service available and to create
                                                                                          Electrician                                 BMX and cruiser trends, and offers            Cycle to consolidate the businesses into
What can brown do for you? At this            a vibrant social atmosphere and place       Beach Electrical Service                    either a cruiser ready to roll, a custom-     Pacific Beach Scooters this past June.
location across from Broken Yolk,             you in a blissful state. Bikini waxing,     Just because you can’t see electricity      made bike or modifications to your old        Most warranties on the scooters last a
brown can take care of any printing           nail design, even nail removal: Not         doesn’t mean it’s not there (if you don’t   baby. If you don’t have wheels to ride        year or more, and the shop handles the
                                                                      READERS CHOICE AWARDS 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                             AUGUST 20, 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beach & Bay Press            15
repairs.                                       from the ’60s to the ’80s. Currently, the      Japanese artwork works well with the
                                               store is selling costumes for The Burn-        body.
                                               ing Man, but Halloween is right around
Pacific Beach Scooters
2280 Garnet Ave.
                                               the corner. The Buff is a longtime sta-
                                                                                              Funhouse Tattoo                                    Turquoise Animal Hospital
                                               ple of Pacific Beach with 20 years
(858) 272-3717                                                                                1837 Garnet Ave.
                                               under its belt.
                                                                                              (858) 483-7828
                                                                                                                                                              wants to thank everyone
                                               The Buff
San Diego Scooter
Need to get somewhere quick, find
                                               1341 Garnet Ave.
                                               (858) 581-2833
                                                                                              Gardening / Nursery                                                  for voting us
parking fast and save gas? Check out
                                                                                              Green Gardens Nursery
                                                                                              Green Gardens Nursery is the neigh-

San Diego Scooter for their range of
motorized vehicles. You’ll feel like
                                               Surf Shop                                      borhood stop for a wide choice of
                                                                                              plants, organic and non-organic fertil-
                                                                                                                                           “Best Pet Hospital”
you’ve taken a trip to Europe – and like       Surf Club Surf Shop
                                               We're stoked to win the Best Surf Shop         izers, imported pottery, specialty foun-
you might just be helping the earth                                                                                                                                     in Pacific Beach
                                               Award for Pacific Beach. We were               tains and garden décor. A garden in its
with your new wheels.
                                               voted by you guys, so we must be doing         own right, the Backus family has run
San Diego Scooter
                                               something right! 29 years of business          the nursery on Cass Street for the past
1880 Grand Ave.
                                               has been great, we love what we do and         30 years. President Paul Backus offers         Treating Cats, Dogs & Exotics
                                               the town we do it in. We've made it a          a complimentary rose consultation to
(858) 829-2316

Smog check                                     point to personalize our service so we         help buyers choose the perfect site for
                                               can get to know our customer. Jasmin           their thorny plant, prepare the soil, set
                                               Nelson and our staff has had a great           up irrigation and mulching and so
Smog Express
Smog Express offers standard smog
                                               eye on styles and products we know             forth. Green Gardens Landscape &                                         950 Turquoise St.
inspections for new owners of an old
                                               that you'll like. From beachware, to surf      Design, a landscape design company
car, as well as gross polluters certifica-
                                               supplies, we've got what you need to           that serves residents and businesses, is                                  (858) 488-0658
tions, without the need to make an
                                               have fun at the beach. Thanks again for        also run through the nursery.
appointment. Smog Express is the old-
est test-only station in Pacific Beach.        your loyalty - JK (Jeff Kinney)                Green Gardens Nursery
Check out the website for a $10                                                                                                                         2009 Reader’s Choice Winner
                                               Surf Club Surf Shop                            747 Turquoise St.

coupon.                                        952 Garnet Ave                                 (858) 483-8803

Smog Express
                                               Pacific Beach, SD, CA 92109
                                                                                                                                           “Thank you for making us a success in our first year”
4435 Ingraham St.
(858) 270-0361
                                                            Pacific Beach Gardens
                                                                                              Pacific Beach Gardens has been in
                                                                                                                                            Life Force Health Chiropractic                                                  Save the Date:
                                                                                              business for 50 years. Leny Olson’s                                                                                                                             Wellness Care for the Entire Family                                   09/18/09 For Our
                                               Pacific Beach Surf Shop
Fast oil change                                Selection is everything at Pacific Beach       grandfather and grandmother took                 DR. PETER SEGUNOT, D.C.                                                  1st Anniversary Party
                                               Surf Shop — so don’t let terms like            over the business nearly 40 years ago.
                                               “thruster,” “egg,” “funshape” and “:long       Many may remember Olson’s grandfa-
Firestone Complete                                                                                                                         Specializing in: Feet, Knees, Shoulders, Hands
Auto Care                                      board” throw you during your visit. It’s       ther Lane DeBoer. Pacific Beach Gar-
Firestone Complete Auto Care won the           just the staff up to its old tricks, talking   dens offers a large variety of plants         $99.00
award for the fastest oil change. The          the same shop that’s made this place a         (colorful plants like salvia, marigold
                                                                                                                                                                    Special                       $250.00
award speaks for itself and patrons will       hit in PB for the last 45 years. The big       and Echinacea are most popular right         Includes: Initial Consultation Exam, Nerve Scan & X-Rays. Expires 10/31/09
have to try out the service to see the         pick of wetsuits, footwear, sun prod-          now), succulents, herbs and vegetables.
results for themselves.                        ucts, beach accessories and optics also        With a heritage in the gardening busi-                           LAURA WHITE
Firestone Complete Auto Care                   ensure that the shop is your new best          ness, Olson can provide consultation                        Licensed Massage Therapist
1245 Garnet Ave.                               friend for all things surfing.                 on landscaping and irrigation, as well
                                                                                              as make referrals to gardeners,               $50.00
(858) 272-9232
                                               Pacific Beach Surf Shop
                                                                                              sprayers and tree trimmers with
                                                                                                                                                                    Special                         $80.00
                                                                                              decades of experience in the industry.
                                               4150 Mission Blvd., Suite 161
Evans Tire & Service                                                                                                                          Includes: 1 Hour Massage • 1st Time Clients Only. Expires 10/31/09
                                                                                              While the store doesn’t sell furniture
                                               (858) 373-1138
Not only do you get great prices on                                                           onsite, it can order pieces through a              1707 Grand Ave. (at Jewel) 858-273-6700
tires, they treat your entire car right.
                                               Skate Shop                                     catalogue for home delivery at a whole-
The fully trained, ASE-certified techni-       Soulgrind                                      sale price.                                       
cians provide sophisticated, profession-       The part of a skateboard on which the
al, and highly technical repair and            user stands is called the truck. You’d
                                                                                              Pacific Beach Gardens

maintenance services, using state-of-          have known that if you’d spent any
                                                                                              910 Turquoise St.

                                               time at all at Soulgrind, your choice as
                                                                                              (858) 488-0614
the-art equipment. They perform the
same comprehensive services offered            Pacific Beach’s best skate shop. Skate-        Pool Care
by most car dealerships.                       boards by Gravity, Sector Nine and             Pacific Paradise
                                               other famous makers abound here —              Brian Costelloe has splashed color onto
                                               and the skateboarding lessons them-            the tiny cottage that houses Pacific Par-
Evans Tires

                                               selves may be the most important in            adise Pools & Spa on the corner of Cass
1530 Garnet Ave.

                                               Soulgrind’s slate of services. Wouldn’t        and Wilbur streets, and transformed a
(858) 270-7631

                                               want any trucks careening out of con-
                                                                                              dirt lot into a decorative garden to mar-
Pet store                                      trol on the open road, now.                    ket his pool, spa and landscaping prod-
Noah’s Natural Pet Market                                                                     ucts. Costelloe bought the retail store –
We’re not just talkin’ any pet. We’re                                                         formerly known as La Jolla Pools for

talkin’ yours. Noah’s Ark understands                                                         40 years – this past October. Within
                                               4627 Mission Blvd.
                                               (858) 581-2468
that and has schooled itself according-                              the year Costelloe plans to expand his
ly. It prides itself on its product knowl-                                                    business to installing ponds. Costelloe,
edge and its friendly, helpful approach                                                       50, started a pool servicing business six
                                               Tattoo / Piercing
to pet care. Healthful food is the shop’s      Guru Tattoo                                    years ago in Serrano Valley – following
stock in trade – “green” products and a        Want to casually meet the staff of Guru        a career managing restaurants – that
new line of nutrition-based goods for          Tattoo all at once and learn everything        has expanded from maintaining 30
dogs and cats are set for sale soon. You       about them – their height, age, years in       pools to 240 pools.
figure in the equation too; an e-              the tattoo business and view some pho-
newsletter is on the horizon.                  tos of their work? Visit
                                               to see caricature mug shots and autobi-
                                               ographies of the motley crew. Patrons
Noah’s Natural Pet Market

                                               can also purchase the artists’ work
4431 Cass St.

                                               printed on t-shirts, on canvas or on
(858) 270-8161

                                               skate decks. A picture is worth a thou-

Resale shop                                    sand words, so check out the website
Cream of the Crop                              for the full story.
This store is a treasure. Exquisite win-
dow displays give the impression of a
                                               Guru Tattoo

very high end botique, but the truth is
                                               1122 Garnet Ave.
                                               (858) 270-1070
this ladies consignment/resale shop  
offers the highest quality, stylish cloth-
ing at terrifically low prices. Visit often,   Funhouse Tattoo
as most items are one-of-a-kind. Great         Patrons don’t pick a tattoo off the walls
for seasonal and holiday shopping.             at Funhouse Tattoo; the artists custom
                                               design tattoos for each client. Estab-
                                               lished in 2000, Funhouse Tattoo offers
Cream of The Crop Boutique

                                               a variety of styles from the detailed,
4683 Cass St.

                                               flowing work of Japanese art to the
(858) 272-6601

The Buff                                       abstract, organic forms of biomechani-
The Buff is the place to go for resale         cal to the vibrant, bold designs of new
and costumes all year round. Whether           school. Leo Cadenazzi specializes in
you’re looking for a complete outfit or        traditional Japanese tattoos, a style he
just a mask or wig or very long eyelash-       appreciates for its distinct, non-
es, you’ll find it at the Buff. The store      abstract form that portrays images of
also caters to all income levels – from        nature, warriors, religion, people and
handmade leather masks or fancy                gods. Cadenazzi, a transplant Brazilian
Venetian masks to $13 accessories. And         who practices Buddhism and has lived
The Buff has all the eras covered –            in PB for the past 11 years, believes the         Soul Grind – Gold Medal best Skate Shop
                                                                         READERS CHOICE AWARDS 2009

        16            AUGUST 20, 2009
                      Beach & Bay Press

                                                                                                                                          Thank You for Honoring Us
                                                                                                                       Best Contractor / Construction
                                                                                                                             “I love being an integral part of the community, doing what I do best to make our
                                                                                                                                        community a more beautiful place to live.” – Tom Armstrong

                                                                                                                                                                               Armstrong designs and builds exceptional homes.
                                                                                                                                                                               We create additions that blend beautifully with the
                                                                                                       • Custom Homes                                                          original homes and construct kitchens that fit your
                                                                                                                                                                               lifestyle and baths that fulfill your dreams.
                                                                                                       • Home Remodels                                                         We develope custom, multifamily and commercial
                                                                                                         and Additions                                                         projects, each with a unique Armstrong Construction
                                                                                                                                                                               signature style.
                                                                                                       • Kitchens and Baths                                                    We know how to get the most out of a property and focus
                                                                                                                                                                               on the things that make living comfortable, that capture
                                                                                                       • Insurance Restorations                                                as much view and sunlight as possible, working well with
                                                                                                                                                                               our clients in describing our ideas visually.

                                                                                                                                  We take everything into account – the purpose or function of the remodel
                                                                                                                                 or addition, the location of it, what our client likes and how our client lives.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  755 Turquoise Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pacific Beach • 92109
                                                                                                                   One of San Diego’s Top Builders Since 1980                                           

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875 Garnet Avenue, 858.270.5881                                                  2009 Reader’s                                                              6                                                5

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                   Cafe Athena                                                                                                                                  7

“The closest thing to Santorini is here in San Diego…” Zagat Survey.
Cafe Athena specializes in the art of Greek and Eastern
                                                                                 Voted Best
Mediterranean food with excellent service.
1846 Garnet Ave. (Pacific Plaza II), 858.274.1140
                                                                                 in the Beach!
    3             Filippi’s Pizza Grotto                                          North PB Nights, Thursdays 5 pm to 9pm                                                 13
Open for lunch and dinner.                                                                                                   Thursday nights are now home to an
Quality Italian food in Pacific Beach                                                                                                                                    Home of the infamous "Border Bastard" Join us for Happy Hour
                                                                                                                             exciting new event in northern Pacific     from 4-7 7 days a week. All New England Patriots, & Boston Red Sox
for over 40 years!                                                                                                           Beach. Numerous North PB bars and          Games NFL Sunday Ticket & Free pool all day sunday. Brand new food
962 Garnet Ave.(corner of Cass & Garnet), 858.483.6222                                                                       restaurants will be offering discounts     menu served from open to close!
    4                                         BUY                                                                            and specials on Thursday nights, while     2263 Garnet Ave., 858.273.9181
            Smoke Zone                     LOTTO HERE                                                                        retail shops keep their doors open
The best cigar and cigarette prices in PB.                                                                                   longer with exclusive after-hours           14          SD Storage
Our "Walk in humidor" preserves all our premium cigars
                                                                                                                             specials. San Diego, meet the city's       Convenient, secure storage right here in PB!
    ANY MARLBORO                  Free CIGAR CUTTER                                                                          new Thursday night hot spot, North PB      Open 6am-6pm Mon-Sun. Variety of sizes to suit your needs.
.   CARTON $39.99                 with Any CIGAR Purchase                                                                    all along Turquoise and Cass St.           $1.00 MOVES YOU IN! CALL FOR DETAILS.

2015 Garnet Ave. #104, 858.483.3745                                                                                                                            4595 Mission Bay Drive, 858-273-1717

    5                                                                           10                  Eye Glasses Galore                                                   15
                                                                               Eyeglass repairs, prescription and designer sunglasses, sunglass
            PB Foreign & Domestic Car Repair
Serving PB since 1981. All work guaranteed, 6 months or 6,000 miles, all
                                                                               replacements, contact lenses and unique sunglass accessories available.
                                                                                25% OFF Second Pair of Sunglasses of Equal or Lesser Value
                                                                                                                                                                               FREE FAX                                        50% OFF
makes and models. Check our coupon at, visit                                                                                                                   Fax 1 Page Get 1 FREE                       Any Style Cardboard Box
George & Arron at 1727 Garnet Ave., 858.270.1142                               1772 Garnet Ave., 858.459.2020                                                                                  1804 Garnet Ave., 858.273.6661
    6               710 Beach Club                                              11          United Cerebral Palsy Thift Store                                            16
                                                            Clear out your old items you no     20% OFF                                                           La Jolla Auto Body
AWESOME FOOD - FULL BAR - SPORTS                                               longer need and bring them to the   Excluding Red Ticket Items.
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All packages including UFC • LIVE ENTERTAINMENT•PRIVATE PARTIES                UPC Thrift Store in PB!              Other Discounts or Offers.                          Specials: $25.00 Off your next auto “Detail”,
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710 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach • 858.483.7844                                                                                                                           4620 Mission Bay Dr., 858.270-6821
    7                PB Ale House                                               12
                                                                                                                                                                         17          Weight Watchers
PB Ale House is a great new restaurant and                                     PB’s ONLY CrossFit Training Center!                                                      45 Minutes A Week Can Change Your Life!
bar in Pacific Beach. Located at the end of Grand Avenue, close to the         Located inside American Boxing MMA & Fitness @ 2710 Garnet Ave.
boardwalk. The restaurant is stylish and comfortable and includes                                                                                                       Pacific Beach Weight Watchers is now open.
a rooftop deck with ocean views.                                               inside PB Gateway Center across from Weinerschnitzel near the I-5 Freeway                Join now and to receive FREE REGISTRATION. Meetings Friday 9 am
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