2009 Best of San Clemente People's Choice Ole Awards

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  • BestAppetizers 3Bagel 3Bar 4Billiards 8Breakfast 3Breakfast Burrito 3Burger 6Cup of Coffee or Tea 4Donut 4Happy Hour 4International Eats 4Lunch Spot 4Margarita 6Menu for Healthy Choices 4Overall Restaurant 6Pizza 3Restaurant for a Date/Romantic Evening 6Sandwich 6Spot to Cure a Sweet Tooth 6Sushi 6Taco 3Venue for Live Music 3

    P E O P L E S C H O I C E O L E A W A R D S

    2009 BEST OFSAN CLEMENTE

    Eateries, Watering Holes and More

    Services on the To-Do List

    BestBarber Shop 10Car Repair 12Dry Cleaner 12 Pet Care & Grooming 12Gym 12Hair Salon 12 Lodging 12Manicure & Pedicure 12Spa for Massages, Etc. 14Surfboard Ding Repair 12Yoga/Pilates Studio 14

    BestAntiques 8Arts and Craft Supplies 8Clothing 8Home Decor and Furnishings 10Jewelry 10Kids Apparel & Toys 10Place to Buy Flowers 10Place for Buying and Viewing Art 10Store to Buy the Perfect Gift 10Surfboard Shaper 8Surf Shop 8Wine Selection 8

    At the Shops

    BestBeach 14Golf Course 14Park to Take the Kids 14Place to Take Out-of-Towners 14Surf Break 14

    Getting Outside

    C O N T E N T S

    Welcome to the fourth annual SC Times Best of San Clemente Peoples Choice Ole Awards, our annual celebration of San Clementes favorite businesses, services and places. The only Best of awards of its kind in San Clemente and Orange County, the SC Times Ole Awards are 100 percent selected by you, the readers, through online polls and mailed ballots. It is our way of helping all of our local businesses by helping promote the notion of shopping locally and taking advantage of all of the great businesses and services available to us here in San Clemente. Its our own little stimulus package, if you will, and you, the reader, helped make it happen!

    This year we had the biggest response yetalmost 3,000 ballots were lled out and sent in over the last month. After carefully counting all the votes, we have packaged them up in this handy pullout section that you can keep next to your phone or computer to help you when youre looking for a place to try for dinner, or a dry cleaner, or home furnishings. Make sure to look for the distinctive Gold and Silver Ole Award stickers in the windows of all of our winners and tell them you read about them (or maybe even voted for them) in the SC Times. Well also post this entire pullout section available online at www.sanclementetimes.com for the entire year.

    So, without further ado, the SC Times proudly presents your Peoples Choice Ole Awards for 2009:

    Four-time winner Sur n Donuts. Photo by Sara Borman

  • BEST BREAKFAST BURRITO

    PEDROS TACOS2313 S. El Camino Real, 949.498.5904; 550 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.5908; www.pedrostacos.com

    Piping hot, delicious and inexpensive, Pedros has been serv-ing up your favorite breakfast burritos since 1986. Two loca-tions in townone north and one south on El Camino Realof-fer early morning crawlers ve different breakfast burrito options. Pedros isnt ashyif youve never been, dont expect cloth linens. Its simply great food, quick, cheap and tasty. Both locations have drive-throughs for those on the move.

    THE GRILL AT SURFIN DONUTS202 N. El Camino Real, 949.492.8450

    NOMINEES: Adeles Antoines Caf Avilas El Ranchito Bagel Shack Beach Garden Caf BeachFire Billys Deli Burger King Burger Stop Caf Calypso Caf Del Sol San Onofre Caf Rae Captain Mauris Carls Jr. Chronic Taco Corkys Daves Mexican Del Taco Kellys Donuts La Cocina de Ricardo La Siesta La Tiendita Los Golandrinas McDonalds Mr. Petes Olamendis Pipes Caf Roses Donuts Rubios San Clemente Caf Sandwich Buddies Stillwater Caf Sugar Shack Sunrise Caf Sur n Donuts Taco Bell Tommys Diner 2008 WINNERS: Gold: Pedros Tacos; Silver: The Grill at Sur n Donuts

    BEST TACO

    PEDROS TACOS2313 S. El Camino Real, 949.498.5904; 550 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.5908; www.pedrostacos.com

    Whether its the legendary Pedros sh taco or tasty favor-ites such as the carne asada or shrimp tacos, Pedros has a stranglehold on the Golden Ole for Best Taco in San Clem-ente. For the fourth straight year, readers have picked Pedros as their favorite spot for a tacono small feat given the number of competitors in town.

    AVILAS EL RANCHITO204 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.5000, www.avilaselranchito.net

    NOMINEES: Baja Fresh Caf del Sol Charo Chicken Chatos Chronic Tacos Daves Mexican Del Agave Del Taco Dukes El Jefe El Mariachi El Patio El Pollo Loco Fishermans Island Style Tacos Jack in the Box La Cocina de Ricardo La Siesta La Tiendita Las Golandrinas Olamendis Paci c Seafood Grill Romance Rubios Taco Bell Wahoos Fish Tacos 2008 WINNERS: Gold: Pedros Tacos; Silver: Chronic Tacos

    BEST PIZZA

    SONNYS PIZZA & PASTA429 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.2540; www.sonnys.com

    As it enters its 30th year serving San Clemente, Sonnys grabs back the Golden Ole for Best Pizza having won it in 2006, then surrendering it to Selmas for the past two years. Known for its handmade thin crust pizza specialties such as the Roman Orgy and Sonnys White Pizza, Sonnys pizza can be enjoyed at the restaurant or take out.

    SELMAS CHICAGO PIZZERIA218 Avenida Del Mar, 949.276.2828, www.selmaschicagopizzeria.com

    NOMINEES: First Class 2 for 1 Albertsons Ball Park Cassanos Cucina Piz-zeria Dominos Fratellos Guichos Italian Cravings Izza Pizza La Roccos New York Pizza Papa Murphys Pizza Hut Pizza Port Romanos Round Table San Clemente Pizza Stuft Pizza Z Pizza 2008 WINNERS: Gold: Selmas Chicago Pizzeria; Silver: Sonnys Pizza & Pasta

    BEST BREAKFAST

    ANTOINES CAFE218 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.1763, www.antoinescafe.com

    Its a third-straight Golden Ole for Antoines and owners An-toine and Veronique Price. The cozy, wood-paneled Cheers-like spot featuring a variety of seating optionsbar, table, booth and patiooffers weekday specials such as Eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy and California melts. Expect a wait on week-endsyes, its that good.

    SC CAF1810 S. El Camino Real, Ste. A, 949.366.0626

    NOMINEES: Adeles Bagel Shack Beach Garden Caf BeachFire Burger Stop Caf Mimosa Caf Calypso Caf del Sol Caf Rae Captain Mauris Carrows Corkys Crispins Dennys Eli Mariachi Fishermans Gordon James IHOP Irons by the Fire Jack in the Box La Galette Creperie La Siesta La Tiendita Love Burger McDonalds Peets Olamendis Pedros Tacos Pipes Caf Roses Donuts Sandwich Buddies Starbucks Sugar Shack Sunshine Caf Sur n Donuts Talega Golf Club Tommys Diner 2008 WINNERS: Gold: Antoines; Silver: SC Caf

    BEST VENUE FOR LIVE MUSIC

    OC TAVERN2369 S. El Camino Real, 949.542.8877, www.octavern.com

    For years, San Clemente music lovers complained about the lack of a real concert venue for live music in town. Clearly that concern is no longer, as OC Tavern has lled the void and earned the Golden Ole for three straight years. Featuring a special concert hall along with a full bar and restaurant area, OC Tavern has become an important stop for national acts as well as local bands.

    BEACHFIRE BAR & GRILL204 Avenida Del Mar, 949.366.3232, www.beach re.com

    NOMINEES: Beach Hut Blue Danube Casa Romantica Dukes Fishermans Goodys Tavern Gordon James Hapa Js Iva Lees Knuckleheads Molly Blooms Sunsets Taka-O The Cellar 2008 WINNERS: Gold: OC Tavern; Silver: BeachFire Bar & Grill

    BEST APPETIZER

    BEACHFIRE BAR & GRILL204 Avenida Del Mar, 949.366.3232, www.beach re.com

    The Coconut Shrimp. Vegetable Bali Rolls. Ahi tuna stack. Fried calamari with special chili dipping sauce. Yup, its no won-der BeachFire continues to dominate the Best Appetizer cat-egory of the Golden Ole Awards with a lineup like that. Owners Dave and Allison Donaldson have created a fun, inviting setting for great dining, drinking and entertainment.

    GORDON JAMES110 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.9100, www.gordonjamesgrill.com

    NOMINEES: Adeles Antoines Caf Avilas El Ranchito Bad to the Bone Caf 207 Caf Mimosa Carbonaras Trattoria Cassanos Pizza The Cellar Cucina Pizzeria Daphnes Greek Del Agave Dukes El Mariachi Fishermans Hapa Js Irons in the Fire Iva Lees Melting Pot Molly Blooms Mongkut Thai Mr. Petes OC Tavern Olamendis Paci c Seafood Grill Pizza Port Rib Trader Romance Romanos Selmas Chicago Pizzeria The Shore Sonnys Pizza & Pasta Sundried Tomato Sunsets Taka-O Village Mediterranean Vine 2008 WINNERS: Gold: Gordon James, BeachFire; Silver: Selmas Chicago Pizzeria

    BEST BAGEL

    BAGEL SHACK777 S. El Camino Real, 949.388.0745

    With a huge variety of bagels made on premises, Bagel Shack is San Clementes favorite bagel place for three years running. Mix and match your selections from the self-serve ba-gel bins or order a bagel sandwich with names such as Lowers and Cottons. A variety of cream cheeses are also available.

    CAPTAIN MAURIS COUNTER CULTURE149 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.8098

    NOMINEES: Adeles Albertsons Antoines Caf Bagel Shack Caf Calypso Caf Expresso Coffee Bean & Tea Corkys Fishermans Frugurt Juice Stop Kellys Donuts Pipes Caf Ralphs Roses Donuts Sandwich Buddies Starbucks Sunrise Cafe Sur n Donuts 2008 WINNERS: Gold: Bagel Shack; Silver: Gourmet Bagel Company

    P E O P L E S C H O I C E O L E A W A R D S

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    Breakfast hotspots: Antoines Cafe and Pedros Tacos. Photos by Sara Borman

    EATERIES, WATERING HOLES and MORE

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