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  • YOUR NO. 1 SOURCE FOR LOCAL NEWS, EVENTS, SPORTS AND MORE

    L O C A L N E W S Y O U C A N U S ETHE RESULTS ARE IN Here are your choices for San Clementes best businesses, services, places and events of 2014.

  • 9th Annual BEST OF SAN CLEMENTE PEOPLES CHOICE OLE AWARDS

    Its simple, no one does it like us.

    VALARIE DAUGHERTY, THE FISHERMANS RESTAURANT & BAR

    The FishermansRestaurant

    & BarWinner of Eight

    Golden Ole Awards

    Annually we ask you, our readers, to vote for your favorite eateries, watering holes, services, shops, events and attractions. A er your votes are tallied, the results are presented in this special keepsake issue we hope you will enjoy referring to throughout the year. With the vast majority of the winners representing businesses owned and operated locally, there truly is plenty here to be grateful for.

    Welcome to the Ninth Annual Best of San Clemente Peoples Choice Ole Awards

  • IN THIS ISSUE

    EATERIES AND WATERING HOLESBest Appetizers 12Bagel 6Bar 16Beer Selection 14Breakfast 6Breakfast Burrito 6Burger 11Cup of Co ee or Tea 6Donut 6Happy Hour 14International Eats 12Lunch Spot 11Margarita 14Menu for Healthy Choices 8Overall Restaurant 13Pizza 11Restaurant for a Date/ Romantic Evening 13Restaurant for Outdoor Dining 13Sandwich 8Spot to Cure a Sweet Tooth 13Sushi 11Taco 11Wine Selection 14

    AT THE SHOPSBest Antiques 16Arts and Cra s Supplies 16Clothing 18Home Dcor and Furnishings 18Jewelry 18Kids Apparel and Toys 18Place for Buying and Viewing Art 18Place to Buy Flowers 20Specialty Grocer 20Store to Buy the Perfect Gi 20Surfboard Shaper 23Surf/SUP Shop 23

    SERVICES ON THE TO-DO LISTBest Alternative Health Care Provider 29Barber Shop 26Car Repair 31Customer Service 24Dental Health Care Provider 31Dry Cleaner 32Grooming/Pet Care 34Gym/Workout 33Hair Salon 26

    Jeweler 31Local Nonprofit Organization 34Manicure and Pedicure 29Martial Arts Studio 34Medical Health Care Provider 31Pool Supply/Service 32Specialty Beauty Service 26Spa for Massages, Facials, etc. 29Tire Shop 32Veterinarian 34Yoga/Pilates Studio 33

    GETTING OUTBest Billiards 38Beach 38Golf Course 40Local Annual Event 42Lodging 42Park 40Place to Take Out-of-towners 36Special Event/Wedding Venue 42Surf Break 38Venue for Live Music 36

    34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624

    phone 949.388.7700 fax 949.388.9977 www.sanclementetimes.com

    ON THE COVER: (Clockwise from top left) Bill Stewart, The Riders Club Caf, Beach-comber Motel, Guillobel Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, Active Culture Natural Foods Caf, 24 Hour Fitness, The Fishermans Restaurant & Bar and Pizza Port.

    Photography by Allison Jarrell unless other-wise noted. T Street photo by Andrea Swayne.

    The San Clemente Times (www.sanclementetimes.com ) is published weekly by Picket Fence Media, publishers of the DP Times (www.danapointtimes.com) and The Capistrano Dispatch (www.thecapistranodispatch.com). Copyright: No articles, il-lustrations, photographs or other editorial matter or advertise-ments herein may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. The publisher assumes no responsibility for return of unsolicited manuscripts, art, photos or negatives. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.

    PUBLISHER Norb Garrett

    EDITORIALAndrea Swayne, Jim Shilander, Allison Jerrell,Steve Breazeale, Andrea Papagianis

    ART/DESIGNJasmine Smith

    ADVERTISINGLauralyn Loynes, Susie Lantz, Debra Wells, Michele Reddick

    OPERATIONSAlyssa Garrett, Tricia Zines

    CONTRIBUTORSDana Schnell, Robyn Wyman-Dill

    PICKET FENCE MEDIA

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    9th Annual BEST OF SAN CLEMENTE PEOPLES CHOICE OLE AWARDS

    BEST BREAKFAST

    GOLDEN OLEAntoines Caf Antoines Caf continues its longstand-ing reputation as a renowned breakfast eatery with menu favorites like veggie or ham and Swiss croissants, benedicts with crab or lox and fresh-brewed cof-fee. But manager Cassandra Haas said the menu isnt the only thing drawing in repeat customersservers strive to provide top-notch customer service and enjoy building relationships with the restaurants loyal patrons. 218 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.1763, www.antoinescafe.com

    SILVER OLE (TIE)Caf Mimosa243 Avenida Del Mar, 949.481.6780, www.cafemimosasc.com

    SILVER OLE (TIE)S.C. Caf1810 S. El Camino Real, 949.366.0626

    NOMINEES: Active Culture Natural Foods Caf Adeles at the San Clemente Inn Avilas El Ranchito Banzai Bowls Beach Garden Caf Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club Bread Gallery Caf Calypso Caf Rae Captain Mauris Counterculture Carrows Restaurant Cinnamon Productions Dennys El Jefe Caf Ellies Table at North Beach The Grill Hansons Market IHOP La Galette Creperie La Siesta Mexican Restaurant La Tiendita McDonalds Mr. Petes Burgers Pedros Tacos Pipes Caf Poche Burger & Kitchen Red Fox Lounge Rose Donuts & Caf Roses Sugar Shack Caf Starbucks Sunrise Caf Surfi n Donuts The Bagel Shack The Fishermans Restaurant & Bar Tommys Family Restaurant Zebra House Co ee 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Antoines Caf; Silver: Caf Mimosa

    BEST CUP OF COFFEE OR TEA

    GOLDEN OLEZebra House Co eeZebra House customers get a realiza-tion things are di erent when they step in the door and see a book case that customers can freely borrow from and return to. Combine that with employees trained to provide all types of co ee drinks and educate customers on exactly what theyre getting, and you have the makings of San Clemente residents top choice for local co ee. 1001 S. El Camino Real, 949.218.6976, www.zebrahouseco ee.com

    SILVER OLEStarbucks300 S. El Camino Real, 949.369.9520; 1001 Ave-nida Pico, 949.369.5649; 638 Camino de los Mares, 949.496.5900, www.starbucks.com

    NOMINEES: 7 Eleven Adeles at the San Clemente Inn Antoines Caf Beach Garden Caf Bear Coast Co ee Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club Caf Calypso Caf Del Sol Caf Espresso Caf Mimosa Captain Mauris Counterculture Cinnamon Productions Ellies Table at North Beach Hansons Market Hapa Js Kaylani Co ee Co La Colombiana La Galette Creperie Lavender Lounge Tea Company McDonalds Nicks San Clemente Nourish Peets Co ee & Tea Pier Shack & Grill Rose Donuts & Caf Roses Sugar Shack Caf S.C. Caf S.C. Donuts Sugar Blossom Bake Shop Surfi n Donuts The Bagel Shack The Cellar The Donut House The Fishermans Restaurant & Bar 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Zebra House Co ee; Silver: Starbucks

    BEST DONUT BEST BREAKFAST BURRITO

    GOLDEN OLEThe GrillA er a several-week closure needed to recover from a recent fire, The Grill owner Doug Lemon is looking forward to reopening the restaurant later this month and once again o ering San Cle-mentes most popular breakfast burritos. Lemon said their burritos are big enough to split and come with a wide variety of add-ons like his homemade salsa, which many visitors have said is good enough to bottle. 202 N. El Camino Real, 949.492.8450

    SILVER OLEPedros Tacos2313 S. El Camino Real, 949.498.5904; 550 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.5908, www.pedrostacos.com

    NOMINEES: Active Culture Natural Foods Caf Adeles at the San Clemente Inn Adolfos Mexican Food Antoines Caf Avilas El Ranchito Beach Garden Caf Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club Bull Taco Burger Stop Caf Calypso Caf Del Sol Caf Rae Captain Mauris Counterculture Carls Jr Chronic Taco Corkys Family Restaurant Del Taco El Jefe Caf El Mariachi Restaurant & Bar Ellies Table at North Beach Hansons Market Humphreys Sandwich Shop Kellys Donuts Knuckleheads Sports Bar & Grill La Cocina de Ricardo Mexican Restaurant La Colombiana La Galette Creperie La Siesta Mexican Restaurant La Tiendita Las Golondrinas Los Patios McDonalds Mr. Petes Burgers OC Tavern Pierside Kitchen + Bar Pipes Caf Poche Burger & Kitchen Ralphs Rose Donuts & Caf Roses Sugar Shack Caf S.C. Caf South of Nicks Sunrise Caf Tequilas Chophouse & Cantina Tommys Family Restaurant Zebra House Co ee 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Pedros Tacos; Silver: The Grill

    BEST BAGEL

    GOLDEN OLESurfin DonutsSurfin Donuts has become an early-morning sugar fix staple in San Clem-ente, complete with a varied selection of donuts, breakfast sandwiches, freshly-squeezed orange juice and co ee. Local favorites include the tigers taila twisted pastry filled with cinnamon and chocolateglazed apple fritters and donuts filled with fresh fruit. The shops location o of Interstate 5 makes it a great choice for a quick stop during the morning commute. 1822 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.1249

    SILVER OLES.C. Donuts806 E. Avenida Pico, Suite G, 949.498.7837

    NOMINEES: Active Culture Natural Foods Caf Antoines Caf Ellies Table at North Beach Kellys Doughnuts MRK Public Rose Donuts & Caf Starbucks The Donut House Zebra House Co ee 2013 WINNERS: Gold: Surfi n Donuts; Silver: S.C. Donuts

    GOLDEN OLEThe Bagel Shack Owner Broc Meserve says The Bagel Shack understands what customers want, especially in the morning. Thats a fresh bagel, served quickly. People like our speed of service, because people need to get out and get to work, Meserve said. The combination of fresh bagels and quality ingredients that provide the building blocks for sandwiches, all named for local surf breaks, also helps make the Shack tops. 777 S. El Camino Real, 949.388.0745, www.thebagelshack.com

    SILVER OLEAntoines Caf 218 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.1763, www.antoinescafe.com

    NOMINEES: Active Culture Natural Foods Caf Ade