San Clemente Times: Best of San Clemente

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

    Eateries, Watering Holes & More

    Services on the To-Do ListBestBarber Shop 14Car Repair 17Customer Service 14Dry Cleaner 17 Pet Care & Grooming 14Gym 14Hair Salon 14 Lodging 17Manicure & Pedicure 14Spa for Massages, Etc. 17Surfboard Ding Repair 17Yoga/Pilates Studio 17

    BestAntiques 12Arts and Craft Supplies 10Clothing 10Home Decor and Furnishings 12Jewelry 10Kids Apparel & Toys 10Place to Buy Flowers 12Place for Buying and Viewing Art 10Store to Buy the Perfect Gift 12Surfboard Shaper 12Surf Shop 12Wine Selection 10

    At the Shops

    BestBeach 18Golf Course 18Park to Take the Kids 18Place to Take Out-of-Towners 18Surf Break 18

    Getting Outside

    C O N T E N T S

    We can hardly believe ve years came and went so quickly at the SC Times. Yet here we are celebrating the fth anni-versary of the Best of San Clemente Peoples Choice Ole Awards. A recurring theme of local and loyal rippled through these pages. We champion San Clemente for its unique ability to give residents and visitors so much choice. In this issue, we salute the businesses and the people who make them run. We welcome the newcomers to our annual edition and commend the long-standing companies who kept us happily fed, masterfully clothed and properly pampered.

    The SC Times wanted to provide those businesses that dont fall neatly into any one category an opportunity to shine. So new to our Best of pages this year is our customer service category. The restaurants, shops and companies in these pages deserve their honors, especially for continued service in lean times. Finally, we thank the customers and our readers more than 3,000 of you who shared your opinions on the best our seaside community has to offer.

    Congratulations to newcomer Rider Club Cafe for taking gold in the Best Burger category. Photo by Jasmine Smith

  • THE FISHERMANS RESTAURANT AND BAR 611 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.6390, www.the shermansrestaurant.com

    Happy Hour doesnt get much better than at Fishermans Restaurant and Bar. With the sunset as a backdrop and weekday drink specials, the restaurant on San Clementes Pier has earned Golden Ole honors for Best Happy Hour two years running. The eatery embraces a festive spirit, giving each day a title. Whether its Tropical Tuesday or Fishermans Friday, patrons are sure to leave happy. SNG

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

    NOMINEES: Adeles at the San Clemente Inn Antoines Caf Avilas El Ranchito Bad to the Bone BBQ Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club Big Helyns Saloon Blue Danube Steak and Seafood Board & Brew Caf Mimosa Cassanos Pizza Dukes Fratellos Italian Family Goodys Tavern Hapa Js Hulaville Island Cafe and Company Irons in the Fire Iva Lees Restaurant Jacobis on the Alley Knuckleheads Sports Bar La Siesta Restaurant The Next Door Nicks San Cle-mente OC Tavern Oles Tavern OltreMare Pizza Port Roccos Restaurant San Clemente Wine Company Selmas Chicago Pizzeria Shorecliffs Golf Course Stillwater Cafe Sundried Tomato American Bistro Taka-O Japanese Restaurant Talega Golf Club The Cellar The Red Fox Lounge The Riders Club Cafe The Shore Velvet Yogurt 2009 WINNERS: Gold: Fishermans Restaurant and Bar; Silver: Gordon James

    BEST HAPPY HOUREateries, Watering Holes and More...

    BEST INTERNATIONAL EATS

    THE FISHERMANS RESTAURANT AND BAR611 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.6390, www.the shermansrestaurant.com

    Stunning scenery, ne dining and a wine list that goes on for days, combine to make the Fishermans Restaurant and Bar an ideal place for a romantic evening. For the full effect, guests can choose the outdoor seating and listen to the waves roll onto the beach. The restaurant has long impressed couples on a rst date or those toasting years of wedded bliss. SNG

    VINE211 N. El Camino Real, 949.361.2079, www.vinesanclemente.com

    NOMINEES: 9 Style Sushi Antoines Caf BeachFire Bar and Grill Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club Board & Brew Caf 207 Caf Mimosa Carbonara Trattoria Cassanos Pizza Chronic Tacos Dukes Enne Cucina Italiana Hapa Js Hulaville Island Cafe and Company Ichibiri Japanese Restaurant Irons in the Fire Iva Lees Restaurant Jacobis on the Alley La Siesta Restaurant Nicks San Clemente Oles Tavern OltreMare Pedros Tacos Pier Shack & Grill Roccos Restaurant Selmas Chicago Pizzeria The Shore Sonnys Pizza and Pasta Stillwater Cafe Sundried Tomato American Bistro Taka-O Japanese Restaurant The Cellar The Melting Pot The Next Door The Riders Club Cafe Village Mediterranean Rim 2009 WINNERS: Gold: Fishermans Restaurant and Bar; Silver: Vine

    BEST RESTAURANT FOR ADATE/ROMANTIC EVENING

    ANTOINES CAF218 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.1763, www.antoinescafe.com

    For the love of breakfast, Antoines delivers. The breakfast spot has earned the Golden Ole for Best Breakfast four years straight. At the South El Camino restaurant, croissants, crepes and burritos meet up on the menu with breakfast staples of eggs, hash brown and breakfast meats like ham, bacon or sau-sage. Customers can try organic teas, specialty coffees or fresh squeezed orange juice, too. SNG

    THE FISHERMANS RESTAURANT AND BAR611 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.6390, www.the shermansrestaurant.com

    NOMINEES: Adeles at the San Clemente Inn The Bagel Shack BeachFire Bar and Grill Beach Garden Cafe Board & Brew Caf Calypso Cafe Del Sol Caf Mimosa Cafe Rae Captain Mauris Counterculture Carrows Chronic Tacos Corkys Family Restaurant Crispins Dennys Hulaville Island Cafe and Company Store IHOP Irons in the Fire Jacobis on the Alley La Cocina de Ricardo Mexican Restaurant La Gallette Creperie La Tiendita Los Golodrinas Love Burger McDonalds Mr Pete Burgers Nicks San Clemente Panera Bread Pedros Tacos Peets Coffee & Tea Pier Shack & Grill Pipes Cafe Riders Club Cafe Roses Donuts & Cafe Roses Sugar Shack SC Cafe SC Donuts Selmas Chicago Pizzeria The Shore Shorecliffs Golf Course Starbucks Stillwater Cafe Subway Sur n Donuts Coffee House & Grill Sunrise Cafe The Next Door The Signature Grille and Bar at Talega Golf Club Tommys Family Restaurant & Coffee Shop 2009 WINNERS: Gold: Antoines; Silver: S.C. Cafe

    BEST BREAKFAST

    MONGKUT THAI RESTAURANT212 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3871, www.mongkutthaifoods.com

    Nearly 25 years of experience translates into winning recipes at Mongkut Thai and top nods for international eats this year. A consistent favorite, Mongkut earned a Silver Ole in 2008. The restaurant offers popular curries and vegetarian dishes galore. Customers crave the chicken satay and jumbo scallops and shrimp. They return for favorites like mango and sticky rice des-sert and Thai spring rolls. SNG

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

    NOMINEES: 9 Style Sushi A Taste of China Antoines Caf BeachFire Bar and Grill Blue Danube Steak and Seafood Board & Brew Buono Pizza and Pasta Carbonara Trattoria Caf 207 Caf Del Sol Caf Mimosa Cafe Rae Cassanos Pizza China Well Restaurant Chronic Tacos Del Agave El Jefe Caf El Mariachi Restaurant Enne Cucina Italiana Frattellos Italian Family Guichos Eatery Hapa Js Hulaville Island Cafe and Company Ichibiri Japanese Restaurant Italian Cravings Izza Pizzeria La Cocina de Ricardo Mexican Restaurant La Gallette Creperie Los Patios La Siesta Restaurant La Tiendita Miyako Japanese Restaurant New Mandarin Garden Nicks San Clemente Nobu Sushi OltreMare Paci c Taste Chinese Restaurant Pedros Tacos Pick Up Stix Roccos Restaurant Romanos Pasta & Pizzeria Selmas Chicago Piz-zeria Sonnys Pizza and Pasta Super Bowl Express Sushi Gallery Miki Taka-O Japanese Restaurant Thai Paradise Restaurant The Melting Pot Tina & Vinces Italian Deli Village Mediterranean Rim 2009 WINNERS: Gold: Sonnys Pizza & Pasta; Silver: Avilas El Ranchito

    Golden Ole

    Silver Ole

    Golden Ole

    Silver Ole

    THE FISHERMANS RESTAURANT AND BAR611 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.6390, www.the shermansrestaurant.com

    Voted Best Overall Restaurant for the second consecutive year, Fishermans has earned its rightful spot as a local favorite by SC Times readers. Theres something for everyone libations, good eats and spectacular views. The seafood restaurant on San Clementes Pier is a hot spot for guests coming for lunch during a beach visit, stopping for happy hour after work or celebrating a special occasion. SNG

    NICKS SAN CLEMENTE213 Avenida Del Mar, 949.481.2200, www.scnicks.com

    NOMINEES: Adeles at the San Clemente Inn Antoines Caf Avilas El Ranchito BeachFire Bar and Grill Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club Blue Danube Steak and Seafood Board & Brew Caf 207 Caf Calypso Cafe Rae Caf Mimosa Carbonara Trattoria Cassanos Pizza Chronic Tacos Crispins Del Agave El Mariachi Restaurant Enne Cucina Italiana Fratellos Italian Family Guichos Eatery Hapa Js Hulaville Island Cafe and Company Store Humphrys Sandwich Shop Ichibiri Japanese Restaurant Irons in the Fire Iva Lees Restaurant Izza Pizza Jacobis On the Alley La Gallette Creperie La Siesta Restaurant Mongkut Thai Restaurant Mr Pete Burgers New Mandarin Garden OltreMare Pier Shack & Grill Pizza Port Rib Trader Roccos Restaurant Romanos Pasta & Pizzeria Selmas Chicago Pizzeria The Next Door The Riders Club The Shore The Signatur