Best of Sacramento Winners 2019

Photography by Tim Engle
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Our Best of Sacramento winners are a colorful group. Varied as they are, the people and businesses we salute on these pages share a boldness of vision and a willingness to step out in front. Whether television reporters, chefs or whole companies, together they paint the town in rich hues—which is why we’ve chosen to spotlight them in dynamic reds, electric blues and zesty yellows. They emerged as winners during the two-month online balloting process earlier this year, with each voter casting only one ballot.

Best Bakery
Freeport Bakery

Media

 

TV Morning News Anchor

Deirdre Fitzpatrick, KCRA 3

 

TV Early Evening News Anchor Team

Gulstan Dart and Edie Lambert, KCRA 3

 

TV Late Night Anchor Team

Gulstan Dart and Edie Lambert, KCRA 3

 

TV Reporter

Mike TeSelle, KCRA 3

 

TV Sportscaster

Del Rodgers, KCRA 3

 

TV Weatherperson

Mark Finan, KCRA 3

 

Morning Drive Radio Team

“The Wake Up Call,” 106.5 The End

 

Afternoon Drive Radio

“That Damn Show,” 98 Rock

 

Radio Sportscaster

Grant Napear, KHTK Sports 1140 AM

 

Traffic Reporter

Melanie Hunter, KCRA

 

Alternative Rock Radio Station

Alt 94.7

 

Country Radio Station

KNCI New Country 105.1

 

Jazz Radio Station

Capital Public Radio KXPR 88.9

 

Talk Radio Station

News 93.1 KFBK

 

Oldies Radio Station

V101.1

 

Rock Radio Station

98 Rock

 

Soft Rock Radio Station

Mix 96

 

Local Business Reporter

Kelly Brothers, KCRA 3/News 93.1 KFBK

 

Local Newspaper Columnist

Marcos Bretón, The Sacramento Bee

 

Local Website

Sacramento 365

 

Local Elected Official

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg

tres hermanas
Best Mexican Dining
Tres Hermanas

 

Leisure

 

Bartender

Jim Wakeland, The Firehouse Restaurant

 

Dance Club

Faces

 

Escape Room

Red Door Escape Room

 

Event DJ

MR DJ Event Services

 

Game Place

Coin-Op Game Room

 

Local Entertainer

Hip Service (Dance Band)

 

Karaoke Bar

Pine Cove Tavern

 

LGBT Bar

Faces

 

Live Music Venue

Ace of Spades

 

Del Rodgers
Best TV Sportscaster
Del Rodgers, KCRA 3

 

Live Theater

Sacramento Theatre Company

 

Movie Theater

Century Arden 14 and XD

 

Comedy Club

Punch Line Sacramento

 

Museum

Crocker Art Museum

 

Regional Winery

Bogle Vineyards

 

Casino

Thunder Valley Casino Resort

 

Local Public Golf Course

Haggin Oaks Golf Complex

 

Local Sports Team

Sacramento Kings

 

Miniature Golf Course

Golfland Sunsplash

 

Place To Take Dance Lessons

Turns n Tumble

 

Place To Volunteer

Sac Event Crew

 

Bed-and-Breakfast

The Villas at Arden Hills

 

Hotel

Hyatt Regency Sacramento

 

98 Rock
Best Afternoon Drive Radio
“That Damn Show,” 98 Rock
Best Rock Radio Station
98 Rock

 

Services

Caterer

Classique Catering

 

Cooking School

Napoli Culinary Academy

 

Day Spa

The Spa at Arden Hills

 

Medical Spa

Destination Aesthetics Medical Spa

 

Doggie Daycare

Wag Hotels

 

Dry Cleaner

Rytina

 

Hair Salon

Total Beauty Experience

 

 

Eyelash Salon

Total Beauty Experience

 

Fitness Center

California Family Fitness

 

Boot Camp

Kaia FIT

 

Landscape Designer

Figs Landscaping

 

Residential Contractor

Chriswell Home Improvements

 

Martial Arts Center

Kovar’s Satori Academy

 

Place To Get a Manicure/Pedicure

Esthetics by Jeanette

 

Place To Get Waxing Services

European Wax Center

 

Emerald Tattoo
Best Place to Get a Tattoo
Emerald Tattoo and Piercing

 

Place To Get a Massage

The Spa at Arden Hills

 

Place To Get a Tan

California Sun

 

Place To Get a Tattoo

Emerald Tattoo and Piercing

 

Yoga Studio

East Wind Yoga

 

Place for a Kid’s Birthday Party

Wacky Tacky

 

Place To Take the Kids, Nonrestaurant

Sacramento Zoo

 

Car Wash

Quick Quack Car Wash

 

Pet Groomer

Wagger’s

 

Retirement Community

Sun City Lincoln Hills

 

Home Builder

Grenz Homes

 

Limo Service

About Time Limousines, LLC

 

Photographer

Beth Baugher, True Love Photo

 

Wedding Venue

Arden Hills Athletic & Social Club

 

 

cal family fit
Best Fitness Center
California Family Fitness

 

Shopping

Bath Shop

Total Beauty Experience

 

Beauty Supply Store

Total Beauty Experience

 

Bicycle Store

Mike’s Bike’s

 

Bookstore

Barnes & Noble

 

Camera Store

Mike’s Camera

 

Farmer’s Market

Sacramento Central Farmers Market

(Eighth and W streets)

 

Florist

Relles Florist

 

Garden Center

Green Acres Nursery & Supply

 

Grocery Store

Raley’s

 

Gourmet Grocery Store

Nugget Markets

 

Health Food Store

Elliott’s Fine Nutrition

 

Jeweler

Sharif Fine Jewelers

 

Locally Owned Women’s Boutique

Krazy Mary’s Boutique

 

Locally Owned Men’s Clothing Store

Julius

 

Locally Owned Shoe Store

Fleet Feet

 

Pet Store

Incredible Pets

 

Place To Buy Bread

Grateful Bread

 

Store To Buy Fruits and Veggies

Sprouts Farmers Market

 

Place To Buy Wine and Spirits

Total Wine & More

 

Place To Buy Cannabis

Nug

 

Place To Buy a Special Gift

Total Beauty Experience

 

Place To Buy Children’s Clothing

The Children’s Place

 

Place To Buy Home Furnishings

Naturwood Home Furnishings

 

Place to Buy Music Equipment

Music Go Round

 

total beauty experience
Best Hair Salon
Best Bath Shop
Best Beauty Supply Store
Best Place to Buy a Special Gift
Total Beauty Experience

 

Place To Buy a Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson of Sacramento

 

Place To Buy Outdoor Gear

REI

 

Place To Buy a Car

The Niello Company

 

Place To Get a Costume

Evangeline’s

 

Product Made in Sacramento

Blue Diamond Almonds

 

Local Craft Beer

Track 7 Brewing Co.

 

Shopping Mall

Westfield Galleria at Roseville

 

Shopping District

Midtown

 

Vendor Fair

Sacramento Antique Fair

 

Dining

Best of the Best (Money No Object)

The Kitchen

 

Best of the Best (Inexpensive)

Jacks Urban Eats

 

Best of the Best (Medium priced)

Mikuni

 

New

Camden Spit & Larder

 

Ambiance

The Firehouse Restaurant

 

Appetizers

Seasons 52

 

Bakery

Freeport Bakery

 

Bar Food

The Shady Lady Saloon

 

Bar With Games

Coin-Op Game Room

 

Barbecue

Tank House BBQ and Bar

 

Big Portions

Claim Jumper

 

Boba

T4

 

Bowls

Poke Noke

 

Brewpub

Burgers and Brew

 

Breakfast

Bacon & Butter

 

Brunch

Tower Cafe

Burger, Non Fast Food

Broderick Roadhouse

 

Butcher

Taylor’s Market

 

California Cuisine

Magpie

 

Casino Restaurant

High Steaks Steakhouse

 

Charcuterie Plate

The Rind

 

Chef

Michael Grande, Dawson’s Steakhouse

 

Chef, Up and Coming

Brad Cecchi, Canon

 

Coffeehouse

Temple Coffee Roasters

 

Cocktails

The Snug

 

Cupcakes

Icing on the Cupcake

 

Deli

Roxie Deli Barbeque

 

evangeline's
Best Place to Buy a Costume
Evangeline’s Costume Mansion

Desserts

Rick’s Dessert Diner

 

Dining and Dancing Spot

Revival at the Sawyer

 

Dive

The Zebra Club

 

Dog-Friendly Patio

Lazy Dog

 

Doughnuts

Marie’s Donuts

 

Chinese

Frank Fat’s

 

Comfort Food

South

 

Fast Casual

Jacks Urban Eats

 

French

Brasserie Capital

 

German

Kathrin’s Biergarten

 

Greek

Petra Greek

 

Indian

Bombay Bar and Grill

 

Irish Pub

De Vere’s irish Pub

 

Italian

Biba Ristorante Italiano

 

Japanese

Mikuni

 

Korean

Blue House Korean BBQ

 

Mexican

Tres Hermanas

 

New American

The Firehouse Restaurant

 

Thai

The Coconut on T

 

Vietnamese

Pho Hang Vietnamese Restaurant

 

Food Event

Loomis Eggplant Festival

 

Food Truck

Chando’s Tacos

 

Fried Chicken

South

 

Gluten Free

Pushkin’s

 

Gourmet Cookies

Cookie Connection

 

Happy Hour

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

 

Health-Conscious Menu

Mother

 

Hotel Restaurant

Dawson’s Steakhouse

 

Ice Cream Parlor

Leatherby’s Family Creamery

 

Frozen Treat

Yo-Yo Yogurt

 

Kombucha

KC Kombucha

 

Late-Night Dining

Ink Eats and Drinks

 

Locally Sourced Ingredients

The Gate

 

Lunch, Budget

Cacio

 

Lunch, Business

The Firehouse Restaurant

 

Noodles

Noodles & Company

 

Sandwich Shop

Mr. Pickle’s Sandwich Shop

 

Sidewalk Lunch

Mother

 

Outdoor Dining

The Firehouse Restaurant

 

Pasta

Biba Ristorante Italiano

 

Pho

Pho Bac Hoa Viet

 

Pizza

Round Table Pizza

 

Place to Take the Kids

The Old Spaghetti Factory

 

Poke

Poke Noke

 

Quick-Service Restaurant

Hot Off the Griddle

 

Ramen

Shoki Ramen House

 

Restaurant to Take Out-of-Towners

The Firehouse Restaurant

 

River Dining

Scott’s Seafood on the River

 

Romantic

The Firehouse Restaurant

 

Seafood

Scott’s Seafood on the River

 

Service

The Firehouse Restaurant

 

Special Occasion

Dawson’s Steakhouse

 

Spicy Food

Thai Paradise

 

Sports Bar

Field House

 

Steakhouse

Dawson’s Steakhouse

 

Sushi

Mikuni

 

Tacos

Chando’s Tacos

 

Taproom

Sac City Brews

 

Theme Restaurant

The Jungle Bird

 

Vegetarian/Vegan

Mother

 

Wine Bar

58 Degrees & Holding Co.

 

Wine List

The Firehouse Restaurant

 

In Auburn

Carpe Vino

 

In Davis

Burgers and Brew

 

In Downtown/Midtown

Dawson’s Steakhouse

 

In East Sacramento

Canon

 

In Old Sacramento

The Firehouse Restaurant

 

jim wakeland
Best Bartender
Jim Wakeland, The Firehouse Restaurant

 

In El Dorado Hills

Selland’s Market-Cafe

 

In Elk Grove

Journey to the Dumpling

 

In Fair Oaks

Sunflower Drive In

 

In Folsom

Sutter Street Grill

 

In Granite Bay

Hawks

 

In Lincoln

Awful Annie’s

 

In Lodi

The Dancing Fox

 

In Loomis

High-Hand Nursery & Cafe

 

In Natomas

Hot Off The Griddle

 

In Placerville

The Farm Table

 

In Rancho Cordova

Il Forno Classico

 

In Rocklin

Rubino’s Ristorante

 

In Roseville

Paul Martin’s American Grill

In Uptown

Woodlake Tavern

 

In West Sacramento

Club Pheasant

 

In Woodland

The Burger Saloon

 

faces
Best Dance Club
Best LGBT Bar
Faces