2005 Best of Sacramento — Subscribers’ Picks


Subscribers’ Picks

Let’s party! The Best of Sacramento winners, along with Sacramento magazine’s Dining Awards winners (published in August 2005) will be on hand to present their specialties at The Best of Sacramento Party, held Nov. 17 at the Sacramento Convention Center from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $65 in advance and $80 the day of the event. Call the March of Dimes at (916) 922-1913, the Sacramento Community Center Box Office at (916) 264-5181. or charge online at tickets.com. All proceeds from the party benefit the March of Dimes.

1. Borders Books Music & Cafe
2. Barnes & Noble Booksellers
3. Tower Books
Runner-Up: Beer’s Books

Music Store
1. Tower Records
2. Dimple Records
3. Borders Books Music & Cafe
Runners-Up: The Beat, Skip’s Music

Camera Store
1. Pardee’s Cameras
2. Ritz Camera
3. Filco Discount Center
Runners-Up: Action Camera, Camera Arts

Bowling Alley
1. Country Club Lanes
2. AMF Mardi Gras Lanes
3. AMF Rocklin Lanes
Runners-Up: Crestview Lanes, Fireside Lanes, AMF Land Park

Attraction for Kids
1. Sacramento Zoo
2. Fairytale Town
3. Golfland/SunSplash
Runners-Up: Funderland, California State Railroad Museum, Waterworld USA

Miniature Golf
1. Golfland/SunSplash
2. Scandia Family Fun Center
3. Paradise Island Amusement Park

Local Public Golf Course
1. Haggin Oaks
2. Ancil Hoffman
3. William Land
Runners-Up: Bing Maloney, Mather, Teal Bend, Turkey Creek, WildHawk

Local Sports Team
1. Sacramento Kings
2. Sacramento River Cats
3. Sacramento Monarchs

Candy Store
1. See’s Candies
2. Snook’s Candies & Ice Cream
3. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Sweet Factory (tie)
Runners-Up: Godiva Chocolatier, Sacramento Sweets Co.

1. Longs Drugs
2. Walgreens
3. Rite Aid
Runners-Up: Anderson Brothers Leader Pharmacy, Land Park Leader Pharmacy, Raley’s/Bel Air

Bike Store
1. City Bicycle Works
2. Bob’s Cycle Center
3. East Sac Bike + Board
Runners-Up: American River Bicycle, Performance Bicycle Shop, The Rest Stop

Media Up-and-Comer
1. Mark S. Allen, UPN 31. KMAX
2. Deirdre Fitzpatrick, KCRA 3
3. Adrienne Bankert, KCRA 3

Afternoon Drive Radio Personality (after 4 p.m.)
1. Kitty O’Neal, NewsTalk 1530 KFBK AM
2. Dana Hess, KGBY Y92.5 FM
3. Michael Savage, Talk 650 KSTE AM
Runners-Up: Chris K., KDND 107.9 FM; Grant Napear, Sports 1140 KHTK AM

Morning Drive Radio Team
1. Paul Robins and Phil Cowan, KGBY Y92.5 FM
2. Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty, Talk 650 KSTE AM
3. Kelly Brothers and Chris Lane, NewsTalk 1530 KFBK AM
Runner-Up: Pat and Tom, KNCI 105.1 FM

Radio Sportscaster
1. Grant Napear, Sports 1140 KHTK AM
2. Gary Gerould, Sports 1140 KHTK AM
3. Jim Kozimor, Sports 1140 KHTK AM
Runner-Up: Pat Walsh, NewsTalk 1530 KFBK AM

Radio Station at Work
1. KSSJ 94.7 FM
2. KGBY Y92.5 FM
3. KYMX Mix 96.1 FM
Runners-Up: KNCI 105.1 FM, KZZO 100.5 FM

Local Radio Talk-Show Host
1. Tom Sullivan, NewsTalk 1530 KFBK AM
2. Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty (team), Talk 650 KSTE AM
3. Kelly Brothers, NewsTalk 1530 KFBK AM; Davey D., KBMB 103.5 FM; Eric Hogue, KTKZ 1380 AM; Paul Robins and Phil Cowan (team), Talk 650 KSTE AM (tie)

Local Talk Radio Station
1. NewsTalk 1530 KFBK AM
2. Talk 650 KSTE AM
3. Sports 1140 KHTK AM
Runner-Up: KSQR 1240 AM

Alternative Rock Radio Station
1. KZZO 100.5 FM
2. KWOD 106.5 FM
3. KYMX Mix 96.1 FM

Rock Radio Station
1. KSEG 96.9 FM
2. KWOD 106.5 FM
3. KXOA 93.7 FM
Runner-Up: KRXQ 98.5 FM

Soft Rock Radio Station
1. KYMX Mix 96.1 FM
2. KGBY Y92.5 FM
3. KSEG 96.9 FM

Country Radio Station
1. KNCI 105.1 FM
2. KRAK 1470 AM
3. KKCY 103.1 FM

Jazz Radio Station
1. KSSJ 94.7 FM
2. KXJZ 88.9 FM

Oldies Radio Station
1. KHYL V101.1 FM
2. KOOL 101.9 FM
3. KCTC 1320 AM
Runners-Up: KGBY Y92.5 FM, KXCL 103.9 FM

TV Morning Anchor
1. Walt Gray, KCRA 3
2. Deirdre Fitzpatrick, KCRA 3
3. Marianne McClary, UPN 31 KMAX
Runners-Up: Dan Elliott, News10; Nick Toma, UPN 31 KMAX

TV News Anchor Team
1. Lois Hart and Dave Walker, KCRA 3
2. Cristina Mendonsa and Dale Schornack, News10
3. Marianne McClary and Nick Toma, UPN 31 KMAX
Runners-Up: Deirdre Fitzpatrick and Walt Gray, KCRA 3; John Alston and Sarah Gardner, KCRA 3

TV Reporter
1. Edie Lambert, KCRA 3
2. Tom DuHain, KCRA 3
3. Mark S. Allen, UPN 31 KMAX
Runners-Up: Naj Alikahn, UPN 31 KMAX; Deirdre Fitzpatrick, KCRA 3; Mike TeSelle, KCRA 3

TV Sportscaster
1. Ron Hyde, KCRA 3
2. Del Rodgers, KCRA 3
3. Gary Gelfand, UPN 31 KMAX
Runners-Up: Jim Crandell, FOX40; Brian May, News10

TV Weather Person
1. Mark Finan, KCRA 3
2. Patty Souza, KCRA 3
3. Dave Bender, CBS 13
Runners-Up: Tom Loffman, UPN 31 KMAX; Elissa Lynn, News10; Monica Woods, News10

10 p.m. News Anchor
1. Jennifer Whitney, CBS 13
2. Sarah Gardner, KCRA 3
3. Donna Cordova, FOX40
Runners-Up: Paul Joncich, CBS 13

Local Newspaper Columnist
1. Mark Kreidler, The Sacramento Bee
2. Ailene Voisin, The Sacramento Bee
3. Martin McNeal, The Sacramento Bee

1. R.E. Graswich, The Sacramento Bee
2. Dan Walters, The Sacramento Bee
3. Daniel Weintraub, The Sacramento Bee

Non-daily Newspaper
1. Sacramento News & Review
2. Sacramento Business Journal
3. Natomas Journal and Roseville Press-Tribune (tie)
Runner-Up: Elk Grove Citizen

Sacramentan of the Year
1. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
2. Joyce Raley Teel
3. Tom Sullivan
Runner-Up: Roger Niello

Casino Within 90 Minutes
1. Thunder Valley Casino
2. Cache Creek Casino Resort
3. Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel
Runner-Up: Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Casino Restaurant Within 90 Minutes
1. Austin’s Steakhouse and Thunder Valley Feast Buffet, Thunder Valley Casino (tie)
2. Shanghai Fats, Thunder Valley Casino
3. Cache Creek Harvest Buffet, Cache Creek Casino Resort

Place To Buy Wine/Spirits
1. Beverages & More
2. Trader Joe’s
3. David Berkley Fine Wines & Specialty Foods
Runners-Up: Capitol Cellars, Costco, Cost Plus World Market

Dance Club
1. MoMo Lounge (inside Harlow’s)
2. Empire Nightclub/Empire Events Center
3. Avalon Nightclub & Bar
Runner-Up: Faces

1. Zigatos
2. Pine Cove Tavern
3. 7440 Club

Place To Shoot Pool
1. Zigatos
2. Pine Cove Tavern
3. 7440 Club

Upscale Bar
1. Esquire Grill and KBar (tie)
2. Harlow’s
3. Sky Bar
Runners-Up: Black Pearl Oyster Bar, Blue Cue, Masque Ristorante, Public Market Bar inside the Sheraton Grand Sacramento, Riverside Clubhouse

Live Music Venue
1. Harlow’s
2. Radisson Hotel Sacramento and Sleep Train Amphitheatre (tie)
3. Empire Nightclub/Empire Events Center and Torch Club (tie)

Live Theater
1. B Street Theatre
2. Music Circus
3. Sacramento Theatre Company
Runners-Up: Capital Stage Aboard the Delta King, Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre

Local Jazz Group
1. Mumbo Gumbo
2. Roger Smith
3. Vivian Lee

Local Entertainer
1. Jackie Greene
2. Jack Gallagher
3. Mick Martin and The Blues Rockers

Tourist Attraction Locals Can Enjoy
1. Old Sacramento
2. California State Railroad Museum
3. State Capitol
Runners-Up: California State Fair, Crocker Art Museum, Folsom Lake, Sacramento Zoo

Locally Owned Men’s Clothing Shop
1. Bonney & Gordon and S. Benson & Company (tie)
2. Julius
3. Patrick James

Place To Buy Clothing
1. Nordstrom
2. Macy’s
3. Talbots
Runners-Up: Arden Fair, Marshalls, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy

Locally Owned Women’s Boutique
1. Madam Butterfly
2. Lulu
3. Brown House and Serendipity Boutique (tie)
Runners-Up: Dara Denim, Krazy Mary’s Boutique, Sugar Shack Boutique

Place for a Wedding Reception
1. Vizcaya
2. The Sterling Hotel
3. Arden Hills Country Club & Spa and Hyatt Regency Sacramento (tie)
Runners-Up: The Firehouse Restaurant, Julia Morgan House & Gardens

Day Spa
1. Arden Hills Country Club & Spa
2. Hoshall’s and Mellow Me Out (tie)
3. Esthetics by Jeanette
Runners-Up: Blue Sky Day Spa, Mosaic Salon and Spa

Health Club
1. California Family Fitness
2. 24 Hour Fitness
3. Spare Time Clubs
Runners-Up: Arden Hills Country Club & Spa, The Capital Athletic Club, Curves, Gold’s Gym

Place To Get a Massage
1. Mellow Me Out
2. Arden Hills Country Club & Spa
3. Blue Sky Day Spa and Mosaic Salon and Spa(tie)
Runners-Up: Esthetics by Jeanette, Hoshall’s

Hair Salon
1. Hoshall’s
2. Mosaic Salon and Spa
3. New Attitude
Runners-Up: Images Salon Spa & Beauty, Total Beauty Experience

Place To Get a Manicure/Pedicure
1. Esthetics by Jeanette
2. Mosaic Salon and Spa
3. Hoshall’s and Total Beauty Experience (tie)
Runner-Up: Lovely Nail Salon

Yoga Classes
1. 24 Hour Fitness
2. California Family Fitness
3. Blue Sky Yoga, Healthy Habits Fitness and Yoga Studio, and Yoga Loka (tie)
Runner-Up: East Wind Yoga

Place To Get a Tan
1. California Sun Centers
2. Maui Tan
3. Mosaic Salon and Spa
Runners-Up: Folsom Lake, Island Tan

Place To Meet Singles
1. Harlow’s and KBar (tie)
2. Bandera
3. Centro Cocina Mexicana, Faces and Tokyo Fro’s (tie)

Local Hotel for an Evening Getaway
1. Hyatt Regency Sacramento
2. Sheraton Grand Sacramento
3. The Sterling Hotel
Runners-Up: Embassy Suites Hotel Sacramento, Delta King Hotel, Radisson Hotel Sacramento

Product Made in Sacramento
1. Blue Diamond Almonds
2. Shari’s Berries
3. Merlino’s Freeze
Runner-Up: Crystal dairy products

1. Roger Valine, Vision Service Plan
2. Shari Fitzpatrick, Shari’s Berries
3. Jeanne Reaves, River City Bank

Favorite Kings Player
1. Mike Bibby
2. Bobby Jackson (now with the Memphis Grizzlies)
3. Peja Stojakovic
Runner-Up: Brad Miller

Place To Buy Your Dream Car
1. Niello Motors
2. Mercedes-Benz of Sacramento
3. Lexus of Sacramento
Runners-Up: Mercedes-Benz of El Dorado Hills, Roseville Auto Mall

Local Website
1. sacbee.com
2. thekcrachannel.com
3. mckayphotography.com
Runner-Up: mybestdeals.com

Volunteer Group
1. Sacramento SPCA
2. eLife Connections and WEAVE (tie)
3. Senior Gleaners
Runners-Up: Habitat for Humanity, Junior League of Sacramento

Place To Buy a Special Gift
1. William Glen
2. Guzzetta & Co. Fine Jewelers
3. Sharif Jewelers
Runners-Up: Grebitus & Sons Fine Jewelry & Gift House,Ivy House

Place To Buy a Gag Gift
1. Evangeline
2. Spencer Gifts
3. Mixed Bag

Gift-Basket Selection
1. Shari’s Berries
2. David Berkley Fine Wines & Specialty Foods
3. Bath & Body Works
Runners-Up: Costco, Harry and David, William Glen

Grocery Store
1. Raley’s/Bel Air
2. Whole Foods Market
3. Trader Joe’s
Runners-Up: Albertsons, Nugget Markets, Safeway

Health Food Store
1. Whole Foods Market
2. Elliott’s Natural Foods
3. Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
Runners-Up: GNC, Sunrise Natural Foods, Trader Joe’s

Place To Buy Fruits and Veggies
1. Raley’s/Bel Air
2. Farmers markets
3. Whole Foods Market

Place To Buy Bread
1. The Bread Store
2. Panera Bread
3. Grateful Bread Company and Raley’s/Bel Air (tie)
Runners-Up: Bella Bru, Whole Foods Market

Tea Room/Tea House
1. The Elegant Garden & Afternoon Tea
2. Treasured Tea Time
3. Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Tea Cozy (tie)

Place To Shop for a Wedding Dress
1. House of Fashion Bridal Salon
2. Bridal Mart Factory Outlet and David’s Bridal (tie)
3. Miosa Couture

Place To Buy Jewelry
1. Guzzetta & Co. Fine Jewelers
2. Grebitus & Sons Fine Jewelry & Gift House
3. Sharif Jewelers

Photography Studio
1. Sirlin Photographers
2. McKay Photography
3. Jensen Photography
Runners-Up: Gino Creglia Photography, Craig Evans Photography, Bill Smith Photography, Roy Wilcox Photography

Place To Buy Art
1. Ventana Art Gallery
2. Abreu Gallery Art & Framing
3. Tower Framing and Design Gallery, and Z Gallerie (tie)
Runner-Up: Solomon Dubnick Gallery

1. Relles Florist
2. Twiggs Floral Design Gallery
3. Bouquet Florist & Gifts and Posh Shoppe Florist (tie)
Runners-Up: Balshor Florist, Rust Florist

Garden Center
1. Capital Nursery
2. The Home Depot
3. Fair Oaks Boulevard Nursery and Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse (tie)
Runners-Up: Bushnell’s Garden Nursery, Green Acres Nursery, Matsuda’s Nursery, Target

Beauty Supply Shop
1. Total Beauty Experience
2. Ulta
3. Sally Beauty Supply
Runner-Up: West Coast Beauty Systems

Bath Shop
1. Bath & Body Works
2. Bed Bath & Beyond
3. The Body Shop and Linens-N-Things (tie)
Runners-Up: Calla Lily Fine Linens, Origins, Total Beauty Experience

Place To Buy Hiking/Outdoor Gear
1. REI
2. Big 5 Sporting Goods and Sport Chalet (tie)
3. JB3 Outdoors

Weekend Getaway Destination
1. Lake Tahoe
2. Napa
3. San Francisco
Runners-Up: Carmel, Mendocino, Monterey, Sonoma

Ski/Snowboard Shop
1. Helm of Sun Valley
2. Surf & Skate
3. REI
Runners-Up: Ground Zero Clothing & Board, Sport Chalet

Car Wash
1. Harv’s Car Wash and Pavilions Car Wash (tie)
2. Scrub Boys Car Wash
3. Oasis Car Wash
Runners-Up: Auto Spa Car Wash & Detail, Five Star Wash Detail & Lube

1. Esquire Grill
2. Bandera
3. Black Pearl Oyster Bar
Runners-Up: Scott’s Seafood; Morton’s, the Steakhouse; Spataro Restaurant and Bar

Regional Winery
1. Bogle Vineyards
2. Boeger Winery
3. Renwood Winery
Runners-Up: Frasinetti Winery, Montevina Vineyards

High School Marching Band
1. Kennedy
2. Bella Vista
3. Granite Bay and McClatchy (tie)
Runner-Up: Elk Grove

Tattoo Artist
1. Bill Hill, Wild Bill’s Tattoo & Body Piercing
2. Bill Liberty, Liberty Tattoo
3. Bill Henderson, Folsom City Ink Tattoos

Real Estate Company
1. Lyon Real Estate
2. Coldwell Banker
3. RE/MAX Gold
Runners-Up: Century 21, Dunnigan Realtors, Keller Williams Realty

Limo Service
1. California Limousines
2. Neumann Enterprises
3. Top Notch Limousine & Executive Services LLC
Runner-Up: Aladdin Limousine

Valet Parking
1. Neumann Enterprises (handles valet parking for many area restaurants)
2. Delta King

Place To Buy Patio Furniture
1. California Backyard
2. Emigh’s Casual Living
3. Costco, Pottery World Home Decor and Target (tie)
Runner-Up: Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse

Place To Play Tennis
1. Rio Del Oro Racquet Club
2. Arden Hills Country Club & Spa
3. McKinley Park
Runners-Up: Gold River Racquet Club, Johnson Ranch Racquet Club, Natomas Racquet Club

* Congratulations to subscribers Stephanie Burt, Katie Collins and Vic Yee, winners of the drawing to receive four tickets each to the Best of Sacramento Party. Thank you for completing the Best of Sacramento ballot.