NEW TIMES BEST OF SLO

List making + supporting SLOcal businesses = my favorite. Every year the New Times puts out the Best of SLO County Readers Poll. Below are the my votes; cast your votes and support your SLOcal community  New Times Best of SLO County No. 29 Readers Poll 2015.

Rules: One ballot per person/email •To prevent ballot-box stuffing (also known as cheating), all ballots must be at least 30 percent (42 questions) completed•Please enter your information in order to vote, for verification purposes only. All information is kept in complete confidence•Ballots must be completed by 5pm, Monday, March 16, 2015•All entries become the property of New Times 

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NEW Times best of slo county 2015 no. 29 readers poll

Votes by Kendra Aronson


DINING OUT

Best North County Restaurant (Atascadero, Paso Robles, Templeton, Santa Margarita, San Miguel) → The Range (Santa Margarita)
Best South County Restaurant (Arroyo Grande, Nipomo) → Ember Restaurant (Arroyo Grande)
Best South Coast Restaurant (Avila Beach, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, Oceano, Shell Beach) → Seaside Cafe & Bakery (Shell Beach)
Best North Coast Restaurant (Cambria, Cayucos, Los Osos/Baywood Park, Morro Bay) Robin's (Cambria)
Best San Luis Obispo Restaurant → Goshi's (San Luis Obispo)
Best Restaurant. Period. → Ember Restaurant (Arroyo Grande)
Best New Restaurant of 2014 →  Ember Restaurant (Arroyo Grande)
Best Breakfast → Sally Loo's Wholesome Cafe (San Luis Obispo)
Best Weekend Brunch → Big Sky Cafe (San Luis Obispo)
Best Hangover Food → Frank's Famous Hot Dogs (San Luis Obispo)
Best Vegetarian Fare →
Best Seafood → Pier 46 (Templeton)
Best Mexican Food → Chacho's (Grover Beach)
Best Chinese Food → Mee Hung Low (San Luis Obispo)
Best Japanese Food → Goshi's (San Luis Obispo)
Best Thai Food → Thai Talay (Pismo Beach)
Best Italian Food → Mama's Meatball (San Luis Obispo)
Best Mediterranean Food → Petra (San Luis Obispo)
Best Pizza → Mama's Meatball (San Luis Obispo)
Best Meat Lovers Fare → Jocko's Steak House (Nipomo)
Best Steak → The Range (Santa Margarita)
Best Burger → Spike's (San Luis Obispo)
Best Salad → Thomas Hill Organics (Paso Robles)
Best Taco → Juanita's Homemade Mexican Food (Grover Beach)
Best Burrito → Tacos de Mexico (Morro Bay)
Best Chowder → Splash Cafe (Pismo Beach)
Best Ice Cream/Yogurt → Negranti Creamery (Paso Robles)
Best Dessert → Ember Restaurant (Arroyo Grande)
Best Sandwich → High Street Deli (San Luis Obispo)
Best Bakery → Sweet Pea Bakery (Arroyo Grande)
Best Outdoor Dining → Novo Restaurant (San Luis Obispo)
Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant → Mama's Meatball (San Luis Obispo)
Best Meal for your Money → Ember Restaurant (Arroyo Grande)
Best Meal to Treat Yourself → The Range (Santa Margarita)
Best Fish Market → Pier 46 (Templeton)
Best Butcher → J & R Natural Meat and Sausage (Templeton)

AFTER HOURS

Best San Luis Obispo Bar → Spike's (San Luis Obispo)
Best North County Bar (Santa Margarita to Paso Robles) → Molly Pitcher Brewing Company (Atascadero)
Best North Coast Bar (Los Osos to San Simeon) → Sweet Springs Saloon (Los Osos)
Best South County Bar (Avila to Nipomo) → Jocko's Steak House (Nipomo)
Best Place to Dance → Novo Restaurant  (San Luis Obispo)
Best Club to Catch a Band → SLO Brew (San Luis Obispo)
Best Place to go on a First Date → Foremost Wine Company (San Luis Obispo)
Best Local Band → Fialta (San Luis Obispo)
Best Place for a Beer → Spike's (San Luis Obispo)
Best Fancy Cocktail → Granada Hotel & Bistro (San Luis Obispo)
Best Margarita → Granada Hotel & Bistro (San Luis Obispo)
Best Bloody Mary →
Best Happy Hour → Luna Red (San Luis Obispo)
Best Sports Bar →
Best Local Red Wine (name winery) →
Best Local White Wine (name winery) →
Best Local Brewery → BarrelHouse Brewery Company (Paso Robles)
Best Tasting Room—North County (above the Cuesta Grade) → Re:Find Distillery (Paso Robles)
Best Tasting Room—South County (below the Cuesta Grade) →
Best Wine Bar → Luis Wine Bar (San Luis Obispo)
Best Winery or Brewery Tasting Transportation →
Best Drink for the Money → Gaslight Lounge (San Luis Obispo)
Best Drink with a View → The Cliffs (Shell Beach)
Best Barista → Bello Mundo (San Luis Obispo)
Best Local Coffee Shop → Scout Coffee Co. (San Luis Obispo)
Best Local Coffee Roaster → HoneyCo Coffee Roasters (San Luis Obispo)

ARTS SCENE

Best Festival (specify city) → Restaurant Month (SLO County)
Best Photographer → Cana Creative (San Luis Obispo)
Best Local Artist—Visual →
Best Fine Art Gallery → Left Field SLO (San Luis Obispo)
Best Tattoo Artist →
Best Movie Theatre → The Palm Theatre (San Luis Obispo)
Best Local Theater Group →
Best Venue to See a Play →
Best Dance Company →
Best Local Entertainer →
Best Live Music Venue → SLO Brew (San Luis Obispo)
Best Community Event (specify city) → Concerts in the Plaza (San Luis Obispo)

GETTIN' GOODS

Best Local Bookstore → Phoenix Books (San Luis Obispo)
Best Place to Buy Music → Boo Boo Records (San Luis Obispo)
Best Place to Buy Musical Instruments →
Best Men's Clothing Store → Ruby Rose (San Luis Obispo)
Best Women's Clothing Store → Ruby Rose (San Luis Obispo)
Best Intimate Apparel → Fanny Wrappers (San Luis Obispo)
Best Thrift Store → The Bins at Goodwill (San Luis Obispo)
Best Antique Shop → Brooks Furniture & Antiques (San Luis Obispo)
Best Consignment Business →
Best Pet Store →
Best Place to Pamper Your Pet →
Best Local Hardware Store → Miner's Ace Hardware (San Luis Obispo)
Best Grocery Store → DePalo & Sons (Shell Beach)
Best Flower Shop → Wilder Floral Co. (San Luis Obispo)

Best Gamers Store →
Best Eyewear Store →
Best Toy Store → Tom's Toys (San Luis Obispo)
Best Shoe Store → Ruby Rose (San Luis Obispo)
Best Tire Store → The Tire Store (San Luis Obispo)

LIFESTYLE

Best Hair Salon → Bluebird Salon (San Luis Obispo)
Best Barber → Anderson Barber Shop (San Luis Obispo)
Best Nail Salon → Day Nails & Spa II (San Luis Obispo)
Best Health Club/Gym → YMCA (San Luis Obispo)
Best Yoga Studio → Yoga Centre SLO (San Luis Obispo)
Best Place to Get a Massage → The Spa at Madonna Inn (San Luis Obispo)
Best Place to Get Waxed →
Best Plastic Surgeon →
Best Place for Skin Care →

AROUND TOWN

Best Company of 2014→ Makers & Allies (San Luis Obispo)
Best Radio Station → KCPR (San Luis Obispo)
Best Local News Source → The Tribune (San Luis Obispo)
Best Place for a Wedding Reception or Big Bash → Flying Caballos (San Luis Obispo)
Best Place to Pay to Stay (Hotel, Motel, B&B, etc.) → Madonna Inn (San Luis Obispo)
Best Car Wash →
Best Medical Marijuana Delivery Service →
Best Bank/Credit Union →
Best Real Estate Company (specify city) →
Best Lawyer →
Best Home & Garden Service (cleaning, landscape, maintenance, pool care, etc.) →
Best Plumber →
Best Auto Mechanic → Reeves Auto Repair (San Luis Obispo) 
Best Dentist →
Best Doctor →
Best Chiropractor →
Best Vet → Animal Hospital of SLO (San Luis Obispo)
Best Moving Company →
Best New Car Dealer →
Best User Car Dealer →

GET OUT

Best Weekend Getaway in SLO County → Montana de Oro (Los Osos)
Best Place to Get Swimwear → SLO Swim (San Luis Obispo)
Best Board Shop → Wavelengths (Morro Bay)
Best Golf Course →
Best Hike → Cerro San Luis Trail a.k.a. Madonna Mountain (San Luis Obispo)
Best Local Outdoor Store → Mountain Air Sports (San Luis Obispo)
Best Friend to the Environment → Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County (San Luis Obispo)
Best Bike Shop → Wally's Bicycle Works (San Luis Obispo)
Best Nursery/Garden Store → Grow Nursery (Cambria)
Best Local Tack Shop →
Best Pet Sitter or Boarding → Thousand Hills Pet Resort (San Luis Obispo)
Best Childcare Center →

COMMUNITY WATCH

Best Controversy or Scandal →
Best Annoying Public Figure →
Best Use of Taxpayers' Money →
Best Elected Official → Dan Rivoire (San Luis Obispo)
Best Non-Profit → Transitions-Mental Health Association/Growing Grounds (San Luis Obispo)
Best Teacher (must include name of school) → Erin Serafin (5th Grade Teacher) of Charles E. Teach Elementary 
Best Community Project of 2014 →
 

What have we missed?

Tell us what you think we've missed! →

Best Videographer → Cana Creative (San Luis Obispo)
Best Lifestyle Store → Huckleberry Market (San Luis Obispo)
Best Juice Shop → Julia's Juice Bar (Grover Beach)
Best Furniture Maker → Linker Workshop (San Luis Obispo)
Best Dive Bar → Gaslight Lounge (San Luis Obispo)
Best Graphic Designer → August Kreowski (San Luis Obispo)

Best Surfboard Shaper  → Shea Somma of Somma Special Designs (San Luis Obispo)
Best Ribs → Ribline (San Luis Obispo)
Best Tri-Tip → Old San Luis BBQ (San Luis Obispo)