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2008 Readers' Choice Awards

Sep 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

The number of votes and results show an overwhelming trend: Style readers are passionate about their favorites! You’ve voted and we’ve tallied. There’s everything from favorite place to get a burger to favorite local hero, and we’ve got the standouts…plus a few Editors’ Picks to give you even more of the inside scoop!

Congrats to all the winners!

Favorite Ice Cream/Frozen Treat Place
1. Big Spoon
2. Cold Stone Creamery
3. Snooks
Editor’s Pick: Peach Pit

Favorite Smoothie Place
1. Planet Smoothie
2. Jamba Juice
3. Juice it Up

Favorite Pizza Place
1. Chicago Fire
2. Ciro’s
3. Pizzeria Classico

Favorite Breakfast Place
1. Sutter Street Grill
2. Early Toast
3. A Maad Tea Party

Favorite Brunch Place
1. Mimi’s Café
2. Bistro 33
3. Balcony Bistro

Favorite Burger & Fries Joint
1. The Purple Place
2. Islands
3. In-n-Out
Editor’s Pick: Burger Hut

Favorite BBQ Place
1. Texas West BBQ
2. Burton’s BBQ
3. Back Forty Texas BBQ

Favorite Mexican Restaurant
1. Mexquite
2. Q’Bole
3. La Fiesta Taqueria

Favorite Chinese Restaurant
1. Fat’s Asia Bistro
2. Hop Sing Palace
3. Debbie Wong’s

Favorite Sushi/ Japanese Restaurant
1. Mikuni
2. Suishin Sushi
3. Aloha Sushi

Favorite Steakhouse
1. Tahoe Joe’s
2. Black Angus
3. Cattlemens

Favorite Italian Restaurant
1. Visconti’s
2. My Brother Vinny’s
3. Macaroni Grill

Favorite Indian Restaurant
1. Hemalaya’s
2. Taj India
3. India House

Favorite Thai Restaurant
1. Chantara
2. Thai Paradise
3. Amarin

Favorite Deli
1. Mama Ann’s
2. Beach Hut Deli
3. Nugget Market

Favorite Sandwich Place
1. Beach Hut Deli
2. Mr. Pickles
3. Mama Ann’s
Editor’s Pick: The Black Rooster

Favorite Salad Place
1. Jack's Urban Eats
2. La Bou
3. Ruby Tuesday

Favorite Bakery
1. Karen’s
2. O!Brot
3. Bakerie & Latte Chateau Arme

Favorite Romantic Restaurant
1. Café Campanile
2. The Ravine
3. Bidwell Street Bistro

Favorite Outdoor Dining
1. Bistro 33
2. Hacienda
3. Malabar

Favorite Take-out Restaurant
1. Chili’s
2. Fat’s Asia Bistro
3. BJ’s

Favorite Casual Restaurant
1. BJ’s
2. Jack’s Urban Eats
3. Dos Coyotes
Editor’s Pick: Balcony Bistro

Favorite Overall Restaurant
1. Bidwell Street Bistro
2. Bistro 33
3. Fat’s Asia Bistro

Favorite Waitperson
1. Matt, Suishin Sushi
2. Gina, The Purple Place
3. Jennifer, My Brother Vinny’s

Favorite Coffee or Tea
1. Starbucks
2. Peet’s
3. Sartory Café
Editor’s Pick: Coffee Republic

Favorite Bar
1. Streets of London
2. Powerhouse Pub
3. Bistro 33

Favorite Happy Hour
1. The Purple Place
2. The Ravine
3. Folsom Lake Bowl Sports Bar

Favorite Cocktails
1. Bistro 33
2. Fat’s Asia Bistro
3. Scarlett’s
Editor’s Pick: the Folsom Style Margarita from Mexquite. We’re a little partial on this one!

Favorite Place for a Glass of Wine
1. Wine Konnection
2. Bidwell Street Bistro
3. Procissi Wine Gallery
Editor’s Pick: Back Wine Bar

Favorite Bartender
1. Jeff, Café Campanile
2. Kevin, The Ravine Bar & Restaurant
3. Brent, Manderes

Favorite Local Winery
1. Crystal Basin Cellars
2. Boeger
3. Young’s

Favorite Day Trip
1. Lake Tahoe
2. Folsom Lake
3. Apple Hill

Favorite Playground
1. Castle Park
3. Livermore Park
Editor’s Note: One voter said, “Cameron Park Skate Park Has a Handicap Swing for my Daughter.” Help us build a universally accessible playground in Folsom. Be a Play For All 100 Member. Visit and click on the Play For All logo.

Favorite Kid’s Activity
1. Folsom Zoo
2. Folsom Aquatic Center
3. Bike Trails throughout Folsom and EDH

Favorite Park
1. Livermore Park
2. EDH CSD Park
3. Lembi Park

Favorite Picnic Spot
1. Lake Natoma
2. Folsom Lake
3. Apple Hill

Favorite Golf Course
1. Empire Ranch
2. Bass Lake
3. Serrano

Favorite Personal Trainer
1. Ty Silva, The Red Pit
2. Sharon Felts, EDH Sports Club
3. Neil & Jennifer, Fitness Together-EDH

Favorite Gym/Health Club
1. EDH Sports Club
2. California Family Fitness
3. 24 hour Fitness
Editor’s Pick: Broadstone Racquet Club

Favorite Martial Arts
1. El Dorado Hills Taekwondo
2. Kovar’s
3. Robinson’s Taekwondo

Favorite Casino
1. Thunder Valley
2. Jackson Rancheria
3. Harrah’s

Favorite Local Spiritual Leader
1. Kim Clarity, Spiritual Center for Positive Living
2. Brad Franklin, Lakeside Church
3. Kent Carlson, Oak Hills Church

Favorite Museum
1. Folsom History Museum
2. Crocker Art Museum
3. Railroad Museum
Editor’s Pick: Gold Bug Park & Mine

Favorite Local Hero
1. Jason Harper of EDH
2. Local Firefighters
3. Our Military

Favorite Civic Leader
1. Kerri Howell
2. Debbie Manning
3. Steve Miklos

Favorite Local Businessperson
1. Deirdre Hawkins
2. Jeffrey DuFault
3. Giovanna Stark

Favorite Neighborhood in Which to Live
1. The Parkway
2. Empire Ranch
3. Serrano

Favorite Annual Event or Festival
1. Folsom Rodeo
2. Folsom Live
3. Thursday Night Market

Favorite Artist
1. Dianne Mattar
2. Julie Bjorgum
3. Randall Tillery

Favorite Musician/Band
1. Azuar
2. Walking Spanish
3. Mercy Me

Favorite Performing Arts Organization
1. El Dorado Musical Theater
2. Stages Northern California Performing Arts
3. El Dorado Dance Academy

Favorite Charitable Organization
1. El Dorado Food Bank
2. Snowline Hospice
3. Twin Lakes Food Bank

Favorite Best Kept Secret
1. Sartory Coffee
2. Lake Forest Café
3. American Visions Gallery
Editor’s Note: ok, folks, we thought this response was hysterical: “My Wife’s Weight.”

Favorite Teacher
1. Pamela Hart, Jackson Elementary
2. Mary Larick, Carl Sundahl Elementary
3. Debbie Palmer, Oak Meadow Elementary
Editor’s Pick: Our own Kelley Saia as favorite future teacher.

Favorite Athletic Coach
1. Kris Richardson, Folsom High School
2. Mark Watson, Oak Ridge High School
3. Robert Skaggs, Oak Ridge High School

Favorite Place to Volunteer
1. Grace Foundation
2. Lakeside Church
3. Mercy Hospital

Favorite Place to Take
Out-of-Town Visitors
1. Old Town Folsom/Sutter Street
2. Lake Tahoe
3. Apple Hill

Favorite Local Web Site

Favorite Barber
1. Barber Jon’s
2. Tom’s Barber Stylist
3. Randy Boxell

Favorite Hair Stylist
1. Jeffrey DuFault, DuFault’s Beauty Boutique
2. Liisa Ramsey, Echelon
3. Jill Jurchuk, Maribou

Favorite Salon
1. Maribou Spa Salon
2. DuFault’s Beauty Boutique
3. Chez TJ

Favorite Place for a Manicure/Pedicure
1. Lilly’s Nails
2. Le Chateau Nail Salon
3. Chez TJ
Editor’s Pick: Excel Nails

Favorite Place for a Massage
1. Dream Day Spa
2. Massage Envy, Folsom
3. Asante Spa
Editor’s Pick: Michael Clifford, Massage Therapist

Favorite Place for a Facial
1. Marissa, Chez TJ
2. TTE Skincare
3. (TIE) Asante Spa and Dream Day Spa

Favorite Pet Groomer
1. Bark Avenue
2. Pampered Pooch
3. PetsMart

Favorite Florist
1. Folsom Florist
2. Exotica
3. Crystal Rose

Favorite Photographer
1. K. Walker Photography
2. Reflections by Michelle Lipowski
3. Charm Photography

Favorite Art Gallery
1. Hang it Up Gallery
2. American Visions Gallery
3. Our House Gallery
Editor’s Pick: The Gallery at 48 Natoma

Favorite Local Bank
1. Bank of America
2. El Dorado Savings Bank
3. Folsom Lake Bank

Favorite Auto Repair
1. Folsom Car Care Center
2. Folsom AutoTech
3. Folsom Motor Works

Favorite Dry Cleaner
1. Dry Cleaning to Your Door
2. Swanson’s
3. Park Place

Favorite Tailor
1. Alterations Express
2. EDH Tailoring & Alterations
3. Absolute Alterations

Favorite Dentist
1. Jeffrey Olson, D.D.S., Folsom Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
2. Gerard Ortner D.D.S., Designs in Dentistry
3. Wayne K. Tsutsuse, D.D.S., Aloha Family Dental
Editor’s Note: If you don’t think your vote counts, you’re wrong. There was only one vote between #3 and #4 Dentist, Shelley Edwards, DDS.

Favorite Produce Department
1. Nugget Market
2. Trader Joe’s
3. Bel-Air

Favorite Grocery Store
1. Raley’s
2. Safeway
3. Nugget Market

Favorite Boutique
1. Sandra D’s
2. Belle Mode
3. Uptown Girl

Favorite Children’s Store
1. Starlight Starbright
2. Posh Punkins
3. Mind Over Matter Toys
Editor’s Pick: Toys that Teach

Favorite Gift Shop
1. Periwinkle
2. Veda Home
3. Bella Casa Home Decor

Favorite Jewelry Store
1. Rainbow Bridge Jewelers
2. Roger’s Jewelers
3. Sharif Jewelers

Favorite Store in Which to Shop
1. Target
2. Macy’s
3. Costco

Favorite Mall or Shopping Center
1. Broadstone Marketplace
2. Roseville Galleria
3. Town Center in El Dorado Hills