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Glenn Hammett

Best of Bakersfield 2013

Here are the winners and favorites in all 108 categories of this year's Best of Bakersfield contest.

To read about 20 "Best of" winners highlighted in this issue, CLICK HERE. To read more about the 20th anniversary edition of "Best of Bakersfield," CLICK HERE.

Best Breakfast Restaurant        

24th Street Cafe

1415 24th St.; 323-8801; 24thstreetcafe.com
Favorites

Cope’s Knotty Pine Café    

Village Grill    

Best Wine Selection        

Imbibe Wine and Spirits Merchant    

4140 Truxtun Ave.; 633-9463; imbibewine.com
Favorites        

Costco            

Café Med

Best Business Lunch            

Luigi’s Restaurant and Delicatessen

725 E. 19th St.;

322-0926; shopluigis.com
Favorites

Mexicali            

Uricchio’s Trattoria                   

Best Buffet        

Hodel’s Country Dining    

5917 Knudsen Drive; 399-3341; hodels.com
Favorites    

Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace Steakhouse        

Golden Corral

Restaurant        

            
Best Mexican Restaurant        

Mexicali            

631 18th St.; 327-3861 and 5601 California Ave.; 327-5201; mexicalifood.com
Favorites

La Costa Mariscos        

Red Pepper Restaurant   

Best Seafood Restaurant        

Red Lobster        

8180 Rosedale

Highway; 589-9956; redlobster.com
Favorites

Cafe Med            

La Costa Mexican Restaurant            

Best Basque Restaurant        


Wool Growers Restaurant

620 E. 19th St.; 327-9584; woolgrowers.net
Favorites

Noriega’s            

Benji’s French Basque Restaurant

Best Burger Place            

In-N-Out Burger        

5100 Stockdale Highway; 2310 Panama Lane; 800-786-1000; in-n-out.com
Favorites

Juicy Burger        

Eureka! Burger

Best Overall Restaurant        

Tahoe Joe’s Famous Steakhouse        

9000 Ming Ave.; 664-7750; tahoejoes.com
Favorites

Luigi’s Restaurant & Delicatessen

BJ’s Restaurants & Brewery    

Best Margarita 

Mexicali        

631 18th St.; 327-3861 and 5601 California Ave.; 327-5201; mexicalifood.com
Favorites    

Chili’s            

Mauricio’s Grill & Cantina                    

Best Microbrew Selection    


Lengthwise Brewing Co.

Various locations including 6720 Schirra Court; 836-2537; lengthwise.com     
Favorites        

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery        

Eureka! Burger                    

Best Yogurt Shop    


Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt

8200 Stockdale Highway, Suite M-2; 396-8000; tfyogurt.com
Favorites

Yogurtland Bakersfield    

Daddy O’s Frozen Yogurt & Gelato

        
Best Pizza Spot    

Tony’s Pizza

Various locations including 4750 Coffee Road, Suite 101; 588-4700; tonyspizzabakersfield.com
Favorites        

Rusty’s Pizza        

Pizzaville                    

Best Bakery        

Smith’s Bakeries

Various locations including 2808 Union Ave.; 325-3411;

smithsbakeries.com
Favorites        

Sweet Surrender        

Cupcakes N Crema        

Best Sunday Brunch        

Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace

2800 Buck Owens Blvd.; 328-7560; buckowens.com
Favorites        

The Padre Hotel        

Hodel’s Country Dining            

Best Sushi/ Japanese Restaurant        

Akira Japanese Restaurant

4154 California Ave.; 326-1860
Favorites        

Tokyo Garden        

Love Sushi        

Best Romantic Restaurant        


Uricchio’s Trattoria

1400 17th St.; 326-8870; uricchios-trattoria.com
Favorites        

Cafe Med            

The Belvedere Room at The Padre Hotel

        
Best New Restaurant      

Eureka! Burger    

10520 W. Stockdale Highway; 241-5999; eurekaburger.com
Favorites        

Salty’s BBQ & Catering    

The Mark Restaurant

    
Best Cupcakes    

Sweet Surrender    

6439 Ming Ave.; 835-8530; sweetsurrenderbakery.com
Favorites        

Smith’s Bakeries        

Cupcakes N Crema        

            
Best Chinese Restaurant        

Bill Lee’s Bamboo Chopsticks    

1203 18th St.; 324-9441; billlees.com
Favorites        

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro    

Great Castle Chinese Restaurant                    

Best Drive-Thru    

In-N-Out    

5100 Stockdale Highway; 2310 Panama Lane; 800-786-1000; in-n-out.com
Favorites        

Starbuck’s Coffee Co.     

Dewar’s                    

Best Salsa        


Mexicali

631 18th St.; 327-3861 and 5601 California Ave.; 327-5201; mexicalifood.com
Favorites        

El Jacalito Grill        

Mauricio’s Grill & Cantina            

Best Deli/Sandwich Shop    

The Sequoia Sandwich Company

Various locations including 1231 18th St.; 323-2500; sequoiasandwich.com
Favorites        

Caesar’s Italian Delicatessen        

Panera Bread

Best Restaurant for Kids/Family


John's Incredible Pizza Co.

3709 Rosedale Highway; 859-1111; johnspizza.com
Favorites

Moo Creamery

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse

Best Happy Hour

Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse

9000 Ming Ave.; 664-8723; tahoejoes.com
Favorites

Lengthwise Brewing Company

Elephant Bar

Best Steak Restaurant

Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse

9000 Ming Ave.; 664-8723; tahoejoes.com
Favorites

KC Steak House

Steak & Grape Restaurant

Best Barbecue Restaurant

Famous Dave's

7777 Rosedale Highway; 829-2128; famousdaves.com/bakersfield
Favorites

Champs BBQ & Catering

Jake's Original Tex-Mex Cafe

Best Catering Service

Jake's Original Tex-Mex Cafe

1710 Oak St.; 322-6380; jakestexmex.com
Favorites

Famous Dave's

Hodel's Country Dining

Best Bar

The Padre Hotel

1702 18th St.; 427-4900; thepadrehotel.com
Favorites

Mexicali

Lengthwise Brewing Company

Best Wing Place

Buffalo Wild Wings

5677 Gosford Road; 664-4550; buffalowildwings.com
Favorites

Wingstop

Hooter's

Best Italian Food Restaurant

Uricchio's Trattoria

1400 17th St.; 326-8870; uricchios-trattoria.com
Favorites

Frugatti's

Luigi’s Restaurant & Delicatessen

Best Lunch Spot

Luigi’s Restaurant & Delicatessen

725 E 19th St.; 322-0926; shopluigis.com
Favorites

Jake's Original Tex-Mex Cafe

Sequoia Sandwich Company

Best Thai Food

Chef's Choice Noodle Bar

1534 19th St.; 325-1234; chefschoicenoodlebar.wordpress.com
Favorites

The Orchid Thai Fusion Cuisine

Blue Elephant

COMMUNITY

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests            

Dewar’s

1120 Eye St.; 322-0933 and 2700 Calloway Drive; 587-2056; dewarscandy.com
Favorites

Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace            

Wool Growers Restaurant                

Best Golf Course    

Seven Oaks Country Club    

2000 Grand Lakes Ave.; 664-6404; sevenoaks-countryclub.com
Favorites    

Bakersfield Country Club    

Riverlakes Golf Course             

Best Local Celebrity        

Aaron Perlman    

facebook.com/AaronPerlman
Favorites

Jake Varner        

Buck Owens                

Best Place to Worship        

Valley Bible Fellowship

2300 E. Brundage Lane; 325-2251; vbfbak.org
Favorites        

St. Francis of Assisi Parish            

Valley Baptist Church    

            
Best Private School        

Bakersfield Christian High School

12775 Stockdale HIghway; 410-7000; bakersfieldchristian.com    
Favorites

St. Francis Catholic School            

Garces Memorial High School                    

Best Local Band    

Mento Buru

reverbnation.com/mentoburu; facebook.com/MentoBuru        
Favorites

Thee Majestics        

Korn            

Best Local Teacher        

Ryan Coleman, Centennial High School
Favorites

Sara Lewis, Norris Elementary School            

Jennifer Hardin, Shafter High School                

Best Art Gallery    

Bakersfield Museum of Art          

1930 R St.; 323-7219; bmoa.org
Favorites

Metro Galleries        

The Foundry Art Gallery                

Best Place to People Watch        

Kern County Fair    

1142 S. P St.; 833-4900; kerncountyfair.com    
Favorites

The Marketplace        

The Valley Plaza Mall                

Best Made in Bakersfield Product        

Dewar’s (Ice Cream and Chews)

1120 Eye St.; 322-0933 and 2700 Calloway Drive; 587-2056; dewarscandy.com
Favorites

Smith’s Bakeries (Cookies)            

Pyrenees French Bakery                

Best Worthy Cause            

Relay for Life

Held at Wingspoint, southwest corner of Airport and Merle Haggard drives; 327-2424; relayforlife.org    
Favorites

Wounded Heroes Fund of Kern County        

SPCA    

Best Annual Event            

Kern County Fair        

1142 S. P St.; 833-4900; kerncountyfair.com
Favorites

CALM HolidayLights    

Relay for Life                    

Best Community Theater       


The Gaslight

Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall    

12748 Jomani Drive; 587-3377; themelodrama.com    
Favorites

Stars Theatre       

Bakersfield Community Theatre                    

Best Weekend Getaway        

Pismo Beach

pismobeach.org        
Favorites

Santa Barbara        

Las Vegas                

Best Place for Singles to Meet    

Church            
Favorites

Lengthwise Brewing Co.    

The Padre Hotel                

Best College/Higher Learning Source        

California State University Bakersfield    

9001 Stockdale Highway; 654-2782; csub.edu
Favorites

Bakersfield College        

Taft College        

SHOPS AND SERVICES

Best Shoe Store    

Guarantee Shoe Center    

2101 Chester Ave.; 325-8751; guaranteeshoecenter.com    
Favorites

Macy’s            

Famous Footwear                    

Best Doctor/General Practitioner        

Dr. Raj Patel, Preferred Family Care Physicians

5925-A Truxtun Ave.; 638-2273        
Favorites

Dr. Susan Helper, Mohawk Medical Group    

Dr. William J. Farr, Farr Medical Group    

    
Best Travel Agency        

AAA Travel Agency    

1500 Commercial Way; 327-4661; aaa.com
Favorites

Uniglobe Golden Empire Travel        

Lambourne Travel Service

        
Best Used Car Dealership        

Bill Wright Toyota    

5100 Gasoline Alley Drive; 735-4989; billwright.com
Favorites

Motor City Buick GMC    

Jim Burke Ford

Best Tuxedo Store            

AJ’s Tuxedos Junction    

2527 F St.; 325-2044 and 3699 Ming Ave.; 831-4114; ajstuxedo.com
Favorites

Mr. Tuxedo        

Men’s Wearhouse

    
Best Customer Service        

Urner’s        

4110 Wible Road;

396-8400; urners.com    
Favorites

Deborah Baker, Emporium Western Store        

Wayne Marden, Ole Boy Outdoors, Inc.

    
Best Bike Shop    

Snider’s Cyclery

2700 New Stine Road; 833-2700 and 2700 Union Ave.; 324-4751; sniderscyclery.com        
Favorites

Finish Line        

Action Sports                

Best Camera Shop            

Henley’s        

2000 H St.; 324-9484; henleysphoto.com    
Favorites

Best Buy            

Costco                    

Best Health Food Store            


Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins

4308 California Ave.; 324-6990; lassens.com    
Favorites

Cay Health Foods        

Cone’s Health Foods and Vitamins        

Best CPA/Accounting Firm    


Brown Armstrong Certified Public Accountants    

4200 Truxtun Ave., Suite 300; 324-4971; bacpas.com         
Favorites

Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock CPAs & Advisors        

Hocking Denton Palmquist CPA                    

Best Jewelry Store            

American Jewelry Co.    

3200 21st St., Suite 500; 325-5023; americanjewelry-company.com
Favorites

Rogers Jewelry Co.        

Knight’s Jewelers                

Best Mattress Store            

Urner’s Z’s Please Sleep Center        

4110 Wible Road; 396-8400 and 9500 Brimhall Road, Suite 201; 241-9329; urners.com
Favorites

Mattress Land SleepFit Center        

Mr. Mattress                   

Best Dentist        

Thomas A Berry, DDS    

500 Old River Road; 663-4451
Favorites

Thomas Frank, DDS        

Kurt Sturz, DDS           

Best New Local Business        

The Mark Restaurant    

1623 19th St.; 322-7665
Favorites

Brazilian Wax Boutique    

Village Pet Market           

Best Coffee Place    

Starbucks Coffee Co.    

Various locations including 9000 Ming Ave.; 655-8065; starbucks.com
Favorites

Dagny’s Coffee Co.        

Covenant Coffee               

Best Florist        

Log Cabin Florist        

800 19th St.; 327-8646; logcabinflorist.com
Favorites

Mt. Vernon Florist        

Vons                   

Best Sporting Goods            

Dick’s Sporting Goods            

9300 Rosedale Highway; 588-8100; dickssporting-goods.com
Favorites

Big 5 Sporting Goods    

Action Sports       

Best Men’s Apparel        

Macy’s            

2601 Ming Ave.; 832-5550; macys.com
Favorites

Men's Wearhouse        

JCPenney    

    
Best Women’s Apparel        

Forever 21        

2801 Ming Ave.; 832-2090; forever21.com
Favorites

Macy’s            

Kohl’s

Best Specialty Doctor        

Dr. Ravi Patel, Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center

6501 Truxtun Ave., 322-2206; cbccusa.com    
Favorites

Dr. Jason Helliwell, Advanced Women’s Health Center        

Dr. Gregory Stainer, Southwest Eye Care and Laser   

Best Hotel        

The Padre Hotel        

1702 18th St.; 427-4900; thepadrehotel.com
Favorites

Bakersfield Marriott Hotel            

DoubleTree Hotel           

Best Veterinarian        

Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital    

8610 Harris Road; 327-4444 (small animals) and 4408 Wible Road; 832-1150 (large animals); bakersfieldvet.com
Favorites

Dr. Travis Thurman, Thurman Veterinary Center            

Dr. Kim Bonham, Stockdale Veterinary                

Best Department Store            

Target            

Various locations including 11000 Stockdale Highway;

617-3657; target.com
Favorites

Kohl’s            

Macy’s

Best New Car Dealership        

Bill Wright Toyota    

5100 Gasoline Alley Drive; 735-4989; billwright.com
Favorites

Jim Burke Ford        

Three Way Chevrolet Cadillac

Best Interior Designer        

Robert Moseley, House of Moseley        

8200 Stockdale Highway; 397-7222; houseofmoseley.com
Favorites

Melissa Hutton, Beladagio        

Kelly Archer, Red Door Interiors

Best Hospital        

San Joaquin Community Hospital            

2615 Chester Ave.; 395-3000; sjch.us
Favorites

Bakersfield Memorial Hospital            

Mercy Southwest Hospital

Best Western Store            

Emporium Western Store            

1031 19th St.; 325-8476; emporiumwesternstore.com
Favorites

Boot Barn        

Floyd’s General Store

Best Shopping Center            

The Marketplace        

9000 Ming Ave.; 714-545-1400; themarketplacebakersfield.com
Favorites

Valley Plaza Mall        

Northwest Promenade    

Best Real Estate Company        

Coldwell Banker Preferred, Realtors    

Various locations including 9100 Ming Ave., Suite 100; 836-2345; cbbakersfield.com
Favorites

Watson Realty        

Miramar International        


Best Personal Trainer        

Lisa Cooper, Bakersfield Adventure Boot Camp for Women    

601 Mondavi Way; 327-8602; bakersfieldbootcamp.com        
Favorites

Peter Pang, In-Shape, Custom Built Personal Training        

Gina Rolow, Body by Gina

Best Real Estate Agent            


Jon Busby, Remax Magic        

110 New Stine Road; 410-7355; teambusby.com
Favorites

Gary Belter, Coldwell Banker Preferred        

Mary Christenson, Watson Realty

Best Chiropractor        

Christopher Berry, Advanced Wellness Center            

8501 Brimhall Road, Building 300; 410-9355; chiropractorbakersfield.com
Favorites

David Mongold, Alpha Omega Wellness Center            

Troy Sorensen, California Chiropractic

Best Home Appliance Store    

Urner’s Appliance Center            

4110 Wible Road; 396-8400; urners.com
Favorites

Lowe’s            

Home Depot

Best Home Improvement Building Contractor        

Dream Maker Bath & Kitchen            

5880 District Blvd., Suite 19; 837-1117; dreammaker-remodel.com
Favorites

Chris Bertolucci, Construction, Inc.        

Blue River Cabinetry & Construction

Best Bank/Financial Institution        

Kern Schools Federal Credit Union        

Various locations including 4530 Ming Ave.; 833-7900; ksfcu. org
Favorites

Wells Fargo Bank        

Chase Bank

Best Drycleaner    

Today Cleaners        

Various locations including 8200 Stockdale Highway, Suite M11; 634-1210; todaycleaners.com
Favorites

Sparkle Cleaners        

New City Cleaners

Best New Home Builder        

McMillin Homes        

10008 Jersey Shore Drive; 391-2779; mcmillinhomes.com
Favorites

Castle & Cooke Homes    

Froehlich Signature Homes            

Best Electronics    

Best Buy            

8300 Rosedale Highway,  587-0675, bestbuy.com
Favorites

Urner’s Appliance

Center            

Costco            

Best Pest Control Company        

Clark Pest Control    

530 California Ave.; 888-589-9508; clarkpest.com
Favorites

Terminix            

Banks Pest Control            

Best Law Firm      


Chain Cohn Stiles    

1430 Truxtun Ave., Suite 100; 323-4000; chainlaw.com
Favorites

The Law Offices of Young Wooldridge        

Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP           

Best Lawyer        


David K. Cohn, Chain Cohn Stiles    

1430 Truxtun Ave., Suite 100; 323-4000; chainlaw.com
Favorites

George R. Horrigan, Floyd & Horrigan        

Nicholas P. Azemika, Azemika & Azemika               

Best Pet Supplies    


PETCO            

5151 Gosford Road; 664-6874 and 8220 Rosedale Highway; 587-1097; petco.com
Favorites

PetSmart            

Biscuit Boutique & Doggy Spa               

Best Tire Store     

Costco            

3800 Rosedale Highway; 852-2643 and 4900 Panama Lane; 398-4750; costco.com
Favorites

America’s Tire Store    

Big O Tires               

Best Auto Service        

North Bakersfield Toyota Scion        

19651 Industry Parkway Drive; 615-1100; northbakersfieldtoyota.com
Favorites

Motor City Lexus        

Barber Honda

Best Fitness/Health Club        

In-Shape Health Clubs    

Various locations including 4801 White Lane; 398-4970; inshapeclubs.com
Favorites

Body Xchange Sports Club        

24 Hour Fitness

Best Tile Store    

Bill Ray Ceramic Tile Center, Inc.        

6301 E. Brundage Lane; 366-3255; billraytile.net
Favorites

Carpet Outlet Plus        

Stockdale Ceramic Tile Center, Inc.    

Best Medical Group            


Kaiser Permanente     

Various locations including 5055 California Ave.; 334-2020; kp.org
Favorites

San Dimas Medical Group            

Bakersfield Family Medical Group

Best Funeral Home            

Greenlawn Mortuary & Cemetery        

3700 River Blvd.; 324-9701 and 2739 Panama Lane; 834-8820;  greenlawnmotuaryandcemetery.com
Favorites

Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary        

Basham Funeral Home

Best Bridal Wear    

David’s Bridal        

1210 Wible Road; 831-5400; davidsbridal.com
Favorites

Ladies & Gents Bridal    

A J’s Tuxedo        

Best Heating/Air    


Oasis Air Conditioning        

1000 E. Truxtun Ave.; 322-2665; 322cool.com
Favorites

Stockdale Aire        

Econo Air, Inc.

Best Hair Salon    

Essentiels Spa Et Beaute, The Marketplace        

9000 Ming Ave., Suite K7; 654-0321; edayspas.com
Favorites

Protégé Hair Designs    

Paragon Salon Spa

Best Physical Groups        

Terrio Physical Therapy & Fitness    

Various locations including 8302 Espresso Drive, Suite 100; 377-1700; myterrio.com
Favorites

Glinn & Giordanno Physical Therapy        

Pair & Marotta Physical Therapy        

Best Plastic Surgeon        

Dr. Darshan Shah        

4850 Commerce Drive; 865-5009; drshah.com
Favorites

Dr. Gordon Mitts        

Dr. Dev Vipul                

Best Motorcycle Shop            


Bakersfield Harley-Davidson

35089 Merle Haggard Drive; 325-3644; bakersfieldhd.com
Favorites

Valley Cycle & Motorsports        

Bikersfield Garage

Best Carpet Flooring         


Carpet Outlet Plus    

4301 Rosedale Highway; 323-3133; carpetoutletplus.com
Favorites

Lowe’s            

Jost Carpet One Floor & Home            

Best Furniture Store            

Weatherby’s Furniture        

620 Chester Ave.; 327-2747; weatherbysfurniture.com
Favorites

Urner’s            

Red Door Interiors

Best Nursery/ Garden Store        


White Forest Nursery    

300 Morning Drive; 366-6291; whiteforestnursery.com
Favorites

Robby’s Nursery & Landscape Service        

Bolles Nursery  

Best Tattoo Artist            

Nick Manning, Pretty In Ink Tattoo Studio    

1660 Oak St.; 325-5548    
Favorites

Johnny Diaz, The Painted Man Tattoo    

Jimmy Bertram, The Black Shamrock Tattoo Parlor 

Best Retirement Home            

Glenwood Gardens    

350 Calloway Drive, Suite A1; 587-0221    
Favorites

Rosewood Retirement Community        

Emeritus at Bakersfield Senior Living