Oct. 14 2015 09:38 AM
Old Town Mexican Cafe
Photo courtesy of Jim Moore / Flickr

BEST Bagel Shop

Crown Point Coffee

Honorable Mention: Brooklyn Bagel Company, Big City Bagel, Mess Royale Poutine and Bagels, PL Bagels

BEST Bakery

Bread & Cie

Honorable Mention: D.Z. Akin’s, Panchita’s Kitchen & Bakery, PB Bakery and Cafe, Sugar and Scribe

BEST Breakfast

Hash House a Go Go

Honorable Mention: The Mission, Cafe 222, Broken Yolk, Original Pancake House

BEST Brunch Spot

Cafe 21

Honorable Mention: Great Maple, Crushed, Fig Tree Café, 94th Aero Squadron

BEST Butcher Shop

Heart & Trotter

Honorable Mention: Homegrown Meats, Iowa Meats, Siesel’s Meats, Harvest Ranch Market

BEST Cajun Restaurant

Bud’s Louisiana Cafe

Honorable Mention: Crab Hut, Bourre Southern Bistro, Mardi Gras Cafe & Market, Crab Town

BEST Casino Buffet

Seasons Fresh Buffet at Barona Casino

Honorable Mention: The Buffet at Harrahs Resort Southern California, The Buffet at Valley View Casino & Hotel, The Buffet at Viejas, Paipa’s Buffet at Sycuan Casino

BEST Chinese Restaurant

Dumpling Inn

Honorable Mention: Emerald, Jasmine, City Dragon, Mandarin House

BEST Coffeehouse

Caffe Calabria

Honorable Mention: Claire de Lune, Lestat’s Coffee House, Better Buzz, Twiggs Coffee House

BEST Contemporary Cuisine


Honorable Mention: Juniper & Ivy, Urban Solace, The Patio on Goldfinch, Croce’s Park West

BEST Donut Shop

Donut Star

Honorable Mention: Nomad Donuts, Donut Bar, Donut Panic, VG’s Donuts

BEST Ethnic Food Market


Honorable Mention: North Park Produce, 99 Ranch Market, Pancho Villa Farmer’s Market, Zion Market

BEST Family Restaurant

Phil’s BBQ

Honorable Mention: D.Z. Akin’s, Blind Lady Ale House, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Station Tavern

BEST Farm-to-Table Restaurant


Honorable Mention: Farmer’s Bottega, The Smoking Goat, Cafe 21, The Red Door

BEST Farmer’s Market

Little Italy Mercato

Honorable Mention: Hillcrest, La Jolla, North Park, Ocean Beach

BEST Fast Food

In-N-Out Burger

Honorable Mention: Carnitas Snack Shack, Evolution Fast Food, Burger Lounge, Rubio’s Coastal Grill

BEST Food Truck

Mastiff Sausage

Honorable Mention: Mariscos El Pescador, Devilicious, New York on Rye, Tacos La Mezcla

BEST Gelato Shop

Chocolat Cremerie

Honorable Mention: Gelato Vero Caffe, Gelato Bus Stop, Pappalecco, Bottega Italiana

BEST Greek Restaurant

Meze Greek Fusion

Honorable Mention: Cafe Athena, Olympic Cafe, The Kebab Shop, Alexis Greek Cafe

BEST Hotel Restaurant

Grant Grill - U.S. Grant

Honorable Mention: Jsix - Hotel Solamar, JRDN Restaurant - Tower 23, A.R. Valentien - The Lodge at Torrey Pines, Oceana - Catamaran Hotel

BEST Ice Cream Shop

Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream

Honorable Mention: Mariposa Ice Cream, Moo Time Creamery, Baked Bear, The Daily Scoop

BEST Indian Restaurant

Royal India

Honorable Mention: Taste of the Himalayas, India Palace - Hillcrest, Tandoori Hut, Bombay

BEST Italian Restaurant

Buona Forchetta

Honorable Mention: Cucina Urbana, Solare Ristorante, Arrivederci, The Godfather

BEST Japanese Restaurant


Honorable Mention: Safehouse, Tajima Restaurant, Izakaya Pacific Beach, Yakyudori Ramen & Yakitori

BEST Korean Restaurant

Do Re Mi House

Honorable Mention: De Jang Keum, Korea House, Manna Korean BBQ, Buga BBQ

BEST Local Catering Company

San Diego Taco Company

Honorable Mention: The Abbey Catering & Design Co., Phil’s BBQ, The Wild Thyme Company, Toast Catering

BEST Local Pizza

Woodstock’s Pizza

Honorable Mention: Pizzeria Luigi, Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria, URBN Coal Fired Pizza, Ciro’s Pizzeria

BEST Local Sausage at a Restaurant

S&M Sausage & Meat

Honorable Mention: Fathom Bistro Bait & Tackle, Tiger!Tiger!, Salt & Cleaver, Bargarden

BEST Mediterranean Restaurant

Meze Greek Fusion

Honorable Mention: Mama’s Bakery Lebanese and Mediterranean Restaurant, Alforon, Aladdin Cafe, Romesco

BEST Mexican Restaurant

Old Town Mexican Cafe

Honorable Mention: Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant, Ranchos Cocina, The Blind Burro, Cocina 35

BEST Mexican Seafood Restaurant

Karina’s Mexican Seafood

Honorable Mention: Oscar’s Mexican Seafood, El Zarape, Puesto, TJ Oyster Bar

BEST Outdoor Dining

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Escondido

Honorable Mention: Panama 66, C Level, The Prado at Balboa Park, The Patio on Lamont Street

BEST Place for Late Night Dining

Brian’s 24

Honorable Mention: Rudford’s, Saska’s, Studio Diner, Villa Capri

BEST Romantic Restaurant

The Marine Room

Honorable Mention: Croce’s Park West, Island Prime, Bertrand at Mister A’s, The Prado at Balboa Park

BEST San Diego Chef

Deborah Scott

Honorable Mention: Javier Plascencia, Matt Gordon, Richard Blais, Brian Malarkey

BEST Sandwich Shop

Rubicon Deli

Honorable Mention: Hillcrest Sandwich Shop, Board & Brew, Sandwich Emporium, Vanoos Grillette

BEST Seafood Restaurant

Pacific Beach Fish Shop

Honorable Mention: The Fish Market, Ocean Pacific Grille, Mitch’s Seafood, Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar

BEST Smoothie/Juice Bar

Lucky Dutch Juice Co.

Honorable Mention: Sacred Juice, Señor Mangos, The Mad Beet, Juice Crafters

BEST Soul Food Restaurant

Louisiana Fried Chicken and Waffles

Honorable Mention: Felix’s BBQ with Soul, Bonnie Jean’s Soul Food Café, Proud Mary’s Southern Bar and Grill, Sister Pee Wee’s Soul Food

BEST South American Food Restaurant

Puerto La Boca Argentinian Restaurant

Honorable Mention: Pampas Argentine Grill, Q’ero Restaurant, Rei Do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse, Brazil by the Bay

BEST Spanish Restaurant

Cafe Sevilla

Honorable Mention: Costa Brava, Cueva Bar, El Agave, Tapas Picasso

BEST Steakhouse

Donovan’s Steak & Chop House

Honorable Mention: Cowboy Star, Turf Supper Club, Riviera Supper Club & Turquoise Room, Bully’s East

BEST Sushi Restaurant

Harney Sushi

Honorable Mention: Saiko Sushi, Sushi Ota, Sushi Deli, Hane Sushi

BEST Taco Shop

Lucha Libre Taco Shop

Honorable Mention: El Zarape, City Tacos, ¡SALUD! By San Diego Taco Company, Tacos Perla

BEST Thai Restaurant

Bahn Thai

Honorable Mention: Bangkok Spices, Taste of Thai, Amarin, Thai Village

BEST Vegan Restaurant

Evolution Fast Food

Honorable Mention: Peace Pies, Plumeria, Café Gratitude, Sipz

BEST Vegetarian Restaurant


Honorable Mention: Ranchos Cocina, Sipz, Jyoti-Bihanga, The Naked Café

BEST Vietnamese Restaurant

OB Noodle House

Honorable Mention: Pho Ca Dao, Pho King, Saigon on Fifth, Phuong Trang

BEST Business Lunch Spot

Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens

Honorable Mention: Bully’s East, Bread & Cie, The Patio on Lamont Street, Lucky’s Lunch Counter

BEST Restaurant Staff

Croce’s Park West

Honorable Mention: D.Z. Akin’s, Meze Greek Fusion, Solare Ristorante, Cowboy Star

BEST San Diego Restaurant

Juniper & Ivy

Honorable Mention: Buona Forchetta, Croce’s Park West, Meze Greek Fusion, Solare Ristorante

BEST New Restaurant (Open Since Oct. 2014)

S&M Sausage and Meat

Honorable Mention: Bracero - Cocina de Raiz, Bottega Americano, Water Grill, Stella Public House

BEST Yogurt Shop

Fiji Yogurt

Honorable Mention: Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, YogArt, Cup of Yo, Paradise Yogurt

BEST Barbeque

Phil’s BBQ

Honorable Mention: Iron Pig Alehouse, The Whole Hog, Cali Comfort BBQ, BBQ House

BEST Breakfast Burrito

The Mission Cafe

Honorable Mention: Lolita’s Taco Shop, Nico’s Mexican Food, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, Werewolf

BEST Burger


Honorable Mention: Crazee Burger, Rocky’s, Slater’s 50/50, The Balboa Bar & Grill

BEST Burrito

Lucha Libre Taco Shop

Honorable Mention: Lolita’s, El Zarape, Pokez, Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant

BEST Chicken Wings

Dirty Birds

Honorable Mention: Wings-N-Things, South Park Abbey, Home & Away, Bub’s Dive Bar

BEST Cupcakes


Honorable Mention: Heaven Sent Desserts, Cupcakes Squared, Blush Desserts, Frost Me Gourmet Cupcakes


D.Z. Akin’s

Honorable Mention: Mona Lisa Italian Foods, BFD - Big Front Door, Chris’ Liquor and Deli, Rubicon Deli

BEST Dessert

Extraordinary Desserts

Honorable Mention: Heaven Sent Desserts, Blush Desserts, D.Z. Akin’s, Azucar

BEST Fish Tacos

Rubio’s Coastal Grill

Honorable Mention: South Beach Bar and Grille, City Tacos, Mitch’s Seafood, Wahoo Fish Tacos

BEST Fish-N-Chips

Shakespeare Pub & Grille

Honorable Mention: Pacific Beach Fish Shop, Small Bar, Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar, The Field Irish Pub

BEST Health Food Store

Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market

Honorable Mention: Jimbo’s, Barons Market, Nutrimart, Windmill Farms

BEST Hot Dog

Daddy’s Hot Dogs

Honorable Mention: Fathom Bistro Bait & Tackle, Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria, Salt & Cleaver, Brooklyn Dogs

BEST Philly Cheesesteak

Gaglione Brothers

Honorable Mention: Monkey Paw, Giorgino’s Deli, The Philadelphia Sandwich Co., Urban Mo’s Bar & Grill

BEST Pie Shop

Julian Pie Company

Honorable Mention: Extraordinary Desserts, Betty’s Pie Whole, Apple Alley Bakery, Sweet As Bliss

BEST Prime Rib


Honorable Mention: Donovan’s Steak & Chop House, Butcher Shop, Albie’s Beef Inn, Hob Nob Hill

BEST Ramen


Honorable Mention: OB Noodle House, Tajima Ramen House, Izakaya Masa, Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen

BEST Salad Bar

Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market

Honorable Mention: Rei Do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse, Great Plaza Buffet, Barons Market, Salad Style


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