BEST of SAN DIEGO

The forces who are fighting an increase in the minimum wage in San Diego call themselves the Small Business Coalition. No. The genuine small-business coalition is right here in this issue of CityBeat.
 
For our annual issue, our biggest of the year, we shine the spotlight on 15 local businesses that are mostly family-run operations—that is, multiple members of the family help keep the place running and the commerce flowing. Truly, these folks are the backbone of the local economy, and we’re more than happy to support them in our yearly salutation of all that’s fantastic in the San Diego region.
 
Those stories are followed by our wildly popular Readers Poll: winners in more categories than you could have ever imagined. Congratulations to all.

Oh, and we’re throwing a party to celebrate all this greatness. It’s our "Night at the Besties," and it happens from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. Find details of what’s in store here .....
 
Best Annual Event (non-music)San Diego County FairHonorable mention: Comic-Con, San Diego Beer Week, San Diego Bay Food & Wine Festival, Over the LineBest Annual San Diego Charity EventLa Jolla Festival...
Best Bar The Waterfront Honorable mention: The Field Irish Pub, Elbow Room, Hamilton's Tavern, O'Brien's Pub Best Bar to Play Pool Jolt 'N Joe's Honorable mention: McGregor's Grill & Alehouse, Society...
Best Barber ShopSports ClipsHonorable mention: Floyd's 99, Mister Brown's, Barberside, Ducky's Barber ShopBest Chiropractic CenterSpence Chiropractic CenterHonorable mention: Chiropractique, San Diego...
Best Adult BookstoreThe CryptHonorable mention: Pleasures & Treasures, Adult Emporium, Adult Depot, Mercury BooksBest Antique ShopOcean Beach Antique MallHonorable mention: La Mesa Antique Mall, King's...
Best 24-Hour RestaurantStudio DinerHonorable mention: Brian's 24, Rudford's, Saguaro's Mexican Food, Roses DonutsBest Bagel ShopBig City BagelHonorable mention: D.Z. Akin's, Point Loma Bagels, Brooklyn...
Best Auto Repair ShopSmitty'sHonorable mention: Mission Bay Automotive, PB Foreign and Domestic Car Repair, Allied Gardens Automotive, Auto HavenBest Car WashBody BeautifulHonorable mention: Uptown Car...
Best BeachCoronadoHonorable mention: La Jolla Shores, Torrey Pines, Ocean Beach, Pacific BeachBest Public ParkBalboa ParkHonorable mention: Mission Bay Park, Bayfront Water Park, Kate Sessions Park, Trolley...