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Home / Articles / Special Issues / Best of San Diego /  Readers Poll 2011
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Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011

Readers Poll 2011

Your picks for the most killer restaurants, shops, parks, services, galleries, nightlife and more

Arts, Culture & Media

Best Art Gallery

Noel-Baza Fine Art 

Honorable mention: Subtext, Alexander Salazar Fine Art, Voz Alta Project

Best art gallery: Noel-Baza Fine Art

Photo by Alyssa Stocker-Keefe
If you were to glance at the list of artists whose work’s been displayed at Noel-Baza Fine Art (2165 India St. in Little Italy), you might assume it’s a gallery more focused on big names (Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein) than the local scene. You’d be wrong. Run by partners Larry Baza and Tom Noel, both longtime promoters of regional artists, the gallery has featured the work of a diverse group of talented locals like painters Marinela de la Hoz and Kim Reasor, photographer Josue Castro and the late Jen Trute. In November, the gallery brings back De la Hoz, whose miniature figurative portraits will be displayed within metal artist Tasha Rae’s lockets. Until then, Mexican artist Artemio Rodriquez’s intricate Dia de los Muertos-esque woodblock prints are up through October and well worth a visit.

 —Kelly Davis

Best Arts Event

Little Italy Artwalk

Honorable mention: Ray at Night, TNT @ MCASD, Art Around Adams

Best Bowling Alley

East Village tavern & Bowl

Honorable mention: Kearny Mesa Bowl, Parkway Bowl, Mira Mesa Bowl

Best Casino


Honorable mention: Barona, Valley View, Sycuan

Best Coffeehouse with Live Music

Lestat’s West

Honorable mention: Claire de Lune, Rebecca’s, Kensington Café

Best Indoor Concert Venue

Belly Up tavern

Honorable mention: The Casbah, Anthology, House of Blues

Best Outdoor Concert Venue

Humphrey’s by the Bay

Honorable mention: SDSU Open Air Theatre, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, San Diego County Fair Grandstand

Best All-Ages Music Venue

Lestat’s West

Honorable mention: Che Café, Soma, House of Blues

Best Over-21 Live Music Venue

The Casbah

Honorable mention: Belly Up tavern, Anthology, House of Blues

Best Film Festival

San Diego Film Festival

Honorable mention: San Diego Latino Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, San Diego Black Film Festival

Best Golf Course

Torrey Pines

Honorable mention: Balboa Park, Coronado, Singing Hills

Best Live Theatre

The Old Globe

Honorable mention: La Jolla Playhouse, Cygnet Theatre, Diversionary Theatre

Best Movie Theater

AMC Fashion Valley 18

Honorable mention: AMC Mission Valley 20, Kensington Cinema, Landmark La Jolla Village

Best Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Honorable mention: Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego Museum of Art, Natural History 

Best Rock Music School

The School Of Rock

Honorable mention: The Rock Academy of San Diego, Rock & Roll San Diego, Electric Music Studios

Best Skateboard Park

Robb Field Skate park

Honorable mention: Mission Valley YMCA, Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, Paradise Hills Skate Park

Best Pro Athlete

Phillip Rivers

Honorable mention: Shaun White, 8Tony Hawk, Heath Bell

Best Radio 8Personality

Dave, Shelley & Chainsaw

Honorable mention: Chris Cantore, 8Steve West, Swami

Best Radio Program

Big Sonic Chill

Honorable mention: Midday Edition, Brunch with Bob and Friends, 891X Loudspeaker

Best Radio Station

KPBS 89.5-FM

Honorable mention: FM 94/9, 91X, 8Jazz 88.3Best radio station

Best Radio Station: KPBS

It’s obvious that CityBeat readers have good taste when it comes to media-consumption habits. They’ve picked KPBS as the best radio station in town, and that, no doubt, has something to do with the public radio station’s new schedule, which includes programs like Q, a Canadian arts-and-culture show that lines up big-time guests like Hugh Jackman and werner Herzog. And no longer do the KPBS airwaves turn to classical music after 7 p.m.; instead, our readers dig the world news that keeps them informed late into the night. Maureen Cavanaugh and the improved Midday Edition show is a great listen and KPBS’s new Evening Edition television spot has the potential to bump KUSI out of that “Best TV News Station” slot next year.

—Kinsee Morlan

Best Sports Team


Honorable mention: Padres, Derby Dolls, SDSU Aztecs

Best Local Sports Blog


Honorable mention: Friarhood, 8Bolts from the Blue, 619 San Diego

Best Local Music Blog


Honorable mention: SD DialedIn, 8Owl & Bear,

Best Local Political Blog

OB Rag

Honorable mention:, San Diego Politico, Two Cathedrals

Best Local TV 8Personality

Sam the Cooking Guy

Honorable mention: Chrissy Russo, 8John Coleman, Larry Himmel

Best TV News Station

KUSI 9/51

Honorable mention: KFMB 8, KNSD 7/39, Fox 5

Best TV station

KNSD 7/39

Honorable mention: KPBS, Fox 5, KUSI 9/51

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