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And so, this year’s nominees (good luck!):

Nightlife & Entertainment

Best all-ages music venue

Ace of Spades

The Boardwalk

Bows & Arrows

Club Retro

The Cozmic Cafe

Luigi’s Fun Garden

Naked Lounge Downtown

The Refuge


Sol Collective


Best casino

Cache Creek Casino Resort

Capital Casino Restaurant & Bar

Casino Royale

Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel

Lucky Derby Casino

Red Hawk Casino

Thunder Valley Casino Resort


Best comedy club

ComedySports Arena

Laughs Unlimited

Punchline Sacramento

Sacramento Comedy Spot

Tommy T’s Comedy & Dinner Theatre


Best festival

Chalk it Up!

Festival de la Familia

Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar


Pacific Rim Festival

Sacramento Beer Week

Sacramento French Film Festival

Sacramento Pride Festival


Trash Film Orgy


Best gay club



The Bolt

The Depot Video Bar

The Mercantile Saloon


Best karaoke

Blue Moon Cafe and Karaoke

Hamburger Patties

Marilyn’s on K

Old Ironsides

On the Y

Pine Cove Tavern

River City Saloon

Swiss Buda

The Distillery


Best open-mic night

Fox & Goose

Luna’s Cafe & Juice Bar

Mondo Bizarro

Old Ironsides



Best place to go dancing


District 30


Mix Downtown

Powerhouse Pub

Social Nightclub

The Park Ultra Lounge

The Press Club

Splash Nightclub & Bar


Best place to knock down pins

AMF Land Park Lanes

Capital Bowl

Country Club Lanes

Folsom Lake Bowl Family Fun Center

Strikes Unlimited


Best place to see live music

Ace of Spades


Blue Lamp

Bows & Arrows

Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub

Luigi’s Fun Garden

Marilyn’s on K

Old Ironsides

The Boardwalk

Torch Club


Best place to watch it on the big screen

The Crest Theatre

Esquire IMAX Theatre

The Tower Theater

West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-In


Best spot for pool

Alley Katz

Blue Cue

Corner Pocket Sports Bar

Hard Times Billiards

Hideaway Bar & Grill

Hot Shots Billiards

Jointed Cue Billiards

Players Sports Pub & Grill


Round Corner

Sharky’s Billiards

Skybox Grill and Bar


Best trivia night

Alley Katz

Bonn Lair

DeVere’s Irish Pub

The Kilt

Streets of London Pub

The Depot Video Bar

The Shack


Travel & Sports

Best golf course

Ancil Hoffman Golf Club

Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course

Bing Maloney Golf Course

Haggin Oaks Golf Complex

Land Park Golf Club

Teal Bend Golf Club

Turkey Creek Golf Club

Whitney Oaks Golf Club

Wildhawk Golf Club

Woodcreek Golf Club


Best gym

American River Crossfit

BodyTribe Fitness

Capital Athletic Club

Figure 8 Women’s Workout


Natomas Racquet Club

Results the 24 Hour Gym

Rocklin Crossfit

Sacramento Pipeworks Climbing and Fitness



Best Kings player

DeMarcus Cousins

Isaiah Thomas

Jimmer Fredette

Jason Thompson

Marcus Thornton

Tyreke Evans


Best martial-arts studio

Joslin’s Martial Arts Center

Kovar’s Satori Academy

Moore’s Martial Arts

Robinson Taekwondo

Self Defense & Personal Safety Academy


Best Sacto sports coverage

Sam Amick, USA Today

Matt Barrows, The Sacramento Bee

Carmichael Dave, Sports 1140 The Fan

Joe Davidson, The Sacramento Bee

Jason Jones, The Sacramento Bee

Grant Napear, Sports 1140 The Fan

Jason Ross, Sports 1140 The Fan

Ailene Voisin, The Sacramento Bee

Tom Ziller, Sactown Royalty


Best ski resort

Heavenly Mountain Resort



Sierra at Tahoe Resort

Squaw Valley USA


Best TV sportscaster

Brian May, News 10

Del Rodgers, KCRA 3

Jim Crandell, Fox 40

Ryan Yamamoto, News 10


People & Personalities

Best comedian

Ngaio Bealum

Michael Calvin Jr.

Steve Ferris

Jack Gallagher

Chazz Hawkins

Keith Lowell Jensen

Ray Molina

Carlos Rodriguez

Johnny Taylor

Tapan Trivedi


Best local actor

David Pierini

Greg Alexander

Jamie Jones

Janis Stevens

Jason Kukendall

Jonathan Rhys Williams

Kurt Johnson

Matt K. Miller

Michael RJ Campbell

Stephanie Gularte


Best local morning radio show

Rob, Arnie & Dawn in the Morning, KRXQ 98 Rock

The Armstrong & Getty Show, Talk 650 KSTE

The Don Geronimo Show, KHTK 1140 The Fan


Best local media personality to have a beer with

Nick Brunner, Capital Public Radio

Bethany Crouch, Fox 40

Isaac Gonzalez,

Walt Gray, 96.9 The Eagle


Edie Lambert, KCRA 3

Kurtis Ming, CBS 13

Grant Napear, Sports 1140 The Fan

Blair Anthony Robertson, The Sacramento Bee

Dale Schornack, News 10


Best meteorologist to trust for your weather forecast

Darla Givens, News10

Dave Bender, CBS 13

Dirk Verdoorn, KCRA 3

Kristina Werner, Fox 40

Mark Finan, KCRA 3

Monica Woods, News10


Best reporter

David Bienick, KCRA 3

Jared Goyette, The Sacramento Press

Ryan Lillis, The Sacramento Bee

Carla Meyer, The Sacramento Bee

Bob Moffitt, Capital Public Radio


Best seductive radio voice

Ashley Nickels, 107.9 The End

Monica Lowe, Star 106.5

Kitty O’Neal, 92.5FM / AM 1530 KFBK

Alan Ray, Capital Public Radio

Devin Yamanaka, Capital Public Radio


Best public servant

Councilwoman Angelique Ashby

Mayor Kevin Johnson

Councilman Kevin McCarty

Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna

State Sen. Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg


Food & Drink

Best chef

Pajo Bruich, Enotria Restaurant Wine Bar

Brad Cecchi, Grange Restaurant & Bar

Michael Fagnoni, Hawks Restaurant

Aimal Formoli, Formoli’s Bistro

Kelly Hogge, Magpie Cafe

Patrick Mulvaney, Mulvaney’s Building & Loan

Billy Ngo, Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

Kevin O’Connor, Blackbird Kitchen & Bar

Ravin Patel, Ella Dining Room & Bar

Adam Pechal, Restaurant Thir13en

Oliver Ridgeway, Grange Restaurant & Bar


Best food truck

Bacon MANia

Cajun Wagon

Coast to Coast Sandwiches

Chando’s Tacos

Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen

Krush Burger

La Mex Taqueria

Mama Kim Cooks

The Leaven & Earth Sandwich Co.

Wicked ‘Wich


Best grocer

Corti Brothers

Oto’s Marketplace

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op

Taylor’s Market


Best Middle Eastern eats

Cafe Morocco

Casablanca Moroccan Restaurant


Famous Kabob

Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant

Royal Kebab

Shahrzad Fine Persian Cuisine


Best happy-hour

Blackbird Kitchen & Bar

Bows & Arrows

Cafeteria 15L

Hideaway Bar & Grill

Kasbah Lounge

Lucca Restaurant and Bar


Riverside Clubhouse

The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar

Shady Lady Saloon

Skybox Grill and Bar


Best Indian

Bombay Bar and Grill

Kathmandu Kitchen

Kaveri Madras Cuisine

Mehfil Indian Restaurant

Monsoon Cuisine of India

Pooja Indian Grill

SHAZ Restaurant

Sher-e-Punjab Indian Restaurant

Tandoori Nights


Best irresistible sandwich

Bud’s Buffet

Dad’s Sandwiches

Huong Lan Sandwiches

Juno’s Kitchen and Deli

Magpie Cafe

Roxie Deli

Sampino’s Towne Foods

The Sandwich Spot

Super Tortas Chilangas “El Abuelo”

Zia’s Delicatessen


Best Italian

Anthony’s Italian Cuisine

Biba Restaurant

Espanol Restaurant

Il Fornaio

La Trattoria Bohemia

Lucca Restaurant and Bar

Michelangelo’s Italian Restaurant


Palermo Ristorante

Vince’s Ristorante


Best baked goods

Doughbot Donuts

Estelle’s Patisserie

Ettore’s European Bakery and Restaurant

Freeport Bakery

Les Baux Bakery

Mahoroba Japanese Bakery

New Roma Bakery

Rick’s Dessert Diner

The Plum Cafe and Bakery

Pushkin’s Bakery

Village Bakery


Best Mediterranean eats

Anatolian Table

Cafe Europa

Crest Cafe

Greek Village Inn

The Kabob House

Maalouf’s Taste of Lebanon

Opa! Opa!

Petra Greek

Pita Kitchen Plus

Trio Restaurant


Best Mexican food

Caballo Blanco Restaurante

Chando’s Tacos

El Novillero

El Papagayo Restaurant

La Flor De Michoacan

Lalo’s Restaurant

Nopalitos Southwestern Cafe

Mayahuel Tequila Museo

Tres Hermanas



Best new restaurant

Bacon and Butter

Blackbird Kitchen and Bar

Broderick Roadhouse

La Huaca

LowBrau Bierhall

Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co.

Hock Farm Craft & Provisions



Best outdoor patio

Aioli Bodega Espanola

Bows & Arrows

Dad’s Kitchen

LowBrau Bierhall

Mulvaney’s B&L

Paragary’s Bar and Oven

Riverside Clubhouse

Tower Cafe


Best pizza

Chicago Fire

Linda’s Chicago Style Pizzeria

Luigi’s Pizza Parlor

Hot City Pizza

Hot Italian


OneSpeed Pizza

Pizza Rock Sacramento

Roma’s Pizzeria

The Shack

Uncle Vito’s Slice of N.Y.

Zelda’s Gourmet Pizza


Best beer destination

Boneshaker Public House

Capitol Beer & Tap Room

Final Gravity Taproom & Bottleshop

Hot City Pizza

LowBrau Bierhall

Pangaea Two Brews Cafe

Samuel Horne’s Tavern

The Davis Beer Shoppe

The Shack


Best spot to drink a few pints

36 Handles

Alley Katz

The Bonn Lair

Burgers & Brew

Dad’s Kitchen

de Vere’s Irish Pub

The Fat Rabbit Public House

Firestone Public House

Hoppy Brewing Company

Rubicon Brewing Company

River City Brewing Company

Streets of London

Sudwerk Restaurant & Brewery


Best brewer

Auburn Alehouse Brewery and Restaurant

Berryessa Brewing Company

Hoppy Brewing Company

Knee Deep Brewing

Loomis Basin Brewing Company

New Helvetia Brewing Co.

River City Brewing Company

Rubicon Brewing Company

Ruhstaller Brewing Co.

Track 7 Brewing Co.


Best barbecue

A&K Barbecue

Burgess Brothers Burgers

Downtown’s Kitchen BBQ vs. Vegan

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

MacQue’s Bar-B-Que

MoMo’s Meat Market

Sandra Dee’s Bar-B-Que & Seafood


Best brunch

Bacon and Butter

Cafe Bernardo

Capitol Garage

Dad’s Kitchen

Fox & Goose

Golden Bear

Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co.



Orphan Breakfast House

The Shack

Taylor’s Kitchen

Tower Cafe


Best burger less than 10 bucks

Burgess Brothers Barbecue

Burgers & Brew

Dad’s Kitchen

Flaming Grill Cafe

Gatsby’s Diner

Krush Burger

Nationwide Freezer Meats

Skip’s Kitchen

Squeeze Inn

Whitey’s Jolly Kone

Willie’s Hamburgers and Chiliburgers


Best place for coffee

Broadacre Coffee

Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters

Insight Coffee Roasters

The Mill

Naked Lounge

Old Soul Co.

Temple Coffee


Best dim sum

Asian Pearl 2009

Capital Tea Garden

King Palace Restaurant

New Canton Restaurant


Best dive bar

Back Door Lounge

Brownie’s Lounge

Club Raven

Club 2 Me

Cheater’s Sports Bar

Flame Club

Henry’s Lounge

The Hideaway Bar & Grill

Hilltop Tavern

Mercantile Saloon

Mushroom Lounge

Pre-Flite Lounge

Round Corner Tavern

Swiss Buda

The Stag Bar


Best place to swill a cocktail

Blackbird Kitchen & Restaurant

Ella Dining Room & Bar

The Golden Bear

Grange Restaurant & Bar

Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co.

Hot Italian

The Press

The Porch

Pour House

Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar

Shady Lady Saloon

Three Fires Lounge


Best place for a glass of wine

58 Degrees & Holding

Enotria Restaurant Wine Bar

Downtown and Vine

The Grand Wine Bar

The Rind


Best place for late-night eats

Burgers & Brew

Gogi’s Korean BBQ

Hot Rod’s Burgers

Ink Eats & Drinks

Kasbah Lounge

LowBrau Bierhall

Petra Greek

Pieces Pizza by the Slice

Uncle Vito’s Slice of N.Y.

Willie’s Hamburgers and Chiliburgers


Best place for meat-free eats

Anna’s Cafe

Andy Nguyen’s Vegetarian Restaurant


El Papagayo

Loving Hut

Noble Vegetarian Restaurant

Queen Sheba

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op

Sunflower Drive In

The Plum Cafe & Bakery


Best place for something sweet

Devine Gelateria & Cafe

Estelle’s Patisserie

Ettore’s European Bakery & Restaurant

Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

Goodie Tuchews

Gunther’s Ice Cream Shop


Rick’s Dessert Diner

Tower Cafe

Vic’s Ice Cream



Best restaurant to impress your date

Biba Restaurant

Ella Dining Room & Bar

Enotria Restaurant Wine Bar

The Firehouse Restaurant

Grange Restaurant & Bar

Hawks Restaurant

Land Ocean New American Grille

Moxie Restaurant

Mulvaney’s Building & Loan

The Press


The Waterboy


Best sushi

Akebono Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar

Arigato Sushi

Bento Box

Blue Nami Sushi

Crazy Sushi

Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Miyagi Bar & Sushi

Nishiki Sushi

Sushi Hook

Zen Sushi


Best burrito

Chando’s Tacos

Dos Coyotes

La Esperanza Mexican Food Products

La Favorita Taqueria

La Flor De Michoacan

La Soga Taqueria

Lalo’s Restaurant

Nopalitos Southwestern Cafe

Tres Hermanos Taco Truck


Best Thai

Asian Cafe

Bangkok @ 12 Thai Restaurant

Bangkok Garden

Chada Thai Cuisine

Pattaya Cafe Thai Cuisine

Siam Restaurant

Taste of Thai

Thai Basil

Thai Hut

Thai Thai Express

Vientiane Restaurant


Arts & Smarts

Best community-theater group

Big Idea Theatre

Celebration Arts

Chautauqua Playhouse

Green Valley Theatre Company

KOLT Run Creations

Resurrection Theatre

Runaway Stage Productions


Best local actor

Greg Alexander

Michael RJ Campbell

Stephanie Gularte

Kurt Johnson

Jamie Jones

Jason Kukendall

Matt K. Miller

David Pierini

Kate Rubin

Janis Stevens

Michael Weis

Jonathan Rhys Williams


Best place to hear poetry

Blue Monday at A Taste of Laguna

Mahogany Urban Poetry Series at Queen Sheba

Poetry with Legs at Shine

Sacramento Poetry Center


Best place to see art

40 Acres Art Gallery

Axis Gallery

Beatnik Studios

Bows & Arrows

Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento

Crocker Art Museum

Elliott Fouts Gallery

Fe Gallery & Iron Art Studio

John Natsoulas Gallery

Sol Collective

La Raza Galleria Posada

Little Relics

Verge Center for the Arts

Vox Sacramento


Best place to stock your bookshelves

Beers Books

The Avid Reader at the Tower

The Avid Reader, Davis

The Book Collector

Dimple Books

Time Tested Books


Best professional-theater company

B Street Theatre

California Musical Theater

Capital Stage

New Helvetia Theatre

Sacramento Theatre Company


Best reading or lecture series

CRC Literary Series, Cosumnes River College

Crossroads Reading Series, Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento

Literary Lectures, Sacramento Poetry Center

Sacramento’s Living Library, Time Tested Books

Stories on Stage, Sacramento Poetry Center


Best comedy night

Open mic comedy on Tuesday at Bows & Arrows

Open mic scramble at the Comedy Spot

Laughs Unlimited

Wednesday night stand-up with Keith Lowell Jensen at Luna’s Cafe and Juice Bar

The Punch Line

Jokes on J Thursday at Shenanigan’s

Nutty Mondays with Tristan Johnson at The Stoney Inn

Scott’s Comedy Club, Thursday at Zigato’s Bar & Grill


Best visual artist

Jon Bafus

Maren Conrad

Amanda Cook

Gale Hart

Gioia Fonda

Jose Di Gregorio

Micah Crandall-Bear

Nathan Cordero

Pete Eckert

Rogelio Manzo

Danny Scheible

Peter Stegall


Best novelist

Jodi Angel

Doug Rice

Pam Houston

Christian Kiefer

William T. Vollman


Shops & Services

Best place to get a piercing

American Graffiti Tattoo & Piercing

Bonehead Tattoos and Piercing

The Exotic Body

Legacy Tattoo

River City Tattoo

Sacramento Tattoo and Piercing

Sub Q Body Piercing


Best Middle Eastern eats

Cafe Morocco

Casablanca Moroccan Restaurant


Famous Kabob

Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant

Royal Kebab

Shahrzad Fine Persian Cuisine


Best barber shop

Anthony’s Barbershop

Barber Blues

The Business Barber Shop

The Buzz Barber Shop

Eddy’s Deluxe

Fly Cuts & Styles

Hot Rods Chop Shop

Knock Out Barber Shop

La Riviera Barber Shop

Norm’s Barber Shop

The Head Game


Best boutique

Bows & Arrows

Cuffs Urban Apparel

Denim Spot

Heart Clothing Boutique

Krazy Mary’s Boutique

Serendipity Boutique

Sugar Shack Boutique


Best home furnishings

57th Street Antique Row

Casa Bella Galleria

Living Space

Scout Living

The Antique Company


Best medical-cannabis physician

420 Med Evaluations

Best 420 Care Center

Cann Medical

Confidential 420


Sacramento 420 Evaluations Center


Best strip club

City Limits Showgirls

Club Fantasy

Deja Vu Showgirls

Gold Club Centerfolds


Best place to buy supplies for your animal friends

Land Bark Pet Supply

Pet Department Store


Wagger’s Pet Spa & Market

Western Feed & Pet Supply


Best veterinary hospital/clinic

Del Paso Veterinary Clinic

Integrative Veterinary Center

Midtown Animal Hospital


Mercy Pet Hospital

Mueller Pet Hospital

Natomas Veterinary Hospital

Sacramento Animal Hospital

VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center


Best place to buy tchotchkes



Ladybug Ladybug

Mixed Bag

Sakura Gifts


Best place to put a ring on it

Guzetta & Co. Fine Jewelers

Rainbow Bridge Jewelers

Roper’s Jewelers

Shane Co.

Sharif Jewelers


Best place to buy vintage

57th Street Antique Row

Bows & Arrows

Cuffs Urban Apparel

Freestyle Clothing Exchange

Midway Antique Mall

Sacramento Antique Faire

Scout Living

Thunderhorse Vintage

YSJ Trading Co.


Best tattoo shop

Forever Tattoo

Legacy Ink Tattoo

Monroe Tattoo Parlor

Pretty In Ink Tattoo

Reclamare Gallery and Custom Tattoo

River City Tattoo

Royal Peacock Tattoo Parlor

Side Show Studios

Urban Body


Best place to get pampered

Blue Sky Day Spa

Body Advantage


Happy Day Spa

Hoshall’s Salon & Spa

Mellow Me Out Day Spa

Salon Cuvee & Day Spa

The Pedicure Lounge

The Spa Simply Skin


Best place to get your nails painted

Gloss Nail Studio

Golden Nails

Happy Day Spa

Nails 2000

Salon Cuvee & Day Spa

Pedicure Lounge

Picasso Spa & Nails


Best place to get your hair done

AJF Salon

Alley Cuts


Hoshall’s Salon & Spa

Maverique Style House

Magic Salon

Mecca Salon

Potter Hair Salon

Salon Bravissimo

Salon Paisley

Space 07 Salon

Spanish Fly Hair Garage


Best place to get a bike

Addison’s Bicycle Repairium

City Bicycle Works

College Cyclery

East Sac Bike and Board

Ikon Cycles

Mike’s Bikes

Pedal Hard

Practical Cycle

Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen

The Bicycle Business


Best yoga studio

Arden Hot Yoga

Asha Yoga

Capital Athletic Club

It’s All Yoga

Padme Yoga Center

Sacramento Bikram Yoga

Sacramento Pipeworks

The Yoga Seed Collective

Yoga Loka

Zuda Yoga


Best record store

Armadillo Music

Dimple Records



Best thrift store

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop


SPCA Thrift Store

Thrift Town Thrift Stores

Weave Thrift


Best place to buy sexy-time stuff

G Spot

Goldie’s Adult Superstores


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