16 San Diego Uptown News | Apr. 1–14, 2011 E
veryone knows the best of San Diego is found in Uptown. From our quaint, walkable neighborhoods to an amazing array of res- taurant and bar options to unique retail and services, Uptown has it all. We let you, our loyal readers, have your say and you chose your favorites, recognizing the people and places that make our distinctive community what it is. And that’s why our Reader’s Choice awards are such an honor for the winners—they truly are the best of the best.
READERS CHOICE WINNERS
FIRST PLACE FOR JAPANESE FOOD
Ichiban Sushi Serves fresh sushi, sashimi, specialty rolls, soups, combination plates, appetizers and entrees for lunch and dinner in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
1449 University Avenue T (619) 299-7203 F (619) 299-7514 www.ichibansushisandiego.com
Second place: Hane Sushi Third place: Osaka Japanese
FIRST PLACE FOR SEAFOOD
Sea Rocket Bistro Serves food bought from local farmers, fishermen and ranchers; buys sustainable, harvested seafood, organic vegetables and pastured meats. The bistro also has various local craft beers and wines.
3382 30th Street T (619) 255-7049 www.searocketbistro.com
Second place: The Fishmarket Third place: Oceanaire
FIRST PLACE FOR TAKEOUT Kip’s Cafe
Specializes in Chinese and other Asian food, including Japanese sushi. Its bar offers several premium beers on tap and various wines.
3925 4th Avenue T 619-298-0127 www.kipscafe.com
Second place: Whole Foods Third place: Saffron Thai
FIRST PLACE FOR DIVE BAR The Loft
Is known for its friendly atmosphere and staff, endless variety of drinks and the perfect environment to make new friends.
Sumptuous Sandwiches, Soups, Salads and Sweets
Open M-F 10:30- to 6 pm • Sat&Sun 11 to 3 pm 3702 Fifth Avenue • Hillcrest (619) 295-4666 • www.delillamasd.com
3610 5th Ave T (619) 296-6407
Second place: Pecs Third place: Small Bar
FIRST PLACE FOR DAY SPA
Anatomy Day Spa & Boutique Provides botox treatments, laser hair removal, facial rejuvenation
and a weight loss program run by the spa’s wellness center.
1205 University Ave T (619) 296-6224 F (619) 296-0414 www.anatomywellness.com
Second place: Bodhi Massage Center
Third place: Karma Relaxation
FIRST PLACE FOR NEW CAR DEALERSHIP
Bob Baker Auto Group Established more than 30 years ago, it is one of the largest automotive dealers in Southern California. Has a reputation for good sales and repair services.
1000 Arnele Ave El Cajon CA 92020 T (619) 440-5390 www.bobbaker.com
Second place: Mossy Nissan Third place: Toyota Mission Valley
FIRST PLACE FOR BATH AND BODY PRODUCTS
The Body Shop Westfield UTC Seeks natural ingredients from global locations to provide products that enhance beauty. Offers skin and hair care products made from natural ingredients containing Vitamin E and oil extracted from tea trees.
4525 La Jolla Village Drive San Diego CA 92122 T (858) 554-0250 www.thebodyshop-usa.com
Second place: Arbonne Third place:
FIRST PLACE FOR TANNING SALON
Has friendly, certified and knowledgeable tanning consultants. Provides tanning services and educates clients, who receive a salon tour and undergo brief skin analysis to determine optimal exposure level before tanning.
660 University Avenue T (619) 298-1826 www.itansolariums.com
Second place: Tanline Third place: AZ Heat Tanning
FIRST PLACE FOR RECORD STORE
Off the Record
Sells, buys and trades new and used vinyl and CDs. Copies vinyl material to CDs in less than 10 days.
2912 university Ave T (619) 298-4755 F (619) 298-4985 www.offtherecordmusic.com
Second place: Lou’s Records Third place: Thirsty Moon
FIRST PLACE FOR BEST PLACE TO TAKE A FIRST DATE
Martinis Above Fourth Is known for its casual fine dining, famous martinis, superb cocktail area and chill lounge. Its talented bartenders create in-house recipes after profiling liquors to ensure a unique and uncontested taste.
3940 Fourth Avenue, Suite 200 T (619) 400-4500 www.martinisabovefourth.com
Enjoy casual fine dining at Martinis Above Fourth, featuring
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