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16 San Diego Uptown News | Apr. 1–14, 2011 E


READER'S CHOICE


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


Itan


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


see Choice, page 17


Congratulations!


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