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Showcasing the best restaurants and retail from Point Loma, Shelter Island, Midway/Sports Arena, Old Town and Liberty Station
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  • READERSCHOICE

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    SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO THE PENINSULA BEACON THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014

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    As the economy begins to mend, Peninsula residentsare beginning to venture out more to take advantage ofthe host of offerings Point Loma and Old Town SanDiego businesses are eager to serve up.

    You might be looking for the best deal on those peskyinsurance rates or perhaps youre in the market for thatperfect piece of jewelry for that special person in yourlife. You may be looking for the right company to takecare of your air-conditioning needs this hot summer orto get some relief from a chiropractor who can givesome much-needed attention to your aching back.

    Perhaps youre seeking a quiet spot for a sunset mar-garita where you can observe the passing boats in peaceas the setting sun eases into the horizon. Or maybeyoure on the hunt for cool museums and new educa-tional opportunities for the family and kids. Need someflashy new sunglasses or some down time with a long,relaxing massage? From the serenity of Shelter Islandto the pristine beauty of Point Loma and from themagic of the Midway District to the rich, historic vibe ofOld Town and the impressive shopping and culturaldiversity of Liberty Station, the choices are practicallyendless.

    Point Loma, with its iconic peninsula finger dippinginto the Pacific, is home to a wealth of fabulous home-spun eateries, fine-dining establishments, services ofevery kind, food sources offering healthful products andvalues, and sumptuous wine bars to cap off a relaxingevening together.

    Liberty Station, once the site of the sprawling, vener-able Naval Training Center, is fast becoming San Diegoshottest mecca for arts, entertainment, culture, scienceand shopping, packing an extensive array of shops,markets and restaurants all into a single community.

    Nearby Shelter Island, with its incredible bay viewsand stunning downtown panoramas, boasts some ofthe finest and most beautiful waterside hotels andrestaurants in San Diego, along with cottage shopsoffering up cool maritime merchandise and knick-

    knacks. In the Midway District, youll discover everything

    from mechanic needs to mouth-watering barbequeofferings, cozy cafs with themes you wont find else-where in San Diego, sporting-goods and home-improve-ment outlets and all forms of entertainment.

    Old Town San Diego, considered the birthplace ofCalifornia with its roots tracing back to the first Euro-pean settlements on the West Coast, is packed with his-toric museums, artifacts, stunning Spanish architec-ture and enough picturesque shops and restaurants tokeep you and the family busy all day.

    No matter what youre looking for in each of thesePeninsula areas or Old Town San Diego, there are a hostof merchants here who treat you like a king or queen whether its fixing that aching tooth, putting the fin-ishing touches on your tax return or helping you findjust the right bouquet of flowers to say, Im thinking ofyou.

    But how in the world do you narrow your selectionswith so much to choose from? Well, thats where thePeninsula Beacon can make things a little easier foryou. Here, we present the latest edition of the 2014Readers Choice Awards the best-of-the-best in retail,restaurants and services for the Peninsula area and OldTown San Diego. The merchants in these bustling areasare dedicated to winning your business and moreimportantly, to keeping it.

    The awards served up in the following pages werechosen by our loyal readership, which we value sohighly. Some of the winners may already be yourfavorites. Others you might not be familiar with. Butnow you have the consensus of fellow readers to helpyou decide where to do your shopping, dining and takeyour daily business.

    Congratulations!Kevin McKay

    Editor, Peninsula Beacon

    PAGE 2 | THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014 | THE PENINSULA BEACONS READERS CHOICE AWARDS

    Congratulations to the following businesses who werechosen by the readers of the Peninsula Beacon.The business categories were published in ballot form over a period of 6 weeks. Readers wereasked to cast ballots for their favorite choices. This was no simple task! With more than 100categories, our readers came through with overwhelming response. We wish to thank all thereaders who took the time to recognize these businesses which do so much to make PointLoma, Shelter Island, Midway and Old Town such wonderful communities.

    Best AmericanSlaters 50/50Slaters might be known for its Burgers by Design,but its the restaurants tap list that has made it a favoriteof San Diegans. With more than 100 beers on tap, fromAbita Purple Haze to Youngs Double Chocolate Stout,and all the alphabet letters in between, theres a beer forevery glass. Best-paired with Slaters beers is the50/50 burger, but dont let its menu curtail your selec-tion, you can create a burger with your own mish-moshof toppings to pair it perfectly with your brew.

    Slaters 50/50 2750 Dewey Rd. #193Liberty Station(619) 398-2600sandiego.slaters5050.com

    Best AppetizerThe BrigantineJoin Brigantine Seafood for brunch, lunch, dinner andone of their award-winning happy hours! We are com-mitted to providing you with the highest level of cus-tomer satisfaction, gained through exceptional service,comfortable ambiance and, of course, our delicious cui-sine. Brigantine Seafood is part of The Brigantine fam-ily of restaurants. Encompassing three popular con-cepts that serve up a variety of cuisine and a total of 14locations from Coronado to North County, this family-owned and operated company is focused on serving upthe absolute best experience possible.

    The Brigantine2725 Shelter Island Dr.Point Loma(619) 224-2871brigantine.com

    Best Bagel Shop Einstein BrosEinstein Bros Bagels wrote the book on bagels! But theydidn't just stop there; Einstein Bros also boasts some ofthe best coffee and espresso - famously known as theirDarn Good Coffee - deli sandwiches, breakfast eggsandwiches, lunch catering and delicious baked snacksand sweets. Watching what you eat? Then you came to

    the right place! Einstein Bros is rated in the Top 10Healthiest Fast Food options by Health.com due totheir variety of healthy food options with less than 400calories.

    Einstein Brothers3305-B Rosecrans St.Point Loma(619) 523-6795einsteinbros.com

    Best BakeryCon PaneCon Pane strives to be the best artisan bread bakery inSan Diego County. The bakery-cafe offers more than 20flavors of handmade artisan bread, decadent morningpastries, inventive sandwiches, coffee and espressodrinks. Now that you do, you guys have probably fig-ured out that this Point Loma eatery touts its manytypes of bread as heavily as what it puts between theslices, from a turkey Cobb sandwich with avocado to araisin and Hazelnut Batard. Theres a three-bread plat-ter that comes with olive oil and goat cheese to help youdecide on your fare. Good bread makes the best of com-panions. Here, youll find both.

    Con Pane2750 Dewey Rd., Ste 105 Liberty Station(619) 224-4344

    Best BarHarbor Town PubHarbor Town serves a simple menu of good pub grub,featuring burgers, sandwiches, tacos, salads and appe-tizers. For a light bite, nosh on the Ahi Poke Tostada,made with Ahi poke, wonton chips, carrots, cucumber,wasabi cream, jalapeno and cilantro; or the Grilled Gin-ger-Soy Chicken Wings served with dojo sauce for dip-ping. Although not exactly light, the BBQ Pulled PorkNachos are worth the calories.

    Harbor Town Pub1125 Rosecrans St.Point Loma(619) 224-1321harbortownpub.com

    CategoryAmericanAppetizerBagel ShopBakeryBarBay ViewBBQBeer SelectionBreakfastBuffetBurgerBurritoCafeCajunCarne AsadaCateringChicken WingsChinese RestaurantDessertsDinnerEnchiladasFamily RestaurantFish TacoFrozen YogurtGreekHappy HourHawaiian /PolynesianIce Cream / GelatoIrishItalianJuice BarLunchMargaritaMartiniMexican AppetizerMexican RestaurantMexican SeafoodMost RomanticNachosNew RestaurantOverall ServicePatio ServicePet Friendly RestaurantPizzaPlace for a B-Day PartySalsaSandwichSeafoodSports BarSteakSunday BrunchSushiTea SelectionTequila BarThaiTortillasVietnamese / PhoWine Selection

    SERVICESAccountantAir Cond / HeatArt GalleryAttorneyAuto DetailBankBike ShopBookstoreChiropractorCity TourComputer RepairContractorDay SpaDentistDoctorDog GroomingDry CleaningEye wearFinancial PlannerFloristFurniture StoreGrocery StoreGymHair SalonHearing CenterHome ImprovementHotelInsurance AgentJewelry StoreLocal AttractionMassage TherapistMexican PotteryMortgage AgentMuseumNurseryOptometrist / OpthalomogistPaint StorePersonal TrainerPet Hosp / VetPet ResortPet SitterPharmacyPilatesPlace for CraftsPlace w/ unusual giftsPlumberResale ShopShipping / PackingSpecial Event VenueWindows / DoorsWorkout SpotYoga Facility

    GoldSlaters 50/50BrigantineEinstein BrothersCon PaneHarbortown PubBali HaiPhil's BBQStone BreweryRed SailsYummy BuffettSlaters 50/50Casa de ReyesLiving RoomNew Orleans Creole CafeCafe CoyoteBanyan CateringHarbortown PubYummy BuffettElegant TruffleOld VeniceBarra BarraCafe CoyoteBrigantineCup of YoHarbor Greek CafeBrigantineBali HaiColdstone CreameryO'Hungry'sOld VeniceCasa De JuicePoint Loma SeafoodBarra BarraThe PearlMiguel's CocinaMiguel's CocinaMiguel's CocinaBali HaiHarbortown PubStone BreweryOld VeniceRed SailsSlaters 50/50Oggi'sSlaters 50/50Cafe CoyoteCon PanePoint Loma SeafoodHarbortown PubRed SailsBali HaiSushi MuraPoint Loma TeaEl AgaveIssara ThaiCafe CoyotePoint Loma PhoWine Steals

    SERVICESJere BattenCentral Plumbing Heating & AirBallast Point GalleryDavid SmedleyDetail in ProgressPacific Premier BankMoment BicyclesSeabreeze Books & ChartsDr Brian WhiteOld Town Trolley ToursMichael HinesBrasseur ConstructionSanctuateDr DeRosierShelter Island MedicalMaggie's FarmLiberty Station CleanersSunglass & Optica

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