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Best of Coachella Valley 2017-2018 Finalists

Best of Coachella Valley 2017-2018 Finalists

 

Arts

 

Best Art Gallery

Hohmann Fine Art

CODA Gallery

J. Willott Gallery

Melissa Morgan Fine Art

Shag

 

Best Indoor Venue

The Date Shed

Fantasy Springs Special Events Center

The Hood Bar and Pizza

McCallum Theatre

The Show at Agua Caliente

 

Best Outdoor Venue

Empire Polo Club

Fantasy Springs Rock Yard

Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Palm Desert Civic Center Park

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace

 

Best Local Arts Group/Organization

The Coachella Valley Art Scene

Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre

CREATE Center for the Arts

La Quinta Arts Foundation

McCallum Theatre

 

Best Local Band

Drop Mob

The Flusters

The Hellions

John Stanley King Band

Sunday Funeral

 

Best Local DJ

Alex Harrington

Alf Alpha

DJ Chub Jim

Jesika Von Rabbit

DJ PWee

 

Best Local Musician

Dave Burk

Dan Dillinger

John Stanley King

Michael Keeth

Lisa Lynn Morgan

 

Best Local Visual Artist

Marconi Calindas

Ryan Campbell

Cristopher Cichocki

Sofia Enriquez

Shag

 

Best Movie Theater

Camelot Theatres

Century La Quinta and XD

Century The River and XD

Mary Pickford Is D’Place

Regal Rancho Mirage Stadium 16 and IMAX

 

Best Museum

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

La Quinta Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Art Museum

 

Best Producing Theater Company

Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre

Coyote StageWorks

Desert Rose Playhouse

Dezart Performs

Palm Canyon Theatre

 

Life in the Valley

 

Best Farmers’ Market

College of the Desert Street Fair

Old Town La Quinta Certified Farmers’ Market

Palm Desert Certified Farmers’ Market

Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market

Palm Springs Village Fest

 

Best Local Activist/Advocacy Group/Charity

AAP-Food Samaritans

Boys and Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley

Coachella Valley Rescue Mission

Desert AIDS Project

LGBT Community Center of the Desert

Palm Springs Animal Shelter

 

Best Gym

EOS Fitness

In-Shape

Palm Springs Fitness Center

Planet Fitness

World Gym

 

Best Yoga Studio

Bikram Yoga Plus

Power Yoga Palm Springs

Urban Yoga

Yoga Bliss

Yoga Central

 

Best Bowling Alley

Fantasy Springs Bowling Center

Palm Springs Lanes

Yucca Bowl

 

Best Sex Toy Shop

Gear Leather and Fetish

Not So Innocent

Q Trading Co.

Sensuality a Store for Her

Skitzo Kitty

 

Best Auto Repair

Andy’s Auto Repair

Cam Stone’s Automotive

European Auto Service

OMAG Automotive

Singh’s Automotive Repair

 

Best Car Wash

Airport Quick Car Wash

Desert 100 Percent Hand Car Wash

Elephant Car Wash/Rancho Super Car Wash

Indio Car Wash

La Quinta Car Wash

 

Best Plant Nursery

Bob Williams Nursery

The Living Desert’s Palo Verde Garden Center

Lotus Garden Center

Moller’s Garden Center

Vintage Nursery

 

Best Pet Supplies

Bones ’n’ Scones

Miriam’s Poochella Grooming

Pet Oasis

Petco

PetSmart

 

Best Annual Charity Event

A Miracle on El Paseo (Bighorn Behind a Miracle)

Desert AIDS Walk (Desert AIDS Project)

Evening Under the Stars (AAP-Food Samaritans)

McCallum Theatre Annual Gala

Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards (Desert AIDS Project)

Best Place to Gamble

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

Augustine Casino

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Morongo Casino Resort Spa

Spotlight 29

 

Best Local TV News

CBS Local 2

KESQ News Channel 3

KMIR Channel 6

 

Best Local TV News Personality

Karen Devine, KESQ News Channel 3

Patrick Evans, CBS Local 2

Bryan Gallo, KMIR Channel 6

Gino Lamont, KMIR Channel 6

Bianca Rae, KESQ News Channel 3

 

Best Radio Station

Jammin 99.5 FM

K-News 94.3 FM

Mod FM 107.3

Mix 100.5

Q 102.3 Classic Rock

 

Best Local Radio Personality

Joey English, KGX 99.1 FM/920 AM

Bill Feingold, K-News 94.3 FM

Jimi “Fitz” Fitzgerald, CV 104.3 FM

Jeff Michaels, Q 102.3/KPLM 106.1

Bradley Ryan, Mix 100.5

 

Best Bookstore

Barnes and Noble

The Book Rack La Quinta

Just Fabulous

Rancho Mirage Library Book Nook

 

Best Retail Music/Video Store

Best Buy

Palm Springs Vinyl Records and Collectables

Record Alley

 

Best Comics/Games Shop

Desert Oasis Comics

Game Stop

HooDoo!

 

Best Hotel Pool

Ace Hotel and Swim Club

Arrive

Fantasy Springs Resort Spa

Riviera Palm Springs

The Saguaro

 

Best Urgent Care

Desert Oasis Healthcare Immediate Care

MedPost Urgent Care (Desert Regional)

Eisenhower Medical Center Urgent Care

Premier Urgent Care

VIP Urgent Care

 

Valley Professionals

 

Best Doctor

Dr. Amanda Curnock

Dr. Michael Hughes

Dr. Michael Jardula

Dr. Timothy Jochen

 

Best Eye Doctor

Dr. Athena Brasfield (CV Optometry)

Dr. David Esquibel (Desert Vision)

Dr. Camille Harrison

Dr. Albert Milauskas

 

Best Dentist/Orthodontist

Dr. Maria Aguilar (Mirage Lane Dentistry)

Dr. Rene Dell’Acqua

Dr. Frank Hernandez

Dr. Larry Kunkle (Palm Desert Dental Center)

Dr. Duane Nishikubo

 

Best Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Scott Aaronson

Dr. Bruce Chisholm

Dr. Timothy Jochen

Dr. Suzanne Quardt

Dr. Mark Sofonio

 

Best Attorney

J. John Anderholt III

Walter Clark

Brian Harnik

Christopher Heritage

David Humphrey

 

Best Air Conditioner Repair

All Seasons

Comfort Air

Esser

General

Priority One

 

Best Chiropractor

Dr. Kristen Bohnet

Dr. Jim Cox

Nazemi Chiropractic

Dr. Paul Ross

 

Best Real Estate Agent

Barbara Carpenter

Deirdre Coit

Valery Neuman

Brady Sandahl

 

Best Electrician

DCH Electric and Lighting

Desert Pro Electrical

Electric Man

So-Cal Electric

Wired Up Electric

 

Best Public Servant

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia

Palm Desert Mayor Jan Harnik

Palm Springs City Councilman Geoff Kors

Palm Springs Mayor Rob Moon

Rep. Raul Ruiz

 

Fashion and Style

 

Best Clothing Store (Locally Owned)

Blonde Clothing Boutique

Grayse

Oooh La la

Trina Turk

Wil Stiles

 

Best Resale/Vintage Clothing

Angel View

The Fine Art of Design

Goodwill

Plato’s Closet

Revivals

 

Best Furniture Store

Erik’s Furniture

Mathis Brothers

Mor Furniture for Less

Revivals

West Elm

 

Best Antiques/Collectibles

The Estate Sale Co.

Misty’s Consignments

Sunny Dunes Antique Mall

Victoria’s Attic

 

Best Jeweler/Jewelry Store

B. Alsohns Jewelers

El Paseo Jewelers

Leeds and Son

Robann’s Jewelers

Tiffany and Co.

 

Best Hair Salon

Alankara, an Aveda Lifestyle Salon

Dishwater Blonde Salon

J. Russell! The Salon

Jake Turner Salon

Josef Saliba

 

Best Spa in a Resort/Hotel

Agua Serena Spa at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa

The Spa at Desert Springs (JW Marriott)

Two Bunch Palms

Well Spa (Miramonte)

 

Best Day Spa (Non-Resort/Hotel)

Bighorn Golf Club

Massage Rx

Revive Wellness Center

Studio M Salon and Spa

 

Best Florist

Jensen’s Foods

Lotus Garden Center

My Little Flower Shop

Palm Springs Florist

Rancho Mirage Florist

 

Best Tattoo Parlor

Adornment Piercing and Private Tattoo

Anarchy and Ink Tattoo

Bloodline Tattoo

Iron Palm Tattoo Parlour

Strata Tattoo Lab

 

Best Eyeglass/Optical Retailer

CV Optometry

Costco

Desert Vision Optometry

LensCrafters

Panache Optical Gallery

 

Outside!

 

Best Public Garden

Desert Healthcare District Wellness Park

El Paseo

The Living Desert

Moorten’s Botanical Garden

Sunnylands

 

Best Place for Bicycling

Bear Creek Path (La Quinta)

Highway 74

Joshua Tree

Palm Desert Civic Center Park

 

Best Recreation Area

Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area

Mount San Jacinto State Park (Top of the Tram)

Palm Desert Civic Center Park

Tahquitz Canyon

 

Best Hike

Art Smith Trail

Bump and Grind Trail

The Cross Trail

Ladder Canyon

South Lykken Trail

 

Best Park

Ironwood Park

La Quinta Civic Center Park

Palm Desert Civic Center Park

Rancho Mirage Community Park

Ruth Hardy Park

 

Best Outdoor/Camping Gear Store

Big 5 Sporting Goods

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Yellow Mart

 

Best Bike Shop

BikeMan

Joel’s Bicycle Shop

Palm Springs Cyclery

Tri-A-Bike

Velo Bum Elite Cyclery

 

Best Sporting Goods

Big 5 Sporting Goods

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Pete Carlson’s Golf and Tennis

Yellow Mart

 

Best Public Golf Course

Desert Willow Golf Resort

Indian Canyons Golf Resort

Indian Springs Golf Club

SilverRock Resort

Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort

 

For the Kids

 

Best Playground

Dateland Park

Ironwood Park

La Quinta Civic Center Park

Palm Desert Civic Center Park

Ruth Hardy Park

 

Best Place to Buy Toys

The Lumpy Bunny

Mr. G’s for Kids

Toys R Us

Uncle Don’s Hobbies

 

Best Kids’ Clothing Store

The Children’s Place

JadaBug’s Kids Boutique

Janie and Jack

The Lumpy Bunny

Old Navy

 

Best Restaurant for Kids

Billy Reed’s

Chuck E. Cheese’s

Old Spaghetti Factory

Red Robin

Shakey’s Pizza

 

Best Place for Family Fun

Boomers

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

Laser Oasis

The Living Desert

Wet ’n’ Wild

 

Best Place for a Birthday Party

Boomers

Chuck E. Cheese’s

Laser Oasis

The Living Desert

Shakey’s Pizza

 

Food and Restaurants

 

Best Casual Eats

Blaze Pizza

Café 54 at Augustine Casino

Lulu California Bistro

Stuft Pizza Bar and Grill

TRIO Restaurant

 

Best Caterer

Dash and a Handful

Fresh Agave Mexican Bar and Grill

Lulu California Bistro

Lynn Hammond

TRIO/Liquid Catering

 

Best Diner

Café 54 at Augustine Casino

John’s

Keedy’s Fountain Grill

Rick’s Restaurant

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

 

Best Organic Food Store

Bristol Farms

Clark’s Nutrition

Jensen’s Foods

Sprouts Farmers Market

Whole Foods

 

Best Delicatessen

Bristol Farms

Manhattan in the Desert

Real Italian Deli

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

TKB Bakery and Deli

 

Best Custom Cakes

Exquisite Desserts

Jensen’s Foods

Over the Rainbow

Pastry Swan Bakery

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

 

Best Desserts

Jake’s Palm Springs

Manhattan in the Desert

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Over the Rainbow

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

 

Best Ice Cream/Shakes

Cold Stone Creamery

Creamistry

Great Shakes

Ice Cream and Shop(pe) at Arrive

Lappert’s Ice Cream

 

Best Date Shake

Great Shakes

Hadley’s

Shields Date Garden

 

Best Frozen Yogurt

Beach House

Jus Chillin’

Tutti Frutti

Yogurtland

Yogurt Island

 

Best Bakery

Aspen Mills

Frankie’s Italian Bakery

French Corner Café

Pastry Swan Bakery

Peninsula Pastries

 

Best Barbecue

Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse

Jackalope Ranch

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace

Smoke Tree BBQ

Zobo and Meester’s

 

Best Burger

Café 54 at Augustine Casino

Eureka!

Grill A Burger

Smokin’ Burgers

Tyler’s Burgers

 

Best Veggie Burger

Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge

Eureka!

Lulu California Bistro

Native Foods Café

TRIO Restaurant

 

Best Sandwich

Aspen Mills

Manhattan in the Desert

The Sandwich Spot

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

TKB Bakery and Deli

 

Best Pizza

Bill’s Pizza

Blaze Pizza

Giuseppe’s Pizza and Pasta

Stuft Pizza Bar and Grill

Upper Crust Pizza

 

Best Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings

Kaiser Grille

Smoke Tree BBQ

Smokin’ Burgers

Wingstop

 

Best Bagels

Bagel Bistro

Manhattan in the Desert

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

Townie Bagels

 

Best Smoothies

Fresh Juice Bar

Jamba Juice

Koffi

Luscious Lorraine’s

Palm Greens Café

 

Best Buffet

Café 54 at the Augustine Casino

Fresh Grill Buffet at Fantasy Springs

Grand Palms Buffet Agua Caliente

Oasis Buffet at Spa Resort Casino

Potrero Canyon Buffet at Morongo

 

Best Coffee Shop for Coffee

Ernest Coffee

IW Coffee

Koffi

Ristretto

Starbucks

 

Best Coffee Shop for Hanging Out

Ernest Coffee

IW Coffee

Koffi

Ristretto

Starbucks

 

Best Tea

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Koffi

Panera Bread

Starbucks

Teavana

 

Best Breakfast

Cheeky’s

Elmer’s

Keedy’s Fountain Grill

Spencer’s Restaurant

Wilma and Frieda’s

 

Best California Cuisine

Acqua California Bistro

Jake’s Palm Springs

Kaiser Grille

Lulu California Bistro

TRIO Restaurant

 

Best Brunch

Café 54 at Augustine Casino

Jackalope Ranch

Spencer’s Restaurant

TRIO Restaurant

The Tropicale

Wilma and Frieda’s

 

Best Chinese

China King

City Wok

JOY at Fantasy Springs

New Fortune Asian Cuisine

P.F. Chang’s

 

Best Greek

Athena Gyro

Evzin Mediterranean Cuisine

Greek Islands Restaurant

Koutouki Greek Estiatorio

Nina’s Greek Cuisine

 

Best French

Café des Beaux Arts

Cuistot Restaurant

L’Atelier Café

Le Vallauris Restaurant

Si Bon

 

Best Indian

India Oven

Monsoon Indian Cuisine

 

Best Italian

Castelli’s

Giuseppe’s Pizza and Pasta

La Spiga Ristorante Italiano

Mario’s Italian Café

Ristorante Mamma Gina

 

Best Japanese

Gyoro Gyoro Isakaya Japonaise

Joyce’s Sushi

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse

Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar

Shabu Shabu Zen

 

Best Korean

Domo Sushi

JOY at Fantasy Springs

Maru Korean B.B.Q. and Grill

Umami Seoul

 

Best Sushi

Dragon Sushi

Edoko Sushi

Mitch’s on El Paseo

Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar

The Venue Sushi Bar and Sake Lounge

 

Best Seafood

Café 54 at Augustine Casino

Fisherman’s Market and Grill

Mitch’s on El Paseo

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

Spencer’s Restaurant

 

Best Steaks/Steakhouse

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

LG’s Prime Steakhouse

Mastro’s Steakhouse

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Suillivan’s Steakhouse

 

Best Thai

Blue Orchid

My Thai

Pepper’s Thai Cuisine

Thai House

Thai Smile Palm Springs

 

Best Vietnamese

533 Viet Fusion

Fuzion Five

Pho Vu

Rooster and the Pig

Watercress Vietnamese Bistro

 

Best Vegetarian

Chef Tanya’s Kitchen

Luscious Lorraine’s

Native Foods Café

Nature’s Health Food and Cafe

Palm Greens Café

 

Best Upscale Restaurant

Johannes

Le Vallauris Restaurant

Mitch’s on El Paseo

Spencer’s Restaurant

Wally’s Desert Turtle

 

Best Outdoor Seating

Copley’s on Palm Canyon

Jackalope Ranch

Mitch’s on El Paseo

Spencer’s Restaurant

The Tropicale

 

Best Late-Night Restaurant

Alicante

King’s Highway at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club

Lulu California Bistro

TRIO Restaurant

The Tropicale

 

Best Mexican

Fresh Agave Mexican Bar and Grill

Las Casuelas Terraza

Loco Charlie’s

El Mirasol

Rio Azul Mexican Bar and Grill

 

Best Salsa

Blue Coyote Grill

Casa Mendoza

Fresh Agave Mexican Bar and Grill

Las Casuelas Terraza

Rio Azul Mexican Bar and Grill

 

Best Burrito

Casa Mendoza

Fresh Agave Mexican Bar and Grill

La Perlita Mexican Food

Las Casuelas Terraza

Taqueria Tlaquepaque

 

Spirits and Nightlife

 

Best Beer Selection

The Beer Hunter

Burgers and Beer

Draughtsman

Eureka!

Yard House

 

Best Local Brewery

Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse

Coachella Valley Brewing Co.

La Quinta Brewing Co.

 

Best Place to Play Pool/Billiards

The Beer Hunter

Big Rock Pub

The Hood Bar and Pizza

Neil’s Lounge

Red Barn

 

Best Cocktail Menu

Dish Creative Cuisine

Eureka!

Seymour’s

TRIO Restaurant

The Tropicale

 

Best Gay/Lesbian Bar

Blackbook

Chill Bar

Hunters

Streetbar

Toucan’s Tiki Lounge

 

Best Happy Hour

La Quinta Cliffhouse

Lulu California Bistro

Mitch’s on El Paseo

TRIO Restaurant

The Tropicale

 

Best Dive Bar

The Hood Bar and Pizza

Neil’s Lounge

The Nest

Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails

Red Barn

 

Best Margarita

Armando’s Dakota Bar and Grill

Blue Coyote Grill

Fresh Agave Mexican Bar and Grill

Las Casuelas Terraza

Rio Azul Mexican Bar and Grill

 

Best Martini

Kaiser Grille

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

TRIO Restaurant

The Tropicale

Zin American Bistro

 

Best Nightclub

Bart Lounge

Copa

Hunters

The Nest

Zeldas

 

Best Sports Bar

The Beer Hunter

Big Rock Pub

Burgers and Beer

Playoffs Sports Bar

Smokin’ Burgers

 

Best Wine Bar

Dead or Alive

La Rue Wine Bar

Mastro’s Steakhoyse

The Wine Emporium

Zin American Bistro

 

Best Wine/Liquor Store

BevMo!

Costco

Desert Wines and Spirits (Go Deli)

Total Wine and More

The Wine Emporium

 

Best Bar Ambiance

Big Rock Pub

Mastro’s Steakhouse

Mitch’s on El Paseo

TRIO Restaurant

The Tropicale