Best of Long Beach Winners

THE BALLOTS ARE IN and here are the results of our 16th annual contest featuring the best in dining, entertainment and retail businesses. Again this year the contest is in two parts with the next part in early 2018 devoted to medical and other professional services. Special thanks to the sponsors for making this contest possible. Winning businesses that missed our deadline for “thank you” ads still have time to do so in our next issues; call (562) 597-8000 for details.


Best American Restaurant: (Gold) Hof’s Hut

Best Bagels: (Gold) Einstein’s; (Silver) Grounds Bakery Cafe

Best Bakery: (Gold) Rossmoor Pastries; (Silver) Grounds Bakery Cafe

Best Banquet Facility: (Gold) Grand

Best Barbecue Restaurant: (Gold) Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ; (Silver) Naples Rib Company

Best Breakfast: (Gold) Hof’s Hut Restaurant; (Silver) Blackbird Café, Potholder

Best Brunch: (Gold) Schooner or Later

Best Buffet: (Gold) Hokkaido Seafood Buffet

Best Caterer: (Gold) Ma & Pa’s Grocery

Best Chinese Restaurant: (Gold) Forbidden City; (Gold) Fortune Cookies

Best Coffee: (Gold) Starbucks Coffee

Best Deli: (Gold) Katella Deli

Best Desserts: (Gold) Hof’s Hut; (Silver) Frostbites

Best Donuts: (Gold) Simone Donuts

Best Family Restaurant: (Gold) Hof’s Hut Restaurant

Best Fine Dining: (Gold) 555 Restaurant

Best French Restaurant: (Gold) La Creperie

Best Greek Restaurant: (Gold) George’s Greek Café

Best Hamburger: (Gold) In-N-Out Burger

Best Hot Dogs: (Gold) Costco Wholesale; (Silver) MVP’s Grill

Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt: (Gold) Yogurtland; (Silver) Baskin & Robbins

Best Italian Restaurant: (Gold) Picarelli’s Cucina; (Silver) Domenicos

Best Latin/Spanish Restaurant: (Gold) Café Sevilla

Best Mexican Restaurant: (Gold) Panchos Mexican Restaurant

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant: (Gold) Open Sesame

Best Outdoor Dining: (Gold) Schooner or Later

Best Pizza: (Gold) Domenicos

Best Sandwiches: (Gold) Subway Sandwiches; (Silver) Grounds Bakery Cafe

Best Seafood Restaurant: (Gold) Fish Company; (Silver) Crab Pot

Best Steakhouse: (Gold) 555 Restaurant; (Silver) Outback Steakhouse

Best Sushi/Japanese Restaurant: (Gold) Awesome Sushi

Best Thai Restaurant: (Gold) Panvimarn Thai Cuisine; (Silver) Bai Plu

Best Vegetarian Restaurant: (Gold) Veggie Grill



Best Boat Cruise: (Gold) Catalina Express

Best Family Attraction: (Gold) Aquarium of the Pacific

Best Live Music: (Gold) Long Beach Municipal Band

Best Live Theater: (Gold) Long Beach Playhouse, Musical Theatre West

Best Local Casino: (Gold) Hawaiian Gardens Casino

Best Night Club/Bar: (Gold) Joe Josts

Best Sports Bar: (Gold) Legends; (Silver) Glory Days Sports Grill

Best Travel Agency: (Gold) AAA Travel Agency



Best Antiques: (Gold) Long Beach Antique Mall, Vintage Emporium

Best Appliance Store: (Gold) Friedmans Appliance Center, Howard’s Appliance

Best Auto Parts: (Gold) Auto Zone; (Silver) O’Reilly Auto Parts

Best Auto Tires: (Gold) Costco Wholesale; (Silver) Allen Tire Company, Tom’s Automotive Center

Best Beauty Supply: (Gold) 2nd St Beauty Center

Best Bike Store: (Gold) JAX Bicycles

Best Book Store: (Gold) Barnes & Noble

Best Bridal Store: (Gold) David’s Bridal Inc

Best Candy Store: (Gold) Sees Candies

Best Clothing-Men: (Gold) Umberto’s

Best Clothing-Women: (Gold) Chaussure

Best Computers & Accessories: (Gold) Best Buy

Best Craft Store: (Gold) Michaels; (Silver) Joann’s Fabrics

Best Electronics Store: (Gold) Best Buy

Best Florist: (Gold) Allen’s Flower Market; (Silver) Sweet Pea Floral Design

Best Garden Center: (Gold) Armstrong Park Nursery & Florist; (Silver) H & H Nursery

Best Gift Store: (Gold) Los Coyotes Cards & Gifts; (Silver) Angel Crossing

Best Grocery Store: (Gold) Stater Brothers, Trader Joe’s

Best Hardware Store: (Gold) Ace Hardware

Best Health Nutrition Store: (Gold) Circle Nutrition

Best Hearing Aids: (Gold) Connect Hearing, Costco Wholesale

Best Home Furnishings: (Gold) Pier 1 Imports

Best Jewelry Store: (Gold) J&L Jewelry

Best Medical Supplies: (Gold) Mobul

Best Office Supplies: (Gold) Staples Store

Best Party Supplies: (Gold) Alin Party Supply; (Silver) Party City

Best Pet Supply Store: (Gold) Petco; (Silver) Circle Pet & Tropical Fish Ctr, PetSmart

Best Pharmacy: (Gold) CVS

Best Picture Frames: (Gold) Aaron Brothers Art & Framing

Best Self Storage: (Gold) Don Temple Storage

Best Shoe Store: (Gold) Bodells Family Shoe Store

Best Shopping Center: (Gold) Long Beach Towne Center

Best Sporting Goods: (Gold) Big 5

Best Swap Meet: (Gold) Long Beach Antique Market

Best Thrift Store: (Gold) Clark & Atherton Mercantile, Goodwill Industries of Long Beach; (Silver) Assistance League of Long Beach

Best Toy Store: (Gold) Target Stores, Toys R Us

Best Wines: (Gold) Total Wine & More; (Silver) Wine Country


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