From restaurants to salons to home services, you voted for your favorites
Thank you Sacramento! When we put out the call for your favorite businesses on our Sacramento Lifestyle Magazine Facebook page, you responded in full force. All of the businesses were nominated by and voted on by you. With nearly 30,000 votes from June 25 to July 11, 2016, the results are in.
There were a few close calls and even a tie for runner up in one category, but you’ve definitely got your favorites! You voted, we thank you, and it is our pleasure to share the results of first annual Reader’s Choice with you.
Winner – Sandra Dee’s Bar-B-Que and Seafood
Located in the heart of midtown Sacramento, the restaurant specializes in southern food and mouth-watering BBQ. Sandra Dee’s Bar-B-Que and Seafood is a family owned establishment from top to bottom.
Runner Up – Tank House BBQ
Winner – Fox and Goose Public House
Housed in a distinctive brick building in downtown Sacramento, this long time local favorite features traditional English breakfast, pub grills, creative omelets and American fare.
Runner Up – Orphan Breakfast House
Winner – Burgers and Brew
Located in the thriving R Street Corridor, enjoy craft beers on tap and a wide variety of burgers made from Niman Ranch meats. Sauces and dressings are made in-house with the freshest ingredients.
Runner Up – The Habit Burger Grill
Winner – Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Ruth’s Chris Steak House in The Pavilions features their signature sizzling plates with a perfectly seared steak. Enjoy a handcrafted cocktail or choose from their award-winning wine list.
Runner Up – Morton’s Steakhouse
Best Mexican Cuisine
Winner – Chando’s Tacos
Whether you are ordering from the Arden Way taco stand, the food truck, or one of their other new locations, enjoy Chando’s home made Mexican food. Made from the freshest ingredients, featuring their hand crafted tortillas.
Runner Up – Centro Cocina Mexicana
Best Asian Cuisine
Winner – Ramen House Ryujin
Bringing real Japanese tasting ramen to Sacramento, this newest restaurant on S Street offers ramen dishes at affordable prices. Made from ramen soup broth that has been cooked for over 20 hours, choose from a wide variety of dishes.
Runner Up – The Coconut Midtown
Winner – Mikuni Japanese
Mikuni has established a reputation for delivering a compelling blend of traditional Japanese cuisine and American innovation. Under Mikuni’s master chef Kotari Arai or Taro, to those who know him, Mikuni chefs take diners on a senses-stimulating excursion into a world of extraordinary flavors, compelling textures, and visual enchantment.
Runner Up – Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine
Winner – Zelda’s
A midtown Sacramento institution for years, Zelda’s gourmet pizza is prepared using authentic Italian recipes, with the freshest and finest ingredients. Expect long waits at this popular restaurant, but the wait is definitely worth it, according to the many fans of Zelda’s Pizza.
Runner Up – One Speed
Winner – Scott’s Seafood
Located on the scenic Sacramento River, award winning Scott’s Seafood Grill and Bar is home to the freshest seafood and certified Angus steaks. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, with brunch on the weekends.
Runner Up – The Waterboy
Best Italian Cuisine
Winner – Lucca Restaurant
Lucca Restaurant and Bar features a wide variety of Italian dishes using seasonal, locally grown produce, Lucky Dog Ranch meats and fresh pasta.Lucca’s also offers one of the most popular Happy Hours in town.
Runner Up – Biba Ristorante Italiano
Best New Restaurant
Winner – Iron Horse Tavern
From the creators of Cafeteria 15L and Firestone Public House, Iron Horse Tavern is the one of latest bar and restaurants on the revived former railway known as the R Street Corridor. Enjoy dining inside or out and choose from a wide variety of food and drink selections.
Runner Up – Empress Tavern
Winner – Rick’s Dessert Diner
Rick’s Dessert Diner has more than 285 varieties of European and American desserts, all made fresh daily from “scratch.” Enjoy their tall cakes, fresh fruit tarts and tortes, and the most decadent chocolate desserts imaginable!
Runner Up – Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates
Winner – Freeport Bakery
Freeport Bakery is an award winning, full line scratch bakery in Land Park, best known for its wonderful and imaginative cakes. A recent addition to the bakery is the “annex”, a space devoted to cake decorating. With its large windows, people are able to get a glimpse of the exciting techniques that make Freeport’s cakes so special. The small footprint of the bakery itself belies the 50+ employees working inside creating pies, breakfast Danish, cake pops and more.
Runner Up – Estelle’s Patisserie
Best Tavern/Sports Bar
Winner – Firestone Public House
Featuring 60 beers on tap and a large, American-inspired, creative menu, Firestone Public House is the premier place to enjoy happy hour, game day entertainment and get-togethers. Featuring 22 flat screens, an unrivaled sound system and two outdoor patios.
Runner Up – Clubhouse 56
Winner – The Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar
Red Rabbit creates fine cocktails from the ground up with house made syrups and fresh squeezed juices. Fresh herbs are muddled and the spirits list is eclectic. There are six taps of interesting beers along with bottles and cans of suds from around the world.
Runner Up – Bottle and Barlow
Best Coffee Shop
Winner – Temple Coffee
Temple founder and barista Sean Kohmescher opened the first Temple Coffee house in 2005. His vision was simple: good vibes, great service, and exceptionally well-prepared coffee. Ten years, five coffee houses, and a roasterie later, it is still this vision that Temple perpetually strives to fulfill.
Runner Up – Dutch Bros
Best Personal Services:
Winner – Jessi James Salon and Spa
Jessi James Salon & Spa is a modern-day salon that caters to both men and women in a fresh and relaxing space. Opened by hairstylists Jesse Tamburini and Jessi Marchant, the salon prides itself on providing the highest quality in services and products.
Runner Up – Salon N
Best Men’s Salon
Winner – Anthony’s Barbershop
Anthony’s, located in midtown Sacramento, is an old fashioned barbershop with a modern twist. They do men’s haircuts and hot towel razor shaves. They offer modern and retro haircuts as well as spray wax, gels, shampoos and several different mustache waxes.
Runner Up – Barber Blues
Best Nail Salon
Winner – Sassy Nails and Spa
Customers love the service and the prices at Sassy Nails and Spa. Staff are professional and prompt. Several gel color and pedicure options are available.
Runner Up – Lotus Hair and Nails
Best Med Spa
Winner – New Body MD Surgical Center
New Body MD Surgical Center and Med Spa provides men and women with a lush, relaxing experience and offers an array of non-surgical services to optimize skin health and tone. Skin care consultations are provided by a licensed nurse/aesthetician to determine the best procedures and skin care products for you.
Runner Up – Eternity Med Spa
Best Day Spa
Winner- Arden Hills Club and Day Spa
The Spa at Arden Hills offers the ultimate day spa experience. With a full range of revitalizing services for both men and women, relax, rejuvenate and revitalize your mind and body in the Spa at Arden Hills.
Runner Up – Salon Cuvee and Day Spa
Best Health Professionals:
Winner – Vineyard Oaks Dental
Vineyard Oaks Dental offers patients a comprehensive list of general, restorative and cosmetic dental services designed to meet the needs of the whole family. The team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve.
Runner Up – East Sacramento Dental
Winner – Image Orthodontics
At Image Orthodontics, they combine a private practice experience with the benefits of multi-doctor collaboration and multiple locations, providing children and adults the highest quality orthodontic care with friendly, highly-trained staff in a comfortable environment.
Runner Up (tie) – Markham Orthodontics and Hoyberg Orthodontics
Best Pediatric Dentist
Winner – Surfside Kids Dental
Whether your child is visiting for a routine cleaning appointment or a dental concern, at Surfside Kids Dental the needs of your child are met on an individual basis.They offer state of the art equipment, movies to watch, and communicate with your child so he or she knows what to expect from beginning to end.
Runner Up – Children’s Choice Pediatric
Winner – The Healing Touch
The Healing Touch Chiropractic emphasizes improving your health in an effort to reduce the risk of pain and illness. Healing Touch Chiropractic will personally tailor a wellness program specifically targeted to your needs using the least invasive yet highly-effective techniques and services.
Runner Up – Active Life Team Chiropractic
Winner – Calkin and Boudreaux
Whether you are concerned with general dermatologic conditions or desire cosmetic changes, the board-certified doctors and associates at Calkin & Boudreaux offer outstanding medical training and experience to patients seeking a more discreet, intimate setting.
Runner Up – Sutter Health
Winner – Sacramento Valley Pediatric
Meet the friendly, experienced pediatricians and staff at Sacramento Valley Pediatric Medical Group. The entire team is dedicated to helping you and your child feel at home from the moment you walk through the door. Their clinic-focused practice works hard to meet the needs of children from infancy through adolescence.
Runner Up – Pediatric Medical Associates
Best Family Physician
Winner – Sutter Health Family Medicine
Family medicine doctors who provide continuing, comprehensive health care for your family, from infants to the elderly, integrating biological, clinical and behavioral sciences. Many of Sutter’s family practice doctors offer same- and next-day appointments, extended hours on evenings and weekends for urgent care, and doctors on call for acute, after-hours needs.
Runner Up – UC Davis Medical Group
Winner – Sutter Health Women’s Health
Sutter offers inpatient and outpatient services designed to provide the women of the greater Sacramento region with ready access to the most advanced medical treatments available. Sutter has five hospitals with family-centered maternity care and that meet the highest quality standards, but offer unique birthing choices.
Runner Up – Northern California OBGyn
Winner – Sacramento Optometric Group
Established in 1931, Sutter Optometric eye care clinic will care for all your vision needs. They handle everything from eye exams and hard-to-fit contact lenses, to computer vision problems, specialty lenses and co-manage eye surgery.
Runner Up – EyeChicks Eyewear
Best Plastic Surgeon
Winner – UC Davis Plastic Surgery
UC Davis Plastic Surgery board-certified surgeons provide a range of aesthetic plastic surgical procedures, including body contouring operations and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgery includes facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, and scar revision.
Runner Up – The Plastic Surgery Center
Winner – Sacramento Animal Hospital
Sacramento Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical center that specializes in the treatment of dogs and cats. They are committed to providing the highest quality care while maintaining the feel and comfort of a small family practice. They are an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association.
Runner Up – Mueller Pet Medical Center
Winner – T & T Roofing
T and T Roofing is a family owned and operated roofing company with over 35 years of reroofing and roofing repairs in Sacramento. Steve and his father, long time Sacramento roofers, established T and T Roofing in 1974. They specialize in leak repairs of all types, roofing and re-roofing jobs of all sizes.
Runner Up – Roof Guys
Best Home Builder
Winner – KB Home
For almost six decades, KB has helped more than 550,000 families and individuals achieve the dream of homeownership. KB is a recognized leader in energy and water efficient building. They are the only homebuilder to receive the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award four years in a row.
Runner Up – Pulte Group
Winner – Baldwin Custom Painting
With over a decade of painting experience, owner Jeff Baldwin is a skilled and versatile painter who believes in quality craftsmanship. Always using top-of-the-line materials and products, Baldwin Custom Painting specializes in high-end residential and small commercial painting projects.
Runner Up – DeFazio Painting
Winner – Dreams2Reality Construction Landscape
The company’s experience and dedication can be seen through the quality of work that they provide to their customers. Landscaping services include lawn maintenance (residential & commercial), front yard and back yard landscaping and tree trimming services.
Runner Up – Solinsky Gardens
Best Lawn Care
Winner – Fresh Air Yard Care
Fresh Air Yard Care is a sustainable lawn service for residential and commercial clients who want cleaner air, quieter neighborhoods and workplaces, and healthy, well-groomed lawns free of pesticides and chemicals. They provide a green alternative to the “mow and blow” yard services.
Runner Up – Lush Lawn Care and Landscaping
Best Realty Group
Winner – Lyon Real Estate
Serving the Greater Sacramento Area for six decades spanning a two-generation history, Lyon has nearly 1000 agents in 17 offices throughout the four-county region. Lyon has successfully evolved by maintaining Lyon’s family values of honesty, integrity, and respect – combining them with the spirit of continuous innovation and a quest for excellence.
Runner Up – Better Homes Realty
Winner – Sharif Jewelers
As a family-run and operated business Sharif’s upholds the family tradition and legacy by emphasizing unparalleled quality, exceptional value, and personal attention to their customers. They operate five elegant stores in the greater Sacramento market.
Runner Up – Skalet Family Jewelers
Best Women’s Clothing
Winner – Sandra D’s Boutique
Women’s clothing, accessories and gift boutique with choices for all ages of women, Sandra D has a knack for putting together great outfits and accessories. Discover fun fashion at a reasonable price.
Runner Up – Heart Clothing Boutique
Best Children’s Clothing
Winner – Mother Goose Store
Friendly proprietor with great prices on new and used children’s clothing, gifts, toys and books. Drop by this delightful Land Park shop to browse through this small space filled with a beautiful and unique collection.
Runner Up – Puddles – A Children’s Shoppe
Best Fitness Center
Winner – Robles Fitness
Robles Fitness Gym offers the best group fitness classes in Sacramento for all fitness levels. Whether you’ve never set foot in a gym before or you are Division 1 athlete, Robles offers something for everybody. Check out this unique and personal gym. First class is free!
Runner Up – The Capital Athletic Club
Best Kid’s Activity
Winner – Fairytale Town
For over 50 years, Fairytale Town, in William Land Park, has offered children and families a safe place to imagine, play and learn. With 25 playsets based on nursery rhymes and fairytales, a friendly flock of farm animals, two performing arts stages and several gardens, learning has never been more fun!
Runner Up – Sacramento Zoo
Best Dog Care/Grooming
Winner – Wagging Tailz Pet Spa and Lounge
Stop in and see why Wagging Tailz Pet Spa and Lounge has quickly become the #1 Pet Spa in Sacramento! 13 years of experience DOES make a difference!
Runner Up – Grateful Dog Daycare