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This year’s ‘Best of Fresno’ list — let the debate begin

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As you might remember, I’m no fan of Fresno Magazine’s annual “Best of Fresno” list — not its results anyway. They’re usually laughable at best and depressing at worst.

Knowing that this year’s “Best of Fresno” party is Tuesday (go here for details, and cue jokes about the party being in Clovis) I knew it was only a matter of time before I came across the list. And only a few more minutes until I shook my head at it.

The entire list is below. I actually don’t think it’s as bad as years past. You guys can go at it in the comments about what doesn’t deserve to be there and what got snubbed. But I’ll offer up a few thoughts:

BALLOT-STUFFING? Is it just me, or do you think that Cool Hand Luke’s and Tahoe Joe’s were doing some ballot-stuffing?

LATE-NIGHT WINNERS & LOSERS: I’m happy to see Livingstone’s break into the pack. But I scold you, Fresno, for still making Taco Bell No. 1.

WEB WOES: Guarantee.com for best local Web site, huh? Talk about deja vu. Also interesting is that CBS47′s site was No. 2. I’m sure that has nothing to do with links to 47′s site on the Fresno Mag site, right?

ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THAT? Denny’s is a “coffeehouse?” Cool Hand Luke’s is a “secret?” I never knew.

WHAT HAPPENED TO … Best Late Night Hot Spot? Best Annual Event? This year’s sign that Fresno has made it? And some of the other stuff we made fun of last year? Humph.

MEXICAN’T: Let’s not even talk about the Best Mexican category, OK?



Best of Fresno: Dining

BEST OF THE BEST
1. Cool Hand Luke’s
2. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
3. Max’s Bistro

BEST APPETIZERS
1. Tahoe Joe’s
2. Max’s Bistro
3. Cool Hand Luke’s

BEST ASIAN
1. Dai Bai Dang
2. Red Door Asian Bistro
3. P.F. Chang’s

BEST BAKERY
1. Eddie’s Bakery
2. La Boulangerie
3. Great Harvest Bread Co.

BEST BARBECUE
1. Famous Dave’s
2. Doghouse Grill
3. QN4U BBQ House

BEST BARTENDER
1. Travis- Elbow Room
2. April- Habanos
3. Jenny- Max’s

BEST BREAKFAST
1. Huckleberry’s
2. Mimi’s Café
3. Yukon Jack’s

BEST LOCAL BURGER
1. Red Robin
2. Colorado Grill
3. In-N-Out

BEST BURGER (FAST FOOD)
1. In-N-Out
2. Carl’s Jr.
3. Rally’s

BEST BUSINESS LUNCH
1. Elbow Room
2. Campagnia
3. Cheesecake Factory

BEST CASINO DINING
1. Chukchansi
2. Table Mountain
3. Tachi Palace

BEST CASUAL DINING
1. Yukon Jack’s
2. Yosemite Falls Café
3. Applebee’s

BEST CATERER
1. Pardini’s
2. Grand Occasions
3. Love & Garlic

BEST CHEAP EATS
1. Taco Bell
2. In-N-Out
3. Chipotle

BEST CHEF
1. Malachi Harland
2. Roy Harland
3. Vatche Moukhtarian

BEST IN CLOVIS
1. Cool Hand Luke’s
2. Luna’s
3. Trelio

BEST COFFEEHOUSE
1. Starbucks
2. Dutch Bros
3. Denny’s

BEST COMFORT FOOD
1. Yukon Jack’s
2. Mimi’s Café
3. Daily Grill

BEST DELI
1. Sam’s Deli
2. Deli Delicious
3. Geno’s

BEST DESSERT
1. Cool Hand Luke’s
2. Cheesecake Factory
3. BJ’s

BEST DINING SECRET
1. Cool Hand Luke’s
2. Cracked Pepper
3. Parma

BEST IN DOWNTOWN
1. Downtown Club
2. Joe’s Steakhouse
3. Hero’s Sports Grill

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT
1. Red Robin
2. Cool Hand Luke’s
3. Applebee’s

BEST HAPPY HOUR
1. Elbow Room
2. Daily Grill
3. Applebee’s

BEST HEALTHY OPTION
1. Sweet Tomatoes
2. Whole Foods
3. Jamba Juice

BEST INDIAN
1. North India Bar & Grill
2. Taj Mahal
3. Brahma Bull

BEST ITALIAN
1. DiCicco’s
2. Mike’s Pizzeria
3. Parma

BEST LATE-NIGHT DINING
1. Taco Bell
2. Livingstone’s
3. Denny’s

BEST LOCAL WINERY
1. Engelmann Cellars
2. Quady Winery
3. Water 2 Wine

BEST MEDITERRANEAN
1. George’s
2. Mediterranean
3. Phoenician Garden’s

BEST MEXICAN
1. Bobby Salazar’s
2. Plaza Ventana
3. Toledo’s

BEST MICROBREWERY
1. Sequoia Brewing Co.
2. BJ’s
3. Full Circle Brewery

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
1. Yukon Jack’s
2. Ruth’s Chris
3. Limon

BEST OUTDOOR DINING
1. Elbow Room
2. Campagnia
3. Patio Café

BEST PIZZA
1. Me-N-Ed’s
2. Mike’s Pizzeria
3. Extreme Pizza

MOST ROMANTIC
1. Ripe Tomato
2. Slates
3. The Palms

BEST SEAFOOD
1. Pacific Seafood
2. Red Lobster
3. Wasabi

BEST SERVICE
1. Cool Hand Luke’s
2. Chef’s Table
3. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

BEST STEAKHOUSE
1. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
2. Cool Hand Luke’s
3. Tahoe Joe’s

BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH
1. Campagnia
2. Copper River
3. Mimi’s Café

BEST SUSHI BAR/JAPANESE
1. Wassabi
2. Edo-Ya
3. Yoshino’s

BEST TAKEOUT
1. Tahoe Joe’s
2. P.F. Chang’s
3. Pick Up Stix

BEST IN TOWER DISTRICT
1. Veni Vidi Vici’s
2. Livingstone’s
3. Irene’s

BEST TRI-TIP
1. Dog House Grill
2. Cool Hand Luke’s
3. Meat Market

BEST VEGETARIAN
1. Sweet Tomatoes
2. New Star Vegetarian
3. North India Grill

BEST WINE LIST
1. Elbow Room
2. Chef’s Table
3. Flemings

BEST WORTH THE WAIT
1. Tahoe Joe’s
2. Cool Hand Luke’s
3. Olive Garden



Best of Fresno: Services

BEST VISUAL ARTIST
1. Reza Assemi
2. Margaret Hudson
3. BB Long

BEST LOCAL BAND/MUSICIAN
1. Joe Lenigan Big Band
2. Patrick Contreras
3. MoFo Party Band 3

BEST LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIAL (MALE)
1. Henry Perea
2. Chief Jerry Dyer
3. Devin Nunes

BEST LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIAL (FEMALE)
1. Ashley Swearengin
2. Margaret Mims
3. Cynthia Sterling

BEST LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY
1. Ray Appleton
2. Laurie West
3. Chris Daniels

BEST LOCAL SPORTS TEAM
1. Fresno Grizzlies
2. Fresno State Football
3. Fresno State Baseball

MOST INFLUENTIAL LOCAL PERSON
1. Alan Autry
2. Ashley Swearengin
3. Darius Assemi

BEST RADIO STATION
1. KMJ
2. Kiss Country
3. K-Jewel

BEST LOCAL SPORTS PERSONALITY
1. Pat Hill
2. David Carr
3. Mike Batesole

BEST LOCAL TV STATION
1. ABC 30
2. FOX 26
3. KSEE 24

BEST LOCAL TV PERSONALITY
1. Kopi Sotiropulos
2. Warren Armstrong
3. Angelo Stalis

BEST ANTIQUE STORE
1. Fulton’s Follies
2. Chesterfield’s Antiques
3. 5th Street Antiques

BEST CAR DEALERSHIP
1. Haron Jaguar
2. Honda North
3. Lexus

BEST COUNTRY CLUB
1. Copper River
2. Fort Washington
3. San Joaquin

BEST DAY SPA
1. Estancia
2. Zena’s
3. The Spa at Fig Garden

BEST DRY CLEANER
1. Crown Cleaners
2. Jones
3. Martinizing

BEST FLORIST
1. Wild Rose
2. Lou Gentile’s Flower Basket
3. San Francisco Floral

BEST NAIL SALON
1. Estancia
2. Aqua Nails
3. Queen Bee

BEST HAIR SALON
1. Estancia
2. Strands
3. The Loft

BEST HEALTH CLUB
1. GB3
2. Gold’s Gym
3. Yosemite Fitness

BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING
1. Carmel Kids
2. The Children’s Place
3. Ever After

LOCAL BANK/ CREDIT UNION
1. EECU
2. Golden 1
3. Bank of America

CASINO
1. Chukchansi
2. Table Mountain
3. Tachi Palace

MEN’S CLOTHING
1. Patrick James
2. Macys for Men
3. Men’s Wearhouse

BEST HEALTH CLUB
1. GB3
2. Gold’s Gym
3. Yosemite Fitness

BEST SHOPPING AREA
1. River Park
2. Fashion Fair
3. Fig Garden Village

BEST LIVE THEATER HOUSE
1. Roger Rocka’s Dinner
Theater
2. Second Space
3. Good Company Players

BEST FITNESS INSTRUCTOR
1. Rhonda Murphy
2. Mike Brady
3. Stephanie Nisbett

BEST LOCAL WEBSITE
1. Guarantee.com
2. Cbs47.tv
3. Historicfresno.org

BEST DANCE STUDIO
1. Dance Studio 2
2. California Arts Academy
3. Fig Garden Dance Studio

BEST COSMETIC SURGERY
1. Dr. Mark Chin
2. Dr. Hedieh Stefanacci
3. Dr. Frank Waldrup

BEST PARTY RENTAL
1. Bargain Party
2. Sam’s Party Rental
3. Party City

BEST WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE
1. Ooh La La
2. She-She
3. BB Pepper

BEST PLACE TO BUY A HAND BAG
1. Macy’s
2. Coach
3. Angelica Haley

BEST PLACE FOR AN INDOOR TAN
1. A Touch of Gold
2. Sunsational Tans
3. Electric Beach

BEST BIKE SHOP
1. Steven’s Bike Shop
2. Tri-Sport Bike Shop
3. Rubber Soul

BEST PLACE TO POP THE QUESTION
1.Yosemite
2.Woodward Park
3. Erna’s Elderberry House

BEST GETAWAY LOCATIONS ON ONE TANK OF GAS
1. Pismo Beach
2. Yosemite
3. Bass Lake

BEST LIMO SERVICE
1. Touch of Class
2. Limo 4 U
3. Lira Limo

BEST PLACE TO BUY SHOES
1. Macy’s
2. Payless Shoe Source
3. Nordstrom Rack

BEST LOCAL STORE FOR PETS
1. Petsmart
2. Whities
3. Tailwaggers

BEST AUTO REPAIR
1. Electric Lab
2. Haron motors
3. Lyon Automotive

BEST GROCERY STORE
1. Savemart
2. Trader Joe’s
3. Vons

BEST DAY CARE
1. Nana’s Playhouse
2. Kindercare
3. Learning tree

BEST FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
1. Boomers
2. Blackbeards
3. John’s Incredible Pizza

BEST PLACE TO SEE A MOVIE
1. Edwards Cinema
2. Manchester
3. Sierra Vista

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER
1. Milne Photography
2. Soul Mates Photography
3. Village Studio

BEST ART GALLERY
1. Thomas Kinkade
2. Pop Laval Gallery
3. Fresno Art Museum

BEST JEWELRY STORE
1. Warner Company
2. Rogers Jewelry
3. Fresno Jewelry Mart

BEST HOME IMPROVEMENT
1. Lowes
2. Home Depot
3. Orchard Supply
Hardware

BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY
1. Guarantee Real Estate
2. London Properties
3. Granville Homes

BEST HOME LIGHTING
1. Ashjian Lighting
2. Lamps Plus
3. Central Distributing

BEST HOME BUILDER
1. Granville Homes
2. Wathen-Castanos
3. DeYoung Properties

BEST FURNITURE STORE
1. Fashion Furniture
2. Mor Furniture
3. Macy’s

BEST HOUSE CLEANING
1. Molly Maid
2. Cavin’s Cleaners
3. Beekins

BEST FLOORING TILE AND CARPET
1. A&M Flooring
2. Builder’s Flooring
3. Art & Design

BEST LOCAL EVENT DJ
1. Party DJ Party
2. Sounds by DMAC
3. Neil Apodaca

BEST PLACE TO PURCHASE WINE AND SPIRITS
1. Bev Mo
2. Old Docs
3. Vino 100

Responses to "This year’s ‘Best of Fresno’ list — let the debate begin"

Jennifer says:

I love that Coach is the #2 place to buy a hand bag but Payless is the #2 place for shoes. Stay ghetto fresno.

David Jansen says:

What a joke. How embarrassing… ‘Nuf said.

Andres says:

What? No Tacos Tijuana? Guadalajara? Castillos? What?!?!?!

Alupnya says:

I think someone forgot to tell them Red Door Asian Bistro closed a couple of months ago, say 5. I am sure that by default some other place did a better job of just serving food during that time, MINGS maybe, just a thought.

Michael says:

There are so many things I disagree with about this list, but two things make me chuckle. One is that Best Casino Dining lists the only casinos in the area, not much competition there.

And second is that Chris Daniels is listed as one of the radio personalities. It’s actually Daniel Fresno Mag, he hates the s at the end. Oh well, that’s what he gets for selling out and giving his soul to KMJ.

Luis says:

Perhaps the word “Best” should be replaced by “Most Popular”, or “Best Known”

And, what exactly is a “Local Burger”? In ‘n Out, Red Robin? Sure, they’re in Fresno, and they’re also all over the Western US. Colorado Grill? I think they also have some locations in Southern California, though they may be locally owned.

I’m looking forward to trying the “Family Happy Hour” at Applebees.

wow, every year the best of fresno list is my for sure guide to wear i need not be at.

how in the heck did ruth’s even place in best service? i have better service at kfc. i love the food, but the service is horrid.

Donald Munro says:

Check out the winners for best live “theater house”:

1. Roger Rocka’s Dinner
Theater
2. Second Space
3. Good Company Players

Um, Good Company Players is a theater company, not a venue. And as a theater company, it performs IN Roger Rocka’s and Second Space.

Barry Falke says:

They do know that Cheif Jerry Dyer ISN’T elected right? …. Right?

Famous says:

Hmmm.

Not sure if Fresno’s chief of police is an elected position. I’m thinking it’s not.

Barry Falke says:

Chief… Not Cheif.

DLR says:

have to say I agree with Sam’s Deli, as well as PARTY DJ PARTY.

I’ve been to QN4U a few times and my meat is always WAY TOO FATTY. I mean i’m not a light eater or overly health conscious, especially not at a BBQ place, but this has happened twice and it was gross.

Also unfortunate to see Red Door Bistro on there immediately after closing. haha.

Mike Oz says:

are mostly intrigued by the drum?

Fresno is just Swell

Childers says:

For those of you who are not familiar with genius sports writer Bill Simmons (The Sports Guy), he has a system he uses called the “Unintentional Comedy Scale.” This is where you rank things that are not intended to be funny on how funny they really are. Let’s just say this list is ripe with high scorers.

* I totally could be wrong about this…but I don’t remember police chief being an elected office.
* At least two restaurants on the list are closed or will be soon.
* Any late night list NOT containing Robertito’s is automatically out of sync.
* Etc, Etc, Etc

I guess the good news is that the issue is all about creating ad revenue and not about the quality of the list anyway…

bradley says:

I’m not gonna join in the fray about the ridiculousness of “winners;” But allowing submissions to categories they do not qualify for is pretty #55 if you ask me.

For example:

PetSmart is not a local pet store.
Jamba Juice is not a Healthy Option.
Geno’s is not a deli, its a sandwich shop.
There hasn’t been a wait at Tahoe Joe’s since 1998.
Red Robin and In-n Out-are not local burger spots.
Bank of America is not a local bank.
The Fresno Art Museum is not a gallery is a… museum.

aaaaaand lest we forget, Fresno Magazine is having their latest event in Clovis.

#55 FTW

DB says:

That list has nothing to do with me or mine. I have’nt even heard of the guy they picked to be best band. I’m glad they put Patrick and Mofo on the list. There’s only a few Tower and Downtown winners. I guess the judges all live North of Shaw. And why did’nt they have “Best Dive” or “Best after hours grub spot”? Whatever.

Beth Bridges says:

Have to agree that there’s a lot of weirdness going on in this list.

On the other hand, the Clovis Chamber gets a big kick out of seeing Clovis businesses are on the list!

brodiemash says:

They wish they were as cool as that site :)

Sarah-Rochelle says:

This list is a COMPLETE joke. It’s quite depressing actually. How is this lust created? It’s like the only asked north Fresno. Best day care, for instance should totally be Kids Kare Schools. Largest chain, highest enrollment, has won a multitude of awards. Best Mexican? Good God. Guadalejara is amazing. Late night food spots? Helllooooo do they not know of Million Elephant?!

bradley says:

regarding fresno dive bars, you could always use the handy dandy Fresno Dive Bar map and guide:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=fresno%20dive%20bar%20map

Abe Lopez says:

Cool Hand Lukes almost came away with a clean sweep of all the catergories. Better luck next year CHLs.

Michael says:

I hate saying this, but Bradley is right.

I feel cold for some reason…

Derek says:

Riverpark, the worst designed shopping cluster (not a shopping center, it has no center) I’ve ever seen. I try to avoid it as much as possible or just hit the fringes when I do (e.g go to Sierra Nut House via Ingram and leave the same way).

I’m sure residences on Audubon and Nees love how all non-shopper traffic tries to go around Riverpark. I’m not dogmatic about avoiding Riverpark. There are good stores there, but I give first consideration to Fig Garden Village or even Fashion Fair (a bit out of the way for me).

I find the whole list to be more thought provoking in so many ways rather than useful.

Tania says:

hahahahaha<– My first impression. There is nowhere to start, but what definitely brought on the LOLs is Chief Jerry Dyer and the entire categories of Asian, Mexican, and Late Night Food. Best bakeries? Honey, come over to the southeast and we’ll show you good bakeries, fancy no, but good yes!

Conlan says:

The truth is, this is unfortunately an accurate gauge of what Fresno Magazine’s readership thinks. The problem isn’t so much the list itself, as it is calling it “Best of Fresno”. As we cooler people know, very few of these choices are the best our city has to offer.

wow, I had absolutely NO idea I was even on the ballots…I just assumed I wasn’t even on there…cool…Although, credit where credit is due. I have a LOOOOOONGG WAY before I earn my name amongst Joe Lenigan or Mofo Party Band. Those guys have been doing it for years and still put out great music and shows…

pk says:

Thanks for the ‘partial’ list of why we should not even pay attention to the shameless promotion from this ‘magazine’ with fake articles and the fake “best of” (either you pay for the designation or stuff the ballot box for) and advertisements…..
Oh…..and more advertisements…..and more advertisements, advertising their magazine, and magazine party, and advertisements for their next ‘best of issue’ that you can advertise in or make yourself the ‘best of whatever’!
Oh….and more advertisements…just what those ‘readers’ crave!

elguapo says:

This list is a joke!

It’s like the Mayor and a couple of city council Mayors met at Fort Washington and came up with a list and called it good!

How are the Grizzlies the favorite sports team in this town? That’s a joke! This town has always been Fresno State bulldog country.

Who the hell ever shops at Patrick James?
Only person I imagine would shop there are Thurston Howell III from Gilligan’s Island and Carlton Banks from the Fresh Prince.

I wish they would not put out this list, it only only makes other media outlets around the country put this town on worst places to live lists.

k.pizzle says:

BEST LOCAL WEBSITE fresnobeehive.com!!!!!!

Anonymous says:

This list = Fail
Congratulations!
(Smears poop on face)

Jon B says:

Crappy list, is Mike Oz pissed cause he didnt get his name in this??

juliusw says:

Male Elected Official

Chief Dyer is not elected and his department has many PR/HR issues.

Perea is the guy who threw a fit after getting rolled by Ashley for mayor.

Nunes is a bada$$ though, he deserved to win.

lame says:

Best local prostitute: Shamrock LaHendra Morris.
Thug nasty.

ed says:

so, i scored free tickets to this event, and i will have you know that the view looks good from here, fresno will be attending. tons of free = good for me.

something i’m glad about:
-all three downtown restaurants are still open, which is apparently more than can be said of everything on the list

something i’m confused about:
-reza assemi as the best visual artist. this ain’t sour grapes & i think reza is a great artist, but i think even he would disagree with the rank and not just out of humility. maybe because he’s been a driving force in the cultural arts district. or, maybe he’s done a bunch of shows lately i’m unaware of.

something i need to do for next year:
-not want to kill people that voted for thomas kincaid gallery as best art gallery. good lord, the anger is rising as i type that.

Anyone who believes even one word of this list needs to put a bullet in their own head immediately. This list is based on real or potential ad revenue and nothing else.

This list, as well as the entire magazine, is a self serving waste of paper and ink.

It’s sad that Fresno is a one magazine / newspaper town because the competition would bring out the best in both publications – and force Fresno Mag to publish at least one honest issue per year.

jimguy says:

Why not Best Gun Store?

And that would be Gillman Mayfield firearms.

blake says:

There’s been some talk in Internet Land about “The Great Divide”. It does seem that the folks who voted here live quite a few steps over that line from me.
Doesn’t make ‘em bad, but …quite different I guess.
I’m glad they could *name* three places in the Tower.

mdub420 says:

did they intend to honor Henry T. Perea, or is that his dad that is named in the list? either way, the perea’s are straight pimps.

i was out one night and saw Henry Perea partying it up and having a good time. a couple of sexy latinas saw him, put their index finger in their mouth and asked each other if Henry T was with him. They were buckled at the knees. That’s how much pimpness the pereas have, haha.

Alupnya says:

Actually it is just William B. Mayfield now. Just an FYI thing, not doggin you out.

Rick says:

I hate that people think Jamba Juice is healthy.

Tecee says:

Best Family Entertainment – Fresno Chaffee Zoo!

ed says:

blake,
on a funny/interesting sidenote, on fresno mag’s website they have a poll asking if fresno is a divided city. “yes” is currently leading in a landslide.

Stephen says:

And Sad, the worst part of the Fresno Mag?

It’s such a beautifully put together publication. Feels and looks like a great regional publication, but it comes across more like something you’d find in your hotel room in LA or SF, just a self-serving piece of crap to be read only in the crapper.

The shame of it all is, with the Mags resources and fine staff, they really could make it with just great articles/writing and the continued use of great graphics and photo work. The whole genuflecting to advertisers and the fake articles extolling the virtues of each and every advertiser is horrendous.

ESPECIALLY when they claim they’re putting out a ‘Best of’ or ‘Medical’ issue (you know, the one where they only feature doctors who purchase the right to be in the magazine).

Crying shame indeed…what a waste of resources.

Solitaire says:

Hahahahahaha I saw that too Donald and almost sprayed my computer screen with tea! Oy! It’s sad when the other amazing theater venues are not noticed!

Geno says:

How is best asian not shanghai?
How is don pepes not on at LEAST top 3 mexican?
I hate this list. It bums be out :/. Applebees should never be on any list for best anything ever.

Smokey Behr says:

The “Best of Fresno” list has always sucked. The people that read the magazine are nothing but a bunch of wannabee rich people that will greedily devour the pablum that’s thrown in front of them.

There’s literally hundreds of businesses through all the categories that I find to be far better than those listed.

Best Asian has 2 chains and a closed restaurant. Why bother with “Best Asian” anyways, since there’s so many different cuisines in that category. I’d like to see it broken down into CH, JP, Sushi, KR, and SEA/pho.

I’d like to complain about the number of non-local chain restaurants and businesses that are on the list. Most of the restaurants that are listed are non-local chains, which is a HUGE problem for the local guys. One of the best burger joints in town (Daily Delite) closed up because of the lack of traffic caused by all these chains. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like cookie-cutter food.

Late-night eats? Who hasn’t found themselves in the drive-thru at Robertito’s, Arsenio’s or one of the other taco kiosks at 2AM?

C-Money says:

Best Place For Worthless List Of Bought Awards And Pour Reading:
Fresno Magazine…Yeah! They ARE the best at something themselves!

Worthless, North-End magazine that “Wants” to be something. Scewed demographics, add based articles and poor across the board. Oh, “Best At Taking Money For With Least Valued Return.”

Always a joke, always will be.

Mike, you need to start your own list. “Mike O’s List” event. I’m sure sponsors would be interested in an event that actually reached realy people with realy opinions.

I’d be interested in working on that event with you, for sure.

C$

Israel says:

Don’t know if it has been done or partially done, but why not do a Beehive (or Fresno Bee) Best of Fresno. Just curious to see what results it will yield. I would assume it takes a little work, but hopefully not enough that it is not doable.

Heather says:

The Bee does the “People’s Choice” awards every year.

Reads much like Fresno Mag’s list.

Me says:

No wonder most of your picks did not win “Best of”, I bet none of you sent in a ballot, right? You can’t complain about the results if you didn’t vote.

If the writing samples listed above are any example of how educated Fresno is, I need to move to Clovis myself because half of you morons can’t even spell! How did you ever make it out of school? Get a job? Have a life? Scary!

Mike Oz says:

That’s true. And, yes, the results are usually really crappy as well.

The only thing I’ll say about The Bee’s effort vs. the Fresno Mag effort is that ours if called “The People’s Choice Awards,” which is sorta like almost apologizing for people having bad opinions.

Heather says:

Fresno Famous does its vote-for-the-best thing, too. It seems like most Beehive readers are probably of the same mind set when it comes to local favorites, so who knows if a Beehive Best Of is worth it.

this reminds me of the South Parks rock the vote episode…the school had to pick a new mascot…the choices: a giant douche or a turd sandwich…

That is how I feel about the choices on the “best of list”…

Adam says:

Water 2 Wine? The franchise winery whose only California location is in Clovis and all the rest are in Texas with one in Denver? Really? People could think of only two local wineries and then had to default to a company whose homepage claims to offer “100 wines from 13 countries”?

Just one more joke in the long, long line listed above.

Anonymous says:

This really is embarassing. Where are these votes coming from? What’s the process? Are write-in candidates considered or is it from a pre-selected list of advertisers and those profiled in the mag? Sadly, the suspect selection process of the “winners” take away from the credibility of the “winners” who may perhaps deserve the status. If you want to throw a party for your friends and advertisers, call it what it is.

Tone says:

FAIL list is FAIL!

Noelle says:

I like that the list is crappy, It keeps all my fav spots on the DL. Thomas Kinkade really? I cant stand that crap…

Jennifer says:

Any best of list should make chain stores be voted on by location.

Example: how many Starbucks are there in the area? If there are some GREAT Starbucks out there, I want to know which store. Then let places like the Revue have to go head to head with individual stores, not giant national chains.

rob says:

for the dumbest city in america this list really fits the bill

best place to get a tan, best plastic surgeon.. all they need is the best place to find a rich husband and they’ll be set

that and the top chef in town, who is on his way out (hear they love cabbage rolls in madrid btw), has his restaurant mentioned as a good place for wine and service but not food; go figure.

as far as the best of the best goes i think what we’ve got here is a failure to communicate… that can probably be said for the rest of the list as well

Chelsea says:

Fresno Magazine did not create the winners–the voters did. If you hate the results, relaliate with action and vote in 2010!

Mike Oz says:

Chelsea:
Because I’m almost certain you have something to do with Fresno Mag, can you answer this? How do you vote? I’ve never once seen a ballot for these words. Not online. Not in a local business. Not anywhere.

We brought up these same questions last year too.

Just curious. I’d happily vote for my favorites. Just never a way to do so.

Chelsea says:

Mike:
Ballots can be found in the magazine. This year they went out in February and April.

Amy Overton says:

I couldn’t agree more Beth! Before long the awards will be “Best of Fresno County Awards.”

pk says:

good luck wading through that hot mess…..
but that would assume we think this ‘magazine’ has any editorial integrity…..
But since all it is a paid advertising rag with paid advertisers driving the paid fake editorial content….no thanks….
I’ll support the Bee’s ‘People’s Choice’

A Sad Fresno Resident says:

Stephen,

The print quality is high and the honesty is low. Just the opposite of what your require from even the most amateur of journalists.

And it comes from the top…they need fresh ownership to gain any credibility back.

Remember when they did a front cover article about rejuvenating downtown and then moved to Shaw and Palm that same month?

No credibility, month after month…

Wet Towel says:

Re: Bikes

Best (serious) ‘Road Bikes’ at excellent prices / excellent service:
‘CyclePath’
(across from People’s Church)
-they were 3rd behind Tri-Stevens last year.
CyclePath rocks, they don’t demand your first (or second) born in payment, will build excellent rides according to your budget, and they stand behind their stuff at great rates.
I’d go there first for any serious road bike.

Best ‘family bikes’ (recreational)

‘Fresno Schwinn’
(Ashlan/Fresno)
Tremendous shop run by a guy and his nephews who often beat my prices at my big-box sporting goods store. –excellent selection, excellent service, very reasonable prices.

‘Sumners Schwinn’
(down off of peach… I think on Belmont? (not sure) –a good solid ‘old school’ schwinn shop, great repair work, deserves your support, good prices.

Repairs:
‘Tower Velo.’ (across from ClubFred/Audi’s)
What Chris Eacock has forgotten about Bikes (of all types?) is more than I’ll ever know… and believe me, I know.
Excellent prices, very ethical work, this guy wants you to be safe, have fun and turn your ride into real transportation.
Fresno is honored to have this guy wrenching in this town, you can trust him.

BMX (competition) Family (sales/svc)
‘Bike World’ in Clovis (behind Fat Jacks)
this guy has been working with BMX since BMX began. He’s a small one man shop, but his work is excellent.

Cruisers?
‘California Cruisers’ (in clovis) good people, good bikes, small outfit, no monkeying around.

Big Box Store (sales/svc)
Come talk to me…
I’ve kept two major sportinggoods stores across the street from each other on blackstone in excellent and affordible bikes for 3 years now and our team(s) will not steer you wrong.
(I’ve lost count,
but I think I’m up to something like 3000 bikes built in the past three years,
It’s scarey, I’ve actually built and repaired them in R.E.M. phase…

When I become a nurse? It’s gonna be weird working on something that doesn’t have deralieurs…

Re: The other folks mentioned in the ‘Best Of’?

Rubber Soul’s great, no doubt there,
the man is the founding father of Fresno cycling.

But the list for ‘Best of Fresno’ is ‘big coin,’ and NOT geared towards ‘the average buyer,’ looking to buy and run a bike for themselves and/or their family.

You want something affordable? with excellent people behind it?, go with my list.

Famous says:

On that note, The Bee’s People’s Choice voting starts this weekend. It is on-line only, so look for it on the Bee’s main site.

el diablo says:

Having worked at this rag at the very beginning (when there was still hope of it being a real city mag)I know for a fact that this list is comprised only of businesses that already advertise or may someday advertise in the magazine. Bottom line, this list is patently false. The Fresno Bee’s is only marginally better. Make your on lists people. And while you’re at it, get your news elsewhere too, you may actually learn what real newspapers and magazines are about. I’m just sayin’ you know.

Poundhaven says:

Best Fresno Mexican Food is Sal’s at the NE corner of Alluvial and Fresno down and a close second is Al’s Cafe. Salazar’s is nasty!
Okay, now I’m craving lunch. Yummmmm.

One who knows says:

I agree w/all the people here who say this dumb “best of” list is self serving. Do yourselves a favor: get REAL referrals/REAL reviews before you drop your hard earned money, if you must, on any of the lame retailers listed. Seen Warners Jewelers ads from big dramatic ones w/the misses & kid to the one w/ no pics & banner across it like they’re selling swap meet style….what happened to Ray Appleton show telling us all about it while ANGELS coo-coo-d in the background, darn it, MISS that! Or Fashion Furniture’s swap meet style ads, too? They DID get your money but they aint got so much no mo’, huh? My point is forget the propagandizing I mean voting…buy food and merchandise that you REALLY like (or that someone you personally know will vouch for) and need, that represents REAL value, and forget this crap joke of a list!

Melanie says:

Since you all had such colorful comments on our Best of Fresno results (and I’m sure that NONE of you voted since your are too cheap to buy a copy) we have added an online voting option this year. The results represent the 150,000 monthly readers of Fresno Magazine. It is NOT advertising related (and I know that will disappoint some of you). Vote online now for the best restaurants: http://www.fresnomag.com

Mary-Frances Semsem says:

Well — the Fresno Magazine is getting closer. This year they included theatre — but how about a cultural arts section? BEST CULTURAL ARTS. Where do the museums, opera and phil fit in this listing?

Did I miss it? I did scroll down the list quickly…

Chukknob says:

I like how Deli Delicious is listed second in the deli category. I mean are people voting in Fresno retarded. They make a great sandwich but I’ve never seen a stick of spicy salami being sliced up or homemade chicken cutlets in the window.

I mean Piemonte’s doesn’t even get a mention. Sams in the best but at least Piemonte’s would beat out a sandwich shop.

Chukknob says:

So the ballots are in the magazine. I’d like to see how many actually responded and from which mobile home they were mailed from.

Christian says:

The Best Local Social Media Firm is MoreThanCreative.com, over 20 clients already and a March startup!

Michael M says:

How do we incorporate Central/South Fresno as it’s own city? It’s obvious by the list that we are not on their radar. This totally justifies Us vs. Them. We might as well create our own city.

Maggie says:

Melanie’s comment is just absolutely rude (see the second comment of this post). She’s insulting the same people she would like to participate in this crock of a “best of” list. We see what you’re selling Melanie and we’re not buying. You wouldn’t know Fresno if it hit you in the head.

Oh man, kudos to all those that commented on how lame this best of fresno list is.

Anonymous says:

So glad I’ve moved out of Fresno since this is the “best” it has.

Toni says:

I’m thinking Melanie, people might not purchase your magazine because it’s really not that great. And insulting your community, where 20% of the people live below poverty level, is about as classy as your magazine.

anonymous says:

The list is a waste of time. Cool Hand Luke’s definitely stuffed the ballot box to win so many of the dining categories. Sure the voters make the choices but one restaurant can easily bias the voting with hundreds of votes by employees, family etc. That doesn’t make the voting an accurate appraisal of what is truly the best of in Fresno.

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