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Jan 06, 2016 01:42PM, Published by Elena Hutslar, Categories: In Print, Community


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FOOD AND DRINK

Overall Best Restaurant

Lemongrass Bistro – Winner

The owners of Lemongrass Bistro envisioned a venue where people could come together to enjoy contemporary Southeast Asian dishes prepared by their mother Boun Pheng, in an upbeat, cozy bistro setting. With that in mind, the restaurant was redesigned and remodelled with the help of student designers from the Academy of Arts in San Francisco to make this vision a realty. Lemongrass Bistro has become a recognized restaurant in the community. Open for lunch and dinner. 501 Main St., Martinez, (925) 387-0388, www.lemongrass-bistro.com.

Wence’s Restaurant – Finalist

Wence’s Restaurant strives to bring you delicious, innovative and inviting California Cuisine. Emphasizing, organic, handmade and all-natural products, Wence's offers a variety of freshly prepared, artfully presented entrees for everyone, including Mediterranean Black Mussels, Wild Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Truffle Mac and Cheese, Specialty Burgers, and Fillet Mignon! At Wence’s we believe even the smallest detail matters to ensure every customer is pleased and eager to return. Serving brunch Sat. & Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Make your reservation today! 1922 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 566-8971, www.wencesrestaurant.com.

Seafood

Dead Fish – Winner

20050 San Pablo Ave., Crockett, (510) 787-3323

Steak

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Winner

1553 Olympic Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 977-3477 

Beaver Creek Smokehouse – Finalist

At Beaver Creek Smokehouse we serve Certified Angus Beef Prime Rib every Friday night beginning at 5:30pm. Customers tell us, “It’s the best prime rib in Contra Costa County.” We pride ourselves for being a traditional “low and slow” barbeque smokehouse. We took our competition BBQ knowledge and experience and opened up an authentic smoked meats barbeque restaurant.  We believe that quality products produce quality food. We source the best meats available including Niman Ranch, Certified Angus Beef, Seaboard and Mary’s Air Chilled Chicken. Everything at Beaver Creek Smokehouse is made from scratch, from our sides and desserts to our selection of five different sauces.  Guests can also enjoy a cold beer from our unique craft tap beer selection in our large beer garden. 601 Main St, Martinez, (925) 335-9915, www.beavercreek-smokehouse.com.

Slow Hand BBQ – Finalist

Thanks for voting our tri-tip as one of your favorites. We take pride in cooking BBQ that is true, all wood smoked. Our brick pits are one of a kind and it's all about the pits. We make all our sides and sauces from scratch, nothing is ever premade or frozen.  It’s the Slow Hand Way. We are family owned and operated and love being able to support and participate in community events in the town where we grew up. We hope you join us for the rest of the journey. 1941 Oak Park Boulevard, Pleasant Hill, (925) 942-0149, www.slowhandbbq.com.

Chinese

Sunflower Garden – Winner

With over 20 years in the downtown Martinez neighborhood, Sunflower Garden Restaurant & Bar has successfully and continuously created a reputation for fresh and delicious Chinese cuisine.  Relax in the classic yet contemporary ambiance of the bar room, and bring your family for dinner in the comfortable dining room. View the menu and you will see there is something for everyone at Sunflower Garden. 436 Ferry Street, Martinez, (925) 372-0842, www.sunflowergardenrestaurant.com.

Zen Restaurant – Finalist

2642 Pleasant Hill Rd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 287-8899, www.zenrestaurantca.com.

Yan’s Garden – Finalist

2223 Morello Avenue, Pleasant Hill, (925) 676-8585, www.pleasanthillyansgarden.com. 

Mediterranean

Yalla Mediterranean - Winner

55 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 825-8644, www.yallamedi.com.

Gotta Eatta Peta – Finalist

35 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 526-4826, www.gottaeattapita.com

Japanese

Kobe Japan – Winner

At Kobe Japan Restaurant you’ll find the very best sushi, sashimi and traditional Japanese cuisine, prepared by the most entertaining Teppanyaki chefs on this side of the Bay. Kobe Japan prides itself on serving the finest Kobe beef from Snake River Farm. They boast a full sports bar featuring six high-def TVs, eight beers on tap, several varietals of wine, and any of your favorite cocktails. Pop in for happy hour from 4-6pm daily and make a meal from a wide selection of Kobe’s tempting menu items. 1918 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 705-7065,www.kobejapanrestaurant.com.

Indian

Swagat Indian Cuisine – Winner

1901 Salvio St., Concord, (925) 685-2777, www.swagatindiancuisine.com.

Sushi

Kobe Japan Restaurant – Winner

For the third year in a row, Kobe Japan’s eclectic selection of sushi, sashimi and traditional Bento Boxes have earned the restaurant the “favorite” sushi title in the Readers’ Local Favorites contest. Kobe has weekly sushi specials that change every Thursday and a huge selection of sushi rolls that are unrivaled in freshness and taste. Try the “Kobe Roll” or other special rolls from sushi chefs, Tom and Richard. They also serve over 20 varieties of cold sake along with the traditional house sake, served warm. 1918 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 705-7065,www.kobejapanrestaurant.com.

Hanabi Sushi – Winner

1155 Arnold Dr., # H, Martinez, (925) 957-0407.

Mexican

La Tapatia Mexican Cuisine – Winner

For over two decades, La Tapatia restaurants have provided the Bay Area with the finest Mexican cuisine, catering and banquets. We take pride in providing the extraordinary flavors of authentic Jalisco cuisine. Specialty dishes include “World Famous” Sizzling Fajitas, savory Enchiladas Verde, and an array of seafood delights. Indulge yourself with one of our finest 100 tequilas or try the La Tapatia 32oz Monster Margarita. Beautiful banquet rooms seat up to 200 and offer La Tapatia Mexican or international cuisines. Full service or drop off catering available. “You enjoy the party and let us provide a fiesta to remember”. Concord - 1802 Willow Pass Rd, (925) 685-1985 & Martinez - 536 Main Street, (925) 229-3866, www.latapatia.net

Cinco de Mayo – Finalist

2250 Pacheco Blvd., Martinez, (925) 335-0960 and 514 Center Ave., Martinez, (925) 957-0760 www.cincodemayomartinez.com.

Thai

Lemongrass – Winner

Lemongrass Bistro focuses on creating dishes that combine aromatic influences of Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia, emphasizing the customs inherent in dining as a family. Essential to the authenticity of Lemongrass are the effects of Southeast Asian herbs and spices on the palate of guests to stimulate a desire for more. Relish in the non-traditional and enjoy a visual presentation guaranteed to enhance your dining experience. Open for lunch and dinner. 501 Main St., Martinez, www.lemongrass-bistro.com.

Royal Thai Restaurant – Finalist

414 Ferry St, Martinez, (925) 313-9185, erawanthai2.com.

Do Sit Thai Cuisine – Finalist

1520 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek, (925) 933-3889, www.dositthai.com.

Italian

Mangia Bene – Winner

1170 Arnold Drive #116, Martinez, (925) 228-9123.

Pasta Pomodoro – Finalist

45 Crescent Dr, Pleasant Hill, (925) 363-9641, www.pastapomodoro.com.

BBQ

Beaver Creek Smokehouse – Winner

At Beaver Creek Smokehouse we pride ourselves on being a traditional “low and slow” barbeque smokehouse.  We took our competition BBQ knowledge and experience and opened up an authentic smoked meats barbeque restaurant.  We believe that quality products produce quality food. We source the best meats available including Niman Ranch, Certified Angus Beef, Seaboard and Mary’s Air Chilled Chicken. Everything at Beaver Creek Smokehouse is made from scratch, from our sides and desserts to our selection of five different sauces.  Guests can also enjoy a cold beer from our unique craft tap beer selection in our large beer garden. 601 Main St, Martinez, (925) 335-9915, www.beavercreek-smokehouse.com.

Slow Hand BBQ – Finalist

We take pride in cooking BBQ that is true, all wood smoked. Our brick pits are one of a kind and it's all about the Pits. We make all our sides and sauces from scratch, nothing is ever premade or frozen.  It’s the Slow Hand Way. We are family owned and operated and love being able to support and participate in community events in the town where we grew up. We hope you join us for the rest of the journey. 1941 Oak Park Boulevard, Pleasant Hill, (925) 942-0149, www.slowhandbbq.com.

Kinder’s Meats & BBQ – Finalist

2227 Morello Ave., Pleasant Hill, (925) 798-2333. 536 Center Ave., Martinez. (925) 957-1400, www.kindersbbq.com.

Burger

In-N-Out – Winner

At In-N-Out®, every burger made is cooked fresh to order.  With 100% pure beef, real American cheese, and leafed lettuce, vine-ripe plump tomatoes stacked high on a freshly baked bun.  And your burger doesn’t hit the grill until you ask for it.  We even use fresh cut potatoes for our french fries, and make our shakes from real ice cream.  After all, we’re cooking for someone special, we are cooking for you. 570 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (800) 786-1000.

Five Guys Burgers - Finalist

100 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 609-8400, www.fiveguys.com.

Slow Hand BBQ – Finalist

We smoke a 1/2 pound of ground brisket & chuck, top it with gruyere cheese and our house made bacon and onion sauce and serve it on an onion kaiser roll. We make all our sides and sauces from scratch, nothing is ever premade or frozen.  It’s the Slow Hand Way. We are family owned and operated and love being able to support and participate in community events in the town where we grew up. We hope you join us for the rest of the journey. 1941 Oak Park Boulevard, Pleasant Hill, (925) 942-0149, www.slowhandbbq.com.

Ice Cream

Cold Stone Creamery – Winner

Since 2001, Cold Stone Creamery in Pleasant Hill has served up the finest, freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes using only the highest quality ingredients, along with our signature process of preparing custom ice cream creations. Cold Stone’s ice cream can be made to order and mixed with your choice of candy, cakes, fruits or nuts on a frozen granite stone. In addition, shakes, smoothies, yogurt and sorbet is available. Pleasant Hill Cold Stone Creamery would like to thank our wonderful and loyal customers for voting us a 2015 Local Favorite for Best Ice Cream! Please check out our website at www.coldstonecakes.com. On-line cake orders can be done in 24 hours! 60 Crescent Dr., Suite J, Downtown Pleasant Hill. 925-288-0388.

Baskin Robbins – Finalist

1175a Arnold Dr., Martinez, (925) 229-3999, www.baskinrobbins.com.

Frozen Yogurt

Coco Swirl – Winner

35 Crescent Dr., Ste. E, Pleasant Hill, (925) 685-2626, www.cocoswirl.com.

Ian’s Yogurt – Finalist

530 Center Ave., Martinez, (925) 229-3580.

Yogurtland – Finalist

2390 Monument Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 689-8929, www.yogurt-land.com.

Breakfast

Copper Skillet Courtyard – Winner

American restaurant with an old-school woodsy vibe serving budget American breakfast and lunch fare. Great prices and services with lots of menu options, good specials and mimosas! Come give this favorite of the locals a try! 811 Ferry St., Martinez, (925) 228-3457.

Jack’s Restaurant and Bar – Finalist

Jack’s offers a full breakfast seven days a week with plenty to choose on the menu to impress clients or your friends from out of town. Delectable eggs benedict, a yummy selection of omelets, pancakes and much more await you! 60 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 849-6195, www.jacksrestaurants.com.

Giant Chef Burger – Finalist

10 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill, (925) 689-6094.

Pizza

Zachary’s Pizza – Winner

With over 175 Best Pizza awards, Zachary’s Chicago Pizza is an employee owned company renowned for their Chicago-style stuffed and traditional thin crust pizzas. Whether dining in or taking out, Zachary's in Downtown Pleasant Hill is a great choice for families and friends. Craft beer, local wine and a variety of fresh salad options compliment the menu, along with personal pizzas and slice options for lunch. Take-and-bake pizzas, online ordering and delivery via Doordash are available.140 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill, (925) 602-7000, www.zacharys.com.

Melo’s Pizza and Pasta – Finalist

1660 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 687-1880, www.melospizzapasta.com.

Devino’s Pizza and Pasta

2221 Morello Avenue, Pleasant Hill, (925) 689-6666, www.devinospizzapasta.com.

Sandwiches

Kinder’s Meats & BBQ – Winner

2227 Morello Ave., Pleasant Hill, (925) 798-2333; 536 Center Ave., Martinez, (925) 957-1400, www.kindersmeats.com.

Main Street Deli – Finalist

915 Main St., Martinez, (925) 229-1600.

Beers on Tap

Jack’s Tap House – Winner

The owners of Jack's Restaurant and Bar opened Jack's Taps in 2015.  Accessible from the main restaurant and from Crescent Drive, Jack's Taps motto is simple: "If it's good, we'll tap it."  And with 20 beers on tap, ranging from Lagers to IPA's to Stouts and Sours, Jack's Taps can feature some of the best brewers on the West Coast and beyond like Speakeasy, Redwood Curtain, Altamont, Fieldwork, Drakes, Evil Twin and many more! Every week, Jack's Taps brings in new selections for our community's savvy and extremely good-looking beer aficionados.  With ever-changing and delicious beer selections, Jack Tap’s has knowledgeable and friendly beertenders, a special Tap food menu, all in a cozy, intimate space, Jack's Taps has become the go-to spot for people who take their beer, and fun, seriously. 60 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 849-6195, www.jacksrestaurants.com.

Creek Monkey Tap House – Finalist

At Creek Monkey Tap House you can find 20 beers on tap as well as cider and high quality wines.  They offer unique and tasty beers you can’t normally get on tap at other places, and they rotate them frequently to make each visit an adventure. Creek Monkey is owned by Rocksteady Brewing which produces beers both for Creek Monkey and for other locations throughout the Diablo Valley. They serve lunch and dinner and offer a room upstairs for parties. 611 Escobar St., Martinez, (925) 228-8787, www.creekmonkey.com.

Wine Selection

Jack’s Restaurant & Bar– Winner

Come to Jack’s to enjoy dinner with a great glass of wine (or bottle!) The wine list is extensive, offering a selection of over 50 red and more than 25 white wines by the bottle.  Half bottles and a selection of 25 wines by the glass are also available. 60 Crescent Dr, Pleasant Hill, (925) 849-6195, www.jacksrestaurants.com.

Wence’s Restaurant – Finalist

Wence’s Restaurant strives to bring you delicious, innovative and inviting California Cuisine. Emphasizing organic, handmade and all-natural products, Wence's offers a variety of freshly prepared, artfully presented entrees for everyone, including Mediterranean Black Mussels, Wild Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Truffle Mac and Cheese, Specialty Burgers, and Fillet Mignon! At Wence’s we believe even the smallest detail matters to ensure every customer is pleased and eager to return. Serving Brunch Sat. & Sun., Lunch and Dinner Daily. Make your reservation today! 1922 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 566-8971, www.wencesrestaurant.com.

Happy Hour

La Tapatia Mexican Cuisine – Winner

For over two decades, La Tapatia restaurants have provided the Bay Area with the finest Mexican cuisine, catering and banquets. We take pride in providing the extraordinary flavors of authentic Jalisco cuisine. Specialty dishes include “World Famous” Sizzling Fajitas, savory Enchiladas Verde, and an array of seafood delights. Indulge yourself with one of our finest 100 tequilas or try the La Tapatia 32oz Monster Margarita. Beautiful banquet rooms seat up to 200 and offer La Tapatia Mexican or international cuisines. Full service or drop off catering available. “You enjoy the party and let us provide a fiesta to remember”. Concord - 1802 Willow Pass Rd, (925) 685-1985 & Martinez - 536 Main Street, (925) 229-3866, www.latapatia.net

Jack’s Restaurant & Bar– Finalist

Jack’s hosts happy hour Monday-Friday, from 3:30-6:30pm and 9pm to close everyday, and offers 4 beers on tap, cocktails and hearty appetizers. The bar includes high top seating and accommodates 50 people. Many people come in for the variety of signature drinks. 60 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 849-6195, www.jacksrestaurants.com.

Wence’s Restaurant – Finalist

Wence’s Restaurant strives to bring you delicious, innovative and inviting California Cuisine. Emphasizing, organic, handmade and all-natural products, Wence's offers a variety of freshly prepared, artfully presented entrees for everyone, including Mediterranean Black Mussels, Wild Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Truffle Mac and Cheese, Specialty Burgers, and Fillet Mignon! At Wence’s we believe even the smallest detail matters to ensure every customer is pleased and eager to return. Serving Brunch Sat & Sun, Lunch and Dinner Daily. Make your reservation today! 1922 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 566-8971, www.wencesrestaurant.com.

Sports Bar

Creek Monkey Tap House – Winner

At Creek Monkey Tap House you can find 20 beers on tap as well as cider and high quality wines. They offer unique and tasty beers you can’t normally get on tap at other places, and they rotate them frequently to make each visit an adventure. Creek Monkey is owned by Rocksteady Brewing, which produces beers both for Creek Monkey and for other locations throughout the Diablo Valley. They serve lunch and dinner and offer a room upstairs for parties. 611 Escobar St., Martinez, (925) 228-8787, www.creekmonkey.com.

Jack’s Restaurant & Bar – Finalist

Jack’s displays sports on large screen TVs and hosts happy hour Monday-Friday, from 3:30-6:30pm and 9pm to close everyday, and offers 4 beers on tap, cocktails and hearty appetizers. The bar includes high top seating and accommodates 50 people. Many people come in for the variety of signature drinks. 60 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 849-6195, www.jacksrestaurants.com.

Local Coffee

Barrelista Coffee House & Cafe – Winner

Barrelista proudly serves the Martinez community and visitors. Barrelista serves single origin coffee and quality espresso drinks using all organic dairy and locally roasted & award winning Four Barrel Coffee, freshly made sandwiches, yogurt and pastries – made using all natural, organic, hormone and antibiotic free foods as well as organic/herbal teas. Locally owned, employed and loved. Open late. M. 7am-2pm, T-F 6:30am-10pm, Sa. 8am-10pm, Su. 8am-2pm. 736 Main St., Martinez, insta:#barrelistacoffee, www.barrelistacoffee.com

Latte Da Espresso & More – Finalist

1902 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 906-9664.

States Coffee & Mercantile – Finalist

609 Ward St., Martinez, (925) 293-4666, www.statescoffee.com.

Live Music

Armando’s – Winner

707 Marina Vista, Martinez, (925) 228-6985, www.armandosmartinez.com.

Dallimonti’s Italian Restaurant - Finalist

1932 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 944-5224, www.dallimontis.com.

Jack’s Restaurant & Bar– Finalist

Jack’s has become the hot spot for live music in the bar area. Music schedule rotates seasonally. Visit their website and Facebook page for schedule and band announcements. Jack’s offers 4 beers on tap, cocktails and hearty appetizers with late night happy hour from 9pm to close everyday. The bar includes high top seating and accommodates 50 people. 60 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, (925) 849-6195, www.jacksrestaurants.com


HEALTH & BEAUTY

Chiropractor

Barton Chiropractic - Winner

1251 Monument Blvd., #130, Concord, www.bartonchiro.com

Dentist

Parkway Smiles – Winner

Thank you for voting us as your local favorite dentist! We are a family-based practice that believes in making a positive impact in our community. At Parkway Smiles Dental, we believe that oral health greatly affects a person’s general wellbeing and overall physical condition – and a happy life starts at home. In appreciation for being given this title, we would like to post a friendly reminder of the importance of dental care at home – BRUSH, FLOSS, RINSE and regular dental visits. 1029 Arnold Dr., #9, Martinez, (925) 229-8890, www.parkwaysmilesdental.com.

Stephen C. Francis, DDS – Finalist

1124 Arnold Dr., #201, Martinez, (925) 372-4747, www.muirfamilydentistry.com.

Orthodontist

Dr. Jennifer Martin, DDS – Winner

A second-generation orthodontist, Dr. Martin is dedicated to the practice of orthodontics. She knows and understands her patients, and strives to provide a unique, custom-tailored experience for each individual she treats.  As a specialist in orthodontics, Dr. Martin is committed to providing the most advanced orthodontic treatment options for optimal care and comfort. She works with patients of all ages providing early, interceptive treatment, phase one and two orthodontics, and Invisalign and Invisalign Teen braces as well as traditional metal braces, and ceramic braces. 401 Gregory Lane, Ste. 126, Pleasant Hill, (925) 232-0646, www.drjennifermartin.com.

Dr. Stephen J. Harper, DDS – Finalist

2805 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, (925) 228-8330, www.harperortho.com.

Hair Salon

Changes Salon & Day Spa – Winner

Walnut Creek’s premiere Changes Salon and Day Spa is a unique venue to relax, de-stress and get gorgeous. At Changes, we are dedicated to providing the most innovative beauty and wellness services in a beautiful and relaxing environment. With 18 hair stations, 11 treatment rooms, a semi-private pedicure room with a 16 foot water wall, Aqua Terra relaxation room, men’s and women’s locker rooms with steam lounges and 60 talented team members we will meet all your salon and spa needs. Centrally located at the corner of Lincoln and N. Broadway in Downtown Walnut Creek, visit us and find out why Changes has been voted The Best of The East Bay over 30 times. 1475 N. Broadway, #195, Walnut Creek, (925) 947-1814, www.changessalon.com.

Citrus Salon – Finalist

631 Main St, Martinez, (925) 228-2010, www.citrus-salon.com.

Kelly Ann’s Salon & Day Spa – Finalist

607 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, (925) 944-5655, www.kellyanns.com.

Nail Salon

Bollinger Nail Salon – Winner

1661 Mt Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 938-2500 and 1420 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill, (925) 680-8600, www.bollingernailsalon.com.

Massage

Massage Envy – Winner

20 Crescent Dr., Suite A, Pleasant Hill, (925) 689-3689, www.massageenvy.com.

Skin Care

Changes Salon & Day Spa – Winner

Walnut Creek’s premiere Changes Salon and Day Spa is a unique venue to relax, de-stress and get gorgeous. At Changes, we are dedicated to providing the most innovative beauty and wellness services in a beautiful and relaxing environment. With 18 hair stations, 11 treatment rooms, a semi-private pedicure room with a 16 foot water wall, Aqua Terra relaxation room, men’s and women’s locker rooms with steam lounges and 60 talented team members we will meet all your salon and spa needs. Centrally located at the corner of Lincoln and N. Broadway in Downtown Walnut Creek, visit us and find out why Changes has been voted The Best of The East Bay over 30 times. 1475 N. Broadway, #195, Walnut Creek, (925) 947-1814, www.changessalon.com.

SkinScience Med Spa – Finalist

Thank you so much for voting SkinScience Med Spa as your favorite for skin care in the East Bay!  As a physician owned and operated medical spa, you can be assured that you are getting the highest quality care. We offer customized treatment plans and state-of-the-art techniques in a friendly and relaxing environment. Come visit us for your Botox, Dysport, Filler (Juvederm, Belotero and Restylane), chemical peels or esthetic services, 101 Gregory Lane, Suite #27, Pleasant Hill, (925) 334-2210 for medical treatments or (925) 381-5627 for aesthetic treatments, www.skinsciencemedspa.com.

Gym

Martinez Athletic Club (MAC) - Winner

The Martinez Athletic Club, affectionately known as the MAC, offers sweat sessions that people love, seven days a week, whether it’s a Spin class, CycleTone, Bootcamp, Pilates or Yoga. Opened in March 2015 by husband and wife owners, Ben and Pam Borsellino, the MAC has already garnered attention for the specialized dynamic workouts, personal attention, and attentive customer service, including complimentary water bottles and towel service. Members will say that beyond the energizing workouts, the support system and community atmosphere sets the Martinez Athletic Club apart. 729 Castro St., Martinez, (925) 849-7128, www.martinezathleticclub.com.

Kaia Fit – Finalist

1190 Burnett Ave., Concord, (925) 890-1940, www.kaiafitnorthconcord.com.

Martinez Crossfit – Finalist

725 Ward St., Ste H, Martinez, (925) 586-3108, www.martinezcrossfit.com

Boot Camp

Martinez Athletic Club (MAC) - Winner

MAC owner and AFAA certified personal trainer, Ben Borsellino entered the fitness industry 15 years ago because of his desire to help others. Ben coaches each MAC bootcamp and connects with every client in the small classes. MAC bootcamps include a variety of different exercises designed to promote cardiovascular activity, increase strength, and reduce body fat. This is an awesome workout for those who get bored at the gym or need more support when exercising. All fitness levels welcome. 729 Castro St., Martinez, (925) 849-7128, www.martinezathleticclub.com.

Kaia Fit – Finalist

1190 Burnett Ave., Concord, (925) 890-1940, www.kaiafitnorthconcord.com.

Pilates

Martinez Athletic Club (MAC) - Winner

Seasoned instructor, Denae Munoz Armstrong also teaches the Pilates classes at MAC. Members feel strong, lean, and refreshed at the end of this class. MAC Pilates is based on the five basic principles of Stott Pilates: breathing, pelvic placement, rib cage placement, scapular movement, and cervical placement. In our mat class, we will challenge endurance, balance, and increase flexibility. The result is a longer, leaner, stronger aligned body and focused mind. All fitness levels welcome. 729 Castro St., Martinez, (925) 849-7128, www.martinezathleticclub.com.

Yoga

Martinez Athletic Club (MAC) - Winner

With over 1000 hours of yoga classes, instructor Denae Munoz Armstrong guides MAC members through 30 core postures, sun salutations, and introduces breathing techniques, all while improving mental and physical strength and endurance, and increasing flexibility of the spine. With a class size of 2 or 25 people, Denae offers a special student and teacher connection by challenging more experienced students while offering modifications for beginners. This class is perfect for new yogis, those returning to fitness or the athlete who needs a great stretch. All fitness levels welcome. 729 Castro St., Martinez, (925) 849-7128, www.martinezathleticclub.com.

Dance Studio

In Motion Dance Center - Winner

In Motion Dance Center in Martinez is celebrating its 11th year in business!  This premier dance center continues to educate dancers ages 2.5 through adult in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tumbling, Musical Theater and Competitive Teams.  In Motion prides itself in having the best staff in the East Bay, with superb instructors that are certified and/or have bachelor’s or master’s degrees in dance! 835 Arnold Drive #5, Martinez, (925) 229-5678. Register for classes today at www.inmortiondancer.com 

Martial Arts 

Family Martial Arts of America – Winner

835 Arnold Drive, Suite 106, Martinez, (925) 370-6000, www.fmaa-karate.com.


HOME IMPROVEMENT

Handyman Services

Hire My Husband – Winner

Would you like your Saturdays back? Let the “husbands” at Hire My Husband Quality Painting & Home Repair take care of your honey do list.  Since 2002, we provide expert interior painting, door repair & replacement, moulding installation, minor plumbing & electrical repairs and closet organization. We specialize in small jobs, collaborating with you on all important details. Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner! Free estimates available: (925) 969-0133, (707) 746-7958, www.hiremyhusband.com

Total Property Solutions – Finalist

3490 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill, (925) 256-1009, www.totalpropertysolutions.us.

Painters

Payless Painting – Winner

Payless Painting is a family-owned and operated, customer-centered, full-service painting company. They provide detailed written proposals, references, and a professional paint crew, and they stand behind their work 100%.  Payless Painting won KRON 4 Best of the Bay Viewers Choice Award in 2011 for Best Painting Contractor in Northern California and are green certified through the Bay Area Green Business Program.  They specialize in both interior and exterior residential and commercial repaints. Please visit our website at www.PaylessPainting.com to learn more. 160 Grove Cir., Pleasant Hill, (925) 935-1176.

Plumbers

Co Co County Drain – Winner

PO Box 5554, Walnut Creek, (925) 944-144, www.cococountydrain.com.

Pest Control

Ellinwood Exterminators – Winner

Ellinwood Exterminators is a small, locally owned company located in Pleasant Hill.  We pride ourselves in excellent service at a reasonable price.  We handle all pests and specialize in the removal and exclusion of mice and rats.  We seal all openings to eliminate further infestations.  We are reliable, timely and work professionally with a full guarantee; customer focus and satisfaction is our goal.   We offer one-time jobs or scheduled services without a required contract. (925) 998-9552, www.pestcc.com.


PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Real Estate

The Flaskarud Team /Remax – Winner

Don, Norma and Erik Flaskerud are the proud owners of Re/Max Today, a full service residential real estate company located at 367 Civic Drive, Suite 7, Pleasant Hill.  Don and Norma, the top-selling Realtors in Pleasant Hill for 20+ years, welcomed Erik 3 years ago. Our team will help you move up, or down, or buy your first home!  With decades of experience, and the #1 real estate company in the world behind us, we stay on tops of trends, providing the top-notch service you deserve!  Your home will sell for top dollar, with our expertise providing full exposure, and our staging advice preparing it to sparkle!  The first time buyer will find our guidance critical to getting their home in this low inventory market. (925) 338-2980: Erik.Flaskerud@gmail.com or DonandNorma@gmail.com.  

Insurance

Matt Rinn, State Farm Insurance – Winner

As a State Farm Insurance Agent for seven years, Matt Rinn has practically become a household name in Pleasant Hill through hard work, superb customer service, volunteer efforts and sponsorship of almost every major event and several youth sports teams in the community. State Farm’s mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams, and Matt has built his reputation and business by helping others improve their quality of life. 140 Gregory Lane, #245, Pleasant Hill, (925) 671-0222, www.myagentmatt.net.

Alissa Gutierres, Allstate Insurance – Finalist

3237 Alhambra Ave., Ste. 3, Martinez, (925) 201-6463, www.agents.allstate.com/alissa-gutierres-martinez-ca.html.

Tax Service

Lemonade Accounting – Winner

1620 Pacheco Blvd., Martinez, (925) 330-2982, www.lemonadeaccounting.com.

Legal Service

Law Offices of Daniel DuRee – Winner

Estate planning is a very important responsibility, and having a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney is vital. Estate planning is about more than simply distributing your assets. It is about clarifying your wishes and passing on family values as life progresses. Daniel DuRee understands not just the legal issues, but also the complex family dynamics involved in this process and will guide you to your estate planning goals, whatever they may be. 1535 North Main St., Suite 240, Walnut Creek, (925) 210-1400, www.dureelaw.com.

Computer Services

Cantrells Computer Sales & Service – Winner

1936 Linda Drive, Pleasant Hill, (925) 827-1200, www.crsfbay.com.

Photographer

Susan Wood Photography – Winner

The relationships Susan builds with her clients are as special as the photos she creates! Whether you’re in the studio or on-location, her clients ALWAYS have fun! She takes pride in capturing “Unforgettable Moments in Time” and sharing them through high-quality digital and print images & enlargements. Through the lens of her camera, Susan Wood sees new possibilities everyday, and everyday is different - Formal & Candid Portraits, Corporate & Family Events, Nature & Wildlife, Adventures “On-Location,” and Aviation. (925) 939-7060, www.susanwoodphotography.com.

Caterer

Lesley Stiles – Winner

A tireless advocate for local, sustainable food sources, Lesley purchases as much as she possibly can for your party or event from local sources. She shops farmers’ markets and local farms for produce, oils and vinegars, eggs, meats and cheeses and makes everything from scratch, whenever possible. Lesley offers full-service as well as rental services. Menu items include grilled peaches and prosciutto w/balsamic drizzle and arugula, turkey breast stuffed w/dried figs, chevre and garlic, and rocky road brownies for dessert. For sophisticated, creative, handmade food, crafted specifically for you, call Lesley for catering quotes. (925) 323-3230, www.lesleystilesfoods.com.

Baker

Bella Cakes – Winner

(925) 286-2768. View her portfolio at www.facebook.com/bellacakesbycindy.


SENIOR SERVICES

Senior Services

Senior Helpers – Winner

Senior Helpers’ mission is to ensure a better quality of life for their elderly clients and their families by providing dependable and affordable care. Whether caregivers are needed just a few hours one day a week or all day, every day, our caregivers will help with a variety of daily activities such as: companionship and conversation, fall prevention, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands and transportation, medication reminders, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and so much more. For a free, in-home assessment, call (925) 677-2150. 1170 Burnett Ave., Concord, www.seniorhelpers.com.

Pleasant Hill Senior Center – Finalist

233 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, (925) 798-8788, www.phseniorcenter.com

Assisted Living

Chateaus – Winner

The Chateaus offer senior living options and a continuum of senior care in conveniently located and lush properties. The vibrant, activity filled communities offer only the best in amenities: restaurant-style, any-time dining, plus a 24-hour café with room service upon request. Properties include a shared space including a grand living room, library, game room and beautiful courtyards all designed to feel like you are on a luxury cruise ship on land. Various locations! 800-227-5866, www.carltonseniorliving.com.


RECREATION & LEISURE

Places to Hike/Walk

Briones ­– Winner

2537 Reliez Valley Rd., Martinez, (888) 327-2757.

Mt. Wanda – Finalist

Alhambra Valley Rd. at Highway 4, Martinez, (925) 228-8860.

Lafayette Reservoir – Finalist

3849 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 284-9669.

Park

Pleasant Hill Park – Winner

147 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, (925) 682-0896.

Hidden Lakes Park – Finalist

Chilpancingo Pkwy. & Morello Ave., Martinez, (925) 372-3510.

Nancy Boyd Park – Finalist

100 Church St., Martinez, (925) 372-3510.


PET SERVICES

Pet Sitting

Pet and Home Care – Winner

Owner Barbara Booth grew up on a farm and always had a love of animals.  She founded Pet and Home Care in 1985, then expanded into dog and cat grooming, which she thoroughly enjoys, providing some grooming services in pets’ homes. Pet and Home Care proudly offers Life's Abundance organic pet products, and Barbara also does a small amount of like-home boarding in her home, where she has a large fenced yard that dogs love. Contact Pet and Home Care at (925) 200-4891, www.petandhomecare.com.

Freeplay Dogs – Finalist

1776 Arnold Industrial Way, Concord, (925) 692-2144, www.freeplaydogs.com.

Pet Grooming

Freeplay Dogs – Winner

1776 Arnold Industrial Way, Concord, (925) 692-2144, www.freeplaydogs.com.

Noni’s Pet Boutique & Grooming – Finalist

1945 Contra Costa Blvd., Ste B, Pleasant Hill, (925) 687-1156,  www.nonispetboutiqueandgrooming.com.

Veterinarian

Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital – Winner

Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital, operating since 1976, is led by Zachary J. Anderson, DVM; Joseph A. Thibedeau, DVM; and Hospital Administrator Jane Thibedeau. Since 1994, we’ve continually earned American Animal Hospital Association certification, including rigorous examination of 900+ standards. We welcome dogs, cats, rodents, and rabbits. Hours: Monday—Friday, 8am to 6pm; Saturday, 8am to 4pm. Thank you, readers, for showing your trust in us for the third year by electing us Community Focus Local Favorite Veterinarian. 2211 Morello Ave., Pleasant Hill, (925) 676-1909, www.hillcrestvet.com.

Geary Veterinary Hospital – Finalist

1514 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek, (925) 938-8010, www.gearyveterinaryhospital.com.


AUTOMOTIVE

Auto Repair

Hagin's Automotive –Winner

Hagin's Automotive is proud to be a full-service and preventive maintenance auto repair facility, performing high quality auto repairs since 1998. Hagin's Automotive only hires highly qualified and skilled ASE Certified Service Technicians. The ASE Certified Service Technicians, advanced tools, and precision to detail are what make them one of the leading Martinez auto repair shops. Andy Hagin believes in doing the job right the first time so you can get back to your busy schedule. 3725 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, (925) 228-5115, www.haginsauto.com.

AA Automotive Repair – Finalist

2807 Main Ave., Concord, (925) 676-7601, www.aa-automotive.com.

Tires

Les Schwab Tire Center – Winner

At Les Schwab Tire Centers in Martinez you can expect friendly and prompt service at a price that won't break the bank. Les Schwab sells tires to fit any style car or truck. You can also have them install lifts, repair or replace shocks or struts, pick out new rims for your car and so much more. They are also expert in brakes, alignments, batteries and wheels. Their mission is to deliver world-class customer service and the best tire value to each and every customer. 3800 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, (925) 370-6382, www.lesschwab.com.

Big O Tires – Finalist

1845 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill (925) 825-8203, www.bigotires.com.

Auto Body

Martinez Auto Body – Winner

Martinez Auto Body has been part of the downtown Martinez community since its inception in 1952. The present owner, Gary Hernandez, became an employee in 1975 and purchased the business later that same year. Martinez Auto Body strives to keep their prices competitive. Nevertheless, they believe continued success and growth depends primarily on quality. “Our prices reflect quality materials and quality workmanship by trained technicians. Our customers know that and depend on that.” 615 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, (925) 228-3689, www.martinezautobodyshop.com.

Pleasant Hill Collision – Finalist

1581 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 939-1160, www.pleasanthillcollision.com.


BOUTIQUES AND GIFTS

Boutiques

White Rabbit Boutique – Winner

529 Main St., Martinez, (925) 229-1900, www.whiterabbitboutique.net.

Consignment

Deja Vu Boutique – Winner

Deja Vu Consignment Boutique is a women's quality consignment shop that accepts items anytime the store is open, with no appointment. The best part about shopping consignment is the hunt for something new and different. New inventory is arriving everyday so stop in often to see all the amazing and unique items. Deja Vu is a cozy, comfortable space to try on clothing, stretch fashion comfort zones, experiment with new styles, play dress up, and just have fun! 1630 Contra Costa Blvd., Ste. A, Pleasant Hill (near Melo’s), (925) 808-8765, www.thedejavuboutique.com

Gifts & Collectibles

Good Then and Now – Winner

Good Times Then And Now truly is a car enthusiast store and more!  Owners Roy Allen and Phil Tarrant have a passion for cars and like any and all cool car related stuff. We carry a huge selection of diecast cars, car themed Hawaiian shirts, racing furniture, neon clocks, car artwork and awesome gift ideas for the car enthusiast.  Shop in store or online. 613 Main St, Martinez, (925) 818-6751, www.goodtimesthenandnow.com

Grocery

Grocery Outlet – Winner

1671 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, (925) 676-3660, www.groceryoutlet.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 









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