Best of Folsom 2009

Posted on: February 2, 2011



It’s our 7th annual “Best of Folsom” campaign. It wasn’t very long ago that we started out to give our nod of approval to the best places in town. Seven years later and thousands of votes cast, the contest is as popular as ever! Some of this year’s highlights:


  • You waited, you responded: It’s official… In-N-Out Burger is a hit! The Southern California fast food chain has been a winner ever since setting up shop in Folsom. They won 3 Best of Folsom awards – Best Fries, Burgers, and Best New Business.


  • New categories: Some new categories this year – Best Vegetarian Food (Mylapore gets the nod), and Best Date Spot (Bidwell Street Bistro). This will be the last year for a few categories as we make room for some new ones next year.


  • Landslide: We have a new mechanism this year – the “landslide” victory. For the races that weren’t even close, we figured to designate them as “landslide” victors in a category… these winners – you more or less can’t go wrong. (These are the selections in orange)


  • Three’s Company: Bidwell Street Bistro and In-N-Out were the biggest winners this year, as the victors of 3 such awards.


  • Best New Road: A couple people nominated Folsom Lake Crossing as the best new road.


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Best Restaurant 2009 1. Bidwell Street Bistro
2. Manderes
3. Scotts Seafood
Best New Business 2009 1. In-N-Out Burger
2. Old Europe
3. Thai Paradise
Best American Food 1. Jack’s Urban Eats
2. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery
3. Manderes
Best Mexican Food 1. La Fiesta
2. Mexquite
3. Q’ Bole
Best Fresh Mex 1. Chipotle
2. Dos Coyotes
3. Rubio’s
Best Italian Food 1. Visconti
2. Macaroni Grill
3. Olive Garden
Best Chinese Food 1. Fat’s Asia Bistro & Dim Sum
2. Hop Sing
3. Sunny Garden Restaurant
Best Sushi 1. Kirala Sushi
2. Taiko Sushi
3. Aloha Sushi
Best Sandwiches 1. Beach Hut Deli
2. Mr. Pickle
3. Black Rooster
Best Lunch Spot 1. La Bou
2. Karen’s Bakery
3. Bidwell Street Bistro
Best Place to Take a Date 1. Bidwell Street Bistro
2. Jack’s Urban Eats
3. Q’Bole
Best Cultural Cuisine 1. Bidwell Street Bistro
2. Thai Paradise
3. Old Europe
Best Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt 1. Big Spoon Frozen Yogurt
2. Snook’s
3. Cold Stone Creamery
Best Local Chain 1. Chicago Fire
2. Jack’s Urban Eats
3. Fat’s Asia Bistro & Dim Sum
Best Steak or Seafood 1. Scott’s Seafood
2. Tahoe Joe’s
3. Bidwell Street Bistro
Best Waiter/Waitress 1. Ryan – Bidwell Street Bistro
2. Avalon – Manderes
3. Jennifer – Ernie’s
Best Coffee Bar 1. Starbucks
2. Peet’s Coffee
3. It’s a Grind
Best Burgers 1. In-N-Out Burger
2. Red Robin
3. Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks
Best French Fries 1. In-N-Out Burger
1. Jack’s Urban Eats
2. McDonald’s
Best Pizza 1. Chicago Fire
2. Roma’s Pizzeria III
2. Pizzeria Classico
Best Vegetarian Food 1. Mylapore
2. Ruchi Indian Cuisine
3. Jack’s Urban Eats
Best Dessert 1. Karen’s Bakery
2. Snook’s
3. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery
Best Breakfast 1. Gold Miner Cafe
2. Sutter Street Grill
3. Lake Forest Cafe
Best Bar 1. Manderes
2. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery
3. Streets of London
Best Appetizers 1. BJ’s Brewpub
2. Manderes
3. Streets of London
Best Bartender 1. Allen – Old Europe
2. Lindsey – BJ’s Restaurant
3. Joel – Powerhouse Pub
Best Tourist Attraction 1. Historic Sutter Street
2. American River Bike Trail
3. Folsom Lake
Best Kept Secret 1. Lake Natoma
2. Stage Nine Theater
3. Not telling!
Best Folsom Event 1. Thursday Night Market
2. Folsom Rodeo & Cattle Drive
3. Folsom Live
Best Summer Activity 1. Biking Folsom’s Trails
2. Folsom Lake
3. Thursday Night Market
Best Winter Activity 1. Ice Skating
1. Christmas Light Viewing
2. Bar-Hopping
Best Under 21 Attraction 1. Thursday Night Market
2. Folsom 14 Theaters
3. In-N-Out
Best Website (MyFolsom is excluded) 1. City of Folsom
2. FolsomLiving.com
3. FolsomTelegraph.com
Best Community Park 1. Lembi Park
2. Livermore Park
3. Folsom City Lions Park / Zoo
Best Teacher 1. Mrs. Avila, Theodore Judah
2. Ms Gatley, Gallardo
3. Mr. Jones, Vista del Lago
Best Barber 1. Great Clips for Hair
2. Folsom Barber
3. Tom’s Barber Stylist
Best Grocery Store 1. Trader Joe’s
2. Raley’s
3. Winco
Cheapest Gas 1. Costco
2. Arco
3. Sam’s Club
Best Gift Store 1. Periwinkle
2. Dorothea’s Christmas
3. Bella Casa Home Decor
Best Sutter Street Merchant 1. Snook’s Ice Cream & Candies
2. Chicago Fire
3. Black Rooster
Best Beauty Salon 1. Hoshall For Hair
2. Sculptures Salon & Spa
3. Chez TJ
Best Mechanic 1. Folsom Auto Center Mechanics
2. Folsom Autotech
3. Folsom Lake Toyota
Best Veterinarian 1. Blue Ravine Animal Hospital
2. Cat Clinic of Folsom
3. Pet Vets Animal Hospital
Best Health Club 1. California Family Fitness
2. 24 Hour Fitness
3. Broadstone Racquet Club
Favorite City Council Member 1. Kerri Howell
2. Ernie Sheldon
3. Andy Morin
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Best of Folsom 2010

Posted on: February 2, 2011


It’s our 8th annual “Best of Folsom” campaign… it was time to retire a few categories and bring in some new ones. Long overdue was things like Best Salad (Jack’s) & Best Happy Hour (Manderes).

We offended a few (someone didn’t like our “cougar” category), but once again we got 1000 or so votes.

Big winners this year were Jack’s, Karen’s, and Manderes. No surprise though, as you really won’t go wrong at any of them.

Some categories never make it to Best of Folsom – for they are considered “no choice” categories. For example, best Church… one would assume you would vote for your own church (otherwise, why would you go?)

We always forget a few, but 2011 is just around the corner. Thanks for voting!

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Best New Business 2010 1. Sutter Street Steakhouse
2. Dominick’s Italian Deli
3. Acorn Cafe
Best Pizza 1. Chicago Fire
2. Pizzeria Classico
3. Roma’s Pizzeria III
Best Mexican Food 1. La Fiesta
2. Mexquite
3. Q’Bole
Best Steak or Seafood 1. Scott’s Seafood
2. Sutter Street Steakhouse
3. Tahoe Joe’s
Best Italian Food 1. Visconti Ristorante
2. Macaroni Grill
3. Dominick’s Italian Deli
Best Chinese Food 1. Fat’s Asia Bistro
2. Hop Sing
3. T2 Yan
Best California Cuisine
(NEW)
1. Jack’s Urban Eats
2. Bidwell Street Bistro
3. Manderes
Best Sushi 1. Taiko Sushi
2. Wasabi Sushi
3. Maguro
Best Thai Food (NEW) 1. Thai Paradise
2. Thai Ginger
3. Thai Siam
Best Cultural Cuisine 1. Old Europe
2. Kabob House
3. Pho Boc Hoa Viet
Best Vegetarian Food 1. Mylapore
2. Acorn Cafe
3. The Big Salad Shop
Best Sandwiches 1. Beach Hut Deli
2. Mr. Pickle
3. La Bou
Best Casual Dining 1. Jack’s Urban Eats
2. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery
3. Manderes
Best Salad (NEW) 1. Jack’s Urban Eats
2. Karen’s
3. La Bou
Best Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt 1. Big Spoon
2. Nuyo
3. Cold Stone Creamery
Best Coffee Bar 1. Peet’s Coffee
2. Starbucks
2. Karen’s
Best Burgers 1. In-N-Out
2. Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks
3. Red Robin
Best French Fries 1. In-N-Out
2. Jack’s Urban Eats
3. McDonald’s
Best Dessert 1. Karen’s Bakery
2. Snook’s
3. BJ’s Brewpub
Best Breakfast 1. Karen’s Bakery
2. Sutter Street Grill
3. Gold Miner Cafe
Best Lunch Spot 1. Jack’s Urban Eats
2. Karen’s Bakery
3. La Bou
Best Place to Take a Date 1. Bidwell Street Bistro
2. Manderes
3. Sutter Street Steakhouse
Best Local Chain 1. Chicago Fire
2. Fat’s Asia Bistro
3. Jack’s Urban Eats
Best Bar 1. Manderes
2. BJ’s Brewpub
3. Streets of London
Best Wine Bar (NEW!) 1. Back Wine Bar
2. The Cellar
3. Wine Styles
Best Bartender 1. Brent, Manderes (aka the dude with the curly hair)
2. Joel, Scarlet’s
3. Tara, Folsom Hotel
Best Waiter/Waitress 1. Merany, Wild Bill’s
2. Gina, Purple Place
3. Ryan, Bidwell Street Bistro
Best Appetizers 1. BJ’s Brewub
2. Fat’s Asia Bistro
3. Manderes
Best Happy Hour (NEW!) 1. Manderes
2. Fat’s Asia Bistro
3. Tahoe Joe’s
Best Restaurant 2010 1. Old Europe
2. Bidwell Street Bistro
3. Chicago Fire
Best Tourist Attraction 1. Sutter Street
2. American River Bike Trail
3. Folsom Lake
Best Kept Secret
1. Acorn Cafe
2. American River Bike Trail
3. Still a secret!
Best Folsom Event 1. Folsom Live!
2. Thursday Night Market
3. Folsom Wine & Jazz
Best Barber 1. Folsom Barber
2. Great Clips for Hair
3. Sport Clips
Best Grocery Store 1. Trader Joe’s
2. Raley’s
3. Winco
Best Gift Store 1. Periwinkle
2. Clouds
3. Dorothea’s Christmas
Best Sutter Street Merchant 1. Snook’s
2. Clouds
3. Black Rooster
Best Beauty Salon 1. Sculptures Salon & Spa
2. Hoshall’s for Hair
3. Chez TJ
Best Veterinarian 1. Blue Ravine Animal Hospital
2. Pet Vets
3. Folsom Veterinary Hospital
Best Health Club 1.California Family Fitness
2. 24 Hour Fitness
3. Broadstone Racquet Club
Favorite City Council Member 1. Kerri Howell
2. Steve Miklos
3. Ernie Sheldon

Assorted Nonsense

Best Place to People Watch Sutter Street
Best Place to Find “Cougars”Best Casual Dining Powerhouse Pub
Best Place to Take a Picture Rainbow Bridge (on the rocks)
Best Place to Mooch off Free WiFi It’s a Grind
Best Bang for Your Buck In-N-Out
Best Sunday Drive Salmon Falls Road
Best Restaurant That Didn’t Make It Malabar
Best View Sudwerks
Best Place That Could Really Use Your Business Right About Now Acorn Cafe
Best Zoo Animal Bear
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