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2012 Best of Tahoe winners announced

Welcome to the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s 18th anniversary year of the Best of Tahoe©. We all love this time of year when we get to step back and highlight the people, businesses, places to eat and drink and the things to do that make the South Shore a great place to live and work. And, if you’re lucky enough to be visiting us here, you’ll want to pick up a Best of Tahoe guide from visitors centers, at the Tribune’s front desk and other locations.

Here it is: the final result of all our efforts. We here at the Tribune want to thank you, our readers. Together, I think we have succeeded in making this issue truly special. You turned out in droves to vote this year – we received 51,864 eligible votes during our voting period. That’s a lot of you, and we appreciate it; after all, it’s not an easy task to sift through nearly 115 categories – yet you did.

Of course, the reputations that made so many businesses and individuals finalists in the Best of Tahoe 2012 are also the culmination of a great deal of effort – days, months or years of great work by the businesses and people who are finalists in each category. Congrats to all of the honorees and runners-up in this issue on your much-deserved honors. Your hard work and efforts make Tahoe’s South Shore a destination that people from all over the world come to visit and leave with the anticipation of returning.

Welcome, everyone, to Best of Tahoe 2012, as chosen by our readers. Cheers to all of you, and to another year of bests!

– Kimberly Kuntz, publisher

Events & Activities

Loosest Slots:

Best – Lakeside Inn & Casino

Runner up – MontBleu

Live Music Venue:

Best – Harveys Summer Concert Series

Runner up – MontBleu

Family Night Out:

Best – Tahoe Bowl

Runner up – Heavenly Cinemas

Annual Event:

Best – 4th of July Fireworks

Runner up – American Century Celebrity Golf


Best – Kiva Beach

Runner up – Baldwin Beach

Place to watch the sunset:

Best – Cave Rock

Runner up – Nevada Beach

Place to get married:

Best – Edgewood

Runner up – Chapel of the Bells

Apres Party:

Best – Lakeside Inn & Casino

Runner up – MontBleu

Bike Trail:

Best – Flume

Runner up – Mr. Toads

Boat Cruise:

Best – Tahoe Queen

Runner up – MS Dixie


Best – Camp Richardson

Runner up – Fallen Leaf

Cross Country Ski:

Best – Hope Valley

Runner up – Camp Richardson

Snowboard Park:

Best – Sierra at Tahoe

Runner up – Heavenly


Best – Tahoe Keys Marina

Runner up – Ski Run Marina

Place to take kids:

Best – Tahoe Tot Spot

Runner up – El Dorado Beach

Downhill Ski:

Best – Heavenly

Runner up – Kirkwood


Best – Zephyr Cove

Runner up – Blue Lakes

Fishing Charter:

Best – Tahoe Sport Fishing

Runner up – Tahoe Fly Fishing

Golf Course:

Best – Edgewood Tahoe

Runner up – Lake Tahoe Golf Course

Hiking Trail:

Best – Mt. Tallac

Runner up – Fallen Leaf

Food & Drink

Signature Cocktail:

Best – Rum Runner at Beacon

Runner up – Wet Woody at Riva Grill

Deli Sandwiches:

Best – Beach Hut Deli

Runner up – Tahoe Keys Deli


Best – Sugar Pine Bakery

Runner up – Red Hut Soda Fountain

Fine Dining:

Best – Ciera Steak House

Runner up – Evan’s American Gourmet Cafe

Happy Hour:

Best – Lakeside Inn & Casino

Runner up – Chart House


Best – Tep’s Villa Roma

Runner up – Scusa

Kids Menu:

Best – McDonald’s

Runner up – Applebee’s

Meal under $5:

Best – Jalisco’s

Runner up – Taco Bell

Meat/Seafood Market:

Best – Overland Meat & Seafood

Runner up – Raley’s


Best – Jalisco’s

Runner up – The Cantina

Overall Restaurant:

Best – Freshies

Runner up – Edgewood Restaurant


Best – Blue Angel

Runner up – Chef in Tahoe, Travis Woodcock

Local Chef:

Best – Travis Woodcock

Runner up – Jon La Rue at MontBleu


Best – Tie-Chart House/Freshies

Runner up – Apres Wine


Best – Sugar Pine Bakery

Runner up – Rude Brothers


Best – Orchid’s

Runner up – Thai Nakorn


Best – The Burger Lounge

Runner up – Izzy’s Burger Spa


Best – Mandarin Garden

Runner up – Hunan Garden

Caffeine Fix:

Best – Starbucks

Runner up – Tahoe Keys Cafe

Date Night:

Best – Cafe Fiore

Runner up – Edgewood


Best – Ernie’s Cafe

Runner up – Red Hut Cafe


Best – Sprouts

Runner up – Freshies


Best – Forest Cafe at Harrah’s

Runner up – The Buffet at MontBleu

Sports Bar:

Best – Mo’s Place

Runner up – Lakeside Inn & Casino


Best – Off the Hook

Runner up – Naked Fish

Locals Bar:

Best – Steamers Bar & Grill

Runner up – Divided Sky

Ice Cream:

Best – Aloha Ice Cream

Runner up – Red Hut Soda Fountain

Milk Shake:

Best – Sno-Flake Drive In

Runner up – The Burger Lounge

Wines by the Glass:

Best – Apres Wine Company

Runner up – Edgewood

Outdoor Dining:

Best – The Beacon Bar & Grill

Runner up – Riva Grill


Best – Lake Tahoe Pizza Company

Runner up – Blue Dog Pizza

Restaurant with a View:

Best – Edgewood Restaurant

Runner up – The Beacon


Best – The Fresh Ketch

Runner up – Chart House


Local Band:

Best – Lavish Green

Runner up – Trey Stone Band


Best – Edgar at Steamer’s Bar & Grill

Runner up – Gin at Brothers Bar & Grill

Car Salesperson:

Best – Chris Alper at Cardinale Way Toyota

Runner up – Derek Simon at Cardinale Way Toyota


Best – Rob Hembree

Runner up – Dan Sullivan

Law Enforcement Officer:

Best – Travis Cabral

Runner up – Rick Martinez


Best – Dr. Kevin Cassidy

Runner up – Dr. Randy Acevedo


Best – Harveys

Runner up – Charley Haueter


Best – Dr. Paula Crenshaw

Runner up – Dr. Patrick Martin

Hair Stylist:

Best – Brian Switzer at Simplicity Salon

Runner up – Shelly Mc Millan at Imagine Salon

Insurance Agent:

Best – Linda Wilkins at Farmers insurance

Runner up – Jon Heatherton at Farmers insurance

Lake Tahoe Community College Professor:

Best – Sara Pierce

Runner up – Beachy Orr

Massage Therapist:

Best – Lauren Payne at Mountain Aloha Massage

Runner up – Moya Sanders at Borges Chirpractic


Best – Rich Heffelfinger at Harrah’s/Harveys

Runner up – Dany Marso at Tahoe Seasons Resort


Best – Rose Street Studio

Runner up – Image Angels

Physical Trainer:

Best – Eufay Wood at Sierra Athletic Club

Runner up – Cassandra Chandler at Push Fitness


Best – Mackenzie Martin at Century 21 Tahoe Paradise

Runner up – Brooke Hernandez at Chase International


Best – Joel Dameral at South Tahoe High School

Runner up – Mandy Miller at Meyers Elementary


Best – Dave Monroe at Sierra Vet Hospital

Runner up – Carl Kelly at Roundhill Animal Hospital


Best – Beth Harper at Bert’s Cafe

Runner up – Amber Pass at Getaway Cafe

Nail Technician:

Best – Lisa Quick at Sessions

Runner up – Sandy Pape at Sessions

Ski Instructor:

Best – Christine “Corky” Woodcock

Runner up – Chris Larson


Local Charity:

Best – Christmas Cheer

Runner up – Boys & Girls Club

General Contractor:

Best – Beckwith Construction

Runner up – Goodyear & Sons

Auto Repair:

Best – Norm’s Auto

Runner up – Anything Gas

Cab Company:

Best – Blacklight Taxi

Runner up – Yellow Cab

Pilates/Yoga Studio:

Best – Mountain Yoga

Runner up – Pilates with Gina

Dry Cleaners:

Best – John’s Cleaners

Runner up – Tahoe One Hour Cleaners

Health Care Facility:

Best – Barton Health

Runner up – Elevate Wellness Center

Green Business:

Best – Beckwith Construction

Runner up – Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

Pet Grooming:

Best – Pawfection

Runner up – Dog Wash of Tahoe


Best – El Dorado Bank

Runner up – Bank of the West

Snow Removal:

Best – Alpine Smith

Runner up – Ferguson Excavating

Heating and Air:

Best – Nixon’s Heating Air Conditioning and Plumbing

Runner up – Clark Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning

Painting Company:

Best – Fiston Painting

Runner up – Trevor Montank Painting


Best – Gary Cross, Alpine Handyman Service

Runner up – Randy Wigart

Carpet Cleaning:

Best – Kinney’s Carpet Care

Runner up – Carpet Cops

Roofing Company:

Best – AAA Roofing

Runner up – Summit Roofing

Landscaping Company:

Best – Aspen Hollow

Runner up – Z’s Lawn & Landscape

Wedding Chapel:

Best – Chapel of the Bells

Runner up – Lakefront Wedding Chapel

Plumbing Company:

Best – Apollo Plumbing & Heating

Runner up – Clark Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning


Best – Ball Electric

Runner up – Winters Electric

Customer Service:

Best – Sidestreet Boutique

Runner up – DIY & El Dorado Bank (tie)

Hair Salon Barber Shop:

Best – Sessions Salon

Runner up – Simplicity Salon

Grocery Store:

Best – Raley’s at the ‘Y’

Runner up – Safeway

Gas Station:

Best – Fox Gas

Runner up – Roadrunner

Plant Nursery:

Best – Aspen Hollow

Runner up – Nel’s Hardware


Best – Thran’s Florist

Runner up – Enchanted Florist

Pet Store:

Best – Pet Station

Runner Up – Pet Supermarket

Toy Store:

Best – Toy Maniacs

Runner up – K-Mart

Fishing Shop:

Best – Tahoe Fly Fishing

Runner up – The Sportsman


Best – Radio Shack

Runner up – Accurate Audio & Video

Hardware Store:

Best – Scotty’s Hardware

Runner up – Nel’s Tahoe Hardware


Best – Simpson’s Jewelers

Runner up – Round Hill Jewelers

Wine Selection:

Best – The Cork & More

Runner up – Apres Wine Company

Shopping Center:

Best – The Village Center

Runner up – The Shops at Heavenly

Ski Shop:

Best – Sports LTD

Runner up – South Shore Snow

Overall Casino:

Best – MontBleu

Runner up – Lakeside Inn & Casino

Spa Experience:

Best – Onsen at MontBleu

Runner up – Biospirit Day Spa

New Business:

Best – Primo’s Italian Bistro

Runner up – Tahoe Production House

Place to Stay the Night:

Best – MontBleu

Runner up – Lakeside Inn & Casino

Art Gallery:

Best – Marcus Ashley

Runner up – Jon Paul Gallery

Place to Work Out:

Best – Sierra Athletic Club

Runner up – Push Fitness

Funky Little Store:

Best – Gaia-Licious

Runner up – CC’s Pirate Store

Bike Shop:

Best – South Shore Bikes

Runner up – Sierra Cycle Works

Clothing Store:

Best – Sidestreet Boutique

Runner up – Ross

Snowboard Shop:

Best – Shoreline

Runner up – Sports LTD

Tire Center:

Best – Les Schwab

Runner up – Ken’s Tires

Video Rental:

Best – Video Library

Runner up – Red Box

Carpet Floor Center:

Best – Alpine Carpet One

Runner up – Champion Floors to Go

Casino with Friendliest Employees:

Best – Lakeside Inn & Casino

Runner up – MontBleu

Summer Tour Guide:

Best – Lake Tahoe Adventures

Runner up – Duck Tours

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