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2014 Pleasanton Weekly Readers Choice winners

Original post made on Jun 27, 2014

The balloting is wrapped up, the votes are counted and we're ready to reveal who Pleasanton Weekly readers chose as their favorite local restaurants, shops, services and more in the 2014 Readers Choice contest.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 27, 2014, 7:27 AM

Comments (31)

Posted by Jim Coughlin, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 27, 2014 at 8:28 am

Best of 2014 - can we separate the "Yoga/Pilates" category please? The company that won this doesn't offer yoga and Downtown Yoga - the winner from previous years (2005-2011) doesn't offer Pilates/weight training and beauty tips. It's like having a combined DryCleaning/AutoParts category - they are really mutually exclusive. Just my humble opinion.

Jim Coughlin
Manager
Downtown Yoga - Pleasanton
www.pleasantonyoga.com
50 yoga classes/week - 7-days/week
925-819-9983


Posted by Ballot Box Stuffing?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 27, 2014 at 8:53 am

In some cases Pleasantonian's tastes are whacked, or there is ballot box stuffing going on.

Meadowlark Dairy does not have the best ice cream by a long stretch. It's evidently a sentimental thing.

The Best Breakfast category has always been insightful about local tastes - this category used to be perennially won by Dean's Cafe, now replaced by Jim's Country Style Restaurant. I also notice that Denny's gets a lot of breakfast business. Are you kidding me, folks? Seriously? Have you ever eaten a good breakfast?


Posted by Izzy, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jun 27, 2014 at 11:12 am

Can you list the other companies that were part of the survey? Maybe a company is ranked best as there were only two on the survey. Or worst, maybe it's the only company rated for that category. At least we should be able to see the 2nd and 3rd ranked for each category.


Posted by Don Key, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 27, 2014 at 11:52 am

The whole thing is a bit ridiculous/meaningless.


Posted by Damon, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jun 27, 2014 at 12:11 pm

BB Stuffing wrote: "Meadowlark Dairy does not have the best ice cream by a long stretch. It's evidently a sentimental thing."

Personally, for best ice cream I would vote for Tara's Ice Cream on Main Street. But my kids love Meadowlark Dairy. Maybe it's a sentimental thing with the old-time feel and the drive-thru service there, but they love it. Guess who wins when it's time to decide where to get an ice cream cone?


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm

It's like having a contest for who has the most hair there?

duh...


Posted by Claire Berkley, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jun 27, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Best of 2014: Category- Carpet/hardwood floors

Is it possible to separate hardwood floors and carpet? There are several more qualified hardwood flooring business, such as Strong Wood Floors, that don't get recognized because they don't install carpet. However, SWF has beautiful craftsmanship with wood. It would be awesome if we could separate the category so some Pleasntonians can really vote for the best of 2014 hardwood floors!

Thanks!


Posted by HA, a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 27, 2014 at 8:40 pm

It's all about the Business owner doing the best at recruiting of friends and family to vote. They all shout out on FB to help with the vote.It really means nothing at all. Its good for PW advertising


Posted by Main Street Sunglasses, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm

We at Main Street Sunglasses are honored to have been chosen by the people of Pleasanton as this years best new retail shop. We are committed to providing premium quality sunglasses, apparel, and accessories. We also offer lens and watch battery replacement. We graciously accept the best new retailer award albeit it is a bittersweet moment for us.

On Tuesday June, 24 at approximately 5:01am, Main Street Sunglasses was broken into and burglarized. The thugs responsible made out with 95% of our inventory. We are in the process of making repairs to the front door as it was completely shattered as well as in store repairs to our shelves, floors and cases that were also damaged by these heartless criminals.

We hope to be back to business as usual very soon, and serving the awesome Tri-Valley area with unique sunglasses designs. Thank You!!


Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2014 at 8:00 am

A lot of it is who does the best recruiting of friends/family. It is one thing to compare best restaurant or car repair as a vast amount people are able to try them, but best hardwood floor place, or best real estate agent, or best insurance agent... How many times do you get floors installed, buy a house, or change insurance agents? And really... Three categories for real estate and a title company?

The categories should be reduced so it isn't a popularity contest.

Also, bring back the "best place to get a ticket" to poke fun at the police department because that was just good wholesome fun - even they do have a tough job.


Posted by nunya bizness, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jun 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm

It's not a contest when there is only one choice.


Posted by Damon, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jun 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm

@Main Street Sunglasses: "On Tuesday June, 24 at approximately 5:01am, Main Street Sunglasses was broken into and burglarized. The thugs responsible made out with 95% of our inventory. We are in the process of making repairs to the front door as it was completely shattered as well as in store repairs to our shelves, floors and cases that were also damaged by these heartless criminals. "

I hate to sound heartless but how many times have I heard or read about thefts of stores selling sunglasses? It seems to happen all the time, and no wonder. Moderate to high-end sunglasses are expensive, light, compact, easy to run away with, and easy to sell on the black market. Sunglasses stores seem to be a theft magnet. I seem to recall reading about multiple walk-away thefts at the Sunglass Hut at the mall, too. Yes, the criminals themselves are to blame, but I can't help but to feel some resentment at sunglass stores for not better protecting their inventory and helping the bad guys make profits of hundreds or thousands of dollars with each successful theft. That can't be good for our community,


Posted by Mitch, a resident of another community
on Jun 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Separate categories for best hamburger AND best french fries, both of which go to a chain restaurant? 3 realtor categories, figures. Without schilling for the local real estate industry, the PTown weekly would be about 4 pages.

Best Local Reporting - Pleasanton Patch


Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Nice one with the patch joke! Lol


Posted by blame the victim?, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 28, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Oh please Damon, it's the fault of the store that their place was burglarized? I suppose it's also my fault if your kids vandalize my property or if your friends steal my car or if someone steals merchandise from a store.

I would love to set up a trap that would explode in the face of anyone breaking into my property. Unfortunately that's not legal. So just how should a merchant protect their goods?


Posted by blame the victim?, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 28, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Sounds like sour grapes from the yoga place. How about a category for "best place to exercise"? Downtown yoga won before because they were the only ones in that category. Duh. The contest becomes pointless when every single category is held by exactly one business.


Posted by Anita, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 28, 2014 at 6:52 pm

"We hope to be back to business as usual very soon, and serving the awesome Tri-Valley area with unique sunglasses designs. Thank You!!"

I just returned after gulping down an awesome glass of water!!

Permit me one awesome question:

Don't you just love the way advertisers and promoters use the English language with such precision?


Posted by Damon, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jun 28, 2014 at 7:23 pm

@"Blame the victim" : "Oh please Damon, it's the fault of the store that their place was burglarized? I suppose it's also my fault if your kids vandalize my property or if your friends steal my car or if someone steals merchandise from a store."

I think that you're missing my point and at the same time distorting my views. I'm not faulting any and every store that gets burglarized. My criticism was specifically directed at sunglass stores which appear to attract a disproportionate number of thefts and apparently don't take proper steps to secure their merchandise despite the fact that they know (or should know) that they are targeted by thieves,

If you learned that your neighbor had his car stolen, I'm sure that you would feel a lot of sympathy for him. But then how would you feel if you then learned that it was the 6th time he had his car stolen and that each time the thieves were aided by the fact that this owner had a habit of left leaving car doors unlocked with the keys in the ignition? Do you think that the owner shares any responsibility for what happened to him? Do you think that these sunglass stores share any responsibility for making greater efforts to reduce the disproportionate number of thefts targeting their stores?


Posted by blame the victim?, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 28, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Oh right, I missed the part about how the sunglass store left the door unlocked, the cases unlocked and even provided some boxes for the thief to use when carrying out the merchandise. So, are jewelry stores also to blame if they are burglarized? Because, hey, everyone knows that jewelry is valuable, can be resold and is small enough to carry. Poor thieves, how can we possibly blame them when it is the store owners who are at fault?

Better theft protection? How about having an armed guard sitting in the dark at night and when the thief shows up the guard just shoots him? That's my definition of "better theft protection". Or did you have something else in mind? Something that the sunglass store is not already doing?


Posted by Damon, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jun 28, 2014 at 8:29 pm

OK, "blame the victim", it's obvious that you're just trolling for entertainment and that intelligent discussion with you is impossible so I'm not going to waste any further time with you.


Posted by Anita, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 28, 2014 at 9:57 pm

No, Damon, I think you are wrong. "Blame the victim" is not trolling for entertainment. His response is sincere. He just isn't quite able to process your statements and analogies the way most of us are. I liken his thinking to scrambled eggs. You'll see that he is "consistent" in scrambling whatever conversational topic you choose to offer.


Posted by Ha, a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 30, 2014 at 12:14 am

The patch is the PW. Horible reporting from the patch. And WOW Casa Orozco best Mexican food? Not in Pleasanton people.


Posted by VanSmack, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 30, 2014 at 8:30 am

Winner and still champion for Best Place to listen to malcontents complain about everything under the sun.....

Pleasantonweekly.com Town Square!!!

Give yourselves a pat on the back!


Posted by Out with in and out, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 30, 2014 at 10:11 am

In and Out winning 3 separate categories just proves that most Pleasantonians have no taste. Pun intended. The many trolls that post comments to these boards just prove that a large number of folks have no sense and/or nothing intelligent to say. Myself included. But, goll dang, I'll be rushing right over to Casa Orozco to sample some of their unauthentic, flavorless Mexican food real soon because people say it's the best!


Posted by Will, a resident of California Somerset
on Jun 30, 2014 at 11:43 am

I'm just happy that shaggy second hand store with the awful rolling racks outside near Downtown Yoga didn't win. Congratulations to a clothing store that actually deserves to win on merit and not the stuffing of ballot boxes!


Posted by Tom F, a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 30, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I like the new hardware store pm Maon St. as well. Don't have to run the gamot of illegal aliens like at Home Depot.


Posted by Amer-I-Can, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jun 30, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Like others have noted... there are so many listed that don't belong... yes many are good on the list... these are my disagrees... calling them all out...


* In-N-Out, are you kidding me... Without naming the restaurant... the Mexican restaurant downtown make a better burger... and they are do great Coffee...

* The auto repair company named... screwed me out of $1700, an intermittent check engine light, and another $400 repair from the Nissan dealer.

* The Martial Arts studio named... don't waste your time, there are 4 other studios with better student results in P-Town...

* Best seafood... strizzi's.... are you kidding me... every decent restaurant downtown serves better seafood dishes...

* Best -- Pleasanton Jewelers. Scott Pfefer... OMG, he's a loon... go to somewhere else... like Gold N Time (Bernal, near newleaf), or the one on Angela street.

* Best Restaurant Not in Downtown --- The Hopyard, AKA the GET FAT-FEST... try something healthier... How about the NEW Ohana BBQ, aleast getting PHAT tastes better there.

* How about ADDING THE BEST PLACE TO PICK UP ON DESPARATE HOUSEWIVES :-)
Borones, Main St Brewery, Handles, Redcoats, and Raleys :-P





Posted by Tom F, a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 30, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Hey Amer-I-Can, funny comment, your "Desperate Housewives." So true. The bar at Barones is cougar central. It's a pathetic scene looking at the old broads trying their hardest, and failing to look 28 again. Barones, the restaurant is as stale as last weeks bread. Stale menu. The decor is looking downright Gothic. That place needs a Chef Ramsey makeover in the worst way. The owners wife is smoking hot so that makes eating there on occasion tolerable.

Raley's has some hot looking MILF/divorcee action sometimes. Why just yesterday, some Asian mother with baggage in tow sans a wedding ring kept mysteriously showing up in the isle I was in. She was eying me like a hobo eyes a ham sammich. Of course, I could hardly blame her being as handsome as I am.




Posted by Bill, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jun 30, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Orozco isn't even in Pleasanton. Nor is it edible. Must have slipped Jeb Bing a $20.


Posted by HA, a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 4, 2014 at 4:17 pm

They forgot the best newspaper? (The Indapendent) How many houses sold by the top realtor?


Posted by Pleasantonian, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Wow, lots of people upset with the categories. Instead of complaining so much, why don't you contact the Pleasanton Weekly directly and recommend the categories, etc..
As for some of the postings, like Downtown Yoga...seems like they are just sour that they didn't win. It is what it is...right?


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