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28 Sep 2020

Best of Coachella Valley 2020-2021 Finalists!

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Ladies and gentlemen: Here are the finalists in the Coachella Valley Independent’s seventh annual Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll!

The Final Round of voting will take place through Monday, Oct. 26; find the ballot here. The winners and other results will be announced at CVIndependent.com on Monday, Nov. 23, and in the special Best of Coachella Valley section in the Independent’s December 2020 print edition.

Congratulations to all of the finalists!


Arts

 

Best Art Gallery

AutoErotica/Michael Weems Collection

CODA Gallery

Heather James Fine Art

Melissa Morgan Gallery

Shag

 

Best Indoor Venue

The Hood Bar and Pizza

McCallum Theatre

Palm Springs Art Museum

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace

Purple Room

The Show at Agua Caliente

 

Best Outdoor Venue

Empire Polo Club

Fantasy Springs Rock Yard

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace

Rancho Mirage Amphitheatre

 

Best Local Arts Group/Organization

CREATE Center for the Arts

McCallum Theatre

Old Town Artisan Studios

Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs Public Arts Commission

 

Best Local Band

Avenida Music

Desert Winds Freedom Band

The Flusters

The Gand Band

Giselle Woo and the Night Owls

 

Best Local DJ

DJ Baz/Barry Martin

DJ Galaxy

DJ Zephyr

Femme A

Guy Worden

 

Best Local Musician (Individual)

Chris Lomeli

Giselle Woo

Jesika von Rabbit

Kal David

Keisha D

 

Best Local Visual Artist

Zach Fleming-Boyles

Tysen Knight

Adam Enrique Rodriguez

Phillip K. Smith III

Shag

 

Best Local Movie Theater

Camelot Theatres at the Palm Springs Cultural Center

Century La Quinta and XD

Century at The River and XD

Mary Pickford Is D’Place

Regal Rancho Mirage Stadium 16 and IMAX

Tristone Palm Desert 10 Cinemas

 

Best Museum

Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

Coachella Valley History Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Art Museum

 

Best Producing Theater Company

CVRep

Coyote Stageworks

Desert Ensemble Theatre Company

Desert Rose Playhouse

Dezart Performs

Palm Canyon Theatre


Life in the Valley

 

Best Local Activist/Advocacy Group/Charity

AAP-Food Samaritans

Desert AIDS Project

FIND Food Bank

LGBT Community Center of the Desert

Palm Springs Animal Shelter

Well in the Desert

 

Best Gym

24 Hour Fitness

EOS Fitness

In-Shape

Planet Fitness

World Gym

 

Best Yoga

Bikram Yoga Plus

Desert Yoga Therapy

Hot Yoga Plus Palm Springs

Power Yoga Palm Springs

Urban Yoga

 

Best Bowling Alley

Canyon Lanes at Morongo

Fantasy Lanes Bowling

Palm Springs Lanes

 

Best Sex Toy Shop

Bear Wear

Gear Leather and Fetish

Not So Innocent

Q Trading Company

Skitzo Kitty

 

Best Auto Repair

Cam Stone’s Automotive

Exotic Car Service

Kennard’s Automotive

Sergio’s Automotive

Starrs Auto Repair

 

Best Car Wash

Airport Quick Car Wash

Desert 100 Percent Hand Car Wash

Elephant Car Wash

La Quinta Car Wash

Quick Quack Car Wash

 

Best Plant Nursery

Bob Williams Nursery

California Desert Nursery

Desert Hot Springs Florist and Nursery

Moller’s Garden Center

Moorten Botanical Garden

 

Best Pet Supplies

Bones-N-Scones

EarthWise Pet

Petco

PetSmart

PoshPetCare

 

Best Annual Charity Event

Concert for Autism

Desert AIDS Walk

Evening Under the Stars (AAP-Food Samaritans)

Faux Fur Ball (Palm Springs Animal Center)

McCallum Theatre Annual Gala

Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards (Desert AIDS Project)

 

Best Place to Gamble

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Palm Springs

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage

Augustine Casino

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Morongo Casino Resort

 

Best Local TV News

KESQ News Channel 3

NBC Palm Springs (KMIR Channel 6)

 

Best Local TV News Personality

Bryan Gallo, formerly of NBC Palm Springs (KMIR Channel 6)

Gino LaMont, NBC Palm Springs (KMIR Channel 6)

Karen Devine, KESQ News Channel 3

Patrick Evans, KESQ News Channel 3

Thalia Hayden, NBC Palm Springs (KMIR Channel 6)

 

Best Radio Station

93.7 KCLB

106.9 The Eagle

107.3 Mod FM

KGAY 106.5

Mix 100.5

 

Best Local Radio Personality

Bradley Ryan, Mix 100.5

Jimi “Fitz” Fitzgerald, CV 104.3

John Taylor, I Love Gay Palm Springs Podcast

Patrick Evans, CV 104.3

TK, 93.7 KCLB

 

Best Retail Music Store

Guitar Center

Palm Springs Vinyl Records and Collectibles

Record Alley

 

Best Comics/Games Shop

Comic Asylum

Desert Oasis Comics

Interstellar Comic Books

 

Best Hotel Pool

Ace Hotel and Swim Club

Kimpton Rowan

Renaissance Esmerelda Resort and Spa

Renaissance Palm Springs

The Saguaro Palm Springs

 

Best Indoor Fun/Activity

Escape Games at The River

Escape Room Palm Springs

Fantasy Lanes Bowling

Get Air Trampoline Park

 

Best Marijuana Dispensary

Joy of Life Wellness Center

The Leaf El Paseo

The Lighthouse

PSA Organica

West Coast Cannabis Club


Valley Professionals

 

Best Doctor

Dr. Amanda Curnock

Dr. David Morris

Dr. Laura Rush

Dr. Michael Jardula

Dr. Tulika Singh

 

Best Eye Doctor

Dr. David Esquibel (Desert Vision Optometry)

Dr. Gregory McFarland (Desert Eyecare Center)

Dr. Gregory McMahill (Costco)

Dr. Keith Tokuhara (Desert Vision Center)

Milauskas Eye Institute

 

Best Dentist/Orthodontist

Dr. Bruce Baumann (Palm Desert Smiles)

Dr. Carolyn Izu (Desert Dental Excellence)

Dr. Scott Shepherd (Palm Springs Family and Cosmetic Dentistry)

Hospitality Dental and Orthodontics

Lake Dental Palm Springs

 

Best Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Bruce Chisholm

Dr. Maria Lombardo

Dr. Mark Sofonio

Dr. Scott Aaronson

Dr. Suzanne Quardt

 

Best Attorney

Christopher Heritage

Eric Rudolph

Renell Burch

Thurman Arnold

Walker Clark

 

Best Air Conditioning Service

Blair Heating and Air

Comfort Air

General Air Conditioning

Hyde’s Air Conditioning

Timo’s Air Conditioning and Heating

 

Best Personal Trainer

Derek Falk

Jaime Jimenez

Jay Nixon

Michael Butler

Ted Guide

 

Best Chiropractor

Dr. Gina Davis

Dr. Jim Cox

Dr. Naota Hashimoto

Dr. Stephanie Nazemi

Dr. Terre York

 

Best Real Estate Agent

Barbara Carpenter

Gary Pisula

Paul Zapala

Scott Histed

Shann Carr

 

Best Public Servant

Sheriff Chad Bianco

Palm Springs Mayor Geoff Kors

Palm Springs Councilmember Lisa Middleton

Rep. Raul Ruiz

La Quinta Councilmember Steve Sanchez


Fashion and Style

 

Best Clothing Store (Locally Owned)

Kimbals

R&R Men’s Wear

Riga Designs

Trina Turk

Wil Stiles

 

Best Resale/Vintage Clothing

Angel View

The Frippery

Iconic Atomic

Plato’s Closet

Revivals

 

Best Furniture Store

Erik’s Furniture

H3K Home

Mathis Brothers

Revivals

West Elm

 

Best Antiques/Collectables Store

Antique Galleries of Palm Springs

Consign Design

The Estate Sale Co.

Misty’s Consignments

Sunny Dunes Antique Mall

 

Best Jewelry Store

El Paseo Jewelers

The Fine Jewelry Bar

Hephaestus Jewelry

Leeds and Son Fine Jewelers

Tiffany and Co.

 

Best Hair Salon

Brien O’Brien Salon

Dishwater Blonde Salon

J. Russell! The Salon

Jake Turner Salon

Palm Springs Fine Men’s Salon

 

Best Spa in a Resort/Hotel

Agua Serena Spa at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells

Omni Rancho Las Palmas

Palm Springs Yacht Club at the Parker Palm Springs

Spa at the Ritz-Carlton

Sunstone Spa at Agua Caliente

 

Best Day Spa (Non-Resort/Hotel)

Bliss Chakra Spa

La Quinta Medspa

Massage Envy

Palm Springs Fine Men’s Salon

Studio M Salon and Spa

 

Best Florist

Jensen’s Foods

My Little Flower Shop

Palm Springs Florist

Rancho Mirage Florist

Vaso Bello Celebrations

 

Best Tattoo Parlor

Adornment Piercing and Private Tattoo

Anarchy and Ink Tattoo

Cactus Tattoo Parlor

Heatstroke Tattoo

Strata Tattoo Lab

 

Best Eyeglass/Optical Retailer

America’s Best

CV Optometry

Desert Vision Center

Ooh La La De Paris Eyewear

Panache Optical Gallery


Outside!

 

Best Public Garden

Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Moorten Botanical Garden

Sunnylands

Wellness Park at Ruth Hardy Park

 

Best Place for Bicycling

CV Link

Joshua Tree

La Quinta Cove

Tahquitz Creek Loop

 

Best Recreation Area

Indian Canyons

Joshua Tree National Park

Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area

Mount San Jacinto State Park

Whitewater Preserve

 

Best Hike

Art Smith Trail

Bump and Grind Trail

Cross Trail Loop

Indian Canyons

Museum Trail

 

Best Park

La Quinta Civic Center Park

Palm Desert Civic Center Park

Panorama Park

Ruth Hardy Park

Whitewater Park (Rancho Mirage Community Park)

 

Best Outdoor/Camping Gear Store

Big 5 Sporting Goods

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Running Wild

Yellow Mart

 

Best Bike Shop

Bike Palm Springs

BikeMan

Joel’s Bicycle Shop

Palm Springs/Palm Desert Cyclery

Tri-A-Bike

 

Best Sporting Goods

Big 5 Sporting Goods

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Pete Carlson’s Golf and Tennis

Yellow Mart

 

Best Public Golf Course

Classic Club Golf

Desert Dunes Golf

Desert Willow Golf Resort

Indian Wells Golf Resort

Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort


For the Kids

 

Best Playground

Demuth Park

Ironwood Park

La Quinta Civic Center Park

Palm Desert Civic Center Park

Ruth Hardy Park

 

Best Place to Buy Toys

JadaBug’s Kids Boutique

The Lumpy Bunny

Target

Walmart

 

Best Kids’ Clothing Store

Carter’s

The Children’s Place

JadaBug’s Kids Boutique

The Lumpy Bunny

Target

 

Best Restaurant for Kids

Chuck E. Cheese’s

Jackalope Ranch

Old Spaghetti Factory

Red Robin

 

Best Place for Family Fun

Boomers

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

Escape Room Palm Springs

Get Air Trampoline Park

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

 

Best Place for a Birthday Party

Boomers

Chuck E. Cheese’s

Get Air Trampoline Park

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Shakey’s Pizza


Food and Restaurants

 

Best Casual Eats

Bongo Johnny’s

Café 54 at Augustine Casino

Eureka!

Lulu California Bistro

Trio Restaurant

 

Best Caterer

Carousel Catering

Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge

Fusion Flair

Lulu California Bistro

Lynn Hammond Catering

 

Best Diner

Café 54 at Augustine Casino

John’s Restaurant

Keedy’s Fountain Grill

Rick’s Restaurant

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

 

Best Organic Food Store

Clark’s Nutrition and Whole Foods

Luscious Lorraine’s

Nature’s Health Food and Café

Sprouts Farmers Market

Whole Foods

 

Best Delicatessen

Manhattan in the Desert

On the Mark

The Real Italian Deli

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

TKB Deli and Bakery

 

Best Custom Cakes

Exquisite Desserts

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Over the Rainbow

Pastry Swan Bakery

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

 

Best Desserts

Café 54 at Augustine Casino

Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge

Over the Rainbow

Pastry Swan Bakery

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

 

Best Ice Cream/Shakes

Ben and Jerry’s

Great Shakes

Ice Cream and Shop(pe) at Arrive

Kreem

Lappert’s Ice Cream

 

Best Date Shake

Great Shakes

Hadley’s

Palm Greens Café

Shields Date Garden

Windmill Market

 

Best Frozen Yogurt

Beach House

Jus Chillin’

Tutti Frutti

Yogurt Island

Yogurtland

 

Best Bakery

Aspen Mills

Carousel Bakery

French Corner Café

Peninsula Pastries

Townie Bagels, Bakery and Café

 

Best Barbecue

Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse

CV BBQ

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Jackalope Ranch

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace

Smoke Tree BBQ

 

Best Burger

Café 54 at Augustine Casino

Eureka!

Grill-A-Burger

Tony’s Burgers

Tyler’s Burgers

 

Best Veggie Burger

Chef Tanya’s Kitchen

Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge

MidMod Café

Native Foods Café

Palm Greens Café

 

Best Sandwich

On the Mark

The Real Italian Deli

The Sandwich Spot

TKB Deli and Bakery

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

 

Best Pizza

Bill’s Pizza

The Hood Bar and Pizza

Norma’s Italian Kitchen

Papa Dan’s Pizza and Pasta

Piero’s PizzaVino

Stuft Pizza Bar and Grill

 

Best Wings

Billy Q’s

Café 54 at Augustine Casino

Smoke Tree BBQ

The Village Palm Springs

Wingstop

 

Best Bagels

Manhattan in the Desert

Panera Bread

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

Townie Bagels, Bakery and Café

 

Best Smoothies

Fresh Juice Bar

Fruit Wonders

Jamba

Nature’s Health Food and Café

Palm Greens Café

 

Best Buffet

Café 54 at Augustine Casino

Emperor Buffet

Fresh Grill Buffet at Fantasy Springs

Potrero Canyon Buffet at Morongo

Three Palms Buffet at Agua Caliente

 

Best Local Coffee Roaster

Coachella Valley Coffee Company

Joshua Tree Coffee Company

Koffi

 

Best Coffee Shop

4 Paws Coffee Co.

Ernest Coffee

IW Coffee

Just Java

Koffi

 

Best California Cuisine

Acqua California Bistro

Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge

Lulu California Bistro

Spencer’s Restaurant

Trio Restaurant

 

Best Breakfast

Bongo Johnny’s

Cheeky’s

Louise’s Pantry

Sunshine Café

Wilma and Frieda’s

 

Best Brunch

Café 54 at Augustine Casino

Jake’s Palm Springs

Trio Restaurant

The Tropicale

Wilma and Frieda’s

 

Best Chinese

City Wok

JOY at Fantasy Springs

New Fortune Asian Cuisine

PF Chang’s

Roly China Fusion

 

Best Greek

Athena Gyro

Evzin Mediterranean Cuisine

Koutouki Greek Estiatorio

Nina’s Greek Cuisine

Santorini Gyro

 

Best French

Chez Pierre’s Bistro

Cuistot Restaurant

L’Atelier Café

Le Vallauris Restaurant

Pomme Frite

 

Best Indian

India Oven

Its Taste of India

Monsoon Indian Cuisine

 

Best Italian

Castelli’s Palm Desert

Il Corso

Il Giardino

Mario’s Italian Cafe

Ristorante Mamma Gina

 

Best Japanese

Joyce’s Sushi

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse

Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar

Sandfish Sushi and Whiskey

Shabu Shabu Zen

 

Best Korean

JOY at Fantasy Springs

K-Tofu House

Maru Korean BBQ and Grill

Sam’s Korean BBQ and Teriyaki Grill

Umami Seoul

 

Best Sushi

Dragon Sushi

Joyce’s Sushi

Kiyosaku Restaurant

Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar

Sandfish Sushi and Whiskey

 

Best Seafood

Café 54 at Augustine Casino

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Restaurant

Fisherman’s Market and Grill

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

Ruben and Ozzy’s Oyster Bar and Grill

 

Best Steaks/Steakhouse

Kaiser Grille

LG’s Prime Steakhouse

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

The Steakhouse at Agua Caliente

 

Best Thai

Blue Orchid

Le Basil

My Thai

Pepper’s Thai Cuisine

Thai Smile Palm Springs

 

Best Vietnamese

533 Viet Fusion

Fuzion Five

JOY at Fantasy Springs

Pho Vu

Rooster and the Pig

 

Best Vegetarian/Vegan

Chef Tanya’s Kitchen

Luscious Lorraine’s

Native Goods Café

Nature’s Health Food and Café

Palm Greens Café

 

Best Upscale Restaurant

Copley’s on Palm Canyon

Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge

Jillian’s

Le Vallauris Restaurant

Spencer’s Restaurant

 

Best Outdoor Seating

Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge

Jackalope Ranch

Spencer’s Restaurant

State Fare Bar and Kitchen at the Ritz-Carlton

The Tropicale

 

Best Late-Night Restaurant

Blackbook

Café 54 at Augustine Casino

Paul Bar/Food

Revel Public House

The Tropicale

 

Best Mexican

El Mirasol

La Tabilta

Las Casuelas Terraza

Rincon Norteño

Rio Azul Mexican Bar and Grill

 

Best Salsa

Armando’s Dakota Bar and Grill

El Mirasol

Las Casuelas Terraza

Rincon Norteño

Rio Azul Mexican Bar and Grill

 

Best Burrito

El Mirasol

El Ranchito Taco Shop

Las Casuelas Terraza

Los Pepes Mexican Grill and Bar

Rio Azul Mexican Bar and Grill


Spirits and Nightlife

 

Best Beer Selection

The Beer Hunter

Burgers and Beer

Eureka!

Revel Public House

Yard House

 

Best Local Brewery

Babe’s Bar-B-Que and Brewhouse

Coachella Valley Brewing Co.

Desert Beer Company

La Quinta Brewing Co.

Las Palmas Brewing

 

Best Place to Play Pool/Billiards

AMP Sports Lounge

The Beer Hunter

The Hood Bar and Pizza

Neil’s Lounge

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace

 

Best Cocktail Menu

Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge

Mr. Lyons Steak House

Seymour’s

Trio Restaurant

The Tropicale

 

Best Craft Cocktails

Bootlegger Tiki

Del Rey at the Villa Royale

Paul Bar/Food

Seymour’s

Truss and Twine

 

Best Gay/Lesbian Bar/Club

Blackbook

Chill Bar Palm Springs

Hunters Palm Springs

The Roost

Streetbar

 

Best Happy Hour

Blackbook

La Quinta Cliffhouse

Stuft Pizza Bar and Grill

Trio Restaurant

The Tropicale

 

Best Dive Bar

Club 5

Fireside Lounge

The Hood Bar and Pizza

Neil’s Lounge

Tool Shed

 

Best Margarita

Blue Coyote Grill

El Mirasol

Fresh Agave Mexican Bar and Grill

La Tablita

Las Casuelas Terraza

Rio Azul Mexican Bar and Grill

 

Best Martini

Lulu California Bistro

Melvyn’s Restaurant

Paul Bar/Food

Spencer’s Restaurant

The Tropicale

Zin American Bistro

 

Best Nightclub

Chill Bar Palm Springs

Copa Palm Springs

Hunters Palm Springs

The Nest

Purple Room

 

Best Sports Bar

AMP Sports Lounge

The Beer Hunter

Big Rock Pub

Revel Public House

The Village Palm Springs

 

Best Wine Bar

Counter Reformation

Dead or Alive

La Fe Wine Bar

V Wine Lounge

Zin American Bistro

 

Best Wine/Liquor Store

BevMo!

Bouschet

Desert Wine Shop on 111

On the Mark

Total Wine and More

 

Best Bar Ambiance

Counter Reformation

Del Rey at Villa Royale

Paul Bar/Food

Stacy’s Palm Springs

The Tropicale

1 comment

  • Comment Link Tracy Monday, 28 September 2020 19:32 posted by Tracy

    I wish there was a category for Gelato. Gelato Granucci would win, hands down!

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