What a difference a year makes.

As we sent our Best of Coachella Valley issue to press in November 2020, we were approaching some of the darkest days of the pandemic. COVID-19 cases were surging; hospitalizations were starting to rise; struggling businesses were only able to operate at diminished capacity. This all continued to worsen—and on Dec. 6, Southern California was placed under a stay-at-home order that limited restaurants to takeout, closed most service-based businesses (like barber shops and salons) and limited retail capacity to 20 percent. These closures would remain in effect through the holidays and into the new year.

Today, life is much different. Yes, SARS-CoV-2 is very much still a concern and a problem, but most of us are vaccinated now, and therefore largely safe from the worst of COVID-19. As a result, we have most of “normal” life back. All businesses are open, and probably won’t be again forced to close—meaning the winners and finalists listed on these pages won’t have to celebrate their Best of Coachella Valley success behind a locked door.

It’s worth repeating: What a difference a year makes.

This year’s Best of Coachella Valley is different in yet another way: We have a fantastic new partner, News Channel 3. They promoted the heck out of voting this year, and helped us get a record number of votes. Thank you to them—and be sure to watch News Channel 3 for their special Eye on the Desert coverage of the Best of Coachella Valley.

Finally, we need to thank our many, many readers who took the time to vote this year. We understand a ballot with 130 categories can be daunting, and we deeply appreciate the time you took to tell us about the valley’s best.

To the winners and finalists whose names appear in these pages: Congratulations. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Thank you helping make the Coachella Valley such an amazing place to live.

Welcome, everyone, to the Best of Coachella Valley 2021-2022.

—Jimmy Boegle, jboegle@cvindependent.com


Arts

Best Movie Theater

Mary Pickford Is D’Place

Runners up:

2. Century La Quinta and XD

3. Camelot Theatres at the Palm Springs Cultural Center

4. Century at The River and XD

5. Regal Palm Springs


Best Local DJ

DJ Galaxy

Runners up:

2. DJ Baz/Barry Martin

3. Eric Ornelas

4. Alf Alpha

5. Alex Harrington

6. Alex Updike


Best Outdoor Venue

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Runners up:

2. Fantasy Springs Rock Yard

3. Rancho Mirage Amphitheater

4. Empire Polo Club

5. Agua Caliente Cathedral City/


Best Local Band

The Gand Band

Runners up:

2. Giselle Woo and The Night Owls

3. John Stanley King

4. Allies

5. Avenida


Best Local Musician (Individual)

Bob Gentry

Runners up:

2. Chris Lomeli

3. John Stanley King

4. Kal David

5. Justin Ledesma


Best Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

Runners up:

2. Sunnylands

3. Children’s Discovery Museum

4. Coachella Valley History Museum

5. La Quinta Museum

Note: The Palm Springs Art Museum was inadvertently left off of the final-round voting list of finalists. We apologize for the error.


Best Indoor Venue

McCallum Theatre

Runners up:

2. Palm Springs Art Museum

3. The Show at Agua Caliente

4. Michael Holmes’ Purple Room

5. CVRep Playhouse


Best Art Gallery

AutoErotica/Michael Weems Collection

Runners up:

2. Coda Gallery

3. Heather James Fine Art

4. Janssen Artspace

5. Melissa Morgan Gallery


Best Local Arts Group/Organization

McCallum Theatre

Runners up:

2. Palm Springs Museum of Art

3. CV Rep

4. Desert Art Center

5. Create Center for the Arts

6. Palm Springs Opera Guild


Best Producing Theater Company

Desert Rose Playhouse

Runners up:

2. Palm Canyon Theatre

3. CVRep

4. Desert Ensemble Theatre

5. Dezart Performs

6. Desert Theatricals


Best Local Visual Artist

Tysen Knight

Runners up:

2. Zach Fleming-Boyles

3. Trevor Wayne

4. Ryan Campbell

5. Marconi Calindas


Life in the Valley

Best Local Activist/Advocacy Group/Charity

Palm Springs Animal Shelter

Runners up:

2. LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert

3. Boys and Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley

4. DAP Health

5. Guide Dogs of the Desert


Best Indoor Fun/Activity

Escape Room Palm Springs

Runners up:

2. Get Air Trampoline Park

3. Escape Games at The River

4. Anytime Indoor Golf


Best Hotel Pool

The Saguaro

Runners up:

2. Renaissance Esmerelda Resort and Spa

3. Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage

4. Ace Hotel and Swim Club

5. Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs


Best Annual Charity Event

Faux Fur Ball (Palm Springs Animal Shelter)

Runners up:

2. TIE

Evening Under the Stars (AAP-Food Samaritans)

Desert AIDS Walk

4. Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards (DAP Health)

5. McCallum Theatre Annual Gala


Best Local Specialty Retail Shop

Destination PSP

Runners up:

2. Crystal Fantasy

3. Sunnylands Gift Shop

4. Wabi Sabi Japan Living

5. Peepa’s Palm Springs


Best Bowling Alley

Palm Springs Lanes

Runners up:

2. Fantasy Lanes Bowling

3. Canyon Lanes at Morongo


Best Plant Nursery

Moller’s Garden Center

Runners up:

2. Lowe’s Home Improvement

3. Moorten Botanical Garden

4. Bob Williams Nursery

5. Palo Verde Garden Center


Best Yoga

Urban Yoga

Runners up:

2. Coachella Yoga, Therapy and Wellness

3. Power Yoga Palm Springs

4. Hot Yoga Plus Palm Springs


Best Sex Toy Shop

GayMart USA

Runners up:

2. Not So Innocent

3. Skitzo Kitty

4. Gear Leather and Fetish

5. Perez Images


Best Retail Music Store

Palm Springs Vinyl Records and Collectibles

Runners up:

2. Guitar Center

3. Gré Coffee House and Art Gallery

4. Dale’s Records

5. Finders Keepers Records


Best Radio Station

KGAY 106.5

Runners up:

2. Q102.3 Classic Rock

3. The Eagle 106.9

4. Big 106.1 KPLM

5. Channel Q 103.1


Best Staycation Hotel

La Quinta Resort and Club

Runners up:

2. Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage

3. ARRIVE Palm Springs

4. Avalon Hotel and Bungalows Palm Springs,

5. Miramonte Indian Wells Resort and Spa


Best Place to Gamble

Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage

Runners up:

2. Agua Caliente Palm Springs

3. Agua Caliente Cathedral City

4. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

5. Augustine Casino

6. Spotlight 29


Best Local Radio Personality

Patrick Evans, KPSF The Studio 100.9/AM 1200

Runners up:

2. John Taylor, KGAY 106.5

3. Bradley Ryan, Mix 100.5

4. Mike Mozingo, Mix 100.5

5. Rich “Da Coach” Gilgallon, Q 102.3


Best Marijuana Dispensary

Joy of Life Wellness Center

Runners up:

2. Libra

3. Atomic Budz

4. TIE

The Vault Dispensary and Lounge

West Coast Cannabis Club

6. Four Twenty Bank Dispensary and Lounge


Best Comics/Games Shop

Comic Asylum

Runners up:

2. Interstellar Comic Books

3. Desert Oasis Comics


Best Car Wash

Quick Quack Car Wash

Runners up:

2. Elephant Car Wash

3. Airport Quick Car Wash

4. Desert 100 Percent Hand Car Wash

5. Harv’s Car Wash


Best Gym

World Gym Palm Springs

Runners up:

2. In-Shape

3. EOS Fitness

4. 24 Hour Fitness

5. Anytime Fitness


Best Pet Supplies

Bones-N-Scones

Runners up:

2. PetSmart

3. Cold Nose Warm Heart

4. Petco

5. PoshPetCare


Fashion and Style

Best Spa in a Resort/Hotel

Sunstone Spa at Agua Caliente

Runners up:

2. TIE

The Well Spa at Miramonte Indian Wells

Omni Rancho Las Palmas

4. Agua Serena Spa at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells


Best Nail Salon

Palm Springs Fine Men’s Salon

Runners up:

2. Lovely Nails

3. Pretty Nails

4. TK Nail Salon


Best Eyeglass/Optical Retailer

Costco

Runners up:

2. Milauskas Eye Institute

3. Desert Vision Optometry

4. Panache Optical Gallery

5. Desert Vision Center/Dr. Keith Tokuhara

6. America’s Best


Best Florist

My Little Flower Shop

Runners up:

2. Rancho Mirage Florist

3. Jensen’s Foods

4. Indio Florist

5. Blooming Events Florist


Best Resale/Vintage Clothing

Revivals

Runners up:

2. Habitat for Humanity ReStore

3. Angel View

4. The Fine Art of Design

5. Bazar


Best Antiques/Collectibles Store

Misty’s Consignments

Runners up:

2. Antique Galleries of Palm Springs

3. Victoria’s Attic Antique Mall

4. Consign Design


Best Furniture Store

H3K Home+Design

Runners up:

2. Mathis Brothers

3. Revivals

4. PS Homeboys

5. Desert Patio


Best Hair Salon

Palm Springs Fine Men’s Salon

Runners up:

2. Brien O’Brien Salon

3. Heads Up Hair Designs

4. Salon 119 Beauty and Spa

5. Adrian Alcantar Hair Studio and Spa


Best Jeweler/Jewelry Store

Tiffany and Co.

Runners up:

2. El Paseo Jewelers

3. Leeds and Son

4. Hephaestus Jewelry

5. La Quinta Jewelers


Best Tattoo Parlor

Adornment

Runners up:

2. Desert Rose Tattoo Parlor

3. Anarchy and Ink Tattoo

4. Iron Palm Tattoo Parlour

5. Strata Tattoo Lab


Best Clothing Store (Locally Owned)

Destination PSP

Runners up:

2. Trina Turk

3. Wil Stiles

4. Shirley’s Boutique

5. Glossy Boutique


Best Day Spa (Non-Resort/Hotel)

Palm Springs Fine Men’s Salon

Runners up:

2. Desert Zen Day Spa

3. Salon 119 Beauty and Spa

4. Organic Glow Skin Studio

5. Laulima 760


Food and Restaurants

Best Burger

Grill-A-Burger

Runners up:

2. Tyler’s Burgers

3. Tony’s Burgers

4. Gastro Grind Burgers

5. Bongo Johnny’s


Best Bakery

Aspen Mills

Runners up:

2. Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

3. Peninsula Pastries Palm Springs

4. Over the Rainbow

5. Jensen’s Foods


Best Frozen Yogurt

Lappert’s Ice Cream

Runners up:

2. Beach House

3. Jus Chillin’

4. Tutti Frutti

5. Yogurtland


Best Vietnamese

Pho Vu

Runners up:

2. 533 Viet Fusion

3. Rooster and the Pig

4. Fuzion Five

5. La Baguette


Best Custom Cakes

Over the Rainbow

Runners up:

2. Nothing Bundt Cakes

3. Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

4. Pastry Swam Bakery

5. Jensen’s Foods


Best Coffee Shop

Koffi

Runners up:

2. Starbucks

3. IW Coffee

4. Elmer’s Restaurant

5. Gré Coffeehouse and Art Gallery


Best Korean

Umami Seoul

Runners up:

2. Sam’s Korean BBQ

3. U Grill Korean BBQ

4. Maru

5. K-Tofu House


Best Outdoor Seating

Spencer’s Restaurant

Runners up:

2. Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge

3. Lavender Bistro

4. Bongo Johnny’s

5. Sunnylands Cafe


Best California Cuisine

Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge

Runners up:

2. Lulu California Bistro

3. Spencer’s Restaurant

4. Wally’s Desert Turtle

5. Bongo Johnny’s


Best Sushi

Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar

Runners up:

2. Sandfish Sushi and Whiskey

3. Joyce’s Sushi

4. Misaki Sushi and Grill

5. Otori Sushi

6. Taka Shin


Best Late-Night Restaurant

Blackbook

Runners up:

2. Lulu California Bistro

3. Kitchen 86 + Bar

4. Little Bar

5. Kaiser Grille Palm Springs


Best Chinese

Roly China Fusion

Runners up:

2. City Wok

3. Wang’s Chinese Cuisine

4. JOY at Fantasy Springs

5. China 8

6. Canton Bistro La Quinta


Best Breakfast

Wilma and Frieda’s

Runners up:

2. Elmer’s Restaurant

3. Rick’s Restaurant and Bakery

4. Keedy’s Fountain Grill

5. Bongo Johnny’s


Best Organic Food Store

Chef Tanya’s Kitchen

Runners up:

2. Whole Foods

3. Clark’s Nutrition and Natural Foods Market

4. Sprouts Farmers Market

5. Nature’s Health Food and Café


Best French

Le Vallauris Restaurant

Runners up:

2. Pomme Frite

3. French Corner Cafe

4. La Brasserie Bistro and Bar

5. French Rotisserie Cafe


Best Salsa

Cardenas Market

Runners up:

2. Las Casuelas Terrazza

3. Rio Azul Mexican Bar and Grill

4. La Tablita

5. Rincon Norteno


Best Sandwich

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

Runners up:

2. TKB Bakery and Deli

3. The Sandwich Spot

4. Real Italian Deli

5. Aspen Mills

6. Bongo Johnny’s


Best Greek

Santorini Gyro

Runners up:

2. Yianni’s Greek Taverna

3. Athena Gyro

4. Nina’s Greek Cuisine

5. Koutouki Greek Estiatorio


Best Barbecue

Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace

Runners up:

2. Babe’s BBQ and Brewhouse

3. Brown’s BBQ and Soul Food

4. Bubba’s Bones and Brews

5. Smoke Tree BBQ


Best Delicatessen

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

Runners up:

2. Manhattan in the Desert

3. The Real Italian Deli

4. TKB Bakery and Deli

5. On the Mark


Best Brunch

Spencer’s Restaurant

Runners up:

2. Lulu California Bistro

3. Wilma and Frieda’s

4. Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge

5. Bongo Johnny’s

6. Jake’s


Best Burrito

El Ranchito Taco Shop

Runners up:

2. Las Casuelas Nuevas

3. El Taco Asado

4. Casuelas Cafe

5. La Casita


Best Caterer

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

Runners up:

2. Lulu California Bistro

3. Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge

4. Lynn Hammond Catering

5. F/10 Catering and Events


Best Diner

Elmer’s Restaurant

Runners up:

2. Rick’s Restaurant and Bakery

3. Bongo Johnny’s

4. Keedy’s Fountain Grill

5. Sunshine Cafe


Best Vegetarian/Vegan

Chef Tanya’s Kitchen

Runners up:

2. Native Foods Cafe

3. Luscious Lorraine’s

4. Palm Greens Cafe

5. Wildest Restaurant and Bar


Best Seafood

Fisherman’s Market and Grill

Runners up:

2. Pacifica Seafood Restaurant

3. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

4. Oceana Restaurant


Best Upscale Restaurant

Spencer’s Restaurant

Runners up:

2. Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge

3. Copley’s on Palm Canyon

4. Wally’s Desert Turtle

5. Le Vallauris Restaurant

6. Bar Cecil


Best Indian

Monsoon Indian Cuisine

Runners up:

2. India Oven

3. Its Taste of India


Best Buffet

Fresh Grill Buffet at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

Runners up:

2. TIE

Emperor Buffet

Rockwood Grill at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa


Best Thai

Thai Smile Palm Springs

Runners up:

2. Peppers Thai

3. Le Basil

4. My Thai

5. Talay Thai


Best Veggie Burger

Chef Tanya’s Kitchen

Runners up:

2. Native Foods Cafe

3. Tyler’s Burgers

4. Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge

5. Bongo Johnny’s


Best Bagels

Townie Bagels, Bakery and Café

Runners up:

2. Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

3. Panera Bread

4. The Bagel Drop


Best Mexican

El Mirasol

Runners up:

2. Las Casuelas Terraza

3. El Taco Asado

4. Casuelas Cafe

5. Pueblo Viejo

6. Casa Mendoza


Best Smoothies

Fresh Juice Bar

Runners up:

2. Great Shakes

3. Jamba

4. Fruit Wonders


Best Local Coffee Roaster

Koffi

Runners up:

2. Joshua Tree Coffee Company

3. Coachella Valley Coffee Company


Best Desserts

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

Runners up:

2. Billy Reed’s

3. Jensen’s Foods

4. Peninsula Pastries

5. Wally’s Desert Turtle


Best Italian

Mario’s Italian Cafe

Runners up:

2. Ristorante Mamma Gina

3. Castelli’s

4. Johnny Costa’s Ristorante

5. Spaghetteria


Best Ice Cream/Shakes

Lappert’s Ice Cream

Runners up:

2. Great Shakes

3. Kreem

4. La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor

5. Monster Shakes


Best Date Shake

Shields Date Garden

Runners up:

2. Great Shakes

3. Hadley’s

4. Windmill Market

5. Oasis Date Gardens


Best Pizza

Bill’s Pizza

Runners up:

2. Stuft Pizza Bar and Grill

3. Giuseppe’s

4. Upper Crust Pizza

5. Billy Q’s


Best Japanese

Kobe Japanese Steak House

Runners up:

2. Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar

3. Sandfish Sushi and Whiskey

4. Shabu Shabu Zen

5. Musashi Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

6. Joyce’s Sushi


Best Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings

Runners up:

2. Wingstop

3. Bongo Johnny’s

4. Tony’s Burgers

5. 360 Sports at Agua Caliente


Best Casual Eats

Sherman’s Deli and Bakery

Runners up:

2. Lulu California Bistro

3. 1501 Uptown Gastropub

4. Bongo Johnny’s

5. Tony’s Burgers


Best Steaks/Steakhouse

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Runners up:

2. The Steakhouse at Agua Caliente

3. Mr. Lyons

4. LG’s Prime Steakhouse

5. Kaiser Grille


Valley Professionals

Best Dentist/Orthodontist

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

Runners up:

2. Dr. Armound Mahmoudi (Tahquitz Dental Group)

3. Dr. Carolyn Izu (Desert Dental Excellence)

4. Dr. Kianor Shah (Desert Dream Dentistry)


Best Personal Trainer

Ted Guice

Runners up:

2. Jaime Jimenez (One Eleven Conditioning Club)

3. Brandon Wertz

4. Jay Nixon

5. Alvin Crowe


Best Attorney

Walter Clark

Runners up:

2. Christopher Heritage

3. Eric Rudolph

4. Barry Regar


Best Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Timothy Jochen

Runners up:

2. Dr. Mo Zakhireh

3. Dr. Suzanne Quardt

4. TIE

Dr. Bruce Chisholm

Dr. Scott Aaronson


Best Local Home Improvement Company

Ace Hardware

Runners up:

2. Lowe’s Home Improvement

3. The Home Depot

4. Flooring Innovations

5. Farley Pavers

6. CS Patio Covers


Best Plumber

Roto-Rooter Plumbing and Water Cleanup

Runners up:

2. General Air Conditioning and Plumbing

3. Roto-Rooter

4. Coachella Valley Plumbing, Heating and Air

5. Randal’s Plumbing

6. Tommy Rooter Plumbing


Best Chiropractor

Nazemi Chiropractic Corporation

Runners up:

2. Dr. Jim Cox

3. Pain Relief and Wellness Center (Stephen Krupey)

4. Go Healthcare


Best Auto Repair

Sergio’s Automotive

Runners up:

2. Pete’s Automotive

3. Palm Springs Tire and Automotive Center

4. Exotic Car Service

5. European Auto Service

6. Encore Automotive


Best Auto Dealership

Jessup Auto Plaza

Runners up:

2. Honda of the Desert

3. Fiesta Ford

4. Exotic Motor Cars

5. Palm Springs Hyundai


Best Veterinarian

Dr. Rachel Reedy, Ridgeline Veterinary Clinic

Runners up:

2. Dr. James H. Clark

3. Dr. Robert Reed, VCA Rancho Mirage Animal Hospital

4. Dr. Terry Hicks, Palm Desert Pet Hospital

5. Dr. Kathryn Carlson, Village Park Animal Hospital


Best Air Conditioner Repair

Comfort Air

Runners up:

2. Timo’s Air Conditioning and Heating

3. Desert Air Conditioning Inc.

4. General Air Conditioning

5. Titan Heating and Air Conditioning


Best Doctor

Dr. Laura Rush

Runners up:

2. Dr. Kristen Mondino

3. Dr. James Adams

4. Dr. David Morris

5. Dr. Clayton Barbour


Best Eye Doctor

Milauskas Eye Institute

Runners up:

2. Dr. Gregory McMahill (Costco)

3. Dr. David Esquibel (Desert Vision Optometry)

4. Dr. Keith Tokuhara (Desert Vision Center)

5. Dr. Aaron D. Adame


Best Flooring/Carpet Company

Flooring Innovations

Runners up:

2. Carpet Empire Plus

3. D & D Carpet

4. Magsam’s Floors And Blinds

5. Mod Floors


Best Real Estate Agent

Shann Carr

Runners up:

2. Palm Springs Home Team

3. Mary Gomez

4. Lupe Valdivia

5. Paul Zapala


Best Solar Company

Renova Solar

Runners up:

2. Hot Purple Energy

3. SunRun Solar

4. Free Volt


Best Pest Control Company

Frazier Pest Control

Runners up:

2. Bug Guys Pest Control

3. Rudy’s Pest Control

4. Dewey Pest Control

5. Western Exterminator

6. Renegade Pest Control


Best Public Servant

Rep. Raul Ruiz

Runners up:

2. La Quinta Mayor Linda Evans

3. Palm Springs Councilmember Geoff Kors

4. Palm Springs Councilmember Christy Holstege

5. Palm Springs Councilmember Grace Garner


Spirits and Nightlife

Best Beer Selection

Yard House

Runners up:

2. La Quinta Brewing Co. Taprooms

3. Bongo Johnny’s

4. Bubba’s Bones and Brews

5. The Beer Hunter

6. Eureka!


Best Dive Bar

Blackbook

Runners up:

2. Chill Bar Palm Springs

3. Hair of the Dog

4. Neil’s Lounge

5. The Hood Bar and Pizza


Best Margarita

TIE

Blue Coyote Grill

Las Casuelas Terraza

Runners up:

3. Rio Azul Mexican Bar and Grill

4. Armando’s Dakota Bar and Grill

5. La Tablita

6. Bongo Johnny’s


Best Nightclub

Copa Nightclub

Runners up:

2. Hunters Palm Springs

3. Chill Bar Palm Springs

4. The Nest

5. The Village Palm Springs


Best Bar Ambiance

PS Air Bar

Runners up:

2. Paul Bar/Food

3. Michael Holmes’ Purple Room

4. Little Bar

5. Bar Cecil


Best Wine Bar

V Wine Lounge

Runners up:

2. Zin American Bistro

3. Cork and Fork

4. Le Fe Wine Bar

5. Dead or Alive


Best Gay/Lesbian Bar/Club

Hunters Palm Springs

Runners up:

2. Blackbook

3. TIE

Streetbar

Chill Bar Palm Springs

5. Toucan’s


Best Place to Play Pool/Billiards

Hunters Palm Springs

Runners up:

2. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace

3. The Hood Bar and Pizza

4. The 19th Hole Bar and Restaurant

5. Plan B Live Entertainment and Cocktails


Best Martini

Paul Bar/Food

Runners up:

2. Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge

3. TIE

Melvyn’s Restaurant

Lulu California Bistro

5. Kaiser Grille


Best Happy Hour

The Tropicale

Runners up:

2. Lulu California Bistro

3. La Quinta Cliffhouse

4. Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar

5. Little Bar


Best Sports Bar

360 Sports at Agua Caliente

Runners up:

2. Burgers and Beer

3. The Beer Hunter

4. The Village Palm Springs

5. AMP Sports Lounge


Best Wine/Liquor Store

Total Wine and More

Runners up:

2. BevMo!

3. Bouschet

4. Dead or Alive


Best Cocktail Menu

Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge

Runners up:

2. Blackbook

3. Bootlegger Tiki

4. Bongo Johnny’s

5. Seymour’s

6. Little Bar


Best Local Brewery

La Quinta Brewing Co.

Runners up:

2. Coachella Valley Brewing Co.

3. Babe’s BBQ and Brewery

4. Las Palmas Brewing

5. Desert Beer Company


Best Craft Cocktails

Paul Bar/Food

Runners up:

2. TIE

Bar Cecil

Bootlegger Tiki

4. Seymour’s

5. Little Bar

6. The Reef


Outdoors

Best Place for Bicycling

CV Link

Runners up:

2. Palm Springs (general)

3. La Quinta Cove

4. TIE

Joshua Tree

Indian Canyons


Best Public Garden

Sunnylands

Runners up:

2. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

3. Moorten Botanical Garden

4. Rose Garden at Empire Polo Club


Best Park

Ruth Hardy Park

Runners up:

2. Palm Desert Civic Center Park

3. La Quinta Civic Center Park

4. Wellness Park

5. Liberty Park


Best Hike

Indian Canyons

Runners up:

2. Tahquitz Canyon

3. TIE

Bump and Grind Trail

Lykken Trails

5. Museum Trail


Best Bike Shop

Palm Springs/Palm Desert Cyclery

Runners up:

2. Bike Palm Springs Rentals

3. Joel’s Bicycle Shop

4. Tri-A-Bike

5. Big Wheel Tours


Best Public Golf Course

Desert Willow Golf Resort

Runners up:

2. Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Golf Club

3. SilverRock Resort

4. Cimarron Golf Resort

5. Classic Club Golf


Best Outdoor/Camping Gear Store

Big 5 Sporting Goods

Runners up:

2. Dick’s Sporting Goods

3. Yellow Mart


Best Recreation Area

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Runners up:

2. Indian Canyons

3. Whitewater Preserve

4. Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area

5. Mount San Jacinto State Park


Best Sporting Goods

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Runners up:

2. Big 5 Sporting Goods

3. Yellow Mart

4. Turner’s Outdoorsman


Kids’ Stuff

Best Restaurant for Kids

Chuck E. Cheese’s

Runners up:

2. Red Robin

3. Shakey’s Pizza

4. TIE

Upper Crust Pizza

Old Spaghetti Factory


Best Place to Buy Toys

Target

Runners up:

2. Walmart

3. JadaBug’s Kids Boutique


Best Place for Family Fun

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Runners up:

2. Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

3. Boomers

4. Escape Room Palm Springs


Best Kids’ Clothing Store

Old Navy

Runners up:

2. JadaBug’s Kids Boutique

3. The Children’s Place

4. The Lumpy Bunny


Best Place for a Birthday Party

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Runners up:

2. Get Air Trampoline Park

3. Chuck E. Cheese’s

4. Boomers

5. Shakey’s Pizza


Best Playground

Palm Desert Civic Center Park

Runners up:

2. TIE

Ruth Hardy Park

La Quinta Civic Center Park

4. Demuth Park

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