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Best of SA 2009

Best of 2009 List of Winners 

You've Been Served (order up!)

Best 24/7 Restaurant

Jim’s Restaurants
Multiple locations

2. IHOP, multiple locations,
3. Mi Tierra Cafe´ & Bakery

Best AYCE Buffet

China Sea
13802 Embassy Row
(210) 490-6500

2. Golden Corral, multiple locations,
3. Golden Phoenix, 9323 Perrin Beitel, (210) 590-8448

Best Bakery/Panaderi´a

Mi Tierra Cafe´ & Bakery
218 Produce Row
(210) 225-1262

2. Broadway Daily Bread,
3. Nadler’s Bakery & Deli,

Best Barbacoa

El Milagrito
521 E. Woodlawn
(210) 737-8646

2. Culebra Meat Market,
3. Tellez Tamales & Barbacoa,

Best Barbecue

Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q
Multiple locations

2. Bill Miller Bar-B-Q, multiple
3. Barbecue Station, 1610 NE Loop 410,

Best Breakfast Tacos

Taco Taco Cafe´
145 E. Hildebrand
(210) 822-9533

2. Las Palapas Mexican Cafe´, multiple
3. Panchito’s Mexican Restaurant, multiple locations,

Best Buffalo Wings

Multiple locations

2. Buffalo Wild Wings, multiple
3. Hooters, multiple locations,

Best Local Burgers

Chris Madrid’s Nachos & Burgers
1900 Blanco
(210) 735-3552

2. Chester’s Hamburger Co.
3. Big’z Burger Joint

Best Burritos

Freebirds World Burrito
11224 Huebner
(210) 877-9606

2. Chipotle Mexican Grill
3. Habaneros Grill

Best Local Chef

1. Jason Dady (tie)
The Lodge, Bin 555, Tre Trattoria,
Two Bros. BBQ Market

1. Andrew Weissman (tie)
Le Re^ve, Sandbar, Sip, Big’z, Il Sogno
(summer 2009)

2. Mike Behrend, Green Vegetarian Cuisine & Coffee
3. Jeffrey Balfour, Citrus, Hotel Valencia

Best Chicken-Fried Steak

De Wese’s Tip Top Cafe´
2814 Fredericksburg
(210) 732-0191

2. Lulu’s
3. Longhorn Cafe´

Best Chinese Food

PF Chang’s China Bistro
Alamo Quarry Market
255 E. Basse
(210) 507-1000

2. Golden Wok
3. Formosa Garden

Best Local Coffee House

Olmos Perk Coffee Bar
5223 McCullough
(210) 858-2956

2. Candlelight Coffee House,
3. Sip Coffee & Expresso Bar,

Best Deli

W.D. Deli
3123 Broadway
(210) 828-2322

2. Jason’s Deli
3. McAlister’s Deli

Best Desserts

Cheesecake Factory
7400 San Pedro
(210) 798-2222

2. Liberty Bar, 328 E. Josephine,
3. Nadler’s Bakery & Deli

Best Enchiladas

Blanco Cafe´
Multiple locations

2. Rosario’s Mexican Cafe´,
3. Los Barrios (tie), 4310 Blanco
3. Picante Grill (tie), 3810 Broadway,

Best Falafel

Demo’s Greek Food
Multiple locations

2. Hookah Cafe´
3. Pasha Mediterranean Grill,

Best Farmers Market

Olmos Basin
7:30am-1pm Tue & Sat, in season
Jackson Keller and McCullough
(210) 649-1853

2. Uncertain Farms, first and third Sundays, Green Vegetarian Cuisine & Coffee,
3. San Antonio Botanical Garden,
8am-1pm Thu, in season

Best Food & Wine Festival

San Antonio Wine Festival
February 2010

2. San Antonio New World Wine & Food Festival, November 10-15, 2009
3. A Taste of the Northside, 5:30-10:30pm Wed, Apr 22, the Club at Sonterra

Best French/Bistro

La Frite Belgian Bistro
728 S. Alamo
(210) 224-7555

2. Bistro Vatel
3. Le Re^ve

Best Guacamole

Boudro’s Texas Bistro
421 E. Commerce
(210) 224-8484

2. La Fogata
3. Acenar Comida Mexicana

Best Ice House

La Tuna Grill
100 Probandt
(210) 212-5727

2. Hill & Dales Ice House
3. Sanchez Ice House

Best Indian Food

India Palace
8474 Fredericksburg
(210) 692-5262

2. India Oven, 1031 Patricia
3. Simi’s Indian Cuisine

Best Italian Food

Multiple locations

2. Little Italy Restaurant
3. Tre Trattoria, 4003 Broadway

Best Korean BBQ

Ilsong Garden
6905 Blanco
(210) 366-4508

2. Go Hyang Jib Korean BBQ House
3. Kiku Garden

Best Mole

Rosario’s Mexican Cafe´
910 S. Alamo
(210) 223-1806

2. La Fogata
3. Picante Grill

Best Nachos

(Monster Kong Nachos)
Multiple locations

2. Tomatillos Cafe´ y Cantina
3. Taco Cabana (Super Nachos)

Best Patio

La Fogata
2427 Vance Jackson
(210) 340-1337

2. La Hacienda de Los Barrios
3. Chuy’s, 18008 San Pedro

Best Local Pizza

Dough Pizzeria Napoletana
6989 Blanco
(210) 979-6363

2. Rome’s Pizza
3. Goomba’s Pizzeria

Best River Walk Restaurant

Boudro’s Texas Bistro
421 E. Commerce
(210) 224-8484

2. Acenar Comida Mexicana
3. Paesanos Riverwalk

Best Salsa

Rosario’s Mexican Cafe´
910 S. Alamo
(210) 223-1806

2. Chuy’s
3. La Fogata

Best Seafood

Sea Island
Multiple locations

2. Wildfish Seafood Grille
3. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Best Steakhouse

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Two locations

2. Texas Roadhouse
3. Morton’s the Steakhouse,

Best Sunday Brunch

Magnolia Pancake Haus
606 Embassy Oaks
(210) 496-0828

2. Madhatters Tea House and Cafe´
3. Las Canarias Restaurant, 112 College

Best Sushi

Sushi Zushi
Multiple locations

2. Godai Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant
3. Goro’s

Best Taco Truck

Stop ’N Taco
18322 Sonterra Pl.
(210) 908-0380

2. El Tacomiendo, 700 Division, (210) 843-1735
3. Guero’s, 1824 N. Main

Best Takeout Tortillas

Alamo Cafe´
multiple locations

2. Taco Cabana
3. Blanco Cafe´

Best Tamales

Delicious Tamales
Multiple locations

2. Ruben’s Homemade Tamales

Best Thai Food

Tong’s Thai
1146 Austin Highway
(210) 829-7345

2. Thai Taste
3. Thai Chili

Best Vegetarian Options

Green Vegetarian Cuisine and Coffee
1017 N. Flores
(210) 320-5865

2. Twin Sisters Bakery and Cafe´
3. Adelante Mexican Food

Best Vietnamese Food

Pho Cong Ly
300 W. Bitters
(210) 499-5572

2. Van’s Restaurant
3. Viet Nam Restaurant

Best Wine List

Bin 555
The Shops at Artisan Alley
555 W. Bitters
(210) 496-0555

2. Copa Wine Bar, 19141 Stone Oak Pkwy.
3. Bianco Pasta Vino, 7115 Blanco

SA Current Best of 2009 Interactive Map

Shop Till You Drop (bagging the best bargains)

Best Bookstore

The Twig
5005 Broadway
(210) 826-6411

2. Nine Lives Books
3. Half-Price Books

Best Place to Buy Rare and Hard-To-Find Music

Hogwild Records,Tapes & CDs
1824 N. Main
(210) 733-5354

2. Music Town
3. Half Price Books

Best All-Around Music Store

Hogwild Records,Tapes & CDs
1824 N. Main
(210) 733-5354

2. CD Exchange
3. Music Town

Best Comics Shop

Heroes & Fantasies
Multiple locations

2. Atomic Comics & Gaming
3. Alien Worlds

Best Gaming Shop

Multiple locations

2. Dragon’s Lair
3. Heroes & Fantasies

Best Thrift/Vintage Shop

Thrift Town
12247 Nacogdoches
(210) 656-8696

2. Jive Refried
3. Redemption Garb

Best Department Store

Multiple locations

2. Nordstrom
3. Dillard’s

Best Mall

The Shops at La Cantera
15900 La Cantera Pkwy.
(210) 582-6255

2. North Star Mall
3. Rolling Oaks Mall

Best Jewelry Store

James Avery
Multiple locations

2. Tiffany & Co.
3. Americus Diamond

Best Cigar Shop

Club Humidor
Multiple locations

2. Finck Cigar Company
3. Chango’s Havana Club

Best Lingerie Store

Victoria’s Secret
Multiple locations

2. Frederick’s of Hollywood
3. Shades of Love

Best Arts & Crafts Fair

Fiesta Arts Fair, Southwest School of Arts & Crafts
April 17-18, 2010

2. King William Fair, 10am-6pm April 25
3. First Friday, Southtown and the Blue Star Arts Complex, 6-9pm, First Friday of each month

Best Shoe Store

15900 La Cantera Pkwy
(210) 332-1900

2. Sole Boutique
3. Aldo’s Shoes

Best Local Fashion Boutique

Sole Boutique
5926 Broadway
(210) 822-7653

2. Julian Gold
3. Cork

Best Handbags and Accessories

15900 La Cantera Pkwy
(210) 332-1900

2. Coach
3. Macy’s (tie)
3. Serendipity Trading Company (tie)

Best Plant Nursery

Shades of Green
334 W. Sunset
(210) 824-3772

2. Milberger’s Landscaping and Nursery
3. Arbolitos Nursery

Best Flea Market

Bussey’s Flea Market
18738 IH-35 North
(210) 651-6830

2. Poteet Flea Market
3. Eisenhauer Flea Market

Best Wine Shop or Section

Central Market
4821 Broadway
(210) 368-8600

2. Joe Saglimbeni Fine Wine & Spirits
3. Costco Wholesale

Best Makeup Counter

North Star Mall
7400 San Pedro
(210) 375-7804
and several department-store counters

2. Sephora
3. Clinique

Best Local Designer

Angelina Mata Atelier
711 S. Presa
(210) 223-8955

2. Kathleen Sommers
3. Agosto Cuellar

SA Current Best of 2009 Interactive Map

Mini Me (for mommy and daddy's little darlings)

Best Kid-Friendly Park

Brackenridge Park
3700 N. St. Mary’s

2. Kiddie Park
3. McAllister Park

Best Kids’ Clothing Options

Gap Kids
North Star Mall
7400 San Pedro
(210) 340-1433

2. Small World Children’s Store
3. Sweet Repeats

Best Place for Birthday Parties

Incredible Pizza Co.
11743 West Ave.
(210) 342-2121

2. Chuck E. Cheese’s
3. Peter Piper Pizza

Best Family-Friendly Fiesta Event

King William Fair
10am-6pm April 25

2. Battle of Flowers Parade,
11:50 a.m. vanguard, 12:45 p.m. parade, April 24
3. Fiesta Arts Fair, April 17-18, 2010

Best Kid-Friendly Museum

The Witte Museum
3801 Broadway

2. The Children’s Museum
3. McKenna Children’s Museum

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

The Cove
606 W. Cypress
(210) 227-2683

2. Big’z Burger Joint
3. EZ’s

Best Library Branch

Central Library
600 Soledad
(210) 207-2500

2. Hannah Landa Memorial Library
3. Brook Hollow Library

Best Party-Supply Store

Party City
Multiple locations

2. Amols’ Specialty
3. Dollar Tree

Best Toy Store

Toys “R” Us
Multiple locations

2. Toy Zone
3. Learning Express

Best Mommy Meet-Up Spot

Hannah Landa Memorial Library
233 Bushnell
(210) 732-8369


Best Pet-Care Services

Lucy’s Doggy Day Care & Spa
2250 Thousand Oaks
(210) 495-3647

2. Pawderosa Ranch
3. Petsmart

Best Pet Boarding

Pawderosa Ranch
923 Clydeville
(210) 404-9941

2. Lucy’s Doggy Day Care & Spa
3. Petsmart

Best Place to Adopt a Pet

Humane Society SPCA of Bexar County
4804 Fredericksburg
(210) 226-7461

2. Animal Defense League
3. Animal Control Services

SA Current Best of 2009 Interactive Map

You Turn Me On ( and sometimes off)


Best Radio Talk-Show Host

John Lisle & Steve Hahn

KISS 99.5 FM

2. Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo, WOAI 1200 AM,
3. Peter Burns, Ticket 760 AM,

Best Radio Station, News

89.1 FM

2. WOAI, 1200 AM,
3. KTSA, 550 AM,

Best Radio Station, Music

KSYM 90.1 FM

2. JACK FM 102.7 (Classic and Modern Rock),
3. KISS 99.5 FM (Alternative),

Best Evening News


2. News 4 WOAI,
3. KENS 5,

Best News Anchor

Randy Beamer

News 4 WOAI

2. Chris Marrou, KENS 5,

3. Ursula Pari, KSAT 12,

Best Weatherwo/man

Jennifer Broome,
StormTracker 4
Chief Meteoroligist
News 4 WOAI

2. Steve Browne, Meteorologist, KSAT 12,
3. Bill Taylor, Meteorologist, KENS 5,

Best Sportscaster

Greg Simmons

2. Don Harris, News 4 WOAI,
3. Joe Reinagle, KENS 5,

Best Local Columnist

Cary Clack
San Antonio Express-News

2. Carlos Guerra, San Antonio Express-News
3. Michael O’Rourke, San Antonio Express-News

Best Local Blogger


Local arts blog Emvergeoning continues to be a daily check-in site for the local arts community. Emvergeoning has evolved over the years as various members contribute in different ways: photographer Justin Parr adds images and occasional travelogues; photographer Thomas Cummings adds updates on the local scene; and Ben Judson contributes longer philosophical pieces that open up the conversation to issues in the national and international art world. The comments are filled with esoteric tangents, which often provoke a wide range of responses, and have become just as much of the blog as the bloggers themselves. 

Best Local YouTube Videographer

No winner

No clear favorites emerged from this second-time category, but readers did speak up for the faux-human newscasters at “Perspectives,” found at The puppet duo of Laughn De La Croix and Rodney Grimes are “back in the future, looking at the past,” dropping some illuminating nuggets (which I am assured is normal for felt creatures), including San Antonio’s cultural debt to the controversial decision to allow the Tower of the Americas restaurant to rotate, and the purchase of some “second-hand flamingos.”

If you need a place to get started with your Alamo YouTubing, may we suggest you crack the 9/11 conspiracy (or simply enjoy some huffing and puffing with irritating protestors and bitch cops) by wedging your url into WeAreChangeSA. Keep in tune with the spirit of independent media with TV4SA. And, if there’s a march, you can bank on sacrangervideos to bring you the moving pics.

Best Social Media Phenomenon

No winner

You weren’t born online, but you got there as fast as you could, dincha, you with your txt-weary thumbage? Now, as you trade furious tweets between classes, update your status from the loo, and post video clips of yourself at some of the city’s less appropriate landmarks, maybe it’s time to think about what this wired life hath wrought. When we asked what the Best Social Media Phenom was, it wasn’t celebrity we were after, but platforms. Is Facebook still your boy? Is MySpace really a bad hook-up site? Who’s caught up in the gravitational field of video-rich Seesmic? So, log in, sign up, and make yourself felt in the social-media stratosphere. We’ll try you again next year.

Best Local Website

The Express-News also won Best Local Columnist.


SA Current Best of 2009 Interactive Map

Working Class Heroes

Best Roller Derby Player

Tonya Hurting

2. Harmin Electra
3. Barbara Coa

Best Nonprofit

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center (tie)
922 San Pedro
(210) 228-0201

Southwest School of Art & Craft (tie)
300 Augusta
(210) 224-1848

2. Animal Defense League

Best Bike Mechanic

Jimmy Hover, Blue Star Bikes
1414 S. Alamo,

2. Carlos Montoya, Bike World

Best Bike Shop

Bike World
5911 Broadway
(210) 828-5558

2. Blue Star Bikes
3. Ride Away Bicycles

Best Local Athlete

Tim Duncan, the Spurs

2. Tony Parker, the Spurs
3. Manu Ginobili, the Spurs

Best Activist/Watchdog

Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
922 San Pedro
(210) 228-0201

2. Patti Radle, founder of Inner City Development and former District 5 Councilwoman
3. DeAnne Cuellar (tie), Texas Media Empowerment Project
3. Fay Sinkin (tie), Environmentalist, civil-rights activist

Best Club Owner/Music Promoter

Steve Silbas and Barbara Wolfe, Casbeers (tie)
1150 S. Alamo
(210) 271-7791

Colin Wells, the Warhol (tie)
1011 Avenue B
(210) 271-7791

2. Drunken Monkey Promotions,
3. Rhonda Sciaraffa, White Rabbit

Best Bartender

Lauren Brown & Omega Trevin~o, Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)



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