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Sonoma Valley People’s Choice: And the 2017 winners are...

Sonomans like to keep the excitement up – a fact they’ve proved once again during the voting period for the Index-Tribune’s third annual Sonoma Valley People’s Choice Awards. Online voting came to a close earlier this month – and it was a genuine race to the finish in several categories of our “best of” style readers poll.

Readers cast their picks in an array of categories – from food and drink to businesses to professionals and specialists, throwing the spotlight on the Valley’s finest in bakeries and boutiques, pedicures and plumbers, and a whole lot more.

Our on-staff vote-counting department tallied the results, and the full list of winners is below. Congratulations to all those who came out on top this year – and who will enjoy well-earned recognition at a Sonoma Valley People’s Choice Awards gala coming up in September. Start patronizing these honored businesses now, Sonoma – and decide if you’ll be voting for them once again in 2018...

PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNERS 2017

(With second place noted as "honorable mentions" beneath)

Best Food & Drink

Best Asian Food

Bangkok9 Thai Cuisine

Honorable Mention: Shiso Modern Asian Kitchen

Best Bakery

Basque Boulangerie Café

Honorable Mention: Scandia Bakery

Best Bar

Swiss Hotel

Honorable Mention: Starling Bar

Best Barbecue

The Fremont Diner

Honorable Mention: Cochon Volant BBQ Smoke House

Best Beer on Tap

Hopmonk Tavern

Honorable Mention: Sonoma Springs Brewing Company

Best Breakfast

Sunflower Caffé

Honorable Mention: Breakaway Café

Best Brunch

Sunflower Caffé

Honorable Mention: The Girl & The Fig

Best Café or Coffee Shop

Basque Boulangerie Café

Honorable Mention: Sunflower Caffé

Best California Cuisine

Harvest Moon Café

Honorable Mention: The Girl & The Fig

Best Cheap Eats

Taqueria La Hacienda

Honorable Mention: La Bamba Taco Truck

Best Deli Sandwich

Broadway Market

Honorable Mention: Sonoma Market

Best Hamburger

Picazo Café

Honorable Mention: Happy Dog

Best Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt

Sweet Scoops Homemade Ice Cream

Honorable Mention: La Michoacana

Best Italian Restaurant

Della Santina’s

Honorable Mention: Mamma Tanino’s

Best Mexican Restaurant

El Molino Central

Honorable Mention: Taqueria La Hacienda

Best Mobile Cuisine

El Coyote

Honorable Mention: La Bamba Taco Truck

Best New Restaurant

The Reel Fish Shop & Grill

Honorable Mention: Slice Shack by Mary’s

Best Outdoor Dining Venue

Swiss Hotel

Honorable Mention: Hopmonk Tavern

Best Pizza

The Red Grape

Honorable Mention: Mary’s Pizza

Best Place for a Vegetarian/Organic Meal

Delhi Belly Indian Bistro

Honorable Mention: Sunflower Caffé

Best Place for Lunch

The Red Grape

Honorable Mention: Sunflower Caffe

Best Seafood at a Local Restaurant

Sonoma Grille

Honorable Mention: The Reel Fish Shop & Grill

Best Steak

Saddles Steakhouse

Honorable Mention: Swiss Hotel

Best Take Out

Mary’s Pizza

Honorable Mention: Bangkok9 Thai Cuisine

Best Tasting Room

Buena Vista Winery

Honorable Mention: Pangloss Cellars

Best Wine List

The Girl & The Fig

Honorable Mention: Fairmont Sonoma Mission & Spa

Best Winery

Buena Vista Winery

Honorable Mention: Pangloss Cellars

Best Winery Tour

Benziger Family Winery

Honorable Mention: Rosso Host Company

BEST BUSINESSES

Best Antique Store

Plain Jane’s

Honorable Mention: Chateau Sonoma

Best Art Gallery

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Honorable Mention: Arts Guild of Sonoma

Best Auto Body Shop

Body Best Collision Center

Honorable Mention: Daniele’s Classic Auto Body

Best Auto Repair Shop

Pacific Rim Auto Repair

Honorable Mention: Mike Labre Automotive

Best Boutique

The Loop

Honorable Mention: Perle

Best Consignment, Resale or Thrift Shop

Plain Jane’s

Honorable Mention: Republic of Thrift

Best Day Spa

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

Honorable Mention: The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance

Resort & Spa

Best Dog Groomer

My Pal Pet Supplies & Grooming

Honorable Mention: Casey’s Place

Best Facial/Makeup

Catalina’s Skin & Body

Honorable Mention: Amber Rose Advanced Skin Care

Best Financial Institution

Redwood Credit Union

Honorable Mention: Exchange Bank

Best Garden Supplies/Nursery

Sonoma Mission Gardens

Honorable Mention: Friedman’s Home Improvement

Best Gift Shop

Sign of the Bear Kitchenware

Honorable Mention: Global Heart Fair Trade

Best Grocery Store

Sonoma Market

Honorable Mention: Whole Foods

Best Health Club/Gym

Parkpoint Health Club - Sonoma

Honorable Mention: Sonoma Fit

Best Jewelry Store

Vineyard Jewelers

Honorable Mention: Halem & Company de Sonoma

Best Local Bank

Exchange Bank

Honorable Mention: Bank of Marin

Best Local Food Producer

Paul’s Produce

Honorable mention: The Patch

Best Mortgage Broker

RPM Mortgage

Honorable Mention: People’s Home Equity

Best Pedicure/Manicure

Maxwell Nails Salon

Honorable Mention: Catalina's Skin and Body

Best Pet Boarding Service

Vintage Kennel Club

Honorable Mention: Sonoma Dog Camp

Best Place to Buy Clothes

Eraldi’s Men’s Wear & Shoes

Honorable Mention: McCaulou’s Department Store

Best Place to Buy Flooring

Rugworks

Honorable Mention: Friedman’s Home Improvement

Best Place to Buy Flowers

Sonoma Market

Honorable Mention: Spring Flowers & Gifts

Best Place to Buy Furniture

Harvest Home

Honorable Mention: Plain Jane’s

Best Place to See Live Music

Murphy’s Irish Pub

Honorable Mention: Sonoma Speakeasy

Best Preschool

Montessori School of Sonoma

Honorable Mention: Sunshine School

Best Real Estate Brokerage

Sotheby’s

Honorable Mention: Terra Firma Global Partners

Best Summer Camp

Rhoten Productions Summer Camps

Honorable Mention: Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma Valley

Best Wedding Venue

Ramekins

Honorable Mention: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

Best Yoga Studio

Yoga Community

Honorable Mention: Parkpoint Health Club - Sonoma

BEST PROFESSIONALS AND SPECIALISTS

Best Accounting/CPA Firm

Richard Gullotta

Honorable Mention: Jeff Spencer

Best Acupuncturist

Cecilia Hong

Honorable Mention: Jennifer Jensen

Best Architect or Designer

FiGO Construction Drawings

Honorable Mention: George Bevan

Best Attorney

Eric Gullotta

Honorable Mention: William Shea

Best Carpet Cleaning Service

Imperial Services

Honorable Mention: J K Carpet Cleaning

Best Caterer

The Girl & The Fig

Honorable Mention: Elaine Bell Catering

Best Chef

Ari Weiswasser/Glen Ellen Star

Honorable Mention: Sondra Bernstein/The Girl & The Fig

Best Chiropractor

Dr. Brian Wirick

Honorable Mention: Dr. Robert Adams

Best Contractor

Mangiantini Construction

Honorable Mention: Caymus Builders

Best Dentist

Dr. Kimberly Hubenette

Honorable Mention: Dr. Daniel Kittleson

Best Electrician

DeMartini Electric

Honorable Mention: Northern Lights Electric

Best Financial Planner/Investment Adviser

Byron Hancock/Hancock Partners

Honorable Mention: Matthew Lightner/Edward Jones

Best Hair Salon/Barber Shop

Len Does My Hair

Honorable Mention: Kristin Maze Salon

Best Home Health Care Service

Sonoma Valley Hospital Home Care Program

Honorable Mention: Vintage Home Care

Best House Painter

Stephen Kardum Painting

Honorable Mention: Tara Custom Painting

Best Insurance Agent

Rebecca Lilly/AAA

Honorable Mention: Christa Granton

Insurance Services

Best Landscaper

Waldron Landscape

Honorable Mention: Scott Anderson Landscape & Maintenance

Best Massage Therapist

Kate Rawson

Honorable Mention: Lisa Sanchez/The Massage Studio

Best Orthodontist

Dr. Caroline Laurent

Honorable Mention: Dr. Timothy Irish

Best Pediatrician

Dr. Charles DeTorres

Honorable Mention: Dr. Jerome Smith

Best Personal Trainer

Greg Lewis/Parkpoint

Health Club - Sonoma

Honorable Mention: Daniel Valencia/Sonoma Aquatic Club

Best Physician

Dr. Brian Sebastian

Honorable Mention: Dr. Subhash Mishra

Best Plumber

Boden Plumbing

Honorable Mention: Ferrando’s Plumbing

Best Real Estate Agent

Daniel Casabonne/Sotheby’s

Honorable Mention: Scott Raaka/W Real Estate

Best Veterinarian

A tie:

Dr. Deanna Schwab/Valley of the

Moon Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Rhonda Stallings/Arroyo

Veterinary Clinic

Best Web Designer

Catanzaro Creations

Honorable Mention: JMB Web Consulting