Tuesday, January 19, 2016

And the 2015 WINNERS are...

There was a total of 51,354 votes cast. 
Thank you to everyone who voted for the 2015 Best of Baja.
Only a single vote per individual is counted. A software algorithm is used to eliminate duplicate votes.  Here is a small video to show the process.  

Best Festival - Baja Culinary Fest (tie)
Best Festival - Jazz & Blues Fest (tie)
Best Venue/Club - TJ Art & Rock Cafe
Best Performer - Javier Batiz
Best Bar - Sótano Suizo
Best Music Group - Pachuco Blues

Best Wine/Winery - Black Cross
Best Tour Guide - Baja Culturista
Best Steak Restaurant - The Lighthouse Sports Bar and Restaurant
Best Seafood - Splash Restaurant
Best Non-Mexican Restaurant - Uncle Joe's BBQ Shack
Best Mexican Restaurant - Kabaco by the Sea
Best Cheap Eats - Taco Surf
Best Breakfast - Casa de Desayuno
Best Real Estate Broker - Kathy & Max Katz
Best Real Estate Agent - Jose Ghilarducci - Baja Ocean Front Properties
Best Pizza - Ollie's Pizza
Best Photography - Diego Knight
Best Festival - Baja Blues Fest
Best Lodging - Rosarito Beach Hotel
Best Happy Hour - Charlie's Place
Best Haricut/Salon - Mychel Tortorelli/Mi Salon
Best Venue/Club - Paradise Cove Tiki Bar
Best Performers - Maryam Malak
Best Music Group - Fast Eddie & The Beach Bums
Best Karaoke - Eddie Alpuche
Best Bar - The Lighthouse Sports Bar and Restaurant

Best Wine/Winery - Vintango
Best Seafood Restaurant - Sharkey's Sports Bar (Punta Banda)
Best Non-Mexican Restaurant - Mama Bears Pizza (Punta Banda)
Best Cheap Eats - La Migra (Maneadero)
Best Happy Hour - Los Gordos (Punta Banda)
Best Band - ATM Band
Best Bartender - Manny Leos Los Gordos
Best Bar - Hussong's Cantina
Best Bakery (Tie) - Hogaza Hogaza
Best Bakery (Tie) - La Casa de Dona Lupe
Best Artist - Scott Kennedy

Best Restaurant - Los Gordos Restaurant
Best Breakfast -  - Los Gordos Restaurant
Best Venue/Club - Sharkeys Bar & Grill
Best Bartender - Manny at Los Gordos Restaurant
Best Bar - Los Gordos Restaurant

Best Breakfast (Tie) - Mi San Quintin
Best Breakfast (Tie) - Mikazza Cafe
Best Lodging - Jardines Baja

Best Sweets/Deserts - Larry LaBonte
Best Steakhouse Restaurant - El Padrino's Italian Restaurant
Best Seafood Restaurant - La Morena
Best Non-Mexican Restaurant - El Padrino's Italian Restaurant
Best Mexican Restaurant - La Morena
Best Cheap Eats - Playa Azul
Best Breakfast - Roadrunner Cafe
Best Real Estate Broker - Baja Sun
Best Real Estate Agent - Darryl McDonogh
Best Pizza - El Padrino's Italian Restaurant
Best Pharmacy -  Orange Pharmacy
Best Pet Care - Baja Bed and Biscuit
Best Grocery/Market - La Vaquita Market
Best Mail Service - SunRunner
Best Lodging/Hotel/Motel - Sand Dollar
Best Landscaping - Versoleil Landscaping
Best Haircut/Salon - Gris' Salon
Best Immigrations Service - Lolita & Rick
Best Happy Hour - Jollymon Bar
Best Entertainment Venue - Pavilion (EDR)
Best Music Group - Isaac Diaz
Best Medical Clinic -  Baja Medical Clinic
Best Community -  Club de Pesca
Best Dentist - Dr. Melina, California Dental Spa
Best Curio/Gifts - Second Chance
Best Contractor (Home Builder) - Luevano
Best Bartender - Steven Lessard at El Padrinos
Best Bar -  Pete's Camp
Best Bakery - Panadería Especial
Best Artist - Arturo Gomez
Best Art Gallery - El Cortez Gallery

Best Breakfast - Los Mandiles Restaurant
Best Happy Hour - Augie's Bar & Bait
Best Lodging - San ta Fe Loreto Hotel
Best Curios/Gifts - Geckos Curios
Best Bar - Augie's Bar & Bait Shop
Best WiFi Location - Augie's Bar & Bait Shop
Best Steakhouse - Domingo's Steakhouse
Best Seafood Restaurant - La Palapa Restaurant

Best Mexican - Catrinas Cocina
Best Breakfast - La Catolica Restaurant
Best Venue/Club - La Morante Art Bar

Best PIzza - Lighthouse Pizza
Best Bar - Smokeys Bar and Cantina

Best Breakfast - Cafe de Lolita
Best Non-Mexican - Flora Farms (tie)
Best Non-Mexican - CJ New York Deli (tie)


  1. Congrats to all the winners.
    I know a huge number of people voted for Robin Gunther as the best for Animal Education and Spay and Neuter and helping every charity, etc. I guess since we all used so many different categories since she does so much they didn't know what to do with her. Next year let's have a specific category - not sure what we call it

    1. Cathy, next year simply nominate AESN and if there are 2 or more nominations that meet the minimum requirement, the category of create. For Instance, San Felipe did and the category "Pet Care" made their polls.