Posted by Sweet Debbie, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm
I have lived in Pleasanton for 25 years, I am not in the food business, and I am definitely not a snob. But you have got to be kidding! OMG, who are the voters?
If you think Jim's Country Restaurant has the best breakfast, you seriously need to expand the number of places where you eat breakfast. I can think of a half-dozen better places and name them in 15 seconds.
Meadowlark Dairy may be a sentimental favorite, but there are not even close to having the best ice cream - not by a mile!
Red Smoke Grill comes in second for Best Business Lunch??? Who are you doing business with, Jeb Clampett? Get real!
OK, I like In-n-Out a lot for a fast-food burger, but no way in the world do they have the best burger! Have you ever had a burger at Red Robin, or Mimi's or Fuddruckers? Then how can Bob's Giant Burger makes the list, that is just too much!
Either some of these businesses were stuffing the ballot box or Pleasantonian's palates are in a real world of hurt. Someone from outside reads this list and they will think Pleasanton (or at least the voters for this poll) are a bunch of hicks!
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Aug 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm
"Either some of these businesses were stuffing the ballot box or Pleasantonian's palates are in a real world of hurt."
The same thought entered my mind. Kind of surprised to see Strizzi's listed as the best Italian and Sweet Tomatoes as the best vegetarian. And for best home contractor, I'm a bit surprised to see Borg Fencing. I personally have never done business with them, but I know that Yelp gives them a so-so rating of 3 and 1/2 stars.
Posted by hummm, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 2, 2011 at 7:50 pm
Mieko for Japanese; Bob's Burger for burgers; Fiesta Taco for burritos; Baci for ambiance & eloquent service; Raley's for fruit and meats; Mexico Lindo for beer and fun at happy hour; Sunshine for sleazy pool and low life game days (close second on low life game days = Buffalo Wings); Nations for pies; and the ultimate winner of all EL BALAZO for cheap beer at Happy Hour, great fries, good looking gal bartender who's been there and back, deeply entrenched customers with no nonsense fun and endless chatter ... also undiscovered by most normal people.
Remember I use to hang out at Smitty's in Sausalito, Silver Pesos in Larkspur and the Old Trident. Boy those were the days, but they may have warped my mind.
Posted by Maggie, a resident of the Valencia neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2011 at 9:08 am
I agree with Sweet Debbie - I usually review the list and just shake my head on the winners. This year I agree with the best fries (In and Out) and definitely agree on Peets for best coffee! I most definitely disagree about best breakfast spot - (Jim's) as I went there once and never returned. I will admit, most categories I can't speak to but those I can I don't know who the heck was voting and not sure why any places outside of Pleasanton were even on the list.
Posted by Peter, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2011 at 10:03 am
If you do not vote, then you have no right to complain. All you Monday morning quarterbacks need to zip it. Step and VOTE next time. Support your local favorites and maybe the results will be different. Now, move along.
Posted by Jim&Catherine, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2011 at 11:23 am
As residents of Pleasanton (and owners of our 1 year old "mom & pop" store), we want to say how thrilled we are that Heroes & Villains Comics was voted second-place as best toy store. Thank you to everyone who voted for us! ~ J & C