The results are in!
Meet the 2019 Readers' Choice recipients and Hall of Fame honorees
It's that time of year again, when the Weekly and our readers highlight the best of the best that Pleasanton has to offer.
The 2019 Pleasanton Weekly Readers' Choice competition garnered thousands of opinions in online voting — 12,902 confirmed and authenticated ballots, to be exact — this spring as our readers revealed which local businesses, professionals and places are their favorites for arts and entertainment, food and drink, restaurants, retail and services.
"Our readers love this annual contest, and I've heard that winning the Pleasanton Weekly's Readers' Choice translates to new business for the top vote-getters," said Gina Channell, publisher of the Weekly. "Business owners say it's a great way to promote their business and people use the winners' list as a resource guide to local service providers, restaurants and stores."
The winners are located all over Pleasanton, with many based in downtown but plenty of others sprinkled among shopping centers across the city, and their local roots range from brand new to decades-old. Some are familiar names and some are first-time honorees, but all earned the respect and adoration of our readers.
Eight popular businesses — plus one iconic destination — won their category for the fifth consecutive year in 2019, meaning they'll be inducted into the Readers' Choice Hall of Fame next year.
The 2020-21 Hall of Famers will be Primrose Bakery (Best Bakery/Dessert), Pleasanton Family Dentist (Best Dental Office), Outer Visions Landscape Design (Best Landscaping Service), Jue's Taekwon-Do (Best Martial Arts Studio), Schlicher Orthodontics (Best Orthodontist), Nonni's Bistro (Best Sunday Brunch), Blossom Vegan Restaurant (Best Vegetarian Cuisine), Pleasanton Veterinary Hospital (Best Veterinarian) and Pleasanton Ridge (Best Kept Secret Treasure of Pleasanton).
Pleasanton Tutoring, Richard's Heating & Air Repair and Western Garden Nursery were the three businesses in the 2019-20 Hall of Fame, recognized for their previous streaks of five straight victories. They were ineligible to compete in their categories this year because of their Hall of Fame status.
Other interesting storylines included Porky's Pizza Palace, a first-year restaurant on Hopyard Road, beating out Gay '90s Pizza and Pasta for Best Pizza — marking the first-ever loss for Gay '90s in the contest.
Hop Yard Alehouse & Grill won Best French Fries by only two votes, the closest race of the year.
Two new categories were introduced this year: Best Pest Control (won by Patriot Pest Management) and Best Home Healthcare (won by Hired Hands Homecare).
Now, sit back with your Weekly in-hand (or online) and learn more about your 2019 Readers' Choice winners.
Readers' Choice Contributors
Edited by: Jeremy Walsh
Story by: Elaine Yang
Photos by: Samantha Laurey