You voted! We Counted!

As we continue to forge into a year that still promises change and uncertainty due to the pandemic, we are reminded once again what an incredible and resilient community we live in. We announced our Inaugural Readers Poll back in March, and immediately following, the votes started pouring in for our reader’s favorite businesses!

Collecting and sorting more than 150 answers to our poll was extremely uplifting! Just to see all the wonderful comments, stories, and love from residents all over Morro Bay for their favorite business, restaurant, clothing store, salon, landscaping, and so much more!

The Best of Morro Bay celebrates all the winners chosen by local readers of Morro Bay Life. The following pages are dedicated to those winners, and throughout the year, we will continue to celebrate all the winners of the First Annual Best of Morro Bay Reader’s Poll!

All the winners are extremely appreciative of your vote and for considering them your absolute favorite. As you look through the pages to see who won, know that they are the Best of 2021 because you, our readers, who chose each and every one of them.

As a community, it is important for us all to remember that our small businesses are a part of what makes our community and economy thrive. They are our family, friends, and neighbors, and they have had to pivot and adjust throughout the pandemic just to survive and keep their dream alive.

With the First Annual Best of Morro Bay Reader’s Poll, we celebrate all of the winners together with you. We thank you for supporting all of our small businesses, for participating in our Readers Poll, and for being the best readers in the world.

We would not be able to do any of this without you.

 

Here are the results! Discover old favorites and new possibilities!

 

CHARITABLE GIVING

  • Best Charity or Nonprofit Project
    • Surf Camp 
  • Best Charity Event
    • MM4K
  • Best Youth Charity
    • Project Surf Camp 

FOOD & BEVERAGE

  • Best Overall Dining Experience
    • Dorn’s Breakers Cafe
  • Best Overall Food & Beverage Service
    • Pizza Port 
  • Best Date Night Restaurant
    • The Galley 
  • Best Pasta Place
    • Distasio’s on the Bay 
  • Best Cake
    • Taco Temple — Carrot Cake 
  • Best Salad
    • Dorn’s Breakers Cafe 
  • Best Tea
    • Top Dog Coffee Bar 
  • Best Juice Bar
    • Shine Cafe 
  • Best Burger Joint
    • Flavor Factory 
  • Best Local Craft Cocktail
    • Maker’s Mark Perfect Manhattan at Windows on the Water
  • Best Cup of Coffee
    • Top Dog Coffee Bar 
  • Best Steakhouse
    • Windows on the Water 
  • Best Vegetarian or Vegan
    • Shine Cafe 
  • Best French Fries
    • Flavor Factory 
  • Best Brunch Special
    • Dorn’s Breakers Cafe 
  • Best Lunch Spot
    • Shine Cafe 
  • Best BBQ Spot
    • Flavor Factory 
  • Best Coffeehouse
    • Top Dog Coffee Bar 
  • Best Tacos
    • Taco Temple 
  • Best Breakfast Joint
    • Dorn’s Breakers Cafe 
  • Best Mexican Restaurant
    • Taco De Mexico 
  • Best Family Restaurant
    • Pizza Port 
  • Best Sushi Restaurant
    • Harada’s 
  • Best Fresh Fish
    • Giovanni’s Fish Market 
  • Best Bread
    • La Parisienne 
  • Best Pizza
    • Pizza Port 
  • Best Dessert, Bake or Cake Shop
    • La Parisienne 
  • Best Olive
    • Oil Groves on 33 
  • Best Asian Cuisine
    • Thai Elephant   
  • Best Gelato, Ice Cream and Frozen Dessert
    • Bayside Cafe — Mud Pie 
  • Best Farm-Fresh Fruit
    • Avocado Shack 
  • Best Appetizer
    • Bayside Cafe (Nachos, Onion Rings and Skewers)
  • Best French Toast
    • Frankie & Lola’s Front Street Cafe 
  • Best Seafood Restaurant
    • Toganzzini’s Dockside Cafe 
  • Best Pastry
    • La Parisienne 

HOME IMPROVEMENT

  • Best Overall Home Improvement
    • Miner’s Ace Hardware 
  • Best Pest Control
    • SLO Pest and Termite 
  • Best Roofing
    • Bean’s Roofing 
  • Best Construction & Building Materials
    • Dana McClish 
  • Best General Contractor
    • Dana McClish 
  • Best Propane
    • Morro Bay Uhaul 
  • Best Landscaping, Lawn and Garden
    • Miner’s Ace Hardware 
  • Best Flooring
    • Ada’s 
  • Best Plumbing
    • Morro Bay Plumbing 
  • Best Paving, Concrete and Driveways
    • Schuerfeld Masonry
  • Best Solar
    • Finley Electric 
  • Best Electrician
    • Finley Electric 

SHOPPING & RETAIL

  • Best Overall Shopping & Retail
    • Ugly Mug 
  • Best Art Gallery
    • Ugly Mug 
  • Best Antiques
    • Morro Bay Antiques 
  • Best Thrift and Consignment
    • Achievement House 
  • Best Repurposed, Renewed  and Resold
    • The Good Flea 
  • Best Books, Stationary and Gift Shop
    • Coalesce Books 
  • Best Men’s Clothing
    • Wavelengths 
  • Best Women’s Clothing
    • Queen’s Closet 
  • Best Health Food, Natural Food or Grocery Store
    • Sunshine Foods 

PETS & ANIMALS

  • Best Pet Grooming & Care
    • Lemos 
  • Best Feed Store
    • Lemos 
  • Best Pet Store
    • Lemos 
  • Best Dog Park
    • Del Mar Park 
  • Best Veterinarian or Pet Hospital
    • Coast Veterinarian Clinic

HEALTH, WELLNESS & BEAUTY

  • Best Overall Health, Wellness & Beauty
    • FitnessWorks
  • Best Holistic Healthcare
    • FitnessWorks 
  • Best Nail Salon
    • Morro Nails 
  • Best Barber Shop
    • Mike’s Barber Shop 
  • Best Urgent Care or Clinic
    • Urgent Care MB 
  • Best Optometrist and Eye Care
    • Morro Bay Optometry 
  • Best Weight Loss or Nutrition
    • FitnessWorks 
  • Best Hearing Aid Specialist
    • Morro Bay Hearing Aid Center 
  • Best General Practitioner or Doctor
    • Dr. Laura Slaughter
  • Best Chiropractor
    • Dr. Watson
  • Best Gym or Personal Trainer
    • FitnessWorks   
  • Best Hair Salon
    • Rio Salon 
  • Best Day Spa
    • Spa by the Bay 

FINANCIAL, REAL ESTATE OR LEGAL

  • Best Bookkeeping Service
    • Linda K Harris 
  • Best Attorney or Lawyer
    • Jane Heath 
  • Best Real Estate Group or Broker
    • Navigators Real Estate 
  • Best Tax Preparation
    • David Smith 
  • Best Bank or Credit Union
    • Pacific Premier Bank 
  • Best Real Estate Agent
    • Tim Cowan 

TRAVEL, ENTERTAINMENT, LEISURE & EVENTS

  • Best Harbor View
    • Windows on the Water 
  • Best Golf Course
    • Morro Bay Golf Course 
  • Best Parade, Cruise, or Community Celebration
    • Harbor Christmas Parade 
  • Best Girl’s Night Out Spot
    • Stax
  • Best Guy’s Night Out Spot
    • The Siren 
  • Best Family Outing
    • Sub-Sea Tours/Whale Watching 
  • Best Hotel
    • Masterpiece Hotel 
  • Best Travel, Entertainment, Leisure, and Events
    • Sub-Sea Tours/Whale Watching 
  • Best U12 Kids Entertainment
    • Sub-Sea Tours/Whale Watching 
  • Best Park
    • Del Mar Park 

AUTO CARE

  • Best Overall Auto Care
    • Bay Auto and Tire 
  • Best Lube and Oil Service
    • Bay Auto and Tire 
  • Best Car Wash and Auto Detail
    • Sunset Carwash 
  • Best Auto Parts
    • Auto Zone 
  • Best Window Repair or Tinting
    • Estero Glass 
  • Best Japanese Auto Repair & Maintenance
    • Pete’s Auto 
  • Best Auto Sales
    • Dealers Choice 
  • Best American Auto Repair & Maintenance
    • Bay Auto and Tire 
  • Best Tire Sales and Service
    • Hinson’s Tire 
  • Best Insurance Company
    • State Farm 
  • Best Gas Station
    • Exxon Mobil 

WINE & VINEYARDS

  • Best Local Red Wine
    • Opolo Mountain Zinfandel 
  • Best Vineyard Tasting Room
    • Opolo 
  • Best Vineyard Experience
    • Daou Family Estates
  • Best Local White Wine
    • Daou Chardonnay 
  • Best Local Tasting Room
    • STAX Wine Bar 

BREWERIES, DISTILLERIES & TAPROOMS

  • Best Local Craft Beer
    • Three Stacks and a Rock IPA 
  • Best Local Brewery
    • Three Stacks and a Rock 
  • Best Bar, Tavern, Pub or Tap House
    • The Siren