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Best of Manteca 2011: And the winners are
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• WHAT: Best of Manteca 2011 awards show & dinner
• WHEN: Thursday, May 6
• WHERE: A rural Manteca setting
• TICKETS: $35
• TO BUY: Go to Manteca Visitors Center, 1422 Grove Avenue, in The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• MORE INFO: Call the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau at 823-7229

In a city of two dozen-plus Mexican restaurants, where is the best place to have dinner?

According to the 27,772 votes cast in the 2011 Best of Manteca competition it is El Jardin. The best place for a sandwich according to the voters: Bean & Leaf Café. And if it’s Asian food it’s Luu’s Chicken Bowl, American food it’s Chubby’s Diner, and Italian food it’s Strings Café based on the votes cast.

Those are just some of the 90-plus winners in the Best of Manteca 2011 voting that ended April 16.

The votes cast - 27,772 - was a 6 percent increase over last year. It also represents a 339 percent jump in votes since 2008.

The winners will be honored at an awards show, sit-down dinner, and celebration will take place on Thursday, May 6, at a rural Manteca Victorian garden setting.

Tickets are $35 each. for the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau event.

Tickets are available at the Manteca Visitors Center, 1422 Grove Avenue, in The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information call 823-7229.  

The categories and the winners are:

Agribusiness: New Buds Nursery

Auto/RV Vehicle Repair: JC Automotive

Bakery: Raley’s Bakery

Bank/Credit Union: Union Bank

Barber/Hair Stylist: Sheri Parra (The Wright Touch by Sheri)

Bartender: Lisa Garcia (El Jardin)

Beauty Salon: The Wright Touch by Sheri

Boss/Supervisor: Chris Bluett (El Jardin)

Burger: In-N-Out Burger

Car Wash: Dribbles Car Wash

Caterer: Fagundes Meats & Catering

Chiropractor: Michael Erdman (Erdman Chiropractic)

Contractor: Roddan Construction

Customer Service: El Jardin

Dance Studio: Sondance Christian Dance School

Day Spa: Elegant Image Skin & Laser Spa

Dentist/Orthodontist: Sean A. Sangalang

Dessert: ChilaBerrie’s Frozen Yogurt

Dining Establishment: El Jardin

Drinking Establishment/Bar: El Jardin

Dry Cleaners: Park Avenue Cleaners

Electrician: Tubbs & Sons

Family Entertainment: Manteca Bowl & Family Fun Center

Financial Planner: Randy Knodt

Floral Shop: Manteca Floral

Furniture Store: Hafer’s Home Furnishings

Grocery Store: Safeway

Handyman: Don Little

Health/Fitness Center: In-Shape Sports Club

Hospital/Clinic: Doctors Hospital of Manteca

Hotel: Best Western Executive Inn & Suites

Ice Cream/Sundae: ChilaBerrie’s Frozen Yogurt

Instructor/Personal Trainer: Kerri Tapia

Insurance Agent: Jacob Naven (State Farm)

Loan Officer: Kathy King (Academy Mortgage)

Local Attraction: Big League Dreams Sport Complex

Local Band: Zephyr

Local Chef: Chris Bluett (El Jardin)

Local Columnist: Dennis Wyatt (Manteca Bulletin)

Local Event: Crossroads Street Faire

Local Singer: Cheyenne Milligan

Local Youth Sports Team: Manteca Jaguars

Mailman/Mailwoman: Katy Mattingly

Manicure/Pedicure: Forever Nails

Margarita: El Jardin

Martial Arts Studio: Taberna’s Tae Kwon Do Academy

Martini: The Rusty Hook

Massage Therapist: Marla Nunes (Marla’s Massage)

Mattress Store: Manteca Bedquarters

Meat Department: Fagundes Meats & Catering

Milkshakes: Chubby’s Diner

Nachos: El Jardin

New Business (Large): Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

New Business (Small): GK Music

Non-Profit Business: Give Every Child a Chance

Number Crunchers (Accountant, CPA): Rick Fatzer, CPA

Omelet: Main Street Cafe

Optometrist: Dr. Gregory L. Miller

Painter: Paul Walkup

Pet Groomer: Jackie’s Dog Grooming

Pharmacy: Bob’s Pharmacy

Photographer: Chris Leonard (Leonard Photography)

Physician: Terry Croasdale, MD

Pizza: Mountain Mike’s Pizza

Place to Buy Athletic Supplies: Big 5 Sporting Goods

Place to Buy Bicycles: Anderson’s Mower & Bike

Plumber: Knight’s Plumbing & Drain

Private School: St. Paul’s United Methodist Preschool

Product Made In Manteca: Delicato Vineyards Wine

Pub Grub: Chili’s Grill & Bar

Public Elementary School: New Haven Elementary School

Public High School: East Union High School

Realtor: Glenda Herrera

Restaurant (American Food): Chubby’s Diner

Restaurant (Asian Food): Luu’s Chicken Bowl

Restaurant (Italian Food): Strings Italian Café

Restaurant (Mexican Food): El Jardin

Retail Store: Target

Retirement Community: Woodbridge by Del Webb

Roofer: Elite Roofing

Sandwich Shop: Bean & Leaf Cafe

School Administrator: Katherine Puck (Nile Garden)

Service Club: Manteca Youth Focus

Specialty Coffee Shop: Main Street Café

Taco: Taqueria La Costa

Take Out: Bean & Leaf Cafe

Tow Service: Manteca Tow

Volunteer (Adult): Shim Lacy-Watson

Volunteer (Youth): Victoria Watson

Waffle: The Waffle Shop

Waiter/Waitress: Lisa Garcia (El Jardin)

Youth Organization: Boys & Girls Club of Manteca/Lathrop