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San Rafael Patch Unveils Readers' Choice Winners 2012

Over the past two months, you submitted nominees in 25 categories, from beers and burgers to burritos and bike shops, and then you voted on the best of the best from all over San Rafael and throughout Marin. Here are the results.

Last month you let your San Rafael and Marin pride shine and voted for your favorite local businesses in categories ranging from Best Burger and Thrift Store to Best Hair Salon and Best Place for Breakfast.

In several categories, such as the Best Place for Breakfast, the winner claimed gold by a small margin. In other polls, such as The Best Margarita in San Rafael, there was little competition.

We've tallied all the poll votes and now it's time to announce the winners. It includes some local gems, from and to  and the . See below for our complete list of Readers' Choice winners. 

Food & Drink

Best Burrito:

  • Winner: 
  • 2nd Place:
  • 3rd Place: & (Tie)

Best Burger

  • Winner:
  • 2nd Place:
  • 3rd Place: , , , , (5-way tie)

Best Italian Restaurant

  • Winner: (San Rafael)
  • 2nd Place: (Mill Valley)
  • 3rd Place: (Novato), (Fairfax), (Corte Madera) (Tie)

Best Pizza (Mill Valley Only)

  • Winner:
  • 2nd Place:
  • 3rd Place: , , ,

Best Margarita (Mill Valley Only)

  • Winner:

Cocktails (Mill Valley Only)

  • Winner:
  • 2nd Place: , (Tie)
  • 3rd Place: , (Tie)

Best Breakfast

  • Winner:
  • 2nd Place: ,
  • 3rd Place:

Indian Restaruants

  • Winner: in San Rafael
  • 2nd Place: In Novato
  • 3rd Place: In Novato

Best Craft Beer

  • Winner:
  • 2nd Place:
  • 3rd Place:

Best Sushi Restaurant

  • Winner: Sushi Ran
  • 2nd Place:
  • 3rd Place: , ,

Best Frozen Treats

  • Winner: in Mill Valley
  • 2nd Place: in Novato
  • 3rd Place: in Fairfax

Shopping

Best Bike Shop

  • Winner: in San Anselmo
  • 2nd Place: in Fairfax
  • 3rd Place: in Mill Valley, in Novato

Best Bookstore

  • Winner:
  • 2nd Place:
  • 3rd Place:

Health/Gourmet Food Stores

Pet Supply (Mill Valley Only)

  • Winner:
  • 2nd Place: ,
  • 3rd Place:

Thrift Stores:

  • Winner:
  • 2nd Place:

Entertainment

Best Live Music Venue

  • Winner: in Mill Valley
  • 2nd Place: in Fairfax
  • 3rd Place: in Mill Valley

Best Movie Theater

  • Winner:
  • 2nd Place: The Lark Theater
  • 3rd Place: , Fairfax Theater

Services

Best Car Wash

  • Winner: Matt & Jeff's
  • 2nd Place: Brushless Car Wash
  • 3rd Place:

Best Pet Boarding

  • Winner:
  • 2nd Place:
  • 3rd Place:

Health & Beauty

Best Gym/Health Club (Mill Valley Only)

  • Winner:
  • 2nd Place: , Mill Valley, , ,

Best Nail Salon (Mill Valley Only)

  • Winner: ,
  • 2nd Place: ,

Best Hair Salon (Mill Valley Only)

  • Winner:
  • 2nd Place: , , ,

Best Yoga Studio

  • Winner: of Marin in Corte Madera
  • 2nd Place:
  • 3rd Place: in Mill Valley, in San Anselmo

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