Paul Wellman

Best Of Santa Barbara® 2013

Santa Barbara Readers Pick a Few of Their Favorite Things

You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of print and pictures, but of mind-blowing exceptionalism. A journey into a wondrous land where many Santa Barbara Independent readers formulated a series of categories that ranged from the pit of their stomachs to the summit of their cultural achievements. In the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, they decided to vote for each of these categories, creating a glorious issue whose boundaries are set by the thousands of readers who took time to mark their paper ballots or click their online magical slates and phones. Here then, are the results of those tallied forays into discovering the most wondrous of all these unknown worlds, in realms of commercial, artistic, and the somewhat frightening land of consumer electronics. (Wow! What was that doll’s eyeball doing in the sky?) Presented then for your approval, just past that signpost up ahead, is your next stop: the Three-D Indy Best Of Zone.

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Drinking - Coffee, cocktail, and beer lovers can find the best places to imbibe, according to Santa Barbarans.

Driving - Want to know where to get your brakes fixed or buy a new car or scooter? Check out these favorite driving-related businesses.

Eating - Check out where Indy readers find the best burritos, clam chowder, pizza, and more foods to please the palate.

Falling in Love - Santa Barbara is a major wedding destination. Check out what our readers think are the best ways and places to fall in love.

Going Out - The arts are alive and well in Santa Barbara. Here, readers put their stamp on the best places to hear live music, see dance performances and theater, or spend your time playing pool or bowling.

Housing - Indoors and outdoors are the focus of this section—from buying a home to decorating living quarters to gardening.

Little Creatures - You can’t beat animals and babies for cuteness. Find out the best places to go for your kid and creature-related needs.

Living Well - Santa Barbara offers many ways to indulge in non-work indulgences; find out where readers voted the best place for acupuncture, to buy books, instruments, party supplies, and where to retire, among other lifestyle categories.

Looking Good - As the title suggests, here you’ll find the best spots to get your hair coifed, your nails polished, your face scrubbed, your clothes cleaned, and other style-related businesses.

Media - Find out where—and from whom—Santa Barbarans turn first to get the latest news and entertainment.

Sporting Life - Find which businesses cater to the active lifestyle, from running to skateboarding to golfing to whale watching.

Best Of Santa Barbara® 2012 Readers Poll Winners

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