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Top MoCo Awards Go to 14 HER Helmet Thursdays Venues in Monterey County Weekly Poll

Top awards in fifteen categories for Best of Monterey County 2010® went to charter participants in the HER Helmet Thursdays project.   

Monterey County Weekly’s readers voted for their favorites in this annual poll, with 2010 results published in the March 18-24, 2010 issue, which remains online.   The Weekly is Monterey County’s largest circulation newspaper.

One of the winners, East Village Coffee Lounge, took top honors in two categories.   Carmel Belle was honored as an Editors’ Pick.

The Weekly’s readers also recognized two favorites among Monterey County cyclists:

Best Place to Bike/Mountain Bike, Fort Ord, and the Best Bike Store, Joselyn’s Bicycles.


Readers’ Picks

Best Club for Rock:  Jose’s Lounge Underground

Best Hangout after the Movie:  LALLA Grill

Best Place for Intelligent Conversation:  East Village Coffee Lounge

Best Restaurant in Carmel Valley:  Café Rustica

Best Restaurant in Marina:  Kula Ranch Island Steakhouse

Best Restaurant in Salinas:  Gino’s

Best Restaurant in Seaside:  Fishwife

Best Restaurant in Pacific Grove:  Passionfish

Best Restaurant in Carmel:  Cantinetta Luca

Best Drink with a View:  Schooners Bistro

Best Bloody Mary:  Sand Bar and Grill

Best Breakfast:  First Awakenings

Best Coffeeshop:  East Village Coffee Lounge

Best Middle Eastern:  Amir’s Kabob House

Editor’s Pick

Best Green Egg:  Carmel Belle

The Weekly’s editors clearly love Belle’s Green Eggs and Ham, among other menu items.  Check them out and see why.

Details on these award winners—

including tips for bicycling to their locations —provided at HER Helmet Thursdays Detailed Listings.

Update:  See entire charter participants list.   Also see the new HHT database/clickable map, which features the charter participants and all other participants, too!

This post was published on 18 March 2010. One or more changes last made to this post on 24 October 2013.

  1. marilynch says:

    Ah, Taqueria del Mar is one of my personal favorites–I tell visitors about them all the time! They are very unassuming and keep a low profile. New Monterey Neighborhood Association recently coaxed them online, putting up a website for the first time in over 20 years in business. And even though they didn’t make the Best of MoCo 2010 awards, they are top-shelf in my heart.

  2. Thanks for this, Mari. I enjoyed my first HER discount yesterday at Taqueria Del Mar. I’m smitten by their fish burritos. 🙂

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