Saturday, May 18, 2024

Best of the Best, People’s Choice WINNERS for 2014


Congratulations  to our 2014 Winners below. Following preliminary voting, finalists were announced Nov. 19. At that time, vote tallies were re-set to zero, so that all finalists started on equal footing. Final Voting then took place over the six-week period from 12:01 a.m.(CST) Nov. 19 to midnight Dec. 31, 2014.Winners receive an award certificate suitable for framing, and authorization to use the Best of the Best, People’s Choice Award emblem in their print or web publicity.*To view 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners scroll past this condensed version and click link to the expanded winner list!
SECTION 1 – QUALITY OF LIFEBest Retirement Home – La Valentina
Best Private School – Loyola
Best Medical Facility – Maskaras
Best Emergency Care – Maskaras
Best Healthcare Plan – Focus on Mexico
Most Valuable Web Resource – insidelakeside.comSECTION 2 – DINING & RESTAURANTSBest Restaurant Overall – Armando’s Hideaway
Best Mexican Food – Viva Mexico
Best Steaks – Bruno’s El Circo
Best Seafood – La Tabarka
Best Pizza – Focaccia (San Nicolas)
Best Hamburger – Bruno’s El Circo
Best International Cuisine – El Jardin de Ninette
Best Italian – La Taverna del Quattro Mori
Best Asian/Oriental – Min Wah
Best Misc. Ethnic – Gossip’s (Cajun)
Best Barbecue – Bruno’s El Circo
Best Breakfast – Delicias
Best Vegetarian – Secret GardenSECTION 3 – LEISURE & ACTIVITIESBest Fitness Center – Zona Fitness
Best Diversion Overall – Balneario San Juan Cosalá
Best Family Activity – Cristiania Park
Best Bar Overall – El Camaleón
Best Annual Event – Feria Maestros del Arte
Best TV Service – Shaw DirectSECTION 4 – TRAVEL & LODGING

Best Travel – Ray Travel Resources
Best Tours – Focus on Mexico
Best Hotel – Hacienda del Lago Hotel
Best Bed & Breakfast (B&B) – Casa Tres Leones
Best Nearby Jaunt – Mazamitla


Best Supermarket – Super Lake (San Antonio)
Best Pharmacy – Farmacia Cristina
Best Bazaar, Thrift Shop or Consignment 
– Chapala’s Consignment Shoppe
Best Gallery-Gift Shop – Diane Pearl Colecciones
Best Clothing Boutique – Mia’s
Best Furniture – Arden

Best Meat Market – Tony’s Carnicería
Best Fish Market – Indoor Market (Plaza Chapala)
Best Appliance Outlet – El Tio Sam
Books (New or Used) – Anita’s (Ajijic Tianguis)
Computer Supplies & Electronics – Steren (Centro
Hardware, Constr. Supplies – Ace Hardware Chapala
Paint Store & Paint Supplies – Prisa (4 locations)
Pet Supplies Store (3-way tie) –
Pet Care Riberas del Pilar
Friends of the Animals (formerly the Animal Shelter)
Maskottchen Plaza Soriana
Plants & Landscaping – Vivero La Paz
Water, Potable/Bottled – Santorini
Best Sporting Goods – Martí Centro Laguna


Best Hair Salon / Estetica – Sasha
Best Massage / Spa – New Look
Best Legal Service – Chapala Legal, Spencer MacMullen
Best Insurance Provider – TioCorp
Best Primary Care Doctor – Dr. Ricardo Heredia
Best Natural or Alternative Care – Erin Dixon
Best Diagnostic Lab – CARE Analysis Lab
Best Dentist or Dental Clinic – Dental Health One, Dra. Candy Ugalde
Best Mailing & Shipping Service (2-way tie) –
iShop Mail
Sol y Luna Logistics
Best Real Estate Office – Coldwell Banker Chapala Realty
Best House Rental Source – Coldwell Banker Chapala Realty


Best Thing About Living Lakeside – Sense of Community
Best mode of Transportation – Bus
Best Mexican Beer – Corona
Best Mexican Cheese – Oaxaca
Best Advice for Adapting Easily – If you love it here then stay. If not, please leave!
Best Vehicle to Own in Mexico – Economy car
Best Item(s) to Bring Here – Good manners
Best Item(s) to Buy Here – Fresh Produce
Best Deterrent to Crime – Exercise caution & common sense
Best Place to Meet Someone (2-way tie) –
Walking around
Clubs or organizations

-To view an expanded version showing 1st, 2nd and 3rd places click below.-

Winners 2014 (expanded)