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2017 Finalist List

2017 People’s Choice FINALISTS to skip to the Final Polls for Registered Members click here
Finalist Voting to be conducted AUG. 15 – OCT. 14
Below are the 2017 People’s Choice FINALISTS based on Nominations and Semi-Final Voting. Please note that Finalists have been limited to three categories.

Beginning at midnight Aug. 15th, Registered Members can vote once daily, with no more than two members voting from the same household IP address. Polls will close at midnight Oct. 14, 2017, and WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED OCT. 30, 2017.

The complete voting schedule and additional information appear at the end of this list. Additionally, check our Facebook page (Best of Lake Chapala) for updates and announcements.

Below are your 2017 Finalists, in no particular order. Three to five Finalists typically appear, based on incoming votes. Should more than five Finalists appear, a tie is reflected.

-Best Retirement Home – La Valentina, Casa Anastasia, Mi Casita, Abbeyfield
-Best Private School – Instituto Internacional, Loyola, Colegio Chapala, Terranova, Roosevelt
-Best Medical Facility – Chapala Med, Maskaras, Hospital Ajijic
-Best Emergency Care – Cruz Roja, Maskaras, Jocotepec Community Hospital
-Best Healthcare Plan – Metlife, IMSS, Best Doctors
-Most Valuable Web Site or Forum – (web site), Beg Barter Buy Sell – Chapala
(Facebook page), (web site)
-Most Valuable News Media – Mexico News Daily (online), Guadalajara Reporter (online and in print), (online)
-Best Animal Assistance Org – Lucky Dog, Lakeside Spay & Neuter Ranch, Anita’s Animals (now closed)

-Best Restaurant (Overall) – Viva Mexico, Adelita’s, Ajijic Tango, Bruno’s
-Best Mexican Food – Fonda Doña Lola, Cenizas del Sol, Chile Verde, La Peña de Santos Ricos, Viva Mexico
-Best Steaks – Ajijic Tango, Bruno’s, Adelita’s, Arileo, Il Giardino
-Best Seafood – Cozumel, Rincon del Mar, Tabarka
-Best Pizza – Dominos, Perry’s, Focaccia, Pizza Disco, M&M
-Best Hamburger – Tripps, Ironhorse, California Rest, Rest Bar Tomas, Just Chillin’
-Best International Cuisine – Cocinart, Le Go Bistro, La Nueva Posada, Jardin de Ninette
-Best Italian Restaurant – Alex’s Pasta Bar, Focaccia, Giovanni’s, Hosteria del Arte,
La Taverna del Quattro Mori, Pranzo Bistro
-Best Asian/Oriental Restaurant – Min Wah, China Inn, Chopsticks, Ricki’s, Tepetate, Yue Lai
-Best Misc. Ethnic Restaurant – Cocinart, Gossip’s, Johanna’s, Le Go Bistro, Opa Bistro
-Best BBQ or Parillada – Bruno’s, Tony’s, Adelita’s, Smoke House, Rangers BBQ
-Best Breakfast – Salvador’s, David’s, Sunrise Cafe, Gosha’s, Mom’s Deli
-Best Home Delivery – Dominos Pizza, Hot Rod Burrito, Il Giardino, Pollito Deli 8, Valenciana’s Pizza,
-Best Vegetarian Food – Ajijic Tango, Huerto Cafe, Simply Thai, Tabarka, Yves
-Best Street Food – Carnitas y Tacos Lupe, Kamellos Tacos Arabe, Pollos El Amigo Don David,
La Hormiga, Rico Taco
-Best Baguette / Sandwish- Cydney’s Sandwich Shop, El Merendero, Panino’s, Panaderia Scandinavia,
Pranzo Bistro
-Best Buffalo or Hot Wings -Vancouver Wings, Wings Army, Dominos Pizza, Il Giardino
-Most Romantic Atmosphere- Armando’s, Chac-Lan, Hacienda del Lago, La Nueva Posada, Yves
-Best Coffee – Salvadors, Cafe Luna, Cafe Grano, Black & White Coffee, La Peña de Santos Rico
-Best Desserts & Pastries – American Legion Post 7, Cydney’s Sandwich Shop, Manix, Mel’s Steakhouse
-Most Economical Eatery – American Legion, Taqueria Jessica, Carnitas y Tacos Lupe, Hot Rod Burrito,
Jose’s Place
-Best Buffet – Min Wah (Saturday), Marco’s El Rey (Wednesday), Mel’s Steakhouse (Sunday)
-Best Wine & Beer Selection – Adelita’s, Brew House, Olé Olá, Wing’s Army
-Best Hotdog – Hotdog Shop, Mama’s Bar, Nene’s, Food Lake Container, Loncheria Lucy’s

-Best Diversion Overall – Lakeside Little Theatre, Balneario San Juan Cosala, Folliatti Casino
-Best Fitness Center – Health House, Zona Fitness, Fit for Life
-Best Family Activity – Balneario San Juan Cosala, Tobolandia, Cristiania Park
-Best Bar Overall – La Mezca, El Barco, Ironhorse, El Camaleon, Mama’s Bar
-Best Live Entertainment – Ironhorse, Adelita’s, El Barco
-Best TV Service – SKY, Dish, Shaw Direct, Telecable, Megacable
-Best TV streaming –,,
-Best Place to Volunteer – Lake Chapala Society, Cruz Roja, Lucky Dog Rescue

-Best Clothing Boutique (New or Used) – Mia’s Boutique, Terry’s Tianguis, Arati
-Best Supermarket – Walmart, Superlake, El Torito
-Best Pharmacy – Walmart, Benavides, Cristina, Farmacia Guadalajara
-Best Bazaar/Thrift Shop/Consignment – Beg Barter Buy Sell (Facebook), Mia’s Boutique, Casi Nuevo
-Best Gallery or Gift Shop – Creative Heart, Diane Pearl, El Sedentario
-Best Furniture – Nomad, Arden, Beg Barter Buy Sell (Facebook), Tepehua Community Center
-Best Fish Market – Pacifico, Tabarka, Las Playas
-Best Meat Market – Mr Bull, Tony’s, Sonora Carnes Finas
-Best Hardware & Construction Supplies -Truper, Ferreteria Calzada, Amutio
-Best Auto Parts – Auto Zone, Orma, Rolcar
-Best Paint Store & Paint Supplies – Prisa, Comex, Dupont, Sherwin Williams
-Best Pet Supplies – Maskottchen, Lakeside Friends of the Animals, Memo’s
-Best Plants & Landscaping Supplies -Vivero San Antonio, Vivero La Paz, Flora Exotica
-Best Sporting Goods – Coppel, Martí, Soriana, Walmart
-Best Place to Buy New/Used Books – Wise Dog, American Legion, Lake Chapala Society
-Best Appliance Outlet – Muebles America, El Tio Sam, Electro Venta
-Best Computer Supply/Electronics – Steren, Benno’s, Audio Video Mendoza

Best Travel Agency – Ajijic Travel Agency, Viajes Ajijic, Julie Ray Travel
Best Hotel – La Nueva Posada, Monte Coxala Raquet Club, Real de Chapala
Best B&B – Casa Tres Leones, Ajijic Plaza Suites, Lake Chapala Inn

-Best Primary Care Physician – Santiago Hernandez, Sam Thelin, Angelica Quintero Palomino
-Best Dentist or Dental Clinic – Candy Ugalde, Martha Medina, Don Olivera, Dental Express
-Best Veterinarian – Pepe Magaña, Maskotas Lake Luis Maciel, Pet Place Berenice Martinez
-Best Legal Service – LCS Becerra, Chapala Legal, ABC Legal
-Best Insurance Provider – Tio Corp, Parker, Bellon
-Best Architect or Builder – Jaime Hernandez, Steve Warwick Construction, Roberto Millan
-Best Computer Services – Axixic Net Adrian Ramos, Benno Computer Solutions, Gadgets Guy / Fix
My PC, Juan Barbosa/PC Fix Lakeside, Mike the Computer Guy
-Best Massage – Erin Dixon, El Chante Spa, Respiro Spa
-Best Hair Salon – Gloriosa, Yoly’s, Crisco Salon
-Best Dermatologist – Annmaria Palacios, Tania Sanchez/ Dra Monica, Martha Ballesteros
-Best Psychologist/Counselor – James Jaramillo Chavez, Claudia Martinez, Michele Boudreau
-Best Cosmetic Surgeon – Ann Dyer Team, Sergio Aguilla Bimbeza, Rafael Arenas Quintana
-Best Cardiologist – Jose Pascual Salas, Ramon Garcia Garcia, Hector Briseño Garcia
-Best Optician or Opthalmologist – Rigoberto Rios, Luz Zepeda, Maria de Jesus Quintero
-Best Gynecologist – Karla Orozco, Marcela Medina Castellanos, Iliana Ramos, Claudia Martinez
-Best Banking Institution – Actinver, Multiva, CI Bank
-Best Alternative Care – Erin Dixon, Barbara Rotthaler, Georgina Mariscal
-Best Diagnostic Lab – ISI Lab Chopo, GO Lab, Care Analysis
-Best Chiropractic/Spinal Manipulation – Jorge Ulloa, Victor J. Youcha, Lowell Stephen Birch
-Best Mailing/Shipping Service – LCS Mail Service, Ishop Mail, Handy Mail
-Best Auto Body & Paint- Fernandos, Monkey Paint, Salazar Auto Body Shop
-Best Real Estate Agency- Fenix Real Estate, Century 21 AccessMex, Coldwell Banker Chapala Realty, Lake Chapala Real Estate, All-in-1 Mexico Real Estate
-Best Rental Agency – Century 21 AccessMex, Coldwell Banker Chapala Real Estate, Ajijic Rentals
-Best Appliance Repair – Electrodomesticos Perales, Electroventa, Perez Appliance Repair,
Tecnicos en Servicio
-Best Auto Repair – Beto Hernandez, Auto Repair Ron Young, Salvadors
Best Mani-Pedi Nail Salon – Gloss Nail Salon, Total Body Care, New Look Salon

Contest Rules

The annual Lake Chapala Best of the Best, People’s Choice Awards survey is sponsored by ImagenMX for the purpose of recognizing outstanding business practices and products, and providing valuable information to visitors, residents and prospective residents based on input from the Lakeside Chapala community.

Contest sponsors ImagenMx and staff have worked to simplify and streamline the 2017 Best of the Best, People’s Choice Awards voting polls. The voting process has been made faster and easier, with some valuable clarifications added to our rules.

Of particular note is that, beginning in 2017, the Awards survey will conclude earlier in the year, allowing winners to take greater advantage of publicity and promotional opportunities.


Category nominees appear in alphabetical order by category. The preliminary names were compiled by: 1) public nominations, 2) multiple recommendations on area web sites and forums, and 3) based on votes or awards received in the previous year’s survey. Any nominee receiving 5 or more Write-Ins will earn a place as a SemiFinal Nominee. In this way, new businesses can be added during the year. So that the no one can monopolize the People’s Choice Awards, we allow nominees to be entered in no more than THREE categories.

A Lakeside business may “opt-out” of being a survey contestant by sending an email with to, and including a contact name and phone number for verification.


It’s Free! It’s Easy!! It’s Confidential!!! To register click here, simply submit a user name and email address, then verify receipt of the Confirmation Notice when received. You can then begin casting your votes. Duplicate or multiple email registrations will not be accepted. All personal information (such as confirmation email address) will be held in strictest confidence (see our Privacy Policy).


Winners will be announced OCTOBER 30, 2017, on this web site. In the event of a 1st-place tie, both will be named winners. First-place winners will receive an Award Certificate suitable for framing and displaying in the place of business. In addition, award-winners will be authorized to use the Best of the Best, People’s Choice Digital Award Emblem in their print or web publicity.

Winners are asked to contact the contest sponsors via this web site to provide a physical address and working email address for delivery of award.


Every effort will be made to ensure accurate, valid and objective contest results. ImagenMx and its sponsors or employees cannot be held responsible for intentionally fraudulent voting, unauthorized claims related to our survey, or unauthorized duplication and use of the award emblem; nor can they be held liable for the results of the automatic tally, or any indirect, incidental, consequential or damages or any loss of profit, revenue, or goodwill, or any claims of damage, loss, and expense arising from this public voting platform and web site.

Should a Candidate/Nominee be found to have purposely and knowingly violated in any way the integrity of the People’s Choice survey and these Contest Rules and Terms of Use, the sponsor reserves the right to revoke or withhold any award won under such circumstances.


Beyond the certificate and emblem granted to winners, no personal reward, profit or compensation of any sort is involved, offered or implied for any merchant/business, registered member, participating voter,, its sponsors or its employees. Winning a People’s Choice award does not constitute an endorsement by this web site.

Based on participant or voter input, or technical constraints, ImagenMX reserves the right to appropriately revise these terms of use at any time.