In case you missed it, last Friday’s newspaper had a 28-page pull-out highlighting the first-, second- and third-place winners in this year’s Best Of North Tahoe & Truckee contest.

From all of us at the Sun, we’d like to thank the 938 readers who participated and entered a whopping 18,018 submissions for our 80 categories, and we’d like to congratulate those who were voted the best.

Below are all the first-place winners. Be sure to check out the special section, or visit, for the full list.


Best Asian Food — Dragonfly Restaurant (Truckee)

Best Bakery — Treat Box (Truckee)

Best Bar — Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar (Truckee)

Best Barbecue — Smokey’s Kitchen (Truckee)

Best Breakfast — Squeeze In (Truckee)

Best Burger — Burger Me (Truckee)

Best Deli — Full Belly Deli (Truckee)

Best Expresso/Coffee — Coffeebar (Truckee)

Best Fast Food — Burger Me (Truckee)

Best Fine Dining — Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar (Truckee)

Best Happy Hour — Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar (Truckee)

Best Ice Cream Parlor — Susie Scoops (Incline Village)

Best Mexican Food — Tacos Jalisco (Truckee)

Best Outdoor Dining — Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar (Truckee)

Best Overall Restaurant — Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar (Truckee)

Best Pizza — Best Pies (Truckee)

Best Restaurant View — Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar (Truckee)

Best Steak — Old Range Steakhouse (Tahoe Vista)

Best Sushi — Drunken Money (Truckee)

Best Vegetarian/Natural Food — New Moon Natural Foods (Truckee/Tahoe City)


Best Auto Shop/Garage — tie: The Auto & Tire Doctor (Truckee), Ward and Sons Automotive (Truckee)

Best Bank — Bank of the West (multiple locations)

Best Bike Shop — Paco’s Truckee Bike and Ski (Truckee)

Best Casino — Crystal Bay Club (Crystal Bay)

Best Catering — Full Belly Deli (Truckee)

Best Clothing Store — DressedBoutique (Truckee)

Best Fishing Charter — Mickey’s Big Mack Charters (Carnelian Bay)

Best Fitness Club — A Sante Lakeside Fitness (Tahoe City)

Best Gallery — Gallery Keoki (Olympic Valley)

Best Garden Supply/Nursery — Villager Nursery (Truckee)

Best Gift Shop — Bespoke (Truckee)

Best Hair Salon — Urban Angels (Truckee)

Best Hardware Store — Mountain Ace Hardware (Truckee)

Best Jewelry — Lorien Powers Studio Jewelry (Truckee)

Best Landscape Company — Blide Landscape Construction (Truckee)

Best Marina — Tahoe City Marina (Tahoe City)

Best Martial Arts — Tahoe Mountain Martial Arts & Yoga (Truckee)

Best Massage — Truckee Massage (Truckee)

Best Media Company/PR Firm/Newspaper — Sierra Sun

Best Nail Salon — Sassy Nails (Truckee)

Best Nonprofit — Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe

Best Ski/Board Shop — Tahoe Dave’s Skis and Boards (Kings Beach, Tahoe City, Olympic Valley)

Best Sporting Goods — Mountain Ace Hardware (Truckee)

Best Tattoo — Lucky 7 Tattoo & Piercing (Kings Beach)

Best Taxi Company — tie: High Sierra Taxi, Truckee River Taxi

Best Veterinary Clinic — Sierra Pet Clinic (Truckee)


Best Auto Mechanic — Dave Ward, Ward and Sons Automotive (Truckee)

Best Bank Teller — Tyler Lightcap, Wells Fargo

Best Barista — Greg Bucheister, Coffeebar (Truckee)

Best Bartender — Christopher St. Martin, Cottonwood (Truckee)

Best Boss — Mike Blide, Cottonwood (Truckee

Best Chef — Billy McCullough, Dragonfly (Truckee)

Best Dentist — Dr. Bob Colpitts (Truckee)

Best Doctor — Dr. Tim Lombard (Truckee)

Best Hair Stylist — Nicola Burns, Nicola B. Hair Studio (Truckee)

Best Insurance Agent — Tony Commendatore, Aegis Insurance (Truckee)

Best Local Artist — Lorien Powers

Best Local Attorney — Richard Mosbly

Best Local Musician — Brian Hess

Best Massage Therapist — Amber Defazio, Zenergy Wellness Spa (Truckee)

Best Nurse — Lindsey St. Martin

Best Ski Patroller — Vince Arthur, Northstar

Best Teacher — Vicki Isacowitz, Clever Minds Learning Center

Best Volunteer — Emily Watt

Best Wait Person — Cory Pevera, Blue Coyote (Truckee)


Best Beach — Sand Harbor

Best Concert Venue — Truckee Ampitheater

Best Place to Bike — Northstar

Best Place to Boat — Lake Tahoe

Best Place to Camp — Desolation Wilderness

Best Place to Fish — Truckee River

Best Place to Golf — Coyote Moon Golf Course

Best Place to Hike — Tahoe Rim Trail

Best Place to People Watch — Truckee Thursdays

Best Place to Picnic — Donner Lake docks

Best Place to Ski/Ride — Squaw Valley

Best Place to Snowmobile — tie: Blackwood Canyon, Jackson Meadows

Best Place to Take a Date — Cottonwood

Best Summer Event — Truckee Thursdays

Best Winter Event — SnowFest!