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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 2:50 pm | Updated: 3:09 pm, Wed Mar 28, 2012.

The Best of the Northwest received nearly 400 votes

In late January, The Explorer called out to readers to tell us who their favorite businesses throughout the Northwest community were. From Marana to Oro Valley, hundreds of businesses received votes from customers. While only a few made the finalist list, in compiling the results, The Explorer staff learned about many businesses we had never heard of, and plan on trying some of them out.

The Explorer website received nearly 400 votes throughout the two months polls were open.

The businesses taking first place in the poll are described throughout “The Best of the Northwest” special section. The section features all businesses that made the top three, or received enough votes to receive honorable mention.

All of the first-place winners will receive a hand-delivered certificate from Explorer Publisher Ryan Kedzierski, or Managing Editor Thelma Grimes.

Besides the special section in this week’s Explorer, all results can be seen on the website at www.explorernews.com.


 

Food & Drink


Best place for Breakfast

Jerry Bob’s Family Restaurant

7939 N. Oracle Rd.

878-9360

7850 N. Silverbell Rd.

579-0937

8300 N. Thornydale Rd. Ste. 100

579-7177

myjerrybobs.com

Jerry Bob’s Family Restaurant has built a loyal customer following over the years, and has become a Tucson favorite for a quality service and tasty, affordable food. Jerry Bob’s menu consists of a variety breakfast and lunch items, with no meal on the menu exceeding $6.99.

Recognized as having the northwest’s best breakfast, Jerry Bob’s offers egg plates with a choice of pancakes, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, and grits or toast, a number of different omelettes, French toast, and more.

Jerry Bob’s offers a children’s menu for breakfast items, and also allows for take out orders, offering a convenient lunch solution for people on the go.

In addition to its popular breakfast menu, Jerry Bob’s also offers an extensive lunch menu to include sandwiches, burgers, salads, homemade soup, meat loaf, liver and onions, catfish and more.

Jerry Bob’s newest location is located on the northeast corner of Cortaro Road and Silverbell Road.

 

2nd place

Sunny Side Up Café

15800 N. Oracle Rd.

818-1083

 

3rd place

Crying Onion Café

3684 W. Orange Grove Rd.,

Ste. 156

531-1330

 

Honorable Mention

The Good Egg

5055 N. Oracle Rd.

293-6139


 

Best Coffee House

Starbucks

Multiple locations

starbucks.com

To say Starbucks purchases and roasts high-quality whole bean coffees is very true. That’s the essence of what they do. The chain continues to rank as the top coffee house in most online polls, and is now a favorite in the Northwest. Starbucks has become a beacon for coffee lovers everywhere.

Starbucks first opened in 1971 in Seattle.

 

2nd place

Rock N Java

7555 Twin Peaks Rd.

572-5238

 

Roadrunner Café

9665 N. Thornydale Rd.

579-7011

 

Village Bakehouse

7882 N. Oracle Rd.

531-0977


 

Best Bakery

Village Bakehouse

7882 N. Oracle Rd.

531-0977

villagebakehouse.com

 

2nd place

Paradise Bakery

4362 N. Oracle Rd.

888-0940

 

3rd place

Frog’s Organic Bakery

7109 N. Oracle Rd.

229-2124


 

Best place for lunch under $7

Subway

Multiple locations

subway.com

Subway’s creative marketing for its $5 foot-long has earned it the top-pick for best lunch under $7. Since 1965, Subway has offered its patrons a variety of sandwiches that are not only tasty, but also low on the calories. As the largest submarine sandwich chain in the world, Subway prides itself for using fresh ingredients, providing excellent customer service, and offering almost 37,000 storefronts worldwide, allowing families just about everywhere to enjoy a meal together.

 

2nd place

Baggin’s Gourmet Sandwiches

11015 N. Oracle Rd.

547-2839

6342 N. Oracle Rd. Ste. B427

575-8878

 

3rd place

Beyond Bread

421 W. Ina Rd.

461-1111

 

Eegee’s

Multiple locations


 

Best Hamburger Restaurant

In N Out Burger

8180 Cortaro Rd.

11545 N. Oracle Rd.

800-786-1000

in-n-out.com

In 1948, the first In-N-Out Burger was founded by Harry and Esther Snyder in California. Harry’s idea of a drive-thru hamburger stand where customers could order through a two-way speaker box was quite unique. Harry’s idea caught on and California’s first drive-thru hamburger stand was born.

Quality, freshness, and service were very important to Harry and Esther. Their sons, Guy and Rich, learned the business from the “ground floor”. From an early age, Guy and Rich worked at In-N-Out, learning the principles that were to become the cornerstones of In-N-Out’s philosophy.

Now, In-N-Out has grown into a national chain, and with every new restaurant that opens in the Tucson area, customers are pleased.

 

2nd place

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar

1865 E. River Rd.

299-7799

 

3rd place

Five Guys Burgers & Fries

4362 N. Oracle Rd.

887-3101

 

Honorable Mention

Culver’s

6905 N. Thornydale Rd.

797-9277


 

Best Pizza Restaurant

Mama’s Pizza

7965 N. Oracle Rd.

297-3993

mamasfamous.com

The story of Mama’s is rooted miles away in New York City, but the catalyst for bringing the restaurant to Tucson springs from the love that ties children to parents. After many years of living and working in New York City, Joe and Eleanor Spina decided to retire. In 1975, with promises of monthly visits from their children, Kathryn, Joe Jr., and Vinnie, Joe and Eleanor packed their household memories, said goodbye to Long Island, and set their sights on Tucson.

After only a few long flights back and forth, Joe and Eleanor’s children decided they missed their parents, that family was just too important to waste time in the air. They made a collective decision to move west, their own manifest destiny.

According to family members, choosing a name for the restaurant was easy. The word Mama represented family, home, and love. It is a word common in many languages and could transcend the test of time; it was a nod to Mama, who always wanted a restaurant. When the doors to the New York restaurant opened, Joe, Vinnie, Kathryn, and Mama and Pop (who traveled east for the event) celebrated the grand opening together.

 

2nd place

Papa Murphy’s Pizza

Multiple locations

 

3rd place

Magpie’s

7315 N. Oracle Rd.

297-2712


 

Best Asian Food

Harvest Moon

12125 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. D5

825-5351

harvestmoontucson.com

Harvest Moon is owned by Quincy Zhang, who is also the chef. According to the Harvest Moon website, Zhang said, “As a young boy growing up in Canton, China, I dreamed of marrying Wanda, my childhood sweetheart, of becoming a chef, and of coming to the U.S. to open a restaurant.”

Zhang’s love of cooking began early, preparing meals for his younger siblings. He later attended cooking school and moved to Guangzhou, one of Guangdong Province’s gastronomic epicenters where he honed his skills in the city’s fine restaurants.

Now, with a recipe of hard work, talent and optimism, Quincy and Wanda are living their dreams. The joy they find in their family, their customers and creating fine cuisine is the magic ingredient that flavors their many celebrated dishes.

 

2nd place

P.F. Chang’s

1805 E. River Rd., Ste. 100

615-8788

 

3rd place

Dragon Village

12152 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

229-0388

 

Honorable mentions

Panda Express

Multiple locations

 

Pei Wei

633 W. Ina Rd.

297-3238


 

Best Mexican Food

El Charro Café

7725 N. Oracle Rd.

229-1922

elcharrocafe.com

Established in 1922, El Charro Café, of Tucson, is the nation’s oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family, featuring traditional Sonoran cultural style and innovative Tucson style Mexican Food, El Charro is truly as Gourmet Magazine wrote: “A Taste Explosion”.

With a large array of products, which feature a synergy of Sonoran ingredients, El Charro is Tucson’s true culinary history. People come from all across the country to experience El Charro.

 

2nd place

Carlota’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine

15920 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 116

825-7530

10420 N. La Cañada Dr.

219-4560

 

3rd place

Molinito’s

3675 W. Ina Rd.

 

Honorable Mention

Mi Tierra Mexican Restaurante

16238 N. Oracle Rd.

825-3040


 

Best Italian Food

Michelangelo Ristorante Italiano

420 W. Magee Rd.

297-5775

michelangelotucson.com

Based on the website for Michelangelo, customers get a feeling right away that they are in for a treat. The Northwest eatery offers outstanding Italian cuisine that will transport you to the Old Country. Michelangelo offers a wide variety of dishes, including Pescatore — shrimp, mussels, clams, scallops, oysters and mushrooms in a light marinara sauce over linguini. In addition, don’t miss their home-made pastas, daily fresh fish, veal, chicken and gourmet desserts.

The establishment prides itself on a casual, yet elegant atmosphere.

A full bar and patio dining are available.

 

2nd place

Caffe Torino

10325 N. La Cañada Dr.

219-2994

 

Carrabba’s

7635 N. Oracle Rd.

742-7442

 

Olive Garden

11905 N. Oracle Rd.

544-3690

 

3rd place

Guiseppe’s Ristorante Italiano

6060 N. Oracle Rd.

505-4187


 

Best Steakhouse

The Keg Steakhouse

12005 N. Oracle Rd.

219-9500

kegsteakhouse.com

Quality, comfort and value are three key ingredients that make The Keg Steakhouse & Bar experience like no other. The menu features tender, juicy steaks, slow roasted prime rib, shellfish, the freshest of salads, irresistible desserts… and of course, an outstanding wine list.

When it comes to steak, The Keg serves only the finest cuts. They are aged for tenderness. Then, a very special blend of seasonings is added to lend unique flavor while still allowing the natural properties of the high quality, well aged beef to be enjoyed to its fullest. This ensures that a tender, succulent, flavorful steak is guaranteed off the grill every time.

The Keg is also an advocate for community. In the last year, a nationwide program brought the Town of Oro Valley a $25,000 grant through Keg Steakhouse programs.

 

2nd place

Texas Roadhouse

8450 N. Cracker Barrel Rd.

579-3855

 

3rd place

Fleming’s

6360 N. Campbell Ave.

529-5017

 

Honorable Mention

Outback Steakhouse

2240 W. Ina Rd.

531-1231


 

Best Family Dining

Chili’s

5975 W. Arizona Pavilions Dr.

572-9065

11065 N. Oracle Rd.

219-5479

chilis.com

Chili’s opened as a fun Dallas burger joint with a loyalty to happy hour and blue jeans. The establishment prided itself on humble beginnings, following a devotion to great food, warm hospitality and community spirit. Today, with restaurants all over the world, Chili’s continues to cook up the best in casual fare, offering the same genuine service they always have. And, just as in 1975, they’re committed to giving back to the communities that have helped them grow. Chili’s menu has grown, providing menu choices for all members of the family, no matter what age.

 

2nd place

Metropolitan Grill

7892 N. Oracle Rd.

531-1212

 

3rd place

Olive Garden

11905 N. Oracle Rd.

544-3690

 

Texas Roadhouse

8450 N. Cracker Barrel Rd.

579-3855


 

Best place for Happy Hour

El Charro Café

7725 N. Oracle Rd.

229-1922

Besides serving fine Mexican food, El Charro has also become known for its Happy Hour specials with large portions of appetizers and tasty drinks.

 

Noble Hops

1335 W. Lambert Ln.

797-4677

The name Noble Hops was chosen because hops are the soul of beer and “Noble Hops” are considered the finest hops available.

These concepts are a natural for owners Aric and Josh Mussman. These Tucson-born brothers have changed the way Tucson, Oro Valley and Marana think about pizza and are known for the authentic Neapolitan pizza as a gourmet offering. And their two restaurants in Tucson and Marana are known as neighborhood establishments with loads of regulars.

So it goes with their newest concept, a focus on high quality, delicious food and a wide selection of hand-crafted beers. The menu will rotate seasonally and offer daily specials, which includes: small plates, salads, entrees and burgers.

 

Thunder Canyon Brewery

7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.

797-2652

thundercanyonbrewery.com

Thunder Canyon Brewery opened November 18, 1997 in Tucson. Located in the Foothills Mall, Thunder Canyon’s object is simple: Serve the finest, hand-crafted beers produced from a working, on-site brewery; offers healthy, contemporary bistro-style cuisine; and we serve it all up in a fun, clean friendly environment.

 

Honorable Mention

Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza

5825 W. Arizona Pavilions Dr.

572-1555


 

Best restaurant/bar to watch sports

Fox & Hound

7925 N. La Cholla Blvd.

575-1980

foxandhound.com

With several flat screen televisions located throughout, Fox & Hound Restaurant offers a fun sports viewing experience with high quality food, drinks, and entertainment, all budget friendly. Fox & Hound has several beers on tap, including imported, domestic, and specialty selections. For entertainment, guests can partake in a game of darts, billiards, or simply kick back and enjoy a variety of cable coverage – never without a sports game of some sort.

Fox & Hound offers private rooms for reservation to celebrate special occasions.

 

2nd place

World Sports Grille

2290 W. Ina Rd.

229-0011

 

3rd place

Famous Sam’s

8058 N. Oracle Rd.

575-1980

 

Honorable Mention

Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza

5825 W. Arizona Pavilions Dr.

572-1555


 

Best restuarant/bar to see live music

The Steak Out

3620 W. Tangerine Rd.

572-1300

azsteakout.com

The Steak Out provides a country atmosphere and hosts live country music during the weekends for an enjoyable group or family outing. The Steak Out aims to provide the best customer service and tastiest meats, using mesquite grills and world-famous seasoning.

 

2nd place

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

1785 E. River Rd.

299-4275

 

3rd place

Bluefin Seafood Bistro

7053 N. Oracle Rd.

531-8500

 

La Parilla Suiza

4250 W. Ina Rd.

572-7200

 

Old Father Inn

4080 W. Ina Rd.

744-1200


 

Services


Best Hospital

Oro Valley Hospital

1551 E. Tangerine Rd.

901-3500

orovalleyhospital.com

According to CEO Jae Dale, The Oro Valley Hospital provides compassionate, customer focused care. Not only is the facility accredited by The Joint Commission, but the Oro Valley Hospital has a compassionate and caring professional team that work hard to provide the quality of care the community has come to expect.

The Oro Valley website provides information about the Oro Valley Hospital, its Allied Physicians, community education, services offered at the hospital, affiliated hospital Northwest Medical Center, and so much more. One of our new innovative features is the “Touch My Heart” program. Simply click on the Touch My Heart logo on the main page and enroll into a program that will assist you in developing a healthier cardiovascular lifestyle with feedback from the skilled cardiac and vascular team at Oro Valley Hospital. At Oro Valley Hospital, improving quality care is the ultimate goal.

 

2nd place

Northwest Medical Center

1551 E. Tangerine Rd.

901-3500

 

3rd place

Tucson Medical Center

5301 E. Grant Rd.

327-5461

 

Honorable Mention

University Medical Center

1501 N. Campbell Ave.

694-0111

 


 

Best Chiropractor

Tompkins Family Chiropractic

7620 N. Hartman Ln.,

Ste. 124-2

572-2596

tompkinschiropractic.com

 

2nd place

Orange Grove Chiropractic

6781 N. Thornydale Rd., Ste. 215

742-2222

 

3rd place

Dr. David Stender

6595 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 135

797-6683

 


 

Best Pediatrician

Casas Adobes Pediatrics

7600 N. La Cholla Blvd.

751-3675

casasadobespediatrics.com

Choosing the right pediatrician for your child requires careful consideration. Dr. Henry Bianchi and Dr. Carol Swanson are board-certified pediatricians who together have more than 40 years experience meeting the health and wellness needs of infants, children and adolescents in greater Tucson. Beth McCauslin a certified nurse practitioner also helps care for patients at Casas Adobes Pediatrics. The office is a warm and welcoming environment.

 

2nd place

Orange Grove Pediatrics

1925 W. Orange Grove Rd.,

Ste. 302

797-3888

 

3rd place

Cholla Pediatrics

2167 W. Orange Grove Rd.

544-7650


 

Best Urgent Care

Northwest Urgent Care at Orange Grove

3870 W. River Rd., Ste. 126

219-6616

nwmc.healthconnectionmag.com/NWMCSPR2011p5.aspx

Located at the Orange Grove/Thornydale/River Road intersection in the Sunflower Farmers Market shopping center. The urgent care facility offers a pediatrician and pediatric services, with appointments available. The service is offered Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. To 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Walk-in services includes urgent care services, general x-rays and laboratory services.

 

2nd place

Rancho Vistoso Urgent Care

13101 N. Oracle Rd.

818-2000

 

3rd place

Continental Reserve Urgent Care

8333 N. Silverbell Rd.

202-7700

 


 

Best Eye Care

Fishkind Bakewell Maltzman Eye Care & Surgery Center

5599 N. Oracle Rd.

293-6740

10425 N. Oracle Rd.

878-9283

eyestucson.com

With five doctors to serve three convenient locations on Tucson’s northwest side and Oro Valley, Fiskind, Bakewell, Maltzman Eye Care and Surgery Center is available when needed. Residents can get eye examinations and take advantage of a full-service optical shop for eyeglasses. The main office houses a Medicare and state-certified outpatient surgery center, equipped with the most modern technology.

Refractive laser surgery is performed at the Arizona Eye Laser Center.

Fishkind, Bakewell and Maltzman are strong proponents of continuing education. Staff participates in ongoing formal education programs, addressing topics from governmental healthcare regulations to the latest in medical technology. They constantly re-evaluate practice procedures, and strive to improve the level of service.

 

2nd place

Affinity Eye Care

6615 N. Oracle Rd.

797-8000

 

Griswold Eye Care

1521 E. Tangerine Rd., Ste. 301

797-9700

 

Honorable Mention

Oro Valley Eye Care

10515 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 145

229-2010

 


 

Best Day Spa

Imagen Salon

475 E. Vuelta Caminata Del Rio

742-0040

imagensalonspa.com

Imagen is Oro Valley’s premiere Day Spa facility, from a prime location to a menu full of services, it’s not a surprise they won the vote as the “Best of the Northwest.” Imagen is a customer-friendly establishment that allows customers to go online, view a menu, make appointments and have employees ready to provide top-notch services. Imagen provides everything from hair style cuts and color, to make up and cosmetic services to spa manicures and pedicures.

 

2nd place

Gadabout

8303 Oracle Rd.

742-0000

 

3rd place

Ivan’s Studio

4771 N. 1st Ave.

888-2536

 

Massage Envy

7645 N. Oracle Rd.

577-3689

 


 

Best Hair Salon

Imagen Salon

475 E. Vuelta Caminata del Rio

742-0040

imagensalonspa.com

Imagen is Oro Valley’s premiere Day Spa facility, from a prime location to a menu full of services, it’s not surprise they won the vote as the “Best of the Northwest.” Imagen is a customer-friendly establishment that allows customers to go online, view a menu, make appointments and have employees ready to provide top-notch services. Imagen provides everything from hair style cuts and color, to make up and cosmetic services to spa manicures and pedicures to nail art and fully acrylic sets. Imagen also offers head to toe waxing, facial treatments, peel treatments and full body massage and scrub treatments.

 

2nd place

Ivan’s Studio

4771 N. 1st Ave.

888-2536

 

3rd place

Circa 79

6021 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 111

825-0015

 

Great Clips

Multiple locations

 


 

Best Nail Salon

Ivan’s Studio

4771 N. 1st Ave.

888-2536

Ivan’s Studio is a hair and nail salon in Tucson, offering the very best in personal care and with your comfort in mind.

Ivan’s Studio’s pledge to clients is to provide an extraordinary salon experience in a comfortable atmosphere. Ivan’s strives to give distinctive and creative hair services, which allows personal styles to shine.

Ivan’s experienced staff is committed to nothing short of excellence. Ivan’s is a proud member of the professional beauty industry, continually looking for ways to better their skills and learn new techniques.

 

2nd place

Imagen Salon

475 E. Vuelta Caminata del Rio

742-0040

imagensalonspa.com

 

3rd place

Gadabout

8303 Oracle Rd.

742-0000

 

Honorable Mentions

Nail Trix

Multiple locations

Nails of the World

12112 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Ste. 180

544-3843

 


 

Best Tanning Salon

Planet Beach

12112 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

877-8266

planetbeach.com

The Planet Beach business model continues to expand; adding more services and products in an effort to assure a one-stop shop for the benefit of the customers and members. Planet Beach created the Contempo Spa concept; a hybrid of the Day Spa and UV Therapy Industries. Focus has shifted from Planet Beach’s early roots in tanning to the overall wellness and skincare of those who visit a Planet Beach Contempo Spa. Since then, customers are being better cared for with a more overall approach to skin wellness and are being provided a comprehensive service and product programs including; massages, facials, hydration treatments, guided meditation, weight management programs, red light therapy, sunless services, UV therapy and now a full line of skincare, take home spa luxury and nutrition products.

 

Honorable Mentions

Desert Tan

7883 N. Oracle Rd.

797-4073

 

Imagen Salon

475 E. Vuelta Caminata del Rio

742-0040

 

Maui Beach

8260 N. Cortaro Rd., Ste. 152

579-2400

 

Tan Tastics

3108 E. Ft. Lowell Rd.

325-0325

 


 

Best Dentist

Hiremath Dentistry

750 Pusch View Ln., Ste. 100

797-9524

hiremathfamilydentisty.net

 

2nd place

Dr. Robert

Hohenstein, DDS

2512 E. Vistoso Commerce Loop

797-4844

smilemoredentalaz.com

 

SmileMore Dental

12512 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

531-8207

smilemoredentalaz.com

 


 

Best Carpet/ Floor Cleaning

Beyond Clean

beyondclean.biz

744-1850

In September 2008, Beyond Clean officially became a Seal of Approval Service Provider. Beyond Clean promises experience in their work, with years of cleaning hundreds of thousands of square feet of carpet and tile in Northwest Tucson.

Beyond Clean is family owned and operated

With premiere cleaning services, Beyond Clean has industrial-size power equipment, which minimizes rapid re-soiling so your flooring looks good longer.

Eldon Cleaners

1406 N. 1st. Ave.

622-7774

eldontucson.tripod.com

Eldon has been serving the Tucson community with high quality dry-cleaning services for more than 30 years. Eldon offers a wide variety of services in cleaning your home from draperies, quilts, bedspreads, comforters and duvet covers, to oriental rugs, wall hangings, table cloths, fabric heirlooms and the traditional wall-to-wall carpeting.

Eldon specializes in delicate and hard to clean fabrics.

 


 

Best Nursery/Garden Center

Rillito Nursery & Garden Center

6303 N. La Cholla Blvd.

575-0995

rillitonursery.com

Rillito Nursery and Garden Center is an independent, family owned and operated business that has provided customers in Tucson with a diverse inventory of quality plants and products since 1994.

The nursery is located in Northwest Tucson just south of the intersection of La Cholla Blvd. and Orange Grove Road across from the Northwest Hospital Complex.

Plant products are displayed by plant type, size, and environmental requirements. An example is that the low water use plants are grouped together in an area separate from plants that thrive in the shade and need more water. Plant information signs are used extensively to assist customers in making their selections.

 

2nd place

Mesquite Valley Growers

8005 E. Speedway Blvd.

721-8600

 

Honorable Mentions

Bach’s Cactus Nursery

8602 N. Thornydale Rd.

744-3333

 

Lowes

4075 W. Ina Rd.

572-7300

 


 

Best Pool Services

Atlantis Pools

3005 W. Ina Rd.

682-3677

Atlantis Pool and Spa offers more than 55 years of combined experience, providing the finest quality products and reputable designers for pool and spa construction. Atlantis Pool and Spa specializes in creating outdoor living environments to blend with a property owner’s existing environment and character of the home into an entirely new living and entertainment space.

Atlantis prides itself on its reputation for exceeding the vision of its patrons in an efficient manner, usually finishing pools within 90 days of the start date, with all phases being owner-supervised. Atlantis offers flexible, affordable financing options.

 


 

Leslie’s Pool Supply

5971 N. Oracle Rd.

292-1306

In March of 1963, a one-man pool supply operation working out of a backyard shed in North Hollywood, California, began. That journey continues today - 46 years later - as Leslie’ s Poolmart, Inc., “The World’s Largest Retailer of Swimming Pool Supplies” . With over 600 retail stores in 35 states across America, plus the availability of commercial sales, mail order and internet shopping, Leslie ’s offers every customer the ultimate experience.

Leslie’s offers a comprehensive product line including chemicals, cleaning devices, equipment, parts, recreational and safety products, as well as many unique items for the backyard and patio. They also offer professional on-site equipment installation and repair services in most areas.

Leslie’s is the best place to find everything you need to make owning a swimming pool and spa fun and easy, at the best prices guaranteed. But they’re so much more than just great products at great prices. They have a highly-trained staff of pool professionals that provide unique solutions for all of pool and spa problems and needs.

 


 

Best Landscaper

Boxhill Landscape Design

2954 N. Campbell Ave., Ste. 220

909-6109

boxhilldesign.com

Boxhill Landscape Design invites their customers to unlock nature’s potential in their own space. Boxhill Landscape Design provides smart, eco-conscious solutions to reflect a person’s own lifestyle. Boxhill’s philosophy is grounded in creating a perfect union between nature and art.

Boxhill has been featured in Home Magazine, has earned multiple awards for its work and dedication, and is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, the Tucson representative for the NY Garden Conservancy and is a member of the Cactus and Succulent Society.

 

2nd place

Desertscape Landscape

742-0345

 

3rd place

Cutler Landscaping

5461 W. Cortaro Farms Rd.

579-1800

 


 

Best Painting Services

Urias Remodeling

572-9128

uriasremodeling.com

Urias is a family-owned, residential, general contractor that specializes in all home improvement needs. Urias’ has been remodeling Tucson, Oro Valley, SaddleBrooke and surrounding areas since 1995 and has more than 20 years of experience.

Tito Urias is the general manager of the Tucson Company. After growing up in Bisbee, and earning his Computer Electronic Engineering Degree, Tito spent eight years in the medical industry, until he realized his heart belonged to construction.

In 1995, “Urias Drywall” was founded by Tito in Tucson.

 

2nd place

Blue Coyote Painting

7620 N. Hartman Ln., Ste 172

219-2777

 

3rd place

Abeyta Painting

4729 E. Sunrise Dr.

529-2878

 


 

Pet Services

Best Pet grooming

Groomingdales Pet Salon

4759 N. 1st Ave.

292-9436

groomingdalespetsalontucson.com

 

2nd place

Petsmart

3850 W. River Rd.

742-1296

petsmart.com

 

3rd place

Poochini’s Pet Grooming

7705 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 125

877-7771

 

Teddy’s Dog House

3906 W. Ina Rd., Ste. 204

744-1965

 


 

Best Veterinary Clinic

Northwest Pet Clinic

252 W. Ina Rd.

742-4148

northwestpetclinic.com/home

For more than 30 years veterinarians and staff of the Northwest Pet Clinic have been providing quality health care for pets. Compassionate care is an important part of proper medical care. For the creatures that share our homes and lives, the Northwest Pet Clinic strives to be a place of healing, help and kindness, serving as a vet Tucson, veterinary.

Doctors and staff are friendly and genuinely concerned about a pet’s welfare.

Like human medicine, veterinary medicine is becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated. New technologies and new knowledge are a fact of life. Northwest Pet Clinic makes every attempt to continuously upgrade both facilities and skills.

 

2nd place

Cortaro Farms Pet Hospital

3550 W. Cortaro Farms Rd.

744-2050

 

3rd place

Mesquite Vet Clinic

15999 N. Oracle Rd.

825-3211

 

Old Pueblo Veterinary Clinic

4001 N. Stone Ave.

887-5571

 

Suffolk Hills Veterinary Clinic

7770 N. Oracle Rd.

742-1196

 


 

Best Animal Boarding

Groomingdales Pet Salon

4759 N. 1st Ave.

292-9436

groomingdalespetsalontucson.com

 

2nd place

Animal Inn

6745 N. La Cañada Dr.

797-2914

animal-inn.net

 

3rd place

Royaile Kennel

13275 N. Como Dr.

297-2434

 

Honorable mention

Petsmart

3850 W. River Rd.

742-1296


 

Retirement Living


 

Best Retirement Living

SaddleBrooke

63675 E. SaddleBrooke Blvd.

818-7835

SaddleBrooke is a 55+ retirement community with a lot to offer the active retiree. As the largest planned retirement community in Tucson, SaddleBrooke offers golf courses, tennis courts, community pools, clubhouses, dining, biking, photography and beautiful mountain views.

The friendly neighborhood environment is complemented with beautiful contemporary homes, golf-cart friendly streets, scenic walkways, wellness/fitness centers, and a performing arts center.

SaddleBrooke’s private location at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains offers a quiet neighborhood atmosphere, but is not too far away from local businesses to compensate the needs of its residents.

 

2nd place

Splendido

13500 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

878-2600

 

Honorable Mentions

Sun City Vistoso

1565 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

825-3110

 

Sunflower Community

9401 N. Sunflower Park Dr.

572-9780


 

Retail & Services


 

Best Grocery Store

Fry’s

Multiple locations

frysfood.com

As subsidiary of Kroger, Fry’s is quickly becoming the nation’s top grocery story. This growth is not just because of the food selections Fry’s offers. This growth is because Fry’s has evolved with the industry over the last several years. One of those areas of growth is becoming a supercenter. Fry’s has become the grocery store that also meets other household needs. The supercenters along with florists, pharmacy and the best food choices, also has furniture for the living room, kitchen and porch along with other decorations for the home.

Fry’s has multiple locations throughout Tucson and the Northwest community, including the recently remodeled store on Ina and Thornydale.

 

2nd place

Trader Joe’s

7912 N. Oracle Rd.

797-4207

 

3rd place

Bashas’

Multiple locations

 

Honorable Mentions

Safeway

Multiple locations

Sprouts

7665 N. Oracle Rd.

297-5446

 


 

Best Hardware Store

Ace Hardware

Multiple locations

acehardware.com

Ace Hardware is your best source for all your hardware requirements, household supplies, helpful tools and much more, for both indoors as well as outdoors.

So it you are looking for lawn and orchard tools and supplies, outdoor decor, appliances or products, painting tools and accessories, home appliances, plumbing or electrical equipments, to heating and cooling equipments; Ace Hardware is your one stop shop for all your hardware needs and maybe much more.

 

2nd place

Home Depot

10855 N. Oracle Rd.

877-3533

3925 W. Costco Dr.

575-8750

 

3rd place

Lowes

4075 W. Ina Rd.

572-7300

 


 

Best Shoe Store

DSW

11895 N. Oracle Rd.

742-4250

dsw.com

DSW is the shoe-shopping destination for style-conscious women and men who appreciate value. With thousands of shoes, great prices, and an ever-changing inventory, they inspire passionate shoe lovers nationwide. Their award-winning loyalty program rewards our returning shoppers with exclusive discounts.

 

2nd place

Alan’s Shoe House

6030 N. Oracle Rd.

297-5268

 

3rd place

Golden Goose Thrift Shop

15970 N. Oracle Rd.

825-9101

 

Honorable Mentions

Payless Shoe Source

7475 N. La Cholla Blvd.

 


 

Best Jewelry Store

Goldline Fine Jewelry

7278 N. Oracle Rd.

744-3700

goldlinejewelers.com

Goldline Fine Jewelers is an owner operated, brick and mortar jewelry store that believes in honesty, full disclosure and customer service first.

The company’s Master Goldsmith started his apprenticeship more than 30 years ago at the age of 13. Coming from a family of clock makers, he developed a fondness for fine timepieces, but was drawn by the luster of gold and the play of color in opals.

After graduating from a local Tucson high school and serving six years in the US Navy he returned home and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts.

Goldline was conceived later that year. From custom jewelry, repair, cleaning and care Goldline has established itself as one of the Northwest’s best jewelers.

 

2nd place

McGuire’s Jewelers

230 E. Wetmore Rd.

622-7532

 

3rd place

Marshall’s Jewelers

4755 E. Grant Rd.

325-9955

 

Honorable Mentions

Caldwell Jewelers

7225 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 104

742-3687

 

Helzberg Diamonds

4500 N. Oracle Rd., Ste 163

293-7696

 

Jared

4240 N. Oracle Rd.

292-6265

 


 

Best Florist

Inglis Florists

6468 N. Oracle Rd.

297-1158

3840 W. Ina Rd.

744-0200

inglisflorists.com

Inglis Florists has been serving Tucson and the surrounding areas since 1940. Owners, Paul and Michael Butterbrodt, are second-generation florists. Their parents, Don and Rita Butterbrodt purchased Tom Inglis Flowers in 1967, having worked for Tom Inglis since their arrival in Tucson in 1950. The name Tom Inglis Flowers was eventually changed to Inglis Florists.

Michael, Paul and the Inglis Florists staff stand behind their beautiful arrangements and offer a variety of fresh flowers, custom designs, silk arrangements, and plants for every need. They have grown their business on the quality of their products and their 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.

 

2nd place

Deb’s Darlin Flowers

16150 N. Oracle Rd.

638-7971

 

3rd place

Casas Adobes Flower Shop

7090 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 194

297-1165

 

Honorable Mention

Posh Petals

3421 N. 1st Ave.

408-0101

 


 

Best Auto Repair

Hardin Bros.

16255 N. Oracle Rd.

818-3200

hardinbrothersautomotive.com

Hardin Brothers Automotive’s slogan, “Quality Service Is Our Business,” is a direct reflection of their business philosophy. They provide quality, honest, and trustworthy service and repairs, while making a special effort to listen to and communicate with their customers. Opened in June of 2000 by David & Sarah Hardin, Hardin Brothers Automotive was designed and built specifically for automotive service and repair. It houses five bays, is fully equipped and is exceptionally clean and neat. All technicians are ASE certified and represent more than 100 years of combined experience in automotive repair and service.

 

2nd place

Brake Max

Multiple locations

 

Integrity Automotive

4455 W. Ina Rd.

744-9710

6621 N. Thornydale Rd.

531-0120

 

Honorable Mention

Douglas Automotive Repair

8810 N. Joplin Ln.

744-8918

 


 

Best Hotel/Resort

Hilton El Conquistador

10000 N. Oracle Rd.

544-5000

hiltonelconquistador.com

Relax in one of the 428 spacious guest rooms and suite accommodations at the AAA Four Diamond Arizona golf & tennis resort. Discover the impressive Desert Springs Oasis, featuring sparkling pools and a 143-foot waterslide and dine on exquisite cuisine in a choice of restaurants and bars. Play golf or tennis, go hiking, biking or horseback riding or escape to the resort’s Elements Spa for some indulgent relaxation.

Besides the wide variety of services, The Hilton El Conquistador has also earned a top-notch reputation in Tucson because of the spectacular views surrounding the resort in Oro Valley.

 


 

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

15000 N. Secret Springs Dr.

572-3000

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is an unforgettable Tucson luxury hotel set in the high Sonoran Desert. Located northwest of the city, in the scenic town of Marana, this breathtaking hotel features a destination spa, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf, adventure programs along with relaxed dining and the serenity of an exclusive desert setting. Guests will enjoy a vast array of luxurious amenities plus the added convenience of the city of Tucson less than thirty minutes away.

At The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain hotel in Tucson, guests will be able to enjoy true Southwestern adventure experiences with over twenty miles of hiking and biking trails winding through spectacular mountain terrain. Terrace fire pits provide a unique setting to take in a desert mountain sunset or sunrise over the mountains.

 

2nd place

Westward Look Resort

245 E. Ina Rd.

297-1151

 

3rd place

Omni Tucson National

2727 W. Club Dr.

297-2271

 

JW MarriottStarr Pass

3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.

792-3500

 


 

Best Bookstore

Barnes & Noble

7325 N. La Cholla Blvd.

742-6402

barnesandnoble.com

With more than 40 million customers, Barnes & Noble is one

of the nation’s largest bookstore suppliers. The company is also growing in its online sales. Barnes & Noble currently has a 27 percent share of the eBook market and sells three times as many eBooks as compared to physical books online. In the Northwest, Barnes & Noble’s main store is located on La Cholla Blvd. at the Foothills Mall.

 

2nd place

Bookman’s

3733 W. Ina Rd.

579-0303

 

3rd place

Golden Goose Thrift Shop

15970 N. Oracle Rd.

825-9101

 


 

Best Shopping Center

Golden Goose Thrift Shop

15970 N. Oracle Rd.

825-9101

goldengooseaz.com

 

2nd place

La Encantada

2905 E. Skyline Dr.

615-2561

 

3rd place

Tucson Mall

4500 N. Oracle Rd.

293-7330

 

Honorable Mention

Foothills Mall

7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.

742-7191

 


 

Best Daycare Facility

Casas Christian Preschool

10801 N. La Cholla Blvd.

297-0393

casaschristiansprechool.com

Kid City Christian Preschool seeks to create an atmosphere in each room where children can explore their world and enjoy learning. Current CCS students have priority re-enrollment. Casas Church and Kid City Christian Preschool began enrolling Feb. 15. Open enrollment began on March 1. At Casas Christian School, your child will...Grow Academically, Develop Personally and Spiritually, Stand Out and Be a Leader. Contact the school (520-297-0922, marym@casaschurch.net), to obtain an enrollment packet, a financial aid application, or to arrange a tour of the school.


 

Sports & Recreation


 

Best Biking Trail

50 Year Trail - Catalina State Park

11570 N. Oracle Rd.

628-5798

azstateparks.comparks/CATA

The 50-Uear Trail is a popular mountain biking trail that runs from the Catalina State Park equestrian center to the North end of the Golder Ranch Area. The trail contains a variety of difficulty levels from easy to advanced. The section of trail running through the Catalina State Park is the most difficult. North of the Catalina Park Gate, the trail becomes flat and easy near the Golder Ranch Parking area. The trail passes near The Chutes, and is a convenient way of accessing that part of the Golder Ranch area.

Various reviews say the trail has nice views with grassy terrain. It is also said to be a good challenge for riders with most skill levels.

 

2nd place

Rillito Trail

(I-10 to Craycroft)

(800) 877-6000

 


 

Best Cheer/Dance/Gymnastics

Trinity

2950 W. Ina Rd.

797-8100

trinityjumpforjoy.com

Trinity is a non-competitive dance, gymnastics, and art program focused on creating a Christ-centered environment of love, encouragement, and mentorship.

Classes offered include gymnastics, art, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and break dancing. Students are welcome to join a class at any time.

 


 

Best Fitness Center/Gym

Body Works Pilates

11901 N. 1st Ave., Ste. 155

297-7070

bodyworksstudio.com

The elegant, streamlined environment in the Body Works’ studios allows clients to focus during individual and semi-private conditioning sessions and group classes. The atmosphere is supportive and non-competitive, designed to enhance concentration and to engender a sense of physical accomplishment and overall well-being.

 

2nd place

LA Fitness

2950 W. Ina Rd.

742-2881

5885 W. Arizona Pavilions Dr.

342-0809

 

3rd place

YMCA Northwest

7770 N. Shannon Rd.

229-9001

 

Honorable Mention

Alive Fitness

10370 N. La Cañada Dr.

395-2829

 


 

Best Fitness Class

Body Works Pilates

11902 N. 1st Ave., Ste. 155

297-7071

bodyworksstudio.com

 


 

Best Golf Course

Omni Tucson National

2727 W. Club Dr.

297-2271

Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Omni Tucson National Resort has been the home to countless PGA Tour and NCAA events including the prestigious Chrysler Classic of Tucson.

Selected as one of Golf Digest’s “75 Best Golf Resorts in North America” and a Condé Nast Silver award winner, this magnificent destination retreat boasts two distinctly different 18 hole courses. You will also find excellent long and short game practice areas just steps from the well-appointed golf shop.

With Tucson’s only Mobil four star rated resort spa, two championship golf courses, 128 oversized guest rooms, and amazing cuisine, the resort is sure to take your breath away.

 


 

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

15000 N. Secret Springs Dr.

572-3000

Legendary champion Jack Nicklaus took advantage of the High Sonoran Desert setting to integrate strategy, variety and fair shot values into his Signature Design golf course at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain is his first Tucson golf course in 25 years, playing at elevations ranging from 2,300 to 3,200 feet. Nicklaus created 27 holes with unique challenges and distinct character, blending naturally among noble saguaros and the surrounding Tortolita Mountain Range.

The courses strike a balance between fulfilling the desired resort experience and meeting club membership standards. Host to the Accenture Match Play Championship, this world-class competition features the top 64 players in the Official World Golf Ranking every year.

This world-class facility includes a golf shop featuring the finest equipment, apparel and accessories. Expansive, tour-quality practice areas are readily available to address every need, while the award-winning clubhouse captures the true spirit of its picturesque desert setting.

 

2nd place

The Gallery Golf Course

14000 N. Dove Mountain Blvd.

744-2555

 

Quarry Pines Golf Club

8480 N. Continental Dr.

744-7443

 

Rancho Vistoso

955 W. Pebble Creek Dr.

797-4421

 


 

Best Hiking Trail

Catalina State Park

11570 N. Oracle Rd.

628-5798

azstateparks.comParks/CATA

 

2nd place

Sabino Canyon

5700 N. Sabino Canyon Rd.

749-2861

 

3rd place

Pima Canyon

(East end of Magee Rd.)

877-6000

 

Honorable Mention

Wild Burro Trail

(Dove Mountain)

382-1950

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