A lot more categories in this year’s Best of Fremont and a lot fewer galling wins for national chains over local mom and pops.
To see all the 2010 winners, click here and then click on the pdf.
Here are some local triumphs:
Vienna Bakery & Cafe topped Panera in the Best Bakery vote
China Chilli won for Best Chinese Food, besting P.F. Chang’s, which finished third
Bob’s took first place over In-N-Out for Best Burger
Z Pizza mercifully beat out Round Table and Pizza Hut
The Florence tamed The Elephant to win Bar for Best Bar. Mojo’s was third
Shalimar won for Best Indian Restaurant in what might have been the most tightly contested category
Half Price Books topped Borders for Best Bookstore
Unfortunately when it comes to Jewish bread, Fremont residents are still wandering in the desert of schmear.
Noah’s somehow beat P.J.’s for Best Bagel
Other head-scratchers include Olive Garden taking top Italian honors over Massimo’s and Starbuck’s stealing Top Coffee Shop accolades from Mission and Sujus.
Hard to say what’s sadder: Chipotle winning again for Best Burrito or the fact that the big chain actually does have tastier burritos than the two runners up El Patio and La Pinata.
There were a few double winners: Dale Hardware won for Best Hardware and most community-minded business and Dirk Lorenz won for Best Flower Shop and Best Businessman.
That old goat NewPark mall won for best shopping center and Century 25 in Union City was somehow Fremont’s best movie theater.
Fremont people prefer Safeway to Trader Joe’s, according to the vote
The Neatest Thing That Happened was the opening of the water park