Left cover: Kevin Cigliano shows off the catch of the day at Santa Monica Seafood Market & Café, this year’s winner for Best Seafood Market. Its parent Santa Monica Seafood Co. has been doing business in Santa Monica since 1939.
Middle cover: Alix Hobbs started out with Best Nonprofit Organization winner Heal the Bay as a teenage volunteer and became its president last fall. Founded in 1985, Heal the Bay celebrates three decades of hands-on environmental activism this year.
Right cover: Tony Palermo and crew members at Tony P’s Dockside Grill celebrate 18 successful years in Marina del Rey and an unprecedented seven Best of the Westside wins in 2015. Palermo shares credit with business partner Dan Ringwood, general manager Paul Macklin and chef Bill Rodriguez — all with Tony P’s from the start.
Editor’s Note: The Best Only Gets Better
Sometimes it takes 96 pages to remind ourselves how lucky we are.
This year’s Best of the Westside edition is jam-packed with reasons to love where we live — a vibrant community that truly offers something for everyone.
The heart of this compendium of excellence is the results of our annual readers’ poll. This year a record number of voters chose winners in 189 categories, from Best Asian Fusion Cuisine (p. 12) to Best Yacht Club (p. 62).
Alongside these much-anticipated results are several editor’s picks that highlight other unique Westside people and places deserving of a nod, such as the Best Place to Get a Taste of Old Abbot Kinney (p. 47) and The Best Place to Find a Creepy Scarecrow (p. 61). It was a ton of fun.
Finally, we’d like to thank our loyal readers for supporting quality independent journalism on the Westside and encourage everyone to support the local businesses that help our communities thrive.
Congratulations to all of our winners. Keep up the great work!
— Joe Piasecki