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Last Updated: November 7, 2020

Cast Your Vote Today!

It’s here!

The Readers’ Choice 2021 – The BEST of Yolo County voting is now open. You can cast your vote for your favorite businesses in Yolo County. That includes businesses in Davis, Winters, Woodland, and West Sacramento.

This is a tough job. Right??? There are so many businesses to choose from. Automotive, Food and Drink, Shopping and Retail, and many more categories are found on the ballot. It is not going to be easy.

Well, we are here to help

The Davis Enterprise has published all the rules, instructions, and, most importantly, all the categories for the Readers’ Choice 2021 voting. Its time to get started with honoring the businesses that make our communities a great place to live.

The results from the paper and online survey need to be completed this month. The results will be published in March 2021.

So let’s dive in!

Ballot Categories

Need a list of categories? Look no further. We have compiled a list to help make things easier for you. 

You are welcome to review the list and use the information to make your choices for best businesses in Yolo County.

I’m Ready To Vote! [click here]


  • Best Community Event
  • Best Event Venue
  • Best Place to Take an Out-of-Towner

Shopping and Retail

  • Best Antique Store
  • Best Art Gallery
  • Best Athletic Shoes / Apparel
  • Best Bicycle Shop
  • Best Bookstore
  • Best Consignment / Thrift Store
  • Best Dispensary
  • Best Independent Furniture Store
  • Best Independent Retailer
  • Best Jewelry Store
  • Best Place to Buy a Gift
  • Best Women’s Clothing Store
  • Best Women’s Shoe Store


  • Most Effective Volunteer
  • Best Customer Service
  • Best Pandemic Restaurant
  • Best Socially-Distanced Outdoor dining
  • Best Pandemic Curbside Service
  • Best Pandemic Safety Shopping Protocols
  • Best PPE & Cleaning Supplies Provider
  • Best Shelter-at-Home Escape

Home Services

  • Best Apartment Community
  • Best Carpet Cleaning
  • Best Carpet & Flooring Store
  • Best Garden Supply
  • Best Glass Replacement
  • Best Heating & Air Company
  • Best Hotel
  • Best Interior Design
  • Best Landscape Design
  • Best Laundromat
  • Best Major Appliance Store
  • Best Mattress Store
  • Best Nursery
  • Best Painting Company
  • Best Pest Control
  • Best Plumber
  • Best Property Management
  • Best Remodeling Contractor
  • Best Roofing Company
  • Best Self-Storage
  • Best Senior Living Community
  • Best Solar Company
  • Best Window Cleaning Service
  • Best Window Treatments

Food and Drink

  • Best Bakery
  • Best Bagels
  • Best Bar
  • Best Breakfast
  • Best Brewery
  • Best Burger
  • Best Burrito
  • Best Chinese Food\
  • Best Coffee
  • Best Dessert
  • Best Donuts
  • Best Frozen Yogurt
  • Best Grocery Store
  • Best Health Food / Organic Store
  • Best Ice Cream
  • Best Indian Food
  • Best Italian Food
  • Best Japanese Food
  • Best Mexican Food
  • Best Pizza
  • Best Restaurant in Davis
  • Best Restaurant in Winters
  • Best Restaurant in Woodland
  • Best Romantic Dining
  • Best Salad
  • Best Sandwich
  • Best Seafood
  • Best Specialty Tea
  • Best Steak
  • Best Sushi
  • Best Thai Food
  • Best Vegetarian Food
  • Best Water Store/Delivery
  • Best Place to Buy Wine & Spirits
  • Best Winery


  • Best Auto Body Shop
  • Best Auto Repair Shop
  • Best Brake Shop
  • Best Car Dealership
  • Best Car Wash
  • Best Oil Change
  • Best Smog Shop
  • Best Tire Store

Health, Wellness and Beauty

  • Best Barber
  • Best Chiropractor
  • Best Dance Studio
  • Best Dental Practice
  • Best Dermatology / Cosmetic Surgery
  • Best Doctor
  • Best Eye-Care Doctor
  • Best Facial
  • Best Golf Course
  • Best Hair Salon
  • Best Health Club
  • Best Hearing Aid Service
  • Best Hospital
  • Best Martial Arts
  • Best Massage
  • Best Nail Salon
  • Best Physical Therapy
  • Best Pilates Studio
  • Best Religious/Spiritual Organization
  • Best Spa
  • Best Tattoo / Piercing
  • Best Waxing / Hair Removal
  • Best Yoga Studio

Pet Services

  • Best Kennel / Pet Hotel
  • Best Pet Groomer
  • Best Veterinarian
  • Best Veterinary Clinic

Professional Services

  • Best Attorney
  • Best Bank
  • Best Credit Union
  • Best Dry Cleaners
  • Best Financial Planner
  • Best Funeral Home
  • Best Insurance Agency
  • Best Mortgage Company
  • Best Realtor
  • Best Tax Service
  • Best Travel Agency
  • Best Photography Business
  • Best Psychiatrist/Psychologist

Voting Rules

You need to know the rules for the 2021 Readers’ Choice for your vote to count. If you make a mistake, it looks like your ballot gets tossed.

Be sure to read carefully and understand the rules. We will give you a bit more insight so you can vote in confidence.

Here are the rules from the instructions printed in the Davis Enterprise

Rule #1

At least twenty (20) categories must be completed or ballots will not be accepted.

Be sure to count your votes. There are 133 categories for 2021 where you can voice your opinion as to which business is the best. And there are plenty of great businesses in Davis, Winters, Woodland, and West Sacramento to choose from.

Counting your votes when using a paper ballot is easy. Simply fill in the blanks. Count the completed categories every once in a while. When you hit the “20 categories” number, you are good to go.

Online voting is a bit different. Numbers are not used for identifying the business categories and there is no feedback as to how many businesses you voted for. This will require you to keep track of your category submissions. It would be a good idea to vote for as many businesses as possible to be sure you make your 20 business minimum.

Also, the business categories and the business listings may be displayed randomly when voting online. The business listing information you see on the paper ballot found in the newspaper, or the business listing information on this page, may be listed differently in the online ballot.

So, be prepared and keep track. It would be a good idea to have a list of some sort and check-off the businesses as you vote or keep a tally as you are voting. Whichever works best for you.

If you want your votes to count, be sure to vote for more than 20 businesses, in case your count is a bit off.

Need some suggestions? Here is our 20+ listing of favorite businesses.

Rule #2

Photocopies will not be accepted.

If you want to use a paper ballot, you will need to purchase the Davis Enterprise; specifically, the November 4, 2020 edition. This is the version that I used an the one with the paper ballot.

There may be more versions of the ballot in future editions of the Davis Enterprise. So be sure to get a subscription.

It is probably a good suggestion to purchase the Davis local newspaper. It is a little hard to photocopy a broadsheet.

If you don’t have a paper copy of the ballot, you can vote online.

Rule #3

Only one ballot per IP address will be accepted.

This rule is a tricky one and is specific to online voting. The software used to collect the ballot entries keeps track of the IP addresses used to cast ballots. This prevents a single person (or computer) from submitting multiple ballot entries and essentially gaming the system.

The problem arises when you have multiple computers and multiple people using the same network from behind a router. If multiple people cast their vote from behind the same router, all votes appear to come from a single (the same) IP address. This is the typical configuration for almost every business and home in Yolo County and throughout the United States. Essentially this rule breaks down to “one vote per household or business”.

There are ways around this, but we want to keep things fair. So just be aware of where you are voting from and who from your home or business may also be participating in the survey.

Rule #4

Handwritten ballots should be returned by mail to The Davis Enterprise, PO Box 1470, Davis, Ca 95617-1470 or dropped off at The Davis Enterprise Office at 315 G St., Davis. Office is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

No need to dive deeper on this rule.

Rule #5

Deadline to submit a paper copy of the survey is Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, at noon.

Deadline for voting online is Monday, November, 2020, at midnight.

Don’t get confused on this one. The printed version of the ballot indicates that the “survey” is due on Friday, Nov 30, 2020, at noon while the online ballot indicates that “voting ends Nov. 30 at midnight.”

Perhaps it is the difference between the paper ballot and the online ballot. You certainly couldn’t submit the paper ballot on Monday, November 30. The Davis Enterprise is closed at that time.

To be safe, regardless of the voting method, have your ballots submitted by noon on Monday, November 30, 2020.

Better safe than sorry.

Suggested Businesses

Selecting the best businesses in town is a difficult task. There are so many great businesses in Davis, Winters, Woodland, and West Sacramento. Too many to choose from.

If you need suggestions to complete your 20 different entries, here are some local favorites. The list below includes businesses that I have personally worked with and others that come highly recommended.

Remember: You must vote for at least 20 businesses for your ballot to count.

The choice is yours though. Vote for the businesses that you love the most.

Abaton Consulting would love your vote for the Best Customer Service!


  1. Best Auto Repair Shop – Center City Automotive
  2. Best Car Wash – Cable Car Wash
  3. Best Oil Change – Vander Hamm Tire Center
  4. Best Body Shop – A-1 Body Shop
  5. Best Tire Shop – Les Schwab Tire Center

Health, Wellness, & Beauty:

  1. Best Barber – David’s Haircutting
  2. Best Chiropractor – Downtown Chiropractic
  3. Best Dental Practice – Samer Alassad, DDS
  4. Best Eye Care – Wayne C. Shrader, OD
  5. Best Hair Salon – Haven

Food & Drink:

  1. Best Bar – Sophia’s Thai Bar
  2. Best Breakfast – Black Bear Diner
  3. Best Brewery – Dunloe Brewing
  4. Best Burger – The Burger Saloon
  5. Best Health Food/Organic Store – Davis Co-Op
  6. Best Mexican Food – Tres Hermanas
  7. Best Restaurant in Winters – Buckhorn Steakhouse
  8. Best Restaurant in Woodland – Kitchen 428
  9. Best Frozen Yogurt – Yolo Berry Yogurt


Home Services:

  1. Best Self-Storage – Second Street Storage
  2. Best Painting – Alan’s House Painting
  3. Best Carpet Cleaning – Skippy Cleaners
  4. Best Property Management – Davisville Management Company
  5. Best Plumber – Steve Holm Plumbing

Pet Services:

  1. Best Veterinarian Clinic – Midtown Animal Clinic


  1. Best Apartment Community – Aggie Square Apartments

Professional Services:

  1. Best Attorney – Roberta Savage Law
  2. Best Bank – First Northern Bank
  3. Best Financial Planner – Edward Jones, David Cougevan
  4. Best Realtor – Andrew Skaggs
  5. Best Tax Services – Castellucci & Associates, CPA


  1. Best Customer Service – Abaton Consulting
  2. Effective Volunteer – Yolo Crisis Nursery

Shopping and Retail

  1. Best Consignment/Thrift Store – Boheme Used Hip Clothing
  2. Best Women’s Clothing Store – Pinkadot

Choose Your Favorite Yolo County Business

You have your categories and business names ready? Well, go ahead and vote. Be sure to complete at least twenty (20) categories, or your vote won’t count.

The online survey is found at or by clicking on the button below.

Good luck!

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