Last Updated: January 30, 2020

Voting is Now CLOSED

Voting for the 2020 Best of Yolo County is now closed. Although the results have not yet been posted, the Davis Enterprise is beginning to notify the winners of the 2020 Yolo County Readers’ Choice Awards. Nothing to report yet (I promised to keep it secret). But check back. Announcements will be made shortly.


It’s here!

The Readers’ Choice 2020 – 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, and Woodland.

This is a tough job. 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 2020 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 2020.

So let’s dive in!

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Ballot Categories

Voting Rules

Suggested Businesses

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Ballot Categories

Need a list of categories? Look no further. We have compiled a list for you so you 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.

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

Shopping and Retail

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


  • Most Effective Volunteer
  • Best Customer Service

Home Services

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

Food and Drink

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


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

Health, Wellness and Beauty

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


  • Best Senior Living Community
  • Best Hotel
  • Best Apartment Community

Pet Services

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

Professional Services

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

Voting Rules

You need to know the rules for the 2020 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 122 categories where you can voice your opinion as to which business is the best. And there are plenty of great businesses in Davis, Winters, and Woodland 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. 

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 October 30, 2019 edition. This is the one with the paper ballot.

It is probably a good suggestion too. 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 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

Final deadline to submit survey is Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at noon.

Well, there seems to be some confusion on this one. The printed version of the ballot indicates that the “survey” is due on Friday, Nov 29, 2019, at noon while the online ballot indicates that “voting ends Nov. 30 at noon.”

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

To be safe, regardless of the voting method, have your ballots submitted by noon on Friday, Nov 29, 2019.

Better safe than sorry.

Yolo County Readers' Choice Rules

Readers’ Choice voting instructions from the October 30, 2019 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Suggested Businesses

Selecting the best businesses in town is a difficult task. There are so many great businesses in Davis, Winters, and Woodland. 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!

On a side note, I would love to know why there is no category for Best Coffee House. Barista Brew would get my vote. The Mayan Mocha is to die for.


  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 – Bernard’s Tire and Brake

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 – Refinery Salon

Food & Drink:

  1. Best Bar – Sophia’s Thai Bar
  2. Best Breakfast – Café Bernardo
  3. Best Brewery – Dunloe Brewing
  4. Best Burger – Burgers & Brew
  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 – Burger Saloon
  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 Co.
  5. Best Remodeling Contractor – Bedrock Construction
  6. 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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