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December 7, 2011

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Page 20 Okay folks, here are the winners in the first ever Best of Quartzsite! When all the negative publicity of Quartzsite dominated the media, I felt it was time to celebrate what we do right in Quartzsite! I've taken alot of heat from folks not understanding the power of cel- ebrating the good in our lives. I really don't believe good old fashioned com- petition is bad for the economy or our community. As I sat with the piles of ballots and the huge list of categories I created, I wondered how crazy I was to attempt this! But, your responses were so overwhelming, I had to get 'er done! Winners get bragging rights, and everyone who received just one vote is listed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to write in your favorites. Congratula- tions to everyone! Quartzsite Rocks!!! Best Alternative Energy: Solar & Sun won overwhelmingly with Solar Panels, Coal, and Discount Solar coming in close behind. Best BBQ: Jerky Store & More on Hwy. 95 was the only one to receive votes, other than "slim pickin's"! Best Biscuits and Gravy: This was a very popular contest for who had the best in town. Main St. Eat- ery came out on top, followed by Mostly Wood Gift Shop & Restau- rant, Sweet Darlene's, La Casa del Rancho and the QIA. Best Breakfasts: Once again the Eatery beat out the pack. Sweet Darlene's came in a close second, followed by the following ties: Bad Boy's Café, La Casa del Rancho, Mt. Quail Café. Alternative Therapies Reiki Massage Hypnosis Ear Candling Nutritional Products Mary Kay Consultant Barbara Lancaster, R.N., C.H.T., R.M.T. 928-927-5858 • 928-785-7182 Palm Plaza #8 • 255 N. Central Blvd. • Quartzsite Best Burgers: this was surprising, as Burger King barely beat out the Eatery, with Carl's Jr. and McDonald's. Best Cell Phone Coverage: Verizon was the huge winner in Quartzsite! No other service was mentioned. Best Coffee: The Eatery came out piping hot, with Scenic Road's Kona Coffee in 2nd place. Followed by La Casa del Rancho, Sweet Darlene's, Love's and McDonald's. Best Dinner: The Eatery barely beat out La Casa del Rancho with Sweet Darlene's, Grub Stake Grill, followed by Sizzler in Blythe. Best Food Vendor: The General Store got the most votes, followed by Pig N a Poke at the Main Event, Jack's Indian Taco at Main Event, Bad Boys, The Eatery, and Rockin' Robins. Best Friday Night Fish: There were a lot of votes in this category. It seems folks in Quartzsite love their Friday Night Fish Fry. Sweet Darlene's was the huge favorite with The Eatery coming in close behind. The Grub Stake and Yacht Club fared well, also, as well as the VFW. Best Desert Golf Course: Quartzsite Golf Course scored a hole in one with the most votes, with Greasewood coming in not far behind. District Club also was mentioned. Best Ice Cream, Pies, Dessert: Doro- thy & Toto's Ice Cream & Kettle Corn was the favorite (they just opened in their new building next to D&B Leather!) Grandma's Pies, Sweet Darlene's & Quartzsite Bakery tied close behind. Vendors at Rice Ranch, DQ, and McDonald's were also mentioned. Best Indian Taco: Joan's Fry Bread edged out Pig in a Poke and Jacks at Main Event. There's evidently a good Indian Taco at the Potpourri held in Parker. Best Jerky: The Jerky Store & More on Hwy. 95 received the most votes, followed December 7, 2011 by Daniel's Jerky on W. Main. Best Antiques: Burt & Billie's edged out Vendors at QIA, Vendors at Sell-a-Rama, Vendors at Hi Alley & Jim Shiew. Best Place for New/Used Books: Readers Oasis overwhelmingly received the most votes. Other entries included the Quartzsite Library, Main St. Laundromat, and Best Place to Buy Rocks: T-Rocks rocked this category, followed by QIA Pow Wow, GFWC annual yard sale, Hi Al- ley Swap Meet, Rocks in my Head at Rice Ranch, PNQ's Rock Auction, Hardie's Beads & Jewelry, and Gem Shop. Best Place to Buy RV Batteries: RV Lifestyles got the most votes! Discount So- lar and Solar Bill's came in close behind. Best Place to buy something cool you don't really need: Addicted to Deals came in first among the long list: GFWC an- nual yard sale, Gambler's, yard sales, K&K Kitchen, Hardies, Costco, & Family Dollar. Best Prime Rib: The Eatery beat out Mt. Quail and VFW. Best RV Repair Service: RV Lifestyles and their friendly staff received the most votes, followed by Running Lizard, Mark Fuller, Coat's RV and "my retired husband"! Best Sandwiches: Jerky Store & More beat out The Eatery by just a few votes! Following them were Silly Al's, Subway, and Patty's. Best Spaghetti garnished lots of votes. The winner is The Eatery, with Celia's Rainbow Garden's Spaghetti feed coming in close behind! Sweet Darlene's, La Casa del Rancho, Yacht Club also received votes with one for "my wife's"! Best Storage: Paradise RV Storage came in first over Rose RV and Betty Hunter Storage. SEE BEST OF QTZ ON PAGE 22 Nails by Joyleen (JO ) AT CACTUS CURLERS Full service of acrylics, manicures and pedicures for both men and women. Call for your individual service! Cactus Curlers, Cowell St., behind Senior Center Specializing in RV Solar Sales & Service M & S Solar Electric SOLAR SYSTEM & INVERTER INSTALLATION / REPAIR Drive 29 miles south for HUGE savings US 95 South @ Stone Cabin Next to Randy's Hamburgers Mike & Sherry Bacon Open 6-days a week (closed Tuesday) 928-446-6514 928-927-5400 We accept credit cards! We're BACK!

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