Gold Medallion Awards 2009 San Diego

April 23, 2009 0 Comments

CRA Gold Medallion Awards @ Hilton Bayfront
CRA Gold Medallion Awards @ Hilton Bayfront

Tuesday April 21st, 2009 I had the pleasure of attending the 25th Annual Gold Medallion Awards hosted by the San Diego County Chapter of the California Restaurant Association. It was held at the brand new Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in downtown San Diego. I spent the first hour trying to cool down from the unseasonal heat, another half hour preoccupied with finding a phone from which I could tweet the results, and the duration of the dinner on twitterberry! My iphone just didn’t do the job – sorry AT&T, but the Sprint Blackberry won out for the night, I still love my phone, but maybe I won’t discredit the others so much in the future!
So, here are unofficial results, if you didn’t follow my @SpecialtyProd tweets!

Associate Member of the Year, Large:

Southern Wine & Spirits
Specialty Produce
U.S. Foodservice, San Diego
Young’s Market Company

Associate Member of the Year, Small:

Cafe Moto
San Diego Magazine

Chef of the Year:

Hanis Cavin, Kensington Grill
Jonathan Hale, Blue Point Coastal Cuisine
Jeff Jackson, A.R. Valentien, The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Paul McCabe, Kitchen 1540, L’Auberge Del Mar
Dean Thomas, Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino

Restaurateur of the Year:

Philippe Beltran, Beltran Restaurant Group
Jean-Michel Diot, Tapenade Restaurant
Phil Pace, Phil’s BBQ
Dan Shea, Donovan’s Steak & Chop House
Jeffrey Strauss, Pamplemousse Grill


Brian’s American Eatery
Dakota Grill & Spirits
Market Restaurant & Bar


Mister Tiki Mai Tai Lounge
Saigon on Fifth
Taste of Thai


Bread & Cie
Gelato Vero Cafe
St. Tropez Bakery and Bistro


Lightning Jack’s
Phil’s BBQ
West Coast BBQ & Catering


Cafe 222
Crest Cafe
Pacifica Breeze Cafe

Best Burger

Corvette Dinner
The Burger Lounge
The Waterfront Bar & Grill

Casino Restaurant

Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino
SYCUAN Resort & Casino
Viejas Casino


French Gourmet
Premier Food Services/Carriage Trade Catering
Urban Kitchen Catering

Continental/French, Casual

Bleu Boheme
Cafe Chloe
French Market Grille

Continental/French, Fine Dining

Laurel Restaurant & Bar
Mille Fleurs Restaurant
Thee Bungalow


Athens Market Cafe
Cafe Athena
Indigo Grill
Zocalo Grill

Family/Casual Style Chain Restaurant

Cheesecake Factory

Fine Dining Chain Restaurant

King’s Fish House
Ruth’s Chris


Parallel 33
Red Pearl Kitchen

Hotel Restaurant, Casual

Firefly at the Dana
Soleil @ K at the Marriott Gaslamp
The Grill At the Lodge

Hotel Restaurant, Fine Dining

1500 Ocean at the Hotel Del Coronado
JRDN Restaurant at Tower 23
Jsix & Jbar at Hotel Solamar

Italian, Casual

Lotsa Pasta
The Venetian Restaurant Inc.
Vigilucci’s Cucina

Italian Fine Dining

Acqua Al 2
Piatti La Jolla
Trattoria Acqua

Mexican Quick Service

El Indio Mexican Restaurant
Nati’s Mexican Restaurant
Roberto’s Mexican

Mexican Dinner House

Cafe Coyote
Casa Guadalajara
Old Town Mexican Cafe


Kensington Grill
Terra Restaurant & Catering

New American

George’s California Modern
Prado at Balboa Park

New, Casual

The MerK

New, Fine Dining

333 Pacific
Cowboy Star
Nico’s Steak and Chop House
Roseville Restaurant

Pacific Rim

Bali Hai Restaurant
Kemo Sabe


Pizza Nova
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza
Woodstock’s Pizza

Quick Service Chain Restaurant

Daphne’s Greek Cafe

Seafood, Casual

Anthony’s Fish Grotto
The Brigantine
The Fish Market

Seafood, Fine Dining

Blue Point Coastal Cuisine
Oceanaire Seafood Room
Top of the Market

Steakhouse Casual

Bully’s East
Butcher Shop & Steakhouse
Gaslamp Strip Club

Steakhouse Fine Dining

Azul La Jolla

Island Prime

Sunday Brunch

94th Aero Squadron
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse


Banbu Sushi
Sushi Bar Blue Fin


Ballast Point Brewing Company
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens

Live Music Venue/Restaurant & Lounge

Belly Up Tavern
Humphreys By the Bay

Night Club Restaurant & Lounge

Confidential Restaurant


Altitude Skybar
The Bitter End
The Field

Sports Restaurant/Bar

Moondoggie’s Pacific Beach
Seau’s the Restaurant
The Fleetwood

Wine Bar

Firefly Grill & Wine Bar
The Cask Room
Wine Vault & Bistro

2009 UT reader’s choice:

Bali Hai

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