Review Category : Best of Davis

Best Late-Night Snack

Late-night snacks are a staple of life in Davis. Many of the restaurants and stores, both on campus and off, stay open late specifically to accommodate students’ nightly eating. This year, In-N-Out Burger took the top spot among late night eateries. It’s no surprise. In-N-Out is all over California and is known for their fresh ingredients, solid prices and of course, their delicious milkshakes. In addition, the convenient location downtown just past the Davis Commons ensures that students can get a meal whenever they like. Who hasn’t stopped there for a Double-Double at least once? From their famous “Animal Style” fries to their delicious (if somewhat greasy) cheeseburgers, In-N-Out’s menu remains well-known among Davis students. In-N-Out’s hours also helped them cement their place at the top among late-night snack locations. Open until at least 1 a.m. during the week and even later on the weekend, the restaurant continues to be a favorite haunt for after-hours moviegoers and late-night gatherings. On some nights the midnight line can stretch out the door... ...

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Best Hotel

The cozy, family-oriented Aggie Inn wins the title for best hotel in Davis once again. “Every time my family comes to visit me in Davis, we go to the Aggie Inn and stay in the cottage suites, which has everything from big, spacious living rooms to kitchens full of utensils and supplies,” said Lauren Tseng, a third-year animal science major. “They also have complimentary breakfast, which we eat every time.” The Aggie Inn is famous for its cottage-style rooms, which, unlike normal hotel rooms, come with living areas with sofa beds, Jacuzzi tubs and patios. There are cottage suites with kitchens for those planning on staying for long periods of time. “The Aggie Inn is a part of a chain of hotels along with four other hotels. Two are in Sacramento while three are in Davis,” said Lenor Nunez, sales and marketing manager. “A family owned this hotel since 1969. The owner, at the age of 20, built it from scratch with his own blueprints. He wanted to make the... ...

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Best Public Art

Robert Arneson’s egghead statues, which are displayed around campus, have been voted as the number-one Best Public Art feature in Davis. Egghead sites include the Bookhead located in front of Shields Library, the Eye on Mrak, which sits outside of Mrak Hall, the See No Evil Hear No Evil located at the Mrak roundabout, the Stargazer, which sits behind North Hall and the Yin and Yang, located in front of Wright Hall. In 2007, students submitted photos featuring the eggheads as part of a digital photo contest, many of which portrayed humorous poses with the eggheads and conveyed a connection of the campus community to the sculptures. Maureen Mai, a first-year film studies major, said that she enjoys the eggheads on campus. “I’ve seen a lot of eggheads around campus but my favorite one is in front of Mrak Hall. There is something mysterious about the eye and all of the eggheads,” Mai said. Other popular public art enjoyed by students of UC Davis include the graffiti bridge on the... ...

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Best Indian Food

If you’re looking for great Indian food, you don’t need to look very far off campus to find Raja’s Tandoor. Located at 207 Third St. in Suite 230, within a stone’s throw of the Social Sciences and Humanities Building, Raja’s Tandoor offers a lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, as well as dinner service from 5 to 9 p.m. seven days a week. The restaurant offers a variety of plates for low prices. The all-you-can-eat lunch buffet costs only $5.95, while dinner entrees run from $7 to $9. “I come here on average two or three times a month because it’s a great price for lunch. It’s quality for the cost. I came here even more often when I had Aggie Cash, because they accept that,” said Barry Greenbert, a fourth-year psychology major. Dishes include tandoori chicken, coconut curry, kabobs, tikka masala, creamy cashew curry and much more. Raja’s also has several vegan items, including naan bread, dal and okra. “Their food is good. It’s... ...

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Best Place to Get a Haircut

Most UC Davis students understand what a nice haircut looks like, and eventually need to scope out the best local barbershops to trim their locks. This year, the university population has spoken, choosing Cobalt Salon and Gallery as the best place to get a haircut in Davis. The salon, located in the downtown Davis Mansion Square Center on 132 E St., Suite 350, has been open for four years under the ownership of master stylist David Martin. This is the first year that the gallery has even been nominated for a Best of Davis category. “I think it’s awesome, we are really happy,” Martin said. “It’s really nice to know that we are making an impact, and I’m glad that we are getting more recognition.” With three extremely experienced stylists, including Martin, Tenaya Freitas and Sharon Jackson, Cobalt Salon and Gallery has attracted clients for many reasons since its opening. “Our stylists are extremely experienced, and I’ve been a stylist for over 25 years,” Martin said. “We know how to... ...

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Best Place to People Watch

Growing up, children are often told that it’s rude to stare. However, in a town with as many colorful characters as Davis, sometimes it can be hard not to. There are a variety of places to watch interesting individuals in Davis — whether one considers people watching to be an interesting, inexpensive hobby or something everyone does unintentionally, there is no better place to people watch than our very own UC Davis Quad. Although on an average day many students can be found in the Quad taking a nap, reading a book or accidentally napping while attempting to read a book, other days there are more interesting happenings to be found. “There was this guy interpretive dancing without music,” said Neena Kashyap, a third-year animal science major. “He was twirling around, just dancing to his own music, because he didn’t have headphones on.” Other notable sightings in the Quad, according to Kashyap, include the infamous “whip guy” and students playing Quidditch. On a larger scale, events such as the Whole... ...

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Best New Dining Spot

For delicious late-night Mexican food, try the number-one choice for best new dining spot in Davis, Taqueria El Burrito. The restaurant just opened in November. Aside from the excellent food and service, their late-night hours contribute to their growing popularity. They are open until 11 p.m. Sunday and Monday, midnight Tuesday and Wednesday and 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, making it a great place to eat at before or after a night of bar hopping, or as a snack in the middle of studying. “People are studying and they want to get some food at 1 a.m. or 2 a.m., up until 3 a.m., so it’s a good base for UC Davis students,” said Veronica Guzman, co-owner and wife of co-owner Diego Gonzales. “I think it’s a different perspective on a taqueria. We have the modern twist, we have large-screen TVs, we have a sports bar and we have authentic Mexican food. The ambience sets us apart from any other taqueria,” Guzman said. They offer an extensive menu that is... ...

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Best Place to Work

Your bike tire is flat and your housemates aren’t around to drive you to campus. Thankfully, the drivers of Unitrans have your back. With a bus system that covers almost the entirety of Davis, Unitrans is a reliable way to travel to and fro. Free to students (when presenting their ID card), nothing can beat the transportation cost of “free 99” when traveling within Davis. Even if you do have to pay, it is only $1. Not only is Unitrans a great resource for students, but it has also been ranked the best place to work on campus. “Unitrans provides an opportunity to have a job that I would never have otherwise. I get paid to drive a bus! It is a flexible job with great co-workers,” said David Vermeulen, a Unitrans driver who started this school year. “It’s a company full of people who love their jobs and take pride in achieving a very high level of customer service.” Run by students for students, Unitrans has been in service... ...

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Best Place to Take a Date

Editor’s Note: Each year we ask our readers to pick their favorite downtown dives, study spots, bargain meals… everything. Hundreds voted over the two-week voting period, and here are the results: The Best of Davis. Dating in college can be a complicated endeavor. At a time when many students are sharing rooms with boisterous roommates and maintaining a Cup-of-Noodles kind of budget, it helps to have a quiet and inexpensive place to get away from it all on a date made just for two. For many students, that perfect place is the peaceful and scenic Davis Arboretum. One stroll through the Arboretum on a sunny Sunday afternoon, and it’s no surprise the beautiful getaway right in the middle of campus was named the best place to take a date. There is a seemingly endless amount of greenery, the calm water and many secluded spots for couples to find a little privacy and escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world. The Arboretum was founded in 1936 and has since... ...

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Best Dessert

Davis residents looking to satisfy a sweet tooth need not look any farther than E Street, which is where 2013 best dessert winner, Sugar Daddies, supplies delectable desserts to its hungry patrons seven days a week. In June 2011, Davis Creamery and the Sacramento-based bakery Cupcake Craving decided to merge businesses to create Sugar Daddies, bringing together freshly made ice cream and beautifully crafted cupcakes in the hopes of supplying everyone with some sort of treat that would hit the spot. “The merge has worked perfectly,” said co-owner David Robert. “The energy between the desserts is great and everyone has an option.” Sugar Daddies makes its ice cream fresh right in the back of the shop, and the cupcakes are delivered daily from Sacramento, inspiring the “sugar” in the name. The latter part of their title arose from the fact that the owners of both original stores are indeed dads. Dollar Scoop Monday and $3 Cowpie Thursday are just two of the popular daily specials offered every Monday through Friday... ...

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Best Place to Exercise

Anyone trying to get swimsuit-ready for the quickly approaching Spring Quarter need not look any further than this year’s Best Place to Exercise, the UC Davis Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). UC Davis students can enjoy the ARC at no additional cost, while staff, faculty, alumni and community members may purchase a membership. The ARC offers a range of fitness and group exercise classes from cycling and cardio kickboxing to yoga. There are basketball courts, an indoor track, four-wall courts for racquetball and an indoor climbing wall. For those who prefer to work out independently, there are plenty of cardio machines and weights to use. “We pride ourselves on having excellent customer service and top-notch professionalism. When you walk in this place and see these bright, shining faces, it helps put you in the mood to have a great fitness exercise,” said Tyler Scudero, informal recreation coordinator at the ARC. Not only is the ARC a place to get in shape, you can also meet other like-minded people, make friends... ...

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Best Drink Special

That hard-earned, after-class beer needn’t burn such a big hole in your already increasingly porous pocket. In fact, two beers at 3rd & U Café — the winner of this year’s best drink special accolade — will set you back a mere $5.25, which comes as a steal considering that the average price of a pint across the United States is $4.58. The bar, which has been open since March 2008, has given students the chance to save money on booze for almost four years now, and the price of the special, while fluctuating somewhat, has continually steered around the $5 mark. You can either find a drinking companion (acquaintance or otherwise) to rake the cash together, or go it alone and pocket a drink voucher to redeem later. Melissa Popnoe, employee at 3rd & U for a year, wasn’t surprised to hear that the bar had been nominated. “You can go downtown and buy one drink, or you can come here and get two beers for the same price,”... ...

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Best Grocery Store

The Davis Food Co-op has won over the hearts and stomachs of Davis’ residents to claim this year’s Best of Davis title for the best place to buy groceries. The grocery store offers everything from yogurt to yoga mats and has occupied its current G Street location since 1984. “The food’s really delicious,” said fourth-year mechanical engineering major Dominic Gutierrez. “The Cowboy Cookies are the best. Mind-blowingly delicious.” That’s the sort of thing the market has to offer: extreme customer satisfaction, especially with students. “We make an effort to be very student-friendly,” said Julie Cross, the Davis Food Co-op’s marketing and education director. “We accept Aggie Cash and sell individual items of things like single sticks of butter and single eggs that are nice when you’re living in a small household.” Perhaps even topping taste and convenience as reasons why the DFC is worthy of this title is in the name itself. “It’s a co-op, so they’re not necessarily there for maximum profit,” Gutierrez said. “A lot of the groceries,... ...

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Best Place to Study

Peter J. Shields Library takes the top spot again for best place to study in this year’s Best of Davis. With a computer lab, millions of books and four spacious floors of study space, Shields Library offers students, faculty and staff resources not found at home or cafes. It has the wireless internet offered by cafes and a quiet study environment found at home, except the library will make you actually work instead of fall asleep. The library also offers the convenience of a 24-hour study room and a free, extensive collection of journals and databases that would otherwise be expensive. “We’ve got access to a lot of databases that students can use to search for articles,” said Melissa Browne, instruction and reference librarian. “We subscribe to a lot of journals and books online. [We also have] friendly librarians to help students with their research.” Shields Library accommodates different study environments as needed, in which privacy and noise levels vary as you ascend floors. The basement offers a group study... ...

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Best GE Course

UC Davis is unique in the fact that it offers classes you wouldn’t encounter at many other schools. One of these is Food Science and Technology 3: Intro to Beer Brewing, which is considered to be one of the best general education classes. The class covers a variety of topics on beer, including the history of beer, the science of beer brewing, beer brewing from a business perspective and the social applications of beer. Students also get to learn a lot about various types of beer. “It’s fun, but also educational,” said Professor Charles Bamforth. “We have a lot of laughs but also good messages, so it’s a valuable learning experience, especially with the variety of guest speakers we have. Students get to hear from some legendary names in brewing science.” Students do not need a strong science background to take the class. However, Bamforth said the class does provide them with a solid background to take upper division classes in brewing. Many students take the class simply because it’s... ...

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