Your votes are in! Thank you to all of our readers who turned in ballots supporting your favorite local businesses. For three years we’ve brought you a list of “Best of Canyon Country” winners, enabling residents to reward community enterprises that provide excellent products and services.
The awards place a “stamp of approval” on favorites in every category, from restaurants to medical practices. Use it as a reference guide when you search for a business, and be sure to tell them you saw it in
Canyon Country Magazine.
Read on for the results from this year’s Best of Canyon Country
in all 20 categories. Congratulations to our winners!
Best Grocery Store
26900 Sierra Hwy, Canyon Country
You don’t need a store card to lower your bill with merchandise discounts at Stater Bros. — the savings are applied to everyone. Customers take full advantage of the service deli, with fresh salads and premium meats and cheeses. The bakery and the full service seafood department are big draws for residents, and the staff members are considerate and competent.
Robert L. Fisher, D.C.
26850 Sierra Hwy, Canyon Country
With almost 30 years of experience offering chiropractic care, Robert L. Fisher, D.C. has treated patients with a wide range of conditions. He has been treating NASCAR drivers for decades, and served as a local football team physician. Fisher is one of the doctors at All Family Chiropractic Center, an office next to Stater Brothers, treating patients with chronic pain, as well as serious conditions, such as stomach disorders, asthma, arthritis and allergies. Visit www.chiropracticsantaclarita.com.
Canyon Country Park
17615 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country
The very first park opened by the City of Santa Clarita, Canyon Country Park offers multiple uses, split levels and areas with a bird’s eye view of town. The site has a community center for indoor programs, a softball diamond and a playground. It was created in 1989 with an aim to provide residents and visitors with beautiful places to play, exercise, and connect with friends, family and neighbors.
Best Hardware Store
Paul’s Paint and Hardware
18597 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country
For about two decades, Paul Dell’Olio has served the Canyon Country community with a handy location for paint and hardware. He moved to a more central location, near Vallarta, and is the go-to store for local residents who are working on their homes. Paul’s Paint and Hardware continues its tradition of offering customers the personal service they love.
Best of American/BBQ
Rattler’s Bar B Que Restaurant
26495 Golden Valley Road in Santa Clarita
One of the Santa Clarita Valley’s most famous eateries for a quarter of a century, Rattler’s Bar B Que draws crowds nightly to its warm atmosphere and meaty favorites, including chicken, ribs, prime rib and hamburgers. Residents return for the addictive garlic rolls alone or belly up to the bar. Visit Rattlersbbq.com
Best Indian Restaurant
Karma Indian Cuisine & Bar
23460 Cinema Drive, Valencia
Canyon Country residents united to choose the rich and flavorful food at Karma as their favorite. There is delivery service and takeout, but the real winners are the diners, who relish the deep colors and Indian décor. Such combinations as shrimp coconut curry and reshami kababs marinated in cream, garlic and ginger are examples of Karma’s signature dishes. Of course, there is plenty on the menu for vegetarians and vegans, plus authentic Indian desserts, including gulab jamun and moong daal halwa. Visit www.karmavalencia.com
19358 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country
When you open the doors to Bonsai Garden, you begin to experience the sophisticated atmosphere of a genuine sushi dining experience. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, customers enjoy private dining rooms plus a bar offering cocktails and an all-you-can-eat menu. Visit www.bonsaigardensushibar.com.
Best Asian Restaurant
ZingGa Grill Asian Fusion Restaurant
26910 Sierra Hwy, Canyon Country
Flavorful Korean barbecue is ZingGa Grill’s specialty, with meaty dishes like bibimbap-beef, yakiniku beef and spicy pork belly. The restaurant serves authentic Asian combinations, pleasing customers with spicy specialties including the seafood rice bowl and baby back ribs. ZingGa Grill makes original sauces, like bulgogi and kimchi, and a hot sauce with the added kick of peppers and capsaicin. You can order take-out, eat inside the restaurant, which is located next to Stater Brothers, or sit under an umbrella outside. Look for ZingGa Grill on Facebook.
Best of Pizza
Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Company
18810 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country
Hot-out-of-the-oven pizza is served alongside soups and salads and a mug of beer for many of Oggi’s customers. A sports bar experience, there are TV monitors visible to all, so there is lots of energy, especially on big game days. There is a full menu for lunch and dinner and a full bar, plus a game room for the kids. Visit Oggis.com.
Best Hair Salon
Flair Beauty College
18914 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country
Nationally accredited and state approved, Flair Beauty College has an extensive, hands-on curriculum for cosmetology certification, offering students the preparation needed to take the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology Licensing Exam. Using both interactive exercises and classroom sessions, instructors provide a creative atmosphere to lead men and women into careers as estheticians, manicurists, cosmetologists, makeup artists and cosmetology instructors. Visit www.flairbeautycollege.com.
19266 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country
Open 24 hours a day, Walgreens is more than just a drug store. The pharmacy is active and even offers drive-thru service, while other store features include health and beauty products, some grocery items, household supplies and a photo department. Customers can order photos and photo gifts online and pick them up from the store. Visit www.walgreens.com.
Sierra Dental Care
19223 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country
Offering general dentistry to all ages plus orthodontics, the scope of expertise at Sierra Dental meets the needs of every member of the family. Patients can count on cutting-edge techniques with routine exams, as well as procedures such as root canals and cosmetic dentistry. Patients with anxiety find that the calm approach by hygienists and doctors at Sierra Dental has made their visits a much smoother experience. Visit www.canyoncountrydentist.org.
Best Mexican Restaurant
18401 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country
This “Best Of” winner is skyrocketing in popularity. Serving up authentic Mexican dishes, Casa Vieja uses the highest quality of meats and produce in warm and spicy food, with quality tequila in top notch margaritas. Serapes and sombreros on surrounding walls make the experience complete.
Cat Doctor & Friends
26055 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus
A call to Cat Doctor & Friends gives you access to a team of veterinary health care professionals who specialize in the treatment of felines. Emergencies are accepted when the clinic is open, which is seven days a week. Veterinary personnel are on duty for wellness visits and urgent care cases. The Cat Doctor offers physical exams that include dental checks, and there is onsite x-ray capability, as well as a certified veterinary acupuncturist. Visit www.Catdoctor.com.
Best Law Firm
The Werner Law Firm
27257-1/2 Camp Plenty Road, Canyon Country
Founded by L. Rob Werner, this full-service attorney practice has been the go-to law firm for Santa Clarita residents since 1975. An SCV Bar Association “Best Attorney” award-winner, the firm’s expertise includes personal injury, family law, estate planning, probate, criminal defense, bankruptcy, business law and civil litigation. The Werner Law Firm also offers free initial consultations. Visit www.wernerlawca.com.
Best Italian Restaurant
18340 Sierra Hwy, Canyon Country
A classic Italian ristorante, Caruso’s II is the best place to find dishes like ravioli, chicken parmigiana and cannoli, according to Canyon Country readers. Count on it tasting authentic, because the owners came from Sicily. You can pick up an order just 15-30 minutes after making the call, and when you dine inside the restaurant, you feel like you’re at home. Visit www.carusos2.com.
Best Thrift/Resale Store
Hope of the Valley
19379 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country
When you shop at Hope of the Valley Thrift Store, you contribute to thousands of individuals and families in need. Proceeds from the non-profit’s three stores bring food to the hungry and help operate two shelters. Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission currently serves clients from the Santa Clarita Valley, including homeless moms and kids at House of Hope and Genesis House. Visit www.hopeofthevalley.org.
Best Dog Groomer
Bark Avenue Grooming & Boutique
17737 Sierra Hwy, Canyon Country
Canyon Country canines have gotten to know Donna Matthews Hughes, who took over the leash at Bark Avenue Grooming last year. Offering such services as haircuts, nail clipping and grooming, Bark Avenue also takes it to the next level. Pet owners can peruse the animal accessories for sale in the lobby while Fifi has a spa visit. Visit www.Facebook.com/barkavenuegroomingscv.
Best Dry Cleaners/Laundry
Santa Clarita Express Laundry Center
19375 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country
One of the largest and cleanest laundry facilities you’ve ever been to, Santa Clarita Laundry Center enables you to utilize a same-day drop off service or load them yourself. It is a great option when washing pieces too large for your machine at home. In fact, the center has the largest washers and dryers in the Santa Clarita area, and is currently adding five more state-of-the-art machines that wash 7-8 loads each. The facility is fully attended for added security and doubles as a water store. Visit SantaClaritaLaundry.com.
Best Auto Repair
Ned’s Car Care
18009 Sierra Hwy, Canyon Country
When it comes to choosing a car repair shop, Canyon Country residents feel confident with the honest, competent work of Ned’s Car Care mechanics. The shop has been servicing and repairing cars in Santa Clarita for years, and locals rave about the fair pricing at the established business. Customers are extremely loyal and use words like helpful and trustworthy to describe the staff at Ned’s.