Best of RSM Voting Ends Friday—Vote Now

Choose Who, What and Where in Rancho Santa Margarita should receive Best Of RSM honors.

Editor's Note: Voting in the polls will close at 11:59 p.m. on August 17, 2012.

Patch is all about making your life ridiculously easy. So why should it be hard to find the best pizza, Mexican restaurant or other local product or service? 

That’s why we’re launching Version 2.0 of Readers’ Choice. We intend to learn from the real experts—you and your neighbors. The categories below will, in the following days, let the people know where they can find the best in local commerce, recreation and entertainment.

Just click on the link and vote. Feel free to share these links with your friends—in fact, we encourage you to do so. Let everyone know about the Readers Choice Awards on Patch.

We took nominatons from the community through July 9 and assembled our list of categories that people showed an interest in through their comments. The exception was "Fine Dining Restaurant," which was created solely at the discretion of the local editor (who has a lot of sole discretion around here, by the way).

And if you're wondering about Version 1.0 of Readers' Choice, it was used to choose the best , , , , , and . And just to change things up, we also let you choose the in town.

Rancho Santa Margarita is yours. You know it best. Help share the knowledge with the rest. And if you're unfamiliar with a business, try it on for size and see if it doesn't become your new favorite.

The attached PDF file contains rules for the Patch Readers' Choice Awards.

Below are the categories for Readers’ Choice 2012:

Food & Drink




Lainie June 21, 2012 at 12:42 AM
where's the best dry cleaners category? I want to nominate J Fields!
Mark Jordan June 21, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I'd like to see Best Sandwich Shop, Best Yogurt, and one I have invested interest, Best Portrait Photographer! Thank you!
Mark Jordan June 21, 2012 at 04:32 PM
They get my thumbs-up as well.
Martin Henderson (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I don't know if we can do best portrait photographer, but we'll see what we can do. The problem with that, as I see it, is that they're private individuals; without storefronts, it's difficult to know who to nominate if filling the ballot grid falls solely on me. Nevertheless, your idea has been duly noted. Sandwich shop is a good idea, as is dry cleaners. I'll see what I can do to take care of it. We recently had an epic battle between Golden Spoon and the winner, Bowl of Heaven, for best frozen treat, so I think we're golden -- pun intended -- on yogurt this summer. Thanks for your comments, Mark (and Lainie).
NatB June 22, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Best California Cuisine, Best BBQ!
NatB June 22, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Best Breakfast!
Martin Henderson (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Best dry cleaner nominations are now open. Press on!!!
Martin Henderson (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Best Breakfast and Best Sandwich Shop have been added to the poll. The Sandwich nominations come open on Thursday. Thanks for making those suggestions -- they really do add something to the poll.
sido joe July 04, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Best Liquor Store In Rancho Santa Margarita .
Martin Henderson (Editor) July 04, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Hey Joe, thanks for the comment. Maybe we'll add it next year. How many liquor stores are there in RSM, though? Who would the candidates be? There was one by the lake but that storefront has been empty for several months. Thanks, and be sure to vote in our other categories.
Alison Barker August 08, 2012 at 10:27 PM
How about the beauty industry? Best Day Spa and Salon or something along those lines?


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