BEST of Kaweah Country 2018

When it comes to the BEST sandwiches, the folks at Sierra Subs and Salads don’t clown around!
For 20 years, the Best of Kaweah Country readers’ poll has been a valuable resource guide for local residents and visitors when it comes to services they need and use. The Best of Kaweah Country’s mission is to identify some of the premier businesses in several areas of expertise and introduce them to thousands of readers.
Every year, worthy businesses are applauded, and they deserve it. But we do notice some who don’t quite make it to the winner’s circle although they are exemplary, too.
Excellent local businesses like Reimer’s Candies and Sierra Subs & Salads are perennial number ones and, frankly, we don’t have a problem with that. They work hard to earn their top spots.
But other businesses don’t always receive these accolades, so feel free to start a campaign for your favorite underdog next year.

But what mitigates our wistful desire for universal inclusion is the stronger urge to know what people out there think. And even better is when the readers discover something new that’s BEST!

The riverside local and proximity to Sequoia National Park make The Gateway Restaurant the BEST Romantic Dining.
Romantic Dining: The Gateway Restaurant
Kid-Friendly Dining: Pizza Factory
Outdoor Dining: Buckaroo
Bang for Your Buck: Sierra Subs
Place to Go When Someone Else Pays: The Peaks – Wuksachi
Efren Gonzalez at Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park uses locally sourced, fresh ingredients, which earned him top spot as Kaweah Country’s BEST Chef.
Breakfast: Antoinette’s Coffee
Vegetarian: Sierra Subs
Tacos: Casa Mendoza
Pizza: Pizza Factory
Sandwich: Sierra Subs & Salads 
Burger: River View
Steak: Gateway
Salad: Sierra Subs 
Baked Goods: Antoinette’s Coffee & Goodies
Dessert: Reimer’s Candies
River View Restaurant’s BEST Burger is worth fighting for.
Takeout: Sierra Subs
Barbecue: Village Market
Coffee: Antoinette’s Coffee
Cocktail: Wuksachi
Beer: Three Rivers Brewing Co.
Wine: Totem Market
Enjoy the BEST Wine hand-selected from Central Coast vintners at Totem Market. Wine-tasting available!
Chef: Efren Gonzalez (Wuksachi)
Creative Menu: Sierra Subs
Souvenirs: Three Rivers Drug & Gifts
Outdoor Gear: Three Rivers Mercantile
Locally Grown Food: Sage Roots Produce Market
Bargain Buy: The Thingerie

Art Gallery: Cort Gallery

Happy shoppers found the BEST Bargain Buy at The Thingerie, a project of the Three Rivers Woman’s Club.
Gifts: Reimer’s Candies
Antiques: Village Antiques
Picnic Fare: Sierra Subs
Clothing: Thingerie
Jewelry: Thingerie
Family Lodging: Sequoia Village Inn
Bed & Breakfast: Sequoia River Dance B&B
Vacation Rental: Bridge House

Grab the kids and come experience the BEST Family Lodging at Sequoia Village Inn, located a stone’s throw from the entrance to Sequoia National Park.
Rustic Cabin: Silver City
Room With a View: Buckeye Tree Lodge
Amenities: Comfort Inn and Suites
Band: High Sierra Jazz Band
Author: Earl McKee
Artist: Jana Botkin
Event: Redbud Festival

Enjoy the BEST Beer in town at Three Rivers Brewing Co.
Entertainment Venue: River View
Place to Be on a Saturday Night: River View
National Park Must-See: Giant sequoias
Three Rivers Can’t-Miss: Reimer’s Candies
Jaw-Dropping Drive: Mineral King Road

It’s 25 miles in length but takes 90 minutes to navigate to the end. The Mineral King Road is truly the BEST Jaw-Dropping Drive.
Pet Services: Lone Oak Veterinary Clinic
Florist: Anne Lang’s Emporium
Massage: Marie Soleil
Hair Salon: Jag’s Edge
Fitness Studio / Gym: 3R Velo 
Yoga: 3R Yoga
Come visit the BEST Hairapist at Jag’s Salon.
Hiking Trail: Congress Trail
Picnic Spot: Crescent Meadow
Sunset Viewpoint: Moro Rock
Place to Take the Kids: Sequoia National Park
Bike Ride: Salt Creek trails
Way to Tour Without a Car: Sequoia Sightseeing Tours
Horseback Ride: Wood ‘N’ Horse
Campground: Sequoia RV Ranch

Camping at its BEST at Sequoia RV Ranch.
Community Volunteers: Aging in Community-Three Rivers
Business That Gives Back: River View
Environmentally Conscious: Buckeye Tree Lodge

One thought on “BEST of Kaweah Country 2018

  • June 7, 2019 at 9:29 am

    How on earth could locals rate lodging establishments since, by definition, they never stay there? The “winners” must of necessity be chosen by something other than genuine local acclaim.


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