Best scandal, surf spot, place to eavesdrop and more.
Best clubs, bartenders, local artist, band and more.
Best restaurants by city, cheap eats and best restaurant of the county!
Best coffee shop, best bakery and more.
Best places to shop, best plumber and more.
Our picks for the sometimes less obvious winners.
Best Library (2012)
Monterey Public Library
625 Pacific St., Monterey
This prize comes on account of a deep stock of books, movies, magazines, Internet stations and e-materials; its cozy reading nooks and eager support staff; its community meeting rooms; its self-checkout; and local history archive room. Though it’s pretty up on today’s technology, it’s long on history: It was founded in 1849. Its mission then: “afford amusement, entertainment, and profit to a large class of people who, without its aid, would waste their time in frivolities.” Tell that to the Teen Zone.