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 of 2012
22nd Annual Best of Monterey County 2012 Reader's Poll
For this year's best, click here
The Best of Monterey County was written by Kera Abraham, Mark C. Anderson, Jessica Bray, Michelle Caldwell, Nic Coury, Erik Cushman, Mary Duan, Joel Ede, James A. Foley, Jeanne Howard, Adam Joseph, Karen Loutzenheiser, Jessica Lyons Hardcastle, Ryan Masters, Erin Pipes, Sara Rubin, Walter Ryce, David Schmalz, Gabriel Skvor, Stuart Thornton and Paul Wetterau and photographed by Nic Coury.