Jessica Head at the Yard House in Riverside
Jessica Head, who’s also known by the alias “Britney Beers,” says her secret for making customers happy is easy: “I kind of treat everyone like they’re my best friend,” the 23-year-old Yard House server confides to us. Keep the clientele happy, Jessica. They’re diggin‘ the star treatment you give.
Jessica can be found performing her server duties at the Yard House at the Galleria at Tyler, 3775 Tyler St., Space 1A, Riverside, (951) 688-9273, www.yardhouse.com.
BEST TATTOO STUDIO
Six Feet Under in Upland
While not exactly true, you still won’t get an argument from us if you say Six Feet Under Tattoo Parlor is the shop that put Upland on the map. Or at least let the rest of the non-IE world (and LA Ink’s viewership) know the skin arts culture was alive and very well in the 909.
Six Feet Under Tattoo Parlor, 116 N. 2nd Ave., Upland, (909) 949-0157; www.sixfeetunder.com.
Stephanie Baltazar at The Music Room
With a smile that’ll disarm a Balrog and a penchant for itty-bitty bikinis, The Music Room’s Stephanie Baltazar makes drinking a far, far, far more pleasurable experience than it normally would—or should—be. Oh, there goes our bar tab again.
You can find Stephanie slingin‘ drinks at The Music Room, 4360 N. Sierra Way, San Bernardino, (909) 883-6513.
BEST TALK RADIO HOST
Bobby Sato at X103.9
Redlands bred, X103.9’s Bobby Sato keeps it pretty simple when revealing his general interests to his MySpace audience: “Beer, bitches, good food, sex, music . . . Where do I stop?” Hey, if your radio DJ doesn’t know how to have a good time, how the hell do you expect him to hype you up for the latest The Mars Volta single?
You can catch Bobby Sato on the air on X103.9 from 10AM-3PM weekdays; www.x1039.com, www.myspace.com/theguyontheradio.
BEST WI-FI FRIENDLY PLACE
Coffee Depot in downtown Riverside
For some, coffee shops are a lifestyle, not just a caffeine stop. And for the laptop totin‘ crews, Coffee Depot in downtown Riverside’s a must-go place to park and do some Internet browsing. Comfy, cozy and the Wi-Fi—warp speed!
Coffee Depot, 3204 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 222-2263; www.coffeedepot.tv.
BEST TATTOO ARTIST
Aaron Funk at Tattoo Revolution
The man behind Tattoo Revolution in Redlands, Aaron Funk, eats and breathes the skin arts and his dedication has paid off big time with accolades from ink-hungry patrons—and IEW voters who ranked TR as the Best Tattoo Parlor last year. Someone’s feeling warm and fuzzy for Funk’s needles, ya think?
Tattoo Revolution, 724 Tennessee St., Redlands, (909) 793-6661; www.myspace.com/tattoorevolution.
BEST RADIO MORNING CREW
Stu, Tiffany and Jimbo on KCAL 96.7
Yeah, they’re no longer the “Morning Stiffy,” just plain ol‘ Stu, Tiffany and Jimbo—but they’re still as lewd, crude and rude as ever. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Tiffany, we will never ever forget you.
Tune in to Stu, Tiffany and Jimbo from 5-9AM weekdays on KCAL 96.7; www.kcalfm.com.
BEST LOCAL SCANDAL
Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus
Jeez, where to begin? The allegations of political corruption? The arrest? The meth investigators allege they found? Former San Berdoo County Assessor Bill Postmus (and Young Republican poster boy) has a lot to answer for. But it’s sure fun to watch.
Fontana Councilwoman Acquanetta Warren
This Fontana councilwoman (appointed in 2002, re-elected in ’04 and ’08) is hoping to go places—all the way to Sacramento where she hopes to take charge of the state’s 63rd Assembly District. Now, if she can just kill that “Fontucky” name once and for all . . .
Michael Lin at Wabi Sabi
Praised for his way around a hibachi and for ’fessin’ up to having teriyaki sauce flowing through his veins, Michael Lin at the Wabi Sabi in Ontario is the man you want to give a gold star to for his handling of the Great and Wonderful Iron Griddle. I don’t see you making an onion volcano.
Michael Lin is cooking at Wabi Sabi Teppan Steak House & Sushi Bar, 2200 S. Grove Ave. #103, Ontario, (909) 923-8888; www.wabisabirestaurant.com.