Ribbon cutting for Manzanita Roasting Company Tuesday afternoon with co-owner Samantha Nawrocki. Also shown are various VIPs, including Miss Escondido and her court, Chamber of Commerce CEO J.R. Rowten, Mayor Paul McNamara, councilmembers Tina Inscoe and Joe Garcia, among many others.
The Escondido Chamber of Commerce Tuesday afternoon held a wide-armed welcome for the Manzanita Roasting Company and co-owner Samantha Nawrocki. The coffee shop is located in the lobby of the Ritz.
But the occasion was also to show off the remodeled Grand and to give awards for the Best Restaurants.
The event was the Chamber’s 2nd in-person mixer at the Ritz Theatre. It was a robustly attended mixer with many new faces and some very familiar ones gathering to make new connections and celebrate the Chamber’s Best of Escondido Eats Award winners.
VIPs who attended include City Council members Tina Inscoe and Joe Garcia and Mayor McNamara for their participating. The Ritz for hosted and the Grand Restaurant Group for providing the food we all enjoyed.
Best Deli Sandwich award was won by Agrusas’s Super Sandwiches. Photo by David Zumaya of My San Diego North County
Mike’s Barbecue won for “Best Barbecue.” Taylor Olson of Mike’s BBQ, accepted the award. Photo by David Zumaya of My San Diego North County
Burger Bench won for “Best Burger.” Photo by David Zumaya of My San Diego North County
Escondido Elementary School Supt. Luis Rankins-Ibarra, Assistant Supt. Andrew McGuire and Chamber CEO James Rowten socialize at Tuesday’s event. Photo by David Zumaya of My San Diego North County
Escondido Chamber of Commerce board of directors Chairman Don Romo gives an impromptu tour of the roof of The Grand, where the Chamber held its mixer Tuesday night to celebrate the grand opening of Manzanita Roasting Company. Romo’s construction company rebuilt the iconic structure so he was rightly proud to show people around.
Mayor Paul McNamara gives a presentation from the city to Manzanita Roasting Company co-owner Samantha Nawrocki while city councilmember Tina Inscoe looks on.
Escondido Chamber CEO James Rowten introducing the winners of this year’s Best of Escondido Eats. Photo by David Zumaya of My San Diego North County
Chamber veteran Joe Coyle was the friendly beverage dispenser at Tuesday’s event. Photo by David Zumaya of My San Diego North County
The Chamber also congratulated the 1st annual Best of Escondido Eats winners.
Best of Escondido Eats
Best Bakery = Cute Cakes
Best BBQ = Mike’s BBQ
Best Breakfast = Home Sweet Home Cafe
Best Brewery = Stone Brewing Co.
Best Coffee House = Blue Mug Coffee & Tea
Best Deli Sandwich = Agrusas’s Super Sandwiches
Best Dessert = EscoGelato
Best Hamburger = Burger Bench
Best Italian Restaurant = Filippi’s Pizza Grotto
Best Mediterranean Cuisine = Ali Baba Mediterranean Cuisine