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Best White Wine

BEST NORTH STATE WHITE WINE

Moseley’s Family Cellars

4712 Mountain Lakes Blvd., Redding 2158 Hilltop Drive, Redding 530-229-9463; www.moseleyfamilycellars.com When it’s time to a nice Chardonnay or Viognier, Moseley’s Family Cellars has you covered.

The repeat Best Of The North State winner knows how to make great wines and voters recognize that.

From the best grapes from quality vineyards through California (Napa, Sonoma, Lodi and north state), Moseley’s crafts each bottle with the wine lover in mind.

Their tasting rooms o er a chance to learn about their hand-crafted wines and their wine club o ers

perks to those who have a passion for the fruit of the vine.

RUNNERS UP:

. Alpen Cellars

. Tuscan Ridge Estate Winery


Best White Wine 2018

Best Bakery | 2018 Redding Searchlights BOTNS

BEST BAKERY

From the Hearth Café

1292 College View Drive, Redding; 530-424-2233

1427 Market St., Redding; 530-424-2233

2650 Churn Creek Road, Redding; 530-424-2233

638 Washington St., Red Blu ; 530-727-0616

1279 Pine St., Redding; 530-691-4441 www.fthcafe.com From the Hearth has quickly become a north state staple for its delightful meals and quaint, cozy cafes. But the genesis of FTH began as a bakery back in 2008, when Spencer Tang purchased the bakery that specializes in sublime sourdough.

Today, From the Hearth creates gourmet food, but its breads continue to delight. Carried inHoliday, Raley’s, Safeway,

R& R Meats and other retailers, From The Hearth’s bread remains as good as it did a decade ago.

Best Bakery 2018

RUNNERS UP:

. Sublime Cake Design

. Sweet Spot

Best Butcher

BEST BUTCHER

R&R Quality Meats & Seafood

2159 East St., Redding; 530-241-7770  www.randrqualitymeats.net R & R’s website proudly displays Best of the North State for 11 years running. Time to update it because voters have again recognized R& R and what makes them the place to go for highquality meats and seafood.

Sure, you can buy steak just about anywhere, but R& R’s personal attention and large selection means customers can get what they want. From beef to pork to poultry and seafood, R& R o ers only the best – at competitive prices. Their new space – down the street from the old location – adds in the seafood element and is the go-to place for the freshest catches.

But you don’t win Best Butcher for a dozen years without quality meat and exceptional customer service.

RUNNERS UP:

. Bowman Meats

. Kent’s Meats and Groceries

Best Burger in Redding

BEST BURGER

The Habit Burger Grill

1020 E. Cypress Ave., Redding; 530-223-1027 www.habitburger.com Try The Habit once and, well, it’ll become a habit.

Daily baked buns, perfectly grilled burgers and the freshest produce available all go into making the delightful Charburger.

Started in Santa Barbara in 1969, The Habit has grown and become a Redding staple for burger lovers. But The Habit also o ers salads, sandwiches, and the perfect

shakes and malts. Every burger is fresh, never frozen, and the salads are fresh and made-to-order. The complementary condiment bar lets you dress up your burger just the way you like it.

In addition to food that keeps you coming back, The Habit is also dedicated to philanthropy and frequently gets involved with fundraisers.

One bite and you’ll be back.

RUNNERS UP:

. Bartel’s Giant Burger

. Damburger

Haven Humane Society

Thank you Mark Storrey and April Scott for such a wonderful visit and showing me your wonderful place and introducing me to the crew at Haven Humane Society. I look forward to working with you guys in the future to making you Best of the North State in adopting animals. I know handsome Brad Pitt will be adopted before I get a chance to see him again.  I really love the way you are working so hard to be a no kill shelter. Great things our happening.

Good things are happening at Haven Humane Society thanks to our dedicated sponsors, donors, supporters, volunteers, and staff. In 2016 we set a new record by achieving a 92% live release rate for dogs and have placed thousands of pets into loving, forever homes through adoption, rescue, and foster care. All of these activities help us move closer to our goal of becoming No Kill by 2021, but we cannot achieve this alone.

We cherish partnerships with local businesses and would like to offer you the opportunity to support shelter animals by becoming a sponsor at one or more of our 2018 events. Your financial support will help us fund our daily operations, establish a new kitten nursery, and fund a variety of programs that reach thousands of at-risk pets each year and move us closer to our ultimate goal of a North State with no more homeless pets!

For those of you who were not sure exactly what our department team does on a weekly basis we have many tasks. The Development team is responsible for reaching out and partnering with business owners and community members on behalf of the homeless animals in the North State in order to raise money and bring awareness. We offer and manage a variety of sponsorship marketing opportunities, fundraisers, support programs and creating new financial avenues within the community to help place animals into their loving, forever homes.

As the new Director of Development I am extremely excited about all of our upcoming events for 2018!

We are always in need of business sponsors for these wonderful events which we provide several marketing benefits in return. Including Media – TV, Radio and Print. Social Media, Signage at all of our events and of course incredible PPI! (Pawsitive Public Image). If you own a business and are considering becoming a sponsor or have questions about sponsoring a specific event please call our Development Department at: 530-241-5262 or Email us at: ascott@havenhumane.org

Starting in February we have our annual Haven Humane Society Open House. This is a free family and community friendly event that takes place on Saturday, February 24th-2018 (10am to 12pm) We will have refreshments and tours of the facility provided by our CEO, Mark Storrey. There will also be adoption specials when you adopt a dog or cat into your loving home during the event.

On March 24th, 2018 at Turtle Bay we have our Certified 5k and 10k dog-friendly race, Doggie Dash. Doggie Dash will take place on Saturday, March 24th at Turtle Bay and is fun for the entire family! We expect approximately 300 participants this year and man Zumba Bash 2018! Need we say more? This is a fun, high energy, evening event at Win River Casino Events Center! Dancing, drinks, door prizes, raffle prizes and of course an amazing Zumba Instructor, Jennifer Lozoya! Don’t forget to purchase your tickets in advance and join the party on August 11th 2018!

Our biggest and most exciting event of the year is our 11th Annual Bark Wine and Brew Gala. This elegant evening event features wine and beer tasting, a four course dinner, silent and live auctions, Viva la photo, Dj, dancing, champagne and more. This amazing evening will take place on Saturday, October 6th, 2018 at the Win River Events Center. Tickets sold out early last year so be sure to get yours in advance!

North State Giving Tuesday takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving weekend. This national day of giving is an online networking and giving the event that provides nonprofit organizations the opportunity to gain exposure and start relationships with new donors, and for the people in Shasta and Siskiyou counties to come together to raise as much money as possible for participating organizations within a 14 -hour period. The effort is organized and implemented by Shasta Regional Community Foundation with sponsorship provided by Redding Bank of Commerce. The online event takes place on Tuesday, November 28th, 2018 from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. We invite you to give where you live and support

Haven Humane Society!

Haven Humain Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Barney (286864) is an 11 month old male white boxer mix. This athletic boy is very friendly, loves to play, and is rated for a family with children ages 8 years and older. Barney is available for adoption at Haven Humane Society and can’t wait to find his Forever Home! A proper introduction with any other dogs in the household is required. All feline and canine adoptions at the shelter include spaying or neutering, vaccinations and a microchip. To see Barney or any of our other companion animals available for adoption at the shelter, please visit us at 7449 Eastside Road, Anderson, or call (530) 241-1653. You can also check out our website at www.havenhumane.org.

Haven Humaine Dog of the Week

Pet of the Week
Chip (286638) is a 4-year-old male brown and black brindle hound mix. This playful boy gets along well with children and other dogs, knows “sit”and “down”, and is rated for an experienced family with children ages 5 years and older. Chip is available for adoption at Haven Humane Society and can’t wait to find his Forever Home! A proper introduction with any other dogs in the household is required. All feline and canine adoptions at the shelter includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations and a microchip. To see
Chip or any of our other companion animals available for adoption at the shelter, please visit us at 7449 Eastside Road, Anderson, or call (530) 241-1653. You can also check out our website at www.havenhumane.org.

Haven Humane:Pet of the Week

 

Pet of the Week @ Haven Humane Society 

Check out this adorable pup! Jax (278319) is a 3-year-old male black and tan Australian cattle dog and Rottweiler mix. Jax loves to play ball, knows “sit”, “down”, and “shake”, and is rated for a family with children ages 12 years and older. Jax is available for adoption at Haven Humane Society and can’t wait to find his Forever Home! A proper introduction with any other dogs in the household is required. All feline and canine adoptions at the shelter include spaying or neutering, vaccinations, and a microchip. To see Jax or
any of our other companion animals available for adoption at the shelter,
please visit us at 7449 Eastside Road, Anderson, or call (530) 241-1653.
You can also check out our website at www.havenhumane.org.

Haven Humane Society Needs Help

Haven Humane Society supports the community by promoting the humane treatment of animals through sheltering, spay/neuter, adoption, community education, outreach, rescue and animal regulations. Haven Humane Society’s vision is of a community of responsible pet owners working together for a North State with no more homeless pets. By 2021, Haven Humane Society plans to be a no-kill shelter.

Haven Humane Society has proudly served the North State since 1952. We place animals in new forever homes, return pets to their lost owners, rescue and care for animal cruelty victims, and spay or neuter thousands of animals to help decrease the homeless pet population. Our staff and volunteers run these programs, as well as educational outreach events and fundraisers. Furthermore, Haven Humane’s Spay/Neuter Clinic not only provides spay, neuter, and medical services for animals at the shelter, but also provides full medical care for all documented 501(c)(3) groups, shelters, and low income clients who qualify.

Fusion Lounge and Grill

 The best Lounge in Redding by far. Here at Fusion Lounge, we do American food with a Southeast Asian Twist! Whether it’s a Thai, Mien, Laos, Vietnamese, Japanese or Korean twist, there will be a little influence from one of these cultures. Our food is very flavorful, unique and a blend of east meets west. We have weekly specials usually beginning on Wednesday or Thursday, and we will only have the item will supplies last! If you’re in the mood for something different, please feel free to come try us out! All our sauces, broths and ingredients are made daily fresh and original! We also have Southeast Asian infused drinks as well! You won’t be able to find food like this with 150 miles from here!! Hope to see you soon!

Fusion Lounge Bar & Grill opened in Jr’s place. The premise is a new one for Redding: fusing elements of Asian cuisines (Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, etc.) with American and Mexican dishes to create such hybrids as the Pho-rito, Pho-nudo, and the Senganator Burger, while also functioning as a neighborhood bar.

 

Despite their new sign, it’s easy to miss east on Hartnell, lost in a sea of metal auto repair and machine shop prefab buildings. The parking lot is one of those long narrow ones that pass by a long row of metal doors behind Fusion, makes a U-turn, and sneaks back out to Hartnell.

Fusion’s black and blood-red concrete block walls, easy-clean tables and floors, and a goth restroom took a note from the punk club playbook circa 1976, but the clientele was a mixture of locals, auto shop employees, hipsters, and families. (Note: family-friendly until 9:00 PM.) There’s a pool table near the back and a smoker’s patio out the side door. Sit at the bar or one of the tables and wait staff will take your order. Service was friendly and relatively fast; servers are knowledgeable about the food. Specials are on a backlit writing board at the end of the bar.

Baller Bowl, $10.99

The concoction was a refreshing mixture of a taco salad with crunchy mixed cabbage salad, deep-fried shrimp, and tataki of tuna, Sriracha and wasabi drizzle, and a soy dressing on the side. The tataki (seared ahi with sesame crust, thinly sliced) was so very much like fine filet mignon that only its tendency to melt delicately on the tongue belied its origins. Alongside were crunchy fried shrimp that made a nice contrast to the pleasant and light tuna. The soy dressing, however, proved to be very salty, and toward the bottom of the cabbage salad, M. de Joie regretted pouring the dressing over. Sriracha and wasabi were fun to smear the shrimp in, but mixed on the plate they tended to look septic.

 

Fusion fries, $7.50

Jason ordered Fusion Shrimp but what came to our table was Fusion Fries, as she discovered when he couldn’t find anything but chicken in the toppings. A variation on nachos or potato skins: Jo-Jos – seasoned crunchy potato wedges – were topped with melted cheese, shredded chicken, cilantro, diced tomatoes, Jalapenos, and Fusion sauce. Fusion sauce is a somewhat spicy, smoky red sauce with hints of Thai curry – think of it as an exotic fry sauce. It was quite good when first delivered, but after fifteen minutes or so, the potatoes got pretty soggy. This was plenty to share among two or three people.

 

Calamari, $8.00

Calamari is a popular appetizer in restaurants, but it is almost always straight out of a frozen box, already breaded and ready to deep-fry and serve up with “our garlic aioli.” Fusion’s salt-baked calamari was delightful: thick bite-sized morsels with a dusting of tart tamarind and garnished with fried green onions and Jalapeno slices; this was addictive and original.

 

Kaliang Fin, $3.00

M. de Joie had never heard of Kaliang Fin and cannot find any reference to it elsewhere, so it may be an original specialty. Korean flour made from mung beans is cooked with water, cooled to produce a gelatin-like block, then cut into small pieces and served in a cold and slightly sour broth. The gelatin cubes had the texture and taste of hard-boiled egg white, slightly sulphuric and bouncy. The broth didn’t have much personality other than tartness and seemed to be mostly a vehicle to support the mung bean jelly. On the side was a small amount of house-made fermented bean & chili paste to mix into the soup – the paste was spicy-hot and delicious, though didn’t think it helped the soup much. KF (as it’s called on the menu) did have a refreshing quality that might be appealing if one had overindulged in too much delicious food and drink.

Fusion Burger, $9.99 with garlic fries ($1.00 extra) and pepper jack cheese

This towering burger, piled high with lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon, roasted eggplant, Fusion sauce, and a fried egg, was in no way reminiscent of a franchise burger. Goopy and drippy, the thick burger fell apart as the egg yolk, and Fusion sauce disintegrated the bun and was overall luscious, juicy, and a wildly delicious messy mixture of tastes. Garlic fries on the side were on the greasy and slightly limp side, but Femme de Joie loved the plentiful garlic bits.

In an unlikely location far from the main hubs of Redding, Fusion is trying out new and exciting ideas, and for the most part, they work. The menu is wisely kept small and manageable, with weekly specials thrown in. Prices are more than fair for the amount and quality of food. Though there were a few missteps, overall Femme de Joie loved the intent and direction of the kitchen. If you’re looking for something new to try, drive out to Fusion and sample their innovative dishes.

Fusion Lounge Bar & Grill, 2704 Hartnell Avenue, Redding, CA 96002. 530-768-1360. Open Monday through Thursday, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Friday 11:00 AM – midnight, Saturday 3:00 PM to midnight. Closed Sunday. No minors after 9:00 PM. Cards and cash; but no checks. Full bar. Vegetarian and vegan options. Parking lot. Follow them on Yelp and on

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Jordon wrote a review on Fusion

 

Not sure what kind of scrubs are running this place…?;-P But whoever it has this place on point!!! The BEST bar food in Redding’s hands down! Their fish tacos are out of control! Not to mention some of the best services you will find! Do yourselves a favor and try this place out ASAP!

Heather wrote

We ordered ahi lettuce wraps, Calamari, and fusion Nachos. Everything was excellent especially the calamari. The beer selection was good if you’re an IPA fan I am not, but the food made up for it. Sorry I didn’t try this place sooner and can’t wait to go back and try other items.

Jason Stovall
Local Guide · 69 reviews · 72 photos
in the last week
The place sets off of the east part of Redding just down the street from the hen house. Looking for something different than your standard cafe/pub food this is the right place. A blend of Asian and Western food dishes. Fries are tasty; the fusion burger is a must try. Haven’t tried the Pho yet, heard it was good from friends.

Jim Hamilton

 

2 reviews
a month ago
Excellent food, uniquely prepared and served in a dive bar atmosphere and the prices are great!
Helpful?

 

 

Sean Bird

 

Local Guide · 102 reviews · 86 photos
Four months ago
An excellent Asian take on American pub food. Great happy hour. The calamari and wings are great, the Pho is amazing, great beer selection. I could go on and on. I will be back