Here is how you should vote on Diablo Magazine’s Best of the East Bay 2011:

bar menu: The Prickly Pear Cantina

specialty cocktail: Blood O Rita, The Prickly Pear Cantina

margarita joint: The Prickly Pear Cantina

happy hour: The Prickly Pear Cantina

girls night: The Prickly Pear Cantina

picnic spot: Sycamore Grove

ski resort: Donner Ski Ranch

weekend travel: Carmel

new restaurant: The Prickly Pear Cantina

special occasion restaurant: The Peasant and the Pear

chef: Rodney Worth

romantic restaurant: The Peasant and the Pear

dining vibe: The Peasant and the Pear

steakhouse: The Peasant and the Pear

hamburger: Fat Maddie’s Grill

coffee house: Sideboard

breakfast joint: Katy’s Korner

brunch spot: Pasta’s

fish taco: The Prickly Pear Cantina

salad: The Peasant and the Pear

dog friendly: should be outlawed

outdoor patio: The Peasant and the Pear

place for cheap lunch: The Little Pear

comfort food: The Peasant and the Pear

mexican: The Prickly Pear Cantina

asian: Uncle Yu’s Livermore