The Best Of Alameda 2014

146 winners—our biggest list ever—representing the best of the Island from beignets and burgers, to Girl Scouts and tattoos.



Readers' Choice: Best Yoga Studio—Island Yoga Studio.

Stephen Loewinsohn

 

FOOD & DRINK

Editors’ Choice

BEST COMFORT FOOD

Mama Papa Lithuania

For those unfamiliar with Lithuanian cuisine—an Eastern European cuisine perhaps most closely resembling Polish and Hungarian staples—it’s best described as comfort on a plate. At Mama Papa Lithuania, the emphasis is on good food and great service, and any menu selection is sure to delight. The borscht with mushrooms, a warm soup made with beets and fungi, is a wonderful mix of sweet and earthy. The potato pancakes with meat are a sinfully crispy, pan-fried exterior holding in steaming, soft potatoes and crumbly, spiced meat. Wash it all down with a Barrel 95 brewed in Lithuania or some Amber Tea renowned for its health benefits, and you’ll begin to understand the draw of Lithuanian cuisine. 1241 Park St., 510-522-4100, www.MamaPapaLithuania.com

—Matthew Craggs

Editors’ Choice

BEST HOSTESS

Kamakura’s Faith Yamato

The average fourth-grader towers over her, but her presence towers over the Alameda restaurant scene. On a recent night, as Akiko “Faith” Yamato, 90, bowed to guests entering her restaurant, she wore rings on each hand and three bracelets on each wrist. Her outfit oozed glamour, with pink cutout tights and a glittering cardigan that matched her long, glossy fingernails. She enjoys greeting guests, but that’s far from all Yamato does at the sushi restaurant she has owned since the early 1980s. She arrives every morning by 8 a.m. and often stays until 10 p.m. She irons all the white tablecloths and even the clothing worn by the staff. Yamato has a way of making every customer feel like a regular. On a recent visit, we heard her lean in and whisper conspiratorially to a customer receiving a wedge-shaped Alaskan Fantasy roll: “That is our sexiest roll.” 2549 Santa Clara Ave., 510-521-9121, www.KamakuraRestaurant.com

—Carrie Kirby

Readers’ Choice

BEST BREAKFAST / BRUNCH

Café Jolie

When you say beignets, we say Café Jolie! (Beignets! Café Jolie!) The West End’s cutest little corner of France, Café Jolie serves organic, local, fresh foods with a soupçon of élan in a chic sidewalk café. The only place we know on the island to get puffy, sweet beignets (with fresh berries and a chocolate dipping sauce), a masterful cup of Euro-style coffee, and attentive service, Café Jolie has cornered (ha!) the market on Left Bank café style. A full menu of omelets, fruit, tartines, and more make for an elegant brunch experience, weekends or weekdays. Family friendly, generous portions, and did we mention the beignets? So nice, we said it twice! 1500 Webster St., 510-523-4500, www.Facebook.com/CafeJolies

—Julia Park Tracey

Editors’ Choice

BEST PLACE TO PAIR EDUCATION WITH INEBRIATION

St. George Spirits

If you guessed that a distillery that makes terroir gin and boasts of the “real botanical ingredients” in its absinthe takes liquor seriously, you’d be right. Tours of St. George Spirits are highly educational, full of chemistry and 80-proof words. But fear not: Tasting room manager Andie Ferman promises they’re anything but dry. Get it?

“Guaranteed you will not nap on the tour,” said Ferman. Another guide, Lauren Asta, likes to introduce herself to groups as their “spirit guide.” It gets a laugh. If you visit the Alameda Point hangar during a fortuitous time of year, you may encounter bins of fragrant ripening pears, sugar cane, raspberries, or other fruit used in St. George brandies. Any time at all, you’ll learn the difference between brandy, gin, and whiskey; how fermentation works; and whether absinthe can really drive you mad. After the tour, which runs about 45 minutes, you get to taste the stuff you just learned about and learn even more as Ferman or one of the other guides pours and pontificates. Tastings are $15, tastings and tours are $20; visit the website for times. 2601 Monarch St., 510-769-1601, www.StGeorgeSpirits.com

—Carrie Kirby

Editors’ Choice

BEST RESTAURANT REBRANDING EFFORT

East End

When East End moved into the Alameda Marketplace space formerly occupied by Ching Hua, the expansion paved way for exciting changes in the restaurant and on the menu. Large windows with sweeping views of Park Street invite guests into the wood- and-brick-festooned dining room where soups, salads, sandwiches, a rotating line-up of fresh oysters on the half-shell, and a generous happy hour now share the spotlight with thin-crust, wood-fired pizza. Look no further than the Smokestack with bacon to understand the rebranding’s allure. Thin, crispy crust densely covered in wild mushrooms and sprinkled with rosemary give the smoked mozzarella and smokier bacon an earthy aroma that hits you in the face before the first bite. That’s a pizza pie! 1650 Park St., 510-263-9630, www.EastEndPizzaCo.com

—Matthew Craggs

Readers’ Choice

BEST SPIRITS SELECTION

American Oak

Best spirits selection? No understatement. When it comes to whiskeys, bourbon, and rye, you could quite literally taste a different beverage every night and never run out. There are some 200 spirits on the shelves at any time, and these rotate every few months with new flavors, new releases, new trends. The bacon-lover’s maple bourbon is no longer available, but a selection of white (un-aged) whiskeys is on the menu for the time being. Flights of antique bourbons, smoky whiskeys, four grains (corn, wheat, rye, and barley), mescals, or staffers’ choice—you want to taste them, and so do the staff. These are for sipping, iced or neat. The rye’s the limit. 2319 Santa Clara Ave., 510-521-5862, www.AmericanOakAlameda.com

—Julia Park Tracey

Readers’ Choice

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails

Cool and sophisticated. Relaxed and carefree. Grown-up but not far from home. These are just some of the reasons to love Trabocco, the new Italian sensation at South Shore Center. With its urban palette of gray, black, and cool metal, and a choice of cloistered intimacy indoors or bay breezes outdoors, Trabocco looks and feels like a destination restaurant on our very doorstep. Locally sourced and inspired original beverages from Rock Wall, St. George Spirits and Hangar 1, are reason enough. Add a pleasing plate of refreshing carpaccio, savory butternut ravioli, wood-fire grilled lamb skewers, and grilled bread, or the octopus—and we say welcome to the island. Please stay a while. 2213 South Shore Center, 510-521-1152, www.Trabocco.com

—Julia Park Tracey

Readers’ Choice

BEST CAFÉ / COFFEEHOUSE
Also Best Teahouse

Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden

Is there any place more soothing to go for a cup of tea, more calming to the nerves, more tranquil, than Julie’s? Cradled in the comfy couch or armchairs with a group, studiously tapping at a keyboard in a corner table on assignments, catching up with a friend in the lush back garden—could there be a place as perfect for a steaming cup of fair trade coffee? We think not. Whether you like the perfect pot of Earl Grey with a scone, or a gluten-free vegan brownie with an herbal tisane tonic, Julie’s has the variety, the quality, and the comfortable ambiance of a friend’s living room or backyard. 1223 Park Ave., 510-865-2386, www.JuliesTea.com

—Julia Park Tracey

GOODS &  SERVICES

Readers’ Choice

BEST PHARMACY

Versailles Pharmacy

For more than 20 years, Versailles Pharmacy has stood as a testament to simpler times. The neighborhood pharmacy (and hardware store!) prides itself on friendly, knowledgeable staff and continuing service to the community—even going so far as to offer a prescription-delivery service, thanks, no doubt, to the customer-pleasing thinking of ebullient owner-operator-pharmacist Philip Jaber. While waiting for a prescription browse the cluttered aisles, a treasure trove of general goods and home and garden tools, a curated mash-up of necessities. Along with the personal service and genuine smiles from the staff, the pharmacy-hardware atmosphere is that of a business in some small coastal town where longtime friends and customers shoot the breeze over a bin overflowing with roofing nails. 2801 Encinal Ave., Alameda, 510-523-4907.

—Matthew Craggs

Readers’ Choice

BEST CONSIGNMENT OR VINTAGE CLOTHING

Juniper Tree Vintage

Shopping at Juniper Tree Vintage is a kaleidoscope-type treasure hunt with a hint of nostalgia and surprise. It’s not too often you step into a store and find an impressive selection of fashions from an era that celebrated pillbox hats, gloves, and well-coifed ceramic poodle statuette collections. Juniper Tree Vintage has become an island favorite with its blithe vintage fashion selections, all of which are authentically from the 1950s to the 1970s, as well as footwear, jewelry, accessories, and home décor. The unique jewelry alone is swoon-worthy, as bangles, bracelets, and brooches sparkle among the glass cases. One may venture to say the store’s carefully curated clothing appeals to everyone from the uniquely dressed party girl to the well-traveled chap to the fashion maven who shuns mass-produced clothing. 1320 Park St., 510-865-1577, www.JuniperTreeVintage.tumblr.com

—Karen Granados

Readers’ Choice

BEST NEW BUSINESS

Seven 7 Salon

You can’t help but feel that any minute a Hollywood starlet could traipse through the doors of Seven 7 Salon. Hip and chic, the space perfectly reflects the aesthetic of the stylish associates at this new hair and makeup salon on Park Street. Though the space is located in a historic Victorian building, owners Jenifer Akagi and Maricell Cenidoza painstakingly gutted the space, which happened to also be a hair salon of no relation, to create a fantastically modern and bright business that also is comfortable and unpretentious. According to Alamedans, Seven 7 Salon is cutting edge when it comes to hair and makeup services, client service, an array of hair products, and community support. Having graduated from Alameda high schools and living on the Island, the duo focuses on giving back to the community and supporting local charities. 1629 Park St., 510-521-7707, www.Seven7Salon.com

—Karen Granados

Readers’ Choice

BEST TATTOO ARTIST AND PARLOR

Alameda Tattoo

Was it once a brothel? An old-lady pin-curl salon? A barbershop? Whatever the tiny building once was, it’s adorable now, and just funky enough, with leopard-print curtains and a sassy paint job, that you can set aside your fear of needles, lie back, and get inked. Billy, Reed and Brian are on hand to talk over design and process. Friendly greetings, calm demeanors, comfort, and conversation—it’s all good. For seashells or skulls, on sleeve or sacrum, pop into the tiniest tattoo parlor you’ve ever seen, and get the total tat taken care of. 650 Haight Ave., 510-748-0605, www.AlamedaTattoo.com

—Julia Park Tracey

Editors’ Choice

BEST LOCAL T-SHIRTS

Honour Brand

Tara Elgin and Chris Mock haven’t been producing their Alameda-themed heritage shirts for long, but you can already see them around the Island—in the windows of Lilac Dress Boutique and (sometimes) Tucker’s Ice Cream; at the recent Park Street Spring Festival; and at the Alameda Art & Wine Faire in July. And, hey, isn’t that kid in Washington Park wearing a bright orange “Whoopee!” roller coaster tee? Honour Brand—Elgin and Mock’s design company—pays homage to the whimsical past of Alameda. Every delightful design is accompanied on the Honour website with a montage of historical clippings and images, as well as a brief but elucidating narrative on the themes of the designs themselves. For instance, did you know that the Alameda flag first ran up the flagpole in 1984? That the Alameda Alerts, our fair town’s semi-pro baseball team, won the Central California Championships in 1910? That Jack London took his sloop, the Razzle Dazzle, out on the water by Bay Farm Island to poach oysters, earning the moniker “prince of the oyster pirates”? And now that you know, don’t you wish you had a T-shirt commemorating it? www.HonourBrand.com

—Jakki Spicer

Readers’ Choice

BEST ACUPUNCTURIST

Tracy Zollinger

If you have a runny nose, you can go to any doctor, but when it comes to sticking needles in your face or elsewhere, better choose the best. A licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, Tracy Zollinger holds a master’s of science in traditional Chinese medicine, follows a holistic and integrated approach to patient care, and offers a charmed bedside manner her clients swear by. Zollinger, who sees all ages and stages of patients and incorporates additional therapy such as nutritional supplements and massage into her practice, treats maladies as prevalent as neck and back pain, migraines, and arthritis but has additional experience with women’s health, fertility, pregnancy, and pediatrics issues. Compassionate, empathetic, and a cheerleader for healthy eating and feeling good and herself the picture of health, Zollinger also hosts free monthly seminars aimed at empowering people to take control of their health and physical and mental well-being. 2424 Blanding Ave., Suite 102, 510-299-0057, www.TracyZollinger.com

—Matthew Craggs

Editors’ Choice

BEST NEW BUSINESS MASH-UP

CRAFT Beer & Wine

What do you get when you combine unusual and tasty craft beer selections with a unique collection of European wine? You’ll have a darn good party. Locals are toasting to the new collaboration of Russell Rasmussen and Dan Marshall at CRAFT Beer & Wine, during what seems like a renaissance of spirits in Alameda. The well-stocked beer coolers house mostly California artisanal beers, and words such as malty, hoppy, earthy, and bready are thrown around to describe the different flavors. Take a peek at the colorful eye-catching bottle label graphics and feel like you’re at a mini art gallery meets tattoo parlor. Both Californian and carefully curated wine from international locations, such as Greece, Israel, and Uruguay, line the racks, while wooden wine crates stamped with exotic locales proudly line the store. Small-production local wine Roland Rosario, by St. Joseph of Notre Dame grad Martha Gustafsson, as well as Greek wine Gavalas from Santorini are some of the unique wines only found at CRAFT. Hard-to-find local brands such as Heretic Shallow Grave from Fairfield and Gold Medal Winner Sless’ Oatmeal Stout by Alamedan Christian Kazakoff, keep customers coming back for more. 2526 Santa Clara Ave., 510-769-9463, www.Facebook.com/CraftAlameda

—Karen Granados

LIFESTYLE & LEISURE

Readers’ Choice

BEST ART GALLERY, BEST ARTS ORGANIZATION

Frank Bette Center for the Arts

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts is that distinctive yellow building on the corner of Paru and Lincoln, and if you’ve never stopped in, you should. Ongoing exhibitions, shows big and small, poetry readings, spoken word and storytelling, classes on how to draw or paint, live model sketch sessions, and so much more await. Annual FBCA celebrations of Alameda include the Plein Air Paint Out (late summer, with exhibition through September), and Alameda on Camera, the photography competition that shares unique views of the island City. It’s what founder Frank Bette would have wanted when he left his home to his fellow artists. The gallery is free to visit; some events have fees. (Donations gratefully accepted.) 1601 Paru St., 510-523-6957, www.FrankBetteCenter.org

—Julia Park Tracey

Editors’ Choice

BEST RESTORED GOLF COURSE

Mif Albright

Looking to take up golf, or restart your golf game? Check out the newly renovated Mif Albright Par 3 Course at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex. Greenway Golf took over the golf complex in 2012 and its agronomist, Marc Logan, reworked the long-neglected Mif, which almost closed permanently in 2009. Reopened on Memorial Day weekend 2014 after a year’s closure for the renovation, the revamped 1,000-yard nine-hole course follows most of the same hole layout of the old course but has had some key improvements: undulating mounds that separate the holes along with rye, bent, and tall fescue grasses golfers will traverse on the carpeted fairways, multilevel greens, and mounds. Composed of 30,000 yards of new sandy material, the signature mounds are intended to provide privacy and safety. Two new water hazards offer golfers another challenge. The longest hole is 147 yards, so shorter irons are the norm here. The one drawback is the synthetic mats instead of grass for tee boxes. The Mif was opened in 1982 and is named for former Golf Commissioner Lloyd “Mif”Albright, whose dream was to have a course that could be played by all levels of golfers to complement Alameda’s two 18-hole courses and the driving range. The Mif allows newbies a place to learn the game and is short enough so seniors can walk it, too. A new practice area opened in July for chipping and putting. 1 Clubhouse Memorial Road, 510-747-7800, www.AlamedaGolf.com

—Keith Gleason

Readers’ Choice

BEST HEALTH CLUB / GYM

Harbor Bay Club

When your health club is a 10-acre resort-style workout wonderland, getting to the gym is a no-brainer. With 19 tennis courts, a heated pool, seemingly endless racks of free weights, and cardio equipment, Harbor Bay Club offers plenty of ways to keep your body in shape. Along with the classes for kids and adults—such as Zumba, aqua aerobics, tiny tumblers, and group cycle—the club strengthens your mind and spirit as well. An on-site spa offers massage, acupuncture, nail and facial services, and even teeth whitening, while the Clubhouse Bar and Grill offers happy hour and special events such as karaoke and holiday parties. 200 Packet Landing Road, 510-521-5414, www.HarborBayClub.com

—Matthew Craggs

Readers’ Choice

BEST YOGA STUDIO

Island Yoga Studio

Whether your yoga flow stretches toward Hatha, Iyengar, or Vinyasa, Island Yoga Studio has a practice for you. With more than 15 instructors from a variety of backgrounds—for example, Island Yoga co-director Marcia Newlin brings close to 30 years of experience to her Iyengar teachings—offering as many classes, the studio hosts a wide range of offerings seven days a week. Classes include everything from open practice sessions and classes to beginning instruction and yoga designed to relieve back tension. Island Yoga Studio also holds workshops, Thai stretch sessions, and yoga for kids where they learn stretches and positions through games, storytelling, and music. 911 Central Ave., 510-205-5003, www.AlamedaIslandYoga.com

—Matthew Craggs

Readers’ Choice

BEST CLUB DJ

DJ Dave Stebbins

This disc jockey, Dave Stebbins, is an Alameda native who just happens to spin at local pubs and events, drawing record crowds everywhere he goes. From his weekend gigs at the Churchward Pub (get in line early) to spinning at Rock Wall winery and Dragon Rouge, to special events and gigs in CoCo County, DJ Dave is butter. By day, he’s a PE teacher at Lincoln Middle School. By night he plays all-’90s music vids (Wednesdays at Churchward) and on the weekends, uptempo, dance and EDM, Vegas style, or hip-hop/R&B. Mash-ups? He loves ’em. Dance floors? He fills ’em. Requests? Try him. “I just play what I like,” says Stebbins. Lucky for you, it’s what you’ll like, too. www.Facebook.com/DjDaveStebbins

—Julia Park Tracey

FAMILIES & PETS

Readers’ Choice

BEST PLACE TO SCHEDULE A KID’S EVENT

Subpar Mini Golf

What could be more unique and ideal for the kids than the Subpar Mini Golf on Park Street? The 18-hole indoor miniature golf course features holes with models of Bay Area landmarks such as a windmill in the Altamont Pass, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Winchester Mystery House. Alamedan Zachary Wong’s mural of the Bay Area complements and enhances the 18 holes. But if the kids need to shift gears, there are also two pool tables, an arcade of pinball machines, the classic skee-ball, air hockey tables, and a Dance Dance Revolution machine, and a slot car racetrack to keep them happy. Adults will love it almost as much as kids—and possibly more—since it can be a birthday party destination. You can book the party room for groups of up to 30, and a full course and arcade rental can accommodate up to 120. Adult parties are also booked regularly, so don’t think the fun is limited to the kids. 1511 Park St., 510-521-4653, www.SubparMiniGolf.com

—Keith Gleason

Editors’ Choice

BEST PLACE TO GET SORE THUMBS

Pacific Pinball Museum

The first thing you hear when you enter the Pacific Pinball Museum is the familiar plink-plink-plink of flippers. And that never stops, as most machines in this twisty 8,000-square-foot labyrinth of a museum are still open for playing. Drawing from a collection of more than 800 machines, this is a cook’s tour through pinball history, with rickety wooden 1930s art deco machines on display in the front room and slick metal contraptions, with flashing lights and computerized sounds, in the day-glo 1980s-themed back room. Founder Michael Schiess is equal parts tinkerer and historian, and the museum features exhibits both on serious science (visitors can see how the magic works with a transparent pinball machine) and the splashy, lurid backbox art of pretty girls and bug-eyed monsters that helped make pinball a bigger industry than Hollywood for much of the 20th century. 1510 Webster St., 510-205-6959, www.PacificPinball.org

—Mike Rosen-Molina

Readers’ Choice

MOST INSPIRATIONAL SERMONS

Christ Episcopal Church

You might already feel moved spiritually in this ecclesiastic space of stained glass, soaring wood arches, and a talented choir, in a building from 1872. But when the Rev. Stephen McHale talks about the breath of God, spilling coffee and futzing with his iPhone, or trying to describe an elephant and seeing only parts of the big picture; when he invites everyone to the altar and says “yes” to the seeker and the wondering, you might feel it down to your toes. You might want to rise up and sing. You might feel inspired to move mountains and touch fire. Be inspired, Sundays at 10:15. No cover charge, no age limit, no strings attached. 1700 Santa Clara Ave., 510-523-7200, www.ChristChurchAlameda.org

—Julia Park Tracey

Editors’ Choice

BEST GIRL SCOUT

Karen “Daisy” Kiehn

When Karen “Daisy” Kiehn stands up at a meeting to teach a room full of adults a silly song, with her apple cheeks and ready laugh, you might mistake her for a Girl Scout who never grew up. That impression only lasts until you see Kiehn silence a gaggle of shrieking girls using a few calm words. Kiehn’s tenure as the most experienced active Girl Scout volunteer in Alameda—she’s approaching 50 years of scouting—coupled with that blend of childlike enthusiasm and no-nonsense leadership have made her a legend to local scouts of all ages. It doesn’t hurt that she shares her nickname with the founder of the Girl Scouts of America, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low. “Brownie leaders will start talking about the Daisy, Juliette Gordon Low, and one of the girls will say, ‘I met her; she was at day camp.’ I have white hair—I could be 150 years old,” says Kiehn with a chuckle. Kiehn, who is really only 63, became a Brownie in the second grade and has spent very few years away from the organization since. After graduating from high school, she became a junior counselor, then led her own two daughters’ troops, and even after her daughters dropped out, she kept right on leading. Nowadays, Kiehn serves as program support manager. When she’s not Girl Scouting, the retired art teacher creates arresting art dolls, which she shows with the Flying Phoebes consortium.

—Carrie Kirby

Readers’ Choice

BEST UNDER 21 HANGOUT

High Scores Arcade

Back in 1987, when school let out and you had a pocketful of quarters, where did you go? To the arcade, for an afternoon of dodging ghost monsters in Pac Man, wrangling ostriches in Joust, and puzzling out bricks in Tetris. High Scores Arcade brings back the classic arcade experience, complete with strobe lights and a jukebox pumping the best new wave and hard rock hits of the decade of decadence. With a flat entry fee and all games on unlimited free play, you’ll never have to worry about running out of quarters. Proprietors Shawn and Meg Livernoche—she’s the genius behind everything mechanical—first started buying old arcade machines at auctions as a diversion; today, with 45 cabinets and over 400 playable games, High Scores is the place to test your skill against anything from Donkey Kong to Mortal Kombat. 1414 Park St., 609-468-3083, www.HighScoresArcade.com

—Mike Rosen-Molina

Readers’ Choice

BEST CLUB FOR MINI-MAKERS

Curiosity Hacked

When 12 kids between the ages of 8 and 14 years old dismantle an electronic appliance and solder metal parts back together for another purpose, the possibilities are endless. Curiosity Hacked, a nonprofit based in Oakland that has recently opened an Alameda guild, gives girls and boys a chance to take their innate curiosity and build things using the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). Paul Skuta, head of the Alameda guild, is hopeful that after this past pilot year, the group will continue to expand. Kids learn soldering, sewing, basic woodworking, and programming, and then earn badges in areas including electronics, art, textiles, mechanical, and programming. Working with other guilds, they share ideas and learn to use 3-D printers and laser cutters at the lab. Curiosity Hacked, www.CuriosityHacked.org; Alameda Guild, alamedainfo@curiosityhacked.org.

—Karen Granados

 

Complete List of Readers’ Choice Winners

FOOD & DRINK

BEST BAKERY
Feel Good Bakery
1650 Park St., Ste. I, 510-864-2733
www.FeelGoodBakery.com

BEST BAR
Lucky 13
1301 Park St., 510-523-2118
www.Lucky13Alameda.com

BEST BARBECUE
Rooster’s Roadhouse
1700 Clement Ave., 510-337-9190
www.RoostersRoadhouseAlameda.com

BEST BARTENDERS
Lucky 13
1301 Park St., 510-523-2118
www.Lucky13Alameda.com

BEST BEER SELECTION
Lucky 13
1301 Park St., 510-523-2118
www.Lucky13Alameda.com

BEST BREAKFAST / BRUNCH
Café Jolie
1500 Webster St., 510-523-4500
www.Facebook.com/CafeJolies

BEST BURGER
Scolari’s Good Eats
1303 Park St., 510-521-2400
www.ScolarisGoodEats.com

BEST BUTCHER SHOP
Baron’s Meat & Poultry
1650 Park St., 510-864-1915
www.BaronsMeats.com

BEST CAFE / COFFEEHOUSE
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden
1223 Park Ave., 510-865-2386
www.JuliesTea.com

BEST CALIFORNIA CUISINE
Pappo
2320 Central Ave, 510-337-9100
www.PappoRestaurant.com

BEST CHEESES
Farmstead Cheeses and Wines
1650 Park St., Ste. C, Alameda; 6218 La Salle Ave, Oakland, 510-864-9463
www.FarmsteadCheesesAndWines.com

BEST CHEF
John Thiel, Pappo
2320 Central Ave., 510-337-9100
www.PappoRestaurant.com

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT
East Ocean Seafood Restaurant
1713 Webster St., 510-865-3381
www.EastOceanSeafoodRestaurant.com

BEST COCKTAILS
Forbidden Island Tiki Bar
1304 Lincoln Ave, 510-749-0332
www.ForbiddenIslandAlameda.com

BEST DATE NIGHT RESTAURANT
Pappo
2320 Central Ave, 510-337-9100
www.PappoRestaurant.com

BEST DELI
Domenico’s Italian Deli
1407 Webster St., 510-865-5558

BEST DESSERTS
Feel Good Bakery
1650 Park St., Ste. I, 510-864-2733
www.FeelGoodBakery.com

BEST DIM SUM
East Ocean Seafood Restaurant
1713 Webster St., 510-865-3381
www.EastOceanSeafoodRestaurant.com

BEST DINER
Ole’s Waffle Shop
1507 Park St., 510-522-8108

BEST FARMERS MARKET
Alameda Farmers Market
Webster St., Alameda, 925-825-9090
www.PCFMA.com

BEST FOOD TRUCK
Scolari’s
www.ScolarisGoodEats.com

BEST HAPPY HOUR CROWD
La Penca Azul
1440 Park St., 510-769-9110
891-B Island Dr., 510-814-0560
www.LaPencaAzul.com

BEST HAPPY HOUR DRINK DEALS
The Hobnob
1313 Park St., 510-769-1011
www.TheHobnobAlameda.com

BEST HAPPY HOUR FOOD
La Penca Azul
1440 Park St., 510-769-9110
891-B Island Dr., 510-814-0560
www.LaPencaAzul.com

BEST ICE CREAM
Tuckers Super Creamed Ice Cream
1349 Park St., 510-522-4960
www.TuckersIceCream.com

BEST INDIAN / PAKISTANI RESTAURANT
India Palace
737 Buena Vista Ave, 510-814-8778
www.TheMenuPage.com/IndiaPalace

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails
2213 S Shore Center, 510-521-1152
www.Trabocco.com

BEST JAPANESE / SUSHI RESTAURANT
Kamakura
2549 Santa Clara Avenue, 510-521-9121
www.KamakuraRestaurant.com

BEST LATE NIGHT MUNCHIES SPOT
Scolari’s Good Eats
1303 Park St., 510-521-240
www.ScolarisGoodEats.com

BEST LOCAL WINERY
Rock Wall Wine Company
2301 Monarch St., Ste. 300, 510-522-5700
www.RockWallWines.com

BEST LOUNGE
Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge
1304 Lincoln Ave, 510-749-0332
www.ForbiddenIslandAlameda.com

BEST MEDITERRANEAN / MIDDLE EASTERN RESTAURANT
Asena
2508 Santa Clara Ave., 510-521-4100
www.AsenaRestaurant.com

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT
La Penca Azul
1440 Park St., 510-769-9110
891-B Island Dr., 510-814-0560
www.LaPencaAzul.com

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR
Lucky 13
1301 Park St., 510-523-2118
www.Lucky13Alameda.com

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails
2213 South Shore Center, 510-521-1152
www.Trabocco.com

BEST OFFICE CAFETERIA
Little House Cafe
2300 Blanding Ave, 510-864-4044
www.LittleHouseCafe.com/Wordpress

BEST OUTDOOR DINING
Dragon Rouge
2337 Blanding Ave, 510-521-1800
www.DragonRougeRestaurant.com

BEST PIZZA
East End
1650 Park St., 510-263-9630
www.EastEndPizzaCo.com

BEST RESTAURANT
Pappo
2320 Central Ave., 510-337-9100
www.PappoRestaurant.com

BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE
Pappo
2320 Central Ave, 510-337-9100
www.PappoRestaurant.com

BEST RESTAURANT VIEW
Dragon Rouge
2337 Blanding Ave, 510-521-1800
www.DragonRougeRestaurant.com

BEST SALADS
Grains & Greens
1650 Park St., Ste. H, 510-239-4059
www.GreensAndGrains.net

BEST SANDWICHES
Scolari’s Good Eats
1303 Park St., 510-521-2400
www.ScolarisGoodEats.com

BEST SAUSAGES
Speisekammer
2424 Lincoln Ave., 510-522-1300
www.Speisekammer.com

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Pier 29
1148 Ballena Blvd., 510-865-5088
www.Pier29Restaurant.com

BEST SEAFOOD RETAILER
JP Seafood Company
In Dan’s Produce
2300 Central Ave, 510-865-3474
www.JoeyPucciSeafood.com

BEST SPIRITS SELECTION
American Oak
2319 Santa Clara Ave., 510-521-5862
www.AmericanOakAlameda.com

BEST STEAKS
Pappo
2320 Central Ave., 510-337-9100
www.PappoRestaurant.com

BEST THAI / BURMESE RESTAURANT
Burma Superstar
4721 Telegraph Ave., 510-652-2900
www.BurmaSuperstar.com

BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT
Central Vegetarian Cuisine
1613 Park St., 510-522-3745

BEST VIETNAMESE / CAMBODIAN RESTAURANT
Dragon Rouge
2337 Blanding Ave., 510-521-1800
www.DragonRougeRestaurant.com

BEST WINE BAR
Alameda Wine Company
2315 Central Ave., 510-523-9463
www.AlamedaWineCo.com

BEST TEAHOUSE
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden
1223 Park St., 510-865-2385
www.JuliesTea.com

BEST WINE LIST
Pappo
2320 Central Ave., 510-337-9100
www.PappoRestaurant.com

BEST WINE STORE
Farmstead Cheese and Wines
1650 Park St., Ste. C, 510-864-9463
6218 La Salle Ave., Oakland, 510-864-9463
www.FarmsteadCheesesAndWines.com

BIGGEST PORTIONS (TIE)
Jim’s Homestyle Diner
2333 Lincoln Ave., 510-523-5368
www.JimsCoffeeShop.com

La Penca Azul
1440 Park St., 510-769-9110
891-B Island Dr., 510-814-0560
www.LaPencaAzul.com

FRIENDLIEST BAR
Lucky 13
1301 Park St., 510-523-2118
www.Lucky13Alameda.com

GOODS & SERVICES

BEST ACUPUNCTURIST
2424 Blanding Ave., Suite 102, 510-299-0057
www.TracyZollinger.com

BEST ADULT HAIRCUTS
Spank Salon
1912 Clement Ave., 510-521-9100
www.SpankSalon.com

BEST ANTIQUE STORE
Pauline’s Antiques
1427 Park St., 510-523-9941
www.PaulinesAntiques.com

BEST BIKE SHOP
Alameda Bicycle
1522 Park St., 510-522-0070
www.AlamedaBicycle.com

BEST BOOKSTORE
Books Inc.
1344 Park St., 510-522-2226
www.BooksInc.net/Alameda

BEST CAR REPAIR
Engine Works
1923 Minturn St., 510-523-6779
www.Engine-Works.com

BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHES
Monkey Bars
1339 Park St., 510-769-6905
www.ShopMonkeyBars.com

BEST CHIROPRACTOR
Cynthia Boyd, D.C.
Symmetry Health Center
2329 Eagle Ave., 510-769-0125
www.SymmetryHealthCenter.com

BEST CONSIGNMENT OR VINTAGE CLOTHING
Juniper Tree Vintage
1320 Park St., 510-865-1577
www.JuniperTreeVintage.tumblr.com

BEST DENTIST
Richard Tabor, D.D.S.
1821 Santa Clara Ave., 510-865-2900
www.AlamedaDentist.com

BEST EAST BAY PRODUCT
Oaklandish Gear
www.Oaklandish.com

BEST EYEGLASS SELECTION
Eyewise Optometry
2651 Blanding Ave., 510-748-9749
www.EyewiseOptometry.com

BEST FURNITURE STORE
Urban Island Home Furnishings
1901 Broadway, 510-227-5473
www.UrbanIslandFurnishings.com

BEST GENERAL PRACTITIONER
Alka Sharma, M.D.
Island Medical Group
2070 Clinton Ave., 510-748-0931

BEST GIFT SHOP
Whales and Friends
2060 Lincoln Ave., 510-769-8500
www.WhalesAndFriends.biz

BEST GROCERY
Trader Joe’s
2217 S Shore Center, 510-769-5450
www.TraderJoes.com

BEST HAIR SALON
Spank Salon
1912 Clement Ave., 510-521-9100
www.SpankSalon.com

BEST JEWELER
Seelenbacher Jewelers
1507 Webster St., 510-522-8300
www.SeelenbacherJewelers.com

BEST LANDSCAPER
Harding’s Landscape Management
510-521-1453

BEST MANICURE / PEDICURE
The Nail Shop
Multiple locations
www.TheNailShop.com

BEST MASSAGE THERAPIST
Raul Castro at Raul Castro Bodywork
1708 Lincoln Ave., 415-637-3386
www.RaulCastroBodywork.com

BEST NEW BUSINESS
Seven 7 Salon
1629 Park St., 510-521-7707
www.Seven7salon.com

BEST HOME FURNISHINGS STORE
Urban Island Home Furnishings
1901 Broadway, 510-227-5473
www.UrbanIslandFurnishings.com

BEST HOME REMODELER (TIE)
Buestad Construction
2533 Clement Ave., 510-523-1925
www.Buestad.com

Brad T. Jones Construction
909 Marina Village Parkway, Ste. 664, 510-610-7625
www.BradTJonesConstruction.com

Carroll Construction
1504 Park St., 510-523-1968
www.CarrollConstructionOnline.com

BEST PEDIATRICIAN
Ann Parker, M.D.
Alameda Pediatrics
1332 Park St., Ste. 202, 510-523-3417
www.AlamedaPediatrics.com

BEST PHARMACY
Versailles Pharmacy
2801 Encinal Ave., 510-523-4907

BEST PLACE FOR FACIAL
NoFu SkinCare
2531 Clement Ave., 510-523-8777
www.NoFu.com

BEST PLANT NURSERY
Encinal Nursery
2057 Encinal Ave., 510-522-8616
www.EncinalNursery.com

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT
Jan Mason
OMM, Inc.
2514 Santa Clara Ave., 510-522-8074
www.OMMHomes.com

BEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY
Harbor Bay Realty
885 Island Drive, 510-523-1144
www.HBRinfo.com

BEST SHOE STORE
Scott’s Shoes
1330 Park St., 510-865-5565

BEST SHOPPING DISTRICT
Park Street
www.ShopParkStreet.com

BEST SPA
Sumbody
1350 Park St., 510-523-2639
www.Sumbody.com

BEST SPECIALTY STORE
Whales and Friends
2060 Lincoln Ave., 510-769-8500
www.WhalesAndFriends.biz

BEST TATTOO ARTIST AND PARLOR
Alameda Tattoo
650 Haight Ave., 510-748-0605
www.AlamedaTattoo.com

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING
Lilac Dress Boutique
1918 Encinal Ave., 510-865-2544
www.LilacDressBoutique.com

LIFESTYLE & LEISURE

BEST ARTIST
Jo Anne Yada
www.JoAnneYada.com

BEST ART GALLERY
Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru St., 510-523-6957
www.FrankBetteCenter.org

BEST ARTS ORGANIZATION
Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru St., 510-523-6957
www.FrankBetteCenter.org

BEST BIKE RIDE
Shoreline Drive

BEST CHARITABLE EVENT
Meals On Wheels Community Faire & Wine Tasting Fundraiser

BEST CHARITY
Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter
www.AlamedaAnimalShelter.org

BEST CLUB DJ
DJ Dave Stebbins
www.Facebook.com/DjDaveStebbins

BEST COMPANY TO WORK FOR
Seven 7 Salon
1629 Park St., 510-521-7707
www.Seven7Salon.com

BEST CULTURAL EVENT
Park Street Art & Wine Faire

BEST GALLERY OPENINGS
Redux Gallery
2315 Lincoln Ave, 510-865-1109
www.SVDP-Alameda.org/Where-to-Shop/Redux-Studios-a-Gallery.html

BEST HEALTH CLUB / GYM
Harbor Bay Club
200 Packet Landing Road, 510-521-5414
www.HarborBayClub.com

BEST HIKE / WALK
Shoreline Path

BEST KARAOKE CROWD
The Hobnob
1313 Park St., 510-769-1011
www.TheHobnobAlameda.com

BEST LOCAL BLOGGER
Michele Ellson
www.TheAlamedan.org

BEST MARINA
Ballena Isla Marina
1150 Ballena Blvd., Ste. 111, 510-523-5528
www.BallenaIsle.com

BEST MUSICIAN
Drew Harrison
www.DrewHarrison.com

BEST PILATES STUDIO
Rise Bodyworks
930 Central Ave., 510-263-9162
www.RiseBodyworks.com

BEST PLACE TO DANCE
Churchward Pub
1515 Park St., 510-521-4800
www.TheChurchwardPub.com

BEST PLACE TO MEET MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX
Washington Dog Park

BEST YOGA STUDIO
Island Yoga Studio
911 Central Ave., 510-205-5003
www.AlamedaIslandYoga.com

MOST CHARITABLE BUSINESS (TIE)
Perforce
2320 Blanding Ave., 510-864-7400
www.Perforce.com

Pappo
2320 Central Ave., 510-337-9100
www.PappoRestaurant.com

BEST THING ABOUT ALAMEDA
The People

FAMILIES & PETS

BEST AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM
Girls Inc. of the Island City
1724 Santa Clara Ave., 510-521-1743
www.GirlsIncIslandCity.org

BEST CAMP
Alameda Recreation and Parks Department
2226 Santa Clara Ave., 510-747-7529
www.ARPDeplay.com

BEST CHILDREN’S STORE
Monkey Bars
1339 Park St., 510-769-6905
www.ShopMonkeyBars.com

BEST DAY CARE CENTER
Peter Pan Preschool
2100 Mariner Square, 510-521-2711
www.LittleSeedsChildrensCenter.com

BEST GAMES AND TOYS
Toy Safari
1410 Park St., 510522-1723
www.ToySafariToys.com

BEST KIDS' HAIRCUT
Seven 7 Salon
1629 Park St., 510-521-7707
www.Seven7Salon.com

BEST PET STORE
Dog Bone Alley (Sadly, now closed)

BEST PLACE TO BOARD PETS
Under One Woof
1701 Webster St., 510-523-3224
www.Under1Woof-alameda.com

BEST PLACE TO SCHEDULE AN ADULT EVENT
Rock Wall Wine Company
2301 Monarch St., Ste. 300, 510-522-5700
www.RockWallWines.com

BEST PLACE TO SCHEDULE A CHILDREN’S EVENT
Subpar Mini Golf
1511 Park St., 510-521-4653
www.SubparMiniGolf.com

BEST PLACE TO TAKE THE KIDS
Crab Cove
1252 McKay Ave., 510-544-3187
www.EBParks.org/Parks/vc/Crab_Cove

BEST PRESCHOOL
Rising Star Montessori School
Cottage Campus, 770 Santa Clara Ave., 510-521-8940
High Street Campus, 1421 High St., 510- 865-4536
www.RisingStarSchool.org

BEST PRIVATE K–8 SCHOOL
St. Joseph Elementary School
1910 San Antonio Ave., 510-522-4456
www.StJosephAlameda.org

BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL
Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School
1011 Chestnut St., 510-523-1526
www.SJND.org

BEST K–8 PUBLIC SCHOOL
Edison Elementary School
2700 Buena Vista Ave., 510-748-4002
www.Edison.Alamedausd.Ca.SchoolLoop.com

BEST PUBLIC HIGH SCOOL
Alameda High School
2201 Encinal Ave., 510-337-7022
www.AUS.AlamedaUSD.Ca.SchoolLoop.com

BEST UNDER-21 HANGOUT
High Scores Arcade
1414 Park St., 609-468-3083
www.HighScoresArcade.com

BEST VETERINARIAN
Marie-Anne Woolley, D.V.M.
Providence Hospital & Clinic
Hospital / East, 2304 Pacific Ave., 510-521-6608
Clinic / West, 1409 Webster St., 510-521-5775
www.ProvidenceVetHospital.com

MOST INSPIRATIONAL SERMONS
Christ Episcopal Church
1700 Santa Clara Ave., 510-523-7200
www.ChristChurchAlameda.org

MOST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT
Tomatina
1338 Park St., 510-521-1000
www.Tomatina.com

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