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Best Bike Shop

Alameda Bicycle

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Best Computer Services

Alameda Business Machines & Computer Services

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Best Frame Shop

Alameda Custom Framing

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Best Eyeglass Selection

Alameda Eyes Optometry

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Best Public High Scool

Alameda High School

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Best Marina

Alameda Marina

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Best Cultural Event

Alameda Mayor's Fourth of July Parade

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Best Vitamin Shop

Alameda Natural Grocery Store, Alameda Natural Grocery Wellness Department

Do you need to know the difference between DGL (Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice)Êand DGL Ultra? Forgot which B-complex suits you best? The folks at Alameda Natural Grocery's Wellness Department will tell you all you need to know, plus a little bit more. They've got every kind of vitamin and supplement you can think of–and quite a few you probably had never imagined–and the staff is incredibly knowledgeable and happy to help with whatever it is you're looking for. Goat milk shampoo? Got it. Natural-bristle toothbrush? Yep. Five flavors of all natural protein powder? No problem. Plus this places stocks greeting cards, a few magazines and, of all things, hats.

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Best Harbor Seal Hangout

Alameda Point

You don't have to go all the way to Monterey or Bodega Bay to see harbor seals. Take a drive, a bike, or a walk out to the USS Hornet and turn left, heading toward Encinal High School. You'll see a partially submerged dock out in the water, not far out, where seals like to hang out. Unfortunately, when the Water Emergency Transport Authority ferry maintenance is built there, the harbor seals will lose this hangout and may be gone forever, even with a substitute spot potentially added. So check them out while you can. How can you tell a sea lion from a seal? An earflap means it's a sea lion. Seals just have external holes for ears. On land, sea lions rotate their hind flippers and walk on them, while seals undulate like caterpillars. And sea lions are much "barkier" than seals, which grunt. But remember: The Marine Mammal Protection Act requires observers to stay at least 100 yards away from marine mammals.

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Best Camp

Alameda Recreation and Parks Department

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Best Classic Movies

Alameda Theatre & Cineplex

If you like old movies (from the last century, in black and white, even), you can see them the way they were meant to be seen on the big screen, at the historic Alameda Theatre. The classics show in the renovated original theater, and sometimes feature a sing-along (as with the film Grease). Recent faves include Guys and Dolls, Sabrina, The Grapes of Wrath, and Godzilla. The theater was originally built in 1932, but closed in 1979 because of declining sales, then reopened in 2008 beautifully restored to its original glory, so it feels just right for a classic film. The classic series takes place in fall and spring, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with two to three daily showings, providing ample opportunity for a little time tavel back to yesteryear. Classic series tickets (for eight shows) are available at the box office for $44.

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Best Spirits Selection

American Oak

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Best Steaks

American Oak

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Best Rib Eye

American Oak

Whenever I do something great–like finishing a big project, having a birthday or, you know, making it to Thursday–I want to celebrate with something decadent and delicious. I want a perfectly balanced whiskey drink–a Sazerac, a Manhattan, a Captain's Beard–and the best steak around to go with it. Luckily, American Oak has the most extensive whiskey list in town, and its rib eye is cooked to perfection–crisp exterior, red and juicy on the inside, with insane flavor. At $34, itÕs definitely a special-occasion steak, but so worth it. And since you're already there, you may as well check out the amazing cheese plate, truffle fries, and seasonal vegetables. Apparently the other items on the entrŽe menu are good, too–I've just never seen any reason to order anything but the steak.

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Best Delivery Service

Anton Bennett's Darling Courier & Delivery

Anton Bennett is on a mission to change the way goods move around Alameda. Bennett, who went to middle and high school in Alameda, saw a glaring gap when he moved back to the Island, after running a courier service in San Francisco: a lack of on-demand delivery. The Island has more than 220 restaurants, but vehicle-based delivery contributes to congestion problems, Bennett said. "Bike delivery is the only viable option." So, Bennett founded Darling Courier, and with the help of ace courier Ian Long, successfully merged new and old technology: Customers order food online or using apps, and couriers deliver it using frontloading cargo bikes equipped with catering cases. "We deliver ice cream cold to Bay Farm Island and soup hot to Oakland," Bennett said.

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