Best of Alameda on Park Street

This Week’s Happenings in the Park Street District: Calendar, August 15-21

The Best of 2011 Alameda Magazineissue of Alameda Magazine hit the stands back on June 30. Now that we’ve wrapped up “The Best Event in Alameda” and a lot of the hoopla has settled down, we thought it would be fun to review the list of Park Street District businesses that received Readers’ Choice and Editors’ Choice awards. And there were a lot of them!

Congratulations to the Best of Park Street:


Angela’s Bistro and Bar – Best Early Bird Special, Best Place to Sip Wine with the Gals
Asena – Best Mediterranean Restaurant, Best Established Restaurant (5 years or older)
BarCeluna – Most Sumptuous Starters
Bowzer’s – Pizzazziest Pizza
BurgerMeister – Best Two-Fisted Hamburger
Burma Superstar – Best Park Street Restaurant
C’era Una Volta – Best Italian Restaurant
Ching Hua – Best TGIF Cocktail
Culina – Best Place to Get Gourmet Food on the Run
Dan’s Fresh Produce – Best Produce Market
Dragon Rouge – Best Asian Restaurant
Farmstead Cheeses and Wines – Most Amazing Wine Retailer
Feel Good Bakery – Most Perfect Pie
Jim’s Coffeeshop – Best Breakfast, The Ultimate Greasy Spoon
Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (Craft Night) – Best Inspiration to Finish That Craft Project
Kai’s Japanese Restaurant – Best Place for an Office Lunch
Kamakura – Best Sushi, Most Quintessential California Roll
La Penca Azul – Most Dangerous Margaritas
Lucky 13 – Best Place to Drink Beer With the Guys, Best Place to Party Down
Pappo – Best Slow-Food Restaurant, Best Wine List, Best Chef (John Thiel), Best Overall Restaurant
Peet’s Coffee & Tea – Best Coffee
Scolari’s Good Eats – Most Satisfying Site for Late-night Munchies, Best New Restaurant (open less than a year), Best New Business
The Beanery – Best Coffee Beans and Ground Coffee to Go
The Churchward Pub – Best Place to Get Your Groove On
The Hobnob – Best Brunch, Happeningest Happy Hour, Best Place to Get Over a Hangover
Tomatina – Most Kid-Friendly Restaurant
Toomie’s Thai Restaurant – Spiciest Menu, To-Die-For Chicken Curry
Tucker’s Ice Cream – Best Place to Get a Birthday Cake, Most Decadent Dessert


Alameda Beauty College – Best Place to Get Pampered on a Budget
Alameda Eyes – Trendiest Eyeglasses/Eyewear Outlet
Alameda Natural Grocery – Best Grocery Store
Baron’s Meat & Poultry – A-Cut-Above-the-Rest Butcher Shop
Books Inc. – Best Book Store
Carroll Construction – Best Renovation (Commercial)
Park Centre Animal Hospital – Best Veterinarian
Pauline’s Antiques – Best Antique Store
Salon One – Best Place to Get Dolled Up, Salon with the Hottest Styles, Best Place for Kids Haircuts, Most Gregarious Shopkeeper (Jasmin Thon)
Scott’s Shoes – Best Place to Treat Your Feet
Starland Music Center – Best Musical Instruction for Kids
Sumbody – Best Place to Rejuvenate, Most Relaxing Massage Option
Sway – Best Supplied Stocker of Bags, Baubles, Belts and Bangles
Tot Tank – Best Place to Deck out Kids
USA Kung Fu – Best Sports/Martial Arts Program
We Are Nails and More – Unbeatable Manicure/Pedicure Palace


Alameda Theatre – Best Neon Sign

And the Park Street District was selected for a couple of favorites too!

Park Street – Best Shopping Center/District
Park Street Art & Wine Faire – Best Event in Alameda     (see, it wasn’t a self-proclaimed title)

Which Park Street business is your favorite? We’d love to see your comments.

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Our next event is the Park Street Classic Car Show on October 8. More than 400 classic vehicles will be on display in Alameda’s historic downtown district — Vintage Show Cars, Roadsters, Coupes, Hot Rods, Antique Muscle Cars, and more. If you have a classic car (1979 or older) that you would like to display, applications are now available online.

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