Best of Alameda 2012: Park Street Businesses Are Favorites

Summer is definitely here! The Best of Alameda 2012 list has been released!

For those who don’t know, the July/August “Best Of” issue of Alameda Magazine is the one that the editors go all out to showcase the everyday greatness of Alameda.

Our congratulations go to the Park Street District businesses that received Readers’ Choice and Editors’ Choice awards for this year’s Best of Alameda 2012. As usual, there are a lot of them! Categories include Restaurants, Drinks, Goods & Services, Kids, Pets, and Lifestyles. For your convenience, our winning businesses have been alphabetized in each category.

Tip: Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the list to find out what Alameda named as the best annual event.


Asena Restaurant (2508 Santa Clara Ave) Best Mediterranean Restaurant, Best Restaurant with Staying Power (5+ years in business)

Bowzer’s Pizza (1330 Park Street) Best Thick Crust Pizza

Burma Superstar (1345 Park Street) Best Exotic Comfort Food

C’era Una Volta (1332 Park Street, Suite D) Best Italian Restaurant

Ching Hua (1650 Park Street) Best Chinese Restaurant

Dimitra’s Sandwich Shop (1251 Park Street) Best Place for Soup-Sandwich Combo

East End Pizza Co. (1650 Park Street) Best Thin Crust Pizza

Feel Good Bakery (1650 Park Street) Best Bakery, Best Place to Buy Cakes

Jim’s Coffee Shop (2333 Lincoln Ave) Best Breakfast

Kamakura Restaurant (2549 Santa Clara Ave) Best Sushi Restaurant

La Penca Azul (1440 Park Street) Best Mexican Restaurant, Best Lunch Value/Street Tacos

Pappo (2320 Central Ave) Best Overall Restaurant, Best California Cuisine, Best Date Night Restaurant, Most Romantic Dining Spot, Restaurant with the Best Service, Best Chef (John Thiel)

Scolari’s Good Eats (1303 Park Street) Best Burger, Best “Non-Burger” Burger, Best Twist on French Fries, Best Late-Night Munchies

Speisekammer Restaurant (2424 Lincoln Ave) Best Outdoor Restaurant

Spice I Am Thai Bistro (1353 Park Street) Best New Restaurant

The Hobnob (1313 Park Street) Best Brunch

Toomie’s Thai Cuisine (1433 Park Street) Best Thai Restaurant, Vegetarian Lunch Treat (Fried Tofu)


Du Vin Fine Wines (2526 Santa Clara Ave, Suite A) Best Wine Shop

Fire Den Bar & Grill (1231 Park Street) Best GLBT Hangout

Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park Street) Best “Cup of Warmth” (Mexican Hot Chocolate)

La Penca Azul (1440 Park Street) Best Margaritas

Lucky 13 logoLucky 13 (1301 Park Street) Best Neighborhood Bar, Best Place to Drink Cheap, Best Bottled Beer Selection, Best Draft Beer Selection, Best Local Beer

McGee’s Bar & Grill (1645 Park Street) Best Sports Bar

Pappo (2320 Central Ave) Best Wine List

Peet’s Coffee & Tea (1365 Park Street) Best Coffee

The Hobnob (1313 Park Street) Best Happy Hour, Best Martini


Book’s Inc. (1344 Park Street) Best Bookstore

Daisy’s (1347 Park Street) Best Home Decor Store

Luque’s Upholstering (1532 Park St) Best Upholstering Shop

M Zoe Couture (1424 Park Street) Best Women’s Boutique

Pauline’s Antiques (1427 Park Street) Best Antique Store

Salon One (1327 Park Street) Best Beauty Salon

Scott’s Shoes (1330 Park Street) Best Shoe Store

Second Home (2524 Santa Clara Ave) Best Resale Shop

Sway (1350 Park St) Best Women’s Accessories

The Clothes Line (1407½ Park Street) Best Park Street Shopkeeper (Maggie Cunningham)

The Nail Shop (1351 Park Street) Best Manicure/Pedicure

To Herb With Love (1336 A Park Street) Best Baubles for the Buck


Lauren’s Closet (1420 Park Street) Best Gently Used Kids’ Clothes

Monkey Bars (1339 Park Street) Best New Kids’ Clothes

Starland Music Center (1631 Park Street) Best Music Instruction for Kids

Tomatina (1338 Park Street) Most Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Toy Safari (1410 Park Street) Best New Toys, Best Used Toys

Tucker’s Ice Cream (1349 Park Street) Best Children’s Birthday Cakes

The Party Warehouse (1125 Park Street) Best Party Supply Store [this entry comes from Parents’ Press Best of East Bay 2012, another publication from Alameda Publishing Group]


Dog Bone Alley (1342 Park Street) Best Pet Shop


Park StreetBest Shopping District

Park Street Art & Wine FaireBest Local Festival or Annual Event

You weren’t really surprised to see that the Park Street Art & Wine Faire is Alameda’s favorite annual event were you? If you haven’t experienced it for yourself, be sure to come out and enjoy the street festival on July 28 and 29!

(Note: The complete “Best of Alameda” list appears on Alameda Magazine’s website. To enjoy the great photos that accompany the article, view the digital version — story starts on pages 50-51. You can also purchase a copy of the popular magazine issue at Books Inc., located at 1344 Park Street.)

Now that you’ve made it to the bottom of the list… What are your favorite businesses in the Park Street Business District? Do you have any tips to share about your favorites?

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The Park Street Business District offers great food & drink establishments, charming shops, and fun things to do! To learn what’s happening in Alameda’s historic downtown district, including this week’s calendar highlights, visit our website at You can also find the “Park Street Business Association” on Facebook and Twitter.

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