Best of Alameda

2017 Best of Alameda
(Businesses located in Downtown Alameda)

Best of Alameda 2017 magazine coverThe results are in! The following businesses located in Downtown Alameda were selected by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine as “Best of Alameda” in the publication’s 2017 Best of Alameda issue.

LIFESTYLE & LEISURE

Mayor’s 4th of July Parade (Park Street and beyond) Best Cultural Event

Starland School of Music (1631 Park Street) Best Music Lessons

Rhythmix Cultural Works (2513 Blanding Ave) Best Flamenco

Yoga Alameda (1502 Park Street) Best Yoga Teacher [Rebecca Trissell]

RETAIL

Alameda Bicycle (1522 Park Street) Best Bike Shop

Alameda Eyes Optometry (1432 Park Street) Best Eyeglass Store

Alameda See Spot Run (2510 Santa Clara Ave) Best Pet Store

Aphrodite’s Closet (1419 Park Street) Best Resale Clothing

Books Inc. (1344 Park Street) Best Book Store, Best Spoken Word or Story Slam

Dandelion Flowers & Gifts (1419 Park Street) Best Flower Shop

Global Treasures and Unique Gifts (1415 Park Street) Best Sounding Path to Peaceful Awakening

Lauren’s Closet (1420 Park Street) Best Children’s Clothing

Rocket Reuse (1355 Park Street) Best Vintage DVD and VHS Store

To Herb With Love (1336 Park Street) Best Standout Shades, Salts, and Soaps

Toy Safari (1410 Park Street) Best Children’s Store

Second Home (2534 Santa Clara Ave) Best Antique Store, Best Furniture Store

Walgreens (1600 Park Street) Best Pharmacy

SERVICES

A.T. Weber Plumbing & Mechanical (2313 Encinal Ave) Best Plumbing Contractor

Alameda Collision Repair (1911 Park Street) Best Auto Body Shop

Carroll Construction (1504 Park Street) Best Building Contractor

Complements Hair Design (1422 & 1414 Everett St) Best Hairstylist or Colorist [Andrea Guyette]

Edward Jones (1430 Everett Street #A) Best Financial Planner [Jane Watson]

Island Acupuncture (2424 Blanding Avenue, Suite 102) Best Acupuncturist [Tracy Zollinger, L.Ac.]

Lars G. Hansson (2504 Santa Clara Ave) Best Accounting or Tax Practice

Lovely Brows & Skin (1414 Everett Street) Best Place to Get a Facial

Lucky 13 Tattoos (1301-1/2 Park Street) Best Tattoo Parlor

Raintree Studios (1205 Park Street) Best Commercial Photographer [Al Wright]

Sumbody (1350 Park Street) Best Spa

Tulip Nails (2313 Santa Clara Ave) Best Nail Artist [Tammy Cao]

US Bank (2424 Santa Clara Ave) Best Bank, S&L, or Credit Union

DRINK

Alameda Island Beer Co. (1716 Park Street) Best Beer Selection; Best Family-Friendly Brewery

American Oak (2319 Park St) Best Cocktails; Best Restaurant Spirits Selection

Craft Beer & Wine (2526 Santa Clara Ave) Best Retail Beer Selection

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines (1650 Park St) Best Wine Store

Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park St) Best Coffeehouse

Lucky 13 (1301 Park St) Best Neighborhood Bar

FOOD

American Oak (2319 Park St) Best Steaks

Asena (2508 Santa Clara Ave) Best Greek/Eastern Restaurant

Black Bull (1633 Park Street) Best New Restaurant

Burma Superstar (1345 Park St) Best Thai/Burmese Food; Best Salads; Best Fusion Menu

Crispian Bakery (1700 Park St., Suite 120) Best Place to Gleefully Blow Your Diet

Dan’s Fresh Produce (2300 Central Ave) Best Produce Delivery Service

East End (1650 Park St) Best Pizza; Best S’mores

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines (1650 Park St) Best Cheeses

Feel Good Bakery (1650 Park St, Suite I) Best Bakery

Homeskillet (1363 Park St) Best Doughnuts

House of Bagels (1362 Park St) Best Bagels

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

JP Seafood Company (2300 Central Ave) Best Seafood Retailer

Kamakura Restaurant (2549 Santa Clara Ave) Best Japanese Restaurant

La Penca Azul (1440 Park St) Best Mexican Restaurant; Best Late-Night Dining; Biggest Portions

Sandwich Board (2412 Webb Ave) Best Sandwiches

Scolari’s Good Eats (1303 Park St) Best Burger; Best Caterer

The Hobnob (1313 Park St) Best Bottomless Mimosa

Tomatina (1338 Park Street) Most Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream (1349 Park St) Best Desserts

A complete list of the 2017 Best of Alameda winners is available on Alameda Magazine’s website. 

(last updated 6/12/17)


2016 Best of Alameda
(Businesses located in Downtown Alameda)

Best of Alameda - Alameda MagazineThe following businesses located in Downtown Alameda were selected by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine as “Best of Alameda” in the publication’s 2016 Best of Alameda issue.

LIFESTYLE & LEISURE

Alameda See Spot Run (2510 Santa Clara Ave) Best Pet Store

Alameda Theatre & Cineplex (2317 Central Ave) Best Indoor Entertainment

Cinema Grill at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex (2301 Central Ave) Best Place for Dinner With a Movie

Mayor’s 4th of July Parade (Park Street and beyond) Best Cultural Event

Pinball Museum (future home at Carnegie Library) Best New Cause

Rhythmix Cultural Works (2513 Blanding Ave) Best Bingo

Studio 23 (2309B Encinal Ave) Best Indie Gallery

Subpar Miniature Golf (1511 Park St) Best Place to Shoot a Hole-in-One Down Lombard Street

The Churchward Pub (1515 Park St) Best Nightclub

Tomatina (1338 Park St) Most Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Yoga Alameda (1502 Park St) Best Yoga Teacher [Rebecca Trissell]

RETAIL

Alameda Bicycle (1522 Park St) Best Bike Shop

Alameda Eyes Optometry (1432 Park St) Best Eyeglass Store

Alameda Marketplace (1650 Park St) Grooviest Place to Shop Under One Roof

Book’s Inc. (1344 Park St) Best Book Store

Dandelion Flowers & Gifts (1419 Park St) Best FloristBest Last-Minute Bouquets

Lauren’s Closet (1420 Park St) Best Children’s Store; Best Resale Clothing

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

Second Home (2534 Santa Clara Ave) Best Furniture Store, Best Home Furnishings Store

Toy Safari (1410 Park St) Best Children’s Store, Best Games and Toys

SERVICES

Alameda Chiropractic Center (2543 Santa Clara Ave) Best Chiropractor [Steven Heller, DC]

Alameda Family Physicians Medical Group (2433 Central Ave, Suite A) Best General Physician [Lilian Tsao, MD]

Alameda Medical Center (2417 Central Ave) Best Pediatrician [Andrea Lee, MD]

Alameda Orthopedic Footcare (2223 Santa Clara Ave) Best Place to Find a Shoe Guru

Big Discount Tire Pros formerly Big O Tires (1200 Park St) Best Car Repair

Buestad Construction (2533 Clement Ave) Best Building Contractor

Complements Hair Design (1422 & 1414 Everett St) Best Hairstylist [Brandon Stanford]

Edward Jones (1336 Park St., Suite D) Best Financial Planner [Deb Knowles]

Island Acupuncture (2424 Blanding Avenue, Suite 102) Best Acupuncturist [Tracy Zollinger, L.Ac.]

OMM Inc. / Mason Management (2514 Santa Clara Ave) Best Real Estate Agent [Jan Mason]

Pam Flowerday (2447 Santa Clara Ave, Suite 305) Best Alternative Medicine Practitioner

Raintree Studios (1205 Park St) Best Commercial Photographer [Al Wright]

Razor’s Edge (2516 Santa Clara Ave) Best Barbershop

Sumbody (1350 Park St) Best Spa

Symmetry Health Center (1708 Park St, Suite 130) Best Nutritionist

The Watch Hospital (1404 Park St) Best Watch Repair

Wellness On the Spot (1650 Park St) Best Massage Without an Appointment

FOOD

American Oak (2319 Park St) Best Steaks

Angela’s Kitchen (1640 Park St) Best New Restaurant

Asena (2508 Santa Clara Ave) Best Greek/Mediterranean Restaurant; Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Burma Superstar (1345 Park St) Best Thai/Burmese Food;Best Salads; Best Restaurant for Vegetarians

Crispian Bakery (1700 Park St., Suite 120) Best New Business

Dan’s Fresh Produce (2300 Central Ave) Best Produce Delivery Service

East End (1650 Park St) Best Pizza

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines (1650 Park St) Best Cheeses

Feel Good Bakery (1650 Park St, Suite I) Best BakeryBest Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

Homeskillet (1363 Park St) Best Macaroni & Cheese

House of Bagels (1362 Park St) Best Bagels

JP Seafood Company (2300 Central Ave) Best Seafood Retailer

Kamakura Restaurant (2549 Santa Clara Ave) Best Japanese Restaurant

La Penca Azul (1440 Park St) Best Mexican Restaurant; Biggest Portions

Ole’s Waffle Shop (1507 Park St) Best Diner

Scolari’s Good Eats (1303 Park St) Best Burger; Best Caterer; Best Comfort Food; Best Late-Night Munchies; Best Sandwiches

Speisekammer (2424 Lincoln Ave) Best Sausages

Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream (1349 Park St) Best DessertsBest Ice Cream

Zen Restaurant (2315 Santa Clara Ave) Best Secret Ingredient

DRINK

American Oak (2319 Park St) Best Spirits Selection

Craft Beer & Wine (2526 Santa Clara Ave) Best Retail Beer Selection

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines (1650 Park St) Best Wine Store

Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park St) Best Coffeehouse

Lucky 13 (1301 Park St) Best Neighborhood Bar; Most Epic Bloody Mary Garnish

The Hobnob (1313 Park St) Best Place for a Sidewalk Martini

A complete list of the Best of Alameda winners is available on Alameda Magazine’s website. 

(last updated 10/24/16)


2015 Best of Alameda
(in Downtown Alameda’s historic Park Street Business District)

Best of Alameda 2015The following businesses located in Downtown Alameda’s historic Park Street District were selected by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine as “Best of Alameda” in the publication’s 2015 Best of Alameda issue.

FOOD

American Oak (2319 Park St) Best Steaks; Best Rib Eye

Asena (2508 Santa Clara Ave) Best Greek/Mediterranean Restaurant; Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Burma Superstar (1345 Park St) Best Thai/Burmese Food; Best Vegetarian Restaurant; Best Salads

Cinema Grill (2301 Central Ave) Best New Restaurant; Best New Business

Dan’s Fresh Produce (2300 Central Ave) Best Produce Delivery Service

East End (1650 Park St) Best Pizza; Best Raw Oysters

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines (1650 Park St) Best Cheeses

Feel Good Bakery (1650 Park St, Suite I) Best Bakery

Jim’s Homestyle Diner (2333 Lincoln Ave) Best Breakfast; Best Diner

JP Seafood Company (2300 Central Ave) Best Seafood Retailer

Kamakura Restaurant (2549 Santa Clara Ave) Best Japanese/Sushi Restaurant

La Penca Azul (1440 Park St) Best Mexican Restaurant; Best Late Night Munchies Spot; Biggest Portions

Pappo (2320 Central Ave) Best California CuisineBest Wine List

Sandwich Board (2412 Webb Ave) Best Deli

Scolari’s Good Eats (1303 Park St) Best BurgerBest Sandwiches, Best Comfort Food

Speisekammer (2424 Lincoln Ave) Best Sausages

Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream (1349 Park St) Best Ice Cream; Best Desserts

Zen Restaurant (2315 Santa Clara Ave) Best Happy Hour Food

DRINK

American Oak (2319 Park St) Best Spirits Selection

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines (1650 Park St) Best Wine Store

Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park St) Best Coffeehouse; Best Bulk Loose Tea

Lucky 13 (1301 Park St) Best Neighborhood Bar

Speisekammer (2424 Lincoln Ave) Best Beer Selection

RETAIL

Alameda Bicycle (1522 Park St) Best Bike Shop

Alameda Custom Framing (2445 Santa Clara Ave) Best Frame Shop

Alameda Eyes Optometry (1432 Park St) Best Eyeglass Selection

Alameda Natural Grocery (1650 Park St) Best Vitamin Shop

Book’s Inc. (1344 Park St) Best Book Store

Dandelion Flowers & Gifts (1419 Park St) Best Florist

Scott’s Shoes (1330 Park St) Best Women’s Shoes

Video Factory (1359 Park St) Best Video Store

SERVICES

Alameda Business Machines (2309 Santa Clara Ave) Best Computer Services

Alameda Family Physicians (2433 Central Ave, Suite A) Best General Physician [Lilian Tsao, MD]

Complements Hair Design (1422 & 1414 Everett St) Best Hairstylist [Brandon Stanford]

Darling Courier & Delivery (everywhere) Best Delivery Service

Edward Jones (1430 Everett St, Suite A) Best Financial Planner [Jane Watson]

OMM Inc. / Mason Management (2514 Santa Clara Ave) Best Real Estate Agent [Jan Mason]

Megan Small Photography (2511 Santa Clara Ave) Best Commercial Photographer

Razor’s Edge (2516 Santa Clara Ave) Best Barbershop

Sumbody (1350 Park St) Best Spa

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

KIDS & FAMILIES

Alameda Pediatric Associates (1332 Park St) Best Pediatrician [B. Ann Parker, MD]

Lauren’s Closet (1420 Park St) Best Children’s Store; Best Consignment Clothing

Tomatina (1338 Park St) Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Toy Safari (1410 Park St) Best Games and Toys; Best Children’s Store

LIFESTYLE & LEISURE

Alameda Theatre & Cineplex (2317 Central Ave) Best Classic Movies

High Scores Arcade (1414 Park St) Best Under 21 Hangout

Rhythmix Cultural Works (2513 Blanding Ave) Best Bingo

The Churchward Pub (1515 Park St) Best Nightclub

Yoga Alameda (1502 Park St) Best Yoga Teacher [Rebecca Trissell]

A complete list of the Best of Alameda winners is available on Alameda Magazine’s website. 

(last updated 8/17/15)


2014 Best of Alameda
(in the Park Street Business District)

Best of Alameda 2014

The following businesses located in the Park Street District were selected by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine as “Best of Alameda” in the publication’s 2014 Best of Alameda issue.

FOOD

Asena (2508 Santa Clara Ave) Best Mediterranean Restaurant

Baron’s Meat & Poultry (1650 Park St) Best Butcher Shop

Burma Superstar (1345 Park St) Best Thai/Burmese Food

Central Vegetarian (1613 Park St) Best Vegetarian Restaurant

East End (1650 Park St) Best Restaurant Rebranding

Feel Good Bakery (1650 Park St, Suite I) Best BakeryBest Desserts

Grains & Greens (1650 Park St, Suite H) Best Salads

Jim’s Homestyle Diner (2333 Lincoln Ave) Biggest Portions [tie]

JP Seafood Company (2300 Central Ave) Best Seafood Retailer

Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park St) Best Cafe/Coffeehouse, Best Teahouse

Kamakura Restaurant (2549 Santa Clara Ave) Best Japanese/Sushi RestaurantBest Hostess [Faith Yamato]

La Penca Azul (1440 Park St) Best Mexican, Biggest Portions [tie], Best Happy Hour Food, Best Happy Hour Crowd

Mama Papa Lithuania (1241 Park St) Best Comfort Food

Ole’s Waffle Shop (1507 Park St) Best Diner

Pappo (2320 Central Ave) Best Restaurant, Best California CuisineBest SteaksBest Wine List, Best Date Night Restaurant, Best ChefBest Restaurant ServiceMost Charitable Business

Scolari’s Good Eats (1303 Park St) Best BurgerBest Sandwiches, Best Late Night Munchies Spot

Speisekammer (2424 Lincoln Ave) Best Sausages

Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream (1349 Park St) Best Ice Cream

DRINK

Alameda Wine Co. (2315 Central Ave) Best Wine Bar

American Oak (2319 Park St) Best Spirits Selection

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines (1650 Park St) Best Wine StoreBest Cheeses

Lucky 13 (1301 Park St) Best BarBest Neighborhood Bar, Best Beer SelectionFriendliest Bar, Best Bartenders

The Hobnob (1313 Park St) Best Happy Hour Drink DealsBest Karaoke Crowd

RETAIL

Alameda Bicycle (1522 Park St) Best Bike Shop

Book’s Inc. (1344 Park St) Best Book Store

CRAFT Beer & Wine (2526 Santa Clara Ave) Best New Business Mash-Up

Juniper Tree Vintage (1320 Park St) Best Consignment or Vintage Clothing

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

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

SERVICES

Alameda Pediatrics (1332 Park St) Best Pediatrician [Ann Parker, MD]

Carroll Construction (1504 Park St) Best Remodeler

OMM, Inc (2514 Santa Clara Ave) Best Real Estate Agent [Jan Mason]

Seven Salon (1629 Park St) Best New Business, Best Company to Work For

Sumbody (1350 Park St) Best Spa

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

Tracy Zollinger (2424 Blanding Ave, Suite 102) Best Acupuncturist

KIDS & FAMILIES

High Scores Arcade (1414 Park St) Best Under 21 Hangout

Monkey Bars (1339 Park St) Best Children’s Store, Best Children’s Clothes

Subpar Miniature Golf (1511 Park St) Best Place to Schedule a Kid’s Event

Tomatina (1338 Park St) Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Toy Safari (1410 Park St) Best Games and Toys

PETS

Dog Bone Alley (sadly, closing soon) Best Pet Store

LIFESTYLE & LEISURE

Churchward Pub (1515 Park St) Best Place to Dance

Redux Gallery (2315 Lincoln Ave) Best Gallery Openings

Park Street Business District (Downtown Alameda) Best Shopping District

Park Street Art & Wine Faire (Downtown Alameda) Best Cultural Event

A complete list of the Best of Alameda winners is available on Alameda Magazine’s website. 

(last updated 7/3/14)


2013 Best of Alameda
(in the Park Street Business District)

Best of Alameda 2013The following businesses in the Park Street District were selected by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine in the publication’s 2013 Best of Alameda issue.

FOOD & RESTAURANTS

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

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

Feel Good Bakery (1650 Park St) Best Bakery

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

Kamakura Restaurant (2549 Santa Clara Ave) Best Sushi Restaurant

La Penca Azul (1440 Park St) Best Mexican Restaurant

Looney’s Southern Bar-B-Q (2430 Central Ave) Best Barbecue

Pappo (2320 Central Ave) Best Overall Restaurant, Best California Cuisine, Restaurant With the Best Service, Best Restaurant With Staying Power (5-plus years in business), Best Date Night Restaurant, Best Wine List, and Best Chef

Scolari’s Good Eats (1303 Park St) Best Burger, Best Nonburger, Best French Fries, Best Late-Night Munchies, and Best Food Truck

Speisekammer Restaurant (2424 Lincoln Ave) Best Outdoor Restaurant and Best Dog-Friendly Restaurant

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

The Hobnob (1313 Park St) Best Brunch

Toomie’s Thai Cuisine (1433 Park St) Best Thai Restaurant

Troy Greek Cuisine (2318 A Central Ave) Best Greek / Mediterranean Restaurant

DRINKS

Alameda Wine Co. (2315 Central Ave) Best Wine Bar

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

La Penca Azul (1440 Park St) Best Happy Hour and Best Margaritas

Lucky 13 (1301 Park St) Best Beer Selection, Best Neighborhood Bar, and Best Place to Drink Cheap

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

The Hobnob (1313 Park St) Best Martini

GOODS & SERVICES

Alameda Collision Repair (1911 Park St) Best Auto Repair

Alameda Natural Grocery (1650 Park St) Best Grocery Store (nonchain)

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

Daisy’s (1347 Park St) Best Home Decor / Home Furnishings Store

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

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

Second Home (2534 Santa Clara Ave) Best Consignment/Retail Shop

Sumbody (1350 Park St) Best Spa

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

KIDS

Happy Cuts (2306 Central Ave) Best Kids’ Haircuts

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

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

The Child Unique Montessori School (2226 Encinal Ave) Best Preschool

Tomatina (1338 Park St) Most Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Tot Tank (1413 Park St) Best New Kid’s Clothes

Toy Safari (1410 Park St) Best New Toys and Best Used Toys

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

PETS

Dog Bone Alley (1342 Park St) Best Place to Buy Things for Your Pet

Speisekammer Restaurant (2424 Lincoln Ave) Best Dog-Friendly Restaurant

LIFESTYLE

Park Street Business District – Best Shopping District

Park Street Art & Wine Faire – Best Local Fest or Annual Event

Speisekammer Restaurant (2424 Lincoln Ave) Best Live Music Venue


2012 Best of Alameda
(in the Park Street Business District)

The following businesses in the Park Street District were selected by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine in the publication’s 2012 Best of Alameda issue.

RESTAURANTS

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)

DRINKS

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 (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

GOODS & SERVICES

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

KIDS

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

PETS

Dog Bone Alley (1342 Park Street) Best Pet Shop

LIFESTYLE

Park Street Business District – Best Shopping District
Park Street Art & Wine Faire – Best Local Festival or Annual Event


2011 Best of Alameda

The following businesses in the Park Street District were selected by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine in the publication’s 2011 Best of Alameda issue.

FOOD & DRINK

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

GOODS & SERVICES

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 ICONS

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

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