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Best Of Oakland and the East Bay

169 winners—our biggest list ever—representing the tops from sausages and spirits to circus arts and pub crawls

Winners

2014 Families and Pets

Best Preschool

Duck’s Nest Preschool

2014 Families and Pets

Best Private School: K–8

Ecole Bilingue

2014 Goods and Services

Best Men’s Clothing

Elder & Pine

2014 Food and Drink

Best Barbecue

Everett and Jones

2014 Families and Pets

Best Place to Board Pets

Every Dog Has Its Day Care

Out in the sunny play yard, big dogs are basking, rolling, schmoozing, and just hanging out, watched over by attentive humans. An elderly dog who joined the group after his lifelong companion died, leaving him bereft and depressed, makes the rounds, greeting all his new pals. As a staff member gives the pool a good scrubbing, a young puppy pulls at her leash, impatient for water fun to resume. It’s another happy morning at Every Dog Has Its Day Care, which has been offering dogs a home away from home for the last 17 years. “Our No. 1 concern is safety,” explains COO Mischa Kubancik. “This isn’t about taking your dog to the park and throwing a Frisbee. This is about caring for somebody’s family member.” Playgroups of compatible dogs (rambunctious youngsters, mellow seniors, etc.) enjoy sessions of frolicking in the secure play yard, interspersed with plenty of naptime and TLC. Currently in an airy, spacious facility in Emeryville, Every Dog will be moving to a nearby much larger West Oakland location in January.
Photo by Pat Mazzera

2014 Food and Drink,Families and Pets

Best Ice Cream,Most Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Fentons Creamery and Restaurant

2014 Lifestyle and Leisure

Best Cultural Event

First Fridays

2014 Goods and Services

Best Women’s Clothing

FIT

This Rockridge boutique rocks a selection of sophisticated garments for women who’ve gained enough life experience to know what not to wear. No muffin-top-making jeans here; just slick gear from a range of American, European, and Japanese designers including New York’s Diane von Furstenberg, Spanish designer Isabel de Pedro, Japan’s Yoshi Yoshi, and shoes made in Italy and Spain from Bettye Muller. From a classic wrap dress to silk separates to accessories and shoes, this is the place to dress so you feel like a woman instead of a girl. A great spot to shop for special events and casual clothes elegant enough to make every day seem special.
Photo by Pat Mazzera

2014 Food and Drink

Best Indian-Pakistani Restaurant

Flavors of India

2014 Families and Pets

Best Veterinarian

Gary Richter, D.V.M.

2014 Food and Drink

Best Deli,Best Sandwiches

Genova Delicatessen and Ravioli

2014 Lifestyle and Leisure

Best Singer or MC

Goapele

2014 Food and Drink

Best Korean Restaurant

Gogi Time

2014 Food and Drink

Best Vegetarian Restaurant

Golden Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant

2014 Food and Drink

Best Teahouse

Golden Tea Shop

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