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Best Of Oakland and the East Bay 2015

Some 178 winners, epitomizing the finest in food and drink, goods and services, and lifestyle and leisure.

Winners

2015 Food & Drink

Best Ethiopian / Eritrean Restaurant

Enssaro Ethiopian Cuisine

2015 Goods & Services

Best Hairstylist or Colorist

Eryn Harrison, Calm

2015 Food & Drink

Best Barbecue

Everett and Jones

2015 Food & Drink

Best Teahouse

Far Leaves Tea

2015 Lifestyle & Leisure

Best Parklet

Farley'€™s East

Farley’s East may not have the largest or the fanciest parklet, but it’s certainly the most visible. The cafe sponsored the city’s inaugural parklet, which opened in September 2012, with support from customers, neighboring businesses, and the Lake Merritt/Uptown District Association. Since then, customers, pedestrians, and cyclists have taken advantage of the public seating and bike racks to enjoy a cup of joe or just watch the swarms of foot and car traffic pass by. The space fills the parklet mission by providing “green” space in the heart of a busy commercial district. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by for a sandwich and an Americano courtesy of De La Paz coffee roasters.

2015 Goods & Services

Best Manicure / Pedicure

Femi Macus Nails

2015 Food & Drink

Best Ice Cream

Fentons Creamery

2015 Food & Drink

Best Desserts

Fentons Creamery

2015 Goods & Services

Best Accountant Or Tax Consultant

Financial Fitness Center Inc.

2015 Goods & Services

Best Video Store

Five Star Video

I’ve got Netflix and Vudu on my TV, but there are still plenty of times that I feel like walking into a bricks-and-mortar video store to peruse the racks and pick up a movie to pop in the machine at home. Apparently enough people like me are still around to keep Five Star Video hopping at two locations in Berkeley—University near Sacramento and an expanded new location on Solano Avenue. The last video stores left in town, Five Star doesn’t take its customers for granted. The erstwhile Quentin Tarantinos who work the counter are happy to help you find what you’re looking for, and the videos are helpfully curated by interest (i.e., Oscar winners, Studio Ghibli, Coen Brothers). Don’t forget to give the gumball machine a spin—you might win a free rental too.

2015 Food & Drink

Best Cocktails

Flora

2015 Goods & Services

Best Florist

Flowers by Myrna

2015 Goods & Services

Best Eyeglass Selection

Focal Point Opticians

2015 Lifestyle & Leisure

Best Cultural Event

Friday Nights @ OMCA, Oakland Museum of California

2015 Food & Drink

Best Produce Delivery Service

Full Belly Farm

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