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Best Of Oakland and the East Bay 2016

The most amazing finds of the year.

Winners

2016 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Thing to Happen in the Past Year

Bernie Sanders

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Retail Spirits Selection

BevMo!

2016 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Private High School

Bishop O'Dowd

2016 Goods & ServicesEditors' Choice

Best Mani-Pedi Scrubs

Bisou Nail Lounge

The clue is in the name, Bisou Nail Lounge. This shabby-chic nail place is made for unwindulaxing and lounging with its butterflies, antique white furniture, and flower petals in bowls of water. It claims to be the first organic nail salon in the Bay Area and uses natural, organic, or biodynamic products. A popular mani-pedi choice is the green tea honey manicure or pedicure that warms and cleanses with an organic green tea powder and a raw sugar scrub followed by a hydrating, nourishing honey-and-milk mask with an organic shea butter massage to conclude. Or you can opt for a mani or pedi that renews with real chocolate, cocoa butter, and coconut milk or the “wine-therapy” package that works antioxidant magic with grape seeds, oils, and extracts, with a soothing glass of select wine included in the price.

2016 Food & DrinkEditors' Choice

Best Yassa

Bissap Baobab

For years, Bissap Baobab was a haven of delicious Senegalese food in the Mission. Oaklanders can now get in on the act with the seminal African joint’s Oakland location in downtown on 15th Street. Anyone searching for a unique and tasty dish should curve toward the various types of yassa served here, with the chicken being the most succulent. For those unfamiliar with yassa, it’€™s a delicious, onion-based marinade that will tickle your taste buds while preparing you for a hot evening of dancing or music, all happening within the same four walls.

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Chocolate Shop

Bittersweet

2016 Food & DrinkEditors' Choice

Best Iced Americano

Black Spring Coffee

The dark, rich body of an iced Americano at Black Spring Coffee Company might inspire stopping in every single morning for a glass. Independently owned and operated, the coffee shop sells its own beans, roasted in Menlo Park, which are used to make the Black Spring trademark low-acid coffee. Holding its ground on the blooming portion of Telegraph between Uptown and Temescal, Black Spring draws a diverse crowd of locals. If you pop in often enough, you’€™ll get a nod and smile from the hip staff when you enter. While you’re waiting for the barista to steam your espresso, shake it up with some ice in a shaker by hand, and pour it into a glass, take in the rotating art by local artists on the walls. Don’t expect WiFi here—only chess and conversation. Half-and-half is the creamer on the counter, but Black Springs does have dairy-free options behind the counter for those who ask.

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Coffeehouse

Blue Bottle Coffee

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Latin American Restaurant,Best South American Restaurant

Bocanova

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Cocktails

Boot and Shoe Service

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Korean Restaurant

Bowl'd

2016 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Nonprofit Group

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Breakfast/Brunch,Best Southern/Soul Food

Brown Sugar Kitchen

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Thai/Burmese Restaurant

Burma Superstar

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Bar

Cafe Van Kleef

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