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Best Of Oakland and the East Bay 2016

The most amazing finds of the year.

Winners

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Sandwiches

Ike's Place

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Teahouse

Imperial Tea Court

2016 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Pilates Studio

Innerstellar

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Residential Architect

Jarvis Architects

2016 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Public Elementary School

Joaquin Miller Elementary School

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Accountant or Tax Consultant

Jong Lee, The Lee Accountancy Group

2016 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Private Middle School

Julia Morgan School for Girls

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Pharmacy

Kaiser Oakland

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Hospital

Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center

2016 Goods & ServicesEditors' Choice

Best Volunteers

Kim Thompson and John Bliss

Kim Thompson, a lawyer, and her husband, John Bliss, an engineer, both travel for their jobs and have raised two children. But somehow they have also found time to make Oakland a better place for underserved Hispanic and African-American children. This dynamic couple spends at least 12 (sometimes more than 30) hours a week of volunteering with local charities. The weekend finds them helping by picking up litter in parks or opening up their historic home, Morse House, for fundraisers and meetings. As well as helping to raise millions of dollars for local parks, the couple has also pledged $100,000 personally over five years to teach underserved children to swim, provide them with sports gear, and send them to summer camp. Thompson says, “We are not super wealthy. We love this city, and it gets a bad rap. Instead of talking about break-ins and spending money on new alarms, we want to do something positive.”

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Japanese Restaurant

Kirala Japanese Cuisine

2016 Goods & ServicesEditors' Choice

Most Boutique-y Second-Hand Shop

Knimble Clothing & Knick-Knack

Knimble Clothing & Knick-Knack on Grand Avenue feels like a regular, high-end, funky boutique and not a thrift store for 20-something hipsters. The design and layout are very artistic, and the selection of clothes is wearable for women 30 years and older. Tanya Schevitz, 46, lives in Pacifica, but makes it a point to visit the Oakland shop each time she visits the East Bay. “I want to find clothes that don’t make me look like a frumpy mom,” Schevitz said. The mother of two always scores there, too. She once found Frye boots for $50. “I wear them all the time with dresses, leggings, and skinny jeans,” she said. “€œI had always wanted a pair, but I could never justify it.”

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Outdoor Dining

Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Greek/Mediterranean Restaurant

La Mediterranee

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Vietnamese/Cambodian/Laotian Restaurant

Le Cheval

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