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Best Of Oakland and the East Bay 2016

The most amazing finds of the year.

Winners

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Midwife or Doula

Lindy Johnson, C.N.M.

2016 Food & DrinkEditors' Choice

Best Under-the-Radar Bar

Longitude Bar

When you want to chill at a booth instead of being crushed in a standing-room only bar, try Longitude Bar. Safari photos, a straw hut, and comfy tall green bar stools complete the tiki bar decor inside. You won’t get attitude if you take up space with your giant flaming cocktail (they don’t go light on the booze here, either) for as long as you need to catch up with your pals or first date. Bartenders here are sweet and willing to explain the many shades of rum on the menu. Order Caribbean influenced tapas—including fried plantain, salted cod fritters, and M’€™bazzi pea beans—to satisfy your appetite as you savor a giant Cuba Libre or Black Orchid. Philanthropists can order the Zawadi Cup, proceeds of which go to promote secondary education in Tanzania and Kenya.

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Antique Store

Lost & Found

2016 Food & DrinkEditors' Choice

Best Sunday Dinner Idea

Lungomare

Look no farther than Lungomare for the perfect Sunday dinner deal. A mere $30 enables a diner to enjoy an outstanding three-course meal and unlimited wine pours of nice varietals at the Sunday Wine Down Dinner. Chef Craig DiFonza and restaurateur Chris Pastena came up with this sure-fire combination to enliven Sunday evenings while presenting a prix fixe meal showcasing the bounty of Lungomare’€™s Northern California ingredients prepared Italian style. Five antipasti, four secondi, three desserts, four wines. Try something like this: burrata or steamed mussels to start, followed by the bucatini pasta or the smoked pork shoulder. Sample a Sangiovese-Cabernet blend from Rock Wall Wine Company or a Tiamo Pinot Grigio from Veneto, Italy. And then wind all the way down with dessert—the budino or a trio of sorbet.

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Seafood Restaurant

Marica

2016 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Personal Trainer

Mario Gaytan, The Working Body

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Caterer

Market Hall Caterers

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Psychotherapist

Megan Kelly Smith, M.F.T.

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Nutritionist

Michelle Dwyer

2016 Food & DrinkEditors' Choice

Best Affordable Sushi

Mijori Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Mijori Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar on Grand Avenue, near the Grand Lake Theatre, is a terrific spot for high-quality and affordable sushi. It’€™s also a great all-around restaurant—not too upscale and not too cheap. There are always plenty of diners who are there on dates, simple outings with friends, and family get-togethers with grandparents down to babies downing bites of raw fish and rice. Two favorites: the Alaska rolls, made with crunchy salmon skin, for just $4.50 a roll, and the buttery-smooth toro tuna roll for $9.50. If you choose wisely, you can eat two maki rolls each and pay about $15 a person. And the quality doesn’t suffer because of the easy-to-digest prices. We’€™ve never had a bad meal in the last 15 years. Service is efficient, and the miso soup is free.

2016 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Vegetarian Restaurant

Millennium Restaurant

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Bike Shop

Missing Link Bicycle Cooperative

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Veterinary Clinic

Montclair Veterinary Hospital

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best New Business

Mulberry's Home

2016 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Kitchen Remodeler

Nadja Pentic, KnockKnock

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