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Best Of Oakland and the East Bay 2017

Our annual celebration of The Town and the East Bay.

Winners

2017 Food & DrinkEditors' Choice

Best Family-Friendly Hole In the Wall

Rockin' Crawfish

The traditional makeup of a family restaurant isn't usually walls of graffiti, nonstop hip-hop, or a location across from a tattoo parlor. But Rockin' Crawfish is all things unique, and that includes a flatscreen playing rap videos, scads of customer scrawlings, and a position on Foothill Boulevard. Tablecloths are slabs of butcher paper, and the menu includes Cajun-style seafood sold by pound. Bring the kids, because they will love the bibs available for anyone eating anything that needs to be cracked, de-headed, or inhaled, and that the food will arrive in a plastic grocery bag–even when the order isn't to go. Get messy, get Oakland, and get here.

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Children's Clothing

Ruby's Garden

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Late-Night Dining

Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Insurance Agent

Ruth Stroup, Farmers Insurance

2017 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Camp

Sarah's Science

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Deli

Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Seafood Restaurant

Scott's Seafood Jack London Square

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Chocolate Shop

See's Candies

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Happy Hour

Shakewell

2017 Food & DrinkEditors' Choice,Readers' Choice

Best Chinese Restaurant,Best Green Onion Pancakes

Shan Dong Restaurant

Sometimes you just have to put health aside and go for sheer sensory delight. That's the case when you eat green onion pancakes, a popular Chinese street food. The ideal green onion pancake is moist, dense, chewy, and greasy—undeniably, deliciously greasy. First the dough is rolled out, then coated with sesame oil and lightly browned. The result is a pancake so delicious that some even claim it's the ancestor of pizza. Marco Polo allegedly loved them so much he asked a cook in Italy to replicate them. The cook failed, but wound up making pizza instead. For a first-rate green onion pancake, go to Shan Dong Restaurant. Or, for variation on a theme, order the equally delicious green leek pancakes stuffed with tiny bits of chives, egg, rice noodles, and black mushrooms.

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Place to Get a Facial

Shelly Gomez Skincare, 77Salon

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Women’s Shoes

Shoes on Solano

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Barbershop

Slick and Dapper

2017 Food & DrinkEditors' Choice

Best Bar Bathroom

Small Wonder

Step inside Oakland's Small Wonder to find a magical bar with big sparkly ornaments hanging above cozy nooks and eclectic seating. On a recent Thursday, there was lively jazz, no cover. You need not have imbibed F173one of the strong Sazeracs or the 510-420 (cannabis-suffused vodka) to appreciate the grotto-like lavatories in the back among Suessical curving walls. The communal cauldronlike washbasin is huge, decorated with fanciful brickwork and whimsical pull chains. You will return to your spot at the bar to tell everyone to go wash his or her hands just for the fun of it.

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Salads

Southie

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