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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 & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Thai/Burmese Restaurant

Burma Superstar

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Mezcal Selection

Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar

2017 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Music Lessons

California Jazz Conservatory

2017 Goods & ServicesEditors' Choice

Best Typewriter Repair Shop

California Typewriter

Visiting California Typewriter is the next best thing to traveling back in time. Inside the 68-year-old store, wooden and metallic shelves, Formica countertops, and glass display cases compete to show off a dazzling array of typewriters with nary a laptop or an iPad to be found. Want a hot pink typewriter, a typewriter made of wood, one with glass keys, or a sleek green keyboard? California Typewriter will undoubtedly have it. What's more, Ken Alexander, master repairman and typewriter aficionado for 42 years, will repair your own typewriter for a reasonable price, as well as throw in a minihistory of the machine, showing you ones dating as far back as the 1890s. He's also the star of the new documentary California Typewriter. And if all that's not enough of a draw, stop by to pet Rosa, the store's very friendly cat.

2017 Lifestyle & LeisureEditors' Choice

Best Havana Hang

Caña Cuban Parlor & Cafe

If a quiet Sunday brunch is your thing, come by Caña Cuban Parlor & Cafe another day. But if a stiff shot of Cuban rhythm gets you going, this Grand Lake cafe serves up the surging sounds of the Cuband every Sunday. One of the Bay Area’s only ensembles staffed entirely by Cuban players, pianist/arranger Eduardo Corzo’s combo gets dancers spinning and rewards close listening with a creatively charged mélange of rumba, Latin jazz, reggae, son, funk, and rock. 

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Dog Walker

Canine Comprehensive

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Neighborhood Bar

Cato's Ale House

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Funeral Home

Chapel of the Chimes Oakland

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best California Cuisine,Best Restaurant

Chez Panisse

2017 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Place to Take the Kids

Children's Fairyland

2017 Lifestyle & LeisureEditors' Choice

Best Use of a Mattress Store After Hours

Chillarious, Savvy Rest Natural Bedroom

Perhaps you_re imagining another way to use a mattress store after hours, but laughter releases plenty of endorphins, too. Every third Friday at Savvy Rest Natural Bedroom, comics take the floor while the audience takes the beds. It's Chillarious. Usually featuring four stand-up acts plus a headliner, the 21-and-up event has gained a following with its friendly house-party vibe. Free entry, free chance at raffle prize, free white wine while it lasts. Or BYOB—just no red wine, please. Store manager Dominick Palamenti encourages community involvement with fun stuff in the space—art receptions, poetry readings—but laughing on a mattress feels a bit mischievous. As host comedian Mikey Walz puts it, "We're breaking an old comedy rule: Don't let the audience get too comfortable." Chillarious. Every third Friday, 8-10 p.m., doors open at 7:30.

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Real Estate Agent

Chimene Pollard, Red Oak Realty

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Mexican Restaurant,Best South- or Central-American Restaurant

Cholita Linda

2017 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Place to Board Pets

Citizen Canine

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Spa

Claremont Club & Spa

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