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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 Local Brewery

Drake's Brewing Co.

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Spanish Restaurant

Duende

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Animal Shelter or Rescue Group

East Bay SPCA

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Dim Sum

East Ocean Seafood Restaurant

2017 Lifestyle & LeisureEditors' Choice

Best Handmade Book Collection

Elinor Raas Heller Rare Book Room, Mills College

UC Berkeley may have the oldest and rarest books in town, but Mills College has the prettiest in the Elinor Raas Heller Rare Book Room. Mills' collection of handmade—or artists—books are verifiably gorgeous. Librarian Janice Braun has acquired a remarkable collection of these books, which are made by hand and are, in their own right, works of art. The collection's variety is enormous, ranging from books resembling a box of chocolates with poems inside to metallic etchings of the Brooklyn Bridge to exquisitely made pop-up books about climate change. You have to see the collection to understand just how many ways there are to conceptualize a book. Paper books may soon be a thing of the past, but Mills College celebrates the beautiful, vanishing art of making them. During semesters sessions, the Heller Rare Book Room is open to the public by appointment, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-7 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; on school breaks, open hours are 1-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Ethiopian/Eritrean Restaurant

Ensarro Ethiopian Cuisine

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Barbecue

Everett and Jones

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Ice Cream

Fentons Creamery

2017 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Cultural Event

First Friday Art Walk/Oakland Art Murmur

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Arts and Crafts Store

Flax Art & Design

2017 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Cocktails

Flora

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Eyeglass Store

Focal Point Opticians

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Shopping District

Fourth Street, Berkeley

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Frame Shop

Galleria Scola Custom Framing

2017 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Hardware Store

Grand Lake Ace Hardware

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