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Best Of Oakland and the East Bay 2019

Our annual celebration of The Town and the East Bay.

Winners

2019 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Grocery

Berkeley Bowl Marketplace

2019 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Retail Beer Selection

Berkeley Bowl Marketplace

2019 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Plant Nursery

Berkeley Horticultural Nursery

2019 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Lighting Store

Berkeley Lighting Company

2019 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Diner

Bette's Oceanview Diner

2019 Lifestyle & LeisureReaders' Choice

Best Private High School

Bishop O'Dowd High School

2019 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Korean Restaurant

Bowl'd BBQ

2019 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Attorney

Brian Ripley

2019 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Thai/Burmese Restaurant

Burma Superstar

2019 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best Mezcal Selection

Calavera

2019 Goods & ServicesEditors' Choice

Best Place to Get Skis (and Snow Stuff) Repaired

California Ski Company

It's pretty rare to find anyone who can fix anything anymore. After several phone calls around the East Bay, California Ski Company was the only place that readily said it could repair a 15-year-old pair of snowshoes by replacing old plastic bindings with new ones. The skilled tech said it would take him an hour to fix the shoes at $45 an hour, which is way better than plunking down $150 or more for new shoes. He was true to his word, and the shoes were fixed in a few days. Plus, the tiny shop was bustling on a weekday morning with all sorts of business types looking like they were playing hooky for the day so they could get fitted for ski boots and head off to the slopes. The specialty shop is known for its quality boot fittings, and it'€™s been doing this as well as renting skis for alpine and ski touring since 1989. The shop'€™s owner, Greg Whitehouse, and his team believe that boots €œform 100 percent€ of the connection between skier and ski; they are the control link between skier, skis, and snow, and they all really stand behind making sure your boots and shoes give you happy feet in the snow.

2019 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Chocolate Shop

Casa De Chocolate

2019 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best California Cuisine

Chez Panisse

2019 Food & DrinkReaders' Choice

Best South- or Central-American Restaurant

Cholita Linda

2019 Goods & ServicesReaders' Choice

Best Spa

Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel