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Complete List of the 2014 Best of the East Bay Winners

A list of all of our 123 reader and editor picks.



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Meet

Steph Curry
Anthony C. Ferrante
Nicki Bluhm
George Miller
Bree Turner
Tony La Russa
Missy Franklin

 


 

Grow

Art Classes: Civic Arts Education. 166 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 943-5846, arts-ed.org.

Bathing Suits: Annie Babicz and Sheeva van Gemeren of Lo Swim. (925) 360-2288, loswim.com

Birthday Cakes: Café Attila. 2211 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Ste. B, San Ramon, (925) 837-2886, cafeattila.com

Birthday Party Place: Super Franks. 5341 Owens Ct., Pleasanton, (925) 271-5880, superfranks.com.

Comic Books: Fantasy Books and Games. 2247 First St., Livermore, (925) 449-5233.

Cosplay: East Bay Comic-Con. Concord, eastbaycomiccon.com.

Dance Class: Next Step Dance Studio. Several locations in Danville, nextstepdance.com.

Family Photographer: Creative Images by Jessica Anne. creativeimagesbyjessica.com.

Fun Park: Hap Magee Ranch Park. 1025 La Gonda Way, Danville, (925) 314-3400, danville.ca.gov.

Gymnastics Classes: Diablo Gymnastics School. 2411-J Old Crow Canyon Rd., San Ramon, (925) 820-6885, diablogym.net.

Kid-Friendly Restaurant: Skipolini’s Pizza. 1033 Diablo St., Clayton, (925) 672-1111; 2001 Salvio St., Concord, (925) 680-6888; 1535 Giammona Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 280-1100; skipolinispizza.com.

Martial Arts Classes: Kungfu Dragon USA. 7059 Commerce Cir., Ste. I, Pleasanton, (510) 648-1618, kungfudragonusa.com.

Role-Playing Games: House of Games. 155 Railroad Ave., Danville, (925) 309-4087, h-o-games.com.

Summer Camp: Cal Camps and Youth Programs. 25 Sport Ln., Berkeley, (510) 643-2509, camps.berkeley.edu.

Swim Lessons: Splash Swim School. 2411 Old Crow Canyon Rd., Ste. S, San Ramon, (925) 838-7946; 1531 Third Ave., Walnut Creek, (925) 937-7946, splashswimschool.com.

Toy Store: Five Little Monkeys. 1224 Solano Ave., Albany, (510) 528-4411; 1366 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 939-4411, 5littlemonkeys.com.

Tutoring: Lafayette Academy. 760 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville, (925) 855-3700; 3400 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 284-1644; 1400 Moraga Way, Moraga, (925) 376-0747, lafayetteacademy.com.

Video Games: Ultimate Game Truck. Pleasanton, (925) 513-2255, ultimategametruck.com.

Weekend Day Out: Playland Not at the Beach. 10979 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, (510) 592-3002, playland-not-at-the-beach.org.

Zombies: Trackers Earth: East Bay. 3049 Adeline St., Berkeley, (510) 575-9444, trackersbay.com
 


 

Look

Antiaging Treatment: SkinSpirit. 1647 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 952-9200, skinspirit.com.

Blow Out: Blow Dry Bar. 1639 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 939-1639, bdbstudio.com.

Consignment Shop: Main Street Rags. 1380 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 943-1459, mainstreetrags.com.

Day Spa: Changes Salon and Day Spa. 1475 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, (925) 947-1814, changessalon.com.

Facials: Lavande. 3589 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-8877, lavandenailspa.com.

Fashion Blogger: Doris Hobbs of Rich in Love. richinlovefashion.com

Faux Lashes: Lashfully. 1629 Cypress St., Walnut Creek, (925) 296-0910, lashfully.com.

Hair Colorist: Nekisa Addis at Tribez. 111 Town and Country Dr., Danville, (925) 362-8600, tribezsalon.com.

Hair Stylist: Donald Kolinski at Tribez. 111 Town and Country Dr., Danville, (925) 362-8600, tribezsalon.com.

Manicurist: Angela Hernandez at Changes Salon and Day Spa. 1475 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, (925) 947-1814, changessalon.com.

Massage: Lavande. 3589 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-8877, lavandenailspa.com.

Men’s Haircut: Katharina Hairstyles for Men. 306 Rose St., Danville, (925) 451-2499.

Men’s Store: Venture Goods. 3571 Mt. diablo blvd., lafayette, (925) 385-0259, venturegoods.com.

Men’s Suit: Daskalos. 1243 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, (925) 937-1808, daskalosfashions.com.

New Clothing Boutique: J. Colleen. 261 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, (925)258-0300, jcolleen.com.

Perfect Dress: Glamorous Boutique. 1048 Brown Ave., Lafayette, (925) 285-6096.

Shoe Store: Nordstrom. Multiple locations, nordstrom.com.

Shopping Block: First Street, Benicia. Angel Heart 4 You, 501 First St., Benicia, (707) 745-2024, angelheart4you.net. Camellia Tea Room, 828 First St., Benicia, (707) 746-5293, camelliatearoom.com. Christina S, 370 First St., Benicia, (707) 745-5125, christinasbenicia.com. Be Chic Boutique, 309 First St., Benicia, (707) 745-1148, be-chic-boutique.com.

Spray Tan: Utopia. 158 Sunset Dr., San Ramon, (925) 901-1001, utopiatanningspa.com.

Threading: iBar. Multiple locations, ibarthreading.com.

Vintage Shop: Labels. 1367 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 952-4566, labelsluxury.com.

Waxing: Lavande. 3589 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-8877, lavandenailspa.com.

Women’s Hair Salon: Tribez. 111 Town and Country Dr., Danville, (925) 362-8600, tribezsalon.com.
 


 

Shop

Bike Shop: Mike’s Bikes. Multiple locations, mikesbikes.com.

Bridal Boutique: Kinsley James Couture Bridal. 1623 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 330-9228, kinsleyjames.com.

Candy Store: Powell’s Sweet Shoppe. 3591 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-9866, powellsss.com

Car Wash: Lafayette Car Wash. 3319 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 283-1190, lafayettecarwash.com.

Coworking Space/Free Wi-Fi: Laptop Lounge. 1701 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 482-8300, laptoplounge.biz.

Computer Repair: Computer Courage. 2093 Rose St., Berkeley, (510) 525-2226, computercourage.com.

CrossFit Class: Bollinger CrossFit. 11040 Bollinger Canyon Rd., Ste. D, San Ramon, bollingercrossfit.com.

Cute Shop: Wish Walnut Creek. 2333 Boulevard Cir., Walnut Creek, (925) 322-7109, facebook.com/wishwalnutcreek.

Dog Groomer: Shampooches. 3151 Crow Canyon Pl., Ste. 1, San Ramon, (925) 806-0647, shampooches.us.

Florist: Florali. 2345 Boulevard Cir., Walnut Creek, (925) 934-6877, florali.com.

Hatchet Expert: Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bike Book and Hatchet. Rivendell Bike Book and Hatchet, 1601 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 933-7304; Rivendell Bicycle Works, 2040 N. Main St., Ste. 19, Walnut Creek, (925) 933-7304; rivbike.com.

Home Accessories Store: Elsie Green. 2954 Treat Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 323-5311, elsiegreen.com.

Indie Bookstore: Rakestraw Books. 550 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 837-7337, rakestrawbooks.com.

Landscaper/Gardener: Suma. 2857 Chapman St., Oakland, (510) 261-3585, sumalandscaping.com.

New Fitness Trend: Nextbarre. 3471 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 284-5400, nextbarre.com.

Personal Trainer: Bill Daniels at Renaissance ClubSport. At Renaissance ClubSport, renaissanceclubsport.com.

Pet Shop: Mollie’s Pup-Purr-ee. 425 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 820-8222, mollyspup.com.

Place to Buy Art: Studio Seven Arts. 400 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 846-4322, studiosevenarts.com.

Plant Nursery: Orchard Nursery. 4010 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 284-4474, orchardnursery.com

Rock-Climbing Wall: Diablo Rock Gym. 1220 Diamond Way, Ste. 140, Concord, (925) 602-1000, touchstoneclimbing.com.

Website Design Service: Computer Courage. 2093 Rose St., Berkeley, (510) 525-2226, computercourage.com.

Wine Store: Wine Thieves. 2926 Domingo Ave., Berkeley, (510) 666-0565; 3401 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-9070, winethieves.com.

Yoga Studio: The Yoga Fusion. 2217 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, (925) 705-1228, theyogafusion.com.
 


 

Taste

Açai Bowl: Vitality Bowls. 2473 Stoneridge Mall Rd., Pleasanton, (925) 463-2224; 211 Market Pl., San Ramon, (925) 804-6012; 1528 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 464-7607, vitalitybowls.com

Artisanal Hamburger: Roam. 23 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, (925) 385-0798, roamburgers.com.

Artisanal Pizza: Patxi’s. 3577 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-0700; 2470 First St., Livermore, (925) 371-1000, patxispizza.com.

Bakery: A Sweet Affair. 190 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 837-1911; 1815 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek, (925) 944-1910, asweetaffairbakery.com.

Barbecue Spot: Kinder’s Meats and BBQ. Multiple locations, kindersmeats.com.

Breakfast Joint: Millie’s Kitchen. 1018 Oak Hill Rd., Lafayette, (925) 283-2397, millieskitchen-hub.com.

Brunch Spot: Scott’s. 2 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 444-3456, scottsjls.com; 1333 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 934-1300, scottswc.com.

Chai: Bombay Nick’s. 4010 East Ave., Livermore, (925) 493-7044, bombaynickschaibar.com

Chef: Rodney Worth. The Peasant and the Pear, 267 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 820-6611, thepeasantandthepear.com; also, The Peasant’s Courtyard in Alamo; and Ferrari’s Cucina Italiana, The Little Pear, and The Prickly Pear Cantina in Danville, rodneyworth.com.

Chinese Restaurant: Uncle Yu’s. 999 Oak Hill Rd. Ste. 3, Lafayette, (925) 283-1688; 39 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore, (925) 449-7000; 2005 Crow Canyon Pl., San Ramon, (925) 275-1818, uncleyus.com.

Coffeehouse: Sideboard. 90 Railroad Ave., Danville, (925) 984-2713, sideboarddanville.com.

Deli: Genova’s Delicatessen. 1105 S. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 939-3838; 2064 Treat Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 938-2888, genovadeli.net.

Food and Live Music, Central Contra Costa: Chevalier, 960 Moraga Rd., Lafayette, (925) 385-0793, chevalierrestaurant.com. E.J. Phair, 2151 Salvio St., Concord, (925) 691-4253; 300 Cumberland St., Pittsburg, (925) 427-7204, ejphair.com. Pyramid Alehouse, 1410 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 946-1520, pyramidbrew.com. Tiki Tom’s, 1535 Olympic Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 932-9202.

Food and Live Music, Tri-Valley: Double Barrel Wine Bar, 2086 First St., Livermore, (925) 243-9463, doublebarrelwinebar.com. Handles Gastropub, 855 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 399-6690, handlesgastropub.com. Sauced BBQ & Spirits, 2300 First St., Livermore, (925) 961-1300, saucedbbqandspirits.com. The Vine, 480 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 820-7210, thevineatbridges.com.

Food and Live Music, West of the Caldecott: Duende, 468 19th St., Oakland, (510) 893-0174, duendeoakland.com. Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero W., Oakland, (510) 238-9200, yoshis.com

Food Truck: The Melt. Locations vary, themelt.com.

Gluten-Free Treats: Miglet’s. 480 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville, (925) 831-9016, migletsgf.com.

Indian Restaurant: Swad. 3602 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 962-9575, theswadindia.com.

Italian Restaurant: Prima Ristorante. 1522 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 935-7780, primawine.com.

Mexican Restaurant: El Charro. 3339 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 283-2345, elcharro1947.com.

Middle Eastern Restaurant: Silk Road. 1440 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 932-9090, silkroadwalnutcreekca.com.

New Ice Cream Shop: Cream. 2399 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, (510) 649-1000; 1372 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 891-4041, creamnnation.com.

New Restaurant: The Cooperage American Grille. 32 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, (925) 298-5915, thecooperagelafayette.com.

New Smoothie Place: Vitality Bowls. 2473 Stoneridge Mall Rd., Pleasanton, (925) 463-2224; 211 Market Pl., San Ramon, (925) 804-6012; 1528 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 464-7607, vitalitybowls.com

Noodle Bowl: Kevin’s Noodle House. 1833 Willow Pass Rd., Concord, (925) 677-2131; 1402 E. 12th St., Oakland, (510) 533-0549; 2034 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 933-4746, kevinnoodlehouse.com

Outdoor Dining: Va de Vi. 1511 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 979-0100, vadevi.com.

Place for Dessert: Esin. 750 Camino Ramon, Danville, (925) 314-0974, esinrestaurant.com.

Romantic Restaurant: Postino. 3565 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-8700, postinorestaurant.com.

Salad Spot: Lettuce. 1632 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 933-5600, lettucerestaurant.com.

Seafood: Walnut Creek Yacht Club. 1555 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, (925) 944-3474, wcyc.net.

Small Plates: Va de Vi. 1511 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 979-0100, vadevi.com.

Steak House: Forbes Mill. 200 Sycamore Valley Rd. W., Danville, (925) 552-0505, forbesmillsteakhouse.com.

Sushi: Sasa. 1432 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 210-0188, sasawc.com.

Thai Restaurant: Kacha. 1665 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 988-9877, kachathai.com.

Vegetarian Destination: Vitality Bowls. 2473 Stoneridge Mall Rd., Pleasanton, (925) 463-2224; 211 Market Pl., San Ramon, (925) 804-6012; 1528 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 464-7607, vitalitybowls.com

Vietnamese Restaurant: Vanessa’s Bistro 2. 1512 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 891-4790, vanessasbistro2.com.
 


 

Play

Arcade Games: High Scores Arcade. 1414 Park St., Alameda, (609) 468-3083, highscoresarcade.com.

Art Visionary: Carrie Lederer of The Bedford Gallery. 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 295-1417, bedfordgallery.org

Bartender: Greg Palomo at Walnut Creek Yacht Club. 1555 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, (925) 944-3474, wcyc.net.

Beer Tasting Room: Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room. 2031 Fourth St., Berkeley, (510) 647-3439, sierranevada.com.

Billiards: Bay Area Crown Billiards. 2416 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, (925) 725-3900, bayareacrownbilliards.com.

Carbs and Cocktails: Build Pizzeria. 2286 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, (510) 898-1839, buildpizzeria.com.

Date Night: Va de Vi. 1511 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 979-0100, vadevi.com.

DIY Workshop: Canvas and Cabernet. 1421 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 287-1614, canvascabernet.com.

East Bay Museum: Lindsay Wildlife Museum. 1931 1st. Ave., Walnut Creek, (925) 935-1978, wildlife-museum.org.

East Bay Winery: Wente Vineyards. 5565 Tesla Rd., Livermore, (925) 456-2305, wentevineyards.com.

Food and Fun: Campo di Bocce. 175 E. Vineyard Ave., Livermore, (925) 249-9800, campodibocce.com.

Go-Karts: Boomers Livermore. 2400 Kitty Hawk Rd., Livermore, (925) 447-7275, boomersparks.com.

Happy Hour Menu: Bridges. 44 Church St., Danville, (925) 820-7200, bridgesdanville.com.

Laser Tag: Q-Zar Laser Tag. 2295 Willow Pass Rd., Concord, (925) 521-9663, q-zar.com.

Late-Night Dining: Hubcaps. 1548 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, (925) 945-6960, hubcapsdiner.com.

Late-Night Spot: The Rellik Tavern. 726 First St., Benicia, (707) 746-1137, therelliktavern.com

Live Music Venue: Dan’s. 1524 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 932-1331, dansbar.com.

Local Brewery/Distillery: Linden Street. 95 Linden St., Oakland, (510) 251-8898, lindenbeer.com.

Mini Golf: Subpar Miniature Golf. 1511 Park St., Alameda, (925) 521-4653, subparminigolf.com

Place to Dance: ShBoom Nightclub. 2410 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Ste. 130, San Ramon, (925) 837-9777, shboomnightclub.com.

Place to See Art: The Bedford Gallery. 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 295-1417, bedfordgallery.org.

Singles Scene: Modern China Café. 1525 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 988-8008, modernchinacafe.com.

Sports Bar: Stadium Pub. 1420 Lincoln Ave., Walnut Creek, (925) 256-7302, thestadiumpub.com

Ski Resort: Northstar. 100 Northstar Dr., Truckee, (530) 562-1010, northstarcalifornia.com.

Wine Bar: Residual Sugar. 1684 Locust St., Walnut Creek, residualsugarwine.com.

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