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Best of Alameda 2019: Downtown Winners

Congratulations to all the Downtown Alameda businesses that have been selected “Best of Alameda 2019” by the readers and editors of Alameda Magazine. A number of downtown businesses, both new and old, received recognition for the very first time.

Winners were selected in four categories: Food & Drink, Retail, Services, and Lifestyle & Leisure.

We encourage you to check out these Best of Alameda 2019 winners the next time you find yourself in the Downtown Alameda business district…

(blue = first-time winner)

Alameda Bicycle Family Rides
Alameda Bicycle: Best Bike Shop


Alameda Bicycle (1522 Park Street) Best Family Bike Ride

Mayor’s 4th of July Parade (Park Street and beyond) Best Cultural Event

Starland School of Music (1631 Park Street) Best Music Lessons

The Local (1333 Park Street) Best New Business; Best Comedy Night 


Alameda Bicycle (1522 Park Street) Best Bike Shop

Alameda Eyes Optometry (1432 Park Street) Best Eyeglass Store

Alameda See Spot Run (2510 Santa Clara Ave) Best Pet Store

Books Inc. (1344 Park Street) Best Book Store

Lauren’s Closet (1420 Park Street) Best Children’s Clothing; Best Resale Clothing

Second Home (2534 Santa Clara Ave) Best Furniture Store; Best Antique Store

The ReCrafting Company (2449 Santa Clara Ave) Best Way to Clear Out Your Crafting Stash

To Herb With Love (1336 Park Street) Best Spot to Score a Pair of Retro Sunglasses

Toy Safari (1410 Park Street) Best Children’s Store

Walgreens (1600 Park Street) Best Pharmacy

Wild Ginger Alameda
Wild Ginger: Best Handmade Noodles


A.T. Weber Plumbing & Mechanical (2313 Encinal Ave) Best Plumbing Contractor; Best Sewer Line Contractor

Alameda Collision Repair (1911 Park Street) Best Auto Body Shop

Alameda Mailboxes Plus (2532 Santa Clara Ave) Best Notary Public

Alameda Pediatric Associates (1332 Park Street #202 ) Best Pediatrician [B. Anne Parker]

Buestad Contruction (2533 Clement Ave) Best Building Contractor

Compass Real Estate (1414 Park Ave) Best Real Estate Agent [Kate McCaffery]

Complements Hair Design (1422 Everett St) Best Hair Salon

Edward Jones (1430 Everett Street #A) Best Financial Planner [Jane Watson]

Island Print Express (2707 Encinal Ave) Best Print Shop

Kelly Lux, State Farm (564 Park Street) Best Insurance Agent

Lars G. Hansson (2504 Santa Clara Ave) Best Accounting or Tax Practice

Matthew Duncan (1516 Oak Street #225) Best Attorney

Megan Small (2507 Santa Clara Ave) Best Commercial Photographer

NoFu (2531 Clement Ave) Best Place To Get a Facial

Rise Bodyworks (1226 Park Street) Best Pilates Studio; Best Place for Physical Therapy; Best Chiropractor [John Beall, DC]

Sumbody (1350 Park Street) Best Spa

Visiting Angels (2447 Santa Clara Ave #300B) Best Home Care for Seniors


American Oak (2319 Santa Clara Ave) Best Lounge; Best Spirits Selection

CRAFT Beer & Wine (2526 Santa Clara Ave) Best Retail Beer Selection

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines (1650 Park Street) Best Wine Store

Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden (1223 Park Street) Best Coffeehouse

Lucky 13 (1301 Park Street) Best Neighborhood Bar; Best Pub


American Oak (2319 Park Street) Best Steaks

Asena (2508 Santa Clara Ave) Best Caterer

Burma Superstar (1345 Park Street) Best Thai/Burmese Food; Best Restaurant for Vegetarians; Best Curry; Best Salads

Cholita Linda (1337 Park Street) Best New Restaurant

Dan’s Fresh Produce (2300 Central Ave) Best Produce Delivery Service

Dragon Rouge (2337 Blanding Ave) Best Vietnamese/Cambodian/Laotian Restaurant; Best Fusion Menu

Farmstead Cheeses & Wines (1650 Park Street) Best Cheeses

Feel Good Bakery (1650 Park Street) Best Bakery; Best Cakes

Homeskillet (1363 Park Street) Best Doughnuts

House of Bagels (1362 Park Street) Best Bagels

Injera (1305 Park Street) Best Place to Eat With Your Hands

Jim’s Coffee Shop (2333 Lincoln Ave) Best Diner; Biggest Portions

La Penca Azul (1440 Park St) Best Mexican Restaurant; Best Late-Night Dining; Best Happy Hour

Poke Koma (1354 Park Street) Best Poke Bowl

Scolari’s Good Eats (1303 Park St) Best Burger

Sidestreet Pho (2304 Encinal Ave) Best Vietnamese Comfort Food

Speisekammer (2424 Lincoln Ave) Best Outdoor Dining

Taqueria Ramiro & Sons (2321 Alameda Ave) Best Burrito

The Star on Park (1400 Park Street) Best Pizza

Tomatina (1338 Park Street) Most Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Troy (2318 Central Ave) Best Greek/Middle Eastern Restaurant

Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream (1349 Park Street) Best Ice Cream; Best Desserts

Wild Ginger (1239 Park Street) Best Handmade Noodles

Yojimbo Sushi (1221 Park Street) Best Ramen

For a complete list of the 2019 Best of Alameda winners, check out the list on the Alameda Magazine website:

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