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Congratulations to our 2018 nominees and winners!

We received over 1,500 nominations and votes and are proud to recognize these outstanding businesses and organizations.

Best of Albany awards are determined entirely by online public voting. Nominations are accepted over two weeks in August, and voting takes place over several weeks in September. The 2018 nominating round included nominations from 168 people. 1498 people voted in the final round.

The Best of Albany Awards Gala was held September 27 in the beautiful
outdoor space at Belmont Village. 

The Best of Albany, 2018

Category: Food & Drink

Best Cocktails
Winner: Hotsy Totsy
Fonda
Ivy Room
Fonda
Fonda
Zaytoon Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar
Juanita & Maude
Little Star Pizza

Best Lunch Spot
Winner: Gordo Taqueria
Boss Burger
Kim's Cafe & Sandwich
Zaytoon Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar
Little Star Pizza
La Crema
Zarri's Delicatessen
Suzette Crepe Cafe

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant
Winner: Little Star Pizza
Cantina del Sol
Boss Burger
Suzette Crepe Cafe

Best Brunch/Breakfast Spot
Winner: Sam's Log Cabin
Sunny Side Up
Royal Cafe

Best Place to Get Caffeinated
Winner: Hal's Office
Highwire Coffee Roasters (At Flowerland)
Royal Ground Coffee

Best Happy Hour
Winner: Hotsy Totsy
Zaytoon Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar
Little Star Pizza
Fonda
Cantina del Sol
Ocean View Brew Works

Best Sandwich
Winner: Zarri's Delicatessen
Eunice Gourmet Cafe
Kim's Cafe & Sandwich

Best Place for Something Sweet
Winner: Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery
As You Wish Frozen Yogurt
Suzette Crepe Cafe
Tay Tah Cafe

Best Dinner Spot
Winner: Little Star Pizza
Juanita & Maude
Bua Luang
Zaytoon Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar
Bowl'd
Mangia Mangia
Rendez-Vous Cafe Bistro

Best Burrito
Winner: Gordo Taqueria
Hot Shop
La Crema
Tacos El Autlense Truck (@Hotsy Totsy)

Best Pizza
Winner: Little Star Pizza
Albany Pizza Company
iSlice

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

Best Local Artist
Winner: Abrams Claghorn Gallery
Kanna Aoki (Artist)
Isabel Samara (Artist)

Best Place to Hear Live Music
Winner: Ivy Room
Music in the Park
Rendez-Vous Cafe Bistro

Best Place to Workout
Winner: Albany YMCA
Ohlone Greenway
Orange Theory Fitness
SWEAT Strength + Cycling

Best Picnic Spot
Winner: Memorial Park
Albany Bulb/Waterfront
Terrace Park

Best Gallery Space
Winner: Abrams Claghorn Gallery
Albany Community Center
Shops & Services

Best Place to get your Hair Cut/Styled
Winner: Grove Salon
Supercuts
Heads Up Hair Care
Meilin Salon & Spa

Best Place to get a Massage
Winner: Metta Traditional Thai Massage
Joanne Cosgrove, CMT
M & F Moon Spa

Best Place to Get a Mani/Pedi
Winner: Naveana Nail Salon
Nail Shop Number One
Albany Nails
Joi Nail Salon
Nail Shop on Solano
Bebe Nail Salon

Best Place for Auto Service
Winner: Albany Automotive and Tire Service
Albany Subaru
Dana Meyer Auto Care

Best Natural Healer
Winner: Sarana Community Acupuncture
Srinika Narayan, Innate Chiropractic & Wellness Center

Best Pet Services or Supplies
Winner: Pet Food Express
Alpha Pet Supply & The Wild Bird's Nest
Tails A Go-Go
Dog's Best Friend & The Cat's Meow

Best Consignment Store
Winner: Toy Go Round
Closet Karma
Goodwill

Best Acupuncturist
Winner: Grow Family Acupuncture
Marie Bowser
Sarana Community Acupuncture

Best Florist
Winner: Flowerland
Golden Poppy
Albany Florist

Best Chiropractor
Winner: Charlie Prins, Prins Chiropractic
Stefan Cohen, Innate Chiropractic
Robert Ammirati, Albany Chiropractic Care

Best Insurance Agency/Agent
Winner: Freeman Insurance Services, Inc.
State Farm: Thania Anglin
State Farm: Kelly Sopak

Best Place to Buy a Birthday Present
Winner: Five Little Monkeys
Gathering Tribes
Morningtide
Oaktown Spice Shop

Social and Community

Best Place to People-Watch
Winner: The Parklet/Hal's Office
Solano Stroll

Best Place for Relaxing
Winner: Flowerland
The Parklet
Albany Hill
The Bulb
Metta Traditional Thai Massage
Albany Sauna & Hot Tubs

Best of Albany Community Service Award
Winner: Albany Community Foundation
Blue Glove Crew
Albany Strollers & Rollers

Best Albany Event
Winner: Solano Stroll
Music in the Park
Dinner with Albany

Best Place to Meet New People
Winner: Schmidt's Pub
Dinner with Albany
Albany Rec Events/Classes
The Parklet

Best Place to go on Date Night
Winner: Albany Twin
Juanita & Maude
Fonda
Zaytoon Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar
Rendez-Vous Cafe Bistro

Best So Albany place, to do, etc.
Winner: Solano Stroll
Flowerland
Dinner with Albany
Albany Bulb
Music in the Park

Best Dog Friendly Spot
Winner: Albany Bulb/Waterfront
Memorial Park
Hotsy Totsy
Ohlone Greenway


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