Only a quick drive from the East Bay or a 22 minute ferry ride from SF (on which, mind you, there’s booze), this island community has long offered a slower pace of life than its rambunctious neighbors Oakland and San Francisco. However, the tiny town of Alameda has seen an explosion of activity in recent years that’s turned it into a Bay Area dining and drinking destination in its own right.
The sunny island offers a surprisingly diverse range of cuisine for a land mass measuring only six-by-one square miles, from Hong Kong-style dim sum to Japanese classics to the west coast’s only Lithuanian restaurant. Pair that with an ever-growing number of distilleries, breweries, and wineries, and it’s no wonder people have caught on to what was once known as the Bay Area’s best kept secret. (It’s also become an expansion favorite of restaurateurs, with its own Burma Superstar, Cholita Linda, Phnom Penh House, and The Star, but we didn’t include those on this list since you can find them off the island.) Make it a day in the East Bay at one of these 38 essential restaurants.
Note: Map point are listed West to East, not ranked.Read More