In our 2013 Best of the East Bay (the new) Authentic, we focused on the people, products, and services that are considered “authentically” East Bay, perhaps in a new way. This means restaurants, bars, boutiques, galleries, and other businesses that define (or are redefining) the genuine or real East Bay experience: forward-thinking comfort food; bars that have the casualness of your living room, but with upscale cocktails; unpretentious boutiques that feature local designers who are reinventing East Bay style. It also means places or businesses that have been around for a while and are considered an indispensable part of the fabric of East Bay life.
The East Bay’s alt weekly. Published since 1978 on the east shores of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Express features original local news reporting and coverage of events, music, arts and restaurants in Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda and other parts of the vibrant East Bay, a cultural epicenter of Northern California.