The Best of the Bay Area - San Francisco/East Bay - Services/RestaurantsBest of the Best 2011 Reader's Choice San Francisco/East Bay Services/Restaurant Winners
by Millicent Skiles
Gold: Snippety Crickets. Kid-approved, even by those skittish around clippers. 3562 Sacramento St., San Francisco. 415-441-9363.
Silver: Kids’ Cuts. 85 29th St., San Francisco. 415-643-8582.
Bronze: Panda Room. 127 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, 415-924-2288; 132 Vintage Way #F3, Novato, 415-892-2889.
Gold: Just Kids Cuts & Beauty Market. This salon knows how to deal with cautious children when their wild manes need to be tame. 1200 Howard Ave., Burlingame. 650-548-1490. justkidscuts.com.
Silver: Snip-Its. Town and Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, #125, Palo Alto. 650-323-8330. snipits.com.
Bronze: Today’s Haircut. 640 Walnut St., San Carlos. 650-592-6075.
Gold: Cool Tops Cuts for Kids. A great place for a first haircut, glamour party or haircut with glitter, ribbons or color. Multiple locations. coolcutsforkids.com.
Silver: Shear Adventures. 320 Hartz Ave., Danville. 925-820-3697. shearadventures.com.
Bronze: All About Me. 156 J St., Livermore. 925-443-2887. allaboutmekidssalon.com.
Bronze: Kids-n-Teens Beauty Salon. 169 Market Place, San Ramon. 925-806-0522. kids-n-teens.com.
Gold: Joey Chandler. Specializes in using San Francisco’s beautiful and interesting backdrops for his portraits of families, babies, mothers-to-be and couples. Mailing address: 62 Encanto Ave., San Francisco. 415-948-3959. jchandlerphotography.com.
Silver: Super Kimagery. 415-812-4563. superkimagery.com.
Bronze: Andrew Weeks Photography. 415-690-9709. weeksphotography.com.
Bronze: Martha Bruce Photography. 915 Franklin, Montara. 415-822-7581. marthabruce.com.
Bronze: Sarka Trager Photography. 415-819-2791. sarkatragerstudios.com.
Bronze: Sears Portraits. Multiple locations. searsportrait.com.
Gold: Super Kimagery. Specializes in maternity, newborn and family portraits. 415-812-4563. superkimagery.com.
Silver: Nicole Hoefer. nicolehoefer.com.
Bronze: Vince Tarry Studios.590 Taylor Way, #D, San Carlos. 650-551-0111. vincetarrystudios.com.
Gold: CLIX. Unique portraits that won’t break the bank. 1975 Diamond Blvd., B-150, Concord. 925-676-2549. clixportraitstudios.com.
Silver: Jennifer Chaney Photography. Walnut Creek. jchaney.com.
Bronze: Nornhold Photography. Danville. 925-648-5116. nornholdphotography.com.
Gold: Aunt Ann’s In-House Staffing. Specializes in providing nannies, housekeepers, baby nurses, doulas and more. 2722 Gough St., San Francisco. 415-749-3650. in-housestaffing.com.
Silver: Town & Country. 425 Sherman Ave., Palo Alto. 650-326-8570. tandcr.com.
Bronze: AuPairCare. 600 California St., 10th Floor, San Francisco. 800-428-7247. aupaircare.com.
Bronze: Bananaberry Sitters. 415-828-8655. bananaberrysitters.com.
Bronze: Wondersitter. 630 Grand View Ave., San Francisco. 415-912-8300. wondersitter.com.
Gold: Town & Country. Offers a variety of experienced nannies, housekeepers, family assistants, mother’s helpers, personal assistants, chefs and estate professionals to suit your lifestyle and budget. 425 Sherman Ave., Palo Alto. 650-326-8570. tandcr.com.
Silver: Aunt Ann’s In-House Staffing. 2722 Gough St., San Francisco. 415-749-3650. in-housestaffing.com.
Bronze: Care.com. 201 Jones Road, Suite 500, Waltham, MA 02451. 877-227-3115. care.com.
Gold: We Care Services for Children. Specializes in providing skills for children with special needs and support and resources for their parents. 2191 Kirker Pass Road, Concord. 925-671-0777. wecarebmcc.org.
Gold: A Nanny Connection. This longtime favorite remains a top choice to find the perfect caregiver for your little ones. P.O. Box 1038, Danville. 925-743-0587. nannyconnection.com.
Silver: Bay Area Premier Nannies. 1839 Ygnacio Valley Road, #100, Walnut Creek. 925-798-5350. bayareapremiernannies.com.
Bronze: Care.com. 877-227-3115. care.com.
Gold: Pasta Pomodoro. Families can enjoy a yummy Italian meal in a laid back environment. Kids eat FREE on Tuesdays! Multiple locations. pastapomodoro.com.
Silver: Park Chow. 1240 Ninth Ave., San Francisco. 415-665-9912. chowfoodbar.com.
Bronze: Georgios Pizza. 151 Clement St., San Francisco. 415-668-1266. giorgiospizza.com.
Gold: Red Robin. Offers a menu with something for the whole family, including delicious burgers and endless fries. 2204 Bridgepointe Pkwy., San Mateo. 650-571-5500; 1274 El Camino Real, San Bruno. 650-588-4600. redrobin.com.
Silver: Sneakers Pub & Grill. 1163 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos. 650-802-0177. sneakerspubandgrill.com.
Bronze: Jack’s Prime Burgers and Shakes. 3723 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo. 650-638-1479. jacksprime.com.
Gold: Picante. A Mexican restaurant where they grind corn daily for tortillas, import Mexican herbs, spices and chilies and have Mexican folk art on the walls. 1328 Sixth St., Berkeley. 510-525-3121. picanteberkeley.com.
Gold: Sweet Tomatoes. This family-friendly salad bar and buffet restaurant offers a variety of items that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. Multiple locations. soupplantation.com.
Silver: Eddie Papa’s American Hangout. 2417 First St., Livermore. 925-373-6650; 4889 Hopeyard Road, Pleasanton. 925-469-6266. eddiepapas.com.
Bronze: Chili’s. Multiple locations. chilis.com.
Bronze: Rocco’s Ristorante Pizzeria. 2909 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek. 925-947-6105. roccospizzeria.com.
Family Night Out
Gold: Movies. Multiple locations.
Silver: À Côté. 5478 College Ave., Oakland. 510-655-6469. acoterestaurant.com.
Silver: Kincaids. 1 Franklin St., Oakland. 510-835-8600; 60 Bay View Place, Burlingame. 650-342-9844. kincaids.com.
Silver: Palomino. 345 Spear St., San Francisco. 415-512-7400. palomino.com.
Silver: San Francisco. Multiple locations.
Gold: Town. Offers chops, steak, seafood, a kids’ menu and cocktails for mom and dad. 716 Laurel St., San Carlos. 650-595-3003. townsc.com.
Silver: Movies. Multiple locations.
Bronze: Piacere. 727 Laurel St., San Carlos. 650-592-3536. piacererestaurant.com.
Gold: Simply Fondue, Livermore. Enjoy dipping your food in a variety of sauces, dressings and batters. 2300 First St., Livermore. 925-443-6638. simplyfonduelivermore.com.
Silver: Va de Vi Bistro. 1511 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. 925-979-0100. va-de-vi-bistro.com.
Bronze: Esin Restaurant and Bar. 750 Camino Ramon, Danville. 925-314-0974. esinrestaurant.com.
Bronze: Maria Maria. 710 Camino Ramon, Danville, 925-820-2366; 1470 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-946-1010. mariamariarestaurants.com.
Bronze: Terra Mia, Livermore. 4040 East Ave., Livermore. 925-456-3333. terramialivermore.com.
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