Yelp Spotlights Solano; What Businesses Did They Miss?

A list of restaurants and shops on Solano Avenue were featured in the Weekly Yelp for the East Bay. What other local businesses should have made this list?

Yelp highlighted a few Solano Avenue businesses for it's Yelp Weekly neighborhood spotlight for the East Bay.

From restaurants and a nail salon to a coffee trailer and unique shops, here's the list of businesses mentioned in the posting:

To read the Yelp posting, click here.

Are there other stores and eateries along the avenue worth mentioning? What makes them feature-worthy for the business review and recommendation website?

You can also rate these businesses on Albany Patch by visiting our directory.

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Jackie October 10, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Cafeina! I'm sorry, but I've heard from many people who have been there and agree that even though 123 is located in a charming garden, they just don't have decent coffee, and the garden is probably the reason people don't notice. Also Zand's, Gathering Tribes, and Toy-Go Round should have been up there!
sally francis October 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Albany Arts Gallery! We were voted "Best Place to Buy Gifts" by Albany Patch readers. We've been around for over 20 years, featuring the best locally hand-made fine art and crafts.
Brian Parsley October 11, 2012 at 02:48 AM
What a complete joke. First only 3 of the 8 businesses are in Albany and classically one of those is a nail salon. There are no businesses below Key Route which is generally more well lit and pedestrian friendly. I love the Bone Room but what about Gathering Tribes, Five Little Monkeys, Albany Arts Gallery, Toy Go Round. Where is Cugini, Little Star Pizza, As You Wish, Cafe Raj, or Jodies? And Cafeina has superior coffee and food compaired to Local 123. Saturday morning breakfasts at Cafeina are to die for! And where is Sunnyside Cafe, Bistro 1491, Fonda, The Pub, Zands, Eunice Gourmet, Fish First, Royal Ground, and perhaps the best burrito on the planet Gordos?
Confused October 11, 2012 at 03:35 AM
You got to be kidding? Local 123 at Flowerland beats Cafeina or any coffee place in Albany hands down. Not even close.
Alan Eckert October 11, 2012 at 05:21 PM
ARG! My <favorite/least favorite> place to consume <insert product/service> is <superior/inferior> to your <favorite/least favorite> place!
MartinW October 11, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Yelp, What a Total Joke! "real extortionists, real manipulated reviews", just Google "yelp extortion" to find out how yelp manipulates your reviews to extort money from small businesses.
Hooray for all kinds of things October 11, 2012 at 06:09 PM
As you wish frozen yogurt. YUM.
dgies October 11, 2012 at 06:29 PM
The focus of the list is Solano Avenue businesses, not specifically those in Albany. Also I think their intent was to call out businesses which are distinctive enough to warrant a trip from people who live in other parts of the bay. That would explain things like The Bone Room, Local 123 @ Flowerland and Ajanta. The other businesses you name, while excellent, are probably a bit easier to find peers for in other neighborhoods. For example, Sunnyside is a great neighborhood breakfast spot, but many other neighborhoods have a good equivalent, but Ajanta is uncommonly upscale for an Indian restaurant.


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