Benicia First Street's shopping block has been named Best in the East Bay by Diablo Magazine, it was announced this week.

The Walnut Creek-based monthly publication publishes the winners of the contest in its July issue.

"We are really happy," said Terri Davena of the city's Office of Economic Development. "It reaffirms what's going on downtown."

The 10-block area was named the Editor Pick for shopping block, and First Street restaurant The Relikk Tavern was also chosen as the Editor Pick for late-night spot. Davena said the city did not submit any application to be included in the contest.

"It really came as a surprise," she said. "We didn't solicit the vote."

The complete list can be found at www.diablomag.com/July-2014/.



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