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The Best Of Mountain View 2009

Our readers pick their superheroes among local shops and services

For shoppers and diners in Mountain View, some business owners stand out among the crowd. These are the heroes.

The heroes don't just provide a service, product or meal -- they provide it in the best way possible. And usually, they do it with a smile, a nod and a quiet "I'm just here to help," before slipping back into the crowd.

Below is this year's list of the Best of Mountain View, made possible by the Voice's many discriminating readers. From bikes to burritos, from hotels to hardware -- our readers know where the heroes can be found.

SERVICE

Auto Body Repair

C&C Body Shop Inc.

For fair, honest treatment on auto body repairs, Mountain View turns to C&C Body Shop. In addition to guaranteeing the highest quality repairs at the lowest prices in the shortest time, C&C also guarantees its customers peace of mind. With that, it's no wonder their motto is "like it never happened."

251 Moffett Blvd.; Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; 964-3119

Auto Care

Dean's Automotive

Since 1963, Dean's Automotive has provided quality care backed up be state-of-the-art automotive service and repair facilities. Dean's educates its customers not only on what the problem is, but why it happened. They back up their car care with a 24-month/24,000 mile-guarantee on parts and labor.

2037 Old Middlefield Way; Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; 961-0302

Chiropractor

Lisa Devlin

Lisa Devlin has been a chiropractor in Mountain View for 16 years, and is committed to the education and active participation of her patients in helping them achieve optimum health. Check out her book on managing lower back pain while traveling; or better yet, call and ask about it.

1265 Montecito Ave., Ste. 105; Mon. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tues. 8 a.m.-12 p.m.; Wed. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; 428-0950

Dentist

Allure Dental Center

The Mountain View branch of San Jose-based Allure Dental Center keeps their patients' teeth beautiful and mouths healthy. Combining preventative cleaning and dental education with a commitment to attend to health and cosmetic concerns quickly, Allure's accredited dentists give Mountain View residents something to smile about.

570 N. Shoreline Blvd.; Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturdays by appointment; 988-9998

Dry Cleaners

Blossom Valley Cleaners

Voted Mountain View's Best time and time again, Blossom Valley Cleaners offers quick and personable service. Its location in the Blossom Valley Shopping Center means easy parking for drop-offs and pick-ups. Alterations and day-of service are also available for customer convenience.

1782 Miramonte Ave.; Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 968-1321

Fitness Club

YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula

Once again, families and singles alike turn to the YMCA for their fitness needs. Members can pick from organized sports, swimming, fitness classes or the workout center to create a customized fitness routine. The club offers childcare while busy parents get their workout in, or family classes for parent-child fitness and health education.

2400 Grant Rd.; Mon.-Thu. 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; 969-9622

Fitness Program

Overtime Fitness

Overtime Fitness opened its doors in 2006 as the nation's first fitness center dedicated to teen health and well being. Since then, its friendly atmosphere and staff have made the center so popular it has expanded its membership to include adults as well. Overtime sets itself apart by creating not only a comfortable space for getting in shape, but also a supportive social environment that makes working out fun complete with a lounge and flat screen TV.

1625 N. Shoreline Blvd.; Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; 944-8555

Green Business

Harrell Remodeling

Also winners of this year's Best Remodeling/Construction Business, Harrell Remodeling is celebrated not only for their green business practices, but for their green remodeling projects as well. The business currently employs nearly 40 Certified Green Building Professionals, "the most of any company or organization in the Bay Area," the company says. These professionals see green building as the way of the future, and work to incorporate sustainable materials and energy efficient technologies into every remodeling project.

1954 Old Middlefield Way; Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 230-2900

Hair Salon

Allure Salon

Two-time past winner of the Mountain View Best Of award, Allure Salon provides a wide range of hair services to its clients, including perms, color and formal styling. Not only are they recognized for their top-quality hair services, but they offer skin care, massages, nail treatments and more. Enjoy any number of their services from a simple hairstyling session to a luxurious afternoon of pampering in this clean, comfortable salon, and look for their airbrush tanning services coming soon.

888 Villa St., Ste. 100; Mon. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; closed Sun.; 938-8777

Hotel

Hotel Avante

One of Joie de Vivre's collection of beautiful California hotels, Hotel Avante is unique in its innovative details an "executive toy box" in every room, complete with Rubik's Cube and Etch-A-Sketch, and furniture with wheels for those who wish to customize their space. The hotel is clean, hip, and officially named a Bay Area Green Business for its energy conservation and other environmentally friendly practices. With weekend rates starting at just $89, including complimentary breakfast, the Avante is perfect for a relaxing weekend getaway.

860 E. El Camino Real; 940-1000

Massage

Watercourse Way

Watercourse Way, an award-winning bathhouse spa in Palo Alto, offers a wide variety of massage services, from 30-minute treatment starting at just $45 to deep tissue, aromatherapy and couples massages for 60, 90 or 120 minutes. Bay Area locals rave about Watercourse Way's clean environment, thoughtful staff and massage therapists, and relaxing private hot tub rooms. It's a great opportunity to relax with a loved one or a group of friends.

165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto; Sun.-Thu. 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-12:30 a.m.; 462-2000

Nails/Manicure

La Monique's Nail Salon

La Monique's is a full service manicure and pedicure salon. Paraffin wax is included with every manicure, and with La Monique's reasonable rates and good ventilation, you'll walk out feeling relaxed and refreshed.

650 Castro St., Ste. 175; Mon-Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; 968-9901

Oil Change

Jiffy Lube

At Jiffy Lube, a "Signature Service Oil Change" goes above and beyond a regular oil change. Customers can expect to receive top-notch service from both Jiffy Lube locations in Mountain View, including a tire pressure check, oil filter change, and top-offs on transmission/transaxle fluids, differential fluid, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid and battery water. Check out their Web site for more information and special promotions.

1141 W. El Camino Real; Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; 962-9016?

Pharmacy

Walgreens

At Walgreens pharmacy, customers can sign up for e-mail reminders, order new prescriptions and refills online. Regular hours and friendly staff make picking up your drugs a quick and convenient experience. Walgreens keeps track of your health history for added safety and has a wide range of cheap and quality generics.

Locations at 121 El Camino Real, 112 Rengstorff Ave. ; Open 24 hours; 961-7555

Pet Care

Alta View Animal Hospital

Alta View Animal Hospital has been providing customers and their pets with award-winning care since 1956. Open seven days a week, the hospital offers a wide variety of services, from surgery and dentistry to internal medicine, radiology and ultrasound and behavior counseling. As a valued customer, you can rely on the compassionate, highly-trained staff at Alta View to provide the best care for your best furry friend.

690 Showers Drive; Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; 948-1021

Remodeling/Construction

Harrell Remodeling

Also winners of this year's "Green Business" award, Harrell Remodeling has been providing Bay Area homeowners with the highest quality remodeling services for over 20 years. The team of nearly 50 innovative and devoted employees understands the need for ongoing communication with clients and close attention to detail. How do they deliver such consistent top-notch service? In their own words, they simply "never forget it's your home."

1954 Old Middlefield Way; Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 230-2900

Shoe Repair

A Minute Man Shoe Repair

Another great store dedicated to doing one thing well. A Minute Man Shoe Repair has been open for 16 years because of skill and attention to every detail. At a time when shoes are often seen as disposable, here shoes are made new again and boots are handmade to last. Bring your shoes in and you will get the benefit of 40 years of experience with leather working.

738 Villa Street; Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 968-0358

Spa

Embody Wellness Spa

Over the past three years, Embody Wellness Spa has been celebrated by a number of sources as one of the best spas in Silicon Valley. Offering a variety of skin care treatments, waxing and massage services, as well as more advanced tooth whitening and laser treatments, the comprehensive services at Embody Wellness Spa are enough to relax even the most stressed out of Silicon Valley techies. Sign up for a yoga class, or even attend a fun hands-on workshop by yourself or with a friend.

2495 Old Middlefield Way; Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; 938-8100

Tanning

Sole di Paradiso

Recognized for the past six years as one of the top tanning salons in the nation, Sole di Paradiso is known for using some of the most sophisticated technologies within the tanning industry. The salon provides clean, comfortable service at affordable prices, and even offers professional and certified tanning consultations. Ask about their student rates, or their introductory specials for new clients.

1039-G El Monte Avenue; Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 969-1888

Yoga Studio

East West Bookstore

At East West Bookstore, instructor Camella Nair is highly regarded for her expertise in gentle, meditative yoga, or Hatha Yoga. Her weekly class is perfect for beginner and intermediate students, but sign up quick, as spots may fill up. In the next month, look to "stretch your body, expand your mind, and dissolve your stress" through more yoga classes to be offered at the best yoga studio of Mountain View.

324 Castro St.; Yoga is Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.; regular store hours Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; 988-9800

RETAIL

Bike Shop

The Off Ramp

Recognized by bicycleresearch.com as one of just 37 Five-Star Bicycle Retailers in the nation, Silicon Valley's largest bicycle store offers over 2,000 bicycles to choose from. Their highly-trained professional staff members are happy to provide customers with free estimates of bicycle repair costs, and walk-ins are always welcome. Whether you're looking to buy your first bike, or you need a tune-up for your next triathlon, turn to the specialists at the Off Ramp for all your cycling needs.

2320 W El Camino Real, Mon. Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 968-2974

Bookstore

Books Inc.

Mountain View is lucky to have a branch of Books Inc., the West's oldest independent bookseller, right on Castro Street. The comfortable, clean bookstore offers a great selection of books and magazines for those eager to browse, and their helpful staff is always happy to order any book currently unstocked. Attend one of their many weekly events--book signings, readings, story time, or settle down with a hot cup of coffee and a bestseller at the upstairs Cafe Romanza.

301 Castro St.; Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; 428-1234

Florist

Robert Moore Flowers

Winners of Best Florist for the past seven years, Robert Moore Flowers has achieved local fame through their beautiful, fresh floral arrangements, ranging from traditional to modern to European designs. The family-owned and -operated business provides unique arrangements for any occasion, and even delivers internationally. For your next big occasion, consult Robert Moore Flowers, a decades-old Mountain View tradition.

881 Castro St; Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., closed Sun.; 967-2307

Hardware Store

Orchard Supply Hardware

Winner of Mountain View's Best Hardware Store for several years running, Orchard Supply emphasizes superior customer service from knowledgeable employees. According to manager Steve Hill, "Orchard Supply Hardware will continue to put our customers first and offer the highest level of service, selection and convenience." With an attitude like that, it's no wonder so many locals turn to OSH for their hardware needs.

2555 Charleston Rd; Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 691-2000

Home Furnishings

Cost Plus World Market

Unlike the standard furniture and décor you'll come across at most home furnishing establishments, Cost Plus World Market offers an eclectic selection of furniture for bed, kitchen, office and outdoors, as well as unique lighting, rugs, and decorations with cultural flair. If you're looking for distinctive, authentic decor at affordable prices, Cost Plus is your destination.

1910 W El Camino Real; Mon.-Fri.. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; 961-6066

New Business

99 Ranch Market

Why do we love 99 Ranch Market? Could it be the rich offerings of fresh hot food at affordable prices? The huge selection of ethnic products unavailable at most other supermarkets? The cleanliness and hardwood floors? Or all of the above? As one loyal customer raves, it's "the most dangerous place to shop on an empty stomach." For an endless variety of fresh meats, exotic fruits, veggies and curious frozen goods, stop by the new 99 Ranch on Grant Road.

1350 Grant Rd; Mon.-Sun. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; 966-8899

Place to Buy Children's Gifts

Linden Tree Children's Recordings and Books

The founders of Linden Tree, Linda and Dennis Ronberg, have a rich background in musical recordings for children, and their bookstore houses a broad inventory of books and other treasures for young people, along with a selection of children's records for every occasion. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and quite eager to "help children find the joy of reading." Not only that, but the store hosts weekly summer events to encourage the community to share the joy of reading.

170 State St., Los Altos; Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; closed Sun.; 949-3390

Store for Unusual Gifts

East West Bookstore

Anyone who's taken a stroll down Castro Street has probably stopped in this eclectic bookstore. East West, also winners of this year's Best Yoga Studio award, may be one of the few stores in the area where a shopper can find singing bowls, deity pendants and disco balls all under the same roof. Next time you need a present for the best friend who has everything, you might just find an unexpected perfect gift at East West.

324 Castro St.; Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; 988-9800

FOOD AND DRINK

Bagel

The Posh Bagel

Along with typical bagel flavors, Posh serves up delicious gourmet choices like spinach asiago, pesto and banana nut. Every bagel is baked fresh daily, and their soft, chewy texture will keep you going back for more. Try their famous breakfast sandwich bagels with a fruit smoothie, and enjoy your meal in their comfortable outdoor seating area.

444 Castro St., Ste. 120; Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; 968-5308

Bar

Cascal

For cocktails, wine and tapas, Cascal is this year's Mountain View favorite. On Friday and Saturday nights, enjoy live music on Cascal's outdoor patio, or at the warm, inviting indoor bar. Try a glass of wine from their extensive list, or taste one of their famous specialty cocktails (and don't miss the sangria).

400 Castro St.; Mon.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-Close; 940-9500

BBQ

Armadillo Willy's

Armadillo Willy's wants you to know that "when it comes to barbecue, this is as good as it gets." Mountain View agrees. Come to Willy's for generous portions of Texas barbecue, cooked over a real wood fire. Whether you order brisket, pulled pork, chicken or ribs; you certainly won't leave hungry.

1031 N. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos; Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.11 a.m.-10 p.m.; 941-2922

Burger

Clarke's Charcoal Broiler

Another winning year for Clarke's delicious, juicy burgers. Those looking to branch out of their "usual" order should try the 49er, a "Clarke's burger with American cheese top and bottom on a sourdough bun smothered with mushrooms," or the teriyaki burger, a Clarke's burger marinated in yummy teriyaki sauce.

615 W. El Camino Real; Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; 967-0851

Burrito

La Costena Custom Burrito

Quality staples with tasty extras make La Costena's burritos great. Whether it's the world's longest burrito or a more manageable "chico" burrito, it starts with soft tortillas, hearty rice and beans, then extras from a wide selection of meat and vegetables. Custom burrito really means custom burrito. Whether you like fresh raw vegetables or chunks of meat dripping with spicy sauce, La Costena is the right place for California's signature meal. If you haven't yet, try chile colorado on your next burrito.

2078 Old Middlefield Way; Mon.- Sun. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; 967-0507

Deli

Dittmer's Gourmet Meats & Wurst-Haus, Inc.

At Dittmer's, you can buy lunch meats, smoked meats, and over 40 different types of sausage, all handmade in house. Dittmer's has been serving meats in Mountain View for the past 31 years and has received numerous industry awards. They also make sandwiches and cut or grind all their fresh meats. Visit this Mountain View landmark and you won't be disappointed.

400 San Antonio Road; Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 941-3800

Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt

Gelato Classico

Once again, Gelato Classico takes the win for Mountain View's Best Ice Cream. On weeknights, take your family to this local favorite for over 30 flavors of ice cream, sorbet and gelato. As any local will know, Gelato Classico's fresh, rich taste and high quality gelato forms lines out the door. But the first bite you take into your vanilla bean or crème brulee dessert will make your wait entirely worth it.

241-B Castro St.; Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; 969-2900

Noodle Place

Ramen House Ryowa

Mountain View's best noodle house takes its name from its most popular dish: Ryowa noodles. These Japanese style ramen noodles are served with cha siu barbeque pork, seaweed and a boiled egg. Counter seating and quick service with a big bowl of noodles gives you that comforting feeling that is all about the food. If you are not in the mood for noodles, try the highly recommended Karaage fried chicken as a tasty starter or as a main dish.

859 Villa St.; Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; 965-8829

Pearl Tea

Tapioca Express

Tapioca Express' extensive menu offers over 150 different snack foods, teas, coffees, and of course, pearl milk teas. If you're a smoothie fan, try their snow bubble or an icee. For a delicious snack, check out the spicy popcorn chicken or a delicious, low-priced rice bowl.

740 Villa St.; Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; 965-3093

Pizza

Amici's East Coast Pizzeria

Bite into a warm, thin-crust pizza from Amici's and you'll feel like you just stepped onto Times Square. The brick-oven specials are famous throughout the Bay Area for being the best pizza west of New York. And with endless topping options, as well as gluten-free crust for the diet conscious, Amici's has a pizza for every preference.

790 Castro St.; Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; 961-6666

Place to Buy Fresh Produce

Mountain View Farmers Market

The fourth largest in the state, the Mountain View Certified Farmers Market offers tons of farm-fresh produce weekly, along with many ready-to-eat dishes and fresh flowers. Support local agriculture and healthy farming practices by buying your weekly produce at this beloved Farmers Market. Even better, bring your whole family for a beautiful Sunday morning excursion.

Located in the downtown Caltrain parking lot at Hope and Evelyn; Sun. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; (800) 806-3276

Sandwich

Le Boulanger

Le Boulanger's fresh-baked, chewy breads make for even better sandwiches. Check out their location on Castro Street for a California Fresh, Club or Chicken Pesto served on their warm sourdough, Rustica or Ciabatta breads. While you're there, try ordering a specialty omelet sandwich or a kid-friendly meal for family outings.

650 Castro St., No. 160; Mon.-Sat. 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; 961-1787

Small (Non-Chain) Grocery Store

The Milk Pail

The Milk Pail's open air market style and affordable produce draws a committed local following. The owner offers fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as wide assortment of cheeses and dairy products. You are likely to find vegetables that don't appear in supermarkets, and a knowledgeable staff to help you make selections. The Milk Pail has a long history in the community, and the bustling crowds and long lines are well worth the wait.

2585 California St.; Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; 941-2505

Take-Out

La Costena Custom Burrito

Winner of Mountain View's Best Burrito award for eight years running, it's no surprise that La Costena picked up the Best Take-Out award this year as well. The tiny kitchen in the back of the La Costena grocery store fills up daily with panting customers, craving the distinctive taste they can only get from Mountain View's favorite burrito place. Brown-bag those savory sauteed vegetables, fresh cooked meats and yummy salsas, and enjoy them on the go, at a local park or at the family table.

2078 Old Middlefield Way; Mon.- Sun. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; 967-0507

RESTAURANTS

Breakfast/Brunch

Hobee's

A longtime local favorite, Hobee's once again claims the Best Breakfast/Brunch title this year. Could it be their delicious, crumble-top coffee cake, baked fresh daily? Or perhaps their famous BDBIT (Best Darn Breakfast In Town), a classic, delicious eggs-and-potatoes breakfast at an incredibly low price. Try anything, from their sublime huevos rancheros to their savory seven vegetable quesadilla, and you won't be disappointed.

2312 Central Expressway; Mon.-Sun. 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 968-6050

Chinese

Chef Chu's

For decades now, Chef Chu's has become famous up and down the Peninsula for their delicious classic Chinese flavors. With a comfortable, yet upscale atmosphere, Chef Chu's is perfect for date night, family eat-out, or formal banquet. Try their famous Peking duck or candied pecans and prawns, and be blown away by head chef Lawrence Chu's award-winning expertise.

1067 N. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos; Mon.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. Noon-10 p.m., Sun. Noon-9:30 p.m.; 948-2696

Coffee House (Independent)

Dana Street Roasting Company

The authority on coffee in Mountain View. You can go anywhere to plug in your laptop and get caffeine, but Dana Street takes pride in the coffee, and for good reason. The staff puts thought and care into every aspect of the process, from choosing the farm where the beans are grown to heating milk and water to just the right temperature. Walk in afternoons to see and smell coffee roasting while your drink is made. An added bonus: an abundance of musicophile employees means that you always have something good to listen to.

744 W. Dana St.; Mon.-Thu. 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; 390-9638

Fine Dining

Chez TJ

When it comes to elegance and quality, no one can beat the Michelin-rated Chez TJ, an intimate French restaurant located in a gorgeous historic Victorian home near downtown. The small, highly trained staff is attentive to every customer's needs, and works hard to ensure that your dining experience is flawless, your culinary experience unforgettable. Make your reservations online, and consider reserving one of the four dining rooms for a private party or business meeting.

938 Villa St.; Tue.-Sat. 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; 964-7466

Fusion Restaurant

Xanh Restaurant

With its hip, modern interior, Xanh does not aim to be a traditional Vietnamese restaurant. It mixes unique, top-quality recipes from award-winning chef Thuy Pham with a classy lounge and bar area perfect for a glamorous night out with friends. Try Xanh's calamari with jalapenos and basil, or the roasted duck with pork polenta and tamarind sauce.

110 Castro St.; Sun.-Thu. 4:30 p.m-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 4:30 p.m.-12 a.m.; 964-1888

Indian

Amber India

Named Best Indian Restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area, Amber India is an exotic, mouthwatering pick for an elegant night out. Try standard Indian favorites like Chicken Tikka Masala, or branch out with a delicious tandoori salmon or goat cheese paneer naan. The daily lunch buffet starting at $14 is more than enough to fill that empty stomach on your next lunch break.

790 Castro St.; Mon.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; 968-7511

Italian Restaurant

Frankie, Johnnie and Luigi, Too

From the fresh, warm bread and garlic butter to the large selection of pizzas to their classic pastas like tortellini and scallops alla vodka, Frankie, Johnny and Luigi, Too continues to wow Mountain Viewers year after year. Order delicious party trays for your next big event, or stop by for a midnight snack on Friday or Saturday.

939 El Camino Real; Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sat. 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m.; 967-5384

Mediterranean

Cafe Baklava

Also winners of this year's Best Middle Eastern Food award, Cafe Baklava's fresh taboule and doner wraps have captivated the hearts of Mountain View food lovers. It's only a short trip to Castro Street to enjoy a culinary tradition going back centuries. With a mouth watering menu full of lamb, phyllo dough, rice and aubergine, combined with an inviting patio, it's no wonder Cafe Baklava is a Mountain View favorite.

341 Castro St.; Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; 969-3835

Mexican Restaurant

Fiesta del Mar

For years, Fiesta del Mar has been attracting Mountain View residents with their lip-smacking seafood-filled menu, rich sopas, traditional dishes and, of course, extensive margarita list. Let them satisfy your next Mexican food craving, and if you get carried away with the tequila, don't worry Fiesta del Mar stays open "until the fiesta ends."

1005 N. Shoreline Blvd.; Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sat. noon-9:30 p.m.; Sun. noon-9 p.m.; 965-9354

New Restaurant

Esther's German Bakery

The people at Esther's use only the finest ingredients to bake up delicious German breads, pastries and rolls each and every day. Maybe that's why over 20 farmers markets and small grocers all around the Bay Area carry fresh goodies from the original Esther's (located at 570 Showers Drive). Now a new restaurant in Los Altos, serving breakfast and lunch, offers the sit-down version of this classic German bakery, and locals agree it's the best new thing around.

987 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos; Mon.-Wed. 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; 941-4463

Business Lunch

Cascal

The warm, inviting interior of Cascal makes for a relaxed, yet classy dining experience, and the tapas-style plates make it easy for you to try several distinctive dishes without stuffing yourself. Reserve a table for your next business lunch on their Cascal's Web site, and get ready to experience the "hottest new restaurant concept in Silicon Valley."

400 Castro St.; Mon.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-Close; 940-9500

Seafood

The Cantankerous Fish

The Cantankerous Fish is this year's best spot for the freshest clams, snapper, scallops and other tasty seafood. Stop by for happy hour (3:30-6:30 p.m. on weeknights or 4:30-6:30 p.m. on weekends) for house wine and appetizers before your maritime meal. Or check out the live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

420 Castro St.; Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-Close.; Sat.-Sun. 4:30 p.m.-Close; 966-8124

Sushi/Japanese

Sushi Tomi

With Sushi Tomi's fresh sushi creations and reasonable prices, Tomi has developed a following of loyal customers in Mountain View. Try them for lunch or dinner any day of the week, and if you arrive during busy hours, don't worry about the wait you may want to use that time to prep your taste buds for the melt-in-your-mouth flavor of Tomi's fresh hamachi, unagi and other nigiri.

635 W. Dana St.; Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5:30-9:30, Sat. 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun. 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; 968-3227

Middle Eastern Restaurant

Cafe Baklava

Also winners of this year's Best Mediterranean Food award, Cafe Baklava has been providing delicious Turkish food to Mountain View for four years new. It's only a short trip to Castro Street to enjoy a culinary tradition going back centuries. With a menu full of lamb, phyllo dough, rice and aubergine, combined with an inviting patio, it's no wonder Cafe Baklava is a Mountain View favorite.

341 Castro St.; Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; 969-3835

Place for a Business Lunch

Cascal Restaurant

Tasty pan-Latin cuisine and a hip, relaxed, Spanish-inspired atmosphere will take the edge off any business meeting which is why Mountain View picks Cascal as its best place for a business lunch. A wide mix of vegetarian and meat tapas like watermelon salad and goat cheese lollipops will get conversations started, and a traditional paella will seal the deal.

400 Castro St.; Mon.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-Close; 940-9500

Seafood Restaurant

The Cantankerous Fish

The Cantankerous Fish has supplied Mountain View with fresh, great tasting, Asian inspired seafood for five years. Offering everything under the sea from seared ahi tuna to succulent seared scallops this eatery is a hit year after year for the best seafood in town.

420 Castro St.; Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-Close.; Sat.-Sun. 4:30 p.m.-Close; 966-8124

Thai

Amarin Thai

This is the eighth win in a row for Mountain View's Amarin Thai. The elegant restaurant is often bustling with locals in the evening, an indication of the delicious food that Amarin serves. Try their lunch specials, served until 3 p.m. on weekdays, for amazing food at a reasonable price.

174 Castro St.; Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Sat. noon-3:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun. noon-3:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; 988-9323

Vegetarian

Garden Fresh

Garden Fresh, once again, is Mountain View's favorite Asian Vegetarian/Vegan restaurant. For vegans and vegetarians, Garden Fresh presents an inviting menu with wonderful and healthy dining options. Each entree comes with brown rice (a healthier alternative to traditional white rice), and meat substitutes like tofu and soy. Try them for lunch or dinner.

1245 W. El Camino Real; Mon.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; 254-1688

FUN STUFF

Live Entertainment

Dana Street Roasting Company

Also winners of this year's Best Independent Coffeehouse award, Dana Street has become a Mountain View tradition, serving a varied mix of loyal customers for years. One of the reasons people flock to Dana is the live music that fills the high-ceilinged cafe and cozy outdoor seating area every Friday and Saturday night. Featuring musical styles ranging from jazz to bluegrass to rock, Dana Street packs them in at their weekend performances from 8-10:30 p.m.

744 W. Dana St.; Mon.-Thu. 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; 390-9638

WiFi Hotspot

Clocktower Coffee Roasting Company

Tasty coffee and a friendly, inviting environment make the Clocktower a favorite Mountain View WiFi hotspot. Curling up with a latte and your laptop on one of their comfy chairs takes the edge off of Monday mornings, and it's a great place to meet friends for a drink too. At Clocktower II, 425 N. Whisman Rd., the conference room can be reserved seven days a week for meetings, classes and events for up to 65 people.

205 E. Middlefield Rd.; Mon.-Sat. 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; 210-8194

Mountain View Park

Cuesta Park

Huge grassy lawns, tennis, bocce ball, tables for your next big event, clean restrooms Cuesta Park has everything. Located near El Camino Hospital, it's a short drive for most residents of Mountain View, and promises a peaceful, birdsong-filled day once there.

615 Cuesta Drive

Comments

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Posted by parent
a resident of another community
on Aug 31, 2009 at 8:07 pm

"The Best of Mountain View 2009"???????????

Why would the Voice include Watercourse Way under "Massage".
They are in Palo Alto.

and Linden Tree under A Place to buy Children's gifts.
They are in Los Altos.

It should be Mountain View only.


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Posted by Berta
a resident of Jackson Park
on Sep 1, 2009 at 9:18 am

I agree, parent, Mountain View is such a great place and this paper has to always drag in outside cities. They also did the same thing by printing Los Altos high school grads last year and leaving out
Mtn. View. The paper should be called the Los Alto Voice if they can't
find anything more to print about Mtn. View and yes i know, they were choosen but don't print it as the Best of Mountain View, it's an insult
to.


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Posted by patti
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 1, 2009 at 1:58 pm

it'so AWESOME to live here. So much available for a small town. My hubby grew up here in the 60"s & couldn't wait to live here agin!


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Posted by The Shadow Knows
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 1, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I hope everyone is fully aware that Clark's puts bread in their ground burger. Ask them, its true. Wheat allergic people cannot eat Clark's meat because of this...its not 100% pure beef, even at those prices.


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Posted by Missing Banjos
a resident of Waverly Park
on Sep 1, 2009 at 2:40 pm

What bluegrass at Dana St? Did I miss something?


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Posted by Nick
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 1, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Dana Street used to get far more Bluegrass bands in past years, but now it's down to about 3 or 4 a year -- excluding the super-talented Houston/Jones, whose Americana style certainly employed Bluegrass elements. However, just two weeks ago, we featured an outstanding jug band (The Amazing Dr. Zarcon's Breathing Machine) and will be hosting another Bluegrass band, "Kitchen Help" on Saturday, October 17th. Hope to see you there!


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Posted by karen
a resident of Rex Manor
on Sep 1, 2009 at 5:52 pm

LOVE the photo Essay - that ranks among best of!


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Posted by mtn.view
a resident of another community
on Sep 1, 2009 at 9:37 pm

RED ROCK IS THE BEST COFFEE SHOP WITH AWESOME MUSIC AND THE EMPLOYEES AND MANAGER ARE VERY FRIENDLY AND EASY TO TALK TO!!!!

GO RED ROCK!!!!! :]


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Posted by Missing Banjos
a resident of Waverly Park
on Sep 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Nick

Kitchen Help is a great band. I will be there.

I play with Dr. Zarcon and appreciate the gracious hospitality at Dana St.

Just joshing with my original post.


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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Sep 3, 2009 at 4:54 pm

First of all, Best of MOUNTAIN VIEW should include only Moutnain View Busineses....so how does Watercourse Way of PALO ALTO rate as best massage in MOUNTAINT VIEW??? Seoncdly, agree with other comments that MV Voice is too often promoting Palo Alto, Los Altos etc. Finally saying East West Bookstore is best yoga 'Studio' is a joke, it is a retail store that offers yoga classes. I am sure the EW teacher is wonderful but no comparison to studio like the one next to Wells Fargo which offers a wide variety of classes at all levels. Many of the 'winners' are often the result of ballot box stuffing campaigns by the business owners, some are legit winners, others not so much.


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Posted by parent
a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2009 at 9:09 am

How pathetic!!!!!Looks like NO ONE PROOFREAD. Pretty unprofessional.

The Voice needs to correct their error instead of ignoring it. Hey I know they proof all of the comments and I find it interesting they don't acknowledge their embarrassing mistake of including Watercourse Way and Linden Tree in the Best of Mountain View.

Mountain View deserves better!!!

Get it together Editor of The Voice


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Posted by Mel
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 4, 2009 at 9:42 am

Why is that Hobbee's wins for best breakfast year after year? I agree their food is consistently good.

The Country Gourmet of Mountain View is a favorite of mine. Superior quality over Hobbee's.

Maybe they should add a catergory Best Non Chain Restaurant.

Just a suggestion!


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Posted by Don Frances
Mountain View Voice Editor
on Sep 4, 2009 at 11:34 am

Don Frances is a registered user.

Parent:

Wasn't a mistake. The Best Of allows for winners located outside Mountain View's borders, so long as they're close enough that lots of Mountain View residents use them. Chef Chu's is a good example.


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Posted by Max
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 4, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Don: Fair enough. That this point was not made clear in either the survey or the published results, though -- despite requests to do so -- is reflected in all the comments now questioning out-of-MV businesses that won "best of MV," whereas in the past they were expicitly excluded, and attempts to vote for restaurants outside MV but "close enough that lots of MV residents use them" were expressly rejected.


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Posted by parent
a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Don:

Linden Tree Books and Watercourse Way are not on the border. They are in the heart of Los Altos and Palo Alto. Try again. May I suggest you educate yourself on this area, especially Mountain View.

Best of Mountain View shouldn't be that hard to figure out. Either the Business is in Mountain View or it is not in Mountain View. How can you include "Borders"? Where do you draw the line? Keep it simple and fair.


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Posted by Don Frances
Mountain View Voice Editor
on Sep 4, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Don Frances is a registered user.

Parent:

I never said they were on the border. To repeat: The Best Of allows for winners located outside Mountain View's borders, so long as they're close enough that lots of Mountain View residents use them. Apparently, lots of Mountain View residents use Linden's and Watercourse Way, since a majority chose them as their favorites.

"May I suggest you educate yourself on this area, especially Mountain View." I'll never understand why some people think their anonymity is an excuse for discourtesy.


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Posted by parent
a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Don,

WHO MAKES THE RULES?

YOU are allowing voters to vote for business's outside of Mountain View because "they are on the border"????

Don . . . . .

Either the Business is in Mountain View or it is not in Mountain View.

Don . . . . .

Discourtesy: is allowing Palo Alto and Los Altos into a "Mountain View" contest. Don't try to twist this back to me.


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Posted by Heidi Chun
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I love it when the "Best of Mountain View" comes out every year. I like to compare the places that I write about (www.ILoveMV.org) to the places that the community has voted on. I usually end up writing about places that aren't as well known as the places that get the most votes.
Heidi
Chamber of Commerce


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Posted by zeke
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 5, 2009 at 11:52 am

Best of MV should be for MV businesses only. If the Voice "must" or feels it "necessary" to include non-MV businesses, then I'd like to suggest a "sub-category" titled "Best surrounding MV".

I can tell you that my visiting friends noticed and asked why an establishment was voted best in MV when it wasn't even in MV... makes no sense.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Whisman Station
on Sep 5, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Don is always right folks. Don't argue, or you'll get a lecture about his many dilemmas of being a "journalist".


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Posted by Max
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 5, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Well, this time at least, Don IS right, obviously. Posting what most people consider snide cheap shots while hiding behind false names ("May I suggest you educate yourself," "Don is always right folks"), and persistently mis-reading earlier text (' because "they are on the border" ') clouds whatever real argument these people have.

Which is unfortunate, because there IS a conflict between survey's title "Best of MV" and its reality, and obviously people are noticing that.


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Posted by Lucille Gallegos
a resident of another community
on Sep 9, 2009 at 8:31 pm

These comments are hilarious! You are blaming the voice for printing what people, Voice readers voted for? Is it really that bothersome that someone voted for a business in Palo Alto? Really, go ask your doctor for Xanax if it bothers you so much.
Thanks for providing me with entertainment on an otherwise boring evening.


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