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Sweet Dreams (are made of this): Food & Drink
The Best of Mountain View 2011
House of Bagels beats out the competition because of the unique way they bake their bagels each morning. By using a traditional cooking method boiling the bagels first, then baking them House of Bagel's buns are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. With its near-perfect scores on Yelp! fans agree that the traditional and gourmet bagels are simply the best.
1712 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View; 694-4888
Founded in 1981, Le Boulanger rose to the top by offering award-winning sourdough and 20 other varieties of other bread and pastries. According to store manager Andre Teerlet, the bakery in Mountain View also features "the best meat and cheese."
650 Castro St., Mountain View; 961-1787
Need a place to relax? Make your way to St. Stephen's Green. It's like stepping into a real Irish pub without having to go all the way to Ireland. Along with Happy Hour deals and TVs with a wide range of sports, the pub is the place to kick back.
223 Castro St., Mountain View; 964-9151
When you see an armadillo wearing cowboy boots, you know you're in Armadillo Willy's and you know you're in the right place for good barbecue. The BBQ joint has served Bay Area locations, with authentic Texas barbecue since 1983. Three different types of ribs and nearly everything else are cooked over a wood fire, Armadillo Willy's barbecue sauce is finger-licking good.
1031 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos; 941-2922
Clarke's Charcoal Broiler is famous for "good service and good food," owner James Blach says. The burgers weigh 1/3 of a pound and are cooked over charcoal, which makes for an authentic grilled taste that will rock your socks off. Clarke's also offers delivery and take-out.
615 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View; 967-0851
For a bursting burrito full of fresh, flavorful, ingredients, bop on over to Taqueria La Bamba. Service is speedy and the prices are right. Spice up carne asada or juicy chicken burritos with La Bamba's great salsa.
2058 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View; 965-2755
Erik's Deli rocketed to the top of the charts with its warm atmosphere, fast and friendly service and quality food. All sandwiches, soups, salads and bakery goods are made from scratch using Erik’s family recipes and only high quality fresh ingredients. The most popular sandwich, the Pilgrims Progress, is filled with the freshest avocado.
1350 Grant Rd., Mountain View; 962-9191
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. That is especially true when the ice cream is dished out by Gelato Classico. Gelato, the Italian dessert that's wildly popular in the United States, tantalizes the taste buds like no other style of ice cream. And Gelato Classico has a rich selection of flavors, from Green Tea and Hazelnut to Vanilla Bean and Caramello Chocolate Crunch. 241B Castro St., Mountain View; 969-2900. caffeclassicofoods.com
Mountain View's best noodle house, Ramen House Ryowa, 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. Besides the noodles, try the karaage fried chicken so good it will make you shut up and eat.
859 Villa St., Mountain View; 965-8829
Few drink venues offer as much variety as Tapioca Express, affectionately known as TapEx. In addition to the ubiquitous pearl milk tea, it also has teas, snow bubbles and icies in flavors like green bean, red bean and lychee (and also more common flavors for those less adventurous). It also doubles as a lunch place: try something from the pan-Asian snack menu like the Vietnamese spring rolls or Chinese pork buns.
740 Villa St., Mountain View; 965-3093
Mamma Mia! Amici's East Coast Pizzeria has Mountain View in love again and again. With thin-crust New York-style pizza, Amici's offers a taste of the East Coast in the Bay Area, one you won't forget. The pizza margherita is a must have, and Amici's combo with pepperoni, meatball, bacon, sauteed mushrooms and black olives is a close second.
790 Castro St., Mountain View; 961-6666
With over 80 farmers and food producers, Mountain View is the proud venue for the fourth-largest Farmers Market in the state. Located at the Mountain View train station, the market offers an extensive selection of organic produce, baked goods and fresh flowers. Open year round, rain or shine, the market makes a great Sunday morning excursion.
W Evelyn Ave. & Hope Street, Mountain View; Sun. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; (800) 806-3276
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Walking into the Milk Pail Market is like entering a wonderful maze of cheeses and fresh fruits that you won’t want to leave. Owner Steve Rasmussen says shoppers come to the Milk Pail for "one of the largest cheese selections in California and incredible produce prices." It won't be hard to find something you like at this market that sells a wide variety of gourmet and specialty foods.
2585 California St., Mountain View; 941-250
It's tough being the New Kids On The Block in today's economic climate. Will a new eatery be a one-hit wonder or become a classic? Los Altos' Go Go Gyro, where wholesome, traditional Greek food meets modern convenience, seems sure to be more than a flash in the pan, as voters have chosen it Best Takeout. Like the songs of the similarly named girl group The Go Gos, Go Go Gyro is at the top of the charts. 4546 El Camino Real, Los Altos; 948-GoGo.
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