Mountain View Voice

- August 28, 2009

The Best of Mountain View 2009

Voice 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 2009, 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.


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


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


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 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


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


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?



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


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


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


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


Bike Shop

The Off Ramp

Recognized by 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


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


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



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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


Posted by Bob, a resident of another community
on Aug 28, 2009 at 12:53 am

How does Chef Chu's win Best of Mountain View when it's in LOS ALTOS???

Posted by Max, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 28, 2009 at 12:40 pm

This "Chef Chu's" anomaly (a "best of MV" restaurant located in Los Altos) raised eyebrows in 2008 when it first happened. It even caused speculation about why (especially since this survey had a history of rejecting efforts to vote for restaurants outside MV, including Estrellita, adjacent to Chu's). Until 2008, the Best MV Chinese Restaurant award went regularly to Cafe Yulong, squarely in downtown MV.

I raised this issue with the Voice's publisher this year during the survey period. He remarked to the effect that the survey has grown to contain several candidate businesses outside MV, with an intent to open it to greater MV-area businesses, including those outside but near MV. (Note that Chu's is near the borders of MV, Los Altos, and Palo Alto. "We are a tri-city restaurant!" quipped Lawrence Chu when I asked him about the same issue.)

If such is the Voice's intent, I think it could be made clearer in the survey and in the published results -- "Best of Greater MV" or something like that. Otherwise, reasonable questions will continue to arise about "Best of MV" businesses outside MV (whether or not they are advertisers).

Posted by Zeke, a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 30, 2009 at 10:03 am

I totally agree with Bob with regards to why Chef Chu, and even other "non-Mountain View" establishments like Watercourse Way should NOT be among the "Best of MV". Larry Chu's comment of "We are a tri-city restaurant" is not applicable here. Aren't all establishments "tri-city", and in fact "ALL-city"? We should be recognizing establishments in our city. This list should be for MOUNTAIN VIEW ONLY.

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