Forbes calls Mountain View best town in the Bay Area for living well
Original post made
on May 18, 2009
Of all the cities and towns in the U.S. with populations under 100,000, Mountain View has been ranked by Forbes magazine as the fourth best to live in and the best in the Bay Area.
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posted Monday, May 18, 2009, 12:58 PM
Posted by Max
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 21, 2009 at 9:53 am
First, regardless of preference, people who continue to assume that downtown MV restaurants are "mostly Asian" are factually mistaken, according to the categories by which not I, but the independent operators of the mountainviewca.net downtown restaurant index, classify restaurants -- information public for years. As of a few months ago, that index totaled 41 downtown restaurants in "Asian" categories and 52 in the non-"Asian" that I detailed above. Obviously you can nit-pick the categories if you really want to, or in other ways miss the larger realities, such as: Sweeping complaints about "no real bakery" and "no real neighborhood bar," without explaining what you've personally disliked in your implied thorough experience of all the existing ones in each category, convey more about the complainer than the restaurants. As does missing the huge irony in a comment like "Chinese, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Indian, and Japanese is not diversity" (after all, "Asian" only covers 60% of the world's people, and a wider range of cuisines than anywhere else!) or the deeper reality that so many of those 41 "Asian" restaurants are GOOD by wide consensus -- and moderately priced, family-friendly, etc. Or other assertions that deny current realities: "How about a steak house? A burger and fries place. A family restaurant. Some Tex-Mex?" Um, several restaurants downtown serve good burgers and fries, Kapp's even uses US Prime beef. (Their "Francisco" burger is something like a half pound, French roll.) Clarke's, the locally-owned independent grill and one of the "American" places I earlier enumerated, is popular for burgers (with its extensive self-service condiments bar) and various grilled sausages (grilled split, served on a French roll, tomatoes optional). Cantankerous Fish, name notwithstanding, has served excellent steaks, and French fries that many French bistros would envy. Speaking of which, if we broaden "downtown" to include El Camino just past Shoreline, that adds Le Petit Bistro, a genuine French neighborhood restaurant (French-immigrant-run, moderately priced) and next door to it, El Paso Cafe, which is explicitly Tex-Mex.
I'd forgotten the departed Roadhouse. The closed Castro St. steakhouse I cited above was Babbo, 2001-2003 I think, a specialty steak chain "like Ruth's Chris." Neither got enough business to remain. It's ironic that people call for things like steak houses (and breakfast places) downtown after they, on the whole, didn't patronize the ones that did open, enough to keep them open. If you don't see this, I suggest opening your own!