Food & Drink


With its convenient location, affordable prices and wide selection of bagels, New York-style House of Bagels is once again the best place to get a bagel in Mountain View according to Voice readers. Mountain View residents laud House of Bagels for its fresh bagels and for its fast and friendly customer service. House of Bagels caters bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, school hot lunches, business orders and other events.
1712 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View 650-694-4888

Enjoying a drink at Stein’s Beer Garden.


Le Boulanger continues to win the praises of Voice readers, carrying best bakery once again, and picking up the prize for best deli this year. Mountain View residents say they enjoy Le Boulanger’s relaxed atmosphere and highly accommodating service. Le Boulanger now offers Peet’s coffee as well as an assortment of popular sandwiches and pastries, including coffee cakes and croissants.
650 Castro St., Mountain View 650-961-1787


Stein’s Beer Garden has been in business just two years and is already a two-time winner for best bar. The beer garden offers more than 30 craft beers on tap as well as a wide assortment of popular sandwiches and salads. Stein’s is also notable for its expansive patio which provides a dining area capable of housing large groups and events.
895 Villa St., Mountain View 650-963-9568


Though Armadillo Willy’s BBQ in Los Altos has a modern feel — you order at a register, the food is served on metal trays and the red-and-white-checkered table covers are plastic, not cotton —, the smoky pulled-pork sandwich, burger, spicy peanut coleslaw and beans certainly taste like Texas home-cooking, packed full of mouth-watering flavor. Though BBQ plates are worth the splurge, it’s also possible to eat a tasty dinner for around $10. Family-size orders are also available, which the cheeky menu claims will feed “4 guests or one NFL player!” Started in Cupertino, Armadillo Willy’s has become a local empire, with eight locations in the southern Bay Area and catering services available.
1031 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, 650-941-2922;

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Manager Clarke’s Charcoal Broiler Mila Perez grills up some burgers.


Clarke’s Charcoal Broiler has been a local hot spot for burgers since 1945 and has been voted best burger by Voice readers since the first Best of Mountain View issue was published in 1993. Fresh off the grill and cooked over charcoal, Clarke’s burgers have continued to earn raves from the Mountain View community, along with other popular offerings, including sweet potato fries and onion rings.
615 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View 650-967-0851


Having just moved to what many call a nicer location, La Costeña Custom Burritos continues to provide the best burritos in town, according to our readers. Mountain View residents marvel at the size of La Costeña’s popular super burritos and enjoy the fresh meats, vegetables and other popular toppings and ingredients. La Costeña aims to provide authentic custom burritos, making it one of the most popular Mexican restaurants in the area. La Costeña also won Best Take-Out.
235 E. Middlefield Rd., Mountain View 650-967-0507

Lynette Nguyen, a team member at Gelato Classico, stands with a cone of raspberry and strawberry sorbet.
Photo by Veronica Weber
Manager Toru Hagiwara at Maru Ichi Restaurant making noodles.
(l-r) Lily Gu, Alice Hsu and Sherlyn Lam with a fruit smootie at Tea Era.
Photo by Veronica Weber


Le Boulanger
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Fresh Produce

Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Mountain View Farmers Market has offered an extensive supply of produce year-round for the past fifteen years. One of the largest as well as one of the most highly acclaimed farmer’s markets in the Bay Area, more than 80 merchants each week line up to deliver their fresh organic produce and other items to customers.
600 W. Evelyn Ave., Mountain View 800-806-3276

Ice Cream Store

Lines outside Gelato Classico are commonly long late at night on weekdays, and with good reason, according to our readers, who once again picked it as their favorite ice cream store. Gelato Classico offers a wide assortment of Italian-style ice creams — the pistachio and chocolate hazelnut are favorites among many Mountain View residents.
241B Castro St., Mountain View 650-969-2900

Noodle Place

The kuro ramen, with its pork base and striking garlic seasoning, is clearly the most popular dish that winner Maru Ichi Restaurant has to offer. Mountain View residents, who also say they enjoy tokontsu ramen, praise the restaurant as a whole for its inexpensive prices and for providing a full and expansive meal with several lunch combo options.
368 Castro St., Mountain View 650-564-9931

Pearl Tea

Mountain View residents crowd into Tea Era for its diverse selection of flavored teas, milk teas and smoothies. Open every day except Tuesday, Tea Era offers roasted barley milk tea and jasmine milk tea that are especially popular among customers.
271 Castro St., Mountain View 650-969-2899


Assistant Manager Julien Loukanoff maintains that Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria offers the best New York-style pizza in Mountain View. In business for over 25 years, with 13 locations throughout California, Amici’is renowned for its crispy, and gluten-free thin crusts. The trentino, with red onions, herbs and baby spinach, is perhaps the most popular pizza and is according to Loukanoff “hard to find at any other places. “Amci’s also offers pasta, salads and flame-roasted chicken wings.
790 Castro St., Mountain View 650-961-6666

Take Out

La Costeña Custom Burritos
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Steve Rasmussen (center), owner of Milk Pail Market, stands with his crew at the store.
Photo by Veronica Weber

Small Grocery Store

The Milk Pail continues to be a heavy local favorite for its nutritious and rich selection of cheeses, international foods and produce as well as its affordable prices. Among the most popular items sold at the European-style market are the French-imported Mami Nova yogurt, Pescadero garlic herb bread, Guittard premium chocolate and the store’s own freshly ground peanut butter.
2585 California St., Mountain View 650-941-2505