Cascal was a big hit among readers of The Mountain View Voice yet again this year, winning the categories of best Mediterranean restaurant, best patio and outdoor dining, and best happy hour. At the Spanish restaurant, residents enjoy such popular dishes as the wild mushroom empanadas, crab and shrimp tostaditos and Cuban wraps with pork tenderloin. Cascal’s patio, which general manager Brad Daley calls “a bit of an oasis in a thriving downtown,” offers a comfortable, heated place to relax, and allows pets. During happy hour every weekday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Cascal serves tapas that cost $4 to $6. “We offer almost any type of drink you may want at about half of our regular prices, including numerous specialty drinks only made here,” Daley said. In addition, the restaurant hosts musical performances every Friday and Saturday night.
400 Castro St., Mountain View 650-940-9500
The expansive Cuesta Park remains many Mountain View residents’ favorite location for an afternoon stroll. The park offers several play structures that are suitable for all ages, with a clear boundary between structures intended for younger and for older kids. In addition, the park stands as a popular place to bring dogs. A barbecue is available for use within the park as well as tennis and racquetball facilities. Cuesta Park also won Best Place for a Playdate.
615 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View 650-903-6326
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Place for Live Music
With a capacity of 22,500 people, Shoreline Amphitheatre once again wins the best place for live music. A hot spot for touring artists since 1987 and modeled after the Grateful Dead’s “Steal Your Face Logo,” Shoreline Ampitheatre will house a Motley Crue final tour show on July 23, Live 105’s Punk Rock Picnic on Aug. 31 and Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival on Sept. 12, among other events.
1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View 650-967-3000