House of Bagels
Open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, House of Bagels serves fresh, New York-style bagels that are boiled and then baked in custom-designed brick ovens. The shop's bagels, sandwiches, pastries and spreads are made with unprocessed ingredients. The menu now includes gluten-free options, too.
1712 Miramonte Ave.; houseofbagelsonline.com; 650-694-4888
The Midwife + the Baker
The Midwife + The Baker makes breads and pastries using California-sourced whole grains and freshly milled flour. The shop offers takeout and delivery from its bakery. Its items also can be found at the Mountain View Farmers Market, Red Rock Coffee and Ava’s Downtown Market and Deli.
846 Independence Ave.; themidwifeandthebaker.com; 650-336-7697
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Over the past 34 years, repeat winner Armadillo Willy’s has become a local destination for barbecue plates, sandwiches, burgers and a wide range of craft beers. The restaurant's popular Texas prime brisket is smoked for up to 18 hours using a real oak wood fire and is served straight from the smoker, never reheated.
1031 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos; armadillowillys.com; 650-941-2922
The Counter is a contemporary burger restaurant with customizable gourmet burgers, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free offerings. Diners can choose from established favorites or create their own burger using a selection of quality meats, inventive sauces, toasted buns, melted cheeses and an array of toppings.
2580 W. El Camino Real; thecounter.com; 650-948-2333
Whether you're craving a custom-made burrito or traditional Mexican fare at affordable prices, La Costeña won't disappoint. The longtime Mexican eatery -- which made headlines in 1997 for creating the world's largest burrito at 4,456.3 pounds and 3,578 feet long -- offers daily specials and food to go.
235 E. Middlefield Road; costena.com; 650-967-0507
A staple since 1973, Erik’s sandwiches are made with all-natural and high-quality roasted meats, top-notch produce and artisan breads baked fresh daily. Sandwiches can be made with gluten-free whole grain bread at no additional charge and can be served alongside slow-simmered soups, made-to-order salads and baked goods made from scratch.
1350 Grant Road, Suite 18; eriksdelicafe.com; 650-962-9191
Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt
Located in downtown Mountain View, Gelato Classico sells traditional Italian ice cream and sorbet. A unique churning process helps create the dense, silky texture and intense taste of every gelato flavor, whether it’s tiramisu, creme brulee or honey lavender.
241 Castro St.; caffeclassicofoods.com; 650-969-2900
Best Noodle Place
Ramen Izakaya Yu-Gen
Ramen Izakaya Yu-Gen is a unique fusion of authentic tonkotsu ramen and izakaya-style small plates. For its renowned tonkotsu ramen, the restaurant slow-cooks pork for 16 hours to create a rich, creamy and flavorful broth.
152 Castro St.; yugen-us.com; 650-428-0888
Best Pearl Tea
Tea Era offers more than 80 varieties of teas, smoothies and juices, with a focus on providing healthy options for customers. WIth its array of diverse flavors, the menu has something for everyone from wintermelon jade and black sugar oolong to chrysanthemum and roasted barley.
273 Castro St.; teaeracafe.com; 650-969-2899
The rustic Doppio Zero pizzeria uses seasonal flavors and southern Italian traditions to make light, airy Neapolitan-style pizzas known for their crispy crusts. All of its pies are made from scratch with imported 00 Flour — the finest and lightest grade of flour available, according to its website.
160 Castro St.; dzpizzeria.com; 650-938-4147
Mountain View Farmers Market
Every Sunday, more than 80 vendors converge in Mountain View to sell fruits and vegetables that are often picked fresh from the fields just hours earlier. According to Yelp reviewers, no store provides fresher, tastier or more local produce, meats, bread and prepared foods than the farmers market.
650 W Evelyn Ave.; cafarmersmkts.com; 800-806-3276
Best Small (Non-Chain) Grocery Store
Ava's Downtown Market and Deli
Ava's Downtown Market and Deli offers local produce, deli and grocery items, with a focus on providing organic and sustainable products. The store also offers an extensive selection of regional and international gourmet foods.
340 Castro St.; avasmarketmv.com; 650-961-5652
Cooking Papa serves up authentic Hong Kong-style comfort food using fresh and local ingredients. With close to 200 menu items, Cooking Papa has something for everybody. During the pandemic, the restaurant partnered with multiple local nonprofits to donate food to those in need.
1962 W. El Camino Real; cookingpapa.us; 650-988-6809