House of Bagels
House of Bagels serves fresh, New York-style bagels that are boiled and then baked in custom-designed brick ovens seven days a week. The shop's bagels, sandwiches, pastries and spreads are made with unprocessed ingredients. The menu includes gluten-free options, too.
1712 Miramonte Ave. Suite D, Mountain View; houseofbagelsonline.com; 650-694-4888
The Midwife and the Baker
The Midwife and 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 about markets and cafes throughout the Bay Area, including Draeger's Market in Los Altos and the Mountain View Farmers Market, Red Rock Coffee and 1 Oz Coffee in Mountain View.
846 Independence Ave., Mountain View; themidwifeandthebaker.com; 650-336-7697
Savvy Cellar Wine Bar & Wine Shop
With its own on-site sommelier, extensive wine and beer list and bar bites, downtown Mountain View's Savvy Cellar Wine Bar & Wine Shop has been a go-to destination for locals and Caltrain commuters alike since 2010. At the start of 2021, Jim Yang and Dave Koehler took over the wine bar and have made some additions: craft beer on tap and in cans, expanded the food menu, contactless ordering and cryptocurrency as an accepted payment.
What's new: Savvy Cellar is preparing to regularly host wine and beer tastings, trivia nights, live music and other events.
750 W Evelyn Ave., Mountain View; savvycellar.com; 650-969-3958
Nearly all of the Texas-inspired grub at Armadillo Willy's is cooked over an oak-wood fire, including the restaurant's popular Texas prime brisket, which is smoked for up to 18 hours and is served straight from the smoker, never reheated. This locally owned BBQ joint offers traditional BBQ items as well as a variety of salads and homemade soups, including chicken tortilla soup. The sit-down restaurant also offers takeout and delivery.
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, Mountain View; thecounter.com; 650-850-5700
Taqueria La Espuela
Taqueria La Espuela (formerly known as Taqueria Los Charros) serves traditional Mexican food all day long, so whether you feel like having a breakfast burrito at 7 a.m. or need to satisfy a late-night taco craving at 10 p.m., the restaurant is open. The menu at this no-nonsense taqueria includes everything from flan and churros to pozole and burritos to banana milkshakes topped with cinnamon.
854 W. Dana St., Mountain View; 650-969-1464
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, Mountain View; 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., Mountain View; 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. The restaurant offers dine-in and patio dining, takeout and delivery.
152 Castro St., Mountain View; 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 grapefruit green tea with pearls to black sugar oolong to chrysanthemum and roasted barley. The menu also includes smoothies, pudding and shaved ice.
273 Castro St., Mountain View; teaeracafe.com; 650-969-2899
Founded in Mountain View in 2014, 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 <0x2014> the finest and lightest grade of flour available, according to its website.
160 Castro St., Mountain View; dzpizzeria.com; 650-938-4147
Mountain View Farmers' Market
Every Sunday year-round, 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 Mountain View Farmers' Market. Farmers are also on site to talk about things like harvest techniques, favorite family recipes and special heirloom seeds handed down through generations.
What's new: In addition to the Sunday market, there also is a seasonal mid-week market. The Mountain View Thursday Night Farmers' Market runs from 5-8 p.m., May-September at California and Bryant streets in downtown Mountain View.
650 W. Evelyn Ave. (Caltrain Station), Mountain View; cafarmersmkts.com; 800-806-3276
Best Small (Non-Chain) Grocery Store
Ava's Downtown Market and Deli
Ava's Downtown Market and Deli offers locally grown and produced produce, dairy 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. The store offers online ordering for pickup.
340 Castro St., Mountain View; avasmarketmv.com; 650-961-5652
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