The Best of Silicon Valley 2012

Best Burgers and BBQ

Henrys HiLife Get the best BBQ at Henrys Hi-Life


Best Barbecue

Henry's Hi-Life

301 W. St. John St., San Jose. Metro readers love the taste of their grilled burgers and steaks—and the historic, friendly atmosphere of Henry's Hi-Life makes it a Silicon Valley institution.

Sam's BBQ 1110 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose

Blue Rock BBQ 3001 Meridian Ave., San Jose

Best Burger

St. John's Bar & Grill

510 Lawrence Expwy., Sunnyvale. In addition to burgers, St. John's also does wonders with Philly cheesesteaks and chicken sandwiches. In these days of mega-chains, it's nice to know that a neighborhood burger joint can thrive.

Kirk's Steakburgers 2388 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell; 75 Town & Country, Palo Alto

Naglee Park Garage 505 E. San Carlos St., San Jose

Best Caterer

Blue Rock BBQ

3001 Meridian Ave., San Jose. San Jose's Blue Rock BBQ makes good 'cue, and now they bring it right to you—sauce, sides and beans, too.

Crunch Catering 1721 Rogers Ave., Suite S, San Jose

Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme 795 S. Second St., San Jose


Most Righteous Burger


383 Castro St., Mountain View. For better or worse—mainly worse—the burger epitomizes American food. Given the environmental, social and health costs associated with industrial beef, it might behoove us to do without. But Mountain View's Steakout locally sourced, pasture-raised beef makes the great American meal great again.