The Best of Silicon Valley 2012

Best Mexican Restaurants & Latin Food


Best Breakfast Burrito

Cafe Rosalena

1077 The Alameda, San Jose. A hearty burrito paired with a slightly less spicy version of orange sauce makes Cafe Rosalena a destination on The Alameda. Outside seating on a weekend morning is where it's at.


Best Dining Value

Aqui Cal-Mex

Multiple locations. Aqui offers a fresh, creative approach to Mexican food with top-notch ingredients and prices Metro readers appreciate. Sonoma Chicken Coop Multiple locations Sonoma Chicken Coop

Blue Rock BBQ 3001 Meridian Ave., San Jose

Best Late-Night Eats

La Victoria

Multiple locations. There's something about Mexican food and the wee hours that go together perfectly. La Victoria has gained a sterling reputation for catering to night owls with hunger pangs.

Original Joe's 301 S. First St.

San Jose Flames Eatery & Bar 88 S. Fourth St., San Jose

Best Restaurant Patio

Aqui Cal-Mex in Willow Glen

1145 Lincoln Ave., San Jose. Cold margarita. Spicy food. Warm night. The patio at Aqui in Willow Glen is hot.

Gordon Biersch 33 E. San Fernando St., San Jose

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

Best Latin American Restaurant


499 Castro St., Mountain View. Silicon Valley boasts plenty of Mexican restaurants, but Cascal takes things one step further and draws on culinary influences from Mexico and Latin America at large, with an inventive bar program to match.

Azucar 71 E. San Fernando St., San Jose

The Mmoon 177 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose

Best Ethnic Market

Mi Pueblo Food Center

Multiple locations. Instead of an aisle of Mexican food, Mi Pueblo dedicates the whole store to everything Mexican and Latin American—from the meat and fish to the produce and spices and secret ingredients. Having won in 2011, when Metro first introduced the category, Mi Pueblo is already on its way to Hall of Fame status.

Ranch 99 Multiple locations

International Food Bazaar 2052 Curtner Ave., San Jose