The Best of Silicon Valley 2016

The Short List

Some of our latest discoveries and longtime favorites—Dan Pulcrano
SushiritoSushirito in Palo Alto

Best Culinary Fusion

Sushirito arrived in Palo Alto last year, becoming the food phenomenon of the year

Best New Craft Venue

Relish Gastrolounge in Saratoga boasts 24 craft brews on tap, 20 wines by the glass, a communal table and a chef's menu right along the valley's edge.

Best Place to Buy a Trampoline

Santa Clara's Backyard Factory sells only Springfree trampolines in a variety of sizes and configurations, along with swing sets and play houses.

Best Upholsterer

Aby's Custom Upholstery on Monterey Rd. can pretty much handle any custom job a customer can dream up. We know this because we have.

Best Poke Bowl

We've made the rounds of the valley's raw fish hot spots and Hawaiian Poke Bowl consistently offers the tastiest cubed tuna. There's an equally well executed tofu option as well.

Best Spa Getaway

The Sense Spa at CordeValle resort in San Martin provides the full range of luxe treatments in a gorgeous setting. With a pool, restaurant, 18-hole golf course, hotel and winery, it's a way to get far away from the valley in just a half-hour drive.

Bacalhau GrillLittle Portugal's Bacalhau Grill

Best Portugese Cafe

Little Portugal's Bacalhau Grill is tucked away in the back of Trade Rite Market on Alum RockAvenue  and offers an authentic menu of Portuguese dishes, along with vinho tinto or vinho verde by the glass.

Best Sourdough Sandwiches

Freshly Baked Eatery on Third Street in downtown San Jose creates classic sandwiches on warm, oven-fresh sourdough bread that regulars swear by.

Best Gag Shop

The One Stop Fun Shop at the San Jose Flea Market has the full range of gag items, from whoopee cushions to rattlesnake eggs and fake vomit.

Best Urinal

The Epiphany boutique hotel in Palo Alto offers a blue and gold urinal with a Cal Bears logo for the enjoyment of Stanford boosters.

Best Car Detail

The mini detail at AJ's Auto Detailing near the airport is a great value and requires no appointment.