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Best of Silicon Valley 2005
Food & Sustenance
Arts & Culture/Music & Nightlife
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Editors' Short List


The Metro Short List
Some of our personal favorites

Best VIP Rooms
The old bank vault and former president's office at The Vault 81 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose

Best Big Martinis
The Grill on the Alley 172 S. Market St., San Jose

Best Seafood Restaurant
Steamer's 31 University Ave., Los Gatos

Best Afghan Food
Salang Pass 37462 Fremont Blvd., Fremont

Best Rooftop Patio
The Loft Bistro 90 S. Second St., San Jose

Best Business Bank
Bridge Bank 55 Almaden Blvd., San Jose

Best Dam Place to Hike
Stevens Creek Dam and Reservoir 11401 Stevens Canyon Road, Cupertino

Best Indian Vegetarian Fast Food
Chaat House 939 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale

Best Stick Creation
'A Capella' at Montalvo 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga

Best Tomato Dish in Season
Parcel 104 2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara

Best Chilled Dance Floor
The Kryogenifex liquid nitrogen–cooled Studio 8
8 S. First St., San Jose

Best Hidden Tables
Booth 4 at Garden City restaurant and Table 21 at the Melting Pot in downtown San Jose
Garden City: 360 S. Saratoga Ave., San Jose; Melting Pot: 72 S. First St., San Jose

Best Sicilian Food
Palermo 52 University Ave., Palo Alto

Best Southern French Restaurant
Cafe Marcella 368 Village Lane, Los Gatos

Best Celebrity Seder
Wolfgang Puck's Passover dinner at Spago Palo Alto 265 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto

Best Local Tribute to New Orleans Culture
Nola's Restaurant & Bar 535 Ramona St., Palo Alto

Best Locally Produced Beer
Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
At supermarkets

Best Car Detailing
AJ Auto Detailing 702 Coleman Ave., San Jose

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From the September 14-20, 2005 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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