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Best of Reader's Choice: Food and Drink

Hobee's
Morning Glory: Staff members at the original Hobee's make up part of the appeal of this local chain, voted tops for 'Best Breakfast.'

Peninsula Restaurant

First: MacArthur Park
27 University Ave., Palo Alto (650/321-9990)

Second: Il Fornaio
520 Cowper St., Palo Alto (650/853-3888)

Third: Chef Chu's
1067 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos (650/948-2696)


South County Restaurant

First: In-N-Out Burger
641 Leavesley Rd., Gilroy (800/786-1000)

Second: Sinaloa Cafe (tie)
19210 Monterey Hwy., Morgan Hill (408/779-9740)

Station 55 (tie)
55 Fifth St., Gilroy (408/847-5555)

Third: Encore Cafe
207 W. Main Ave., Morgan Hill (408/782-2505)


Central Silicon Valley Restaurant

First: Mio Vicino
1290 Benton St., Santa Clara (408/241-9414)

Second: Birk's Restaurant
3955 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara (408/980-6400)

Third: Kabul Afghan Cuisine
833 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale (408/245-4350)


West Valley Restaurant

First: Santa Barbara Grill
10745 N. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino (408/253-2233)

Second: La Fondue
14510 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408/867-3332)

Third: Los Gatos Brewing Company
130 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408/395-9929)


San Jose Restaurant
(outside downtown area)

First: Garden City
360 Saratoga Ave., San Jose (408/244-4443)

Second: Eight Forty North First
840 N. First St., San Jose (408/282-0840)

Third: Le Papillon
410 Saratoga Ave., San Jose (408/296-3730)


Downtown San Jose Restaurant

First: Original Joe's
301 S. First St., San Jose (408/292-7030)

Second: Bella Mia
58 S. First St., San Jose (408/280-1993)

Third: Stratta Grill & Cafe
71 E. San Fernando St., San Jose (408/293-1121)


Vegetarian Restaurant

First: White Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
80 N. Market St., San Jose (408/977-0540)

Second: The Good Earth
Various locations throughout the valley.

Third: Fresh Choice
Various locations throughout the valley.


Seafood

First: Scott's Seafood
185 Park Ave., San Jose (408/971-1700)
2300 E. Bayshore Rd., Palo Alto (650/856-1046)

Second: Fish Market Restaurant
Various locations throughout the valley.

Third: Hawgs Seafood Bar
1700 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408/379-9555)


Barbecue

First: Armadillo Willy's
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: Sam's Bar-B-Que
1110 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose (408/297-9151)

Third: Andy's Bar-B-Que
700 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408/378-2838)


New Restaurant

First: Santa Barbara Grill
10745 N. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino (408/253-2233)

Second: Mimi's Cafe
1200 El Paseo, Saratoga (408/378-0778)

Third: Left at Albuquerque (tie)
1875 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell (408/558-1680)

Outback Steakhouse (tie)
1887 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell (408/371-5384)


Breakfast

First: Hobee's Restaurant
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: Just Breakfast
2901 Monterey Road, San Jose (408/225-7631)
3590 Homestead Road, Santa Clara (408/247-2753)
17415 S. Monterey Road, Morgan Hill (408/779-7044)

Third: International House of Pancakes
644 N. First St., San Jose (408/294-4130)
4200 Great America Pkwy., Santa Clara (408/980-8887)


Brunch

First: Fairmont Hotel
170 S. Market St., San Jose (408/998-1900)

Second: Doubletree Hotel
2050 Gateway Place, San Jose (408/453-4000)

Third: Hobee's Restaurant
Various locations throughout the valley.


Delicatessen

First: Erik's Delicafe
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: La Villa Delicatessen
1319 Lincoln Ave., San Jose (408/295-7851)

Third: Togo's
Various locations throughout the valley.


Farmers Market

First: Downtown San Jose (tie)
S. First and San Fernando streets (510/426-5420) Thursdays 10am-2pm, May through Nov. 20

Town & Country Village (tie)
Stevens Creek and Winchester blvds., San Jose (510/426-5420) Fridays 10am-2pm all year

Second: Los Gatos
Los Gatos Town Plaza, Montebello Way and W. Main Street (408/353-4293) Every Sunday from 8 am to noon

Third: Willow Glen
Willow Glen Elementary School, Lincoln and Minnesota avenues, San Jose. Saturdays 8am-noon, May-Sept.

Willow Street Wood-Fired Pizza
Pie in the Face: Readers selected Willow Street Wood-Fired Pizza as the valley's best.

Pizza

First: Willow Street Wood-Fired Pizza
1072 Willow St., San Jose (408/971-7080)
1554 Saratoga Ave., San Jose (408/871-0400)
20 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408/354-5566)

Second: Round Table Pizza
Various locations throughout the valley.

Third: Pizz'a Chicago
1576 Halford Ave., Santa Clara (408/244-2246)
155 W. San Fernando St., San Jose (408/283-9400)
4115 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650/424-9400)


Wraps

First: World Wrapps
201 University Ave., Palo Alto (650/327-9777)

Second: Mondeo Pronto
9 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408/395-4935)

Third: Rojoz
18562 Prospect Road, Saratoga (408/777-8226)


Coffeehouse, Chain

First: Starbucks
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: Peet's
Various locations throughout the valley.

Third: 'None'


Coffeehouse, Independent
Category disqualified due to ballot tampering.


Microbrewery

First: Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
33 E. San Fernando St., San Jose (408/294-6785)
640 Emerson St., Palo Alto (650/323-7723)

Second: Los Gatos Brewing Company
130 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408/395-9929)

Third: Tied House Brewery
65 N. San Pedro St., San Jose (408/295-2739)

954 Villa St., Mountain View (650/965-2739)


Wine Bar

First: Stratta Grill & Cafe
71 E. San Fernando St., San Jose (408/293-1121)

Second: Big Basin Bistro
14480 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408/867-1764)

Third: Cafe Marcella
368 Village Lane, Los Gatos (408/354-8006)


Happy Hour

First: Pedro's
1610 E. Capitol Expwy., San Jose (408/223-2910)
3935 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara (408/496-6777)

Second: El Torito
2950 Lakeside Dr., Santa Clara (408/727-4426)
477 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas (408/946-8012)
10330 N. Wolfe Rd., Cupertino (408/255-5747)

Third: Chili's
Various locations throughout the valley.


Winery

First: Mirassou Winery
3000 Aborn Road, San Jose (408/274-4000)

Second: J. Lohr Winery
1000 Lenzen Ave., San Jose (408/288-5057)

Third: Ridge Vineyards
17100 Montebello Road, Cupertino (408/867-3233)


Ice Cream Shop

First: Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors Ice Cream
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
115 E. San Carlos St., San Jose (408/275-8827)

Third: Lydon's Ice Cream and Yogurt
1345 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose (408/379-6170)


Smoothies
Category disqualified due to ballot tampering.


Candy Store

First: See's Candies
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: Schurra's Candy Factory
Fairmont Hotel, 170 S. Market St., San Jose (408/998-2504)
848 The Alameda, San Jose (408/289-1562)

Third: Godiva Chocolatier
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara (408/247-4115)


Sandwich

First: Togo's
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: Erik's Delicafe
Various locations throughout the valley.

Third: Le Boulanger
Various locations throughout the valley.


Bagel

First: Noah's New York Bagels
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: Posh Bagel
6477 Almaden Expwy., San Jose (408/927-6996)
5391 Prospect Road, San Jose (408/252-4000)
125 W. Main St., Los Gatos(408/395-1386)

Third: House of Bagels
Various locations throughout the valley.


Restaurant Decor
Category disqualified due to ballot tampering.


Lunch Under $5

First: Taco Bell
Various locations throughout the valley.

Second: McDonald's
Various locations throughout the valley.

Third: Togo's
Various locations throughout the valley.


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From the Sept. 18-24, 1997 issue of Metro.

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