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Best Downtown San Jose Restaurant
1st (tie) Place

Bella Mia
58 S. First St., San Jose
408/280-1993
Original Joe's
301 S. First St., San Jose
408/292-7030

2nd Place
Eulipia Restaurant & Bar
374 S. First St., San Jose
408/280-6161

3rd Place
The Old Spaghetti Factory
51 N. San Pedro St., San Jose
408/288-7488

Best East San Jose Restaurant
1st Place
Drying Shed
402 Toyon Ave., San Jose
408/272-1512

2nd Place
Taco Bell
various locations

3rd Place
Red Lobster
various locations

Best Peninsula Restaurant
1st Place
Stars
265 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
415/833-1000

2nd Place
Fresh Choice
various locations

3rd Place
Left At Albuquerque
445 Emerson St., Palo Alto
415/326-1011

Best South County Restaurant
1st Place
Olive Garden
various locations

2nd Place
Sinaloa
19210 Monterey St., Morgan Hill
408/779-9740

3rd Place
La Forêt
21747 Bertram Road, San Jose
408/997-3458

Best Mid-Valley Restaurant
1st Place
Marie Callender's
various locations

2nd Place
Birk's
3955 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara
408/980-6400

3rd Place
Gervais Restaurant Francais
1798 Park Ave., San Jose
408/275-8631

Best West Valley Restaurant
1st Place
The Plumed Horse
14555 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
408/867-4711

2nd Place
Le Mouton Noir
14560 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
408/867-7017

3rd Place
La Fondue
14510 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
408/867-3332

Best Italian Restaurant
1st Place
Florentine Restaurants
various locations

2nd (tie) Place
Bella Mia
58 S. First St., San Jose
408/280-1993

Di Cicco's Italian Restaurant
various locations

3rd Place
Original Joe's
301 S. First St., San Jose
408/292-7030

Best African Restaurant
1st Place
Red Sea
684 N. First St., San Jose
408/993-1990

2nd Place
Shebele Ethiopian Restaurant
422 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
408/378-3131

3rd (tie) Place
Mango Cafe
435 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto
415/325-3229

Jose's Caribbean Restaurant
2275 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
415/326-6522

Best Barbecue
1st Place
Armadillo Willy's
various locations

2nd Place
Andy's Oakwood Bar-B-Que
700 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
408/378-2838

3rd Place
The Original Hick'ry Pit
980 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
408/371-2400

Best Seafood
1st Place
The Fish Market
various locations

2nd Place
Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar
185 Park Ave., San Jose
408/971-1700
2300 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto
415/856-1046

3rd Place
Steamer's Fish Again and Pasta Too
50 University Ave., Los Gatos
408/395-2722

Best Chinese Restaurant
1st Place
Tao Tao Cafe
175 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale
408/736-3731

2nd Place
Chef Chau
14510 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
408/867-2554

3rd (tie) Place
Fung Lum Restaurant
1815 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell
408/377-6955

Taiwan Restaurant
1306 Lincoln Ave., Willow Glen
408/289-8800

Best Indian Restaurant
1st Place
Royal Taj
various locations

2nd Place
Pasand Indian Cuisine
3701 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
408/241-5150

3rd Place
Taj Mahal
3085 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
408/247-4507

Best Japanese Restaurant
1st Place
Miyake
10650 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino
408/253-2668

2nd Place
Komatsu Japanese Cuisine
300 Orchard City Dr., Campbell
408/379-3000

3rd (tie) Place
Gombei
193 Jackson St., San Jose
408/279-4311

Kikusushi
1187-B S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino
408/725-1749

Best Korean Restaurant
1st Place
Korea Palace
2297 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose
408/279-9686

2nd Place
Korean Secret Garden
3430 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
408/244-5020

3rd Place
Korea House
2340 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
408/249-0808

Best South American Restaurant
1st Place
Cuban International
625 N. Sixth St., San Jose
408/288-6783

2nd Place
Joao's
57 Washington, Santa Clara
408/244-1299

3rd Place
Inca Gardens
87 E. San Fernando St., San Jose
408/993-9793

Best Mexican Restaurant, Independent
1st Place
Andale Taqueria
6 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408/395-4244
209 University Ave., Palo Alto
415/323-2939

2nd Place
Aqui Cal-Mex Grill
1145 Lincoln Ave., Willow Glen
408/995-0381

3rd Place
Muchos
72 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
408/277-0333

Best Mexican Restaurant, Chain
1st Place
Chevy's
various locations

2nd Place
Taco Bell
various locations

3rd (tie) Place
Pedro's
various locations

El Torito
various locations

Best Thai Restaurant
1st Place
High-Thai
335 Saratoga Ave., San Jose
408/248-8813

2nd Place
Thepthai Thai Cuisine
23 N. Market St., San Jose
408/292-7515

3rd Place
House of Siam
55 S. Market St., San Jose
408/279-5668

Best Vegetarian Restaurant
1st Place
White Lotus
80 N. Market St., San Jose
408/977-0540

2nd Place
Good Earth
various locations

3rd Place
Hobee's
various locations

Best Vietnamese Restaurant
1st Place
Khanh's Garden
618 Town & Country Village, San Jose
408/241-4940

2nd Place
Pho Hoa
various locations

3rd Place
Golden Chopsticks
1765 Winchester Blvd., Campbell
408/370-6610

Best New Restaurant
1st Place
Stratta Grill & Cafe
71 E. San Fernando St., San Jose
408/293-1121

2nd Place
Boston Market
various locations

3rd (tie) Place
Agenda
399 S. First St., San Jose
408/287-3991

Bentos
151 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408/395-8133

Best Breakfast
1st Place
Hobee's
various locations

2nd Place
Denny's
various locations

3rd Place
Los Gatos Cafe
340 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408/354-4647

Best Delicatessen
1st Place
Erik's Deli Cafe
various locations

2nd Place
Togo's
various locations

3rd Place
La Villa
1319 Lincoln Ave., Willow Glen
408/295-7851

Best Desserts
1st Place
Just Desserts
535 Bryant St., Palo Alto
415/326-9992

2nd Place
Marie Callender's
various locations

3rd Place
Fountain at Fairmont Hotel
170 S. Market St., San Jose
408/998-1900

Best Farmer's Market
1st Place
Los Gatos
Sundays, 8am­noon
downtown park plaza, Los Gatos

2nd Place
Town & Country Village
Fridays, 10am­2pm
Stevens Creek and Winchester boulevards, San Jose

3rd Place
Downtown San Jose
Thursdays, 10am­2pm
S. First and San Fernando streets, San Jose

Best Burger and Fries
1st Place
Kirk's Steakburgers
various locations

2nd Place
Juicy Burger
various locations

3rd Place
Hamburger Mary's
170 W. Saint John St., San Jose
408/947-1667

Best Pizza
1st Place
Round Table
various locations

2nd Place
Willow Street Wood-Fired Pizza
1072 Willow St., Willow Glen
408/971-7080
20 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408/354-5566

3rd Place
Tony & Alba's
various locations

Best Restaurant for
a Romantic Dinner
1st Place
La Forêt
21747 Bertram Road, San Jose
408/997-3458

2nd Place
La Fondue
14510 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
408/867-3332

3rd Place
Chart House
115 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408/354-1737

Best Coffeehouse
1st Place
Starbucks
various locations

2nd Place
Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Cafe
101 W. Main St., Los Gatos
408/354-3263

3rd Place
Barado's Coffee Co.
266 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
408/364-2157

Best Juice Bar
1st Place
Juice Club
various locations

2nd Place
Nectar's
81 W. Main St., Los Gatos
408/395-2333

3rd Place
Barado's Coffee Co.
266 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
408/364-2157

Best Yogurt
1st Place
TCBY
various locations

2nd Place
Penguin's Place
various locations

3rd Place
Yogurt Delight
various locations

Best Martini
1st Place
Black Watch
141 1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408/354-2200

2nd Place
C.B. Hannegan's
208 Bachman Ave., Los Gatos
408/395-1233

3rd (tie) Place
Fairmont Hotel
170 S. Market St., San Jose
408/998-1900

Los Gatos Bar & Grill
15 1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408/399-5424

Best Downtown Bar
1st Place
Toon's
52 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
408/292-7464

2nd Place
San Jose Live!
The Pavilion, 150 S. First St., San Jose
408/294-LIVE

3rd Place
Agenda
399 S. First St., San Jose
408/287-4087

Best Microbrewery
1st Place
Tied-House
65 N. San Pedro, San Jose
408/295-2739
954 Villa St., Mountain View
415/965-2739

2nd Place
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
33 E. San Fernando St., San Jose
408/294-6785
640 Emerson St., Palo Alto
415/323-7723

3rd Place
Los Gatos Brewing Co.
130 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408/395-9929

Best East San Jose Bar
1st Place
Drying Shed
402 Toyon Ave., San Jose
408/272-1512

2nd Place
Copa Cabana
2618 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose
408/272-3481

3rd Place
Tropicana
47 Notre Dame Ave., San Jose
408/279-2340

Best Peninsula Bar
1st Place
Blue Chalk Cafe
630 Ramona St., Palo Alto
415/326-1020

2nd Place
Antonio's Nut House
321 California Ave., Palo Alto
415/321-2550

3rd Place
Fanny & Alexander's
412 Emerson St., Palo Alto
415/326-7183

Best South County Bar
1st Place
Britannia Arms
5027 Almaden Expwy., San Jose
408/266-0550

2nd Place
Jack's Steak House
17535 Monterey St., Morgan Hill
408/779-2524

3rd Place
Sinaloa
19210 Monterey St., Morgan Hill
408/779-9740

Best Mid-Valley Bar
1st Place
Britannia Arms Pub
1087 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino
408/252-7262

2nd Place
Duke of Edinburgh
10801 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino
408/446-3853

3rd Place
Cheers Bar & Grill
685 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
408/749-1288

Best West Valley Bar
1st Place
C.B. Hannegan's
208 Bachman Ave., Los Gatos
408/395-1233

2nd Place
Mountain Charley's
15 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408/395-8880

3rd Place
Black Watch
141 1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408/354-2200

Best Chocolate Shop
1st Place
See's
various locations

2nd Place
Schurra's Candy Factory
848 The Alameda, San Jose
408/289-1562
170 Market St., San Jose
408/998-2504

3rd Place
Godiva Choclatier
Valley Fair, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose
408/247-4115

Best Happy Hour
1st Place
TGI Fridays
10343 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino
408/257-9600

2nd Place
Cheers Bar & Grill
685 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
408/749-1288

3rd (tie) Place
El Torito
various locations

Pedro's
various locations

Best Restaurant Patio
1st Place
Bella Mia
58 S. First St., San Jose
408/280-1993

2nd Place
Willow Street Wood-Fired Pizza
20 S Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408/354-5566

3rd Place
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
33 E. San Fernando St., San Jose
408/294-6785

Best Local Wine
1st Place
Mirassou
3000 Aborn Road, San Jose
408/274-4000

2nd Place
J. Lohr Winery
1000 Lenzen Ave., San Jose
408/288-5057

3rd Place
Ridge Vineyards
17100 Montebello Road, Cupertino
408/867-3233

Best Ice Cream Shop
1st Place
Baskin-Robbins
various locations

2nd Place
Ben & Jerry's
115 E. San Carlos St., San Jose
408/275-8827

3rd Place
Lydon's
1345 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose
408/379-6170

Best Salad Bar
1st Place
Fresh Choice
various locations

2nd Place
Sweet Tomatoes
1210 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale
408/730-8117

3rd Place
Sizzler
various locations

Best All-You-Can-Eat
1st Place
Fresh Choice
various locations

2nd Place
HomeTown Buffet
3085 Meridian Ave., San Jose
408/448-6373

3rd Place
King's Table
various locations

Best Menu for Children
1st Place
McDonald's
various locations

2nd Place
Denny's
various locations

3rd Place
Fresh Choice
various locations

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From the 1996 Best of the Valley issue of Metro, September 19-25

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