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Editor's Short List

In an area that from a distance resembles a sprawling gray freeway-connected paste, I never cease to be amazed at the discoveries I encounter while trolling the valley's malls, downtowns and industrial back alleys. This list—part executive summary, part personal Rolodex of establishments with whom we've become acquainted or done business—represents some of the intelligence collected while criscrossing this deceptively diverse region.

—DP


BEST BED LINENS
POGGESI ITALIAN HOME STYLE, SANTANA ROW
If money's no object, this is the place to go for a wedding gift or a decadent way to reward yourself.

BEST BAR DANCING SINCE COYOTE UGLY
MISSION ALE HOUSE, SAN JOSE
The bartenders there still top our list!

BEST BATHROOM STORE
VINTAGE BATH, LOS ALTOS
If you want your powder room to look like it leapt out of a Victorian novel . . .

BEST BOUTIQUE HOTEL
HOTEL LOS GATOS
This hillside hideaway is a neoclassical Mediterranean masterpiece, with spa.

BEST CAST COLUMNS AND BALUSTRADES
MILLBROOK STONE, SAN JOSE
Old World masonry and craftsmanship in an unlikely place.

BEST COPY SHOP
COPY CLUB, SAN JOSE
This owner-operated non-chain operation provides personal service and advanced digital services for color and black and white image processing.

BEST FRAMER
BONTRAGER FRAMING, SANTA CLARA
Where museums and galleries go to frame their shows.

BEST CORN FRITTERS
E&O TRADING COMPANY, DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE
A crispy, crunchy vegetarian side dish with a sweet Asian dipping sauce.

BEST DESSERT
EVVIA RESTAURANT, PALO ALTO
The galaktoboureko here is to die for. Just trust us, OK?

BEST FISH DISH
EVVIA RESTAURANT, PALO ALTO
The whole mesquite-grilled striped bass is such a fine dish, it wins Evvia two mentions on this list.

BEST INNOVATIVE CUISINE
MANRESA, LOS GATOS
Who else besides David Kinch could make scrambled quail egg and maple syrup a signature dish?

BEST INSECT-SHAPED SUSHI
THE CATERPILLAR AT BLOWFISH SUSHI TO DIE FOR, SANTANA ROW
Eel, asparagus tempura and avocado slither seamlessly in this tasty green snake-shaped preparation.

BEST MARBLE FABRICATOR
BARRAGAN TILE CO.
This industrial shop is a refreshing respite from overpriced designer showrooms.

BEST MILLION DOLLAR PAINT JOB
CALIFORNIA THEATRE, SAN JOSE
David Packard Jr. thought the lobby colors were too garish, and put his money where his mouth is. San Jose says thanks!

BEST MODERN FURNITURE FOR THE MASSES
DESIGN WITHIN REACH, SANTANA ROW
Sorry, Ikea.

BEST MODERN FURNITURE FOR THE HIGHLY DISCRIMINATING
TEMPLE, PALO ALTO
Paolo Priete's lifelong dream was to open a contemporary Italian furniture store, and the valley's lucky he did it in Palo Alto. Bravo!

BEST NURSERY
ALMADEN VALLEY NURSERY
A family-run garden center that's generous with advice and well stocked with landscaping supplies, organic fertilizers and plants for water gardens.

BEST OPTICIAN
OPTICAL ILLUSIONS, SANTANA ROW
High-style fashions and sound advice.

BEST POTATO PIZZA
PIZZA ANTICA, SANTANA ROW
I know, it's hard to believe, but this pizza made of heirloom potatoes, carmelized onions and white truffle oil is really amazing.

BEST RESTAURANT SUPPLY
DONG VINH RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, SAN JOSE
Whether you are opening a restaurant or just like to cook, this humongous warehouse stocks everything from commercial fridges and espresso machines to cooking tools, bar mops and containers of every shape and size.

BEST TUNA TARTARE
ARCADIA RESTAURANT, SAN JOSE
Michael Mina's spicy signature tartare laced with garlic, pine nuts, diced Scotch bonnet peppers and quail egg has finally made it to San Jose.

BEST WINDOW WASHER
JANTECH
This owner-operated business is fast, trustworthy and reliable, a standout in the home services business.

BEST WINE SHOP
JOSEPH GEORGE, SAN JOSE
Third-generation wine merchant Bert George has the connections and palate to secure hard-to-find small production and artisan wines.

BEST URBAN BOUTIQUE HOTEL
MONTGOMERY HOTEL, SAN JOSE
Seamlessly weaves 1911 historic architecture with Burberry fabrics and contemporary irony.

BEST USED BOOK STORE
FRIENDS OF LIBRARY BOOKSTORE AT MARTIN LUTHER KING LIBRARY, SAN JOSE
An eclectic collection of well-priced library discards. We hope it reopens soon.

BEST VIETNAMESE CLUB
CLUB LIDO, SAN JOSE
With live performers and a lively dance floor, it's everything an international disco should be.

 


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From the September 22-28, 2004 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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