Best of Silicon Valley 2001 - Readers' Picks

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Readers' Survey Winners:
Food & Drink

Best Bagels

First Place
Noah's Bagels
various locations

Second Place
Posh Bagels
various locations

Third Place
House of Bagels
various locations


Best Pizza

First Place
Pizza Chicago
155 W. San Fernando St., S.J.
408.283.9400

Second Place
Pizza My Heart
1396 Lincoln Ave., S.J.
408.279.4441

Third Place
Tony & Alba's
864 Blossom Hill Rd., S.J.
408.227.8669
3137 Stevens Creek Blvd., S.J.
408.246.4605


Best Onion Rings

First Place (Tie)
Johnny Rockets
various locations

Juicy Burger
various locations

Second Place
Armadillo Willy's BBQ
various locations

Third Place
Burger King
various locations


Best Cheap Eats

First Place
Una Mas
various locations

Second Place
Taco Bravo
1950 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell

Third Place
Jack-In-The-Box
various locations


Best Bartender

First Place
Craig Yamato
Cactus Club
417 S. First St., S.J.
408.491.9300

Second Place
Ray Lychak
The Hut
3200 The Alameda, Santa Clara
408.296.6024

Third Place
Vince Speaks
Agenda Restaurant Bar & Lounge
399 S. First St., S.J.
408.287.3991


Best Burrito

First Place
Andale Taqueria
21 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408.395.8997
6 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408.395.4244
209 University Ave., Palo Alto
650.323.2939

Second Place
Una Mas
various locations

Third Place
Iguanas Taqueria
330 South Third St., S.J.
408.995.6023


Best Funky Neighborhood Restaurant

First Place
Gumba's
176 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale
408.737.8384
21678 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino
408.255.2423


Best Gourmet Take Out

First Place
Mandarin Gourmet
10145 N. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino
408.725.8168
5560 Santa Teresa Blvd., S.J.
408.281.8898

Second Place
Draeger's
1010 University Dr., Menlo Park
650.324.7700

Third Place
Willow Street Wood-Fired Pizza
1072 Willow St., SJ
408.971.7080
1554 Saratoga Ave., S.J.
408.871.0400


Best Early Bird Special

First Place
Mini Gourmet
599 S. Bascom Ave., SJ
408.275.8973

Second Place
Mary's Patio Cafe
337 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408.395.0711

Third Place
Denny's
various locations


Best Ice Cream

First Place
Ben & Jerry's
115 E. San Carlos St., S.J.
408.275.8827

Second Place
Baskin Robbins
various locations

Third Place
Cold Stone Creamery
1875 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell
408.559.1120
4848 San Felipe Rd., S.J.
408.238.6161
757 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
408.739.4420


Best Sushi

First Place
Miyake Restaurant
10650 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino
408.253.2668
140 University Ave., Palo Alto
650.323.9449

Second Place
Sushi Boat Kazoo
10 E .Hamilton Ave., Campbell
408.871.1250

Third Place
Sushi Zono
831 W. Hamilton Ave., Campbell
408.374.8366


Best Italian

First Place
Frankie Johnnie & Luigi Too
5245 Prospect Rd., S.J.
408.446.9644

Second Place (Tie)
Il Fornaio
302 S. Market St., S.J.
408.271.3366
520 Cowper St., Palo Alto
650.853.3888

La Pastaia
233 W. Santa Clara St., S.J.
408.286.8686

Third Place
Buca di Beppo

1875 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell
408.377.7722
643 Emerson St., Palo Alto
650.329.0665


Best Mexican

First Place
Andale Taqueria
21 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408.395.8997
6 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408.395.4244
209 University Ave., Palo Alto
650.323.2939

Second Place (Tie)
El Burro
1875 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell
408.371.5800

Pedro's Cabo Grill
316 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408.354.7570

Third Place
Una Mas
various locations


Best Indian

First Place
Amber India Restaurant
2290 W. El Camino Real, Mtn. View
650.968.7511

Second Place
Sue's Indian Cuisine
895 Willow St., S.J.
408.993.8730

Third Place
Swagat Indian Cuisine
613 Great Mall Dr., Milpitas
408.262.2536
68 S. Abel St., Milpitas
408.262.1128
2700 W. El Camino Real, Mtn. View
650.948.7727


Best Vietnamese

First Place
Green Papaya
137 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408.395.9115

Second Place
Pho Saigon
826 S. Winchester Blvd., S.J.
408.244.2528

Third Place
New Tung Kee
various locations


Best Chinese

First Place
Mandarin Gourmet
5560 Santa Teresa Blvd., S.J.
408.281.8898

Second Place
Blue Sky
2028 Winchester Blvd., Campbell
408.378.0424

Third Place
Fung Lum
1815 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell
408.377.6955


Best Thai

First Place
Krung Thai
640 S. Winchester Blvd., S.J.
408.260.8224
559 N. Winchester Blvd., S.J.
408.248.3435

Second Place
House of Siam
55 S. Market St., S.J.
408.279.5668
151 S. Second St., S.J.
408.295.3397

Third Place
Thai Basil
101 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale
408.733.1098


Best Seafood

First Place
Fish Market Restaurant
1007 Blossom Hill Rd., S.J.
408.269.3474

Second Place
Scott's Seafood
185 Park Ave., S.J.
408.971.1700

Third Place
Steamers Grillhouse
31 University Ave., Los Gatos
408.395.2722


Best Natural/Vegetarian

First Place
Fresh Choice
5353 Almaden Expwy., S.J.
408.723.7991
1600 Saratoga Ave., S.J.
408.866.1491

Second Place
White Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
80 N. Market St., S.J.
408.977.0540


Best Place to Dump Someone/Get Dumped

First Place
Dave & Buster's
940 Great Mall Dr., Milpitas
408.957.9215

Second Place
BackBeat
777 Lawrence Expwy., Santa Clara
408.241.0777

Third Place
Over the phone


Best Restaurant for Gluttons

First Place
Fresh Choice
5353 Almaden Expy, S.J.
408.723.7991
1600 Saratoga Ave., S.J.
408.866.1491

Second Place
Hometown Buffet
408 N .Capitol Ave., S.J.
408.254.7740

Third Place
Max's Opera Cafe
711 Stanford Shopping Ctr., Palo Alto
650.323.6297


Best Place to See and Be Seen

First Place
Mission Ale House
97 E. Santa Clara St., S.J.
408.292.4058

Second Place
A.P. Stump's
163 W. Santa Clara St., S.J.
408.292.9928

Third Place
Downtown Los Gatos


Best Pancakes

First Place
IHOP
various locations

Second Place
Stacks
139 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
408.376.3516

Third Place
Holder's Country Inn
998 S. DeAnza Blvd. S.J.
408.244.2798
1424 Saratoga Ave., S.J.
408.378.6022
2008 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
408.244.6267
6484 Camden Ave., S.J.
408.997.9300


Best Innovative Cuisine

First Place
E&O Trading Company
96 S. First St., S.J.
408.938.4100

Second Place
Straits Cafe
3295 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
650.494.7168

Third Place
California Cafe
50 University Ave., Los Gatos
408.354.8118
Valley Fair, Santa Clara
408.296.2233
700 Welch Rd., Palo Alto
650.325.2233


Best New American Food

First Place
A.P. Stump's
163 W. Santa Clara St., S.J.
408.292.9928

Second Place
71 St. Peter
71 North San Pedro St., S.J.
408.971.8523

Third Place (Tie)
Eulipia Restaurant & Bar
374 S. First St., S.J.
408.280.6161

Tapestry
11 College Ave., Los Gatos
408.395.2808


Best Cheap Restaurant/Fast Food

First Place
In-N-Out Burger
various locations

Second Place (Tie)
Mr. Chau's
various locations

Una Mas
various locations

Third Place
Taco Bravo
1950 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell


Best Outdoor Dining

First Place
Gordon Biersch
33 E. San Fernando St., S.J.
408.294.6785

Second Place
Willow Street Wood-Fired Pizza
1072 Willow St., SJ
408.971.7080
1554 Saratoga Ave., S.J.
408.871.0400

Third Place
Bella Saratoga
14503 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
408.741.5115


Best Fancy Restaurant

First Place
Le Papillon
410 Saratoga Ave., S.J.
408.296.3730

Second Place
La Foret
21747 Bertram Rd., S.J.
408.997.3458

Third Place (Tie)
Emile's
545 South Second St., S.J.
408.289.1960

Nicolino's Garden Cafe
1228 Reamwood Ave., Sunnyvale
408.734.5323


Best Vegetarian

First Place
White Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
80 N. Market St., S.J.
408.977.0540

Second Place
Vegetarian House
520 E. Santa Clara St., S.J.
408.292.3798


Best Breakfast

First Place
Hobee's
various locations

Second Place
Los Gatos Cafe
340 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408.354.4647

Third Place
Stacks
139 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
408.376.3516


Best Margarita

First Place
Chevy's Fresh Mexican Restaurant
various locations

Second Place
Left at Albuquerque
1875 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell
408.558.1680
360 University Ave., Palo Alto
650.326.1011

Third Place
Pedro's Cabo Grill
316 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408.354.7570


Best Wine List

First Place
Plumed Horse
14555 Big Basin Way, Saratoga
408.867.4711

Second Place
Expressway Wine Cellar
1848 Evans Ln., S.J.
408.723.2399

Third Place
Paolo's Restaurant
333 W. San Carlos St., S.J.
408.294.2558


Best Martini

First Place
Fuel
44 S. Almaden Ave., S.J.
408.295.7374

Second Place
Valeriano's Ristorante
160 W. Main St., Los Gatos
408.354.8108

Third Place
California Café
50 University Ave., Los Gatos
408.354.8118
Valley Fair, Santa Clara
408.296.2233
700 Welch Rd., Palo Alto
650.325.2233


Best Microbrewery

First Place
Gordon Biersch
33 E. San Fernando St., S.J.
408.294.6785

Second Place
Tied House
65 N. San Pedro St., S.J.
408.295.2739

Third Place
Los Gatos Brewing Company
130 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408.395.9929


Best Coffeehouse

First Place
Starbucks
various locations

Second Place
Peet's
various locations

Third Place (Tie)
Orchard Valley Coffee
349 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
408.374.2115

Great Bear Coffee
19 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
408.395.8607


Best Juice Bar

First Place
Jamba Juice
various locations

Second Place
Surf City Squeeze
1531 Parkmoor Ave., S.J.
408.947.7567


Best Doughnuts

First Place
Krispy Kreme
2146 Leghorn St., Mtn. View
650.254.1231

Second Place
Lou's Living Donut Museum
387 Delmas Ave., S.J.
408.295.5887

Third Place
Stan's Donuts
2628 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara
408.296.5982


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From the October 18-24, 2001 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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