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Short List

By Dan Pulcrano

Short List

Each year we put together a short list of the editors' personal favorites.

Shopping & Services

Best Historically Restored Apartment Building

The St. Claire Apartments

311 S. First St., San Jose; 408.499.2229

Best Small Health Food Store

Country Sun

440 S. California Ave., Palo Alto; 650.324.9190

Best Monster Supermarket

Whole Foods Cupertino

20955 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino; 408.257.7000

Best New Architecture

Terminal B, San Jose International Airport

1661 Airport Blvd., San Jose, 408.277.4759

Best Place for Eyeglasses

Optical Illusions

378 Santana Row, San Jose; 408.261.1010

Best Place for Batteries

Batteries Plus

3410 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose; 800.677.8278

Best Custom Paint Store

Color Carousel

1896 Curtner Ave., San Jose; 408.377.4660

Best Audiophile Store

Century Stereo

450 El Paseo De Saratoga; San Jose; 408.341.1950

Best Local Insurance Agent

Tiefeld & Company

255 W. Julian St., San Jose; 4089.977.1213

Best Business Networking

Silicom Ventures

Best Restaurant Supply

Dong Vinh Restaurant Equipment and Supplies

1979 Monterey Hwy. #120, San Jose; 408.298.4445

Music & Nightlife

Best Celebrity Appearance Venue

Wet Nightclub

396 S. First St., San Jose; 408.282.8938

Best Video Wall

Pearl Nightclub

8 S. First St., San Jose; 408.279.4444

Food & Drink

Best Rooftop Patio

Capers Loft

90 S. Second St., San Jose; 408.291.0677

Best New Hotel Bar


301 S. Market St., San Jose; 408.280.1300

Best Lettuce Wraps

P.F. Chang's

Multiple locations

Best Fat Sashimi Slices

Fuji Sushi

56 W. Santa Clara St.. San Jose; 408.298.3854

Best Authentic Cuban Food

Los Cubanos Restaurant

22 N. Almaden Ave., San Jose; 408.279.0134

Best Grasshoppers

Mezcal Restaurant

25 W. San Fernando, San Jose; 408.283.9595

Best Sake Bar

Koji Sake Bar

48 S. First Street, San Jose; 408.287.7199

Best Italian - Campbell

A Bellagio

33 S. Central Ave., Campbell; 408.370.7705

Best Italian - Los Gatos

The Pastaria & Market

49 E. Main St., Los Gatos; 408.399.3477

Best Italian - Sunnyvale

Il Postale

127 W. Washington Ave., Sunnyvale; 408.733.9600

Best Adriatic Cuisine

Café Torre

20343 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino; 408.257.2383

Best Sidewalk Seating

Vin Santo

1346 Lincoln Ave., San Jose; 408.420.2508

Best Private Booth

La Pastaia

233 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose; 408.286.8686

Best Kitschy Decor

Buck's Restaurant

3062 Woodside Road, Woodside; 650.851.8010

Best High-end Decor

La Fondue

14550 Big Basin Way # 3, Saratoga;408.867.3332

Best Crab Martini

Xanh Restaurant

110 Castro St., Mountain View; 650.964.1888

Best Fast Vegetarian Food

Good Karma Café

37 S. First St., San Jose; 208.294.2694

Best Wine Room

Plumed Horse Restaurant

14555 Big Basin Way, Saratoga; 408.867.4711

Best Small Cafe

Nick's on Main

35 E. Main St., Los Gatos; 408.399.6457

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