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September 20-26, 2006

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Best of Silicon Valley 2006:
Intro | The Short List | Campbell | Cupertino | Gilroy and Morgan Hill | Los Gatos | Milpitas | Mountain View | Palo Alto and Menlo Park | San Jose | Santa Clara | Saratoga | Sunnyvale | Willow Glen | Readers' Choice—Food & Sustenance | Readers' Choice—Love & Romance | Readers' Choice—Arts & Culture | Readers' Choice—Shopping & Services


Best of Silicon Valley 2006

Readers' Choice—Food & Sustenance


Best New Restaurant
Saigon 75 304A Santa Clara St., San Jose
Runners-up: 4th Street Pizza 150 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
180 Restaurant & Lounge 15 1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos


Best Place to Be Seen
Santana Row
Runners-up: Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge 99 E. San Fernando St., San Jose
Paragon 211 S. First St., San Jose


Best Chef
David Kinch Manresa, 320 Village Lane, Los Gatos
Runners-up: Jeffrey Stout Alexander's Steakhouse, 10330 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino
Danny Chu Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge, 99 E. San Fernando St., San Jose


Best Seafood
Fish Market Restaurant 1007 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose
Runners-up: Hawgs Seafood 150 S. Second St, San Jose
Yankee Pier 378 Santana Row, San Jose


Best American
Parcel 104 2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara
Runners-up: Los Altos Grill 233 Third St., Los Altos
Peggy Sue's Multiple locations


Best Chinese
Chef Chu's 1067 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
Runners-up: Tsing Tao 104 N. San Tomas Aquino Road, Campbell
Hong Fu 20588 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino


Best Japanese
Kazoo Multiple Locations
Runners-up: Gombei 193 Jackson St., San Jose
Kobe 2086 El Camino Real, Santa Clara


Best Vietnamese
19 Market 19 N. Market St., San Jose
Runners-up: Khanh's Garden Restaurant 335 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose
Green Papaya 137 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos


Best Korean
Korean Palace 2297 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose
Runners-up: Tofu House 3450 El Camino Real #105, Santa Clara
Red Charcoal 1701 Lundy Ave. #110, San Jose


Best Dim Sum
Sino 337 Santana Row, San Jose
Runners-up: Mayflower Restaurant 222 Great Mall Dr., Milpitas
Dynasty Chinese Seafood Restaurant 1001 Story Road, San Jose


Best Mexican
La Victoria 140 W. San Carlos St., San Jose
Runners-up: El Burro 1875 S. Bascom Ave. #570, Campbell
Aqui Cal-Mex Multiple locations


Best Indian
Amber India Multiple Locations
Runners-up: Tandoori Oven Multiple locations
Royal Taj 1350 Camden Ave., Campbell


Best Ethiopian
Shebele 422 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
Runners-up: Zeni 1320 Saratoga Ave., San Jose
Gojo 1261 W. San Carlos St., San Jose


Best French
Le Papillon 410 Saratoga Ave., San Jose
Runners-up: Emile's 545 S. Second St., San Jose
La Foret 21747 Bertram Road, San Jose


Best Italian
Maggiano's 3055 Olin Ave., San Jose
Runners-up: Il Fornaio 302 S. Market St., San Jose
Vittoria 27 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos


Best Greek
Yiassoo Multiple Locations
Runners-up: Falafel Drive In 2301 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose
Evvia 420 Emerson St., Palo Alto


Best Middle Eastern
Dishdash 190 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale
Runners-up: Kabul Multiple locations
Afghani House 1103 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale


Best Thai
Krung Thai 640 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose
Runners-up: Thai Pepper 1045 Monroe St., Santa Clara
Thepthai Thai Cuisine 23 N. Market St., San Jose


Best Pho
Pho Nam 41 Serra Way, Milpitas
Runners-up: Pho Vi Hoa 4546 El Camino Real, Los Altos
Pho Y #1 1660 E. Capitol Expwy., San Jose


Best Taqueria
La Victoria 140 W. San Carlos St., San Jose
Runners-up: Andale 6 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
Super Taqueria Multiple locations


Best Steak
Alexander's Steakhouse 10330 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino
Runners-up: Forbes Mill Steakhouse 206 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
Firehouse Grill & Brewery 111 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale


Best Late-Night Eats
La Victoria 140 W. San Carlos St., San Jose
Runners-up: Mini Gourmet 599 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose
Cardinal Lounge 3197 Meridian Ave., San Jose


Best Breakfast
Stacks 139 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
Runners-up: Bill's Cafe 1115 Willow St., San Jose
Holder's Country Inn Multiple locations


Best Barbecue
Andy's Bar-B-Que 2367 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
Runners-up: Henry's World Famous Hi-Life 301 W. St. John St., San Jose
Little Lou's BBQ 15466 Los Gatos Blvd. #111, Los Gatos


Best Asian Vegetarian
White Lotus 80 N. Market St., San Jose
Runners-up: Good Karma 37 S. First St., San Jose
Vegetarian House 520 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose


Best Indian Vegetarian
Amber India Multiple Locations
Runners-up: Bombay Oven 20803 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino
Royal Taj 1350 Camden Ave., Campbell


Best Vegetarian Overall
Good Karma 37 S. First St., San Jose
Runners-up: White Lotus 80 N. Market St., San Jose
Happy Bamboo 1711 Branham Lane, San Jose


Best Restaurant Patio
Paragon 211 S. First St., San Jose
Runners-up: Left Bank 377 Santana Row, San Jose
Rock Bottom Brewery 1875 S. Bascom Ave. #700, Campbell


Best Coffeehouse
Barefoot Coffee Roasters 5237 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara
Runners-up: Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Co. 101 W. Main St., Los Gatos
Coffee Society 21265 Stevens Creek Blvd. #202, Cupertino


Best Bakery
Aki's Bakery 355 Meridian Ave., San Jose
Runners-up: Fleur de Cocoa 39 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
Icing on the Cake 50 W. Main St., Los Gatos


Best Desserts
Icing on the Cake 50 W. Main St., Los Gatos
Runners-up: Aki's Bakery 355 Meridian Ave., San Jose
Peter's Bakery 3108 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose


Best Pizza
Pizza My Heart Multiple Locations
Runners-up: Pizza Chicago Multiple Locations
Frankie, Johnnie and Luigi Too 939 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View


Best Burger
Kirk's Steakburgers Multiple Locations
Runners-up: Sliders Diner 1645 W. San Carlos St., San Jose
Mojo Burger 6041 Snell Ave., San Jose


Best Hot Dog
Mark's Hot Dogs 1920 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose
Runners-up: Top Dog 284 S. 11th St., San Jose
Dog House 80 S. First St., San Jose


Best Ice Cream
Dolce Spazio 221 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
Runners-up: Sweet Retreat Ice Cream Parlor 6061 Cahalan Ave., San Jose
Rick's Ice Cream 3946 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto


Best Burrito
La Victoria 140 W. San Carlos St., San Jose
Runners-up: Burrito Factory Multiple locations
Super Taqueria Multiple locations


Best Sushi
Tomo Sushi 5487 Snell Ave., San Jose
Runners-up: Kazoo Multiple locations
Yuri Sushi 3236 S. White Road, San Jose


Best Mediterranean
Dishdash 190 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale
Runners-up: Yiassoo Multiple locations
House of Falafel 19590 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino


Best Fondue
Melting Pot 72 S. First St., San Jose
Runners-up: La Fondue 14510 Big Basin Way #3, Saratoga
Sonoma Chicken Coop Multiple locations


Best Deli/Sandwich Shop
Paradiso Delicatessen 791 Auzerais Ave., San Jose
Runners-up: Café Borrone 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Lee's Sandwiches Multiple locations


Best All-You-Can-Eat Lunch Buffet
Southern Spice 2700 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View
Runners-up: Todai Multiple locations
Crazy Buffet 780 S. Winchester, San Jose


Best Thai/Vietnamese Coffee
Barefoot Coffee Roasters 5237 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara
Runners-up: 19 Market 19 N. Market St., San Jose
Olarn Thai Cuisine 19672 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino


Best Place to Blow Off Your Low-Carb Diet
La Fondue 14510 Big Basin Way #3, Saratoga
Runners-up: Fleur de Cocoa 39 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos
Mojo Burger 6041 Snell Ave., San Jose



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