This week San Jose decided not to have an election, as seven members of the city council decided democracy was too slow and expensive. Why not just pick the winners ourselves and be done with it?
Metro, which pioneered the original Best of Silicon Valley, has always seen the value in asking its readers what they enjoy most around here. The more participants the better.
Our brilliant readers have spoken once again in the annual Best of the Silicon Valley, proving their astute appreciation of local landmarks and businesses with deep roots in the valley. In this issue, we list the top vote-getters, as well as the runners-up.
Take, for instance, the loyalty shown to Poor House Bistro. In January of 2022 the restaurant’s building was physically moved to a new location, and work is under way to reopen. But in the interim PHB persevered, serving its Cajun food at Mimosa’s of Willow Glen.
And there’s Best Chef winner Jim Stump, who opened his first restaurant, Los Gatos Brewing Co., with Andy Pavicich in 1992. Iin 2021, he launched Shepherd & Sims and Lamella Tavern. Now, Jim Stump’s Taproom & Kitchen is due to land soon at Mineta International Airport.
Mixed in with beloved traditions are new ones in the making—such as this year’s winner for Best Restaurant. Based in Los Gatos, the Tasting House is the creation of Denise and Mike Thornberry. Not only a restaurant, it also has the Tasting Shop, which sells wine, cheese, chocolate and pantry items. Though the Thornberrys are new to the restaurant biz, chef Ryan Fillhardt and chief of staff Christina Barnett have roots in the local food and wine scene.
This week’s cover design is by Mark Davis, who has worked with us in developing logotypes for our sister publications. It’s his first cover, and we think he captured, with elegant simplicity, a sleekly minimalistic tribute to Silicon Valley.
Claim Your Best of Silicon Valley 2022 Award
Honorees who wish to celebrate their 2022 Best of Silicon Valley win can visit wklys.co/2022bosv to order a plaque.