.Food & Drink | Reader Picks

Metro’s best of Silicon Valley 2013

Best Cupcakes

Kara’s Cupcakes


Frost Cupcake Factory


Best Food Truck

Mogo BBQ

Sam’s Chowdermobile

Chairman Bao


Best Coffee Roaster

Los Gatos Coffee Roasting Co.

Barefoot Coffee

Orchard Valley Coffee


Best Chocolate Maker

Schurra’s Fine Confections

Fleur de Cocoa

Saratoga Chocolates


Best Tea Room

Lisa’s Tea Treasures

Satori Tea Company

Fairmont Hotel Lobby


Best New Restaurant [open after 1/1/12]

Lou’s Village

Dry Creek Grill

The Table


Best Restaurant [Culinary Excellence]


Nick’s on Main/Nick’s Next Door



Best Cajun Restaurant

Poor House Bistro

Lillie Mae’s House of Soul Food [no listing]



Best Seafood Restaurant

McCormick and Schmick’s

Pacific Catch

Fish Market


Best Ramen

Orenchi Ramen

Maru Ichi Japanese Noodle House

Kumako Ramen


Best Small Restaurant

Henry’s Hi-Life

Naglee Park Garage

Nick’s on Main/Nick’s Next Door


Best Thai Restaurant

Krung Thai

Thai Orchid

Blue MangoX


Best Korean Restaurant

SJ Omogari

Korean Palace

Jang Su Jang


Best Ethnic Market

Mi Pueblo Food Center ** multiple locations

Ranch 99 ** multiple locations

International Food Bazaar


Best Pearl Teas

Fantasia Coffee & Tea ** multiple locations

Tapioca Express ** multiple locations

Quickly Tea Cafe ** multiple locations


Best Dim Sum

Ming’s of Palo Alto




Best Latin-American Restaurant





Best Cuban/Caribbean Restaurant

Habana Cuba

Los Cubanos

Back A Yard Caribbean American Grill


Best French Restaurant

Le Papillon

La Fondue

Left Bank


Best Moderately Priced Italian Food

Maggiano’s Little Italy


Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi Too


Best Mediterranean

Dish Dash


Cafe Artemis


Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Falafel’s Drive-In

Dish Dash

Kabul Afghan Cuisine


Best Greek Restaurant


Dio Deka



Best Malaysian Restaurant

Banana Leaf


Layang Layang


Best Pho

Pho 69

Pho Wagon

House of Pho


Best Steakhouse

Alexander’s Steakhouse

Forbes Mill

Henry’s Hi-Life


Best Barbecue

Henry’s Hi-Life

Smoking Pig

Armadillo Willy’s


Best Hawaiian



Big Island Barbeque [no listing]


Best Asian Fusion


Blowfish Sushi To Die For

Banana Leaf Restaurant


Best Asian Vegetarian

Blue Mango

Happy Bamboo

Vegetarian House


Best Vietnamese

Pho 69

Khanh’s Restaurant



Best Vegetarian Overall

Good Karma Vegan Cafe

Falafel’s Drive-In

Vegetarian House


Best Restaurant Patio

Aqui Cal-Mex, Willow Glen

Gordon Biersch, San Jose

El Burro


Best Desserts

Icing on the Cake

Peter’s Bakery

Fleur de Cocoa


Best Donuts

Psycho Donuts


Manley’s ** multiple locations


Best Pizza (Regional Chain)

Pizza My Heart ** multiple locations

Amici’s ** multiple locations

Willow Street Pizza


Best Pizza (Independent)

A Slice of New York

Tony & Alba’s



Best Burger

Kirk’s Steakburgers 2388

St. John’s Bar & Grill

Mojo Burger ** multiple locations


Best Ice Cream/Gelato

Dolce Spazio

Gelato Classico ** multiple locations

Palo Alto Creamery


Best Frozen Yogurt

Willow Glen Frozen Yogurt

Yogurtland ** multiple locations

Pinkberry ** multiple locations


Best Sushi

Yuki Sushi


Michi Sushi


Best Deli/Sandwich Shop


La Villa Delicatessen

Los Gatos Meats and Smokehouse


Best Late-Night Eats

Original Joe’s

La Victoria

Flames Eatery & Bar


Best Microbrewery Food

Los Gatos Brewing Company

BJ’s Brewery

Gordon Biersch


Best Dining Value

Aqui ** multiple locations

Sonoma Chicken ** multiple locations

Bill’s Cafe ** multiple locations


Best Family Restaurant

Sonoma Chicken ** multiple locations

Bill’s Cafe ** multiple locations

Hobee’s ** multiple locations


Best Caterer

Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme

Blue Rock BBQ

A Catered Affair


Best Local Winery

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

Testarossa Winery

Ridge Vineyards


Best Microbrewery

Gordon Biersch ** multiple locations

Los Gatos Brewing Company

Rock Bottom Brewery


Best Wine Bar

Wine Affairs


The Grapevine


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