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Meet the winners of the 2014 Best Of Palo Alto

Some of these businesses are old friends, household names that are counted on and celebrated. Others are new kids on the block who have burst on the scene. But whether they are neighborhood fixtures or upstarts, they have all won 2014 Best Of awards, bestowed upon them by readers of the Palo Alto Weekly.

This year, more than 36,000 votes were tallied for the Weekly's Best Of. Winners were chosen in 101 different categories. The winners represent a wide spectrum of businesses in the community, including everything from Dry Cleaner (Charleston Cleaners) to Burgers (Gott's Roadside) and Nightlife (Nola). In addition, there are 22 standout businesses in this year's Hall of Fame.

So go ahead and mingle. There's bound to be a new face or two as well as longtimers to applaud for their continued excellence and service to Palo Alto visitors and residents.

Head to PaloAltoOnline.com/best_of for the full list of winners.

Sam Sciolla

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 25, 2014 at 9:23 am

How is Gott's on this list? Their food is horribly overpriced and not very good. New business venture, burger joint in Palo Alto.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 25, 2014 at 10:25 am

So CPK won Best Place to Eat w/ Kids. That's great...since it's closing. So Palo Alto officially has nowhere good to eat with kids.


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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2014 at 10:29 am

Hurray, my secret is safe! The hoi polloi have not discovered Maximart Pharmacy on Cambridge Avenue!


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Posted by Coupa Cafe
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 25, 2014 at 10:31 am

If you want a good Place for kids, check out Coupa Cafe at the Stanford Golf Course! We have lots of parking and a kids menu. Check us out! 198 Junipero Serra Blvd, Stanford Golf Course.


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Posted by book reader
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 25, 2014 at 10:33 am

I'm sorry, but doesn't Books Inc become the default Best Books store? It's the ONLY book store in PA!


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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

There's a new barber shop in Midtown that is great! Urban Style Barber Shop. I don't know how they didn't win this category. Maybe they are just too new. Next year guys...good luck!


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Posted by rick
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 25, 2014 at 11:03 am

Osteria is fine, but La Strada has a much more interesting menu (in the plethora of Italian restaurants around, it is the best).

And Paxti's for pizza? I guess it depends on what style one likes: italian style, NY style, deep dish etc.


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Posted by Interested
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 25, 2014 at 11:05 am

One problem with this poll year after year is that we don't get actual information on how many votes the winner got; how many votes second place got etc. At least that would help put this stuff in perspective.


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Posted by Bus
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 25, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Gotts? You "Gotts" to be kidding?


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm

It would be good to know how many people vote, how many votes there are in each category, how many votes the winner received and how many votes the runner up received? It would also be good to know how these numbers compared to last year too?

Are we talking about neck and neck races, or runaway winners?

I vote each year and my choices never get a mention. Am I really that far out on what I like?


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Posted by Desmo
a resident of Southgate
on Jul 25, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Gotts? Who votes on this?

It's like In and Out Burger, but 3x the price. Ridiculous.


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Posted by Rupert of henzau
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 25, 2014 at 2:13 pm

This is kind of a joke. Some of the places are not even in Palo Alto. As someone pointed out there is only one bookstore in Palo Alto. They do not do some choices you would think would be included-- grocery store, movie theatre etc. and as others have asked, for hair salon they say there was no winner-- vote was too close to call. What does that mean? People voted ( supposedly)-- why not have co- winners. we do not know how many people actually voted. Seems like a very self- promotional exercise. Maybe they are hoping the winners will buy advertisement in the weekly.


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Posted by Vicky
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 25, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Try Ming's lunch Dim Sum on carts with your kids. Open 365 days.


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Posted by a
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jul 25, 2014 at 5:11 pm

How did Gotts make the list? It is not just average and expensive .... it is bad and expensive. I gave it three tries, each one was a fail.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 25, 2014 at 11:27 pm

The joke is on people in my part of Palo Alto. I love most of these businesses, but my side of town is being severely impacted by development in the name of reducing emissions, yet what all these residents (new and old) need over here is more retail. There are no retail centers over here. If Fry's loses it's lease, that site should be dedicated to JUST retail. Or some kind of community space, like a large maker space with a park, so that we have a large open space on this side of town (we have to cross El Camino and Alma to get to Mitchell Park -- no, it's really not that accessible for our kids either).

As we've lost retail to housing, sometimes giant housing developments, we've had to drive further and further for our needs. Now we need retail. Stop dumping density on us on the pretense that it somehow is environmentally friendly (overusing water, among other things and creating traffic jams, killing open space and views, etc), it's time we got some retail and City services over here!! We are, after all, host to one of our high schools.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 25, 2014 at 11:37 pm

First character is dropped on Shady Lane's web address, down on the Retail page/Boutique.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Not to be ungracious, I love reading these every year. So often I think, why haven't I tried them yet? More often, I find a lot if people voted like I did!

The coverage is always lovely. I will FINALLY visit St Michael's Alley again, havent been for years and years. (Is brunch best, what about other times?)


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Posted by MaRie
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 28, 2014 at 10:59 am

Hair Salon
There is no winner in the Hair Salon category this year, as the results were too close to call between four contenders.
How is this even possible?? Who got the most votes?? Easy as that!

Dining With Kids
California Pizza Kitchen... Always got my food to-go.
Now they're closing, so who was runner up?!?

Deli/Sandwich
Ike's Place... NEVER been a fan.
The Stanford location is closing too.


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Posted by Too weird
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2014 at 12:57 pm

I can't help wondering how some of these places were voted as best. Evvia has snarky parking valets who. Ask ally chase people away; Calafia has the worst service and the most uncomfortable seating EVER; the Wine Room does not have enough staff, and keeps people waiting interminably; Darbar is okay, not great--I can tell that some of their products are pre-packaged.


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Posted by Too weird
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2014 at 1:04 pm

LYFE Kitchen is too expensive for what you get, which is very little: most everyone leaves feeling hungry. Sam's Chowder house is definitely not child-friendly. The Left Bank has given us wine gone bad on two occasions.


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Posted by Rupert of,henzau
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm

MaRie and too weird-- well said. One has to.wonder how the voting takes place, how many people actually vote and how those ballots are counted. How can a vote be too,close to call???


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