Palo Alto Weekly

Cover Story - August 17, 2012

Best Of Palo Alto 2012 winners list

Food & Drink

Bagels: House of Bagels, 526 University Ave., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Third Year: Izzy's Brooklyn Bagels, 477 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Bakery/Desserts: The Prolific Over, 550 Waverley St., Palo Alto

Breakfast: Joanie's Cafe, 405 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Burger: Kirk's Steakburgers, 855 El Camino Real, Suite 75, Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: First Year: The Counter, 369 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Burrito: Chipotle, 2675 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Deli/Sandwiches: The Village Cheese House, 157 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto

Gelato/Ice Cream: Gelato Classico, 435 Emerson St., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Third Year: Rick's Ice Cream, 3946 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Grocery Store: Trader Joe's, 140 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto

Happy Hour: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 2 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Milkshake: Peninsula Creamery Dairy Store & Grill, 900 High St., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Second Year: Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill, 566 Emerson St., Palo Alto; and 2A Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

New Food/Drink Establishment: Philz Coffee, 101 Forest Ave., Palo Alto

Pizza: Patxi's Chicago Pizza, 441 Emerson St., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Third Year: Applewood Pizza, 1001 El Camino Real, Menlo Park

Produce: Sigona's Farmers Market, 399 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Salad: Sprout Cafe, 168 University Ave., Palo Alto

Seafood: The Fish Market, 3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Steak: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 2 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Second Year: Sundance the Steakhouse, 1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Takeout: Su Hong, 4256 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Yogurt: Fraiche, 200 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto

Restaurants

Ambiance: La Bodeguita del Medio, 463 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Second Year: Evvia Estiatorio, 420 Emerson St., Palo Alto

Bar/Lounge: La Bodeguita del Medio, 463 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

California Cuisine: St. Michael's Alley, 140 Homer Ave., Palo Alto

Chinese Restaurant: Chef Chu's, 1067 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

Coffee House: Coupa Cafe, 538 Ramona St., Palo Alto

Dining With Kids: Peninsula Creamery Dairy Store & Grill, 900 High St., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Third Year: Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill, 566 Emerson St., Palo Alto; and 2A Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

French Restaurant: Cafˇ Brioche, 445 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Fusion Restaurant: Tamarine, 546 University Ave., Palo Alto

Indian Restaurant: Darbar, 129 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto

Italian Restaurant: Il Fornaio, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto

Latin American Cuisine: La Bodeguita del Medio, 463 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Meal Under $20: Sprout Cafe, 168 University Ave., Palo Alto

Mediterranean Restaurant: Mediterranean Wraps, 425 S. California Ave., Palo Alto; and 209 University Ave., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Second Year: Evvia Estiatorio, 420 Emerson St., Palo Alto

Mexican Restaurant: Reposado, 236 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Third Year: Palo Alto Sol, 408 California Ave., Palo Alto

New Restaurant: LYFE Kitchen, 167 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto

Outdoor Dining (tie): Cafˇ Borrone and Caffe Riace, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (Cafˇ Borrone) and 200 Sheridan Ave., Palo Alto (Caffe Riace)

Restaurant to Splurge: Tamarine, 546 University Ave., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Third Year: Evvia Estiatorio, 420 Emerson St., Palo Alto

Romantic Restaurant: La Bodeguita del Medio, 463 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Second Year: St. Michael's Alley, 140 Homer Ave., Palo Alto

Solo Dining: Coupa Cafe, 538 Ramona St., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Third Year: Cafˇ Borrone, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park

Sports Bar: The Dutch Goose, 3567 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park

Hall of Fame: First Year: The Old Pro, 541 Ramona St., Palo Alto

Sunday Brunch: St. Michael's Alley, 806 Emerson St., Palo Alto

Sushi/Japanese Restaurant: Fuki Sushi, 4119 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Thai Restaurant: Rice Thai Cuisine, 3924 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Second Year: Thaiphoon, 543 Emerson St., Palo Alto

Vegetarian/Vegan Cuisine: Calafia Cafe & Market A Go Go, 130 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto

Wine Bar: The Wine Room, 520 Ramona St., Palo Alto

Services

Auto Care: Dave's Auto Repair, 830 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto

Chiropractors: Health Logic, 633 Menlo Ave., Menlo Park

Day Spa: Watercourse Way, 165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto

Dentist: Palo Alto Dental Group, 511 Byron St., Palo Alto

Dry Cleaner: AJ's Cleaners, 3175 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Third Year: Charleston Cleaners, 3900 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Fitness Classes: Uforia Studios, 819 Ramona St., Palo Alto

Frame Shop: University Art, 267 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto

Gym: Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Hair Salon: Hair International, 232 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Hotel: Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto

Manicure/Pedicure: Lavande Nail Spa, 240 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Massage: Massage Therapy Center, 368 S. California Ave., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Third Year: Watercourse Way, 165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto

Men's Haircut: President Barbershop 490 University Ave., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: First Year: Hair International, 232 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

New Service Business: Elite Med Spa, 95 Town & Country Village (located at LaBelle), Palo Alto

Orthodontist: Dr. Stacey Quo (Midpeninsula Orthodontics), 965 High St., Palo Alto

Personal Trainers: NoXcuses Fitness, 2741 Middlefield Road, #102, Palo Alto

Plumber: Palo Alto Plumbing, Heating & Air/Dahl Plumbing, 716 San Antonio Road, Unit F, Palo Alto

Shoe Repair: Midtown Shoe Repair, 2796 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Skin Care: Destino Spa, 4335 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: First Year: SkinSpirit, 701 Emerson St., Palo Alto

Travel Agency: AAA, 430 Forest Ave., Palo Alto

Value Hotel/Motel: Creekside Inn, 3400 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Veterinarian: Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital, 1125 Merrill St., Menlo Park

Hall of Fame: Third Year: Adobe Animal Hospital, 4470 El Camino Real, Los Altos

Yoga: YogaSource, 158 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Second Year: Darshana Yoga, formerly at 654 High St., Palo Alto (now closed)

Retail Shopping

Beauty Supply: Peninsula Beauty Supply, 250 University Ave., Palo Alto

Bike Shop: Mike's Bikes, 3001 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Bookstore: Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park

Boutique: Shady Lane, 441 University Ave., Palo Alto

Eyewear: Lux Eyewear, 1805 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Florist: Nature's Alley, 2675 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Third Year: Michaela's Flower Shop, 453 Waverley St., Palo Alto

Gift/Novelty Shop: Shady Lane, 441 University Ave., Palo Alto

Green Business: REI, 2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View

Hall of Fame: First Year: Palo Alto Hardware, 875 Alma St., Palo Alto

Hardware Store: Palo Alto Hardware, 875 Alma St., Palo Alto

Home Furnishings and Dˇcor: IKEA, 1700 E. Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto

Jewelry Store: Shady Lane, 441 University Ave., Palo Alto

Men's Apparel: Macy's Men's Store, 300 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: First Year: Nordstrom, 550 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

New Retail Business: Apricot Lane Boutique, 315 Main St., Los Altos

Nursery/Garden Supply: SummerWinds, 725 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto and 805 Yuba Drive, Mountain View

Pet Store: Pet Food Express, 3910 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Pharmacy: CVS, 2701 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; and 352 University Ave., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: First Year: Walgreens, 300 University Ave., Palo Alto

Shoe Store: Nordstrom, 550 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Sporting Goods and Apparel: Palo Alto Sport Shop and Toy World, 526 Waverley St., Palo Alto

Hall of Fame: Third Year: REI, 2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View

Stationery Store: Village Stationers, 310 California Ave., Palo Alto; and 719 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park

Toy Store: Palo Alto Sport Shop and Toy World, 526 Waverley St., Palo Alto

Women's Apparel: Nordstrom, 550 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto

Fun Stuff

Art Gallery: Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford

Nightlife: Nola, 535 Ramona St., Palo Alto

Palo Alto Park: Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto

Place for a Kid's Playdate: Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Place for Live Entertainment: Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Place to Enjoy the Outdoors: Foothills Park, 3300 Page Mill Road, Los Altos Hills

Place to Go for a Run: Stanford Dish, entrance at Junipero Serra Boulevard and Stanford Avenue, Stanford

WiFi Hot Spot: Coupa Cafe, 538 Ramona St., Palo Alto

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