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Come see the Best Of Palo Alto

Risings stars and old favorites featured in the Weekly's Best Of

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up for a chance to see a show bursting with wonders and delights guaranteed to dazzle your every sense. The Palo Alto Weekly's Best Of Palo Alto is rolling back into town to shine its lights, pull back the curtains and introduce the best of what Palo Alto has to offer.

Determined to please, the Palo Alto Weekly has gathered almost 34,000 votes from the community and has crafted a one-of-a-kind experience featuring businesses and organizations from 90 different categories that you, the Weekly's readers, have deemed supreme. Whatever your fancy, this year's Best Of Palo Alto has it all, from the most indulgent milkshake at Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill to the most striking hairdo at Juut Salonspa. To keep things exciting, the program also features some rising stars, businesses like the new educational toy store Gray Matters and burrito destination Sancho's Taqueria, which have stolen the hearts of our audience.

For longtime followers of our tantalizing troupe, you'll recognize the 22 beloved standbys included in our Hall of Fame. These businesses -- which have won Best Of awards in their categories for five years in a row -- gain this treasured distinction for three years, providing them a lasting place in the spotlight while also allowing new performers to take the stage.

So come one, come all: Take a seat, grab an acai bowl and allow the 2015 Best Of winners to show off their superior service, delectable dishes and astounding attractions -- all found right here in the Palo Alto area.

Click here to see photos and stories about the Best Of winners.

• Or, download a PDF of the Weekly Best Of section by clicking here.

• Or, for text-only lists of the Best Of winners, click on the following: | Retail | Service | Food & Drink | Restaurants | Fun Stuff

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Best Of Contributors

Editor: Sam Sciolla

Writers: Jamauri Bowles, Jocelyn Dong, Sue Dremann, Elena Kadvany, Sevde Kaldiroglu, Brenna Malmberg, My Nguyen, Elizabeth Schwyzer, Gennady Sheyner

Publicity and Logistics: Heather Choi

Photographers: Veronica Weber, Michelle Le

Lead Designers: Shannon Corey, Kristin Brown, Linda Atilano

Designers: Diane Haas, Rosanna Leung, Paul Llewellyn, Nick Schweich, Doug Young

— Sam Sciolla

Comments

8 people like this
Posted by Kate
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 24, 2015 at 11:51 am

The link with the list of winners looks great but is very difficult to maneuver. How about a list that's readable? Thanks!


6 people like this
Posted by My Nguyen
digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on Jul 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm

My Nguyen is a registered user.

@Kate Hi there, sorry that you find the page difficult to maneuver. What makes it difficult? And you can see the full list of winners in our PDF and virtual editions (on the home page at the bottom) as well as if you search for "Best of 2015: Retail," "Best of 2015: Service," etc.

Hope that helps!


7 people like this
Posted by Gail
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 24, 2015 at 12:10 pm

I couldn't figure out how to navigate the site either. I gave up.


2 people like this
Posted by My Nguyen
digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on Jul 24, 2015 at 12:22 pm

My Nguyen is a registered user.

@Gail Hi there, sorry you had a hard time navigating. Are you on a desktop or laptop? All you have to do is place your cursor over the left panel where all the text is and scroll down.


2 people like this
Posted by My Nguyen
digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on Jul 24, 2015 at 12:39 pm

My Nguyen is a registered user.

Anyone with questions regarding the Best Of page can email me at mnguyen@paweekly.com. Happy to help!


6 people like this
Posted by Don
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 24, 2015 at 1:56 pm

Yup, there doesn't appear to be a way to scroll the text.

(I've tried it on multiple browsers.)


4 people like this
Posted by Gail
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 24, 2015 at 2:07 pm

I didn't see how to scroll the text, either.


4 people like this
Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on Jul 24, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Click in the text window of the left side, then scroll down using the down arrow button on your computer keyboard (PC or Mac). If you have a mouse with a wheel button, you can use that as well (either PC or Mac).

On my Mac, I used the two-finger trackpad scroll.

That said, it is better to keep things simple and just put everything on one web page and use the browser's standard navigation controls like the Best of Mountain View list: Web Link

The Palo Alto version is needlessly fussy.


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Posted by blatt
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 24, 2015 at 2:33 pm

This is stupid--can't scrool down and read the list!


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Posted by Mouseless
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2015 at 2:36 pm

The Best Of Site is not easy to navigate if you don't have a wheeled mouse to scroll the text from the left side of the page. To the authors - try this experiment: click on the house symbol on the left edge of the page (to go to the beginning) and now put the mouse away and.... GO! Read the page. Navigate it! See how "easy" that is.


3 people like this
Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on Jul 24, 2015 at 2:37 pm

You can also use the space bar to scroll down a full page.

The key point is to click on the text pane on the left side to make it the active browser pane.

As far as I can tell, there is nothing wrong with the page, it's just rather awkward.


2 people like this
Posted by IamOld
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2015 at 2:42 pm

On a browser I know I can drag a scroll bar to move the page around. On this site there is no scroll bar and no indication of which pane is active, so the navigation keys mostly don't work. Interesting to see we're having an impromptu UI design school in session in the comments...


7 people like this
Posted by Linkstatic
a resident of another community
on Jul 24, 2015 at 2:50 pm

Links in more readable form:

Service: Web Link

Retail: Web Link

Food : Web Link

Restaurants: Web Link

Fun Stuff: Web Link


14 people like this
Posted by Not A Designer
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 24, 2015 at 2:51 pm

This is bad UI design for a web browser because the designer doesn't know which device/browser will be used to access the site.

If this were designed for touchscreen devices, the lack of navigation scroll bars would be acceptable, but for a web browser being accessed by multiple types of computers, operating systems, and pointing devices, this is clunky.

A worse offense: the largest chunk of webpage real estate is being reserved for a useless graphic. All of the real content is crammed into a narrower pane.

Appalling design.


8 people like this
Posted by Not A Designer
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 24, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Alternate solution:

Download the issue PDF: Web Link

The winners are summarized on page 34 with no notes or comments.

It's a shame that Embarcadero Media did not have the foresight to offer this single page as a downloadable PDF.


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Posted by JS
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 25, 2015 at 3:40 pm

It works on my tablet. Easy to read!


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Posted by Not A Designer
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 1, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Well, I'm amused to see that Palo Alto Online finally deep-sixed that ill-advised Best of 2015 website and put the content on *readable* and *navigable* web pages and provided a printable one-page PDF.

I'd say this is a good lesson to the senior editorial management team and design staff to carefully consider how you are communicating your information. The deprecated website violated a number of basic page design principles that had been documented by guys like Jakob Nielsen and Edward Tufte in the late Nineties.

The most appalling transgression was letting some useless graphic occupy nearly two-thirds of the page area.

It's rather depressing to see this sort of failure happen from a mid-Peninsula media group in 2015.


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Posted by Town Square reader
a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Maybe there are new designers at the Weekly.
I wonder whether the dreadful offensive ads that have begun appearing on this site are the work of this new style.
Not only are there ads jumping, exploding, beeping, and flashing on and off, there are now pictures in cosmetics ads that are exaggerated, dishonest, and disgusting.
Please bring sanity back.


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