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Jan 22, 2014 04:31 PM

Eater Silicon Valley Heatmap

Ciano's, Campbell
Cream, PA
CurryUpNow, Sunnyvale
Gochi, MV
Gott's PA
Hult's, Los Gatos
Jack Rose, Los Gatos
Lexington House, Los Gatos
The Refuge, MP
Stein's, MV
Tacolicious, PA


My first reaction is HA HA HA HA.
Gott's? Tacolicious? CurryUpNow?
Los Gatos as the center of the universe?
More like a "DumbMap".

That being said, it's nice for Stein's, and I'll certainly keep a few of these places in mind.

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  1. Been only once to Refuge, MP...was underwhelmed by the pastrami sandwich. Really messy which turned me off. Same with the pulled pork sandwich. DD didn't realize cole slaw was going to be inside & there was a lot of it making it one wet, sloppy sandwich. Plus, the combo didn't work.

    Just checked the Gochi website; nice that there is a dedicated vegetarian menu. Unfortunately, appears they are in danger of losing their Mountain View lease due to real estate development. Wonder if that's the case for nearby Rose Int'l Market, though not part of same complex.

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    1. re: ceekskat

      Yes, the plans currently include the Rose Market space, but they will stay on while Gochi is being left out. It's shocking that something like this wasn't communicated while Gochi was building the space out.

      "Council members and residents expressed concern about Gochi, whose owner said he had invested his life savings to fix up the space, not aware of the development plan. City staff said the spaces in the proposed development were full, and that Gochi was receiving help from the city in finding a new space."

      1. re: Jon914

        It's not fully clear to me -- and I believe the owners also expressed concern about this elsewhere -- that even Rose International Market (itself a unique popular source of grilled specialties, mainly take-out) will "stay on," given the last sentence in this extract from the local article whose comment page Jon914 linked to:

        "Others applauded the developer's efforts to retain the Rose Market, Sufi Coffee Shop ... and Peet's Coffee ... in the design of the first floor of two of the three proposed buildings. However, the businesses may have to remain closed for two years during construction."

        1. re: Jon914

          That seems like typical developer doubletalk. Peet's could close and come back, but I don't see how an independent business would be able to afford that. Makes about as much sense as the claim that 60 parking spaces is more than 99.

      2. Maybe somebody who works there live in Los Gatos?

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          That may be, but I believe nonetheless that Los Gatos is leading the culinary charge in the South Bay. There's a new energy going on there if you look at the openings in the past year. And that's where Manresa is located.

          Today Jonathan Kauffman reviewed Oak & Rye,

          We've asked for reports on Hult's and Lexington House, but no replies yet. Jack Rose just opened last month, I've not heard anything about it from friends yet.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Maybe those guys know something, then! I'll put more Los Gatos on my eating list.

            I hit Stein's again last night, partially because I was thinking of the list. The pretzel wasn't as good as last time (two small instead of one large, something funny about the top), the hamburger when largely unfinished (underseasoned but otherwise nice), I was fond of the flank steak sandwitch (reminded me of the marinated flank at Nola's in PA). The beer selection there gets better & more obscure - I had some kind of beer that had been made in three slightly different processes and then re-mixed, which was good in practice as well as theory. GF was not fond of her beer, a floral but sour belgian style.

            The place wasn't quite a "scene-y" as a previous visit, but did include a huge single table of geeks (at least 30 of them). There's a lot of new construction in MV, there doesn't seem to be the "urban canyon" outcry that is holding back Palo Alto.

          2. re: Robert Lauriston

            list is from one guy

            "For the list, San Jose resident and food writer Jeffrey Cianci shared his picks for the hottest dining the Silicon Valley has to offer."

            1. re: drewskiSF

              Wow, you actually read the article?

              Last year he was a student at SJSU and executive editor of the Spartan Daily. He has written for something called


              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                How does this make him an expert in food?

            2. I wouldn't take the heat maps so seriously. They tend to favor restaurants good at publicity and Already established chefs. It should be called the sheep map The top 38 maps, on the other hand, tend to be a very good resource, so much so I often seed my chowhound searches when traveling with some restaurants identified on those lists

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              1. re: hyperbowler

                For me that's what makes it amusing, though. The Heat Map is, according to Eater, "a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment." This list conjures images of wannabe-hip faux-cialites from Palo Alto telling each other "Oh, haven't you been to Gott's yet? It's ALL the rage."