"This year was a particularly exciting year for the South Bay, as a slew of high-profile restaurateurs from San Francisco and beyond continue to open outposts in the area," Zagat said on its web site, "hoping to tap into the gourmet tastes, disposable income and proximity of VC companies and other businesses."
On a rating scale from 1 to 30, Asian Box earned 19 for food, 15 for decor, 18 for service and an average tab of $14.
In Zagat's words: "Grace Nguyen (ex Slanted Door) and husband Chad Newton (ex Fish & Farm) peddle 'really good', affordable, sustainable Asian street food at these take-out/eat-in/fast-casual eateries in a Palo Alto shopping center and in Mountain View; everything is gluten-free and customizable with a choice of proteins, fixin's and housemade sauces (including the 'very hot Hot Box It'), and washed down with Vietnamese iced coffee; P.S. a branch is planned for Macy's Union Square."
In Palo Alto, Asian Box is located in the Town & Country Shopping Center on
855 El Camino Real. The Mountain View location is 142 Castro St.
Other area eateries are also scoring high on the 2014 Zagat scoreboard:
- Mountain View's New GocHi Ranks in Zagat's 2014 'Top Japanese' Category. It is fusion, small-plate fabulous, reviewers declare.
- Los Gatos' Manresa Ranks in Zagat's 'Top Food' Category. Establishment at 320 Village Lane continues to earn accolades for its excellent cuisine and service.
- Nearby Evvia Ranks in Zagat's 2014 'Top Food' Category. It's like a "hug from a Greek mama," according to the restaurant rankers.
- Palo Alto's Baume Ranks in Zagat's 2014 'Top French' Category. Fine dining that is playful, artful and sculptural, reviewers declare.