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8FFLFOE MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■ RESTAURANT REVIEW ■ MOVIE TIMES ■ BEST BETS FOR ENTERTAINMENT N R E S TA U R A N T R E V I E W The right place at the right time FIESTA DEL MAR OWNERS’ UPSCALE NEW AGAVE A GOOD FIT FOR DOWNTOWN By Sheila Himmel W MICHELLE LE Above: Agave’s grilled salmon sits on a bed of ardientes sauce, with a side of sauteed cabbage and rice. Top: Lunch patrons dine in view of the array of tequilas at the bar. hen the restaurant fits, eat there. In downtown Mountain View, a number of mismatches have occupied the northeast corner of downtown Castro and Villa streets, but now we may have a winner. Agave restaurant meets so many needs. Owners Alejandro and Susan Garcia have long experience running successful restaurants, with Fiesta del Mar and Fiesta del Mar Too in Mountain View, and Blue Agave Club in Pleasanton. The new Agave, which opened in July, is an up-tempo Mexican restaurant with food, service and ambience to justify the tab. Vegetarians will find plenty of choice, and people with food allergies or quirks are invited to make their demands. In addition, Agave offers: ■ A meeting and party space, with an attractive, non-claustrophobic private room. ■ A clean, well-lighted sports bar. ■ A cheerfully refreshed patio. That could also be the better venue for a date, because the main dining area is in the bar, and acoustics are not wonderful. For the World Series opener, people settled in to watch one of four panoramic flat-screen TVs Continued on next page November 2, 2012 ■ Mountain View Voice ■ ■ 25

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