View Full Version : Going to San Jose

09-14-2011, 08:44 PM
Ok I got to head out to San Jose area for two weeks. Any good eats out there?

I got 13 dinners to figure out. San Fran is close enough for the weekend.


09-14-2011, 09:02 PM
What kind of food? I travel there on business quite a bit and can make some recommendations. Also, where are you staying?

09-14-2011, 09:47 PM
I might have a few ideas if I know what Ron asked

09-15-2011, 07:30 AM
I'm staying in Sunnyvale on El Camino (The Grand). I like pretty much all food as long as meat is involved. :)

09-15-2011, 03:59 PM
OK... Here are some ideas...

Thai Spoons (almost across the street from the Grand) - http://www.thaispoonssunnyvale.com/

Shana Thai Restaurant
311 Moffett Boulevard, Mountain View, California 94043 (650) 940-9990 ‎
They don't appear to have a web site. The pumpkin curry is great!

Su****omi - http://www.su****omi.com/ - Mountain View (smaller place, but excellent)

Sushi O Sushi - http://www.sushiosushi.com/ - Santa Clara

Scott's Seafood - http://www.scottsseafoodsj.com/ - there is one in Palo Alto and one in San Jose. Not cheap, but very good food and service

The Santana Row area of San Jose has a lot of shops and restaurants - http://www.santanarow.com/ - I've been to a couple of restaurants and wasn't impresses with either, but I didn't choose. They were chosen by someone else. there are probably other, better options there.

Also, Downtown San Jose has a lot of restaurants. I've been to one there that was excellent but I can't remember the name. It will come to me.

I you have time for a drive on the weekends Santa Cruz is a nice place to visit as is the Monterrey area. Also, Half Moon Bay is very nice and has several good restaurants. Bob will probably have other suggestions.

09-15-2011, 09:54 PM
For San Francisco, my current favorites are Mission Chinese Food, there can be a wait for dinner, but, this place is doing amazing food. I also love Lafitte Restaurant on the waterfront, it is excellent.

If you are doing a high end dinner, say on an expense account, Alexanders is good, down in Sunnyvale.

This may sound crazy, but Kong Tofu and Korean BBQ in Cupertino is good. Cupertino is loaded with Korean places.

I have never heard anything good about the places in Santana Row.

09-15-2011, 09:59 PM
Oh, I heard that Aomono at the Art Institute is quite good.

09-15-2011, 10:00 PM
Su****omi - http://www.su****omi.com/ - Mountain View (smaller place, but excellent)

Stupid word nanny! that is Sushi Tomi, but with no space. Geez...

09-15-2011, 10:47 PM
A Korean BBQ place just a couple miles down the street from where you're staying that I've overaten at is Palace BBQ (http://www.yelp.com/biz/palace-bbq-buffet-sunnyvale). I've been there a couple of times for a major all you can eat meat fest. Great if you don't mind cooking for yourself.

09-16-2011, 02:43 PM
If you're staying on El Camino there is a ton of places to eat. El Camino is the major route through many of the towns on the peninsula so don't worry you can't get lost.

Look up The Fish Market as well, I like that place for seafood.

Too many places to list, a few cool breweries in downtown Sunnyvale, the nightlife there is cool over the weekend. You're also not far from Rooster T Feathers Comedy Club that is a small local club with some pretty good talent for not much money. You could walk it if your up for it but parking is free.

If you go to SF I would recommend L'Osteria Del Forno (Italian place) in North Beach. I was just there last week. All I gotta say is it was probably the best braised pork sammich I ever had in my life.

If you come to SJ and want BBQ hit Herry's Hi Life. It's a local gem.


Have a good trip, eat well and enjoy your visit.

09-16-2011, 11:26 PM
Goulart's Sausage Company is the biggest hidden jewel in San Jose. It is a Portuguese sausage shop that is awesome. They do not serve meals there, but you can buy sausage to take home. They have different versions of Linguica to represent different areas of Portugal.

Great American BBQ is in Alameda, but is a ways from San Jose. It is a great place to eat. Memphis Minnie's is on Lower Haight in San Francisco and serves good BBQ---and Sake what a combo. The cheesy grit sticks are a great side dish.