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Business Travel: What to eat in Downtown San Jose, California

thetastychronicles:

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I found myself in San Jose for a business trip. Unaware of my surroundings I decided to use my Yelp app to find good places to eat in downtown San Jose. The Yelp app made it super easy to find all the good eats. 

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The Pad See Ew at House of Siam. This was a nice stir fry of the large flat noodles and pork. It was quite delicious although I had to add a few pinches of hot pepper flakes and crushed peanuts to amp up the spice level. 

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The Beef Panang at House of Siam. This is just the dinner serving of the Beef Panang. I loved eating this dish, because it was on the sweet side, which is typical of Northern Thai cooking style. 

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The donuts at Psycho Donuts. Psycho Donuts is one of those cool food places that sort of reminds me of those old record stores that I used to hang out at when I was a teenager. Rather than peruse through the record bins, I found myself eyeballing the many donuts selections and listening to punk rock. By the way, this location is in what used to be an old movie theater called Camera Cinemas. Hey you cult film fanatics….if you’re in downtown San Jose on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, you might want to catch a midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show or some other cult film that tickles your fancy.

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The Super Burrito at Iguanas. When you crave Mexican food, the best cheap eats place in downtown San Jose is Iguanas. If you have gigantic appetite or if you feel like sharing your food, I suggest ordering the $21 Burritozilla. The one pictured above is not the Burritozilla, but the Super Burrito with carnitas

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The desserts and the breakfast quiches at Bijan Bakery & Cafe. Let’s face it, almost every downtown has a decent bakery. I discovered that downtown San Jose has an awesome bakery called Bijan Bakery & Cafe. Reasonably priced, this establishment has a vast selection of European style desserts and pastries to choose from. The Mango Mouse Cake is to die for if you love to induldge in fruity, velvety, and lusciousness. What’s even better is returning to Bijan Bakery & Cafe the next day for breakfast, because of the fresh made quiches.  Mine was the extra fluffy Ham and Cheese Quiche. It’s not your typical quiche, because it looked like and had the texture of a souffle. 

 

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Do try every single coffee selection at Philz Coffee if you think you can handle it. Just kidding. Whatever you do, don’t do what I did…that is drink your way through the entire Dark Roast list at Philz Coffee in one week. I what seemed like a good idea for a coffee tasting turned into a coffee addiction. My favorite was Jacob’s Wonderbar. It’s rich, it’s nutty, it’s creamy, it’s like tasting a liquid chocolate truffle. 

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apsaraaaa:

After 5 hours of rock climbing. La Vic’s. 

apsaraaaa:

After 5 hours of rock climbing. La Vic’s. 

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Carnival Food (by Abel_AP)

Carnival Food (by Abel_AP)

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justloveoeat:

BOILING CRAB

justloveoeat:

BOILING CRAB

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rethinkachange:

The Counter  @San Jose, CA (Santana Row)

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verlisia:

The Table, San Jose, CA

It is hard to dislike The Table. Equipped with chic decor, lively ambiance, impressive drinks menu and enthusiastic servers, it offers almost everything you can ask of for a decent gastropub. Almost.

I couldn’t help to feel the quality of the food is missing the mark for this price tag and caliber. The menu was semi interesting but some of the idea didn’t execute quite well. The squid appetizer was too charred and tasted bitter. A chunk of cream cheese on a plate of melon salad just seemed out of place. Entrees were better. Both the cod and beef cheek were cooked to perfect temperature with wonderful texture. The sides vegetables on the plates could use a bit more creativity. The most memorable things were probably the drinks and the donut hole dessert. Wine selection is great. They have a lot of moderately priced ones on glass for those who are not looking to splurge. The bartenders did a great job dishing out some seductive looking cocktails too.

Fans of gastropubs will still love The Table. There are simply very few choices in peninsula and south bay for this kind of eateries. The food just need to be better. For now, I will say it is overpriced.

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Pizza Antica, Santana Row, San Jose, CA

That is it. The best Italian style thin crust pizza in 40 miles radius.

The pie texture was excellent . It was thin, chewy and consistent throughout. There were no overcooked tough spot or soggy middle. Tomato sauce was bold, yet perfectly balanced between sweetness and tartness. Toppings were tasty. The pie sit in the oven for the right amount of time at the right temperature. The result was a Margherita pizza with gooey melted mozzarella and strong fragrant basil. The Fennel Sausage and Portobello Mushroom pizza was just as good even without their signature tomato sauce.

Our server told us an interesting story about their Warm Cornmeal Shortcake dessert. Apparently someone came in and offered to pay $200 to have it made when it was off the menu for the season. Was it amazing? Yup. I enjoyed every single bite of the cake. It was a simple recipe but well made. Was it $200 nice? You be the judge.

Pizza Antica is a great place for pizza. Probably the only place in Santana Row that is worth braving the crowdedly madness.

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alikeapp:

“Climbing the front stairs of the bright violet Victorian is enough exercise to justify making your burrito ‘super’…”

I have been using the Alike App to find exciting new places to eat in the San Jose area. This week, I was craving a burrito. I was led here, and I must say, I liked it……

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Jade Cathay, San Jose, CA

Food is still good after a few repeat visit. I think this is officially my favorite Cantonese restaurant in South Bay.

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Hokkaido Fair, Mitsuwa Marketplace, San Jose, CA

Round 2. Stocked up on more croquette, pickled seafood, hairy crab and grabbed a bunch of sashimi.