Austin TX 'hound in Sunnyale for a week - HELP!
I'll be staying at the Sheraton in Sunnyvale for a week starting Sunday evening. I'll be there on business with three other colleagues (sharing a car), so not free to patrol for the most out of the way, but would love to know of any recs for accessible places where a group could have a reasonably enjoyable time and eat good food. We do have a company expense account, so the fellow travelers (not chowhounds) will not expect to go to "dives," - where I'm sure we'd have much better food.
Basically, I know that there has to be something better than the Sheraton's room service, Bennigan's and Chili's.
I'm not familiar with the Sunnyvale area; the Sheraton is on North Mathilda avenue near Lockheed, Yahoo, Moffett Park, etc.
I'd SO appreciate any help.
Sunnyvale and surrounding areas are basically an extension of India, so I'd recommend hitting one of the classier Indian restaurants. The one I frequent is Dasaprakash (link below)- very homestyle vegetarian South Indian food. Nice atmosphere and service too (tops as far as Indian restaurants here go).
Another upscale Indian option would be Amber in Mountain View. It's north Indian, non-veggie (guessing Taxan colleagues would freak out at the lack of meat at Dasaprakash) and also has a nicer atmosphere. It's at www.amber-india.com
Neither of these places should be a complex or long drive from your hotel, and either will give you a true taste of the Bay Area.
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Not really. It is red-checkered tablecloth, Chianti in a whicker bottle type of mini-chain.
By CA standards the pizza is OK, but anyone who had pizza in Chicago or New York would find it lacking. As it is, the pizza is over-sauced and bland with just OK crust.
Amici (also a chain) on Castro near El Camino in Mountain View has good thin crust pizza. For deep dish pizza, Pizza Chicago in Mountain View on El Camino is a better choice.
I could list a couple of dozen places with better pizzas, including the Costco takeout pies.
Fiesta del Mar in downtown Mountain View, on Villa two blocks S of Castro has great Mexican seafood plus a wide Tequilla list.
Ethnic choices will be your best bet, but there are other options as well.
Tarragon in downtown Sunnyvale on Murphy St. is an upscale bistro. It is overpriced, but given the expense account, the food is OK.
Birk's in Santa Clara at 3955 Freedom Circle in a big hotel, I think the Mariott has good food. It is/was one of the Valley power scenes.
Two fairly upscale places that I've enjoyed in that area are:
1) Turmerik. Upscale (fairly expensive) Indian, with especially good tandoori dishes (and a well-chosen wine list). It's on 141 S. Murphy Ave in Sunnyvale (and I believe that street has several other good restaurants, but I don't know for sure...however it might be worth a stroll.) Phone is 408-617-9100. Their website says they've just added a buffet dinner, so that might be an interesting way to try it as well.
2) In Santa Clara, but just off 101 at Great America Parkway (so close to Sunnyvale) is Bradley Ogden's Parcel 104, which is upscale california cuisine in a lovely, Frank Lloyd Wright inspired interior. Friends have had mixed experiences but both times I've been there have been delicious, if slightly overpriced. Lots of seasonal dishes, beautiful presentations..not your average hotel restaurant (it's in the Marriot).
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Murphy Avenue, location of DishDash and Turmerik, actually has its own website with a virtual tour (link below). A friend promised me a pub crawl along Murphy which I'll have to take him up on some day. (g)
Any other restaurants on this street you like?
Don't miss Seto Deli on Maude just off N. Mathilda. Everything's good and cheap. The sushi, in particular, is a best buy, and the mackerel is great (both as sushi and as saba shioyaki, grilled mackerel).
Sushi Maru downtown.
Lots of good burritos at Old Middlefield and Rengstorff in Mtn View, esp. Los Altos Taqueria.
For good generic Mexican, take Mathilda (becomes sunnyvale-saratoga, then becomes de anza) south to Prospect and visit Los Dos Compadres #2 at the NE corner of De Anza and Prospect in San Jose.
If you've never been, and you like burgers, try In-N-Out Burger, a California specialty. There's one at El Camino and Fair Oaks/Remington, and a couple others around.
If you get a craving for Tex-Mex, El Paso Cafe on El Camino in Mountain View (near Shoreline) is good. Don't miss the salsa -- you have to pay extra, but it's worth it.
Frankie, Johnnie and Luigi's sucks, but Giovanni's (just off Lawrence between 101 and 237) is a passable version of a NY pizzeria.
Tanto, 1306 Saratoga Ave in San Jose, or 3074 El Camino in Santa Clara, is a Japanese "tapas-style" restaurant. Lots of little yummy cooked dishes.
For ramen, Ryowa on Villa St in downtown Mtn View.
For Persian food, Chelokababi, hidden behind the Shell station at the NE corner of El Camino and Wolfe, is excellent.
Hi guys - thanks so much for all the tips. So far, we've gone to Amber-India and Sushi Maru here in Svale. Amber-India was way better than any Indian food we have in Austin, so that was great. I had a lamb dish that was particularly good. We went to Sushi Maru yesterday for lunch; we didn't realize that sitting at the sushi bar was such an "event" so we took a table, but got some stuff from the pickup station on the Sushi River. We're going back tomorrow to sit at the sushi bar.
We still haven't decided yet about dinner tonight. I'm going to look back through your suggestions. Your internecine battle about F J & L's reminds me of some Austin battles. Thanks again.