Going to Zero One in SJ, any ideas for dinner?
Zeni for Ethiopian: here's Katya great report on it: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
Mucho's for cheap Mexican food: 72 E Santa Clara St
San Jose, CA 95113
Vung Tau, SJ-tons of post here
Poor House Bistro-New Orleans style food (gumbo, jambalaya, po boys, and various shrimp and blackened dishes).
91 S. Autumn Street
San Jose, CA 95110
one of many posts: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
Original Joe's-old school Italian food. There's one in SF. A report of the SF one, probably similar in SJ: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
or another post on SF one: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
or La Victoria Taqueria-good tacos, burritos, get extra orange sauce:
131 W Santa Clara St
San Jose, CA 95113
Please report back wherever you end up!
Don't forget to park in the FREE parking lots after 6pm, look for signs for them. http://www.sjdowntownparking.com/free...
It's not in downtown San Jose, but it's spicy, cheap and definitely not plentiful in SF:
Zeni on 1320 Saratoga Avenue in the western San Jose area is touted by many as the best Ethiopian in the Bay Area. I've gone 3x now and I think ethiopian food is not a favorite of mine (esp since I don't like injera), but the food here is very very good, and some things real nice & spicy, and even the non-spicy things are very flavorful.
Many hounds like it so you can find many reports if you do a search. katya's report is the best:
You can get plenty of good Sushi, Viet, Thai, Spicy Chinese and Mexican in SF, so I didn't suggest any of those cuisines.
Edit to say: I didn't see hhc's post when I was typing up mine, I swear!
Just to mix things up, Japantown in SJ, has some good options.
Gombei- japanese diner but a CH favorite (cash only)
Kubota- good sushi and an *excellant* short rib entree. Good sake selection.
Yasu- my personal favorite...Cal-Japanese. Twist on both, refreshing, very satisfying.
Ramen Halu- probably the best ramen in Bay Area.
The Garage (Naglee Park, just behind SJSU). Solid, not great. Very good little (and I do mean little) neighborhood place. Lots of places like in SF but I can't help but to recommend it. The rostissrie cobb salad, the ribs, the trout...oh yeah.
I'd agree to Zeni's, great Ethiopian; if you like Ethiopian (which I do).
I'd stay away from Orginal Joe's and Poor House Bistro. All name and no follow through...just kinda of meh, that's it?
I added to my post, if you do a search you can find old post on lots of places. Original Joe's is similar to the SF one so I just linked those. Poor House Bistro has been reported on before too.
I remember that Yasu was supposed to close July 22, 2006. Supposed to be replaced by a ramen place. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
Vietnamese food in the south bay is much more "hard core" than what you get in SF. I suggest you try one of the most often talked about places in downtown SJ: Vung Tau, My Canh..etc.
I also think Indian food in the south bay is better due to the heavy competition. There are a bunch of good ones in Mountain View: Amber, Shiva's etc.
I could be wrong, but I think Yasu closed at the end of July. A shame. That was a very unique place, very intimate, interesting and delicious food. I read somewhere the chef/owner wanted more space. I hope he finds it soon, and stays in the area. You might try 71 St. Peter for dinner, or Eulipia.