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Help me load my Garmin - detour worthy chow spots on the Peninsula!

So apparently my husband left SF and got lost one too many times because he went out and bought a Garmin. We tested it out yesterday and its pretty cool. One of its features is that you can enter "places of interest", then it alerts you when you're near them.

I'd like to enter some of those yummy places people mention so that when we're out and about in the greater Bay Area, we can stop in. I thought I'd start with the Peninsula since we've been known to trek to SJ on occasion and would love to know about treats on the way.

I've been digging around on the posts and here's what I've come up with so far - Romolo's (we love their cannoli but I never remember what exit to take), Stan's Donuts, Fleur de Cocoa, Hobee's, Mitsuwa, Ditmer's, the SJ tofu place.

But what else should I know about? Any great wine shops? Places with signature food items? Stellar food purveyors? Awesome treat that can't be missed?

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  1. The Biscoteria in Redwood City gets many praises here. Also, I don't know if I would keep Hobee's on your list. It isn't bad, but not chow-worthy IMHO.

    JB

    1. San Jose Tofu Co, 175 Jackson St, SJ CA 95112, 408-292-7026. Around the corner at 535 N 5th St, is the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, small but interesting and free. How well does Garmin handle 1-Way streets?

      Museum link: http://www.jamsj.org

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      1. re: joltgrrl

        As far as I can tell, it gives proper directions taking 1-ways into account.

        We've only used it for one outing in an area we're not familiar with so I don't know if the route was the most efficient one, but we didn't get lost. It comes preloaded with some location stuff, so we were able to use it to find the nearest Wells Fargo ATM.

        We'll probably use it extensively in SF over the next month so we can learn its weaknesses.

      2. For Chinese-style organic tofu is many, many forms, you'll want to check out Sogo Tofu in San Jose (on the cupertino border).

        1. Back-a-Yard in Menlo Park/East Palo Alto. I love the jerked chicken although the jerked pork is also stellar. The corn festivals are delicious fried sweet corn cakes. The collard greens are slightly spicy, slighty tangy. Try the black cake (rum soaked dried fruits) ground up and made into a cake. The sweet potato pudding is also a treat.

          Kaygetsu for the tai chazuke.

          Da Kitchen for kaluha pig, lau lau, and chicken long rice.

          Rick's for ice cream (cookies and dough or brownies and cream).

          Uncle Frank's for BBQ pork ribs and chicken wings (although supposedly there was a falling out within the family that may affect the smoked meats).

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          1. re: Porthos

            I think the teri chicken is the best dish at Da Kitchen. If you haven't sampled it, you might try it on your next visit.

            1. re: Jefferson

              The teri chicken is good but I think their kaluha pig is what keeps me going back. Moist, lots of flavor, and NOT chock full of cabbage as filler.

              I agree with your rec for La Bamba. Great soft tacos. The carnitas is good as is the al pastor and lengua.

          2. I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for, but for burritos:

            In San Mateo, the La Cumbre off Third Ave. on B Street makes my favorite charbroiled chicken.

            In Mountain View, Taqueria La Bamba off Rengstorfff on Old Middlefield Way makes my favorite carnitas.

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            By the way, once you've compiled this file, maybe there's a way to share it? Mmmmm...

            1. dittmer's in mountain view for a meat bonanza (they make and cure their own sausages and other charcuteries). not open on sundays. http://www.dittmers.com/

              if you are in mountain view on a sunday, the farmer's market is much better than others in the area. it also has a good selection of asian produce and a huge variety of ready made products.

              also second back a yard in menlo park. i'm not into their jerk but i loved their ox tail.

              old port lobster shack in redwood city has many admirers, and it's especially good for new england transplants who miss decent lobster or fried clams.

              1. I like to detour to Rihab's Bakery on the Belmont/San Carlos border, which Melanie first wrote about two years ago for their fresh pita.

                Just buy whatever's in the back, fresh from the oven. I had delicious pesto pizzettas earlier this summer with slices of tomato.

                It's on El Camino by Harbor, about a mile south of Ralston Avenue.

                Not haute cuisine, but I am still fond of Nippon, the cheap Japanese place on Skyline Blvd in Ramallah Plaza at Manor Drive. It's technically Pacifica, but the best way to get there is if you're driving north on 280 and there's traffic ahead. Get off at 35 north and just keep going (maybe five miles).

                Good grilled mackeral and sometimes yellowtail, incredibly cheap sashimi and rolls, and decent veggie tempura. Hard to spend $20 a person. Cash only and closed Sundays. Funky atmosphere including dusty antiques in the back room.

                1. When in San Jose, I would never pass up a falafel at Falafel's Drive In. Probably the best falafels in the country. Fresh made, not greasy, and with a tremendous spicy sauce (ask for extra). Get one with a fresh banana milkshake (real bananas!).

                  2301 Stevens Creek Blvd.