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Quick but good quality dinner between San Jose airport and Mountain View

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Any suggestions? I have to catch a flight at 7:30 pm and I'll probably be done with my appointments at 5 pm.

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  1. Rose's International Market
    1060 Castro Street, Mountain View, 650-960-1900.

    The front is a middle eastern market. In back they have a deli, take-away counter. It's nothing to look at from the outside, but they make some of the best ka-bobs ever. Everything is fresh and for the price it's unbeatable in that area.

    (tip: go to the back window, you'll see what I mean when you get there)

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    1. re: sgwood415

      Castro Street on the other side of El Camino, about 6 blocks down from Rose Market, has a little hub of restaurants and bakery cafes. Lots of Indian and Vietnamese places too. I'd say if not Rose Market, head down there, park somewhere, walk around and take your pick.

      1. re: amandine

        Check out Amber Cafe (quicker, cheaper, less-americanized Indian food and chaat, same owners as Amber India). It's on El Cam a block south of Castro. I live on Castro street and find myself frequently walking past all the places here to go there. I strongly recommend the malai methi wrap with chicken and fenugreek, and maybe an interesting-looking chaat to start with if you're very hungry - I've tried several and don't remember specific names, but haven't missed yet.

        Another place worth checking out, esp if it's cold out, is Ryowa ramen on Villa, 1/2 block north of Castro. The shoyu ramen or the side-pork special ramen are my favorites. Also, the fried rice is excellent, as is the chicken karaage...

        1. re: jkg

          I'll add that Ryowa is a quick meal only if there's not line. So go early to avoid the crowds. And, yes, the chicken kara age is great!

    2. Or perhaps Taqueria La Bamba on the northern periphery of Mountain View. The address is 2058 Old Middlefield Way and it's just off of Rengstorff Avenue. Easy access to the freeway heading south -- just continue on down Old Middlefield Way and it shoots you onto 101.

      Quick, good, cheap food. They've even added a bunch of tables to the place, so it's much easier to find a seat.

      1. Taqueria La Bamba has some of the best burritos anywhere, although it's not a real dinner place. A few tables and counters along the wall. But one burrito could feed two for dinner.

        1. Taqueria La Bamba ....oooh their Chile Colorado tacos!!!