Stevens Creek / Bascom, SJ
I will be staying near Stevens Creek Blvd and Bascom in San Jose towards the end of December - it's been a while since I've been in San Jose - so, can some 'Hounds recommend some Thai, Indian...Indonesian (?) adjacent to Stevens Creek Blvd & Bascom Ave. Much appreciated.
I haven't been down there in a few years now, but I think most of these places still get pretty good reviews - hope people will pipe up if any of these have gone downhill.
Agree with alis that the original Krung Thai off Moorpark is better... my standbys were the red duck curry and the pad thai (and I *never* order pad thai - but theirs is very, very good).
You're also going to be near Chez Sovan in Campbell - good Cambodian food - I loved their lemongrass chicken soup, their amok, and their larb.
Also consider a short drive to Zeni for Ethiopian food (possibly the best Ethiopian in the Bay Area).
If you do end up in Santana Row, the only place I like their is Pizza Antica - love their potato pizza. The last time I tried their Straits, I wasn't that impressed - other branches in the Bay Area are better (again, it's been a while).
You're also going to be close to Stan's Donuts - big, yeast-raised, glazed beauties - they're even good when cold (but unbelievable when hot).
The other place I really miss down there is China Stix, for their Northern Chinese breakfasts on weekends - ask for the special menu as you're getting seated, otherwise you have to keep waving off the dim sum cart people (their standard dim sum is mediocre). Great fish dumplings, you tiao, shao bing, soy milk, fan tuan (rice rolls), purple 8-treasure rice.
2110 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050
Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant
1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
2425 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008
2628 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA
334 Santana Row # 1065, San Jose, CA
Sorry, forgot links:
2301 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128
Krung Thai Restaurant
640 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128
Dia de Pesca
55 N Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA
1865 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95128
1536 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95126
Indian in that immediate area isn't nearly as good as other places in the South Bay; I'd recommend driving to Santa Clara/Sunnyvale/Milpitas for Indian.
My friends live in the neighborhood and these are our usual haunts, based on being the best options in very close proximity...
Pho Lynn for Vietnamese (West San Carlos)
Dia de Pesca on Bascom for fish tacos, although they only have outdoor seating so beware of the weather!
Vicky's Restaurant for papusas (West San Carlos)
Falafel Drive In - banana milkshake, falafel w/ extra hot sauce, mmmm
Krung Thai as mentioned in previous posts. I prefer the original Krung Thai location off Moorpark Ave vs. the one right by the mall.
I always get the mango sticky rice when it is in season, it is awesome. I also like the Larb (chicken), Choo Chee Ta-Lay, beef tod gra-tiem (fried beef and garlic, it is a little like garlic beef jerkey, yum). The Phad Thai is also good.
for Indian, there are 2 @ Stevens creek x Lawrence expwy. One is called SHAN
( kababs, north indian) & the other is TANDOORI Indian ( regular indian ). They are both in shopping plazas on opposite sides of the same intersection.
Falafel drive-in still exits on steven's creek.
The sushi place inside the valleyfair mall is pretty good too, surprisingly.