Anything not to miss in downtown San Jose?
I'll be staying at the Hotel Montgomery on First St. for two days with no car -- is there anything worth seeking out in the area for drinks, lunch, etc.?
So far my research has turned up Naglee Park Garage, TK Noodle, Trials Pub and Huong Sandwiches -- are any of these worthy?
Vung Tau is good. If you don't mind cheap mexican, Super Taqueria is my favorite (hooray for burritos with no rice and whole avocado slices!).
Dakao at corner of 2nd & San Salvador. Viet deli w/ banh mi, yam and shrimp fritters, drinks, and other goodies.
Bijan Bakery & Cafe on Market (one over from 1st) across from Cesar Chavez Park. European-style pastries like princess cake and mocha mousse cake by the slice. They also have breakfast and lunch items, but I've never tried these.
Dac Phuc on Santa Clara near Almaden. I haven't been, but reports on CH and elsewhere lead me to believe that their pho is good. http://www.jatbar.com/reviews/San_Jos...
I like Vung Tau, as well as some other Viet establishments downtown, but I think they are a little far to walk given where you'll be staying. I am not familiar w/ the places you've listed. Have fun and please report on your discoveries.
TK Noodle is a chain and worth avoiding. I got dragged in to one by friends and it was as bad as I'd have expected it to be.
Saigon 75 (7th and Santa Clara) is pretty good, but maybe a bit of a walk. Right near there is eMocha Cafe, a hole in the wall that serves Blue Bottle coffee, which is good stuff.
Depends on how far you're willing to walk. Japantown has some restaurants, including Cafe Rehoboth, which serves very good Ethiopian food.