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Feb 27, 2008 05:40 PM

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?

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  1. 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!).

    1. I would also try 71 Saint Peter with a great 3course dinner 38bucks. within walking distance

      1. 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.

        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.

        1. 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.

          1. Dakao - really, it looks like not much, but try it. Good and cheap and what San jose is all about.
            TK Noodle is universally dreadful. Stay away.
            If you can make it out to Julian and 17th, Casa Vickie's has some real fine Mexican hot chocolate and a little panaderia.

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            1. re: karma_bites

              Tried Dakao today -- very cool place. The bahn mi tasted slightly different than the L.A. ones -- more mayo I think -- but very good. I think I'll walk back right now to try some of the vast and mysterious array of rice desserts at the counter.

              1. re: Chowpatty

                Thanks for reporting back. Did you return for any of those colorful rice desserts? I've never tried them, but they look good...

                Any other places that you checked out while visiting?