B-day place around Santa Clara or within driving distance--see description
Ok, it's my 35th and i'm headed to Santa Clara for business without my wife (she took me out for amazing sushi tonite). Thanks to all the chowhounds for suggestions in/around SC.
I will have a car so a little travelling will be fine.
So, I want to go out for my birthday to a place that has a nice atmosphere, great food, and decent prices. I'm from NY so i'm used to the over priced crap...i'm looking for that perfect combo only a chowhound could recommend. Basiclly, I want to have a nice time without breaking the bank.
Oh, cuisine is up in the air except Italian ...to be honest, I've had amazing Italian around me and I don't need to have it in cali. No offense...I'm actually sick of Italian.
I welcome all other suggestions....thank you very much.
Within Santa Clara itself, I'd suggest Parcel 104. It costs a bit a less than the Village Pub (which is definitely yummy), but less of a drive. Changing menu, based on seasonal and local ingredients.
Vung Tau outside of downtown San José is also excellent. If you go there, you must get the shrimp cupcakes (banh khot, I think they're called).
2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054
If you don't feel like hiking it to Woodside for the Village Pub (excellent restaurant)....
There's also Vung Tau in San Jose, the original of Tamarine (of which I posted on your other thread). NOLA in Palo Alto...fun atmosphere, cocktails, decent Cajun style food.
To put Santa Clara in perspective with regards to your request, the South Bay is not exactly the gastronomical dining hotbed that San Francisco is.
Scottybooj - see my reply on your earlier post; my listed restos, and Village Pub, will be ~ $50-70/person, depending on your choice of alcohol.
I second Manresa and Chez TJ, but they're at least $100/person, and probably booked already, but this is Spring Break week, so you might give it a go.