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Visiting San Jose (1st time) for 3 days starting with Sake San Jose on Thursday, staying at the Montgomery hotel which has Paragon, is it a wise choice for a friday or sat. night dinner?
Thursday will obviuosly knock out my need for japanese food.
Also a good breakfast place.
Unfamiliar with San Jose and really want to stay within walking distance from the Hotel since we will be with out a car and just walking about the downtown area.
Were open to all food, cheap tacos on up just want some good food in the area. and a bit of adventure.
Also will be near the Winchester house any lunch recs near this or should we just head back downtown ?.
Los Angeles thanks you !!

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  1. Breakfast (M-F only, alas): Pomegranate Cafe, 221 East San Fernando (near 5th)
    Paragon is probably fine (don't hear much about it one way or the other). We like Picasso's Tapas, on Santa Clara near 1st, very close to your hotel. Lots of other good choices for downtown dinner, so I'll let others chime in.

    1. Here's a thread from last year with a number of suggestions.

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/358560

      1. Other thoughts: Not bad breakfasts at The Fountain in the Fairmont. If you can get to Julian and 17th, then Casa Vicky does good Mexican breakfasts and good coffee.
        Also, I want to clarify that the Picasso's I like is NOT the one in San Pedro Square. Same name, two different places.

        1. paragon would be a good choice for Friday or Saturday- I have eaten there a handful of times and always enjoyed it. You might want to try reservations...

          Also near your hotel is the gordon biersch brewery- a chain yes, but they have good food and beer if you are looking for something casual for lunch or dinner.

          And just across the street from the Mystery House is Santana Row- froo-froo shopping and dining, but there are some good places to eat and sometimes it is fun to people watch and window shop. (http://www.santanarow.com/)

          1. Lots to choose from at Santana Row but here are some recs:

            Pizza Antica - nice, wood fired pizza (I like the one with the fennel) & they currently have their yummy strawberry shortcake too - please don't compare with NY's or LA's finest:-)

            Cocola - cute little cafe (sandwiches/salads) & bakery

            The Counter - well, you probably already know

            There really isn't much going on in downtown San Jose so lunch in Santana Row may be nice.

            1. Off the top of my head:
              Dakao - very good, inexpensive vietnamese deli, lunch spot, try sandwiches or soup, good for takeout too if you want to eat in the park, on San Salvador betw 2nd and 3rd two blocks from the Montgomery

              E&O Trading Co - Nor Cal mini chain (4 locations), very good asian variety, good cocktails, try the Indonesian Corn Fritters and the green papaya salad, 1st and San Fernando, about a block from the Montgomery

              71 St. Peter - nice, intimate dinner spot on San Pedro square, about a 10 min walk

              Hunan Taste - cult following, North 4th street, go for food not ambience, a short cab ride, well worth it if you like spicy chinese food

              La Victoria Taqueria - on Santa Clara St betw Market & San Pedro, famous for their "orange sauce", cheap good burritos & tacos

              Morton's or Grill on the Alley at the Fairmont Hotel - both easy walks, upscale, steak & martini's

              1. Thanks everybody off to a good start.
                Have heard about the orange sauce and look forward to it, and Gorden Biersch even though a chain is reliable if the crankyness of hunger comes and decision making unreliable.
                Martinis sound like a good idea at the Fairmont.
                E & O has my inquiry mind interested as does Dakao.
                Seems like I will be busy walking and eating so far....
                Santana Row seems to be somewhat like a mall but with a wine bars how can I go wrong, hiccupp.
                Thank you and looking forward to my stay in San Jose.
                mmmm tacos day after my night of much sake sounds great!

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                1. re: johnnyshungry

                  Don't miss the garlic fries at GBiersch; Pizza Antica is your best bet at Santana Row, so it has the longest wait.

                2. I have to disagree about Gordon Biersh. It may have been good in the 90's but the food is not that great now. It is a great place to have a beer and fries outside in the patio, especially when there's live music. I was also very disappointed with E&O last time I was there about 4 months ago. If you're interested in fusion food, go to Onyx instead.

                  Dakao is a great little dive. Another fun dive with interesting faux meat food near your hotel is Good Karma Vegan House. And if you don't mind walking about 15 min., go to Vung Tau, which is considered to be one of the best if not the best vietnamese restaurant in the south bay area. Hawgs Seafood is also good, nothing earth shattering but it has reasonably priced seafood, well executed. La Taqueria near your hotel is also great, try the carne asada. For some adventure, check out the Caravan Lounge. It's a great dive bar close to the Greyhound station.

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                  1. re: KathyM

                    I second ONYX. Food and presentation are superb. It's a little gem. 8th and Santa Clara

                  2. I'd definitely recommend La Taqueria which is within walking distance of your hotel:

                    La Taqueria
                    15 S 1st St
                    San Jose, CA 95113
                    (408) 287-1542

                    If you are looking for something a bit more adventurous..it is a little over a mile from your hotel...but the neighborhood isn't exactly..uuummm..well, I'd just be careful and go during the day...I'd recommend

                    Guadalajara Bakery & Market
                    452 E Empire Street (at 10th)
                    San Jose, CA 95112
                    (408) 294-0545

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                    1. re: foodiehunter

                      La Taq rocks, definitely. I hesitated on taquerias since you live in LA. I threw in La Victoria because the orange sauce is kind of unique. But a carne asada burrito at La Taqueria..........with the green sauce.......and the hot bean juice dripping down my hand.......oh yea, come to papa.

                      1. re: Hoss

                        yes I was hesitant about the taco thing but know after much sake on thursday a few tacos will hit the spot on friday and I can crawl back to the hotel till dinner.