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Good takeout lunch in San Jose?

luxarles May 12, 2008 01:43 PM

Our group of 18 - 20 people is heading from Oakland to Santa Cruz this Thursday (5/15) and I'm in charge of finding a good takeout place in the SJ area to pick up lunch for everyone. The requirements are: good food, not too expensive (approx. $10/each), not too far from the freeway (Hwy. 17, 101-280 interchange or thereabouts). We'll eat just about anything as long as it's tasty.

Help, please-- I'm not familiar with the South Bay! Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

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    ceekskat May 13, 2008 08:47 AM

    Perhaps Vicky's Restaurant on W. San Carlos for pupusas. Not sure how they'd travel either.


    Edit: I was just searching on Yelp for something & came across Gulzaar Halaal Restaurant with rave reviews. Looks like it replaced Just Laziz. Couldn't find anything on CH. Next time I'm in the area, I'll check this out if I can steer myself away from falafel:-



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    1. re: ceekskat
      luxarles May 14, 2008 07:00 AM

      Thanks for the suggestions! I think our group will be happy with the variety of choices, and I knew I could count on the 'hounds to help me out with this.

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      ceekskat May 12, 2008 08:35 PM

      Hoss poses a good question. If you are taking lunch for everyone, perhaps Mexican? Hopefully, someone else can chime in as I'm not familiar with anything except Falafel Drive-In right off 17 at Stevens Creek/San Carlos. This is an awesome place for falafel (don't care too much about their gyros - not traditional thin sliced) but am not sure how the pita bread w/ filling would hold up after the 30/40 min. drive to Santa Cruz.


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      1. re: ceekskat
        luxarles May 13, 2008 06:42 AM

        Hoss, the plan is to take the food to Santa Cruz to eat there. Thanks for the falafel suggestion, ceekskat; I love a good falafel and personally, a semi-soggy filling (after 30-40 mins.) doesn't faze me.

        I'm hoping to give the group a few choices ... any other ideas?

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          Melanie Wong May 13, 2008 08:44 AM

          Just around the corner from Falafel Drive-In is Dia de Pesca. I had a second visit there last week and love the fresh Mexican seafood even more. It has some meat options as well, although I hate the idea of not taking a bench and eating it immediately.

          You can click on the Places links for websites, past discussions and maps to see how close they are to each other.

          Falafel Drive-in
          2301 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128

          Dia de Pesca
          55 N Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA

          1. re: Melanie Wong
            Hoss May 13, 2008 11:51 AM

            I was thinking Falafel Drive In as well. If you ask for the sauce on the side, I think they'd travel fine. The place is excellent. There is a good little taqueria on Hamilton Ave at Winchester, not far off Hwy 17 in Campbell. Los dos Compadres. Burritos would travel well I'm sure.

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          Hoss May 12, 2008 05:06 PM

          Are you eating in the car? Taking the food to Santa Cruz to eat it there?

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