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Jul 18, 2008 01:25 PM

Staying in San Jose, need food

I'm staying for a week in San Jose, or Milpitas rather, though I'm assuming that they are relatively close to each other. Can anyone give me some suggestions for good meals around those areas? I like all foods, any ethnic, low brow, gourmet, etc, price doesn't really matter since my company is paying for it, but I don't need to eat lobster and foie gras ever night. I though I heard that there is a little Japan in the area, if so, any sushi, ramen, soba, recs? Thanks.

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  1. You might also want to post this on the SF bay area thread.

    Milpitas borders SJ to the north.

    Milpitas has a lot of good chinese and asian food. Mayflower for dim sum. Vietnamese and SE asian foods in general. Most of the dives in the chinese strip malls are worth a try. Some are really good, most are at least fun to try.

    Los Gatos borders SJ to the south along I-880 which turns into Hwy 17.

    Manresa in Los Gatos is one of the top few restaurants in the Bay area. Second only to The French Laundry according to Michelin. About a 20 minute drive from Milpitas.

    Also worth a try in LG are Tapestry, Aldo's for Italian, Forbes Mill for Steak, James Randall gets some nice mentions here, although I don't recomment it my self. Dio Deka for greek (sorta) food.

    I like Japantown for the atmosphere. You can walk there from much of the downtown area. Sushi Masa is a reliable standby for the area. If you like sushi though, I actually recommend Kitsho in Cupertino. About 15 minutes from Milp.

    there is a Hawaiian place called Gombei in Japantown that I always love. Very friendly, and the food is great for the cheap eats section.

    The next town north of Milp is Fremont which has the largest Afgani population in the world outside of the country. Many excellent choices for afgani, although I rely on friends and don't know any specific names. I will try to talk to them and find out. when are you coming?

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    1. re: lgphil

      thanks! I'll be there mid august, should be a good trip, food wise

      1. re: lgphil

        Gombei is actually a Japanese place, but there is a Hawaiian place in J-town. Gombei is very good, but you need to remember to take cash. They don't take credit cards.

        1. re: Judith

          As well as make a reservation, as for whatever reason they're absolutely busy every night!

      2. lgphil's absolutely right - posting this on the SF board will result in a LOT more replies than you'll get on this board. If you have wheels how far do you want to travel or, rather, how long do you want to spend behind the wheel? Looks like you're from the DC area. At the wrong time of day odds are that traffic here will be just as maddening as home for you.

        1. As you can see by this search of the Places database, Milpitas is heavy on Asian and Indian. The South Bay has quite a few South Indian restaurants.

          Searching on "san jose" will start bringing up some Mexican, Vietnamese and mid-scale restaurants.

          I have El Tule on my list to try.

          Don't know if there is a lot of Portugese food where you are from, but there is a "Little Portugual' section in San Jose with Sousa's an old-school Azorean Portuguese restuarant.

          More upscale restaurants are downtown SJ or Santana Row ... but Santana Row is kind of a chain wonderland.

          Depending on what cuisine you want you can do searches like
          "san jose" Japanese

          Sumiya is on my to-try list

          "Silicon Valley" Japanese

          "Silicon Valley" Korean

          "South Bay" American

          Etc ... whatever cuisine, city or area you might be interested in.

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            1. San Jose is known by my Vietnamese friends to have the best Vietnamese food in the Bay Area. I don't get to San Jose so don't have specific recommendations. I've sure others here have recs for Vietnamese places in San Jose.

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              1. re: Mick Ruthven

                SJ has a big Vietnamese community, best area for it is Story Rd near Hwy 101.

                If the original poster is staying in Milpitas, 90% chance it's going to be the bunch of hotels between McCarthy Ranch and Milpitas Square. Lot's of dining options in the area (I work and live in the area).

                Darda for Chinese Muslim food
                Banana Leaf for Malaysian food
                Maruichi for Ramen (there is another branch in Mountain View)
                Pho Kim Long for Pho

                I had a bad experience at Straits Restaurant at Santana Row. Bad, cold food. Chaotic service. Overpriced.

                Banana Leaf Restaurant
                182 Ranch Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035

                Pho Kim Long
                2082 N Capitol Ave, San Jose, CA 95132

                Darda Seafood Restaurant
                296 Barber Ct, Milpitas, CA 95035

                Maruichi Restaurant
                530 Barber Ln, Milpitas, CA 95035