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Jan 7, 2009 07:04 AM

Cupertino - suggestions please?

Hi all,

I'll be heading down to Cupertino for some IT training the last week of January (25-31, to be specific).

I'll be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn or the Marriott Courtyard.

Are there any restaurants recommended around the area, either within walking distance or a short drive?

Also, are there any fresh food markets that sell fresh fruits, produce, etc.?

My stomach is empty and my tastebuds ready for some adventure.. only thing I won't eat are Million Year Old Preserved eggs.. but other than that, I'm willing to try anything. Just no fast-food stuff, we get enough of that here in Canada...

Thanks in advance,

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  1. Those are pretty close to Cupertino Village, an area w/ lots of Asian restaurants and a 99 Ranch Supermarket

    1. We recently met friends (she's Chinese) in Cupertino for dim sum. It's called Dynasty and is in a mall that sits right by 280. It's a rather fancy place but the food was great! And very reasonably priced. I'm betting if their dim sum is that good that their other dishes are also. I don't know the South Bay well at all so don't know where that is in relation to where you're staying.

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      1. re: c oliver

        Dynasty is located at Cupertino Square Mall (formerly Vallco) -- right by the hotels.

        Dynasty Chinese Seafood
        10123 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

        1. re: kc72

          Thanks for doing the link. I keep forgetting to learn how to do that :)

      2. I much prefer the dim sum at Joy Luck Place over the dim sum at Dynasty. Joy Luck seems closer to your hotels (in Cupertino Village, a block north). 99 Ranch suggested by kc72 has a really great selection of asian (& nonasian) veggies & fruits.

        Also in that complex, Joy Luck's more casual sister shop in the back is highly recommended for wonton noodle soup, and HC Dumpling has awesome xiao long bao (soup dumplings).

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        1. re: Alice Patis


          Hu Chiang Dumpling House (moved)
          10877 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

          Joy Luck Place
          10911 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

          1. re: Alice Patis

            I had the wonton noodle soup there recently along w/ the chinese donut wrapped in rice crepe -- both very good. I was told you could even order dim sum and have it brought over.

          2. Short drive from hotel:

            Zeni Ethiopian - San Jose
            Falafel Drive-In - San Jose
            Udupi Palace/South Indian (a la carte rec only) - Sunnyvale
            Shan/Indo-Pak - Santa Clara

            Chow recs: Tomi Sushi, Gochi ("Japanese fusion tapas"), House of Falafel on Stevens Creek (Lawrence Expwy was recommended, but this branch is very close to your hotel),

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            1. re: ceekskat

              Thanks all for the links - keep them coming! Are there any particular dishes that you'd recommend from each of those places? Suggestions are more than welcome.

              I'll most likely be dining alone - are these resto's fairly friendly towards us? Being Chinese myself, I won't be able to sample as much variety in terms of the Chinese foods when eating alone - most of my meals here at home involve going out as a party of 8-14.. :)

              I'll make sure I pre-program the GPS before I fly down.

              Not really food-related, are there any sights and experiences that are must-do's and must-see's in the area?

              1. re: taiphun

                There is a great write-up about Zeni by Katya, I love that place:


                1. re: taiphun

                  I don't recommend Ethiopian for eating alone, Ethiopian service not really set up for alone, but if you have any dining companions, my recollection of Zeni is that it is the best Ethiopian I've ever had. Never been to Ethiopia, unfortunately, so I can't tell you if it's the "real thing."

                  1. re: taiphun

                    If you click on the links provided with the restaurant names they will take you to the place record which will have reports about the food and sometime the restaurant website.

                    Those marked 'duplicate' like Die Nasty (heh) may have some links but you want to look at the original place record for the best info. Plugging in the name in this link will get you to the Place record

                    Here's some more ideas

                    Hope you report back on what you tried.

                  2. re: ceekskat

                    I like the lamb shawerma at House of Falafel, chicken is hit or miss. I'd like to add:

                    A&J for Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup
                    Shanghai Flavor Shop for shenjian bao
                    Pho Minh for Pho Bo or Hu Tieu
                    El Taco de Oro Taco Truck for Tacos Lengua
                    Cam Hung for Banh Mi
                    Choi's Kitchen for Kimchi Chigae
                    Layang Layang for Malaysian/Singaporean

                    Shanghai Flavor Shop
                    888 Old San Francisco Rd, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

                    A & J Restaurant
                    10893 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

                    3530 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051

                    Layang Layang
                    1480 S De Anza Blvd, San Jose, CA 95129

                    El Taco de Oro
                    112 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA

                    Cam Hung Restaurant
                    903 Reed Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

                    Pho Minh
                    10118 Bandley Dr, Cupertino, CA

                    1. re: DezzerSF

                      I usually go solo for lunch so all my suggestions are solo diner friendly, with the exception of Layang Layang. I have successfully gone during off peak hours though.

                      If you have specific cuisines in mind, let us know, Sunnyvale has a plethora of Indian and Mediterranean food. Also, El Camino Real in Santa Clara is Korean restaurant row.

                  3. Seeing that I'll be away from my own family for Chinese New Years this year, do any of the local Chinese restaurants have anything planned?

                    I might not be able to get to Chinatown in SF, is there a Chinatown in Cupertino/San Jose as well?


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                    1. re: taiphun

                      No, Chinatown, just a bunch of strip mall areas w/ Chinese market, stores, restaurants. Cupertino Village, one of the places recommended, is one of the bigger ones.

                      1. re: taiphun

                        Milpitas Square is a short drive away, if you get bored of Cupertino Village. It bills itself as the largest Asian theme mall in Northern California.

                        1. re: DezzerSF

                          Hey all,
                          I decided to stay an extra day - some of the other topics about SF sound too good - esp the Saturday Market, so I'd like to make a day trip out to San Francisco.

                          According to Google Maps the drive is less than an hour - where's a good place to dump the rental car so that everything is accessible by bus or public transportation?

                          I know this is a Foodie board, hope my question isn't out of place as I want to go eating in San Francisco too! ;)


                          1. re: taiphun

                            First thing that comes to mind is Stonestown Mall on 19th Ave, free parking lot with plenty of spaces. You can take a Muni train right out front, but you'd have to take a few buses/trains depending on where you want to go. Second option might be Daly City or Colma BART, park there (fee?), and BART into the City.

                            Check out

                            1. re: taiphun

                              There is validated parking available at reasonable rates:

                              Just go early to make sure you get a spot. Go early anyway, before the crowds get overwhelming.

                              1. re: taiphun

                                Millbrae bart station has free parking and plenty of it - hop on the BART straight to the Ferry Building.

                                1. re: jsaimd

                                  Thanks for the links. Time to jump on Google Maps and locate everything.