Cupertino - suggestions please?
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,
Those are pretty close to Cupertino Village, an area w/ lots of Asian restaurants and a 99 Ranch Supermarket
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.
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).
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),
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?
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."
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.
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
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
10118 Bandley Dr, Cupertino, CA
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.
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! ;)
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 transit.511.org