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Feb 20, 2009 01:31 PM

San Jose and Santa Cruz...cruising for good food

Hey all,

A friend recommended this site highly for my short trip to the bay area. I am in San Jose, and will also be in Santa Cruz and Davis throughout the weekend. I'd love recommendations for good places for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I am hoping for up to only moderate prices, but am willing to splurge on dinner at someplace fantastic if it's worth it. I also love all kinds of food, wine, and beer, but sushi recommendations are especially welcome.

Finally, although this might be out of line for this site, any suggestions for fun in any of these places most welcome as well (I like museums and parks, dislike shops).

Thanks so much for your help,

A Wisconsinite in need of sun and sustenance.

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  1. For breakfast in San Jose, I recommend La Peñita in the south downtown area. Low to moderate prices and small size should NOT deter you. This is a homestyle Mexican restaurant to compare to. Owners are the chefs and servers, tortillas made to your order (really great corn tortillas!), variety of egg dishes, stews, enchiladas, etc. Fresh orange juice, sodas, beers (I don't know what you like at breakfast), and daily specials.

    I'd recommend them for their guacamole with chips -- could be a specialty destination restaurant. I hope you enjoy La Peñita. Let us know, OK?

    La Peñita Restaurant
    601 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113

    1. We've split off a post discussing Santa Cruz chow to its own thread on the California board, please continue all Santa Cruz discussion there.