Man v Food - San Jose
Adam eats at 3 places in the SJ area:
Adam stops in to attack the Burritozilla -- a monster 17-inch burrito weighing in at 5 pounds.
Joey Chestnut (professional eater) eats the Burritozilla
Address: 330 South 3rd Street, Suite A, San Jose, CA 95112
Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life
Adam visits the historic San Jose landmark for the beloved finger-licking baby back ribs.
Address: 301 West Saint John Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Adam braves the Hellfire Challenge -- a dozen wings drenched in a sauce so lethal, it isn’t even on the menu.
Address: 2565 The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA 95050
I haven't been to any of these. Any reports?
301 W Saint John St, San Jose, CA 95110
330 S 3rd St, San Jose, CA 95112
SmokeEaters Hot Wings
2565 The, Alameda Santa Clara, CA
Iguana's is a favorite for a co-worker so we've gone there a few times after a meeting nearby. The orange sauce is better than La Victoria's "famous" orange sauce: creamier, spicier. But the food is americanized - not necessarily a bad thing, just not a typical taqueria. Less choice of meats, the tacos have lettuce & cheese as the default. But it's tasty enough (well anything would be, with that orange sauce). It's hugely popular with college kids (duh, given the location).
Often there's a huge line but it moves along (except when they decided to fill a call-in order for 20something burritos and everyone in the store who had ordered & paid & were kept waiting). I don't remember ever seeing the burritozilla on the menu or even as part of the restaurant's name, I wonder if that's a new gimmick.
Yup, earlier this year they switched the name to Smoke Eaters.
Along with the name change came a new coat of paint, new names of the usual menu items and sauces, and a bit of a price hike.
But they did keep the daily specials, the gallon beers, and the yellow-hued projection screen.
Finally, a food travel program that showcased places I've been to!!!
3 for 3 on this episode!
Is it sad that this has provided some false sense of accomplishment for me....?
Iguana's is portrayed pretty much true-to-form. Always packed, always stuffy, always fantastic. And yes, the 'orange sauce' is better at LaVic's. I'm supposed to be a non-pork eater, but the Al-Pastor here has a kryptonite-esque quality... I always cave-in.
Hi-Life is a traditional pitstop for all hardcore Sharks fans given its location directly behind HP Pavillion. I've only ever been in there to get a few drinks before game time with fellow teal-blooded fans. Never had the food, but the bartender there is always good for a story or two before the puck drops. After watching this episode, I'm dying to try the food.
I'll keep you updated.
And Cluck-U.... I will never call it Smoke Eaters. I've been going to Cluck-U for my entire adult life. The wings are definitely the main character in this story. But they do have a great supposrting cast of white meat strips, assortment of fries, burgers, sandwiches, and sides.
There are 7 levels of heat. The top 3 are NOT for the faint of heart, they hurt. But they hurt so very good. I've made it to 'thermo-nuclear' which I believe ranks #3. My usual order is 'traditional death' which packs a sweet but potent punch.
And everyday there is a different special. Ranging from $2 pint night, to 1/2 price wings, $1 strip night.
And keep in mind, there's a Safeway next door. So you can run over and grab a gallon of milk to put out the fires.
I went to Henry's Hi-Life today for lunch. Can't believe it was so close to HP Pavilion after all of those years of seeing hockey games!
Anyway, they are a steak place and the ribs are grilled rather than smoked. So if you require smokey falling off the bone BBQ, it may not be for you.
But my friend and I split the spare ribs and baby-back ribs and quite enjoyed them. It's an old school steak place, so even with the lunch special you get a salad of iceburg lettuce, a baked potato with butter and chives and some yummy garlic bread with your meal.
The ribs had a nice crust on them and were tasty. I would probably give the nod to the baby-back over the spare ribs. They served a serviceable thin tomato-based BBQ sauce on the side.
Definitely check the place out if you are in the area and want a comfy place for some meat and a beer.