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Brand new in Silicon Valley: where should I eat?

I just moved from LA to Palo Alto. I had the LA scene wired with thanks to Hounds and the food-bloggers. I knew where to find the best (and 2nd and 3rd best) pho, tortas, ramen, burger, sushi, ribeye, roast chicken etc.

I'd love to hear any and all "must chow" spots in the greater Silicon Valley area (I am pretty familiar with San Francisco's foodie scene). My only noteworthy eats so far are the charcuterie plate at Village Pub and the Village Cheesehouse sandwich. Thanks in advance for any and all advice. Any recommended Hounds and food bloggers to read up on the area's dining options?

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  1. For tortas near PA, La Casita Chilanga - 2928 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

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    1. re: Hoss

      I'll second that recommendation for tortas at La Casita Chilanga. Good stuff!

    2. There are a couple of world-class posts on Peninsula sushi and Redwood City taquerias by a poster called "sushi monster"...that's a great start, and just searching the archives on here.

      EDIT click on the sushi or taquerias hyperlinks below pics http://www.emeraldlake.com/go2ell.html

      Couple of my faves in your area:
      *The Oasis on El Camino Real in Menlo Park...burgers and pizzas, great atmosphere
      *Creamery in downtown PA...if you like this sorta stuff, you'll love it
      *Lobster Shack on Middlefield in Redwood City...a bit $ but solid
      *Metate Taqueria on Harbor Blvd in San Carlos...yum!

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      1. re: Munching Mark

        Awesome! I'll get to those tortas right away. Thanks for the links!

      2. While you will find many -- and strongly opinionated -- discussions of all the popular foods and forms, I believe there is only one Persian Market with mesquite grilled kebabs and lots more.

        Rose International Market on Castro Street, south of El Camino Real in Mountain View, has the absolutely strangest process for selecting, ordering, and collecting your food.

        I think it is a great bargain for delicious, carefully prepared foods. You can find out in advance how-to-do-it on this board.

        Hope you enjoy it!

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        Rose International Market
        1060 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94040

        1. Plenty of soondubu (Korean tofu stew) options in Santa Clara, but So Gong Dong Tofu House in Palo Alto is a good nearby choice. I don't like the SGD in Santa Clara though.

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          So Gong Dong Tofu House
          4127 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

          1. Welcome to Palo Alto. It's a great food town. I love the Creamery in downtown P.A. and recommend Thaiphoon a few doors down. One of my favorite places nearby is Shiok in Menlo Park.