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Dinner in or near Fremont Marriott?

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We are going to a convention at the Fremont Marriott on May 1-3. We will need dinner Friday night, and lunch Saturday. We are looking for cheap, good, and fast, or somewhat fast -- but not "fast food". We have to take the teenager to the DMV to get his driver's license Friday late afternoon (San Mateo), so we are short on time -- and may be traumatized. :-)
We like all kinds of food, but don't eat beef. Are there any little gems near the Marriott? Is the restaurant in the hotel any good? Overpriced? We are unfamiliar with the area.

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  1. According to Google Maps, Salang Pass is seven miles from your hotel. Good Afghani food, nice sitdown restaurant. Across the street is De Afghanan, which is more of a hole in the wall.

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    Salang Pass
    37462 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536

    De Afghanan Kabob House
    37405 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536

    1. If you give the address or coordinates of the hotel, you might get more replies. Fremont is very spread out.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        The Fremont Marriott is at

        46100 Landing Parkway
        Fremont, CA 94538
        (510) 413-3700

        Where Fremont Blvd crosses Landing Parkway; near 880 it looks like from the map.

        It seems it's also called Fremont Mariott Silicon Valley, though I don't know why, since it's not in Silicon Valley.
        Thanks, Melanie, for the suggestion.

        1. re: Kim Cooper

          Traffic is horrible on 880 for the friday evening commute. You might want to stop somewhere north of your final destination, such as the afghan places that sfbing suggests, just to get off the road and take a breather after getting off the Dumbarton.

          The only place i've been to recently in Fremont is Asian Pearl. It's in the Automall Parkway area, the exit north of your hotel. It's very good, but I wouldn't describe it as necessarily fast or cheap. I had dinner there and haven't tried the dim sum yet, but you might consider that for lunch on Saturday.

          Mission Blvd, off the Warren exit south of your hotel, has a lot of small restaurants to explore. But I'm not current on them these days.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            I do think the area off Automall is your best bet. Along that road toward Asia Pearl there are the usual "big box" restaurants. Inside the Asian Pearl complex there are also some more casual Asian restaurants.

            1. re: PegS

              Thanks, Melanie, Peg and SFBing, for the suggestions. It gets me started with some ideas. I don't know that area at all.
              And I'm sure not looking forward to the Friday afternoon traffic....