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Aug 29, 2009 08:51 AM

Gilroy: anything good?

Nothing comes up for a search of good places to eat in Gilroy - any recs from Chowhounds? Lunch or dinner, sitdown prefered. TIA!

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    1. re: wolfe

      Thanks, wolfe, but I had already seen these threads, and was hoping for something more interesting and/or substantial to go to while our daughter is shopping at the outlets. (We'd been going to Ginger Cafe, but only because my hubby likes it .)

      1. re: Claudette

        Response triggered by "Nothing comes up for a search of good places to eat in Gilroy."
        You can't make a silk purse out of a garlic clove.

        1. re: wolfe

          LOL! Lots of room for an entrepreneurial restauranteur, no? Or won't the population support it?

            1. re: wolfe

              LOL! wolfe - you're hilarious.

              BTW: when I moved to the Southbay 19 yrs ago from living in SF and LA, the Metro ran a "Best of..."issue, and some philly cheesesteak place won "best foreign food"! Luckily, things have gotten better since then.

              1. re: Claudette

                Her's an enthusiastic thumbs up for chicken fried steak.
                A google search shows there are several cardiologist available Gilro/Morgan Hill area.

                1. re: wolfe

                  wolfe - you should be a standup comedian.

                  Actually no one in my family likes Black Bear (we're a spoiled bunch, I know); however, their hashbrowns are teriffic: thin, crunchy strips of potato, fried until dark and delicious. I've never ever thought of eating a chicken fried steak, but maybe after I lose 10 pounds...

                2. re: Claudette

                  I am not from Gilroy but know a little bit about the area. The population is probably a good bit of south bay commuters who probably don't go out a whole lot after a hellish commute. When travelling to places like Gilroy - I always find it best to do something like visit a local taco truck or inexpensive Mexican restaurant that may cater to locals rather than seek a higher end restaurant.

                  In fact, it wasn't that long ago that the entire south bay was largely considered a culinary wasteland.

                    1. re: wolfe

                      For cheap eats or taco trucks - absolutely, they can be found in many places. I suppose my point is that in going to places as mentioned above, that is what I am going to seek out since seems to make sense.

          1. re: Claudette

            Del Sol Market for some good inexpensive Mexican. I believe its on 1st Street. Go get a handful of tacos - al pastor, carnitas, lengua.

        2. For a casual lunch ~ I'd recommend Garlic City Cafe. Been there twice for lunch in the last month.
          Nice portions, quality, and price. And co-owners are genuinely interested in your experience & feedback.
          They need to work on the desserts a bit. But the sandwiches, salads, and especially the soups are excellent.

          ~ Hope you get a chance to check it out.

          1. Hmmm, Gilroy. Here's my lineup:

            El Michoacano Mexican Restaurant, 6966 Chestnut Street. It's kind of hidden in a strip mall, and it's one of a small chain of these excellent restaurants. Seafood (mariscos) is their specialty, and it's one of my very favorite Mexican restaurants. Try the shrimp soup or the flautas. Actually, try anything; it's all good.

            King Eggroll, 8610 San Ysidro Avenue. I know, I know - but this is Gilroy. You won't find any Asian food more authentic than King Eggroll here. And I like it. I can get dim sum and Vietnamese bun at the same time.

            You said sit-down, I know, but dining limitations dictate that I must mention that there's now a Sonic Burger in Gilroy, at 6921 Cameron Boulevard. Love it or hate it, it's very popular, since Sonic Burgers are rarish in California.

            1. King Eggroll is in a newish deserted strip mall and the dim sum is fairly good. The lo mai cai (rice and chicken wrapped in a lotus leaf) is tasty, as is the skewered lemon grass chicken (or is it pork?).

              Black Bear has huge portions of bad food.