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Here for the week, will have several meals free after meetings. I'm looking for good west coast oysters, good (but approachable) sushi, and interesting "street food" suggestions. Meeting is until wed near san jose conv center. Able to travel elsewhere (have car) later in the week. Will be dining solo, and traveling from the east coast (dc) if that matters. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Oysters near the convention center will be tough to get... Scott's seafood is a nice walk and has oysters but i'm not sure if you're going to get "good" oysters. I live in San Jose and have such a hard time finding good kumamotos in downtown. You may have to travel to SF to get some good west coast oysters later in the week.

    Sushi is not good downtown either and you'll have to travel for some decent sushi places. You may be able to find some in SJ'sJapantown but will need to drive to those.

    Best bet for the earlier portion of the week would be "street food":
    La Victoria's greasy but addicting mexican food and orange sauce are a must try.
    Mogo's BBQ truck can usually be found near SJSU.
    Da Kao has cheap and tasty vietnamese sandwiches. Grilled Pork is my favorite and it's only $2.50!

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    La Victoria
    131 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

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    1. re: rosiella1

      Sushi ::: checkout out "the big list" --- http://www.emeraldlake.com/sushilist....

      Of this list, factoring in closeness to SJ, and Sushi Monster's particular grading system, I'd say you should go to Tomi in mountain view. Rational:

      1. I haven't been to akane.
      2. Fuki Sushi, while very approachable, is a little slick (and further away
      )3. Koma is a little less approachable and more japanese
      4. Jin Sho - haven't been to, some grumblings from friends

      which leaves Tomi, an excellent blend. You also might want to read up on Kaygetsu, a very interesting japanese place that wasn't serving sushi when SushiMonster put together the big list. Tomi is a pleasant walk from the Mountain View light rail station (along a street with a lot of good restaurants), so if you can make light rail work, consider that.

      Once you have a car, though, Sushi Sam's is a huge kick. Best fish you'll ever have in a place with formica tables. Very, very good white board.

      The food choices near the convention center are pretty sad. Sorry. Scott's can do well now and then - better than it looks - but not the creme de la creme of west coast oysters.

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      Kaygetsu Restaurant
      325 Sharon Park Dr Ste A2, Menlo Park, CA 94025

      Jin Sho
      454 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA

      1. re: bbulkow

        thanks for the link to "the big list"

        i went to Tomi for lunch today and had the "special nigiri " I was drooling over them preparing several chirashi lunch boxes in front of me.

        I'd agree with the review on the big list. Its a solid option, nothing extravagant, but decent (and reasonable) enough to make regular visits.

        incidentally, i went to sushi sam's and was really disappointed. i had the soft shell crab roll (probably the spider roll or what not) and it was soggy and we ended up sending it back. people recommend this place, so it was probably just a bad bunch of crab.

        i am very glad to be done with San Jose. I did go to Scotts, Los Gatos Brewing Co. and Los Cubanos. Edible, but nothing memorable.

        thanks for the recs. onward up to SF. Any decent spots for west coast oysters?

        1. re: iatethesandbox

          Happy Hour at Bar Crudo and Farallon Restaurant are both oyster filled. Bar Crudo has a good beer menu, too.

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          Farallon
          450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

          Bar Crudo
          655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117