Thanks to all for the tips on Gilroy wineries... now I want to ask if anyone has recommendations about Gilroy restaurants? Thanks in advance.
By the way, the search/link function seems tricky with the restaurant links... I wanted to put them all at the bottom under "LINKS" but couldn't do it.
First Street Coffee
OD’s Kitchen, 28 Martin St.
House of Bagels, 793 1st St.
Carnitas Michoacan, 7484 Monterey St.
Los Pericos, 20 5th St.
Tacos El Grullense Jal, 251 1st St - link below
Super Taqueria, 401 E 10th St.
Ayuttaya Thai, 1340 1st St.
Pinocchio’s Pizza, 7041 Monterey St.
Pinoy Lechon BBQ & Grill (Morgan Hill)
Mama Mia’s, 1360 1st St.
First Street Coffee Exchange
1211 1st St, Gilroy, CA 95020
1360 1st St, Gilroy, CA 95020
Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine
1340 1st St Ste C, Gilroy, CA 95020
Tacos El Grullense Jal
251 1st St, Gilroy, CA 95020
Pinoy Lichon Bbq & Grill
10980 Monterey Rd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Pinocchio's Pizza #1
9325 Monterey Rd, Gilroy, CA 95020
1340 1st St Ste C, Gilroy, CA 95020
We ate at Carnitas Michoacan last summer, and really enjoyed it. Had the eponymous carnitas and they were delicious. IIRC, it seemed that the refried beans were made with lard (always a plus in my book).
I was in Gilroy today and stopped at Carnitas Michoacan for lunch. Not too many folks eating at the tables, but there was a constant flow of Latinos getting carnitas to go in aluminum trays, so I knew it had to be good.
Our group ordered a super carnitas burrito, a carnitas quesadilla, and some tacos. All were tasty and their chips & salsa were better than average too. Highly recommend this place. They have both Mexican Pepsi & Coke, plus a handful of aguas frescas (today it was Horchata and Tamarindo).
PS: You gotta try the chicharrón tacos which was a guilty pleasure,
OD's Kitchen is a great place for breakfast and lunch. Inexpensive and plenty of local regulars with friendly service...very homey kind of place.
Soups and everything seem to be made from scratch. Country fried steak and eggs was good. Popular sandwich is the Kitchen sandwich; turkey, bacon, avocado, cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, sprouts and Swiss cheese.
So I'm moving to Gilroy (up on the Eagle Ridge Golf Course) and would like more information too. I've only been to a few places:
I thought the food was very nice. The atmosphere very well done. Wine selection was solid but not spectacular. Service...it seems a lot of restaurants have died there and we went later on an off night. They had one server waiting both inside and on the patio. She was working hard, but couldn't possibly carry off that amount of area since she couldn't see us more than half the time.
West Side Grill:
Decent service. Slightly above average food. Disjointed goals. Its _trying_ to be an upscale restaurant and just doesn't know how. It probably needs a new manager and a new chef and a good kick in the pants. I _really_ wanted to love the place since: its close, has a bar, seemed child friendly, and has a decent look.
Will actively read this thread and report if I find anything.
re: Robert Lauriston
Yes, but good and consistent. Everything I've had I've liked and the wedge salad in particular is something worth noting. Their biggest problem is their working on four star food with three star ideas about service. My prime example of this is that they "give" a salad with the entree but have wonderful salads that they should be pushing. I'd rather that they get you to order one of their nicer salads. The bar also leaves a bit to be desired, but well worth trying. And it is definately the best within a half-hour drive outside of Muricio's (sp?) and Odeum in Morgan Hill.
If you're going to mention Quickly, there's also a Tapioca Express adjacent to the outlet mall.
Pinoy Lichon in Morgan Hill is closed, and is now a taqueria. As long as you included a Morgan Hill restaurant, I'll assume you're interested in others and will recommend:
Trail Dust BBQ
17240 Monterey Street
Terrific St. Louis-style pork ribs and good tri-tip.
West 2nd Street, a couple of doors away from Monterey Street
A brand-new tiny place, already mobbed, because the cheesesteaks are excellent, as are the wings, french fries and onion rings.
Tried out Tacos El Grullense Jal...simple tacoria. Not exciting. Almost worth driving to San Jose for Tacos de Oro. May have been an off night though so I will try again.
Tacos El Grullense
1925 B St, Hayward, CA 94541