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Jun 15, 2011 01:15 PM

Decent lunch near Gilroy Outlets?

I see a thread from 2007 but looking for updated info. Visiting the Gilroy outlets on Friday and hoping for something better than Eric's Deli or Denny's. Vegetarian-friendly would be great. Open to local low-key place or better, no fast food or chains, please.


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  1. Uhhh ............................. (sounds of crickets chirping)

    2 Replies
    1. re: glbtrtr

      Hilarious! Guess we'll pack a lunch and bring it.

      1. re: RobynB

        Well ........a side trip to Castroville will get you some deep-fried artichokes, if you are looking for vegetarian. No chains selling those unique local specialties. Take an artichoke heart, heavily batter and deep fry it, then serve it with thick ranch dressing dipping sauce ......... I think I am still full and I had my one and only more than 3 years ago. That is probably why I never thought to look for any road food in this area. Just the thought and my appetite is gone!

    2. Gilroy is actually covered on the SF board, here's a search:

      1. We've been to Carnitas Michoacan twice and enjoyed it very much. Don't know about the vegetarian part, though.

        1. Try "El Michoacano" on the other side of the freeway. I can't help you on the vegetarian issue, but it's my favorite Mexican place. The seafood dishes are well-prepared, the place is colorful, and it tends to get crowded because the food is so good:

          6966 Chestnut Street
          Gilroy, CA 95020-6635
          (408) 842-5877

          1. Check out Lizarran in downtown Gilroy. Spanish tapas from a Spanish company with several branches in the USA. Plenty of meatless items, many small and inexpensive. Try the piquillo peppers.