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I'll be in Santa Clara on Saturday and would appreciate some suggestions. I'll be at the Hyatt for a pinball expo, and am not really interested in traveling too far for a meal. I'm looking for faster options (no five course sit-downs!) that are must haves before leaving Santa Clara.

Any suggestions?
Banh mi
Indian pizza
Vegetarian sandwiches
Fake meat Chinese

Thanks so much!

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  1. Indian is definitely one of the strong points in this area, so Madhuban would be a good choice. Be sure to go to the larger Sunnyvale location vs. the smaller San Jose location. Although it's in Sunnyvale, it's close to the Hyatt, just one exit down 101 at Lawrence. It's a nicer decor (and somewhat higher prices) than other Indian places around. The a la carte dinner menu is excellent, with lots of good vegetarian choices.



    544 Lawrence Expy, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

    1. I like Kabob and Curry- a northern Indian and Pakistani restaurant. As Michael pointed out, Indian is strong. You can likely spend days sampling various regional flavors.

      Banh mi its probably better to go to san jose. Huong Lan on Tully. though there are some banh mi places around in sunnyvale/ santa clara.

      fake meat chinese? are you vegetarian?

      Huong Lan
      404 S 2nd St, San Jose, CA

      1. I am vegetarian, but I have no problem finding options at restaurants that serve meat. Thanks all!

        1. Maybe too late, but
          Fake meat chinese: Merit Vegetarian off Lawrence Expy, in the same complex as Madhuban suggested above

          Merit Vegetarian Restaurant
          548 Lawrence Expy, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

          544 Lawrence Expy, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

          1. I would consider:
            Parcel 104

            Parcel 104
            2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054

            Minh's Restaurant
            622 1st St, Brentwood, CA 94513

            1. 2 recommendations: Khans Restaurant on Stevens Creek, across from Santana Row at hwy. 880. It's Americanized Vetnamese, buy very good - special rice, vermicelli and catfish clay pot, are very popular items with my friends and I. We've been going there for over 10 years.

              The other recommendation is for coffee - Barefoot Coffee, at Lawerence Expressway and Stevens Creek (down the road from Khans). They are in a small strip mall with Bed Bath and Beyond and serve serious coffee and espresso drinks - no foo-foo whipcreamed stuff.

              Santana Row
              355 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

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              1. re: Tonig

                +1 barefoot. If you like coffee, really like coffee. I'd call it one of the 5 best in the entire bay area. They have afternoon cupping and tasting events, too.

              2. So wondering if the OP managed to try out some places and had any good (or bad) experiences to share?