Izakaya/stick meat like Kingyo or Zakkushi Charcoal Grill, like in Vancouver?
I just got back from a phenomenal eating weekend in Vancouver. On top were Zakkush http://www.zakkushi.com/
(Robata, 1.95, CA a stick) and, higher end, Kingyo http://www.yelp.ca/biz/kingyo-vancouver (Uni Biminbap 9.95 CA & at table stone Kobe! $21 CA for like 15 nice pieces
Where are the closest to this, here in the Bay? I can't think of one place like either of these places here.
There are lots of yakitori/kushiyaki places around in the bay area, which are similar to Zakkush with grills (some are charcoal grills too!):
Sumika in Los Altos
En in Santa Clara
Sumiya in Santa Clara
Gaku in San Jose - really impressed by the variety of items for grilling.
Saizo in Sunnyvale
Ippuku in Berkeley
For Izakaya, the ones most similar to Kingyo are going to be the higher end izakaya places like
En in Santa Clara
Tanto in Sunnyvale
Gochi Fusion Tapas in Cupertino
Gokaku in Cupertino
Nami Nami in Mountain View (has sushi/sashimi/izakaya fare, but no kushiyaki)
Hoshi in Santa Clara/San Jose
Ones I've heard about, but haven't been:
Dan Izakaya in San Jose - does a good amount of grilled items.
Hachi in Mountain View - supposedly does robata
I'm sure there's some in San Francisco as well, but I've yet to find somewhere that was worth the drive.
One caveat to these places is that they have a very different menu at lunch (if they do lunch at all). Kushiyaki and izakaya is more a dinner time thing.
592 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
236 Central Plz, Los Altos, CA 94022
246 Saratoga Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95050
2634 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051
1335 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95112
2130 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704
5152 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
10789 S Blaney Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014
1306 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, CA
I haven't been to many izakayas, but I did love Zakkushi in Vancouver, and I am still looking for a kimchi mentai udon on the Peninsula. In San Mateo, I do think Kokko is the better than Ginji, though the latter is pretty good, too, and has more food choices outside of the grilled items. (Ginji's buta kimchi udon carbonara will help tide me over until I get back to Zakkushi.) Sadly, neither Ginji nor Kokko is as quite good as Zakkushi. . .
509 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401