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Help me rock a work pot-luck in Sunnyvale...

adamclyde Sep 7, 2011 12:15 PM

So while I work up in Sunnyvale now, I live in Southern California, so I don't really know the food well yet around the South Bay. But I'm supposed to participate in a work Pot Luck in Sunnyvale in a few weeks and am trying to think of what to bring. Being a newbie at work and being hotel-bound, making something myself is not an option. So I'd love to bring something good from a nearby restaurant or food purveyor. While it needs to be somewhat accessible for non chow types, I don't want to eliminate some great interesting options either.

So, I would need it to fit into the following parameters:

* Can get it take out or to go.
* Travels reasonably well.
* Is easy for self service (finger food or easy to serve portions)
* Tastes awesome.
* somewhat close proximity to Sunnyvale, though I could potentially go as far as Palo Alto or San Jose if it's something worthwhile.

Thoughts? Ideas? I'll be forever in your debt.

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  1. wolfe RE: adamclyde Sep 7, 2011 01:49 PM

    Adam I know zilch about Sunnyvale but check out these links.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/754206
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/803108

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    1. re: wolfe
      adamclyde RE: wolfe Sep 8, 2011 05:52 PM

      thanks. I've been reading the local sunnyvale recs for the past few months. a few things intriguing...

    2. RWCFoodie RE: adamclyde Sep 7, 2011 06:48 PM

      How about KFC (Korean Fried Chicken...) I haven't tried this place but it looks like a possibility.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753797

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        jman1 RE: adamclyde Sep 7, 2011 10:02 PM

        Spanish tortilla works well at pot lucks (bring a knife to cut it). See if you can get it to go from Iberia restaurant / Cafe Gibraltar in Menlo Park. Depending on number, you might need to purchase a few, but it should not be expensive.

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          RWCFoodie RE: jman1 Sep 8, 2011 06:00 AM

          Good idea jman1

          Rock of Gibraltar for party platters:

          http://www.helpisontheway.com/catalog...

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          Rock of Gibraltar
          1026 Alma St, Menlo Park, CA

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          ceekskat RE: adamclyde Sep 8, 2011 07:25 AM

          All in Sunnyvale...Combo appetizer platter from House of Kabobs or DishDash. Samosas from Rajjot. Chicken seekh kabobs from Shah or Shalimar.

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          House of Kabobs
          161 S Sunnyvale Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

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            Bunson RE: adamclyde Sep 8, 2011 09:42 PM

            Not exactly haute cuisine but they just opened a King Egg Roll in Milpitas, just a few miles down highway 237 from Sunnyvale. The egg rolls are awesome and great for a wide range of palates, and they sell them in huge party trays with sides of dipping sauce.

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              Melanie Wong RE: Bunson Sep 9, 2011 01:05 AM

              Ah, spotted the new King Eggroll driving by on Tuesday and wondered if it was new. Let me add a link.

              (And I had not idea that King Eggroll had a new branch in Gilroy too.)

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              King Eggroll #3
              8610 San Ysidro Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020

              King Eggroll
              442 W Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035

              1. re: Melanie Wong
                Tripeler RE: Melanie Wong Sep 9, 2011 04:57 AM

                According to their website, "King Eggroll is now an infamous landmark in Northern California."
                I wonder what they have done to deserve such infamy!

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                  wolfe RE: Tripeler Sep 9, 2011 07:58 AM

                  Saved money by using Yahoo babelfish as their site translator?

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                    adamclyde RE: wolfe Sep 9, 2011 09:44 AM

                    hah. Generally I am overly cautious of infamous food. :)

                2. re: Melanie Wong
                  adamclyde RE: Melanie Wong Sep 9, 2011 09:43 AM

                  that soulds great too. I'm doubting Dish Dash a bit because it's right by work and its a favorite for folks at work already... so something like King Egg Roll might be something more unique.

                  Speaking of Milpitas... I noticed driving through there once there seems to be a big Vietnamese presence there? Maybe some great nem nuong or cha gio (along the egg roll line of thinking). thoughts on good sources in Milpitas?

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