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Sep 7, 2011 12:15 PM

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

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. re: wolfe

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

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

      1. 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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        1. re: jman1

          Good idea jman1

          Rock of Gibraltar for party platters:

          Rock of Gibraltar
          1026 Alma St, Menlo Park, CA

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

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

          1. 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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            1. re: Bunson

              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.)

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

              King Eggroll
              442 W Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035

              1. re: Melanie Wong

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

                1. re: Tripeler

                  Saved money by using Yahoo babelfish as their site translator?

                  1. re: wolfe

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

                2. re: Melanie Wong

                  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?