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04-14-2013, 10:36 PM
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Restaurant/food recommendations in SJ

Hey everyone,

So you all probably know by now that I'm gonna be in SJ starting Thursday (well, technically Wednesday night, but I'm not gonna go do anything considering I get in at like 8pm and will have been travelling all day long). So I need some restaurant recommendations.

I'm staying at the Arena hotel so something within reasonable walking distance would be preferable, because I'm not renting a car and I'm not made of money to be able to have a cab take me wherever more than a handful of times.

And yes, I know that the directory has a link to the travel thread with some restaurant stuff, but I read through that and there's just not enough info. There's several items that are about food in the tank, and several admissions that the info may not be up to date.

I also want to get a nice, wide array of opinions. Only thing I know I want to try is Teske's because I grew up on my Oma's German cooking and I rarely get to have proper German in restaurants around here.

Thanks all.

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On Sunday, since we'll both be at the game, and if you want, I'll be happy to drive you to any restaurant that may be out of walking distance. I used to live in Germany, so I'd kill for some good German food.

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If you want a nice full meal, Hi Life was some of the best BBQ in the area, its semi pricey, but you get a lot of food for the money.

Pizza Buca Lupo at the San Pedro Square Market is also really good.

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If you like ravioli and/or spaghetti, go to Original Joe's in downtown. It's easy to find and the food is terrific! To avoid the wait, go to the back, near the bar. It's open seating back there.

If you have time, a short cab ride to Santana Row to walk around would be fun. If you like beer, the Yard House is great! The visiting teams all stay at the Hotel Valencia in S.R.

Just suggestions...but I like these places!

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the one on 4th and Taylor is close to my heart.

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get some cinnamon bread at Greenlee’s. Alameda and Julian or thereabouts, the used bookstore across the street is pretty nifty.

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i once ate a sandwich at Wagon Wheel. frankly, i don't remember how it was.



turns out it isn't called Wagon Wheel. i guess we sometimes make up our own names for places.

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I'll pick you up and take you to my fav Italian or Chinese restaurant ;-)

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i think i picked up a bout of dysentery from Zapata's. then again other's enjoy it and it's the only rec i've given you that's in walking distance. i do remember hating having to park in their little lot.



basically i'm just using the thread to reminisce a little.

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i once ate a sandwich at Wagon Wheel. frankly, i don't remember how it was.



turns out it isn't called Wagon Wheel. i guess we sometimes make up our own names for places.
Haha nope, Old Wagon. Never understood why people call it Wagon Wheel. I'm friends with one of the GMs as I went to high school with him. Food is eh but passable with some being better than others. They have beer pong tables some ~30oz beers.

A few other places north of HP within a couple blocks of your hotel would be:
Bluefin - Japanese food
Chipotle - good burritos/tacos
Sushi Infinity - kinda self explanatory as a sushi place


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Nem - you need to try Pour House Bistro. Its on Autumn St 3 blocks south of the arena just past the light rail tracks. Really good food, solid beer selections and live music every night. You do need to get thereby or before 6:15p to get eat as the line is normally out the door to the street.

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ill second poor house.

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If you like Thai food there's a great restaurant called Jasmine Fine Thai Cuisine at 1211 Franklin Street in Santa Clara. It's not too far from the Tank.

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The Smoking Pig is the best BBQ joint around. On N. 4th St, between E. Younger Ave and Commercial St.

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Los Gatos Brewing Co. - slightly fancier brewery cuisine (163 W. Santa Clara St.)
Henry's Hi-Life - awesome bbq behind the Tank (301W. St. John. St.)
Original Joe's - an Italian food institution (301 S. First St. at San Carlos)
La Victoria's - run-of-the-mill taqueria but another institution... orange sauce (131 Santa Clara St.)
Trial's Pub - awesome laid-back British pub... curry fries (265 N. First at Divine)
San Pedro Square Market - lots of options (87 N. San Pedro St.)
Paradiso's Deli - old-school Italian deli... best raviolis (791 Auzerais Ave.)
Poor House Bistro - cajun awesomeness (91 S. Autumn St.)
Gordon Biersch - brewery food (33 E. San Fernando)
Hanuman - good Thai (1 E. San Fernando St.)
Billy Berk's - sports bar/grill (99 S. First St.)
55 South - rat pack-esque cocktail lounge (55 S. First St.)

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Subway...eat fresh.

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Another vote for Original Joe's if you like Italian.

I'm a fan of Amicis Pizza as well. Got a kid who's allergic to milk, and Amicis was the first place we found to have soy cheese. He thought he'd died and gone to heaven the first time he had a pizza with (soy) cheese on it!

The wife and I will hit the Old Spaghetti Factory from time to time as well.

I've heard good things about Sonoma Chicken but never been there myself.

I know In-N-Out is a California staple for burgers, but we actually prefer Five Guys burgers. None in walking distance from the arena though - closest one is about 5 miles south, on Curtner Avenue...

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German Food in downtown San Jose: Teske's Germania. Awesome food. http://www.teskes-germania.com/ I've eaten there a bunch of times, and never had a bad meal. Good choice to go to.

Steak/BBQ near the Tank: Henry's Hi-Life. Been there for > 50 years. (My parents had their wedding rehearsal dinner there in 1967) http://www.henryshilife.com/

Pure BBQ: I second the recommendation for The Smoking Pig. Amazing stuff. Their Mac & Cheese is the best I have ever had. Get that as a side and you won't regret it. http://www.smokingpigbbq.net/

Spicy Chinese Food: Hunan Taste. Small hole in the wall place next to a laundromat about 1-1.5 blocks south of The Smoking Pig on 4th. Beef with String Beans in spicy black bean sauce is unreal. Most of their stuff ranges from fairly to highly spicy, so be prepared for that. http://www.hunantaste.net/

Cajun style crab/shrimp/crawfish boil at The Boiling Crab. http://www.theboilingcrab.com/locations/3

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And if you want pizza - Pizza My Heart is pretty darn good.

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Haha nope, Old Wagon. Never understood why people call it Wagon Wheel. I'm friends with one of the GMs as I went to high school with him. Food is eh but passable with some being better than others. They have beer pong tables some ~30oz beers.
That's funny, because there's wagon wheels on the outside wall...duh...

We have one of those places we call "the restaurant" because the word "restaurant" is on the sloping roof as seen from Saratoga Ave. It's actually called "Bill of Fare".

Of course, if you want to expensive, there's a Morton's Steakhouse and Scott's Seafood on Park Ave/Almaden-ish near the courthouse. Pizza Chicago isn't too bad for deep dish on San Fernando/San Pedro(?).

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Pizza, its Rosies NY Pizza. Huge slices and if you are in town on gameday and not going to the game they have half priced draft beers during the game.

I'll take 2$ Lagunitas' and bomb slices all day. 6$ All you can eat spaghetti on Tuesdays.

Money.

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That's funny, because there's wagon wheels on the outside wall...duh...

We have one of those places we call "the restaurant" because the word "restaurant" is on the sloping roof as seen from Saratoga Ave. It's actually called "Bill of Fare".

Of course, if you want to expensive, there's a Morton's Steakhouse and Scott's Seafood on Park Ave/Almaden-ish near the courthouse. Pizza Chicago isn't too bad for deep dish on San Fernando/San Pedro(?).
Bill of fare is good but they don't really do rare. You order medium rare and it comes medium well.

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I used to live across from Bill of Fare on Saratoga... Good breakfasts!

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You can walk to San Pedro Square and will have several decent choices. You can also check out La Vics--a local, cult-like Mexican restaurant(s).. be sure to drown everything in their orange sauce.

I always liked going to Flames too, if you don't mind hanging out with some college people. $10 bottomless mimosas on Sundays.

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Falafel's Drive-In. Get the falafel and banana milkshake deal.

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