I am new this forum. I live in San Jose, originally from Brooklyn. Here are my favorites:
Italian Food: Original Joe’s – Great steaks and raviolis
Sandwiches & NY Style Jewish Soul Food: Gunther’s Restaurant & Catering – the best reuben sandwich anywhere! Matzo ball soup, apple strudel, rice pudding, stuffed cabbage, and the chocolate chip cookies are to die for.
Pizza: Bogey’s Pizza & Georgio’s
BBQ: Sam’s BBQ
Steak house: The Grill on the Alley – at the Fairmont Hotel
I don’t know how the hell I ever missed this thread ………………… sleeping at the wheel
I see it’s to late to help out ACOHEN other to say I hope he didn’t spend to much time looking for Lou’s Donuts cuz Lou is no more.
The next time any foodie would be looking for a San Jose food joint just click on http://www.jatbar.com/ what Roadfood.com is for the USofA http://www.jatbar.com/ is for San Jose and the Bay Area
All the places listed by MeatLod are GOOD…………..
as for cherwook ……lol "San Jose is a soulless mess" WHAT? he must be pissed at SJ cuz he’s probably the only Silicon Valley Techie that’s not making over $150 K a year ……..and the only guy in town that’s not driving a Range Rover. Cherwook suggestion Falafel Drive-In, he is right on the money there, it’s great and I eat there often.
The best restaurant in San Jose? I think it’s Original Joe’s
From the San Francisco Chronicle (although a lot of these are located on the peninsula):
I lived in San Jose for 23 years before moving to Southern California. Here are some institutions:
1) Harrys Hoffbrau, Stevens Creek Blvd. Great French Dip!
2) Taco Bravo, Bascom Ave. Taco Delight at 2am!
3) Georgios Pizza, Foxworthy Ave. Best Pizza in California!!
4) Hickory Pit, Campbell Ave. Great Breakfast!
5) By the Bucket, Stevens Creek. Cheesy Garlic Bread mmmmm!
6) Greenlees Bakery, The Alameda. Same location for 81 years! Need I say more! Oh the Cinnamon Bread!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7) St. Johns, Lawrence Expressway. Great Silicon Valley Spot. Big Burgers and Philys.
8) The last institution is the Burger Bar on South First Street. EST 1953. Great greasy tacos and the BBQ Steak sandwich, Burgers & Fries.
It makes my arteries tingle!!!
San Jose? Without soul? Not as long as Frank is a denizen! Ante up, Mr. Czyz. Personally, the only really memorable meals I’ve had there were at Joe’s Italian, and the original Gordon Biersch brewpub.
Very sad to break the news to everyone, but Lou’s Living History Donut Museum closed last summer after 51 years.
But I bet GloriaJean and I can come up with some good places for anyone else who wants to come to SJ. One of the local favorites is Falafel Drive-In on Stevens Creek Blvd (near Westfield Shopping Center-Valley Fair, but not close enough to get caught in their traffic). For $6.50 you get a wonderful big falafel sandwich in pita bread and a banana milkshake. Great roadfood and frequented by lots of Silicon Valley workers and students for lunch and dinner.
Even though on the exterior San Jose is a soulless mess, a wannabe LA, there’s plenty of good food here.
If you tell me approximately what kind of food you like I might be able to lead you in the right direction. Otherwise I could be giving you steak places when you’re looking for vegetarian or vise versa.
Using the search function above, I harvested all sorts of wonderful San Jose suggestions for a trip in early October, and ended up not having time for even one of them. Better luck to you![:(][:(][:(]
I’m going to San Jose in the middle of November. I need places to eat. I’ve got Lou’s Donuts marked already. Where else should I go? Any spectrum or range is fine.
San Jose, CA
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