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    Tied House Brew Pub: Tied House Brew Pub

    by pmarshuk Written Jun 30, 2004

    Close to San Pedro Square, the main attraction was a good selection of beers, some being brewed on the premises.
    Food is "traditional US" - that is lots of steaks, chicken or burgers. The combo of Chicken and ribs was usually pretty good.

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  • The Fish Market: Great Food

    by vinegar Written Oct 12, 2003

    This restraurant is great. The enviroment is great and the food is awesome. A must visit.

    Favorite Dish: New England Clam Chowder - I order it every time I come. It's so creamy and good.

    Smoked Salmon - Great smoked salmon. Comes with delicious garlic bread.

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    Thepthai: A Piece of Thailand in SJ

    by cwest03 Updated Jul 24, 2003

    Thepthai is one of my favorite Thai restaurant's in San Jose. The space is quite large and I have never seen it full to capacity. It is decorated almost like an outdoor area with wood overhangs over much of the dining area which makes for a very pleasant atmosphere. The wait staff is very friendly and helpful and the food is of good quality.

    Thepthai is open for lunch and dinner with a buffet option for lunch. You will find pleanty of parking on Market street but if you don't they validate parking for the neighboring garage.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite thing here is the Tom Yam Gai (lemon grass chicken soup). In fact that is one of my favorite Thai dishes and a big part of how I measure a Thai restaurant. The Tom Yam Gai at Thepthai is outstanding. It full quality chicken, button mushrooms, tomatoes, lemon grass, galanga with just a hint of fish sauce and is available at your specified spice level.

    Moving from the soup some of my other favorite dishes are the various curries and rice dishes. Another way that I measure a Thai restaurant is by the quality of their Pad Thai. Thepthai again does not disappoint here. The noodles are not clumped together, the shrimp is big and juicy, the bean sprouts are fresh and they add the right amount of egg, tofu, green onion, peanuts and sauce. The pork can be substituted for chicken if you don't eat the other white meat.

    With your meal don't forget to add a Thai iced tea or coffee. Thepthai also has a full service bar.

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    fine dining or lunch: Eight Forty North First

    by Shaft28 Written Jun 11, 2003

    Oddly enough Eight Forty North First is located on 840 N. 1st Street...
    But when you eat here ecpect to sit near the mayor or other big wigs in San Jose idustry - yeah you'll need to be dressed up here. No jeans!
    Food is a mix of local flavors - yeah that means your guess is as good as mine - Mexican, Asian, American... but all excellent.
    Nice for a classy lunch or dinner, expect to shell out some money!

    Favorite Dish: The 1/2 chicken lunch is excellent, and the salads are fantastic.

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    Brewpub and great food: Gordon Biersch

    by Shaft28 Written Jun 11, 2003

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    Gordon Biersch is one of the best brewerys around, their martzen beer is spectacular. And here you get all the benefits of a brewery background with pretty nice dining. Upscale waitstaff but friendly prices on the menu.
    You'll find a wide range of food from American comfort foods to pan-asian to pasta. All with recommendations of which beer to drink with it. Close to the symphony, San Jose State and any action you may find in SJ.

    Favorite Dish: Love the pizza but the burger and garlic fries are a old favorite of mine.

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    Cool little bar and very nice Pan Asian food: E&O Trading company

    by Shaft28 Updated Jun 11, 2003

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    Great decor, friendly service, upscale feel with not that bad of prices at the end. San Jose is flush with glorified cheesy theme restaurants (AP Stumps etc) but E & O stands out. They make their own beer (not the best, but good) and usually have great bartenders.

    Favorite Dish: Their appetizer menu is worth it alone. On more than one night out we have made a night of apps and drinks at E&O's.
    The corn fritters are my favorite and for maindished I'd recommend what ever they have on the specials list.

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    Dive steak house: Henry's World Famous Hi-Life

    by Shaft28 Written Jun 11, 2003

    Locals call it Henry's, the Hi-life, or Henry's Hi-life if they are sober. Small little hidden spot in downtown withing easy walking distance of the Shark's hokey arena.
    Good steaks, baked potato and garlic bread. You will not be impressed with the decor, clientelle, or the cleanliness of the spot - but the steaks will do you right. Think the house the restaurant is in is close to 100 years old.

    Favorite Dish: They offer about 8 standard items and 3-4 specials. I prefer the New York steak here, just plain good. Everything is real basic here, so don't expect frills. FYI the BBQ chicken kicks butt too!

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    Hunan Taste Restaurant: Amazing and spicy Chinese

    by Shaft28 Written Feb 26, 2003

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    San Jose offers a wide range of really bad Chinese food. You can find some outstanding places, and a lot of great dim sum. Bust consistantcy on an excellent level can't be matched to Hunan Taste.
    Used to go here for lunch every few weeks, the food is amazing. Small, a bit of a hole in the wall- so worth any wait.

    Favorite Dish: They serve a fried bread dish with a peanut saue for an app that is outstanding. The menu has some great dished, my favorite were the fish or green bean dish.
    I've yet to have anything bad here.

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    Moss Beach Distillery: Great Sunsets

    by pmarshuk Updated Feb 26, 2003

    For another project dinner we went up to Half Moon Bay and ate at the Moss Beach Distillery. The food was excellent but the best thing was the view of the sunset. The restaurant looks directly west across the Pacific, however it could get quite bright in there. I had to put my sunglasses on to be able to see my food (and drink).
    Another feature is the ocean facing terrace where they will provide blankets to keep you warm while enjoying the view from outside.

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    Antipastos: Great Deli

    by cwest03 Written Sep 4, 2002

    This is a great deli featuring everything from sandwiches and salads to lasagna, chili and ribs. They also have a good selection of deli meats to take home and feature many items in their grocery section. This is one of my favorite weekend lunch spots and seems to be for others too. This place can get crowded during lunch time.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite deli sandwich of all time no matter where I go has to be turkey. Boring I know but I'm a creature of habbit. One of the most important things about a sandwich is the bread and Antipastos has pretty good sourdough rolls so I'm pretty happy.

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    Kazoo

    by cwest03 Updated Sep 1, 2002

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    Kazoo - another favorite restaurant in San Jose's Japan Town.
    Established in 1989. They offer over 80 traditional Japanese appetizers. This shop also offers Kazoo's special boats which include a large assortment of Japanese foods which serve from three to eight people. There are Japanese private rooms and a sushi counter in addition to tables and booths. The staff is also speak fluent Japanese.

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    Okayama: Very Nice Udon

    by cwest03 Updated Aug 31, 2002

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    A small restaurant that seats probably about 30 people. Always friendly service and good food. This is one of my favorite restaurants in San Jose's Japan Town.

    Favorite Dish: I like the oyako udon which is chicken and egg soup with udon noodles. There salad dressing is one of my favorites as well.

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    There are several good...

    by alohabrendon Written Aug 24, 2002

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    There are several good restaurants in the downtown area, once you leave there, you won't find anything special. Bella Mia (Italian) is a San Jose favorite. Taste of Siam (Thai) has great Thai food and ambiance.

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    Roy's at Pebble Beach!!! ...

    by EllenG Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Roy's at Pebble Beach!!! There are also Roy's in Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Big Island (Hawaii), Bonita Springs Florida, New York City, Seattle Washington, Scottsdale Arizona, Tokyo Japan, Guam, and there will soon be new ones in San Francisco CA, San Diego CA, Newport Beach CA, and Cherry Creek Colorado.
    Part of a growing chain of 5-star restaurants that started in Honolulu Hawaii. All chefs trained by the owner, Roy Yamaguchi, who is an award winning chef, and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He also has his own nationally distributed public television series called Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi. His restaurants have won many awards, including Forbes Top 40 in the US, Conde Nast Traveler's Top 50 in the US, and Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous International Cuisine Top 10. The price is higher than general restaurants, but quite reasonable for a gourmet one.

    Favorite Dish: Parts of the menu Menu changes monthly, and the rest daily. All selections are WONDERFUL! Gourmet food with lots of flavor. Uses fresh spices. Makes an incredible Chocolate Souffle with Raspberry Sauce. It has been described as California-French-Japanese-eclectic, or a blend of French, Italian, Thai, Japanese, and Chinese cuisines. The owner decribes himself as Euro-Asian.

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    Vung Tau: Best Vietnamese

    by trvlrtom Written Aug 16, 2006

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    In a city of many Vietnamese restaurants, this may be the best, with a top quality traditional yet creative menu. Very pleasant atmosphere.

    Vietnam

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