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Food & Drink

Take A Bite Out Of San Jose

May 18, 2012 1:45 PM

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San Jose is emerging as a dining and culture Mecca. Check out the best of the South Bay’s biggest city as we eat and drink our way through town.
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San Pedro Square Market
87 N San Pedro St
San Jose, CA 95110
www.sanpedrosquaremarket.com

Much like Seattle’s Pike Place Market or the San Francisco Ferry Building, San Jose’s San Pedro Square Market is a bustling, European-style food and drinking pavilion. Dig into local purveyors of delicious and organic foods, fresh coffee, and a casual yet well-stocked wine bar. The outdoor plaza features 400 seats and a stage, providing the perfect spot to kick back with a snack and a drink and take in the sights and sounds of San Jose.

Mezcal
25 W San Fernando St
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 283-9595
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Mezcal proudly serves authentic Oaxacan regional cuisine utilizing family recipes passed on from previous generations. Specializing in homemade moles, this delicious Mexican spot has menu items for every taste, including the adventurous. Ever tired a fried grasshopper? Now is your chance!

Vung Tau
535 E Santa Clara St
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 288-9055
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Vung Tau is family-run run Vietnamese restaurant serving up a taste of South East Asia for the past 25 years. All of the fresh and healthy food here is served with a real family touch.
Thuy’s Favorite: The shrimp cupcakes.

Paradiso’s Italian Delicatessen
791 Auzerais Ave
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 295-6459
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Family-run since 1947, Paradiso’s is a real local favorite. Home of the original “Italian combo” deli sandwich, some regulars have been coming by Paradiso’s for over 50 years. Stock up on Italian favorites like a meatball, pepper, and cheese sandwich, or fresh-made eggplant parmigana.

Race Street Seafood Kitchen
247 Race St
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 287-6280
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Looking for fresh seafood in San Jose? Look no further than Race Street Seafood Kitchen. Try a bowl of their award-winning clam chowder, or dig into a seafood platter. If you’re in the mood for something different, you won’t find “Shrimp and Celery Salad” anywhere else.

Sliders Burgers
1645 W San Carlos St
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 298-4340
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This flame-grilled burger joint is just a stone’s throw from THE HP Pavilion. Slider’s offers the traditional burgers, but you might want to try a bison, elk, or even ostrich burger. With a full condiment bar, and sides like chili cheese fries, a stop at Slider’s is sure to fill you up.

Bill’s Café
302 N Bascom Ave
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 287-2455
www.billscafe.com

Bill’s Cafe is a fun local diner, serving up huge portions of comfort food. Don’t miss the Bread Pudding French Toast, or try the Crab Cakes Benedict. Portion sizes are on the massive side, so arrive hungry. Another family-run San Jose spot, Bill’s is the perfect, casual cafe for anyone with a big appetite.

Britannia Arms
5027 Almaden Exressway
San Jose, CA 95118
(408) 266-0550
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A classic British Pub located in the heart of San Jose, Britannia Arms serves up a taste of the UK. Try the traditional English breakfast, bangers and mash, or the famous fish and chips, which include both haddock and cod. Sip a pint (Boddington’s is the house draft) while challenging a local to a friendly game of darts.

Amber India
377 Santana Row Suite 1140
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 248-5400
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Amber India offers guests a taste of India in a chic and slightly upscale environment. Nestled right in the heart of San Jose’s Santana Row shopping district, Amber India serves up fresh twists on the classics, like Chicken Tikka Masala and crunchy samosas.

Ready to bite into another foodie adventure? Head over to Eye on the Bay’s Food & Drink section and discover the best of the Bay.

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