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Great chorizo in Peninsula/South Bay?

I am not vegatarian and I love and eat chorizo, but I also like Soyrizo, which you can buy at Safeway. For eggs chorizo, I think it works well.

May 06, 2009
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

cake/cupcakes

A fresh cupcake from Sprinkles at Stanford Mall is as good as I can imagine any cupcake being.

May 01, 2009
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Carolina BBQ?

Oh, I went to Eastern N. Carolina a few years back and loved the BBQ. I'd never heard of Carolina BBQ but became addicted while I was there. I couldn't drive by one of those little shacks w/o stopping for one. For those that don't know, it's pulled pork that 's been slow cooked/smoked for hours. They put it on a hamburger bun, top it with sauce and then a scoop of cole slaw. The sauce is basically vingegar, sugar, red pepper flakes, maybe some salt etc. Some places I tried put a touch of ketchup or tomato in it, but it's far from red and is as runny as vinegar. The combo of the meat, the tangy sauce and the cool, creamy cole slaw is just awesome. Granted, I'm a vinegar lover (buffalo wings, philipino adobo), but I think an authentic Carolina BBQ shack would do well around here.

Apr 16, 2009
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Hunan Taste in San Jose: Similar to Henry's Hunan in SF in That It's Not All That

Song is the niece of Henry (of Henry's Hunan) and she opened Hunan Taste in the late '80s with her husband Francis. At Henry's, the same dish is called Henry's Special.

Apr 09, 2009
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Hunan Taste in San Jose: Similar to Henry's Hunan in SF in That It's Not All That

Song's Special is shrimp, scallops, chicken and veggies in hot bean sauce. If you like seafood and haven't tried it, you can't imagine how good it is. I think I know what I'm having for dinner....................

Apr 09, 2009
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Hunan Taste in San Jose: Similar to Henry's Hunan in SF in That It's Not All That

Since you love neither Henry's or Hunan Taste, I guess it just isn't your type of place. But, those of us that are fans of Henry's were happier than Kate Winslet on Oscar night to find Hunan Taste putting out the real stuff in San Jose. First off, it's almost not worth going if you don't eat pork. They're known for their smoked ham dishes. Yes, the dishes can be salty. But, (my mouth is actually watering just thinking of this food) if you like hot, spicy food with huge bold flavors, this is your Chinese place. This food makes a bowl of steamed rice cower in fear, bow down and hope it gets taken along for the ride. The meat pie never did much for me. It's unusual I suppose. But the smoked ham w string beans, smoked ham w chicken, hot and sour beef, song's special, harvest pork, noodles w special sauce, chicken salad, and curry chicken all pop into my brain as a major craving about once a week. It's packed at lunch, empty at dinner. The owners great people. Long live Henry's and long live Hunan Taste!
http://www.hunantaste.net/

Apr 08, 2009
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Brand new in Silicon Valley: where should I eat?

For tortas near PA, La Casita Chilanga - 2928 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

Mar 31, 2009
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Visitor needs good takeout options mid-Pen

Janta is excellent Indian, and close to Stanford.

Mar 24, 2009
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Psycho Donuts, Campbell

Good if you want a large donut, covered in "frosting" and topped with something like Fruit Loops, Cap'n Crunch, etc. My kids were excited, but I'd rather have a fresh, light donut with some good coffee.

Mar 19, 2009
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Chinese, not dim sum, in entire Bay Area

I should start getting paid to rep them, but my favorite is still Hunan Taste in San Jose.

Mar 18, 2009
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Sunday lunch or dinner in downtown San Jose, near the Camera 12 Cinemas?

Vung Tau is very good, and SJ is known for Vietnamese food. It's probably a dozen block walk, or very short cab ride from Camera 12. There's a smaller place called Dakao just a couple blocks from Camera 12. They have great Vietnames sandwiches and takeout, and a small restaurant inside. It's at 2nd and San Salvador. Another good Vietnames place is Dalat at 9th and William. Vung Tau is upscale, the other two are down-home good grub.

Mar 17, 2009
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

ISO Burmese restos

There's a Burmese place in downtown Palo Alto, close to Stanford, called Rangoon. I like it, but it's the only Burmese place I've ever visited.

Mar 16, 2009
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Psycho Donuts, Campbell

Went there on opening day. Pretty cool. The donuts are good, but they're a load. I'm more of a lighter, glazed raised or chocolate raised with coffee guy. I think they'll do well with the stoner market.

Mar 09, 2009
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

San Jose Dim Sum

My favorite is Dynasty Seafood at the Vallco Mall in Cupertino.

Feb 09, 2009
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Pacific Spiny Lobster, S Bay

I will! thanks

Jan 09, 2009
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Pacific Spiny Lobster, S Bay

Anybody know where to buy Pacific Spiny Lobster in the south bay? The kind you get in Baja, grilled or fried, with beans, rice, salsa and cold beers? I'm not going to Baja anytime soon, but need some of that!

Jan 07, 2009
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Seeking recommendations, Tri Valley area

The smoked pork chop at the restaurant at Wente Winery is one of the best dishes I've ever had, anywhere.

Aug 05, 2008
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Cheez Whiz Cheesesteaks?

Just had one the other day at Amato's on Saratoga Ave in San Jose. I liked it, though it was a little bland. But I'm no expert and Philly cheesesteaks.
http://amatoscheesesteaks.com/

Aug 04, 2008
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

San Diego Mexican help Please

Not in your range w/o a car, but I just got back to the Bay Area from SD and was LOVING Roberto's taqueria in Mission Beach. The signature carne asada burrito is truly a classic. I hadn't had one in years, and now I remember why they're famous. A perfect, slightly chewy, slightly charred tortilla, loads of tender chopped beef, guacomole and salsa fresca. That's it. No beans, no rice. Add a little of their tomatillo sauce and have some pickled carrots and jalapenos on the side. Wow! I ate one everyday I was there. Also went to Casa Guadalajara in Old Town. Jumpin place on the patio, fountains, mariachi band. I had some really good chicken mole enchiladas. Was dissapointed in the margarita pitchers though. Not bad, just tasted mass produced - had that fake, bright green color. I'd go there again though.

Jul 29, 2008
Hoss in California

"Original Krung Thai" vs. "New Krung Thai" in SJ?

I've been eating at Krung Thai since they were a hole-in-the-wall on San Carlos St. I still go there and don't notice much difference in food between the two locations. I will say, overall the food quality and value has declined at both locations over the past 5 years or maybe longer. I've always been a huge fan and considered theirs the best Thai around (including SF). Lately I've been to Thai Pepper more often, as Krung seems to have lost a step.

Jun 20, 2008
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Kid-friendly lunch spots near Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose?

Mine like Johnny Rockets (burgers, fries and shakes) on 1st Street. Sonoma Chicken Coop has better food and more variety for adults.

Jun 20, 2008
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Advice urgently sought for 1 day in Livermore, 1 day in SF

It's not particularly casual, but the smoked porkchop at Wente winery in Livermore is a destination dish.

Jun 20, 2008
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Good takeout lunch in San Jose?

I was thinking Falafel Drive In as well. If you ask for the sauce on the side, I think they'd travel fine. The place is excellent. There is a good little taqueria on Hamilton Ave at Winchester, not far off Hwy 17 in Campbell. Los dos Compadres. Burritos would travel well I'm sure.

May 13, 2008
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Good takeout lunch in San Jose?

Are you eating in the car? Taking the food to Santa Cruz to eat it there?

May 12, 2008
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Good local beer?

I'd recommend the Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA. If you like it hoppy, you'll love it. Also, if you've never been to the Sierra Nevada brewery/pub/restaurant/concert room in Chico, it's the mecca for beer in Nor Cal. They serve probably 15 fresh beers on tap in the pub for about $2 a pint - including two versions of their famous Pale Ale. You can tour the brewery too. Very cool place. Spending a night in Chico ain't bad either, if you like bars in general.

May 06, 2008
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Korean Style Fried Chicken?

99 Chicken in Santa Clara is really good. I've only had the spicy sauce version, not the regular. They fry it much longer than "normal" fried chicken - takes about 20 mins after you order. So, it's crispier and has almost not fat under the skin. But the meat is moist. It's good.

May 06, 2008
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Business Lunch in Santa Clara

Have been to either in a long time, but Birk's and Parcel 104 get good reports.

Apr 29, 2008
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Dwntn San Jose Recs.

La Taq rocks, definitely. I hesitated on taquerias since you live in LA. I threw in La Victoria because the orange sauce is kind of unique. But a carne asada burrito at La Taqueria..........with the green sauce.......and the hot bean juice dripping down my hand.......oh yea, come to papa.

Apr 17, 2008
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Dwntn San Jose Recs.

I second the GB garlic fries!

Apr 16, 2008
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area

Dwntn San Jose Recs.

Off the top of my head:
Dakao - very good, inexpensive vietnamese deli, lunch spot, try sandwiches or soup, good for takeout too if you want to eat in the park, on San Salvador betw 2nd and 3rd two blocks from the Montgomery

E&O Trading Co - Nor Cal mini chain (4 locations), very good asian variety, good cocktails, try the Indonesian Corn Fritters and the green papaya salad, 1st and San Fernando, about a block from the Montgomery

71 St. Peter - nice, intimate dinner spot on San Pedro square, about a 10 min walk

Hunan Taste - cult following, North 4th street, go for food not ambience, a short cab ride, well worth it if you like spicy chinese food

La Victoria Taqueria - on Santa Clara St betw Market & San Pedro, famous for their "orange sauce", cheap good burritos & tacos

Morton's or Grill on the Alley at the Fairmont Hotel - both easy walks, upscale, steak & martini's

Apr 15, 2008
Hoss in San Francisco Bay Area