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San Jose: Underground Eats

Luckily for you, San Jose is chock full of mom and pop eateries. As a San Jose native and a professional Chef, I've eaten at alot of places in San Jose, some good, some bad. Here are my suggestions:

*Mexican: Honest to God, I swear by this place as I have been going there since junior high and it is as authentic as it gets, despite the name: The Burrito Factory on Almaden Expressway. Their telephone number is: 408.448-7180. Do NOT confuse them with the Burrito Factory on Blossom Hill Rd. which has the same name, polar opposite food.

*Japanese: Try Kazoo in Japantown. Their number is: 408.288.9611. They are located on Jackson St. There is also a Japanese grocery store across the street in case you wanna pick up some snacks or a bottle of Sake. Stay away from Todai though! There is nothing authentic about it, its located in a mall, and in a way its like a huge, Japanese style Panda Express, but with cartoon pufferfish and cute to go cups.

*Local foods and meats (probably not so hard to come across in CA): Three Words: Sonoma Chicken Coop. They are located downtown on Market St. Their telephone number is:408.287.4098.

*"Authentic ethnic": Hmmm, well, that could be anything! My fave: Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant on Saratoga Ave. The portions are large, cheap and freakin' amazing! Their number is: 408.615.8282. For Thai, try Blue Mango on Stevens Creek Blvd. I dig the Pad Thai myself. Their number is: 408.248.7191

*Fine wine, whisky, and beer: My all time fave downtown "Americana" hot spot is the Tied House. Good food, house brewed beer, cool ambiance, and a pleasant staff. Their number is: 408.295.2739

I hope this helps! Enjoy your stay in San Jose and dont drink and drive in Downtown on Friday and Saturday night, the cops will get ya'!

Bon Apetit

Mar 12, 2008
chocoloco in San Francisco Bay Area