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Anti-Scenester w/in 10 mins of Santana Row?


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Anti-Scenester w/in 10 mins of Santana Row?

Juniper | | May 9, 2010 11:41 AM

Okay, maybe it's because I'm staying in the Santana Row area and am, for the short term, without a vehicle and so my choices for food have been limited. But is there such a thing as non-scenester places around here that don't charge an arm and a leg for subpar food and service?

My complaints aside, I would really really appreciate any help in finding places to eat within a 10-15 minute cab ride of Santana Row that won't trigger my gag reflex (due to price, food quality, snotty service, or any combination of these therein). So far I've tried:
- Falafel's Drive-Inn, which has great falafels but I really don't like the fillings and sauces they use in the sandwiches;
- Mizu Sushi, which has slick decor but rice in the sushi was not well-prepared and the fish itself wasn't as fresh as it could be, nor was the selection of fish available all that exciting;
- Siam Fine Thai Cuisine, which has become a bit of a go-to place for me since the food is okay and while service is a bit scattered, at least they are exceedingly polite about it.

On my list to try: Pizza Antica, Lien Pho, White Shallot, and Isabella's.

To be clear, I don't necessarily have a set budget nor do I have a problem with fancier places, but I just don't want to leave the restaurant feeling like I've been duped and/or gouged. I'm open to any and all types of food.

Thank you!

Santana Row
355 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

Siam Fine Thai Cuisine
2910 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128

White Shallot
3143 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95117

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