Moving up in the world, indeed. After years at my (very good) community college, I'll be at a big four year university. It's kind of exciting. (Yeah, yeah, I'm old enough, but it's never too late to get a degree, right?)
So I'm going to be spending my next several years in the heart of downtown San Jose without a car (bus is free, makes the long commute affordable). I've always considered that part of San Jose to be a culinary cemetary, but I suppose I wouldn't really know. I know next to nothing about the place, foodwise, except for the Togos (and a couple of places that I don't think even exist anymore). Not exactly what I have in mind.
My classes all start at lunchtime, so I'm mostly looking for places I can grab something smallish to study with or take on the bus home. I'd prefer cheap, and walkable from SJSU, any cuisine is fine. What all is around there? Any notable gems for sit down dining on a night I want to stick around later or with friends? Any good cafes with cute barristas that I can hang out at and study (quality of coffee is at least as important as quality of staff!)?
Thanks so much!