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Must-try chow for week in South Bay?

tazzalenghe | | Nov 17, 2012 11:22 AM

I will be spending a week based in Palo Alto and am looking for suggestions for places not to miss in the area roughly between San Mateo and San Jose, one I do not know much about. More chow than cuisine, especially in categories that are much stronger in this area than in Manhattan where I live (south India, Vietnam, Mexico are three), but I am open to anything special. Lunch suggestions in or close to Palo Alto are particularly welcome.

Below is a list of places that my online research has thrown up, with my read on what they do well. Thumbs up or down on these, alternatives, things I have missed would all be welcome. To help dial me in, the one place I tried on my prior that I will to return to is Chaat Paradise in Mountain View.

Thanks for any help.

Ian "Tazzalenghe" Morrison

JangTu Restaurant, Sunnyvale: Korean, liked for soondae gopchang

Gaku Sumi Yakitori, San Jose: Authentic, "bring a crowd and a designated driver" yakitori

Nam Vang Restaurant, San Jose: Vietnamese hole in the wall with one great dish, Hu tieu nam vang

Hachi Ju Hachi, Saratoga: Japanese small plates and omakase (the upmarket end of my range)

Osteria Coppa, San Mateo: best area salumi di autore, pizze etc, $15 corkage, Monday prix fixe $45

All Spice, San Mateo: upmarket California Indian (a south Asian Slanted Door), not cheap but quality is high, $15 corkage

Thien Long, San Jose: pho-centric Vietnamese but with interesting if limited extensions (banh xeo etc)

Com Tam Long An, San Jose: a bit more adventurous (nem nuong cuon cha ram) but erratic Vietnamese

Ephesus, Mountain View: Standard Turkish but well liked

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