I'm in San Jose for a business trip for a few days, staying downtown at the Fairmont San Jose.
Searching the board and talking to friends, I determined that I'd like to spend my dining per diem ($35) on Vietnamese, probably at Vung Tau and Nha Toi, which seem like a reasonable distance from where I'm staying.
I eat a lot of Vietnamese in San Francisco (both northern and southern) and I'm headed to Vietnam in about a month. I'd like to try out some specialty dishes or particularly good renditions I can't find in San Francisco.
Also of note is that I'm eating alone, so some of the recommendations I've read (like for a whole crab) wouldn't be a good idea.
What would you recommend?