Ok, it's my 35th and i'm headed to Santa Clara for business without my wife (she took me out for amazing sushi tonite). Thanks to all the chowhounds for suggestions in/around SC.
I will have a car so a little travelling will be fine.
So, I want to go out for my birthday to a place that has a nice atmosphere, great food, and decent prices. I'm from NY so i'm used to the over priced crap...i'm looking for that perfect combo only a chowhound could recommend. Basiclly, I want to have a nice time without breaking the bank.
Oh, cuisine is up in the air except Italian ...to be honest, I've had amazing Italian around me and I don't need to have it in cali. No offense...I'm actually sick of Italian.
I welcome all other suggestions....thank you very much.