I first posted this on the California board, before being told that San Jose is covered on the San Francisco Bay Area board. Sorry in advance about the double posts.
My wife will be attending a convention in San Jose in November, and I'll be traveling with her. We'll be staying near the Convention Center, and we're always up for a few good meals. What's relatively nearby that is good? We won't have a car and neither of us drink, but we love almost all kinds of food.
We especially like Mexican (which is hard to find in Orlando, Florida, where almost everything is cheesy Tex-Mex), awesome sandwiches/burgers/pub grub, local shellfish (ideally from a place that won't break the bank), really creative California cuisine (not super-fancy or expensive), and anything else unique that we can't get back home. I'd prefer not to do Vietnamese, since we have a huge Vietnamese neighborhood in Orlando, with lots of great restaurants. I hope to try In 'n' Out Burger for the first time while I'm out there, too.