I just wanted to give a quick mention of 3 places I've been having a good time at recently, some of which are already known to the boards:
1. Fiesta Mexicana in the Stater Brother's center at El Camino Real and Mission. In a city of lots of Mexican food restaurants, we really really like this one. In particular, we happened to stop in on a Sunday night and order something off the specials board on a whim.
It was called Parillada Oaxacuena (I probably butchered the spelling, if you stumble through enough of it, the waitstaff know what you mean). Anyhow, so it comes out on this big clay chimney stand, with a hot coal in the "bowl" of the stand. The actual food is on a lettuce lined metal grate on top of the stand. It's a sort of mixed grill of asada, chicken, carnitas, green peppers and onions, all with melted cheese on it. Amazing seasonings, and the smoke from juices hitting the coal is just about the best smell in the world.
It comes with a plate of rice and beans, salsa fresca and some really good guacamole, and all the flour or corn tortillas you could want.
Even though it's a special and not on the menu, we found out you can order it at any time. It's just under 30 bucks and enough to feed 3 hungry people.
2. Killer Pizza From Mars - love the name, love the geeky collectibles in the restaurant, love the pizza!
3. Cappozoli's Pizzeria and Restaurant - http://www.capozzolispizzeria.com/men...
My brother tried this place when it first opened and has slowly brought the rest of the family in to try it. It's a great place, family owned - we met Joe, the owner the first time we were in. He's a very personable older gentleman, told us all about his family, about opening the restaurant, about the painting on the wall, etc.
On the food front - hand tossed, fairly thin crust pizza is pretty darned good. They have a lunch special that I've grabbed a few times - 2 slices of pizza and a soda for $5 or so?
For dinner, we were really impressed with their antipasto plate - it came with way more than we anticipated, and some treats you don't normally see with this (fried eggplant that was the surprise hit of the table, for instance). I'm not much of a pasta person, so I haven't tried their pasta entrees yet. We did like their cheesecake for dessert - they don't bake it in house, but if you call in advance they can order you a whole cheesecake with their order!
P.S. Still looking for great sushi in the area - your recommendations wanted! Ohzone Sushi next to Killer Pizza is great for a quick lunch special, and has ok rolls (but pricy)... but not quite what we're looking for!
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