Several new places have opened lately in downtown San Jose, including Farmer's Union and Blackbird Tavern both of which are high profile and major investments. They are also both pretty bad. I have lived in San Jose for 25 year and the state of dining has never seemed so bleak. Of course there are lots of of ethnic spots, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and great Mexican spots. these however tend to be mom and pop kinda places. But to get a decent burger and plate of pasta, or a well grilled piece of fish with a wine list and a cocktail program? Why should we have to go to Campbell, or Los Gatos or Mtn View to have a decent meal?