Santa Clara

Eat well in Santa Clara with recommendations from Chowhounds for the best lunch spots, donuts, cheap eats, and more.


Cooking Papa Foster City ownership change disaster

by Thomas Nash 6 months ago

New ownership appears to have killed this place. It had been one of our favorites in the Bay Area. Today, bbq pork belly was tough and nothing like the traditional quality here, shrimp wontons had ...

CA Bay Area. What are you cooking during the blackout?

by seefoo 2 months ago

Trying to have some fun during all of this. I’m drinking all my beer for starters. I see a seafood blitzkrieg in my future. I have lots of tuna and salmon. I’ll be pulling out my two burner Cam...

Looking for Santa Clara Recs

Civil Bear
by Civil Bear 6 months ago

Hi, I'll be in Santa Clara this weekend competing in a BBQ contest, and will have some time for a couple of quick dinners. Does anyone have any "better than SF" Indian or Viet or Korean, etc. sp...

Kami Korean Kitchen | Santa Clara - Silicon Valley

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

Late report from a dinner in April 2017 to respond to a request for more intell for Santa Clara . . . Kami Korean Kitchen was memorable for the homestyle cooking. Not so warm and fuzzy a feeling at...

Fugetsu | Santa Clara - Silicon Valley

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

In November, William joined me for a first visit to Osaka-style okonomiyaki specialist, Fugetsu. A branch of a Japanese chain, we'd heard the lines can be long here. I guess we lucked out stopping ...

Paik's Noodle (aka 홍콩반점 산호세 / Hong Kong Banjum), Santa Clara

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

Can’t leave Santa Clara without eating Korean food. Quickest, cheap bite can be found this South Korean fast food chain, Paik's Noodle. Jajangmyeon is $7.99 with complimentary buckwheat tea and...

Chowdown at Silla, "Modern Korean" in Santa Clara

by Cicely 8 months ago

Melanie, Marc, and I met up for dinner at this new Korean restaurant, I with a 10-year-old in tow. Melanie had given us the heads-up that this place was in its soft opening period, and I was easily...

Malasadas @ Portuguese Bakery, Santa Clara

by Melanie Wong 17 years ago

After lunch in Koreatown, we continued along El Camino Real to Portuguese Bakery in Mervyn’s Plaza to buy malasadas. The style here is heavy, eggy and very chewy, sprinkled with sugar – hit the sp...

Chicken Meets Rice | Santa Clara

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Three weeks ago on my way south, I pulled off in Santa Clara to grab a quick lunch at the newish Chicken Meets Rice. A specialist in Hainan chicken rice, it does a huge business in lunch take-out k...

Kale banchan at Jang Su Jang

by learntocookchinese 1 year ago

Does anyone know how to make this? There's kale, some kind of tofu product (okara), garlic, sesame oil. There's something in the sauce I can't make out. I don't think they cook/blanch the kale.

NEW: Burma Bistro, Santa Clara - any reports?

by hhc 4 years ago

Read that Burma Bistro is now open and there are 3 reviews on Yelp. Any hounds been yet? Burma Bistro 2135 El Camino Real, Santa Clara Website: http://www.burmabistro.net/index.html

Chromatic Coffee Co. in Santa Clara

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 years ago

Before yesterday's meeting at SCU, I had a few minutes to check out Chromatic Coffee Co. recommended by poser and ssfire. It's just off the Lawrence Expressway and Hwy 280. I was set on a kouig...

Yum Noodles | Changsha Hunan in Santa Clara

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

Tonight I stopped by Chromatic coffee on my way home and noticed Yum Noodles a few doors down. What a happy find! Yum Noodles specializes in the flavors of Changsha (Hunan province) and offers a va...

Best scones in South Bay

by frostingfriends 2 years ago

I made homemade blackberry jam and I'm looking for the best scones between San Jose and Palo Alto. Any recommendations on great scones?

Radhe Chaat in Santa Clara

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 years ago

Driving down El Camino Real on Saturday night, I noticed a line of folks waiting outside Radhe Chaat, just a little bit east of Lawrence. The online menu includes Indo Chinese, Gujarati and Maharas...

McDonald's test marketing snow crab sando

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

The Merc reviews the $8.99 snow crab sandwich that McD's is currently testing at four South Bay locations in San Jose and Santa Clara. If successful, it will be rolled out to the Greater Bay Area. ...

Saimin please!

by Schreckengoost 3 years ago

Looking for a place that has good saimin and wonton min. We keep strIking out. Any suggestions?

Chowdown Report: Din Tai Fung Valley Fair in Santa Clara

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

Yesterday five chowhounds hit the Din Tai Fung in the Valley Fair mall for lunch. It was a first visit for each of us to the newest branch of this Taiwanese chain though some of us have been to...

Brick Macaron Ice Cream

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

Brick Macaron Ice Cream from Southern California is making inroads in the Bay Area. I first spotted the cooler at The Moo Bar in Santa Clara for $3.50 apiece, http://www.chowhound.com/post/moo-bar...

South Bay Cafes?

by psb 5 years ago

Hi, can anybody recommend a cafe in the South Bay. Desired Parameters: --I mean a non-Starbucks where I can work on my laptop or read papers for 2 hours. I have my own wireless, but it would be...