Business Travel: What to eat in Downtown San Jose, California

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I found myself in San Jose for a business trip. Unaware of my surroundings I decided to use my Yelp app to find good places to eat in downtown San Jose. The Yelp app made it super easy to find all the good eats. 

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The Pad See Ew at House of Siam. This was a nice stir fry of the large flat noodles and pork. It was quite delicious although I had to add a few pinches of hot pepper flakes and crushed peanuts to amp up the spice level. 

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The Beef Panang at House of Siam. This is just the dinner serving of the Beef Panang. I loved eating this dish, because it was on the sweet side, which is typical of Northern Thai cooking style. 

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The donuts at Psycho Donuts. Psycho Donuts is one of those cool food places that sort of reminds me of those old record stores that I used to hang out at when I was a teenager. Rather than peruse through the record bins, I found myself eyeballing the many donuts selections and listening to punk rock. By the way, this location is in what used to be an old movie theater called Camera Cinemas. Hey you cult film fanatics….if you’re in downtown San Jose on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, you might want to catch a midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show or some other cult film that tickles your fancy.

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The Super Burrito at Iguanas. When you crave Mexican food, the best cheap eats place in downtown San Jose is Iguanas. If you have gigantic appetite or if you feel like sharing your food, I suggest ordering the $21 Burritozilla. The one pictured above is not the Burritozilla, but the Super Burrito with carnitas

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The desserts and the breakfast quiches at Bijan Bakery & Cafe. Let’s face it, almost every downtown has a decent bakery. I discovered that downtown San Jose has an awesome bakery called Bijan Bakery & Cafe. Reasonably priced, this establishment has a vast selection of European style desserts and pastries to choose from. The Mango Mouse Cake is to die for if you love to induldge in fruity, velvety, and lusciousness. What’s even better is returning to Bijan Bakery & Cafe the next day for breakfast, because of the fresh made quiches.  Mine was the extra fluffy Ham and Cheese Quiche. It’s not your typical quiche, because it looked like and had the texture of a souffle. 

 

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Do try every single coffee selection at Philz Coffee if you think you can handle it. Just kidding. Whatever you do, don’t do what I did…that is drink your way through the entire Dark Roast list at Philz Coffee in one week. I what seemed like a good idea for a coffee tasting turned into a coffee addiction. My favorite was Jacob’s Wonderbar. It’s rich, it’s nutty, it’s creamy, it’s like tasting a liquid chocolate truffle.