Poor House Bistro introduces tasty and delicious cuisine of New Orleans to its patrons. Try the blackened chicken wings and, po boys or if you want a quick bite, the muffaletta sandwiches can't be beat. But good food and great service are not the only reasons to come to Poor House Bistro; it is the cool music played here that attracts locals and tourists alike. Their calender always has an interesting line-up of events.
One of the all time classic restaurants in San Jose, Original Joe's has been around since 1956. The waiters are never far away and the bartenders are truly one of a kind. Their menu is a lovely blend of Italian and American classics. Savor their Chicken Parmigiana, Roast Beef, Beef Stew, Linguine with Clams, Calamari Steak and Baby Back Ribs. Complement your meal with either wine or beer.
Since 1923, Palo Alto Creamery has served tasty food with good ingredients in a typical small town atmosphere; they are old fashioned and proud about it. Generations of consumers have been pleased and this is just the beginning. The philosophy of the restaurant is to cook simple food that is well made. This is a fun place to take your family or friends.
As you approach Vino Locale, you are transported into a delightful world that blends the charm of a fairy tale land and the Victorian age. Nestled in an old Victorian building, surrounded by bushes, shrubberies and flowering plants, this wine bar is a charming place to enjoy a candlelight dinner. Its garden dining even surpasses the dining room, replete with archways of crawling creepers, round tables covered with white cloths and pink flowers blossoming all around. This bar boasts of a selection of highly-local wines sourced from the wineries of Santa Cruz Mountains and the counties of Santa Clara, Contra Costa and Alameda. The wine list includes Feels Like Summer, Spring Fling, Love in the Secret Garden and Smooth and Sexy Reds. On some nights, musicians treat guests to the melodies of flamenco, jazz, bluegrass, folk and classical guitar music. Once a month, this restaurant also hosts a reception to showcase a selected local artists' work. If you dream of hosting your party under the stars, surrounded by nature, do hire this bar for your next function.
Downtown Palo Alto is the setting for Nola's. The menu consists of Creole Cajun cuisine in an enchanting building with romantic balconies. The New Orleans touch is evident in the Southern-style of cooking. Seafood gumbo or alligator and crawfish dumplings are classics that customers crave. They also offer etouffe - something every New Orleans person living in California will order. Their cocktail, The Hurricane comes highly recommended but beware because it is not for the faint hearted! Also, the room is filled with couched and HD TVs making Nola a great sport to enjoy games while sipping on strong cocktails.
This excellent and cozy British-style pub called Rose and Crown Pub offers award-winning fish and chips, along with an impressive selection of draft beers from Britain and elsewhere. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is totally casual. You can cram into the bar at night with the mixed crowd of British expatriates and Anglophiles and play darts or relax on the patio outside. Rotating kitchen specials have included hard cider pork chops, perfect with a pint of Guinness. Please check their website for updates on their regular events.
Downtown's only authentic British-style pub serves up pub grub and a variety of draft beers. Located in a restored former brothel, the place has gone through some serious re-vamps over the years. The decor has changed from lurid to proper Brit with memorabilia from the British Isles covering the walls. The pub has no television and counts on the witty banter of customers to supply the entertainment. It works. This small, friendly neighborhood joint attracts locals from all walks of life. It is perfect for winding down.
Friendly bartenders and excellent German food await you at Teske's Germania, a corner restaurant and beer garden. Every style of German beer you can imagine is available here, and the European pub-style decor makes you feel like you've been transported across the Atlantic. The menu promises German dishes like schweinshaxe and bratwurst; noteworthy among this list is the assorted sausages platter. For a well-rounded meal, go for a German beer that complements the savories you ordered and for the grand finish, try the apfel strudel; you'll not regret it! The nearby law offices usually empty out into here after a hard day's work. The live music events hosted here over the weekends are quite nice as well. Drop in for a wonderful German experience.
Ludwig's German Table occupies a time-honored structure in the busy Downtown area and welcomes diners to savor authentic German cuisine in the heart of San Jose. The no-frills interiors and long dining booths create a homey and an inviting atmosphere. A classic beer garden adds to its charm. Menu features an exhaustive list of German beers and toothsome specialties. Start off with their cucumber and potato salads, even as you dig into those delectable pork snitchzels, leberkase and classic bratwurst and complete your meal with those decadent cheese cakes and pies on offer.
Loteria Taco Bar is a part of the San Pedro Square Market, on San Pedro Street in Downtown San Jose. It offers delectable Latin American and Mexican specialties, with a nod to tacos, the ultimate Mexican street fare. Their signature preparations like habanero mango chicken and barbacoa tacos come highly recommended. Along with these, there's a range of nachos, salads and fries available as sides. Tortillas are made fresh on-site and ingredients used are locally sourced, the result is a delightful selection of innovative, gourmet tacos that come second to none.
Take a break from your regular fast food, and go for some Middle-Eastern fare instead. Robee's Falafel serves a number of Lebanese favorites such as falafel, shawerma and shish kebabs as plates, or if you're in for something lighter, then these ingredients are used as fillings for wraps. With traditional sides such as tabbouleh, dolma and hummus, your experience is sure to be enhanced. End the meal with a sumptuous baklava. Service is pleasant, even though you might have to wait for a while sometimes.
Pizza Bocca Lupo is nestled within the San Pedro Square Market. Its owner has grown up on Margherita and Neapolitan pizza. He hails from the picturesque city of Naples in Italy and has infused his pizzas with distinct native flavors. The pizzas are wood-fired over almond wood for approximately 90 seconds to produce thin and crispy crusts. Start your meal with a Caprese salad or garlic bread and go on to savor Margherita pizza with virgin oil, basil, San Marzano tomato sauce, Parmigiano Reggiano and Fior di Latte Mozzarella. Other pizzas include Joe's Special with mushrooms and sausage, Quattro Stagioni topped with Kalamata olives, Prosciutto Cotto, mushrooms and artichokes, and Tomasso garnished with oregano, garlic and roasted red peppers. With high seats and special children's pizza, this restaurant is also a kid-friendly place.