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Old 01-19-2013, 03:01 AM
 
Location: Pleasanton Ca
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We're still waiting for responses from the "San Jose sucks, there's nowhere to go and nothing to do" crowd. They're lurking...
I guess it's relative. I live in Pleasanton which is a terrific place to live, but I love going to San Jose ( 30 mile drive) because to me it's so alive at night. The variety of locals and eateries is more than enough to keep me busy.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Salinas, CA
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Original Joe's is an "institution" downtown. I totally agree that the Bank lounge on Big Basin in nearby Saratoga has that relaxed vibe and is welcoming to all.

One of my favorite concert venues anywhere is the Mountain Winery in Saratoga. If you had to select one thing in the San Jose area to do for a visiting friend or relative (outside of perhaps a Sharks game for hockey fans), that would be it!

One of the best pizza places is Tony and Alba's with a few different locations. They expanded from the original Mountain View location. I also love Grande Pizzeria near the San Jose State campus...brings back memories of those college days from the 80's. I need to get back there the next time I'm in San Jose. Amato's in Almaden Valley is pretty good, too.

I love Hobee's and especially their breakfasts. I believe there is still one in north San Jose and another in nearby Los Gatos. I can't remember if the old Town and Country location is still there after Santana Row was built.

I think the trail along Los Gatos Creek is nice. It extends from the Willow Glen area to Los Gatos' Vasona Lake Park.

Lincoln Avenue is definitely a gem, especially considering that most suburban streets are not very walkable.

The Hayes Mansion is also a worthwhile place to go and there is an adjacent park with a trail and tennis courts.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:20 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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L' Papillon on Saratoga Ave.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:18 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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One of my favorite concert venues anywhere is the Mountain Winery in Saratoga. If you had to select one thing in the San Jose area to do for a visiting friend or relative (outside of perhaps a Sharks game for hockey fans), that would be it!
Or Villa Montalvo:

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Old 02-15-2013, 10:33 PM
 
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Original Joe's is an "institution" downtown. I totally agree that the Bank lounge on Big Basin in nearby Saratoga has that relaxed vibe and is welcoming to all.

One of my favorite concert venues anywhere is the Mountain Winery in Saratoga. If you had to select one thing in the San Jose area to do for a visiting friend or relative (outside of perhaps a Sharks game for hockey fans), that would be it!

One of the best pizza places is Tony and Alba's with a few different locations. They expanded from the original Mountain View location. I also love Grande Pizzeria near the San Jose State campus...brings back memories of those college days from the 80's. I need to get back there the next time I'm in San Jose. Amato's in Almaden Valley is pretty good, too.

I love Hobee's and especially their breakfasts. I believe there is still one in north San Jose and another in nearby Los Gatos. I can't remember if the old Town and Country location is still there after Santana Row was built.

I think the trail along Los Gatos Creek is nice. It extends from the Willow Glen area to Los Gatos' Vasona Lake Park.

Lincoln Avenue is definitely a gem, especially considering that most suburban streets are not very walkable.

The Hayes Mansion is also a worthwhile place to go and there is an adjacent park with a trail and tennis courts.
Real good pizza there.
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:11 AM
 
Location: Salinas, CA
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I forgot to praise my alma mater San Jose State on their 10-2 football season and bowl victory in the last post. Hope the success continues!!
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:17 AM
 
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I forgot to praise my alma mater San Jose State on their 10-2 football season and bowl victory in the last post. Hope the success continues!!
You forgot about the bowl win, 11-2 actually. They should be successful next year (probably not 11 wins, but compete for a bowl game) as their very good QB is returning. They will be facing stiffer competition next year too.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:56 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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East Lake Seafood Restaurant - east side Hong Kong style institution with amazing quality. In mid-remodel right now.

Taste of New York - some of the best pizza I've ever had in my life. Funky Stevens Creek location next to a blues bar, parking is a pain.

Falafel's Drive-In - just thinking about it makes me hungry. Their hummus is so good.

Unfortunately, the Race Street Fish Market is no more, and so the restaurant is on its last legs as well.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Newark, Ca
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I'm surprised I haven't seen Amato's Cheesesteaks on Saratoga Ave. mentioned yet. I'm not from Philadelphia, but I think their cheesesteak sandwiches are delish! Order them with their smothered cheese fries and you're in heart attack heaven!
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:06 AM
 
Location: Pleasanton Ca
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That's funny. My friend and I went to Amato's with high hopes but were both pretty dissapointed. Not much taste, but big portions though. Maybe we just don't know good cheesesteaks.
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