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Srasa Kitchen Stands Out in Build-Your-Own Bonanza

Srasa Kitchen Stands Out in Build-Your-Own Bonanza

Brandon Poon is no stranger to the risks and rewards of opening a new restaurant. His family opened Chinese restaurant Express 7 in Mountain View just before 2000. Two years ago, Poon branched out to open Buffalo on Castro Street, which I’ve had the pleasure…

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Finding Home at Oren’s Hummus Shop

Finding Home at Oren’s Hummus Shop

Growing up in a family of Middle Eastern descent, I used to place an embargo on any food that resembled home cooking. There was no way it could compare to Mom’s, right? Over the years, my opinion has changed. I’ve slowly come to realize that…

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Santa Clara Adds a Classic in Il Fornaio

Santa Clara Adds a Classic in Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio at the Westin Hotel, formerly the historic Hotel Sainte Claire, has been a fixture in downtown San Jose for decades. Its luxurious interior and authentic Italian menu can easily be seen as a one-of-a-kind premium establishment. In fact, there are actually 23 locations…

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Los Gatos’ New Brew Bros: Loma Brewing Company

Los Gatos’ New Brew Bros: Loma Brewing Company

Los Gatos a new brewpub that aims to satiate the South Bay’s appetite for booze and bites. While there is no shortage of establishments offering craft beers and food, few are actual breweries. Loma Brewing Company is one of these few, with silos on-site at their…

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Park Station Hashery Fires Up Fast-Casual

Park Station Hashery Fires Up Fast-Casual

“Fast casual gastropubs” will not yield much in the way of search results. Even Google hasn’t caught-up with the ingenious mind of Louis Silva, of Naglee Park Garage fame. Silva and his partner, Long Nguyen, envisioned their newest restaurant endeavor, Park Station Hashery, as “a…

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Another Mariscos Masterpiece in El Mero, Mero

Another Mariscos Masterpiece in El Mero, Mero

Hector Plascencia has deservedly earned the reputation of a mariscos master. Once a partner in South Bay seafood destinations such as Día De Pesca, Órale and Maverick’s, Plascencia is a 15-year veteran in the industry and he personally handcrafts every entrée, appetizer and salsa that…

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Boozy Bites at The Halford

Boozy Bites at The Halford

A strip mall in the heart of Koreatown may seem like an unusual place for an American-style bistro and taproom to set up shop, but it works well for The Halford, Santa Clara’s newest upscale beer bar. Surrounded by a sea of Korean barbecue joints…

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Sizzle Spot Brings the Heat to Little Saigon

Sizzle Spot Brings the Heat to Little Saigon

Asian fusion is one of the culinary world’s most oversaturated categories. It runs the gamut, from dancing over cross-cultural borders (e.g. Kimchi Quesadilla, Ramen Burgers, Sushi Burritos) to mere minglings of Asian dishes. One of the newer restaurants to embark on the lighter side of…

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Adega Earns San Jose’s First Michelin Star

Adega Earns San Jose’s First Michelin Star

The family was having breakfast when the phone rang Tuesday morning. Adega, one of the few Portuguese restaurants in the Bay Area, is closed Monday and Tuesday, so this was technically the weekend. Silence spread throughout the group, as chefs Jessica Carreira and David Costa, along…

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Olla Cocina Pays Respect to Traditional Mexican with Touch of Flair

Olla Cocina Pays Respect to Traditional Mexican with Touch of Flair

Olla Cocina’s inviting patio on San Pedro Square catches the eye, but it’s the interior decor—a pleasing mix of bright white tiles and vibrant pops of color—that offers a hint of discoveries to come. Vintage Mexican movie posters wallpaper one of the dining rooms, and…

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