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Pho Tick Tock Deconstructs Dishes in Time for DIY Craze

Pho Tick Tock Deconstructs Dishes in Time for DIY Craze

Once in awhile, I come across a restaurant attempting a deconstructed dish. It typically doesn’t fare well in terms of flavor and is inexplicably more expensive than the assembled version. But one dish I never expected to see deconstructed: pho, the beloved Vietnamese rice noodle…

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The Late-Night Fix: Nox Cookie Bar

The Late-Night Fix: Nox Cookie Bar

Nathan Pendleton spent 25 years working in the tech industry, until one day he didn’t. Laid him off from his electrical engineering position, the longtime San Jose resident stood at a career crossroads. In the kind of logic that has become typical of Silicon Valley,…

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Thai Love You: Almaden’s New Gem

Thai Love You: Almaden’s New Gem

The world is full of hidden gems, be they late-round draft picks, secret fishing holes or a fantastic restaurant hidden in an unexplored area of the city. As for the last example, I’m referring to a modest little eatery fit snug between a dry cleaner…

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Tacolicious: Humble Roots Lead to Delicious Results

Tacolicious: Humble Roots Lead to Delicious Results

Humble beginnings are a staple in the food industry, and Tacolicious is a fine example of this all-American dream. Getting its start in 2009 as a simple taco stand in San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, the business, seven years later, now has three locations…

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SoFA Market Near Complete with Addition of Toasted, Craft Sandwiches

SoFA Market Near Complete with Addition of Toasted, Craft Sandwiches

Joining poke, burgers and a lively cocktail and beer lunch hour, the SoFA Market’s newest vendor adds just what the space sorely needed: a hearty sandwich shop. Toasted, Craft Sandwiches opened nearly three weeks ago, and the family-operated deli specializes in quick, healthy lunch options….

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Follow the Line to Demiya

Follow the Line to Demiya

“Follow the line.” That’s the advice a well-traveled friend always gives me when wondering where to eat in Japan. He insists that Japanese people always know where the good food is and, if there’s a line, the smart move is to head right for it….

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House of Meatball Keeps it Simple, Delicious

House of Meatball Keeps it Simple, Delicious

What do meatballs share in common with bowling? Other than the obvious spherical reference, the only logical consideration would be Morgan Hill’s newest restaurant, House of Meatball (HOM), which just so happens to be right next door to the beloved Morgan Hill Bowl. As the…

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Sinaloa Sushi: East San Jose Adds a Vibrant VIP

Sinaloa Sushi: East San Jose Adds a Vibrant VIP

A mystery man’s contribution to the South Bay culinary scene resides within four red walls of a restaurant in east San Jose. El Culichi VIP opened its doors last week with live music and a crowd eager to try a fusion of Sinaloa, Mexico-style sushi and…

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Firenza Stakes Claim for Build-Your-Own-Pizza Supremacy

Firenza Stakes Claim for Build-Your-Own-Pizza Supremacy

One might suspect the South Bay presents a tough market to break into for a pizza place, what with the proliferation of Chipotle-style, Build-Your-Own-Pizza (BYOP) chains such as MOD, Blaze and Pieology. But then comes a new joint like Firenza Pizza. The Virginia-based chain is…

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Zareen’s in Palo Alto Teases the Senses

Zareen’s in Palo Alto Teases the Senses

The line at Zareen’s new Palo Alto location stretches to the door. It’s raining, so all the tables inside are occupied with small talk and anxious glances toward the kitchen: “When are my kababs going to arrive?” Again and again, a lone server hands out…

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