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Historic Toll House Hotel Revamps Restaurant With ‘Verge’

Historic Toll House Hotel Revamps Restaurant With ‘Verge’

A popular but hidden gem with a beautiful courtyard, the Toll House Hotel sits at the valley’s edge, where tolls were once collected before stagecoaches headed over the mountain pass to Santa Cruz. After a revamp and the addition of a new chef, the hotel…

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MOOYAH is No Ordinary Fast Food Joint

MOOYAH is No Ordinary Fast Food Joint

MOOYAH had me at free “fried onion strings” as a topping. Located in a strip mall in Los Gatos, this recently opened franchise touts fresh ingredients and build-your-own burgers in a no-frills atmosphere. Sounds a bit like Five Guys, right? But MOOYAH is no ordinary…

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Rock-N-Cook Combines a Tapa Feast with Live Music

Rock-N-Cook Combines a Tapa Feast with Live Music

When your brother is a world-class chef, you make the most of it. On Sunday, Aug. 16, San Jose music promoter Barbara Wahli and her sibling, Marco Baudenbacher, will host the first annual Rock-N-Cook, a 10-course gourmet tapa feast accompanied by a live performance from…

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Review: Small Plates With Big Flavor at Orchard City Kitchen

Review: Small Plates With Big Flavor at Orchard City Kitchen

Warm summer nights beg for outdoor dining, and Orchard City Kitchen answers the call with a large patio perfect for dinner under colorful umbrellas and twinkling lights.

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Vons Chicken Nails a Korean Speciality: Double-Fried Chicken

Vons Chicken Nails a Korean Speciality: Double-Fried Chicken

Welcome to Silicon Valley’s Koreatown: the portion of El Camino Real that runs through Santa Clara and Sunnyvale. Barbeque, beer and chicken are the heart of the food culture here. Korean fried chicken is known for its double-fried crispy skin, and a few outstanding restaurants…

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Roots & Rye Provides a Modern Twist on the Gastrolounge

Roots & Rye Provides a Modern Twist on the Gastrolounge

Smoky cocktails and a modern take on American cuisine are the specialties of Roots & Rye, a dapper new gastrolounge and whisky bar that calls Santana Row home. Tucked in the corner of a buzzing, artificially turfed public square that sits off the main drag,…

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Lark Creek Kitchen Opens at Santana Row

Lark Creek Kitchen Opens at Santana Row

Just in time for the dog days of summer, Lark Creek Kitchen recently celebrated its grand opening in Santana Row, showcasing a refreshed menu and a modern new dining room with ample outdoor seating. Led by executive Chef Nicholas Tall, back in the U.S. after…

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Haberdasher Regains its Place Atop the South Bay Craft Cocktail Scene

Haberdasher Regains its Place Atop the South Bay Craft Cocktail Scene

Let it never be said that Cache Bouren lacks attention to detail. The craft cocktail impresario turned the South Bay scene on its head in 2010, when he opened the speakeasy-inspired Singlebarrel on a nondescript side street in the heart of downtown San Jose’s SoFA…

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Willard Hicks Steakhouse Searches for Identity with Hit-and-Miss Dishes

Willard Hicks Steakhouse Searches for Identity with Hit-and-Miss Dishes

As a restaurant name, Willard Hicks invites the diner to ask questions. Who is Mister Hicks? Or is it a partnership of Willard and Hicks? One step inside the spacious dining room and the decor has the same identity crisis. Large leather-cushioned booths and bar…

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Burritozilla Scarfing Contest Offers $1,000 at Iguanas

Burritozilla Scarfing Contest Offers $1,000 at Iguanas

Someone will win $1,000 this weekend by inhaling a five-pound, three-foot-long burrito. The Burritozilla Scarfing Contest, put on by downtown San Jose taqueria Iguanas, has already held preliminary rounds at each of its four locations to identify the city’s fastest eaters. “At one of our…

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