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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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Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill Specializes in Seasonal Pies

Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill Specializes in Seasonal Pies

On a hot summer afternoon, the red stools at the Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill’s Formica counter are a refuge. The diner, in business since 1923, has an earnest old-school vibe. Its wood-paneled walls are adorned with vintage soda posters, and 10-cent jars of…

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Campbell’s Culinary Scene Adds a Tasty Newcomer in Little Wine Counter

Campbell’s Culinary Scene Adds a Tasty Newcomer in Little Wine Counter

Pruneyard Plaza in Campbell contains a mellow mix of big-chain eateries and boutique businesses, the latter of which includes a new breath of life into the dining scene: Little Wine Counter. Created by The Little Chef Group, the new wine counter promises to match its…

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San Pedro Square Market to Host ‘Wine Pour’

San Pedro Square Market to Host ‘Wine Pour’

Summer, for oenophiles, has a recurring theme. Wine tasting, outdoor concerts, wine tasting, beach bonfires, wine tasting, movies in the park, wine tasting. This Saturday, there‚Äôs no need to drive all the way to Napa to sip some fine vintage. In the ultimate celebration of…

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Wet Your Whistles: An Online Drinking Guide for Caltrain Riders

Wet Your Whistles: An Online Drinking Guide for Caltrain Riders

With a few-dozen stops along 50-plus miles, from the foggy banks of San Francisco to the rural reaches of South County, Caltrain gives its riders plenty of space to explore. And with most stations positioned in downtowns, around shops, restaurants and bars, the train line…

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