You’re better off fending for yourself than eating inside the HP Pavilion. Here are our five top picks.

Henry’s Hi Life
Everything about this place is old school. It gets crowded but grab a drink in the excellent bar and wait your turn for a table.

The Mmoon
The Mmoon specializes in Argentinian-style empanadas. They good and quick for a pre-show bite.

La Pastaia
Leave a little extra time to eat at this downtown San Jose standout for Italian food.

Poor House Bistro
The closest restaurant to the HP, Poor House Bistro is the place for New Orleans-style food and good times.

San Pedro Square Market
While not all vendors are open yet, the new market place is becoming a destination in its own right. Choose from pIzza, wine bar, falafels, barbecue and more.