Foodie’s Guide to San Jose
Where to dine in Silicon Valley
Only have one day in San Jose? No worries, we’ve got all your eating needs covered with this handy guide for the best spots for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the city.
Arguably, no better breakfast or brunch can be found in the city than at The Table. (Pro tip: weekend brunch is an especially busy time, so arrive before 9am to score a seat.) Once inside, you’ll be rewarded with a warm, rustic interior and cheerful service. The kitchen sources heavily from local purveyors, and tries to make as much as possible (even juices and syrups for their cocktails) from scratch. Whether it’s chilaquiles, biscuits and gravy, or lemon ricotta pancakes you’re craving, the diverse menu will have you covered.
From the moment you walk into Luna Mexican Kitchen, and see people lovingly making fresh corn tortillas by hand, you know you’re in for a delicious meal. Like the tortillas, everything on the menu, from the salsas to the cochinita pibil (pulled pork shoulder) is made with topnotch ingredients (like Mary’s free range chicken and Rancho Gordo heirloom beans). Not to be missed is the best-selling parrilladas: a bountiful spread of assorted grilled meats, sauces, and tortillas.
Don’t be fooled by Firehouse No.1 Gastropub’s casual interiors and name, because the food here is downright exceptional. While there’s standard crowd pleasing favorites (including the southern fried chicken sandwich and grilled bone-in pork chop), why not try something a little different? Locals swear by the roasted bone marrow – it’s made even more indulgent with caramelized onions and dijon mustard – and spicy angry tiger prawns. Wash it all down with a craft beer or signature cocktail.