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San Jose

Aqui’s Cal-Mex Grill
1145 Lincoln Avenue
San Jose, Ca. 95125
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Casual, family and kids, bar-grill attached but not in main room. Cafeteria style. Take out is popular. Food is not expensive. You order the food and when done, pick it up and bring to your table. Excellent.

Rob Francis, the former chef of Eulipia and other places (actually the first chef to create California style), runs this restaurant with his wife, and main chef Jesus Montejano. Rob’s style has evolved into more Southwest.

This foot is very healthy, perfect for those with health problems, or the lucky who can eat everything. A sauce bar to spice up the way you like. Great specials. Inexpensive. Great food. Great presentations. A patio for summer dining, and heaters for the winter, too. Easy parking in back. Worth the trip from Los Altos, Saratoga, or Morgan Hill.

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17 N. San Pedro Square, San Jose
(408) 298-9221
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For the best steaks and meat in Silicon Valley, this is a great restaurant. Started originally by the owner’s of Eulipia.

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545 South Second Street, San Jose 95112
Tel:(408) 289-1960
Fax:(408) 998-1245
Serving Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday from 6pm to 10pm

Perhaps Silicon Valley's finest restaurant, certainly the first world class restaurant. I remember visiting Emile's Swiss Affair in 1973, sitting at the Captain's Table. He did a plate of three styles of veal, which was outstanding. His foie gras is outstanding, especially with Sauterne. He was also the first restaurant where I had Grand Marnier Soufflé, and it was his signature dessert, copied by many restaurants.

Emile has trained many chefs in the valley, still does the cooking school, also does private dinners for many charities, active in the world wide Chaine des Rotisseurs, and is still the master chef. In fact, he is the Grand Master. Still ski's and climbs mountains and is a celebrity, known in all circles of Silicon Valley.

He owns the building, the parking lot, and years ago decided not to go the banquet room route, to specialize on dinners for couples and small groups. A great restaurant for business, romance, or other pleasures.

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374 South First Street
Downtown San Jose CA 95113
Phone (408) 280-6161
Fax (408) 280-1639

Eulipia Restaurant in downtown San Jose. Easy parking. Walking distance to the San Jose Convention Center. A long time American Leasing customer and perhaps Sue Robert’s favorite casual restaurant. Great ambience and food too. There is also a great banquet room and very easy parking. Eulipia Restaurant & Bar has their own "home page" now:
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Lou's Village
Lou’s Village is located at 1465 West San Carlos, San Jose, CA 95126
Tel: (408)293-4570
Fax: (408) 293-9424
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Most likely Tim or Tom Muller will greet you when you arrive. Ask in advance for a booth.

Lou’s Village is easy to get to from 880 (six or seven blocks) or from downtown San Jose, an equal distance. Great for fresh fish, steaks, good wine, business atmosphere for business conversations. I eat here often for lunch. Well-known for their banquet business, too.

Established: Same Family ownership since 1946

Lunch, Mon-Fri 11:30-3:30;
Dinner, Mon-Thur 3:30-10:00;
Dinner, Friday 3:30-11:00;
Dinner, Sat 5:00-11:00; Sunday Dinner from 4:30

Specialties: Salmon, Maine Lobster, Scallops, Calamari, N.Y. Steak.
Average Dinner per Person : $15-20
Reservations : Recommended
Special Menus : Vegetarian and Children's Menus available
Take Out Orders Welcome
Free Parking : On a 4 acre Parking Lot
Sharks Cove : Full Bar with Sports Theme and Big Screen TV
SHUTTLE SERVICES to arena for sporting events/performances - call for details
Banquet facilities: For groups of 10-1000
Catering Services: Minimum of 150 people

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Maggiano's Little Italy
3055 Olin Ave.
San Jose, Ca.
Telephone: 408-423-8973
Santana Row

Recently opened, each time I have visited this restaurant it was packed....
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754 The Alameda
San Jose, California.
two blocks from HP Pavilion and the Diridon train station.

There is a 2 hour lot behind the restaurant
as well as parking on side streets and main road.

Open for Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm Monday-Friday
Dinner: 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Monday-Saturday
Lounge: Monday 11:30am-10pm/Tuesday-Friday to Midnight
Saturday: 5:00pm to Midnight

The chef Curtis Ruiz grew up in Los Gatos, California and
before opening the restaurant with his brother did his apprenticeship at Roy's in Maui, Cafe Trio in Los Gatos,
AP Stumps in San Jose, Pascal's Aubergine in Newport Beach,

Russell Ruiz is his twin brother. They even have the same mutton chop side burns and are difficult to tell apart. He also worked at AP Stumps in San Jose, plus Roy's and the Lark Creek Inn in San Mateo.

Hugh Parker is the third and “he works the front of the house.”
You can read about all three on their web site. Their web site says this is a “hip site” and it certainly is with both great service, food, and atmosphere. We saw more groups together than “doubles” enjoying dinner. The fish was outstanding. The chef's background is reflected in both the decor and the menu. The kitchen is open and you can see the young people working very hard, but seeming to enjoy it. The servers are very attractive, helpful and attentive.

Not all the fine restaurants are listed here, but you will find many at:


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350 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose
at Santa Teresa (next to Le Boulanger)
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Japanese Teppan Grill
Open 7 days 10:30am – 10:00pm
Drive Thru or eat there

It was formerly known as the Chicken Bowl started in Santa Clara with a drive-in and now have three locations. Not fancy, but great, inexpensive food: teriyaki, curry, and Thai chicken rice bowl $2.99 specials have pot stickers, drinks, $3.99 to $4.49 or large bowls $3.99 or Stir-Fir Noodles $3.69 (great take-out or eat there---not fancy, but great food for the price)

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