1. Order Everything With The Whole Sha-Bang Sauce at The Boiling Crab

The Boiling Crab
1631 E Capitol Expy Ste. 101
San Jose, CA 95121, (408) 532-6147
Yelp: 4 Stars - 3199 Reviews Who would have thought that mixing Rajun Cajun, lemon pepper, and garlic sauce together in one would lead to the best flavor sensation ever? It doesn’t matter what you get here, as long as this tasting sauce comes with it. Okay, so it should matter a little what you order, considering this place has top notch sweet potato fries, great sausage, and a very cool vibe. You’ll get food in plastic bags, and yes, you will want that bib they offer you if you’ve ordered crab or shrimp. Trust me.

2. Get A Little Flavor And Some Serious Style At Mizu Sushi Bar & Grill

Mizu Sushi Bar & Grill
1035 S Winchester Blvd
(408) 260-7200
Yelp: 4 Stars - 1494 Reviews Stylish interior, classy feel, and great food presentation...what more do you need? Well, if you find yourself needing imaginative rolls, often with spicy tangy sauces, this is still definitely the place for you. Even if you’re not a huge fan of rolls and prefer something light, the Spicy Tuna Salad is very filling, very tasty and very pretty. Don’t forget about dessert here, either. You might think you’re full, but the delicious mochi and deep fried ice cream might just convince you otherwise.

3. Sample Your Way To Bliss At La Foret

La Foret
21747 Bertram Rd
(408) 997-3458
Yelp: 4.5 Stars - 313 Reviews Maybe you want a touch of romance or class with your meal, and where better to go for that than a French restaurant. But this isn’t just any french spot, this is THE French restaurant in San Jose. Even if you’re just looking for a desert to split with your sweetie, the Grand Marnier souffle will be exactly what you’re looking for. The restaurant folks here seem to know that there’s too much good stuff to try in just one normal meal, so they have tasting menus set up, with six-course dinners of many different complementary flavors to sample. And yes, you can still get the Grand Marnier souffle at the end. It’s pricey, but totally worth it.


 

4. There’s No Such Thing As “Just A Sandwich” At Freshly Baked Eatery

 

Freshly Baked Eatery
152 N 3rd St Ste 101
(408) 298-9370
Yelp: 4.5 Stars - 527 Reviews There’s a reason this place has such long lines. From their specialty sandwiches to their plethora of possibilities for building your own, this is one sandwich place that puts others to shame. It also doesn’t hurt that the sandwiches are about $7 each. Of course, the real selling point here is the sourdough bread, which they bake fresh daily. You might think there’s only good sourdough up in San Francisco, but this place is dying to prove that notion wrong, and so far they’re doing a pretty good job of it.

5. The Super Burrito at Taqueria Eduardo Is Even More Than Its Name

Taqueria Eduardo
3123 Williamsburg Dr
(408) 374-9764
Yelp: 4 Stars - 267 Reviews Whatever you do, do not let the exterior of this little taco place fool you. The people who run this joint have a lot of heart and some serious talent when it comes to making food. The taste of the carne asada alone makes that obvious. If you want to take a walk on the wild side, have them put some lengua in your burrito or taco. You might be hesitant once you learn what it is, but you’ll have to trust us that it’s super delicious, just like their burritos in general.

6. Getting Naan At Rangoli India Restaurant Is Totally Naan-Negotiable

Rangoli India Restaurant
3695 Union Ave
(408) 377-2222
Yelp: 4 Stars - 692 Reviews First of all, try the garlic naan, and try it with anything on the menu. The Chicken Tikka Masala is some of the best anywhere, not just in the bay. If you’re having trouble picking out a drink, I suggest the mango lassi. It’s thick, sweet, goes down smooth, and is a great compliment to all the other more spicy things you’ll be munching on throughout your meal. And they have a killer lunch buffet which features, you guessed it, unlimited naan. Who could say no to that?


 

7. You Will Never Forget The Food You Have At The Old Wagon Saloon and Grill

 

The Old Wagon Saloon and Grill
73 N San Pedro St
(408) 971-9346
Yelp: 3.5 stars - 530 Reviews This is a popular place for sports fans and college kids, which makes sense considering its proximity to the San Jose Arena, so expect a young and pretty rowdy crowd. Beer pong tables, TVs everywhere, and a great nightlife vibe makes this a major hangout spot in area. Sure the beers are huge, sure the burgers are decent, and yeah the service is friendly, but what really makes this place are the wings. Crispy on the outside, still slathered in maple BBQ sauce (and yes, that’s the sauce you want to try these with), and blue cheese to dip them all in...yes, it’s that memorable.

8. You’ll Mistake San Jose For New York At Bibo’s

Bibo’s Ny Pizza
1431 Bird Ave
(408) 217-9084
Yelp: 4.5 Stars - 468 Reviews If you’re craving the classic New York pie style but can’t spring for a ticket to the Big Apple, the pies at Bibo’s are the next best thing. There’s a bit of a rivalry between this place and Slice of New York, and while both are great, we’ve gotta give this place the upper hand. This place is a little less expensive and the crust here is just perfect. It’s thin, it’s not completely mush, and it blends with the toppings perfectly. Roasted tomatoes, thin pepperoni, Basil, bacon, they’ve got it all. It is, in a word, authentic. So whether you want just a slice or a whole pizza in the New York way, make this your first stop.

9. You’ll Go Absolutely Crazy For Psycho Doughnut’s Cereal Killer

Psycho Doughnut
288 S 2nd St
(408) 533-1023
Yelp: 3.5 Stars - 418 Reviews This is one of those places that locals always bring visitors to, because it’s a truly unique experience. Stressed? Don’t worry about it, you can play with bubble-wrap in line. Having weird cravings? This place has beer slushies, green tea doughnuts, and even the ever famous “Cereal Killer” which is topped with captain crunch or froot loops. I prefer the Marla. The place itself is attached to a movie theater that has great midnight showings, and has a small padded room both if you feel like dressing up in a straightjacket or just raging out at a wall. Did we mention that all the workers here wear nurse uniforms? Because they do.


 

10. Treat Yourself To a Raspberry Truffle at Treat Ice Cream Company

 

Treat Ice Cream Company
11 S 19th St
(408) 292-9321
Yelp: 5 Stars - 161 Reviews This could easily be one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay area. San Francisco has their own ice cream rivalry, but In San Jose it’s all about this little spot and the huge menu of crazy delicious flavors. You might miss it if you’re not looking closely, and it would almost be a crime to miss out on the Tin Roof Sundae or Macapuno. And I haven’t even mentioned their seasonal flavors. Eggnog ice cream? Yeah, it’s a thing, and an insanely delicious thing here. This is another spot where you really have to remember it’s cash only. And bring plenty—you’ll want to buy tubs of this stuff once you taste it.

11. You’ll Wonder If You’re Brave Enough To Take On Burritozilla at Iguana’s

Iguanas
330 S 3rd St
(408) 271-9772
Yelp: 3.5 Stars - 1305 reviews As far as Bay Area rivalries, this place dukes it out with La Victoria’s, which is also a great spot to get Mexican food. This place gets the edge because their orange sauce is pretty spectacular, and the nacho fries are pretty frickin flawless. Of course, the main attraction here is Burritozilla. Five pounds of heaven, it’s great for any party as an appetizer, or even as a food challenge. In fact, it was the first eating challenge of Matt “Megatoad” Stonie, now an eating competition champion worldwide, and still remains a favorite of his to this day.

12. You’ll Always Want Dessert For Breakfast At Bill’s Cafe

Bill’s Cafe
1115 Willow St
(408) 294-1125
Yelp: 4 Stars - 1458 Reviews This is hands down the best breakfast place in the city, if not the entire bay area. They have all the classics, including eggs Benedict (with avocado because, duh, this is California), country fried potatoes, pancakes, and some pretty stellar bloody Marys, if you’re having that kind of morning. While you can get up insanely early to come and a have a bite when they open at 7AM, it’s more common to stroll in for brunch. There’s really no comparison, and you can even eat outside if the weather is nice enough. Although any weather is the right weather for the bread pudding French toast.


 

13. Amato’s Cheesesteaks Will Give You The Dose Of Real East-Coast Flavor That You Never Knew You Were Missing

 

Amato’s Cheesesteaks
1162 Saratoga Ave
(408) 246-4007
Yelp: 4 stars, 1076 reviews You can argue all you like, but there’s really only one place to get a good cheesesteak in San Jose, and that’s at Amato’s. Quaint and small from the outside, the sandwiches here are anything but, and you’ll definitely leave feeling full. Even if you only get a Shortie, their half sandwich. If you’re worried about getting things made your way, don’t fret. Amato’s makes everything special when you order it, so saying no onions (you can just say “without”) is a snap. And before you ask, yes, you can get it with Whiz.

14. Falafel’s Drive In Has Gyros and Banana Milkshakes That Will Make You Go Totally...Well, Bananas

Falafel’s Drive In
2301 Stevens Creek Blvd
(408) 294-7886
Yelp: 4 Stars - 3242 Reviews Who would have thought that a pita chip could be something special? The folks at Falafel’s certainly did, and they’ve created a ton of other delectable foods for you to munch on besides that. Gyros, perfect milkshakes (the banana is best), and of course the falafel all make this a place to visit again and again and again. If you also happen to be a hummus fan, this should also be your first stop on your search for perfection. Sure, they also have hot dogs and fries and all that usual drive-thru stuff, but hummus with those spot-on chips are really where it’s at. We’ll also tell you now: go easy on the hot sauce. It really sneaks up on you.


 

15. No Trip To San Jose Would Be Complete Without Ribs At Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life

Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life
301 W St John St
(408) 295-5414
Yelp: 3.5 Stars - 1036 Reviews This place doesn’t do very many dishes, but what it does make will leave your mouth watering. The baby back ribs are a must order here, especially if you’re a fan of BBQ at all, and their New York Steak is pretty out of this world. A warning about this place: It is insanely popular and insanely crowded. In the evenings, it’s standing room only around the bar, and the waiting can be a little long. However, the wait is worth it and the locals all know it. The sauce is flawless, the meat is flavorful and smokey, and the garlic bread you get with it all is a perfect compliment. Feature Image Source: Bill’s Cafe Facebook What’s your go-to for great grub in San Jose? Tell us in the comments below!