La Fondue in downtown Saratoga. Serves
cheese and chocolate fondue, which is nice. You get to grill your own
meats at the table too - very nice. Has the most undeservedly snooty service I've had. Don't
go unless you have to. Try the Wine Cellar instead for fondue.
Wine Cellar Restaurant under Border's Book
store in Old Town Los Gatos. Thanks to an email from Lisa there, she says
they've been serving fondue since 1966.
Effies on Winchester, South of Camden. OK food
wrapped in green flocked wallpaper, reminiscent of a casino. A must see
for you South Bay diners.
Hong's Gourmet in downtown Saratoga.
Very, very good food with nice service. Emerald Chili Chicken and
Spinach Tofu Soup are two of my favorites.
The Basin in downtown Saratoga. The molasses
ribs were incredible. and the crème brulee ...
Saratoga - 14503 Big Basin Way, Saratoga. After swearing off
this due to spoiled shrimp and terrible service years ago, we tried it
again and were pleased with the nice tastes and upgraded service. A
beautiful old house in the downtown.
I Gotti in Los Gatos. In the old part of
town, East of HW17. Very nice food in a relaxing setting.
Ju Hachi - 14480 Big Basin Way, Saratoga. Unusual and
authentic Japanese food. Sushi, of course. Plus such oddities as pork
belly in white-miso, and chicken in ginger rice-wine sauce.
Sweet Pea's on Santa Cruz Ave, Los
Gatos. Great selection of specials and Paris style crepes. Ummmm.
- High Tech Burrito. Nice simple eats.
Happy Hound on Los
Gatos blvd South of Lark. This is the place that kept serving food
during the '89 earthquake because they cook on gas. They made a lot of
friends and have some juicy burgers.
Rose Donuts on Saratoga Ave at
Lawrence. Next to Radio Shack. Donuts - yuck, but the sandwiches are simple and hearty.
Rose International Market in downtown Saratoga has nice middle Eastern kabobs and such. Also
in Mt. View. 408 867.1666
Dead Bird Chinese, so called because for
months they had a little dead bird hanging under the eaves in front of the
place. They didn't understand until I took them outside and pointed to the
poor little guy. Good lunch. On Winchester in Los Gatos, next to Aldo's.
Rock Bottom Brewery at the Pruneyard has some excellent
beer and excellent food. The food used to be OK, now it is great. Try the chicken
breast with shrimp salsa. Lou recommends the ribs.
offers "Hellenic Cuisine" in Los Gatos. The food was excellent, with
unusual flavor combinations. Each plate was a great construction.
Expensive, but worth it. 408.354.7700
Blue Rock Shoot in downtown
Saratoga, right on HW9. The atmosphere is fantastic. I go there every
morning if I can. Serves beer and wine, pizza and salads in the evening.
Memo the owner is a great guy.
Great Bear in downtown
Los Gatos. The atmosphere is light and airy. The local runners stop in
here to juice up.
Breakfast and/or BBQ
Michael K's on Campbell at Bascom.
AVOID. We used to go here all the time. Now they have big TVs tuned to
Fox and we had to watch Rush and Ann Coulter screwin' around all through
dinner. I almost puked. I tried to tell the management, but there is no
way to contact them.
JC's on Saratoga Ave, just south of Williams - the
absolute best ribs, but -10 for atmosphere.
Sam's BBQ on Bascom near Kelly Moore just south of 280. Big bbq.
On Wednesday night, maybe others, they have live blue grass music.
Cobre in Saratoga, 14560 Big Basin Way. Exceptional authentic
food. Entotomado is incredible. Chili relleno stuffed with pecans?
Great. But watch out for the $20 margarita.
Palace in downtown Saratoga has very good food.
The Mint Leaf in Saratoga, 14420 Big Basin Way. Asian fusion.
Lollipop chicken. Tamarind prawns.
The Bank in downtown Saratoga is a
red flocked wallpaper and plastic Irish bar serving bottled beer. (Now
with Guinness on tap!) A nice
place to go when you want to camp on a bar stool for a while.