On our trip to the South Bay of the San Francisco Peninsula, we found food, too much food, most of it very good. This will be a capsule report for the most part.
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San Jose, California greeted us with beautiful weather on our arrival. On our flight from Guadalajara, the lovely Volaris flight attendants had given us ample beverages, but the food was little more than packaged cookies and snack food.
Our first food stop was Erik's Deli in Campbell where we lunched on sandwiches, soup and salad.
Service: Self service/fast
Price: Inexpensive $
Ambiance: Fake Old West
Chef Ko Chinese Cuisine, Campbell, CA
Fairly standard Cantonese specialties with a few spicier, Hunan style items. Of our meal, I liked the Hot and Spicy Eggplant with Pork. The Spicy dumplings were pretty good.
The seafood tofu soup was bland.
|Hot and Spicy Eggplant with Pork|
Ambience: Small, neighborhood restaurant with white tablecloths.
Monday we lunched at Cafe Artemis, a Mediterranean cafe in the Pruneyard Shopping Center in Campbell.
After some o.k. appetizers, of which the best was lightly fried calamari, we got substantial and very well prepared patters of shish kebabs or felafel. All were very good, including the accompanying vegetables. The seasoning was light but appropriate, and the freshness was impeccable.
Ambiance: delightful patio dining, with shade. Also indoor dining room, crowded tables.
Rest Rooms: O.k.
|Combination kebab plate|
Tuesday mid-day saw us in the heart of Silicon Valley, downtown San Jose. We met our financial adviser for lunch at McCormick & Schmick.
|The Sign of the Copper Fish|
Doña Cuevas had a Grilled Salmon Sandwich, which was good but a little dry. The French Fries were very good.
We also split a bowl of Lobster Bisque, which had a somewhat dramatic presentation. It was deliciously rich, although a tad salty.
The usual rich desserts were enjoyed by the insatiable.
Ambience" Executive with a retro flavor
Rest Rooms: Fine
|6 Oyster Sampler|
|Pass the bisque and lick the pitcher|
Five Guys Burgers-Sunnyvale
Burgers. Fries. Soft drinks.
Burger good, bun bad. Fries soft and limp.
Service: Self service
Ambience: Potato sack and red and white checks.
Restroom: Red and white checks. Clean.
|Sacks on the floor|
|Big Cheeseburger at Five Guys|
This ends part one. The next post will describe two very different Italian restaurants, located within a short disance of each other. ¡Buen provecho!