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La Panga Antigua

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La Panga Antigua Review

A 170-year-old wooden panga (small skiff) hangs above the door at this seafood-heavy, atmospheric restaurant, located just across from San José's historical mission. The setting is a series of tropical patios, one with a faded mural, another with a burbling fountain, romantically lit by dim fixtures, and a view of the stars above. Chili-infused olive oil accompanies the bread basket that starts the meal, while a roving mariachi band unobtrusively entertains diners with song. Menu highlights focus on seafood; the catch of the day is drizzled with cilantro oil and served with mashed potatoes and huitlacoche, or corn truffle, while regional Mexican dishes like pollo con mole, gazpacho, and shrimp pozole round out the list.

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Updated: 09-20-2012

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    Favorite for an ex-NYC now-Chicago Foodee!

    As a New York transplant now living in Chicago, I would never have expected to find a personal top-5 favorite restaurant in San Jose. Thanks to the recommendation of our concierge, my wife and I were fortunate to "discover" La Panga. The unmatched al fresco setup they have alone can make the experience. But it's the food that set this place apart. This is quite a distinction for me to make considering that my wife and I dined at Trotter's C in the One & Only just the night before. The chef's "Catch of the Day" preparation is simply out of this world! Meanwhile, the service is as polished and knowledgible as you'll find at any top restaurant in NY or Chicago.

    by Eric_H, 2/13/07

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