Do you know the way to San Jose?

Sep 23rd, 2008, 11:26 PM
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Also, since we're recently discussing all the finer points of San Jose:

Top 10 marks for food were awarded to San Jose's La Forêt and Menlo Park's Kaygetsu in the 2009 Zagat Bay Area restaurant guide, to be released today.

La Forêt, at No. 8, made its first appearance in the Top 10 since 2004; Kaygetsu's No. 5 was its highest ranking since its 2007 debut. Manresa, in Los Gatos, came in at 17th, down five notches from last year.

San Jose's Le Papillon fell out of the Top 20 for the first time since 2000.

The No. 1 food ranking was reclaimed by Yountville's French Laundry after six years of domination by San Francisco's Gary Danko. Danko came in third, and the No. 2 spot went to Cyrus in Healdsburg. In overall popularity, which includes decor and service, the 1-2-3 spots were the same as last year: Gary Danko, Boulevard and Slanted Door, all in San Francisco.

The guide, which covers 1,212 restaurants in the Bay Area, on the Monterey Peninsula and at Lake Tahoe, is based on surveys of 8,755 people who describe themselves as frequent diners.

Don't forget that the survey presents the restaurants which have won a popularity contest. And, as Niles Crane once said, "Popularity is the hallmark of mediocrity".

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Sep 24th, 2008, 05:58 AM
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We've stopped going to La Foret because we got tired of their wild boar dish. Wild boar has been on their menu since they first started hunting wild boar in the hills above the restaurant. Le Papillon was a good substitute. They are both owned by Persians who are famous for their creme brulee and other great French desserts. (Hint: if you find a French restaurant owned by a Persian, go for their dessert!)

Too bad Le Papillon didn't get onto the Zagat list, because their food is just as good if not better than La Foret's. Or maybe it's just that we're getting a bit jaded on La Foret's offerings.
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Sep 24th, 2008, 07:58 AM
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My family loved the tour of the Winchester House. For people who live in SJ, no need to go to it - once is enough, but fun as a tourist thing to do!
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Jan 4th, 2009, 05:55 PM
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I would break up your trip this way:

1) Stay in San Francisco and besides seeing San Francisco, you can visit Marin, East Bay, and Napa.

2) Stay in South Bay (San Jose Area)and visit San Jose, Santa Cruz, Big Basin, Half Moon Bay, and Monterey.

I agree that driving down to San Jose just for the Winchester Mystery House seems silly. With all to see in the Bay Area, I would rate that as a low priority especially given the distance.

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