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Best Eats

Places I like to eat! Many of these are part of my Global Bites project.


Recent Additions

Cucina Venti Mountain View

Good Italian food, near Shoreline.

Din Tai Fung San Jose

Tasty hand-made dumplings.

Culinary Courier Los Gatos

A to-go market. Also delivers.


Bay Area

Campbell

Aqui downtown

Cal-Mex fast food. Good for take-out.

Casa Lupe Campbell

Tasty Mexican food.

Mo's downtown

Best breakfast place!

Naschmarkt Restaurant downtown

Really good Austrian food.

Opa! downtown

Always tasty Greek food. This location has outdoor seating and is bigger than Los Gatos location.

Tigelleria Ristorante downtown

Organic Italian and Mediterranean inspired food. Menu changes frequently.

Los Altos

Casa Lupe downtown

Good California Mexican food, like I grew up with.

Esther's German Bakery San Antonio Road

Great German breads, pretzels and pastries.

Los Gatos

Andalé downtown

A lunch favorite of ours.

Cin-Cin downtown

Super tasty food at reasonable prices, even better if you can make it to happy hour.

Culinary Courier downtown

A to-go market. Also delivers.

Dio Deka downtown

Dio Deka is a Greek restaurant and has a lot on their menu, it is hard to choose. I usually end up with the Kotopoulo, Sananaki, and Horiatiki salad.

Enoteca La Storia downtown

Enoteca is an Italian style wine bar. It's a fun place where you build your own meat and cheese board. They just added sandwiches and salads to the menu, everything has been good. Don't forget to order the Carrot Cake bite!

Fleur de Cocoa downtown

I loved the small chocolate tart!

Hanna downtown

Modern Vietnamese bistro.

Icing on the Cake downtown

The cakes that I pick up from there are always a hit! Especially the Luscious Lemon with Lemon Buttercream.

I Gatti East Main Street

We recently rediscovered an old favorite.

Lexington House downtown

Love this place.

Jack Rose Bar Highway 9

Good burger and appetizers.

Manresa downtown

Inventive cuisine. Chef tasting menu. Expect four to five hours for dinner and around 12 small dishes.

Nasch Bistro downtown

Austrian cuisine. Same owner as Naschmarkt in Campbell.

Nick's Next Door downtown

Very tasty American bistro food for lunch or dinner. Make reservations, even for lunch, the place is small and fills up.

Opa! downtown

Always tasty Greek food.

The Bywater downtown

Tasty Cajun food.

The Cats off 17

Tasty BBQ.

Zona Rosa downtown

Fresh and tasty Mexican cuisine. Interesting dishes.

Menlo Park

Cafe Borrone on El Camino

Good for breakfast and lunch, nice atmosphere where you can sit outside. I love their free range chicken salad sandwich on toasted cinnamon raisin bread. I have been going here for over 20 years.

Susie Cakes downtown

Tasty cupcakes.

Mountain View

Cooking Papa El Camino

Catonese and Hong Kong style dishes, many to choose from.

Cucina Venti near Shoreline

Good Italian food, near Shoreline.

La Fiesta near downtown

I like their enchiladas de mole.

Palo Alto

La Morenita Emerson Street, by Whole Foods

Mexican food. I've been going to this place for over 20 years.

Sprinkles Cupcakes Stanford Mall

Tasty cupcakes, flavors rotate with the seasons.

Tacolicious downtown

Super awesome tacos.

Terrain Stanford Mall

Tasty place to eat when shopping.

Redwood City

Russian Family Restaurant downtown

Very tasty Russian food.

San Francisco Favorite Hotels - Le Meridien St. Regis Hotel Vitale

Café Claude near Union Square

A taste and feel of Paris right in San Francisco. We had lunch here and loved it. It's just a few blocks from Union Square, a great choice when shopping.

Cako at Union Square

Tasty cupcakes near Union Square. We had the Strawberry Cheesecake and the Maple Bacon. Yum.

Chantal Guillon Hayes Street

Super yummy macarons. Locations in San Francisco and Palo Alto.

Christopher Elbow Chocolates Hayes Street

Artisan chocolates.

Coqueta Pier 5, The Embarcadero

Michael Chiarello's interpretation of Spanish cuisine. Tasty tapas and modern cocktails.

El Porteño Ferry Building

Tasty empandas!

Gott's Roadside Ferry Building

We've had burgers here but the recent surprise was tasty breakfast sandwiches.

Johnny Foley's O'Farrell Street

Irish pub and restaurant.

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana Pier 1.5, The Embaracadero

Tasty Peruvian food, gorgeous restaurant, private dining available.

Layaly Outer Richmond

Tasty Middle Eastern food near Baker Beach.

Pläj Near Civic Center

Super tasty Scandinavian food, worth a trip to the city.

Uma Casa Noe Valley

Super love this Portuguese restaurant!

San Jose

Adega Little Portugal area

Already has a star, great Portuguese food!

Din Tai Fung Valley Fair

Tasty hand-made dumplings.

Falafel Drive-In on Stevens Creek east of Valley Fair

This place is fun to go to and has tasty food. We had the falafel sandwich, chicken in a pita, hummus plate, pita chips, banana shake, and onion rings.

Il Fornaio downtown

Tasty Italian food. My family loves going here. Mark and I like to do the Festa Regionale.

Kara's Cupcakes Santana Row

I love the Organic Strawberry Cream cupcake, it was delightful. I love the way the do their icing, it's tasty and not piled super high.

Mexico Lindo south of Willow Glen

Mexican food like I grew up with, not fancy, just tasty. We had been looking for a place to get fast and tasty old-fashion Mexican food, and this fits the bill perfectly.

Mezcal downtown

Really good Oaxacan Mexican food. Their speciality is that they have three moles to choose from. All are good. I like the chicken enmoladas for dinner.

Ristorante Fratello on Meridian south of Hamilton

Organic, hormone free, locally owned. Delicious Italian food.

The Blue Door West San Jose

Greek. We like to get take-out from here.

The Grill downtown

We went here on Christmas and everything was really good.

Saratoga

Indo Cafe downtown

After I got back from Amsterdam, I was craving Indonesian food. This tastes just like what I was missing! It's a bit hard to find because it's behind the UPS store.

Plummed Horse downtown

We used to eat here years ago and then recently tried it again. So glad we did! It was awesome! We had the tasting menu, regular and vegetarian.

Sunnyvale

DishDash downtown

Delicious Middle Eastern food.

Walnut Creek

Rocco's Pizzeria Ygnacio Valley Road

We stopped here on the way to a concert at Concord Pavilion, good pizza.

Rooftop Downtown

New American food, great view.

Woodside

Buck's Woodside Road

Good omelets.


Outside the Bay Area

USA Las Vegas Napa Valley New York City Oahu Sonoma Valley

Europe Amsterdam Barcelona London

Amsterdam, The Netherlands Favorite Hotel - Conservatorium

Albert Cuypstraat 196

This is actually a home and garden shop. In the back is a garden. The owners made us a lovely Indonesian soup to eat in the garden as the 7th stop on the Hungry Birds tour.

Bazar Amsterdam

We ate lunch here, tasty North African food.

Blauw

We had an excellent Indonesian rijsttafel (Selera Blauw menu item) here. Eighteen dishes in all were served. Also had the Ayam Bungkus Karee starter (we really didn't need to order that, but it was good.) Remember to make reservations.

Rijsttafel included: Sate Ayam, sate kambing, daging kunyit, daging pedis, babi ketjap, ikan kerrie blauw, ikan blado, perkedel, pisang goreng, tahoe ketoprak, sambal goreng telor, gado-gado, sajoer lodeh, sambal goreng kentang, serundeng, atjar ketimun, nasi putih en nasi goreng.

In English: Chicken satay, goat satay, turmeric beef, spicy beef, sweet soy pork, fish curry, spicy fish, meat-potato pastry, fried banana, tofu soy sauce, egg in sambal sauce, roasted coconut, vegetables with peanut sauce, vegetables with coconut sauce, spicy fried potatoes, roasted coconut, sweet-sour cucumber, white rice and fried rice.

Butcher Louman

Tried the ossenworst and grillworst. Butcher dates back to 1860. Third stop on the Jordaan Food Tour.

Café de Prins

Seventh and last stop on the Jordaan Food tour. Here we had tasty poffertjes.

Cafe Hoppe

A pub that dates back to 1670. We had Jenevers here as stop #10 on the Hungry Birds tour. They fill it so full that you have to take a sip before picking up the glass.

Cafe Papeneiland

One of the oldest cafes in Amsterdam and serves the best Dutch apple pie. First stop on the Jordaan Food Tour - Eating Amsterdam.

Febo

This is a must try. It's basically a hot vending machine with tasty snacks. Super popular in the Netherlands. The food items are made fresh every day. Our second stop on the Hungry Birds tour.

Goudse Stroopwafels

You have to have these. Made on the spot stroopwafels. Sixth stop on the Hungry Birds tour.

Het Oud-Hollandsch Snoepwinkeltje

A candy store with a bunch of different types of liquorice. Our fifth stop on the Jordaan Food Tour.

House of Bols

Gin tasting! This was really fun!

Kaashuis Tromp

Insanely good cheese and the 8th stop on the Hungry Birds tour.

Meer dan Vis

A place to try herring, served Dutch-style with pickles and onions. Our fourth stop on the Jordaan Food Tour.

Olive and Cookie

We stopped here on a food tour and had a tasty treat.

Salon Boat "The Tourist"

We had three kinds of Gouda from De Kaaskamer, bitterballen from Holtkamp bakery, and local beers from Brouwerij't IJ. Sixth "stop" on the Jordaan Food Tour.

Swieti Sranang

Had the broodje pom and baka bana, Suriname and Indonesian food. Second stop on the Jordaan Food Tour.

Tempo Doeloe

We had Indonesian food here, known for their rijsttafel.

Tjin's Toko International Food Store

We stopped here for a banh mi type of sandwich. Fourth stop on the Hungry Birds tour.

Toko Ramee

Our first stop on the Hungry Birds Street Food tour. We had a tasty Indonesian meat pie (Vleespastei) and an 18-layer cake (Spekkoek).

Van Stapele Koekmakerij

The last stop on the Hungry Birds tour, a delicious chocolate cookie with white chocolate in the middle.

Vishandel Albert Cuyp

Fifth stop on the Hungry Birds tour. Here we tried herring, brined, and served with fresh onions and pickles. Also had deep-fried cod.

Vlaams Frites Huis

Best fries in Amsterdam with 25 sauces to choose from. Get #12 Oorlog "at war", this is a peanut sauce, a mayo and onions.

Wagamama

Japanese fast-food, really tasty! Hope it takes off in the states.

Yoghurt Barn

Local, organic yogurt, plus other treats. Third stop on the Hungry Birds tour.

Barcelona, Spain Favorite Hotel - Hotel Arts Barcelona

Arola at Hotel Arts Port Olimpic

Gorgeous tapas restaurant at our hotel.

Bar Nostàlgic Carrer de Viladomat, 38, 08015

We went here for tapas as part of a food tour.

Cacao Sampaka Eixample

Chocolate shop, part of chocolate tour.

Cal Pep El Born

Popular tapas restaurant. Website has some recipes.

Cook and Taste

Offers cooking workshops. We didn't get to this but I wanted to put on my list for next time.

Els Sortidors del Parlament

We went here as part of a tapas tour.

Fargas Gothic Quarter

Chocolate shop, part of chocolate tour.

Granja La Pallaresa Gothic Quarter

Known for their hot chocolate and pastries, part of chocolate tour.

L'Òstia La Barceloneta

Tasty tapas, we ate here on our first night.

Moncho's down the beach from Hotel Arts

We ate here a couple of times. Enjoyed the food and the view.

Pastisseria Escribà Las Ramblas

Chocolate shop, part of chocolate tour. This is where we got the white chocolate (red) lips.

Quimet and Quimet Carrer Poeta Cabanyes 25 08004

We went here as part of a tapas tour.

Las Vegas, Nevada Favorite Hotel - Aria

Carnevino at Palazzo Las Vegas strip

A Mario Batali Italian Steakhouse.

Fu Hard Rock Hotel

If you are staying at the Hard Rock, this is pretty good for lunch.

Hakkasan at MGM Grand Las Vegas strip

Modern Cantonese.

Nobu Hard Rock Hotel

Really good for dinner.

Sage at Aria Las Vegas strip

Contemporary American.

London, United Kingdom Favorite Hotel - The Langham

Aladin Brick Lane/East End

Sixth stop on Eating London's East End tour. Situated in the heart of Brick Lane, we tasted various curries.

Artesian The Langham Hotel

Awesome bar at The Langham hotel. We stayed at The Langham and went to this bar several times. Great food and creative cocktails.

Beigel Bake Brick Lane/East End

Seventh stop on Eating London's East End tour. We had a salt beef bagel sandwich with hot English mustard and gherkins.

Copita SOHO

Tasty Spanish tapas.

Dishoom Covent Garden

My favorite Indian restaurant. We ate at the Covent Garden location.

Enrique Tomas SOHO

Second stop on the SOHO Food tour. Tasted jamón, cheese, and wine.

Leong's Legend SOHO

Taiwanese. We went here on a food tour, really good.

Momo West End

We loved this Moroccan restaurant!

Pix Pintos SOHO

Third stop on Eating London's SOHO food tour. We had a variety of Spanish tapas, ended up going back, very good.

Pizza East Shoreditch/East End

Eighth and final stop of the Eating London's East End tour. We had the very tasty salted caramel tart.

Poppies Fish and Chips Spitalfields/East End

Fourth stop on Eating London's East End tour. You guessed it, fish and chips.

Pride of Spitalfields Spitalfields/East End

Fifth stop on Eating London's East End tour. A small local pub, tasted beer and cider.

Said Dal 1923 SOHO

Fifth stop on Eating London's SOHO food tour. We had tiramisu and hot chocolate.

St. John Bread and Wine Spitalfields/East End

Our first stop on Eating London's East End tour. This is Fergus Henderson's acclaimed nose-to-tail restaurant. We had the legendary bacon sandwich.

Thai Square Restaurant Windsor (Outside of London)

Situated opposite Windsor Castle. Great Thai food.

The English Restaurant Spitalfields/East End

Second stop on Eating London's East End tour. We had the British classic bread and butter pudding.

The House of Androuet Spitalfields/East End

Third stop on Eating London's East End tour. Here we tasted English cheeses.

The London Gin Club SOHO

First stop on the SOHO Food tour. Had a gin and tonic, and a meat pie, a really good start to the tour! We ended up going back here on another day.

Wagamama South Bank of River Thames and other locations

A British-headquarted chain serving Japanese-inspired food. We went here a coupe of times while visiting Londone, including the one at Heathrow. Also in several other countries and coming to NYC. Hoping they make it out to California!

Yalla Yalla SOHO

Fourth stop on Eating London's SOHO food tour. Yalla Yalla serves Beirut street food. We had the Samboussek Jibne.

Napa Valley, California Favorite Hotel - Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa 114

Brannan's Grill Calistoga

We stopped here for appetizers, would like to go back for dinner.

Farmstead St. Helena

We had a good dinner here.

Goose & Gander St. Helena

On my list for next time. Was told that they have a really good burger.

Morimoto Napa

Stopped here on the way home from Calistoga. Awesome burger, plus Morimoto's is a favorite of ours.

Rutherford Grill Rutherford

We've been going here since 1997 and still love their ribs!

Sam's Social Club Calistoga

Tasty place for breakfast and dinner.

Tra Vigne St. Helena

Great place to stop for lunch.

New York City, New York Favorite Hotel - Le Parker Meridien

Babbo Greenwich Village

A Mario Batili restaurant, tasty with a fun atmosphere.

Baked by Melissa various locations

Very tasty, tiny cupcakes. Available online to ship in USA.

Bar Americain Midtown

We ate here for lunch with Michael Symon as part of "The Chew Experience." Everything was good!

Barbounia Gramercy Park

We ate here in 2006, need to go back.

Burger Joint Midtown and Greenwich Village

In Le Parker Meridian hotel, look for the neon burger sign.

Campagnola Upper East Side

Tasty Italian food served family style.

Carmine's Theater District

Great for late night dining after a show. We went to the one in the Theater District on 44th street.

DB Bistro Moderne Midtown

Chef Daniel Boulud's contemporary French bistro. Famous for their sirloin burger filled with braised short ribs, foie gras, and black truffle.

Dolce Gelateria West Village

Handmade gelato.

Dominique Ansel Bakery SOHO

The home of the Cronut. Always a new creation here.

Eataly Flatiron District

We had lunch at Manzo, really good.

Hakkasan Theater District

A Michelin Star Cantonese restaurant in the Theater District. We've been to the one in Vegas as well. Fun and modern.

Keens Steakhouse Garment District

We had the Prime Porterhouse for three. Considered a top steakhouse in NYC.

Mighty Quinn's BBQ various locations

One of the best BBQ places in NYC. Get the Dirty Frites!

Ma Peche Midtown

We had an awesome brunch here - Habenero Chicken and Waffles, Beef "Fried Rice" and Cherry Mimosas.

Morimoto Chelsea Market

Oh man, I can't wait to go back here.

Num Pang Chelsea Market

Grab a sandwich here and walk over to The High Line.

Papaya King various locations

I don't eat hotdogs, so this is Mark's pick. Don't even ask the story behind this one!

Peter Luger Brooklyn

Famous steakhouse in Brooklyn, established in 1887.

Petite Cocotte SOHO

Tasty place to pick up a sandwich.

Shake Shack various locations

"Roadside" burger stand.

Whiskey Park Midtown

A comfy bar near Central Park.

Oahu - Waikiki, Honolulu and North Shore Favorite Hotel - The Royal Hawaiian

Azure Waikiki

The restaurant at the Royal Hawaiian. We had Thanksgiving dinner here - steak and lobster. Everything was awesome, can't wait to go back and try the regular menu.

Bill's Sydney Waikiki

A new restaurant in Waikiki. Bill is a celebrity chef from Australia and is famous for his breakfasts. We ate here four times for breakfast. Everything was good. He is famous for his Ricotta Pancakes.

BLT Steak Waikiki

Great cook on the steak. We've only been here once. The only odd thing is that the service was a bit fast for the price of the meal.

Giovani's Shrimp Truck North Shore

We had to try a shrimp truck! The shrimp was tasty. It's peel and eat, but don't worry, they have a place to wash your hands.

Henry's Place Waikiki

Tiny store that sells fresh fruit and tasty ice cream and sorbets. Steps away from the beach on Beachwalk.

Leonard's Bakery Honolulu

Famous for their malasadas.

Mai Tai Bar Waikiki

The outdoor bar at the Royal Hawaiian. Whenever we go to Waikiki, this is our first stop. We order the "French Dip" Short Rib Panini and the Royal Mai Tai. We've liked everything that we've tried here. It's pricey, but it's steps from our beach chair.

Morimoto Waikiki

Super tasty. Quickly becoming my favorite. Special menu items in Waikiki.

Nobu Waikiki

Great food and drinks. Best to sit at the sushi bar.

Roy's Waikiki

Always a favorite when we visit Waikiki. We love the short ribs and the steak. They are always changing up the menu. Don't forget to get the Hawaiian Martini.

Uncle Bo's Honolulu

A local favorite. We didn't make it off the Pupu menu - Greasy Noodles, Dynamite Shrimp, Kalua Pig Sliders, and Yobu Wings.

Sonoma Valley, California Favorite Hotel - Hotel Healdsburg

Bravas Bar de Tapas downtown Healdsburg

Spanish tapas.

Chalkboard downtown Healdsburg

Our favorite. Go here!

Dry Creek Kitchen downtown Healdsburg

A Charlie Palmer restaurant. Very good.

La Salette downtown Sonoma

Portuguese food. Pick up a couple of bottles of Piri Piri sauce while your there.