Places to Eat
Closest to the Dolce Hayes Mansion
Pearl River Restaurant (414 Blossom Hill Rd, Price range: $$): Chinese cuisine (Local tip: try the hot & sour soup!).
Pizza Jack’s (5138 Monterey Hwy, Price range: $$) – Combines Italian and Mexican cuisines.
High Five Pizza Co (171 Branham Ln, Price range: $$) – Pizza and Italian food in a pub atmosphere.
Aqui Cal-Mex (5679 Snell Ave, Price range: $$): California-Mexican cuisine (Local tip: Sonoma Goat Cheese Quesadilla, need we say more?).
For those wanting a quick in and out: McDonald’s (163 Branham Ln), Subway (171 Branham Ln), Jack in the Box (425 Blossom Hill Rd), and Pizza Hut (5475 Snell Ave).
Best of Silicon Valley & Local Favorites
Grande Pizzeria (150 E San Carlos St, San Jose, Price range: $$) – Pizza in all its goodness (Local tip: the sauce is amazing, as is the combo pizza).
Crepevine (1100 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, Price range: $$) – Both sweet and savory crepes dished up (Local tip: have the San Francisco crepe with fresh salmon! ).
Willow Glen Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Company (1100 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, Price range: $) – Have a savory crepe at Crepevine, then slip over here for dessert (Local tip: you can’t go wrong with the old fashioned chocolate dipped cone or the peach frozen yogurt with kiwi).
Taqueria Tlaquepaque (2222 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, Price range: $$) – Mexican cuisine (Local tip: best tacos in San Jose!).
The Fish Market (1007 Blossom Hill Rd, San Jose, Price range: $$) – A classic seafood option (Local tip: the calamari steak is excellent!).
Poor House Bistro (91 S Autumn St, San Jose, Price range: $$) – Cajun/Creole cuisine (Local tip: come for the food, stay for the great live blues music).
Gordon Biersch (33 E San Fernando St, San Jose, Price range: $$) – The king of local microbreweries (Local tip: the garlic fries are delicious, but you’ll smell like garlic all day!).
Rock Bottom Brewery (1875 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, Price range: $$) – Another local favorite for microbreweries, in the Pruneyard shopping center.
Patxi’s Pizza (1875 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, Price range: $$) – Also in the Pruneyard, with all around good pizza, choose between regular or deep dish crust (Local tip: the sausage pizza is a must, but beware of the difficult parking—shares its lot with a very busy Trader Joe’s).
Thai Pepper (103 E Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale, Price range: $$) –Thai cuisine with a large variety of vegetarian options (Local tip: to die for pad thai).
DishDash (190 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, Price range: $$) – Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine (Local tip: excellent bar and you have to taste the mansaf lamb dish!).
Calafia Café (855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, Price range: $$) – Seasonal American cuisine with great vegetarian options (Local tip: a little far out, but well worth the drive. Try the vegetarian No Huevos Rancheros or the gluten-free Crispy Shrimp Avocado Bacon Tacos).
Things to See
Museums, History, & Culture
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium (1660 Park Ave, San Jose; Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun10am-6pm; $9 general admission) – Houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on display in the western U.S.
San Jose Museum of Art (110 S Market St, San Jose; Tues-Sun 11am-5pm; $8 general admission) – Established in 1969, SJMA presents art ranging from modern masterpieces to recent works by young, emerging artists. Plus, it houses an excellent café near the gift shop.
The Tech Museum of Innovation (201 S Market St, San Jose; 10am-5pm; $15 general admission) – A hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Computer History Museum (1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View; 10am-5pm Weds-Sun; $15 general admission) – Find out why computer history is 2,000 years old. Learn about computer history’s game-changers in multimedia exhibitions.
Kelley Park (1300 Senter Rd, San Jose; 8am-sunset; free to walk the grounds and gardens, admission variety for zoo and museums) – 172 acre park that includes the Japanese Friendship Garden, History Park at Kelley Park (a.k.a. History San Jose), Portuguese Historical Museum, Viet Museum, and the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo.
Outdoor Activities & Local Attractions
San Jose Flea Market (1590 Berryessa Rd, San Jose; 8am-sunset; free admission, parking $3 weekdays, $7 weekends) – Touted as the largest open-air flea market in the U.S.
Winchester Mystery House (525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose; 9am-5pm; $33 mansion tour)– A classic San Jose attraction! Built between 1884-1922 by Sarah Winchester, this Victorian house is full of architectural oddities.
California’s Great America (4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara; open Fri-Sun 10am, closing hours vary; $47.99 single day adult admission) – Amusement park with all the rides you can handle. Opens for the season the week before CARL 2014.