South Bay: 25 foods to eat before you die

26 Feb

Recently, I noticed a friend eating her way through San Francisco’s best dishes. And I thought, the South Bay needs a list! So here’s my contribution of the best 25 foods to eat before you die in the South Bay Area.

 South Bay: 25 foods to eat before you die

How many have you tried?

 49er Flapjacks at Original Pancake House in Los Altos, CA.

Almond Croissant

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Almond Croissant at Mayfield Bakery in Palo Alto, CA.

Authentic Chicago Stuffed Pizza with honey drizzle at Patxi’s Pizza in Palo Alto, CA.

Chinese Chicken Salad at Chef Chu’s in Los Altos, CA.

Creamy Drinking Chocolate at Monique’s Chocolates in Palo Alto, CA.

Buffalo Chickin Wings

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Crispy Chickin’ Buffalo Wings at Veggie Grill in San Jose, CA.

Coconut Shrimp Taco with passionfruit jalapeno sauce at Milagros in RWC, CA.

Croque Monsieur at Left Bank in Menlo Park, CA.

Dark Coconut Mocha at Chromatic Coffee in Santa Clara, CA.

Eggplant Parmigiana with bechamel and balsamic syrup at Tarragon in Sunnyvale, CA.

Falafel's Drive In

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Falafel Sandwich with tahini & hot sauce at Falafel’s Drive In in San Jose, CA.

Garlic Fries at Falafel Bite in Santa Clara, CA.

Grilled Cheese & a Chocolate Shake at Peninsula Creamery in Palo Alto, CA.

Grilled Fish Tacos at Sancho’s Taqueria in Palo Alto, CA.

Industrial Chocolate Ice Cream at Rick’s Ice Cream in Palo Alto, CA.

Langos Hungarian Garlic Bread at Applewood Pizza in Menlo Park, CA.

Original Frozen Yogurt at Fraiche Yogurt in Palo Alto, CA

Platanos Fritos with refried beans and cream at Ay Caramba it’s La Bamba in Mountain View, CA.

Johns Cafe - Santa Maria Tri Tip

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Santa Maria Tri Tip Sandwich at John’s Café in Palo Alto, CA.

Scallion Pancakes at Garden Fresh in Mountain View, CA.

Schweinshaxe roasted pork shank at Hardy’s Bavaria in Sunnyvale, CA.

Spanish Tapa Sampler at Cascal in Mountain View, CA.

Spicy Beef Noodle Soup at iDumpling in RWC, CA.

Tej organic honey wine at Zeni Ethiopian in San Jose, CA.

Wild Alaskan Halibut Fish and Chips at Cook’s Seafood in Menlo Park, CA.

So, there you have it. The 25 foods to eat before you die. These are my personal favorites. If you have a meal to share – let me know and I’ll update the list!

- Beth

12 Responses to “South Bay: 25 foods to eat before you die”

  1. Kristin February 26, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    None yet…..looks like I have a lot of eating to do, lol…..provided they can make Tofu substitutions ;) A fun list that gives me ideas about new restaurants to try, thx!

    • Beth @ Decadent Dragon February 26, 2013 at 11:03 am #

      Maybe we can hit some of these together, Kristin! There are quite a few veggie-friendly options on this list.

  2. Clyde Lerner February 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Yeah!! Veggie Grill Made the list!!

    • Beth @ Decadent Dragon February 26, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

      Darn right!

  3. Alexis February 26, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    Spicy Noodle Soup at Tofoo Com Chay (“Ben’s”) in San Jose. Absolutely THE BEST vegetarian noodle soup EVER.

    • Beth @ Decadent Dragon February 27, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

      Sounds awesome, Alexis! Would be a great addition to the top 25 veggie dishes list.

  4. Alison G March 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    You are making me miss the Bay Area!! MMMM falafels. And milk shakes. And scallion pancakes. Yum yum.

    • Beth @ Decadent Dragon March 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

      Then you must come visit! How many of these dishes have you tried, Ali?

  5. Karen S March 3, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    The list made me drool. Now I’m very hungry!

  6. Bea March 18, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    Falafel Drive In is the bomb! I recall a super tasty SJ burger joint kind of across from the Pink Poodle–am I dating myself?–that was so, so good, too.

    • Beth @ Decadent Dragon March 18, 2013 at 11:38 am #

      I don’t know of that one! But that doesn’t mean you’re dating yourself. Assuming it’s gone now?

      • Bea March 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

        I surely hope not! I think it is called Juicy Burger down on Blossom Hill Rd.

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