Huong Lan, San Jose, CA

The banh mi here is still excellent but somehow no longer as spectacular as I remember. The baguette was not beautifully crispy this time. The pickled vegetable was almost not sour enough. I had a roasted pork banh mi and I found the meat tasted rather sweet.

While the banh mi failed to truly impress, the pre-packaged to-go items were amazing as always. I had some freshly prepared Banh Bot Loc and Banh it that were totally fantastic.

Mexico Bakery, San Jose, CA
You will understand once you tried their torta. There are so many variations to choose from. But really. Just any one would do. If you have no idea what their Mexican torta looks like, think of it as a glorified version of a burger with the boring patty replaced with 5-6 different kinds of proteins, and the tasteless lettuce replaced by 3-4 kinds of veggies. Yes, it is humongous. So… Very… Satisfying. High-res

Mexico Bakery, San Jose, CA

You will understand once you tried their torta. There are so many variations to choose from. But really. Just any one would do. If you have no idea what their Mexican torta looks like, think of it as a glorified version of a burger with the boring patty replaced with 5-6 different kinds of proteins, and the tasteless lettuce replaced by 3-4 kinds of veggies. Yes, it is humongous. So… Very… Satisfying.

Okayama Japanese Restaurant, San Jose, CA

Diligent servers. Attentive service.

Okayama in San Jose Japantown always have a special place in my heart.

One of those days when you just wanted a decent meal at a really odd hour (late lunch? early dinner?), Okayama is a restaurant you can count on. They open 7 days a week without any ‘off’ hours between lunch and dinner. That alone deserves a merit.

Having said that, I can’t say I am in love with the food. The portion is generous. The food is prepared with care. It’s just that the quality of the fish they used for sushi and rolls are only mediocre. The saba was too lean and tuna was a little stringy. Of course, the quality is still more than reasonable for the price they charge.  Just don’t expect anything fancy.

Phat Tri, San Jose, CA
Less than 6 bucks for a 2 feet long sandwich. Seriously. I though they gave me someone else order when I pick up the paper bag loaded with two (longer than subway) foot long. These aren’t even skinny like Lee’s.The #1 special banh mi is a kitchen sink with almost everything they offer. I like it. The bread - crisp. The pickles - flavorful. The pate and meat - tasty.Cheap and fulfilling. I really can’t complain. Store is cash only. Make sure you have enough in case you want to pick up some French imported goodies or cooked food as well. High-res

Phat Tri, San Jose, CA

Less than 6 bucks for a 2 feet long sandwich.

Seriously. I though they gave me someone else order when I pick up the paper bag loaded with two (longer than subway) foot long. These aren’t even skinny like Lee’s.

The #1 special banh mi is a kitchen sink with almost everything they offer. I like it. The bread - crisp. The pickles - flavorful. The pate and meat - tasty.

Cheap and fulfilling. I really can’t complain.

Store is cash only. Make sure you have enough in case you want to pick up some French imported goodies or cooked food as well.

Pho Y #1 at Lundy, San Jose, CA
It was a fair bowl of pho. The broth, the toppings and noodles were all passable. Nothing was wrong, nothing to be too excited about.Pho Y #1 is a more than adequate spot for a cheap quick lunch. It is really nice that they open all hours 7 days a week with no gap in between. If you ever find yourself hungry at an odd hour, there is always a bowl of pho here to the rescue. High-res

Pho Y #1 at Lundy, San Jose, CA

It was a fair bowl of pho. The broth, the toppings and noodles were all passable. Nothing was wrong, nothing to be too excited about.

Pho Y #1 is a more than adequate spot for a cheap quick lunch. It is really nice that they open all hours 7 days a week with no gap in between. If you ever find yourself hungry at an odd hour, there is always a bowl of pho here to the rescue.

Cafe Legato, San Jose, CA

There are two things that will bring me back to Cafe Legato - Coffee and Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

The coffee is good. Smooth texture. Strong aroma. Well balanced aftertaste. You won’t be disappointed even if you are the most serious kind of coffee drinkers (although I can’t guarantee you will be wowed).

Their grilled cheese sandwich is a little piece of joy. Simple and tasty. I had their veggie variety and enjoyed every bite of it.

Panini and other pastries were alright but didn’t leave a strong impression.

The classical music theme of the cafe is really charming but I wish they actually play real classical music instead of pop songs. The atmosphere is great though. It is a warm, friendly and welcoming place.