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.