The 4 best traditional American spots in San Jose

Photo: City Diner/Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on April 24, 2020.

Looking to satisfy your appetite for traditional American fare?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top traditional American spots around San Jose, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fill the bill.

Looking to check out the latest popular spots? There's no time like the present, since consumer spending at restaurants tends to climb in April in the San Jose area, according to data on local business transactions from Womply, a provider of marketing software and small business local advertising solutions. Total affected businesses at San Jose-area restaurants last year rose by 16% in April over the month before.

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1. City Diner

Photo: City Diner/Yelp

First on the list is City Diner. Located at 2951 Monterey Road, Suite 10, in Fairgrounds, the diner, traditional American and breakfast and brunch spot is the highest-rated traditional American restaurant in San Jose, boasting four stars out of 348 reviews on Yelp.

2. Smoking Pig BBQ

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Next up is downtown's Smoking Pig BBQ, situated at 1144 N. Fourth St. With four stars out of 2,976 reviews on Yelp, the Southern and traditional American spot, offering barbecue and more, has proved to be a local favorite.

3. The Breakfast Club

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West San Carlos / Burbank's The Breakfast Club, located at 1432 W. San Carlos St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the breakfast and brunch and traditional American spot, which offers waffles and more, four stars out of 2,341 reviews.

4. Bill's Cafe

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A city outpost of the California chain Bill's Cafe, a traditional American and breakfast and brunch spot in North Willow Glen/ Gardner, is another high-traffic go-to, with four stars out of 2,042 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1115 Willow St. to see for yourself.

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