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Check out these two awesome new places to get boba in the South BayJul 14, 2021
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Check out these two awesome new places to get boba in the South Bay

The South Bay Area is home to no shortage of world cuisine and specialty drinks, with boba tea arguably among its strong points. Hoodline visits two of the area's newest boba spots that fans of these beloved drinks will want to check out this summer. Read More

Rapidly growing Mexican street food chain expands with two South Bay locationsJul 13, 2021
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Rapidly growing Mexican street food chain expands with two South Bay locations

Many people in the Bay Area may not have heard the hype about the Mexican ceviche chain Mango Crazy, but it has been expanding like crazy throughout the pandemic. Read More

Traci Des Jardins will be among the exciting new chefs at new Los Altos food hallJul 09, 2021
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Traci Des Jardins will be among the exciting new chefs at new Los Altos food hall

The San Francisco Peninsula, a longtime hub of innovation, is preparing to open its first food hall with several award-winning chefs headlining the multi-vendor concept.   Read More

LA's famed Canter's Deli is now delivering on the PeninsulaJul 08, 2021
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LA's famed Canter's Deli is now delivering on the Peninsula

The famous Los Angeles-area 24-hour Jewish delicatessen, Canter’s Deli, which has locations in Pasadena, Santa Monica, and its flagship on Fairfax Avenue in LA, is now serving its iconic food here in the Bay Area thanks to a new partnership with DoorDash. Read More

'Dine Downtown' offers discounts for dining in San JoseJul 07, 2021
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'Dine Downtown' offers discounts for dining in San Jose

Folks in the South Bay looking to eat out will find a selection of prixe-fixe meals and other limited-time specials at downtown San Jose eateries through July 18. Read More

Longtime Bay Area brewery Gordon Biersch plans to stay in San Jose forever Jul 02, 2021
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Longtime Bay Area brewery Gordon Biersch plans to stay in San Jose forever

Brewing company Gordon Biersch has had a presence in San Jose’s Japantown district for three decades, and now it appears it will stay in its same location for decades more. Read More

Peruvian restaurant La Costanera, hit by partying thieves during lockdown, is back at a new spot overlooking the water in Half Moon BayJun 01, 2021
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Peruvian restaurant La Costanera, hit by partying thieves during lockdown, is back at a new spot overlooking the water in Half Moon Bay

Michelin-recognized Peruvian restaurant La Costanera, which closed in March 2020 after a decade in Montara, is reopening in an all-new Half Moon Bay location this Thursday, June 3. Read More

East Bay boba pioneer, San Jose Mexican eatery among 25 restaurants chosen nationally for historic preservation grantsMay 26, 2021
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East Bay boba pioneer, San Jose Mexican eatery among 25 restaurants chosen nationally for historic preservation grants

Two Bay Area restaurants are among just 25 in the country to receive special grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help historic eateries survive the pandemic. The East Bay's oldest boba tea shop, Sweetheart Cafe & Tea in Oakland, and Mexican restaurant Casa Vicky in San Jose both won grants under the program. Read More

Singapore's oldest cafe, Killiney Kopitiam, to open five new locations in South Bay, East BayMay 24, 2021
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Singapore's oldest cafe, Killiney Kopitiam, to open five new locations in South Bay, East Bay

Killiney Kopitiam, known as Singapore's oldest cafe, is opening five new Bay Area locations this year as part of a push to greatly expand its U.S. presence from a single storefront in Palo Alto. Read More

Two 'digital food halls' open in Cupertino and San Jose — ghost kitchens that allow on-site orders from multiple restaurantsMay 20, 2021
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Two 'digital food halls' open in Cupertino and San Jose — ghost kitchens that allow on-site orders from multiple restaurants

Embracing digital platforms and offering take-out and delivery food, new business models like this will likely have a lasting foothold in the restaurant industry. Read More

Mountain View Indian restaurant cited numerous times for rats, cockroachesMay 14, 2021
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Mountain View Indian restaurant cited numerous times for rats, cockroaches

Rats, cockroaches and maskless workers, oh my! Mountain View restaurant Biryaniz is struggling to clean up its act after a series of pest infestations and health citations that caused county inspectors to temporarily shut it down three times in three years. Read More

The 16 best ramen spots in the South Bay / San JoseMay 11, 2021
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The 16 best ramen spots in the South Bay / San Jose

Ramen is the perfect comfort food that gives you a warm hug from within your belly. San Jose, Mountain View & the South Bay are home to 100+ ramen restaurants. Read More

Where to celebrate American Craft Beer Week in San JoseMay 06, 2021
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Where to celebrate American Craft Beer Week in San Jose

With sunshine in the forecast for next week and Santa Clara County in the glorious Orange Tier (hey, everything's relative!), you may be about ready to celebrate. We're thinking about toasting rising vaccination rates and the warm weather with a cold craft beer from a local brewery in honor of American Craft Beer Week, May 10–16. Read More

New 99 Ranch store coming to San Jose’s Oakridge Mall with on-site diningApr 23, 2021
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New 99 Ranch store coming to San Jose’s Oakridge Mall with on-site dining

Fans of Asian cuisine rejoice! Taiwanese-American supermarket chain 99 Ranch Market is coming to the Westfield Oakridge Mall in San Jose, where word is it will serve up prepared foods for in-store dining and takeout alongside its popular selection of imported groceries and other products.  Read More

San Jose considers keeping downtown strip closed to cars post-pandemicApr 12, 2021
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San Jose considers keeping downtown strip closed to cars post-pandemic

Like other cities during the pandemic, San Jose closed a popular downtown dining strip to cars last summer so that restaurants could host outdoor dining. Now, the city is contemplating keeping the section, along San Pedro Street between Santa Clara and St. John streets, permanently car-free. Read More

The 15 best dim sum places to try in the South BayApr 09, 2021
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The 15 best dim sum places to try in the South Bay

A meal that can only be shared, dim sum comes family-style with an assortment of dumplings, bao, rice rolls, and other handcrafted treats, and the South Bay is home to many of the region's top dim sum destinations. Read More

New Willow Glen bakery serves up homemade pie with a side of good worksApr 02, 2021
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New Willow Glen bakery serves up homemade pie with a side of good works

San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood has a new sweet spot: Homemade pie outfit The Giving Pies, which donates a portion of proceeds to help the community, has opened a brand-new shop. Read More

New pop-up joint slow-cooks craft BBQ in Mountain ViewApr 02, 2021
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New pop-up joint slow-cooks craft BBQ in Mountain View

There’s a new option for barbecue fans in the Mountain View area: B’s Craft BBQ, a pop-up eatery offering slow-cooked, small-batch grilled meats and fixings for pickup only. Read More

Local favorite Brenda’s restaurant chain brings Cajun cuisine to San JoseMar 31, 2021
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Local favorite Brenda’s restaurant chain brings Cajun cuisine to San Jose

San Jose residents can now enjoy New Orleans-style fried chicken and more from Bay Area favorite Brenda’s – whose original San Francisco location claims the distinction of the West Coast’s most Yelped eatery – thanks to a new cloud kitchen. Read More

Palo Alto pop-up serves classic pastries with Asian twist from former Tartine and Vina Enoteca bakersMar 26, 2021
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Palo Alto pop-up serves classic pastries with Asian twist from former Tartine and Vina Enoteca bakers

Two veteran Bay Area bakers, who’ve done stints at San Francisco’s famed Tartine bakery and Palo Alto’s Vina Enoteca Italian eatery, are serving original pastries with an Asian twist at a Palo Alto coffee pop-up. Read More

The 14 best poke bowl spots in the South Bay / San JoseMar 19, 2021
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The 14 best poke bowl spots in the South Bay / San Jose

By a factor of four, California has the largest population of Pacific Islanders on the Continental USA, per the U.S. Census. It's no surprise that poke, a traditional Hawaiian dish which has evolved over generations into something of a Hawaiian-Japanese fusion, is a staple throughout the South Bay. Read More

The 16 best bánh mì spots in San Jose and the South BayMar 09, 2021
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The 16 best bánh mì spots in San Jose and the South Bay

Influenced by the French, the Vietnamese created a unique sandwich which has gained a cult-like following in cities around the world. And because the South Bay has one of the largest populations of Vietnamese in the world outside of Vietnam, it's no wonder that the area has many of the best banh mi spots you can find anywhere. Read More

After going out of business in 2020, Specialty’s Café and Bakery (and its beloved cookies) return to Mountain View Mar 03, 2021
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After going out of business in 2020, Specialty’s Café and Bakery (and its beloved cookies) return to Mountain View

South Bay fans can again savor Specialty’s Café and Bakery’s legendary cookies (and more), after the company had shuttered all its locations and filed for bankruptcy early in the pandemic. Read More

Spate of shootings draw attention to underground clubs, speakeasies in San JoseFeb 26, 2021
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Spate of shootings draw attention to underground clubs, speakeasies in San Jose

A spate of shootings in San Jose has shined a spotlight on underground clubs and speakeasies allegedly taking place at area businesses, including one that recently sold an $18 million lottery ticket. Read More

Black Muslim Food Week delivers special offers at Black-owned eateries, with a side of community organizingFeb 23, 2021
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Black Muslim Food Week delivers special offers at Black-owned eateries, with a side of community organizing

This weekend, the Bay Area Halal Foodies group is celebrating Black History Month with an event spotlighting Black Muslim-owned restaurants in the area. Read More