Magazine article Sunset

Silicon Valley Dining: Upscale Restaurants Crop Up in the South Bay

Magazine article Sunset

Silicon Valley Dining: Upscale Restaurants Crop Up in the South Bay

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Even when all the tech money was flying in the silicon-savvy South Bay, the better-known city by the bay got more press when it came to dining. Engineers and paper millionaires drove north to spend their take in San Francisco's hot restaurants and bars. But now, at last, a half-dozen high-profile restaurants have opened in San Jose and neighboring Santa Clara, raising South Bay dining stakes by a whole plateful of computer chips.

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Arcadia, in the new San Jose Marriott, made a big splash last spring when it debuted as the first South Bay eatery of chef Michael Mina, who opened San Francisco's Aqua. The menu features American classics dressed up in finery fit for the opera: The corn dogs, for example, are filled with lobster.

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Chef Bradley Ogden, of Marin's Lark Creek Inn, opened Parcel 104 in Santa Clara in December 2001 and Yankee Pier at San Jose's new mall, Santana Row, in December 2002. Parcel 104, named after the property's lot number in the formerly agricultural valley, offers organic and seasonal dishes, such as Sonoma foie gras with strawberries. …

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