Some of my friends urged me to start blogging about food recommendations in the bay area. I call these Yum Cheap Eats ranging from ‘hole in the wall’ types to restaurants under $20 that are super rich in character but easy on the bill. Here is a list of these bay area gems.
The Nondescript Food Alley of Saratoga!
Located on Payne and San Thomas expressway this tiny strip mall has four restaurants serving mouth watering cuisines from asia and Africa. Japanese Dan, much frequented Ethiopian Zeni, Kyusu that represents an upcoming craze for Burmese food, and Korean Yummy Tofu and BBQ ( a dull name that goes with the dull strip mall look) but incredible tofu claypot and kalbi beef. Kyusu saves you a 50 mile drive to Burma Superstar and serves just as good Burmese food. You can never get tired of their Tea Leaf Salad and Coconut Noodle Soup. Zeni gained so much popularity a few years ago that it is impossible to get seated during rush hours nowadays. I regret giving it five stars many years ago when it was less known – I was the third reviewer 🙂 It is one of the best Ethiopian food places in the bay area and has family run staff. Dan serves one of the best quick lunch menus to sate your Sashimi craving.
Korean craze in Japan Town
Go bananas with a spicy Falafel Sandwich
Rose flavored Persian Icecream
Cheapest yum Persian Kebabs
Grilled chicken hearts with super cold Sapporo anyone?!
Cheesesteak burger outdoors
Slice of New York in an automall?
Yeah man! This is real Jerk chicken
Bread Pudding that transports you to NOLA
Truck Tacos in Alviso
Steamy crumbly Idlis from curry heaven
Juiciest Tandoori Chicken and succulent goat curry
Cupcakes that survived the cupcake.boom