First off, some bad news. Morocco's--which used to be my favorite restaurant Downtown--is now only open in Mountain View. They are looking for a new location in the San Jose area but don't have any sort of timeline. Blendz is also closed.
Now the good news. 5 brand new eateries with 4.5 star yelp reviews!
- Original Gravity House - OMG, epic new addition Downtown. 20 craft beers on tab that are constantly changing, home-made gourmet sausages, duck-fat fries, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches... oh did I mention the 20 craft beers on tap?
- Back A Yard - Carribean restaurant where Gumbo Jumbo used to be, over 100 Yelp reviews already.
- Dosa & Curry - New Indian/Pakistani restaurant where Los Gallos De Villa used to be, right by SJSU.
- Zenon's Place - Reinvention of Nazca Peruvian on San Fernando
- Devine Grind - New Coffee Shop and breakfast place on Devine and 2nd Streets
Oh but there is more. Little Cheese Shop is now open in the San Pedro Square Market, offering the best cheeses you can find in the South Bay along with gourmet spreads, crackers, and exotic beverages. Whipps is now Cafe Bonne Terre, they still have frozen fruit desserts but have added crepes to the menu. Shellena's Cafe in SoFA is now Just Hot Dogs.
As for the latest status update on my mission to eat at every single restaurant in Downtown San Jose... I'm at 209 out of 227, or 92%. It is now becoming very difficult to try new places with so many amazing restaurants I want to go back to again and again.
Below is the changelog from the Downtown San Jose Restaurants Database:
- 2/26/2012 Added Sa-By Thai in SoFA
- 2/26/2012 Replaced Miro's with the Hyatt Place Bakery Cafe
- 4/7/2012 Added Cre-Paris and Blush to the list (new San Pedro Square Market restaurants)
- 9/9/2012 Added Morocco's to the Closed DTSJ Restaurants list (rent was too high).
- 9/9/2012 Added Blendz to the Closed DTSJ Restaurants list
- 9/9/2012 Added Back a Yard Restaurant
- 9/9/2012 Added Yelp information to Original Gravity Public House
- 9/9/2012 Added Devine Grind on Devine and 2nd Streets
- 9/9/2012 Added Little Cheese Shoppe in the San Pedro Square Market
- 9/9/2012 Replaced Nazca with Zenon's Place
- 9/9/2012 Replaced Whipps with Cafe Bonne Terre
- 9/9/2012 Replaced Los Gallos De Villa with Doza & Curry
- 9/9/2012 Replaced Shellena's Cafe with Just Hot Dogs