Within a five to ten minute drive (sometimes even just a walk) of where I work in downtown San Jose, there are a wealth of choices. Choices for places to live or work? Well, maybe, although not as many as there could be, but that’s John McEnery’s beat.
I was thinking of the diversity of restaurants, which is just one of the topics I’ll be covering every week. I spend quite a bit of time commuting, so my column will focus on reasons to get off the freeway and explore a different part of San Jose.
In any given workweek, I can walk a block from my office and eat pasta, chinese, vietnamese, pizza, and falafel for lunch, without walking more than 500 steps and certainly without breaking a sweat.
Perhaps that last is the reason my doctor told me I need to lose 10 pounds.
Some weeks see such a range of dining, but I confess, there are weeks I’m just as happy to eat Lee’s Sandwiches (now with 27 locations!) every day.
For those unfamiliar with Lee’s, their specialty is banh mi, which is seemingly a result of France’s influence in Vietnam for so many years. Basically, it’s a baguette or roll with cilantro, chili, mayo (which I tyipically hate, but make an exception for in this case) and some type of meat. Lee’s makes their own baguettes. I suggest going with a friend, family member or co-worker and getting 1.5 sandwiches per person. A single sandwich just doesn’t seem like enough, but two is something else entirely.
Having eaten at a few of those locations now, I have to report that my favorite one is the one on King Road.
Any one who thinks they can find me a better banh mi in this city is welcome to leave a suggestion in the comments.