San Jose abounds with diverse restaurant and dining options, from sophisticated to greasy spoon. The neighborhood of Countrybrook Lagoon
has many nearby ethnic restaurants, including Chinese and Vietnamese, as well as a few pizza joints to keep you happy.
Locals love Colosseum New York Pizza in Milpitas for $3 pizza by the slice, garlic knots and unforgettable Philly cheesesteak sandwiches in a friendly environment decorated with Yankees gear. Order a side of garlic fries and the classic Colosseum pizza with pepperoni, mushroom, olive and onion. Save room for a crispy chocolate cannoli topped with powdered sugar for dessert.
The Kickin' Crab on Cropley Avenue serves some of the finest and freshest Cajun seafood in town. Start your deep-fried journey with some Cajun fries and shrimp. Order one of the Kickin' combo meals with Dungeness crab, shrimp, clams, potatoes, corn and sausage to share with friends and family.
For something healthier, check out Vegetarian House, an organic vegan restaurant with dishes from all over the world, including China, Vietnam and Thailand. Located outside of the neighborhood and with a baby grand piano and a full-stocked bar in a simple, Asian-inspired environment, Vegetarian House pleases locals with the spicy cha cha - fake "shrimp" made out of yam flour and cooked with red bell peppers, garlic and chili. Diners looking for something hot should try the Szechuan eggplant or golden Thai vegetables for a little (or a lot) of spice.
With few options for nightlife in the neighborhood, residents head into San Jose to access the many sports bars, pool halls, dance clubs and Karaoke lounges the city has to offer.
Milpitas' Blue Note Lounge sits in the neighborhood and has a low-key, no-frills bar in a dimly lit setting perfect for enjoying live performances of local music. Check out the Tuesday Blues Jam for a fun, relaxing night out with friends.
For something swanky, locals enjoy the well-balanced classic cocktails at Haberdasher in downtown San Jose.
The speakeasy-style bar sells fine cigars to enjoy with a basil gimlet or a custom-made cocktail by one of the San Jose's finest mixologists.
Drive down to Nguyen Trai Billiards which provides an interesting mix of a testosterone-heavy pool hall with Vietnamese sandwiches in a divey environment perfect for both developing and long-standing bromances. Try the pate sandwich with crispy, fresh bread stuffed with pickled veggies, fresh jalapeno slices and cilantro.