Today Eater returns to San Jose, California, to focus on 13 newish restaurants that have been garnering some serious buzz. Once again Eater has consulted with food writer and San Jose local Jeffrey Cianci on his picks for the hottest openings of the past year.
So what's hot in San Jose? Hawaiian classics (Da Kine Island Grill), Southern comfort food (First to Market), and Cajun specialities with a New Orleans vibe (Louisiana Bistro). There's also a Brazilian steakhouse that carves 12 kinds of meat table-side (Taurinus) and a quick-service restaurant serving up Greek classics (Nick The Greek). Plus, many places are serving great drinks whether they be punch creations and barrel-aged libations (Paper Plane), innovative craft cocktails (SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant), or a huge variety of beers on tap (ISO: Beers). Here now, and in alphabetical order, the Eater Heatmap to San Jose.