Border cuisine. $. Swill margaritas with vegetarian exotica; pair fresh juices with meat-packed burritos. The ambiance is chi-chi, yet you serve yourself. Casual. Beer, margaritas. 1145 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA. 408.995.0381. (9/14/95)
Sicilian. $. Curl up with a good bottle of chianti and a Sicilian pie pumped full of marinara at this inviting neighborhood joint. The kitchen delivers consistent, good-looking, affordable favorites. Casual, friendly. Closed Sun. Beer, wine. 1712-F Meridian Ave, San Jose, CA. 408.269.3801.
Thai. $. The latest from a local eatery that morphed into a mini-chain for many reasons, including exceptional pastas. Beer, wine. 1140-8 Lincoln Ave. 408.286.6027. Also: 1290 Benton St, Santa Clara, 408.241.9414, and 384 E. Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 408.378.0335.
Thai. $$. Siam Square leans too far to the sweet side of Thai cuisine's delicate sweet-sour-spicy balancing act, but offers an array of traditional dishes in a clean, cheery atmosphere. Casual. Beer, wine. 1040 Willow St, San Jose, CA. 408.293.2268. (6/8/95)
Sue's Indian Cuisine
Southern Indian. $. Warm hospitality and fiery spices infuse dishes at this quaint eatery. Casual. Beer, wine. 895 Willow St, San Jose, CA. 408.993.8730. (Also in Mountain View: 216 Castro St., 415.969.1122). (10/24/96)
Chinese. $. This 14-year Willow Glen landmark serves a nonstop stream of Szechwan, Cantonese and Taiwanese specialties. Casual. Beer, wine. 1306 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA. 408.289.8800. (7/11/96)
Mexican. $. Owner Ubaldo Navarro makes sure all the usual dishes rank well above average, but that's not what makes his eatery special. It's the extra touches: amazing breakfasts, deliciously tart margaritas and a talented balladeer belting out canciones on Saturday nights. 2222 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA. 408.978.3665. (12/96)
Willow Street Wood Fired Pizza
Designer Italian. $$. In addition to the gourmet pizzas that fired the name, menu options include hearty pasta dishes, generous salads and creative sandwiches (lunch menu). Casual. Beer, wine. 1072 Willow St, San Jose, CA. 408.971.7080. (2/20/97)