SAN JOSE, California (KGO) – Calling all foodies! You can indulge in special menus and offers in the Bay Area’s largest city as San Jose kicks off its annual restaurant week.
More than 30 restaurants offer fixed-price lunch and dinner for $ 10, $ 20, $ 30, $ 40, or $ 50.
“We have a wedge salad, a filet mignon with mashed potatoes and a peppercorn sauce, and then we have a chocolate fudge with cookies and ice cream,” said Serena Harkey, managing director and sommelier at LB Steak on Santana Row, who is running a $ 50 lunch special .
At the other end of the row, the Meso Restaurant, which opened just two months ago, sees the opportunity to introduce modern Mediterranean cuisine to a new audience.
“Think of it as the time to get back there and support the restaurants around you and maybe explore your own neighborhood or maybe your next door neighborhoods,” said Jacob Paronyan, Operations Manager and General Manager, Meso.
The organizers say this year’s restaurants are the most diverse there has ever been. ABC7 News visited Pho Co Restaurant, which was the first company in San Jose’s Little Saigon neighborhood to take part in the campaign.
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“When you come here to our restaurant, you not only experience the food, but the culture,” said Son Nguyen, co-owner of Pho. “We love to show our food to the world, along with the pho, the spring rolls. We have 100 starters here for you to look at and try.”
San Jose Restaurant Week is part of California Restaurant Month, launched by Visit California to promote post-vacation travel to California.
“Last year, visitors to restaurants in San Jose alone spent $ 560 million, resulting in tax revenues of $ 47.5 million,” said Frances Wong, director of communications for Visit San Jose.
According to Wong, the program gives residents a chance not only to visit local gems, but also to discover brand new favorites, especially since January tends to be slower for the industry.
“If you really look around your neighborhood, you will find there is a restaurant like Kazoo. We have been here for 30 or 40 years and we have great food and service,” said Sean Yang, who owns the Kazoo Restaurant in the neighborhood Japantown.
San Jose Restaurant Week begins January 16 and runs through January 26. Click here for a list of participating restaurants.
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