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The chefs at Shalimar Restaurant fire their tandoor clay ovens with charcoal to barbecue seasoned skewers of meat and bake soft portions of naan. As they cook, aromas of curry spices mingle with cinnamon sticks and cloves, drifting into the dining room. There, diners dig into a menu of traditional Indian and Pakistani dishes incorporating goat, chicken, beef, and lamb, as well as vegetables including spinach, eggplant, and lentils. Customers wash down delicacies with mugs of masala tea or mango lassis made with creamy yogurt before continuing passionate debates over whether Funkytown has its own zip code.

1146 W El Camino Real
Sunnyvale,
CA
US

Copper air vents loom over the tables at Palace BBQ Buffet, dispersing the smoke that rises from each table-mounted grill. Guests help themselves to short ribs, bulgogi, spicy marinated pork, and shrimp—all of which they cook themselves and eat by hand.

1092 E El Camino Real
Sunnyvale,
CA
US

From the bustling streets of Times Square to the equally vivacious streets of Hong Kong, people walk around with smiles after enjoying the japanese barbecue cuisine at Gyu-Kaku. The restaurant has more than 700 locations worldwide, each rooted in the belief that some of the strongest bonds between friends are forged at the dinner table. Groups dine on a huge variety of Japanese dishes, from popular meat and veggie dishes such as Harami Skirt Steak, Kalbi Short Rib, and Mushroom Medley - to unique Japanese-American appetizers such as the Spicy Tuna Volcano, Pork Gyoza Dumplings, and Chicken Karaage. The real excitement takes place around individual grills, however, where diners can barbecue their own slabs of filet mignon, grilled ahi tuna, or chicken with basil sauce until they are ideally tender or encircled by on-duty firemen.

19620 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino,
CA
US

Michelin praises the authentic recipes, but diners will appreciate how Jang Su Jang seems to have something for everyone. Request a grill-topped table to cook your own short ribs or brisket, or sit back and enjoy the kitchen’s take on braised fish and jumbo dumplings.

3561 El Camino Real
Santa Clara,
CA
US

Beef, fish, chicken bones, and more than 30 Chinese herbs collectively flavor the numerous variations of Xinjiang Mala spicy broth at Dragon Gate BBQ. These slow-cooked broths coat spicy shabu skewers, on which chefs layer kelp, tofu curd, and beef meatballs. Simmering meats also cling to the kitchen staff?s barbecue skewers, which include traditional ingredients, such as green beans, chicken gizzard, and pig skin. Batches of fried rice or noodles tossed with veggies round out the menu along with freshly squeezed juices or imported beer.

228 Barber Ct
Milpitas,
CA
US

Before he opened the Smoking Pig BBQ restaurant in downtown San Jose in 2011, Paul Reddick worked as a semiconductor sales manager. Eventually, though, life led him to southeastern barbeque. It's a good thing it did because the Smoking Pig is incredible. Try a uniquely-named appetizer like the Chicken Lollipops, Redneck Sundae, and Potato Grenade. Settle on ribs covered with secret sauce and smoked for 4 to 6 hours or beef brisket rubbed with a top secret brisket rub and smoked for over half a day. Pulled pork is pork shoulder roast that is smoked until it literally falls off the bone. It’s then hand-pulled for sandwiches and multi-meat combos. Desserts are chef’s choice each day. And what would good food be without music? Check the Smoking Pig website for its schedule of live music. Open seven days a week.

1144 N 4th St
San Jose,
CA
US