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Louie Perivoliotis doesn’t count how many eggs he uses when making an omelet. “How many do you want? We’ll give them to you,” he matter-of-factly told a _San Jose Mercury News_ reporter who came in for breakfast once. This laidback philosophy pervades Mil’s Diner, where Perivoliotis pulls double-duty as the owner and head chef. His massive portions—not to mention his eagerness to coax a smile out of just about anyone—has earned Mil’s a steady stream of regulars. He must be doing something right, because the competition in the South Bay is impressive. It seems that wherever you look in San Jose, you’re bound to find a hearty plate of eggs and a cup of endless coffee.Read More
When most people think about brunch, they think of the late morning or early afternoon, a time to roll out of bed at a casual pace and arrive to the restaurant at their own convenience. But cooks don’t allow themselves the luxuries that come with lazy brunches. Take Bill’s Café, a San Jose staple. Brunch there begins at the crack of dawn, when cooks slice fruit, squeeze juice, and bake their pastries so that when diners amble in hours later, groggy-eyed and hungry, they can reap the benefits of somebody else’s hard work and reliable alarm clock.Read More
Until 1887, San Jose was home to the largest Chinatown south of San Francisco. But in May of that year, a fire decimated what was, until then, a thriving section of the city dedicated to Chinese food and culture. Yet, the spirit of that neighborhood is still alive and well in various forms today. In 2012, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art aggregated thousands of artifacts into an exhibit touching on the history of San Jose’s once-vibrant Chinatown. And while there may no longer be a central Chinatown, San Jose still has an abundance of restaurants putting their own spin on Chinese cooking.Read More