You know your cafe is a hit when people start saying it's helping to save the city. That's just what happened to Whispers Cafe & Creperie in 2013, when NBC Bay Area said the cafe and other new restaurants were spurring a resurgence of commerce in downtown San Jose. For owner Danny Qutami, the praise was the culmination of a string of successes. It all started when he opened the first Whispers in Belmont and it quickly became a neighborhood favorite; it continued as he followed with two more locations in San Jose, which have been equally well received.
It's no wonder Whispers is so popular. Not only are the cafes open all day, but the menu includes just about anything a hungry person could dream up. Breakfast is served any time, and includes both sweet and savory creations—there's a Half Moon crepe with sliced peaches and a honey-orange glaze, and there's also a California benediction with bacon and avocado. Lunch and dinner offer an equally diverse selection that includes both New York strip steak and pesto-chicken sandwiches. Whispers is popular with the happy-hour crowd as well, thanks to the full bar and flat-screen TVs.
HS Coffee & Juices in San Jose offers flavorful eats and tasty desserts.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at HS Coffee & Juices.
Wifi is on the house at HS Coffee & Juices, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Those searching for a quiet dinner scene may have better luck elsewhere, as the restaurant tends to get rather noisy.
No need to put on airs for a trip to HS Coffee & Juices — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Pull into one of the many parking spaces nearby if you choose to drive to the restaurant.
Bike parking is quick and easy at HS Coffee & Juices.
Frugal foodies will especially love the prices at HS Coffee & Juices, with a meal typically hovering under the $15 mark.
Your next meal awaits at Happiness Cafe in San Jose.
Happiness Cafe serves up endless healthy meal options.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Happiness Cafe.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Happiness Cafe's free wifi hotspot.
Wear what you like when you dine at Happiness Cafe — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Whether you have a large or small vehicle, parking is easy near Happiness Cafe.
Commute by bike to Happiness Cafe and find easy bike parking.
Prices at Happiness Cafe are a bargain (usually less than $15 for a meal), so you'll have plenty of cash left over to treat a friend (or two).
For good eats and good times in San Jose, dine at Amor Cafe and Tea.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Amor Cafe and Tea, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Amor Cafe and Tea's complimentary wifi.
Amor Cafe and Tea offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Park curbside near Amor Cafe and Tea or in a garage.
Amor Cafe and Tea offers safe bike parking outside.
Menu items at Amor Cafe and Tea tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
Before he founded Bobo Drinks Express, Dan Truong wowed crowds as a singer in his native Vietnam. His career on the stage took him across the globe, but he didn't let his travels go to waste. When he wasn't performing, the incorrigible sweet tooth would research the greatest desserts the world had to offer.
The fruits of his research now appear on the menu at Bobo Drinks Express. The decadent, exotic desserts make a tasty compliment to glasses of refreshing boba tea. Take the shaved ice for instance. Dan's shops use the traditional Taiwanese recipe, crafting sweet treats out of fruits, jellies, and ice creams paired with a generous dollop of brown sugar syrup. Chefs also whip up French crepes, and dishes of che straight from the Philippines.
Find something on the menu for everyone at San Jose's Grounded - The Organic and Vegetarian Cafe.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Grounded - The Organic and Vegetarian Cafe's outdoor patio.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Parking is plentiful, so diners can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Travel by bike to Grounded - The Organic and Vegetarian Cafe and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Pig out on affordable fare that tastes like a million bucks
Grounded - The Organic and Vegetarian Cafe serves top-notch dishes that dazzle diners without the extra dollars.