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Silicon Valley's Top Five Signature Dishes

Carolyn Jung and Anh-Minh Le | July 28, 2017 | Food & Drink Story Restaurants Eat and Drink

1. Manresa
While the $255 tasting menu at David Kinch’s three Michelin-starred restaurant is ever-changing, one item that’s always available is Into the Vegetable Garden—greens and edible flowers, along with a velouté of herbs and root veggies. The ingredients are based on what Kinch procures from the farms seasonally, and the dish never fails to delight. 320 Village Lane, Los Gatos

2. Alexander's Steakhouse
For years, the mouthwatering hamachi shots have been a popular way to start lunch or dinner at Alexander’s. Thinly sliced, fresh hamachi is layered with truffled ponzu, Fresno chili, avocado and a touch of ginger—presented in a series of six shot glasses. 19379 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino

3. The Village Pub
Longtime patrons of the Pub know that summertime brings a well-loved special: a juicy heirloom tomato salad prepared tableside that showcases produce from nearby SMIP Ranch and creamy burrata sourced from a Southern California cheesemaker. Servers arrive with a cart that also holds extra-virgin olive oil, 15-year balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and freshly snipped basil. 2967 Woodside Road, Woodside

4. Original Joe's of Westlake
When the Duggan family, owners of Original Joe’s in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, inaugurated the renovated Joe’s of Westlake last year, they tweaked the name and introduced new specialties—including the warm butter cake. Topped with vanilla gelato, chocolate sauce and fresh berries, it’s a decadent way to bring dinner to a close. 11 Glenwood Ave., Daly City

5. Bourbon Steak
Michael Mina’s Levi Stadium–adjacent steakhouse serves up a 32-ounce USDA prime dry-aged porterhouse from Allen Brothers of Chicago. The wood-fired, bone-in cut is offered with a selection of sauces—chimichurri, bearnaise, peppercorn, red wine, horseradish cream and steak sauce—and preparations. Of course, it pairs well with bourbon. 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara

Originally published in the July/August issue of Silicon Valley

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