10 Favorite Dishes in the South Bay (As Chosen By Check, Please! Bay Area Guests)

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No matter what direction you head in the Bay Area, you're bound to run into some exceptionally tasty dishes. This roundup happens to be for those of you heading to or (fortunately enough) already in the South Bay...

Lillie Mae's House of Soul Food

Restaurant: Lillie Mae’s House of Soul Food, Santa Clara

Season: 8

Recommended by: Nicole


Dish: Fried Chicken & Waffles

“It’s some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever had.”

Roti Indian Bistro

Restaurant: Roti Indian Bistro, San Mateo

Season: 7

Recommended by: Raj

Dish: Saag Aloo (vegetarian) – Spinach and potatoes cooking with nutmeg, onions, cumin and fenugreek

“One of our favorite dishes, excellent!”

Sapore Italiano Restaurant

Restaurant: Sapore Italiano Restaurant, Burlingame

Season: 6

Recommended by: Mike

Dish: Capellini al Pomodoro Crudo (vegetarian)

“This dish was well-executed; I loved the fresh pasta.”


Restaurant: Naschmarkt, Campbell

Season: 8

Recommended by: Lisa

Dish: Jäger Schnitzel - Pork schnitzel braised in a mushroom cream sauce with spätzle, garlic confit and broccolini.

“It was incredible! It literally felt I was eating Thanksgiving dinner.”

Patio Filipino

Restaurant: Patio Filipino, San Bruno

Season: 5

Recommended by: JR

Dish: Crispy Binagoongan – Fried pork over eggplant with mango and tomato salad

“It’s a Patio Filipino specialty, with an array of different flavors.”

Chalet Ticino

Restaurant: Chalet Ticino, Foster City

Season: 9

Recommended by: Andrea

Dish: Chicken Milanese

“I loved it! I would highly recommend it!”


Restaurant: Shalizaar, Belmont

Season: 2

Recommended by: Margaret

Dish: Baghali Polo – Dill & Fava Bean Rice with Pot Roast Lamb Shank

“It’s a really strong flavor, and it’s wonderful.”

Don Pico's

Restaurant: Don Pico’s, San Bruno

Season: 6

Recommended by: Mark

Dish: Chile Verde

“The pork was so tender and succulent!”

The Refuge

Restaurant: The Refuge, San Carlos

Season: 8

Recommended by: Christopher

Dish: Pastrami Burger

“It’s hard to put into words exactly how great their pastrami is!”

Chef Chu's

Restaurant: Chef Chu’s, Los Altos

Season: 7

Recommened by: Lina

Dish: Fresh Basil & Garlic Chicken in a Clay Pot

“Chef Chu’s menu offers a culinary joy of the very best Chinese cuisine has to offer.”