Two Wednesdays ago I made my first visit to San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose to try Konjoe Burger Bar, which offers burgers made with grassfed beef. The chips that came with the burger were prepared well, and slightly spicy. The ketchup is made in the house, and has the texture of marinara sauce or tomato paste, but it is tasty. My konjoe burger (beef, fried egg, lettuce, pickled jalapeno, caramelized onions, cheese, konjoe sauce) was cooked medium rare/medium - can grass-fed ground beef be cooked more without becoming tough? I think the burgers at ROAM are better (and cooked longer). (I don't know which has better beef burgers, ROAM or Bareburger, but I think Bareburger may be slightly better on the whole.)
I also tried the steak sandwich from Phonomenal Noodle House - a Vietnamese version of a cheese steaksandwich? It was ok, but I liked my burger from konjoe much better.
San Pedro Square Market is a decent place for people to hang out in downtown San Jose, but I think that it closes relatively early, so that is a disadvantage. I think its clientele comprises mostly of SJSU students and local workers, and some of the SWPLs living in the area. Next time I will have to try the ribs at Bray?
A restaurant in Santa Clara. Went there on Saturday for a birthday dinner. Ah Fai recommended the Uni over rice in a stone bowl, though he acknowledged I probably wouldn't like it. I told everyone else of the recommendation and they did order it, and ah Fai was correct in his guess regarding my tastes. The food was otherwise good, though it's too pricey for me. I think my favorite was the raw salmon, followed by the salad (one with raw fish, I can't remember which one at the moment). It is a fun place for groups, and the table over to the back had some interesting people sitting there.