San Jose, located about an hour-and-a-half from San Francisco, is dotted with some of Northern California’s finest restaurants. Just a short drive from downtown, is La Foret. Formerly a boarding house for cinnabar metal miners in the late 1800s, feast on French cuisine including smoked salmon and escargot starters to entrees spanning linguine with scallops, prawns, and shrimp, and rack of lamb with roasted rosemary and tarragon mustard. For classic American fare, head to The Farmers Union Restaurant & Bar in Downtown San Jose. Lined with exposed brick walls, historic photos, industrial-style seating, and American flags, the eatery offers 52 beers on tap and menu items from Dungeness crab cakes to roasted beets salads and grilled flat iron steak. Owned by local husband-and-wife team John and Holly Smith, Dry Creek Grill serves up menu selections such as fresh-baked cornbread with jalapeno and white cheddar, and lemon ricotta gnocchi with wild mushroom ragout, sugar snap peas, and brandy cream. Barbecue items include Memphis-style pulled pork and Texas beef brisket. Once you’ve tried these three great restaurants, be sure to try Hotel De Anza’s Four Star restaurant La Pastaia for a contemporary downtown San Jose Italian dining experience.