December 9, 2015

San Jose: Original Joe's; restaurant review

101 South

Original Joe's  301 S. First St./San Carlos St., (888) 841-7030, (408) 292-7030.  L-D daily; $$.  No reservations. 

OJ's--as the locals call it—is one of the town’s most popular restaurants, and diners are willing to wait to be seated in one of the comfy leather booths.  In business since the 1950s, the restaurant retains a vintage flair and offers an extensive menu of venerable Italian specialties as well as really good steaks—all delivered by tuxedoed waiters.  Most everything gets raves, but I can vouch for the ravioli Bolognese, eggplant Parmigiana, and New York steak grilled over mesquite charcoal.  When I ordered the New York with a baked potato, the waiter asked me why I would come to an Italian restaurant to order steak and potato.  I was nonplussed then, but after I ate my steak I would have replied “because it is sooo goood!”  The traditional spaghetti with meat sauce and giant meat balls is also very popular.  

Original Joe's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

neon sign outside Original Joe's in San Jose, California

New York steak at Original Joe's in San Jose, California

spaghetti and giant meatball side Original Joe's in San Jose, California

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