San Pedro Square Market
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Not Your Usual Fare at San Pedro Square Market
This market comprises two buildings built around an outdoor eating area and the Peralta Adobe (the oldest building in San Jose). It's busy on the weekends and before events at the nearby SAP Center; I waited for a less crowded Wednesday night before I ventured in. It's different from what I thought it would be. Each building is basically a food court, interspersed with eating areas and a few small retail shops, with a lot of TVs anchored throughout, tuned to sporting events. The Garage Bar was nearly empty when I was there (see the picture), but throughout the rest of the market there was still a good crowd of families, businesspeople and college students hanging out in the eating areas (an assortment of communal and individual tables). The market has nearly 20 eateries to choose from -- everything from tacos and hot dogs to oysters and local artisan cheese. The food choices are eclectic (CaliDog, for instance, sells "fusion" hot dogs, including one with roasted seaweed) and a bit pricey. I spent about $12 at the Konjoe Burger Bar for a pork belly "burger" topped with apple slices and Vietnamese chili sauce, with a big side of seasoned potato wedges. I followed that with a "death by chocolate" cupcake from the Chocatoo dessert bar for $6.50. Both the burger and the dessert were worth every bite. If, unlike me, you prefer a more-crowded venue, check out the market on a Friday night, when there's live music (mostly jazz) playing on the outdoor stage.
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