Main Street Bagel – San Jose CA

1708 Oakland Rd #600

San Jose, CA 95131

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Located in the busy H-Mart shopping center off of Oakland Road and Brokaw Road in San Jose, Main Street Bagel serves up a large variety of tasty bagels and sandwich options. On this visit, we decided to order some breakfast bagels. We ordered the egg, cheese, and sausage on a scored garlic bagel; and the egg, bacon, avocado, tomato, and cheese on a cheese bagel. After placing our bagel order, we went to the register to pay for the two bagels and ordered a cappuccino. After a short wait, our bagels and coffee were ready. The egg, cheese and sausage bagel tasted OK, but the bagel itself was the real flavor provider in the meal. The egg was very fluffy, but it was disappointing to see the eggs being cooked in a microwave. The egg, bacon, avocado, tomato, and cheese was also tasty on the cheese bagel, with the bacon providing most of the flavor, but this bagel sandwich was extremely hard to hold due to the number of toppings included. The avocado and cheese kept falling out. The inclusion of the tomato and avocado made the bagel seem healthier than it was. The cappuccino tasted a bit bitter, so I had to add a bunch of sugar and chocolate to sweeten it up, and pretty much made a mocha out of it. Overall, Main Street Bagel serves up tasty bagels. The breakfast bagels are OK, but it would be nice to have fresh eggs on the griddle. Service is OK here, and prices are reasonable. If you want to avoid going to large chain bagel shops, then Main Street Bagel would be the way to go for a good bagel.

Chick’n Rice – San Jose CA

1078 E Brokaw Rd #40

San Jose, CA 95131

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Located at the busy intersection of East Brokaw Road and Oakland Road in San Jose, Chick’n Rice serves up varieties of chicken rice plates to the masses. This Thai street food joint offers many popular dishes, and I was able to try one of them today. I selected the fried khao mun gai (fried KMG), which was a fried chicken with sweet Thai chili sauce over chicken rice served with sliced cucumbers and Chinese broccoli. The chicken itself was quite juicy and tender, but the crispy breading was quite thick and crunchy. The chicken went well dipped in the sauce. The Chinese broccoli was tender and tasty, which went well with the refreshing cucumber. The rice was very flavorful and fragrant. The meal was also served with a side of chicken broth soup, which was very rich and refreshing. Overall, the meal was quite fulfilling and tasty, other than the fact the breading not as appetizing.  Prices are reasonable and service was excellent. If you are in the mood for a tasty Chicken rice plate, then Chick’n Rice is the place to be.

Mod Pizza

771 Ikea Ct Suite 100

West Sacramento, CA 95605

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Located in the IKEA shopping center, MOD Pizza serves up customized pizzas cooked to your liking at reasonable prices. Like Pieology and Blaze pizza, MOD Pizza does the same with their own variations. When we entered the restaurant, it was not too busy, and we were able to quickly place our order. We ordered one predefined pizza called the jasper, which included red sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, and spicy sausage; and we also ordered a custom pizza with red sauce, garlic, mozzarella, Parmesan, basil, roasted broccoli, roasted corn, spinach, bacon, ground beef, mild Italian sausage, spicy Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, and salami with red sauce dollops finish. Both pizzas were cooked in a reasonable time after payment. The jasper had a nice balance of flavors and was very cheesy. The customized pizza was a bit over the top with the sheer number of toppings included. The roasted broccoli flavor did not go very well with the rest of the pizza, but it made the monstrosity of a pizza seem healthier. Service was great and the prices are reasonable. Compared with the flavors and topping varieties of the other quick-pizza restaurants,  I would put MOD Pizza at the top, then Pieology, and then Blaze. I would definitely recommend MOD Pizza if you haven’t tried them already.

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