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5 Things to Love

Old-school (and Still Cool) Restaurants

By Stett Holbrook


SILICON VALLEY places a premium on the new. New technology. New construction. New products. When it comes to restaurants, diners are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest, too. But here are five restaurants that have not faded with age.

Andy's Bar-B-Que Although it's in a new Santa Clara location now, Andy's has been serving up oak-smoked meats for more than 40 years now. 2367 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. 408.249.8158.

Chef Chu's Open since 1970, Chef Chu's still packs them in. 1067 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. 650.948.2696.

Le Papillon Old does not mean fusty. Check out 29-year-old Le Papillon's contemporary French menu for proof. 410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose. 408.296.3730.

Vahl's Although Amelia Vahl is no longer with us, the 65-year-old Alviso restaurant that bears her name still is. 1513 El Dorado St, Alviso. 408.262.0731.

Vung Tau It's hard to believe that a Vietnamese restaurant could be considered old-school, but still stylish Vung Tau is 21 years old and counting. 535 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.288.9055


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