Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub and Restaurant | Crawdaddy | Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club | Vung Tau | Ziba Restaurant

Get Swept Up in the Irish Culture at Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub and Restaurant Near Avalon on the Alameda in San Jose

St. Patrick's Day is the perfect time to visit Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, located not far from Avalon on the Alameda. Though the local pub is bustling year-round, on St. Patrick's Day the vibe is especially festive, so make plans to celebrate there this year. Irish step dancers arrive to entertain the masses, and Celtic and Irish music pump from Lilly Mac's speakers.

Like the rest of the year, the menu offers classic Irish dishes including shepherd's pie, Irish stew, and bangers and mash. Order one of the Irish eats and a pint of beer or shot of whiskey, then settle in for a game. Lilly Mac's always shows whichever game is on that evening, local or international. Come here to watch rugby or soccer matches being held across the pond. You can also take a stab at trivia on Mondays. The categories include music, movies, and pictures, and the winners get a $50 discount on their bill. If you're just interested in enjoying some live music, grab a pint or a meal on a Friday or Saturday at Lilly Mac's.

Lilly Mac’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
187 S. Murphy Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(408) 732-0200

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Crawdaddy Near Avalon on the Alameda: Where the Cajun-Style Crawfish is the Main Draw

If you're looking for some of the best Cajun and Creoloe fare in San Jose, many locals will point you in the direction of Crawdaddy. There's even some ink to back up the suggestion — the restaurant was named one of Yelp's best Cajun/Creole eateries in the area as well as the Metro's Best of Silicon Valley in 2013 and 2014. So if you're in the mood for some flavor-infused crawfish, make the short trip from Avalon on the Alameda.

The Cajun-style boiled crawfish is the main draw here, but there is much more on the menu. There's a variety of boiled, buttered, and fried seafood dishes including boiled crab, garlic butter shrimp, raw or fried oysters, and deep-fried catfish. The Cajun cuisine doesn't end there. Order a side of fries with Cajun seasoning to go with your crawfish, which comes fresh from Louisiana, or the lobster and crab, which arrives alive at Crawdaddy to guarantee freshness. In fact, the owners tout the fact that all of the food here is fresh, and never frozen.

779 Story Road
San Jose, CA 95122
(408) 286-2729

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Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club Near Avalon on the Alameda: Where Famous Comedians First Earned Laughs

Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen Degeneres, and Marc Maron have all graced the stage at Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, a legendary spot in Sunnyvale known for launching the careers of several now-famous comedians. You might not expect that to be the case from the size of Rooster T. Feathers. It's relatively small, perhaps medium-sized at best—a far cry from the massive theaters where the aforementioned performers now put on shows. They wouldn't make it to the larger venues without first honing their skills in front of smaller crowds, though, which is why more intimate comedy clubs are so important.

Guests also like the fact that Rooster T. Feathers is small since it makes for a more personal performance. Plus, it's one of the few comedy clubs in the Bay Area. So if you could use a laugh and a night away from Avalon on the Alameda, make the short trip to Rooster T. Feathers to see up-and-coming comedians perform.

Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club
157 W. El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 736-0921

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Vung Tau: Authentic Vietnamese Fare, Not Far From Avalon on the Alameda in San Jose

Vung Tau has a reputation for serving food that's truly authentic, and it didn't take long for San Jose to catch on to the not-so-well-kept secret.

Located just a short trip away from Avalon on the Alameda, Vung Tau dishes out classic eats such as braised pork belly, shaking beef, and deep-fried fish. Chefs bring together influences from Thailand, France, and China to craft the exotic fare. Enjoy your preferred dish in the upscale atmosphere at Vung Tau, which is complete with fresh white tablecloths and muted earth tones.

Vung Tau
535 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 288-9055

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Ziba Restaurant: Enjoy Authentic Persian Fare Not Far From Avalon on the Alameda

If you're looking for an eatery that serves Persian food, many San Jose residents will point you in the direction of Ziba Restaurant. The establishment, located just a short distance from Avalon on the Alameda, serves authentic Persian fare that some guests consider to be the best in the area.

Plan a night out to dinner with your significant other or invite some of your friends to dine at Ziba Restaurant. To settle your growling stomach a bit, order an appetizer to enjoy before you meal arrives at the table. Opt for the mixed vegetable dish or the basmati rice that is fried and crispy and served with your choice of stew. For your main course, consider the chicken, veggie, or beef tenderloin kabobs or the Persian burrito with beef or chicken. Other popular entrees include the lamb shank and rice, the sauteed walnuts with pomegranate sauce, and the herb stew.

Ziba Restaurant
4628 Meridian Avenue
San Jose, CA 95124
(408) 267-1288

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