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Eat Local In Willow Glen

By Barbara Krause | Last Updated March 29, 2017
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Ask any Willow Glen resident what they love about living in this tree-lined enclave in San Jose and they will cite the true neighborhood feel and Lincoln Avenue. “The Avenue” is the heart of the community and a place where I first let my kids go off by themselves. It’s also a place where people walk from their homes for good food. They line up for house-made ravioli from Bertucelli’s La Villa, hearty breakfasts at Bill’s Café and John’s, colorful Tex-Mex at Aqui and upscale dining at Siena Bistro and Vin Santo.

Fresh, seasonal and handcrafted fare is appreciated in Willow Glen, and here are a few of our favorites.

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