UMAMI MART MATSURI FESTIVAL
Christi considers herself quite the rotisserie chicken connoisseur, and she had been raving about her discovery of "the best roasted chicken" for months. Naglee Park Garage is a cute little brick house (lots of house restaurants in SJ) near its namesake park, close to SJ State.


I would call this place old-school-garage-knick-knacky-cool. There's even a bike propped up high on the wall. Lots of locals coming through- the cool 30s set, lots of friends of the owner/chef, who is this hot young guy with his head wrapped in a red bandanna. It's just a fun atmosphere, a neighborhood spot where people can come and chat with each other and crack jokes- love that. They have outdoor seating too.

Started with a mug of Boont Amber Ale. Delish- check out the head! The brewery is in Boonville, north of SF.

We got three sides- the roasted brussel sprouts, sweet potato home fries, and the mac & cheese. Veggies in season, all excellent:

Mike got the duck confit with apricot compote- the apricots were perfect with the duck. Inspires me to start cooking with them too.

We got 2 of the marjoram rubbed 1/2 chickens- surprisingly flavorful all the way to the bone. Not fussy, just herbs and chicken. Simple, I like it:
Of course I ate all the skin. Is that bad? Christi and I had a huge debate about dark vs. white meat. I'm sorry, but white meat bores the hell out of me- it's usually dry and tasteless. I stopped getting chicken nuggets at McD's cause they only have the white meat now. BORING. Although it's probably better this way.

Oh, don't worry, we got not one, but two of their bread puddings.

Their homemade lightly whipped cream poured over the bread pudding was divine.

I have to say that the sides were hands down the most memorable part of the meal. You would think that roasting vegetables is easy, but very few places actually get it right. I'm looking forward to going back and trying all their other seasonal offerings- they've got seafood and ribs and peppercorn encrusted steak, all at affordable price points. I'm a fan of the Garage.

The Naglee Park Garage
505 East San Carlos St.
@ 11th St.
San Jose, CA

T: 408.286.1100