As of this Thursday, San Jose foodies have a new lunchtime go-to with the opening of DoorDash's pop-up kitchen featuring six restaurant partners including New York's cult-favorite Milk Bar.
At the Westfield Oakridge shopping mall, the takeout and delivery-only concept—modeled after a similar DoorDash kitchen in Redwood City that opened two years ago—was designed to help culinary businesses expand their revenue without the expense and challenges of traditional brick-and-mortar restaurants.
DoorDash Kitchens San Jose brings together some beloved eateries from the Bay Area and beyond. Here's who's cooking.
Aria Korean Street Food
The popular restaurant with locations in SoMa, the TenderNob, and Redwood City comes to San Jose with its quick, homestyle Korean-American street food. The KFC (Korean fried chicken) is Aria's signature dish, appearing in savory and glazed iterations in tacos, rice bowls, and combos with dipping sauce. Also try the Bulgogi Kimbap (Korean sushi rolls with rib-eye beef, rice, and soy sauce braised fish cakes and veggies). // ariasf.com
Canter's moved from New Jersey to Los Angeles back in 1931 and remains one of the Golden State's oldest and most iconic Jewish-style delis (and even has a solid celebrity following). Now, the star deli is bringing La La Land's best pastrami (so called by both the L.A. Times and L.A. Weekly) to NorCal with two locations, in Redwood City and San Jose. Get your mouth around the popular Reuben sandwich with grilled pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on grilled rye. Matzoh ball soup, potato pancakes, and more deli classics are also on offer. // cantersdeli.com
Curry Up Now
Launched in San Francisco in 2009, Curry Up Now has been dishing its approachable and contemporary take on traditional Indian flavors around the Bay Area, and now even has locations in Utah, Georgia, Texas, and New Jersey. From the San Jose kitchen, fans can order all their old favorites, including the tikka masala burrito, deconstructed samosa, kathi rolls, and Naughty naan. // curryupnow.com
Foodies will need no introduction to James Beard Award–winning pastry chef Christina Tosi. You've either seen her on Chef's Table or you've had the pleasure of tasting her sweets, whether at David Chang's Momofuku Ssäm Bar, at one of Tosi's bakeries (locations across the country include New York City and Los Angeles), or at her recent San Francisco and Redwood City pop-ups. Now, Tosi's Milk Bar is giving some sugar to San Jose in the form of addictive, creative treats made with everyday pantry ingredients such as cereal, potato chips, and pretzels. Her colorful layered birthday cakes are the stuff of your inner child's dreams (and even come in a gluten-free option), and her assorted truffles, cookies, and pies make great gifts for your loved ones or, you know, yourself (wink). // milkbarstore.com
This spinoff of The Melt will satisfy your cravings for burgers, fries, and mac and cheese. You know the drill: There are Meltburgers with the signature Angus and Wagyu beef, melted cheddar, and jalapeño-pickle mix on brioche buns; garlic parmesan fries; the grilled three-cheese; patty melts; and Melty Mac. // themelt.com
YiFang Taiwan Fruit Tea
YiFang Taiwan Fruit Tea is not your typical boba place. Seasonal produce and fresh real juices come straight from Taiwan to be incorporated in fruit teas and tea lattes—no artificial syrups or powders here. The signature fruit tea is crafted with Songboling mountain tea, passionfruit, pineapple, and organic cane sugar. Also try the brown sugar pearl matcha or cocoa lattes. Additional locations can be found throughout the Bay Area. // yifangteausa.com
// Order for delivery or pickup from DoorDash Kitchen at Westfield Oakridge, 925 Blossom Hill Rd. (San Jose), westfield.com/oakridge/restaurants.