One of the beautiful things about living in a large city is the variety of food that is available, allowing you to stretch yourself beyond the national food chains (whose menus are predicated upon the lowest common taste denominator). A little place that I especially enjoy (and a San Jose original) is a fast food teriyaki joint known as Happi House. Started in 1976 in San Jose’s Japantown, the restaurant known for its fast, “California” style teriyaki became a chain, with a current six locations around the San Jose area. A great place to go for quick bite, the chain serves both meals and a la carte style food, with the meals generally consisting of a central meat choice, accompanied by their Asian chicken salad, white or brown (beef) rice, and a few pieces of tempura. The real draw here is the teriyaki sauce. I don’t know what they put in it (they say that they don’t add any MSG) but the stuff is ADDICTIVE. The spicy teriyaki sauce is especially delicious, and a step outside the usual. You can even buy a bottle to take home if you like (oh, and I do!) Visit the updated original Japantown location off Taylor and 5th for extra urban originality points!