Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life: Must Be The High Life Indeed If Adam Richman Was Here

301 W. St. John St
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 295-5414

My friend of mine was in town and wanted to grab a bite to eat at this place, so I said sure. What makes this place more interesting is that it was on Man vs Food and is really close to the HP Pavillion. As with any bar-type place, this joint is sure to be filled on any big game day. The day I went there seemed to be an event at the arena but my friend and I were lucky enough to sort of beat the rush. I say sort of because we still had to wait at least 30 minutes to be seated, but there were more people after us than in front of us.

When you first enter the restaurant, it’s kind of confusing because it’s a bar area and there is no host/hostess that comes to you to ask you how many people are in your party. Are you supposed to wait? Do you seat yourself? Yea, weird but we figured it out eventually. Unique to this place, you go take a number, decide what you want to order before being seated. When your number is finally called, the busboy comes to take your order and then asks how many are in your group. Then it’s more waiting until your food is ready and you are seated.

After eating the complimentary garlic bread, which was full of buttery goodness, our orders arrived. We had ordered the baby back ribs (1/2 rack) and the BBQ Salmon, splitting everything in half so we can both have something to sample and blog about :). Each dish also comes a baked potato with their special seasoned butter. YUM! No offense, but I think I’d come back just for the baked potato; the butter was just that good.

As for the main courses, the ribs are worth getting. Tender and well-seasoned, definitely one of the items to order if I am ever here again. In comparison to one of our earlier BBQ joints, I’d say that the flavor is about the same for the baby back ribs (can’t really go wrong there unless you overcook it) except that the meat at Beach Pit BBQ was even more tender and slid right off the bone while at Hi-Life I still had to get my hands dirty and chomp the meat off with my teeth.

Moving onto our other main dish, the BBQ Salmon. I wouldn’t suggest ordering this dish because there really wasn’t anything special about it and the meat was kind of dry. I usually prefer my salmon to be more moist and soft. We only ordered this dish because we figured there’s not really any point in ordering BBQ chicken at a barbeque restaurant. Overall, if you like BBQ, Hi-Life is worth giving a try. Obviously, you can’t come here expecting to have a cheap meal but it’s probably worth the food when you want to celebrate after a Sharks game :).


~ by thankgoditsfood on December 17, 2009.

One Response to “Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life: Must Be The High Life Indeed If Adam Richman Was Here”

  1. Woo hoo! Yay to living the Hi Life.

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