Downtown San Jose’s newest restaurant is nothing to keep hush-hush. Just a few blocks from campus on South Second Street, Whispers Cafe and Creperie provides a refreshing change from the fast food-heavy area.
After 11 years in Belmont, Calif., owner Danny Qutami decided to branch out and open two more locations: one on Brokaw Road and another on Second Street. Opened August 14, the Second Street location sits where Clubhouse Restaurant and Sports Lounge once was. Qutami said that the mixture of businesses, residences and the close proximity to San Jose State attracted him to the location.
Added onto the front of the building is a European-style patio with glass partitions separating customers from the outside hustle without feeling like a cage. The light brown tables and wicker chairs are shaded by large umbrellas and sit far enough away from each other to make you feel like your conversation is safe from your neighbor’s ears.
It’s a short walk through the patio and the double glass doors before you truly enter Whispers. Dark mahogany tables, some raised, others not, line the perimeter of the restaurant to leave room for walking customers and the bar that sits just past the counter. There is no reason to wonder what’s going on behind a wall, because you can see nearly everything.
After that, you’ll probably notice the menu, a large blackboard with colorful items that takes up the wall behind the counter. Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet like a crepe, or something savory like a steak, the extensive menu has something for everyone. For breakfast, there are options from omelets to French toast and pancakes. There are just as many options for lunch and dinner: sandwiches, tacos, burgers, seafood, soups and salads.
Whispers is the perfect place for a student looking for a bite to eat and some peace and quiet to work on their homework. Prices range from $6.75 for a crepe to $16.95 for a New York Steak. Make sure to show the cashier your student ID for a 10 percent discount. While you eat, you can connect to the free Wi-Fi Whispers offers.
The biggest problem I encountered at Whispers was trying to finish all of the food. The portion was well worth every cent. I ordered the pesto sandwich, which had chicken breast on focaccia bread piled high with tomatoes, crisp lettuce and peppers. I had to take half of my sandwich home with me for the next day’s lunch. I was never short on soda or water because of the attentive staff.
If you’re looking for a place to socialize while you eat, Whispers has you covered with their daily happy hour. Every Monday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., draft beers are $3, margaritas are $4 and drink specials and appetizers are $5.
Whispers Cafe and Creperie adds a special aspect to the downtown restaurant scene that was missing: reasonably priced large portions and a place to get some work done or visit with friends. It is the kind of place you can plan on revisiting.