The Happy Hooligans

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    ( 25 reviews )
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1711 Branham Lane Ste A9, San Jose, California, USA, 95118

Fusion cuisine restaurant Happy Bamboo rebranded Jan 2016 to The Happy Hooligans. Offers Western and Mexican dishes with a few other cuisines such as Hungarian goulash. Small, family-operated. Open Tue-Sun 11:30am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, International, Mexican, Asian

25 Reviews

First Review by dogmother

great menu - Edit

I've been 3 times recently. I'm new to the vegan lifestyle and this place has been fantastic! Absolutely love the buffalo cauliflower bites (I crave them) the ranch tastes superb! The jicama rolls are amazing, light and fresh if your looking for a more healthy option. I'm also gluten free which is so difficult while transitioning and the have their menu labeled so clearly to accommodate allergies. My husband and good friend both had the Reuben and raved about it and have had it twice since. I loved the flautas for that yummy crispy deep fried yumminess. The sour cream was on point! Hope you enjoy this place as much as we do! I have a 3 and 6 yr old boys who have a love for food and they love this place!! They had the breakfast bowl and it split well, a very hearty portion with lots of flavor for the kiddos.

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My husband is not vegan and this is one of his favorite restaurants. - Edit

Everything so far has been AMAZING! Carnitas enchiladas, shrimp po boy sandwich, and the backyard BBQ burger.

Pros: All vegan. No need for Q&A.

Cons: Addictive (really addictive)

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This place is freaking delicious!!! - Edit

A friend recommended this place and I went 2 times within a week. My new favorite vegan place in the area! The pioneer burger was sooo good with the cashew pesto fries and then the smores cake for dessert...OMG, the next time I tried the buffalo cauliflower and its a MUST try!! The staff is very friendly, food is super delicious and service is good and quick! they also sell plantbased cheese and sauces. Don't understimate it because it's in an old strip mall from the 90s, it's totally worth it!!

Pros: Delicious food, nice staff, great prices

Cons: None!

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Best Vegan Comfort Food - Edit

My wife and I had three items (all vegan, so no need to add that word to every item, right?) We shared a Buffalo Cauliflower appetizer (crispy, deep fried? spicy as expected with Buffalo, tasty ranch dressing, very impressive overall), I went for the Breakfast Burrito (who can resist Breakfast All Day at a vegan place? Liked the ham, scrambled tofu, pico de gallo, cheese sauce, but wish the potatoes were not deep fried tater tots), she had the Reuben (amazing thin-sliced seitan in corned beef style, had to ask how they do that but of course no one would tell me). Many choices on the two-sided diner-style menu, wish we'd gone a little healthier but fell for the allure of plant-based comfort food. We want to come back and try the other 200 items.

Pros: Flavor, Choices, All vegan

Cons: Not so healthy

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First Visit - Edit

We arrived at 8:15pm after a graduation to be told that we may want to order take-out as they close at 9:00pm. Since we live in Santa Cruz this didn't seem like a desirable option, but we have been waiting for an excuse to be in the area and try the food. We did order and enjoyed the meal, though we felt rushed.

Pros: Diverse menu

Cons: Small dining area

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I actually teared up - Edit

It's been decades since I ate this naughtily. When she put the burger in front of me she said "good luck." It was so big and rich it made me want to save a horse by riding a cowboy.

Seriously, this place is the kind of food we watch out non-vegan friends eat with ease but we can't find anywhere except the Chicago diner (maybe.) Well, now you can waddle out a happy hooligan indeed after destroying your diet with fatty bliss.

Pros: Affordable, Good bad for you food

Cons: Inconvenient if you live in the northeast

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yum! - Edit

Cute, yummy place that made me want to come back every single time.

Pros: all vegan options

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Amazing food - Edit

I came here for the first time and it was very good! Everything I had tasted authentic and homemade. Try their cauliflower buffalo bites and their jack fruit tacos and burritos :p. Their dessert is very good too.

Pros: Homemade and authentic.

Cons: The place is tiny so get there early.

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Favorite Spot - Edit

I'm a regular here because it's the best of San Jose in my opinion. I love the staff, the food and vibe. The burgers and nachos are to die for!

Pros: friendly staff, fresh, fully vegan

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Great food! - Edit

I've been wanting to try this place for a while and am so glad I was finally able to visit. The menu is huge and it was hard to make a choice.

I had the Dream Burger which was really delicious. My son had the nachos and he really enjoyed them. I also had the Vietnamese Ice Coffee which was creamy, sweet and cold.

I wish I lived closer to this restaurant so I could visit more often.

They had a sign in the restaurant (and also posted on their web site) that says they will be phasing out their Asian menu items so they can continue to offer a variety of other comfort food items.

Pros: Great variety of choices, Reasonable prices

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Not bad. - Edit

The stir fry veggie meats are real tasty. The pho tast d like warm water with black pepper, no flavor at all. That's all we tried. :)

Pros: tasty meats, friendly server

Cons: weak azz pho, small portions

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best burgers in the world! - Edit

Best burgers ever!!!!! I don't mind having to be on the road for two hours just to get one of them. I love, love, love them!!!!

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Tasty! - Edit

Our service was prompt and the food delicious. Ordered the Buffalo Bites with the ranch on the side. Not too spicy and well-balanced flavor. The Double Decker Bus was huge and filling. Would get a burger with a single patty next time just because it's a lot of faux meat! Ordered the Orange Bliss and added broccoli and brown rice- it was a solid sweet-and-sour vegan chicken dish. All food came out in a timely manner. Large portions and a huge menu!

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A must visit! - Edit

I have been coming to this restaurant for years. Now under new ownership, they are keeping it going and making upgrades. The menu has altered but still has the classics, western and eastern as well as some new additions. I've never had a bad meal here and stop by every time I'm in San Jose.

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great food, terrible service - Edit

The food was awesome. However, the waitress there (pink hair), was incredibly rude to myself and several costumes near me. She was unresponsive and short.

However, we received table-side service from the chef who was lovely. And the food was great!

Pros: wide selection of food, delicious food, great chef

Cons: waitress was rude

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very family oriented and welcoming - Edit

Their vegan cheese is the best I have ever had! Me and my family come specifically for that. The owner is so nice and willing to share all of her recipes. We will drive all the from Gilroy just to eat here. Good food, good people. Service can be a little slow cuz everything is made from scratch daily and to order. Worth it!

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Same great food now called The Happy Hooligans - Edit

I drove around the strip mall just to be sure "The Happy Hooligans" was in fact the restaurant "Happy Bamboo." Glad I went in. They have be wide variety of vegan Asian, Mexican and other comfort food.

The Burrito I had was huge and very good. Next time I'll try something more adventurous Asian fare.

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Great first impression - Edit

This is the first vegan restaurant I've tried since deciding to transition to veganism and it's great. Their jicama rolls with peanut sauce are a must try. There's a lot to choose from here.

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So many options! - Edit

This is another go-to for my husband and I, particularly because they have so many options. I attempt to try something new everytime I'm there. I've had the pad thai (ehh...), fish sticks (so good, their tartar sauce, yum!), tacos with "shrimp" (I really liked these! especially their rice and beans), chikn burrito (really hated the flavor of the chikn, had to throw it away), spaghetti and meatballs, burger, mac and cheese, egg rolls, and buffalo cauliflower. For the most part I really like a lot of their food, they have great desserts. Don't come here if you're in a hurry, the service is good but the food is cooked fresh and takes time.

Pros: all-vegan, lots of options, inexpensive

Cons: slower service

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No Substitution - Edit

The food is great except the Vietnamese sandwiches (a little bland). Only issue is the owner won't let you substitute or change anything about the food. I know the cheese is vegan but I don't like cheese on my burger so why can't I leave it off? The lay is nice, just stubborn...like a mom. Drumsticks are a must have!

Pros: Tastes Great, Adorable

Cons: No Substitution

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Yummers ! - Edit

This place is sooooo yummy and so affordable. The owner is a sweetheart. She came out and conversed with us, not in the.."I have to do this cause I'm the owner" way, but she really talks, shares, recommends and genuinely cares about what you think.I can't wait to go back again !

Pros: Yummers !

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Good food, nice folks - Edit

Good food - my favorite is the seaweed salad. Some dishes are a little too heavy on the faux meats for my tastes but I like lots of veggies. Service is sometimes slow, but owner & staff are very friendly.

Pros: good value, friendly staff

Cons: inconsistent service

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Happy Bamboo, San Jose, California - Edit

This is one of my favorite vegan restaurants. It has an extensive menu and the owner, Binh, is great to talk with. So far as I can tell from the menu, Happy Bamboo is true-blue vegan and so should probably be reclassified in the HappyCow description. It would be good if Binh and the HappyCow staff could check with each other to see if this is warranted.

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Amazing Burgers - Edit

My girlfriend saw the restaurant the other day so we came back and eat there. Best vegetarian food! I didn't realize how close this was to my house. I'm gonna be a regular.

Pros: Amazing Burgers!, Delicious Food, Extremely Friendly Staff

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pleasant surprise! - Edit

We visited this restaurant for the first time and were pleasantly surprised. I had the lemon grass veggie chicken and my husband had the veggie chicken teriyaki. The owners made rounds to check on customers, and the service was very good. We also saw several customers who appeared to be regulars. The food was VERY good. The lemongrass veggie chicken was spicy but not too spicy---just right! Prices are also good: all under $10.00. I think we will become regulars too. :)

Pros: tasty food, service, price

Cons: none

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