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Stanford Staff Favorites:  Where to Eat
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  Link   Crepes Cafe
Inexpensive, outdoor dining, with delicious crepes and very good service. Make a meal with the savories and/or try the sweet crepes for dessert. Very yummy. Bonus: for parents of younger kids, there's a large selection of kiddie books and toys to keep them occupied.
  Link   Palo Alto Creamery, Stanford and Palo Alto
I don't know if it's possible to come to California without hitting up a diner. The creamery draws me in for their thick shakes, burgers, chili dogs and assortment of pies. They also serve up a big breakfast.
  Link   St. Michael's Alley, Palo Alto
If you like the restaurant-in-a-house experience, go here. This is a great choice for a cozy, neighborhood experience. The food is amazing and don't pass on dessert. I can still taste that warm spice cake with cinnamon gelato... They are renowned for the Blue Monkey pancakes served at Sunday brunches. Reservations strongly encouraged for dinner.
  Link   La Fondue, Saratoga
Located in upscale Saratoga, La Fondue offers a wide variety of classy fondue options in a plush environment.
  Link   Zibibbo, Palo Alto
Zibibbo is located in a renovated victorian home in downtown Palo Alto. The food is "pan-mediterranean." Named one of the 20 best American restaurants by the readers of Gourmet magazine.
  Link   California Cafe, Palo Alto
Located in the historic Stanford Barn, with both indoor and outdoor dining, California Cafe boasts a wide selection of fresh "California Cuisine."
  Link   Cooleatz, Menlo Park and Stanford
Chef Jesse Cool is known for her local, organic, seasonal, healthful foods and sustainable practices. She has 3 restaurant locations--all different, all highly recommended! Flea Street Cafe is dinner-only and pricey (but phenomenal!). Cool Cafe (lunch only; located in the Cantor Arts Center on campus which is also worth a visit!) and ZCool Eatery (lunch and weekend brunch).
  Link   Hobee's Restaurant, Palo Alto
An easy walk from the Sheraton or Westin, Hobee's is best known for their breakfasts, and their best known breakfast item is their awesome coffee cake. Love their special tea too, and most everything on the menu--omelets, scrambles, special hasbrowns. Non-breakfast items are good too!
  Link   Village Cheese House, Palo Alto
A funky deli in Town & Country Village, just a short walk from the Sheraton and Westin. GREAT sandwiches--especially the "old-fashioned" type, which include a goopy mayo-mustard spread. The place also carries a somewhat strange assortment of candy and international foods. Lines can be long at lunch time.
  Link   Cascal, Mountain View
A local favorite for "Tapas." Old World taste meets New World appeal at Cascal. This vibrant restaurant concept brings the traditions of Spain, with its savory flavors and warm hospitality, together with the exotic culture of Latin America. To savor the house specialties at the lively bar which won the coveted title of Best Bar in town, Cascal recommends you try its Cuban classic Mojito, Brazil's national cocktail called Caipirinha and the Spanish House Made Sangria. $$$
  Link   Coupa Cafe, Palo Alto
If you have a passion for a really good cup of coffee and just can't bring yourself to another Starbucks, then definitely try our local coffee mecca the Coupa Cafe. For the late night or early morning "pick me up" - try the extra special hot chocolate or if you are feeling adventurous, try the "spicy" mexican hot cocoa. $$
  Link   Frankie Johnnie & Luigi Too, Mountain View
Locals grew up on Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi Too!, which has been serving generations of faithful clientele for over 49 years in Mountain View (original location). One of the few "joints" in the area to serve award winning pizza and a full complement of southern style Italian cuisine that's just as good. $$
  Link   Paxti's Pizza, Palo Alto
Paxti's serves up tasty Chicago-style and thin crust pizzas that are oh-so-good. The location is right off of University Avenue and across the street from the movies, so you can make it a whole evening of fun. Call ahead to shorten the wait - a thin crust pizza takes about 20 minutes and the Chicago-style can take 30-40 minutes.