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Kali Greek Kitchen Takes Minimal to the Max

Kali Greek Kitchen Takes Minimal to the Max

Kali Greek Kitchen is not the average gyro stand. That much is clear just upon setting foot in the cleverly designed space, which opened doors this past June on Palo Alto’s California Avenue. Boasting a minimalistic, Instagram-worthy aesthetic with a bright blue-and-white color palette reminiscent…

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San Patricios Gladly Fills Irish-Mexican Pub Void

San Patricios Gladly Fills Irish-Mexican Pub Void

Named for the legendary battalion of Irish immigrants, European expats, former slaves and U.S. Army defectors who fought alongside Mexico in the Mexican-American war of 1846, Irish pub San Patricios juxtaposes its multi-layered cultural influences while keeping things simple. It’s not the oldest bar on…

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Steins Breathes New Life into Cupertino Bar Scene

Steins Breathes New Life into Cupertino Bar Scene

On a hot summer evening, the living wall inside of Steins Beer Garden is a leafy green reprieve from the South Bay’s sweltering heat. The vertical garden, stacked to the ceiling with philodendron, is one of the many unique details found inside Steins’ new 6,500-square-foot…

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Getting Classy at Academic Coffee

Getting Classy at Academic Coffee

With hip-hop playing overhead and candied bacon served on Fridays, Academic Coffee is not a basic coffee shop, and nor is its history. Starting as a pop-up shop inside of downtown San Jose cocktail lounge Five Points, the coffee shop has since expanded to a stand-alone…

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Freshening Up at Saratoga Corner Cafe

Freshening Up at Saratoga Corner Cafe

On an unassuming corner of Saratoga—an area heavy with traffic but sparse for eateries—a new restaurant has taken root, bringing the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean to the South Bay’s Saratoga-Cupertino border. Opened less than six months ago by brothers Esam and Milad Shaquir, Saratoga…

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SoFA District Sprouts New Farmers Market

SoFA District Sprouts New Farmers Market

Roger Springall has heard the questions for years, but he never had a good answer. New residents would come into his downtown San Jose coffee shop, Caffe Frascati, and ask where to shop for groceries. Apart from the limited offerings of Safeway and Grocery Outlet,…

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Flights Answers the Question: Why Settle?

Flights Answers the Question: Why Settle?

Life is full of painful decisions, such as which burger to choose or which cocktail to order. If only we could try a little bit of everything on the menu. For the indecisive among us, Alex Hult has just the place. The owner of Hult’s…

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Worlds Collide at Asadero with Mix of BBQ, Mexican

Worlds Collide at Asadero with Mix of BBQ, Mexican

Near the point where The Alameda becomes El Camino Real, the slow cooking method of Southern barbecue has found a home in the tortilla-wrapped concoctions of Mexican cuisine. Asadero, a type of cheese that can also be loosely translated from Spanish to “hot spot,” offers…

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TAOB Pit Stop and the High Art of Smoked Meats

TAOB Pit Stop and the High Art of Smoked Meats

The tools an artist chooses can be a very personal decision. While most pick traditional instruments (e.g. guitar, paintbrush or pen), some pick more unorthodox options. Art Campos’ tools consists of wood, smoke, spices and meat—lots and lots of meat. What he does might sound…

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Square Bar Cafe: Inside the Insta Bubble

Square Bar Cafe: Inside the Insta Bubble

It was 100 degrees when I pulled up to a plaza of small Vietnamese restaurants and markets at Story Road and McLaughlin Avenue. Barren and aged, this looked to be the last place on earth to host the freshest, most Insta-worthy cafe in the South…

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