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Good Vibes persist at South Side’s The Branham Lounge

Good Vibes persist at South Side’s The Branham Lounge

Who do these people think they are?” I pondered this question as a metallic pearl BMW sped away from the black Isetta I was piloting down Almaden Expressway. I’d borrowed the gorgeous compact vehicle from a friend and decided to slip below the belt of…

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Yayoi’s Futuristic Ordering System Offers Privacy, Comfort Food

Yayoi’s Futuristic Ordering System Offers Privacy, Comfort Food

Some elements of Japanese cuisine are a real oddity. Renowned for their exquisite use of ingredients and carefully crafted dishes, the Japanese are also responsible for the practice of ordering ramen from a digital screen and eating in an isolated stall. Such a paradox is…

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Shell Game: SJ Crawfish Joins Cajun-Vietnamese Crowd

Shell Game: SJ Crawfish Joins Cajun-Vietnamese Crowd

Break it in half and suck the head. That’s the motto for eating crawfish. There’s no better way to do it. For the uninitiated, crawfish are tiny lobster-like crustaceans found in muddy waters. When boiled with potatoes, Andouille sausage, corn, lots of butter and Cajun…

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Purple Onion Cafe to the Breakfast Rescue

Purple Onion Cafe to the Breakfast Rescue

The adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day might ring true in some respects, but many restaurants undermine this maxim with carb-overloaded, pre-diabetic plates that leave diners in a food coma. Then comes Purple Onion Cafe to rescue breakfast with its…

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Jack Holder’s: Ma and Pa’s Boozy Bites

Jack Holder’s: Ma and Pa’s Boozy Bites

We’re all searching for the newest brunch spot. Then comes a place like Jack Holder’s Restaurant and Bar. Owned and operated by Jack and Anne Holder, owners of the local Holder’s Country Inn chain, the venture is their first full-fledged restaurant since opening the original…

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A Turn for the Better in Los Altos

A Turn for the Better in Los Altos

Located in the thick of downtown Los Altos, Turn, a new addition to the dining scene, combines American comfort food with a farm-to-table and foodie twist on staples like burgers, pizza and steak. And then there are the cocktails. Owned by lifelong Los Altos residents Jim…

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Munch Madness: Silicon Valley Food Trucks Face Off

Munch Madness: Silicon Valley Food Trucks Face Off

It’s no stretch to say the South Bay foodie scene has gone a bit insane. The public now demands food on-demand, to exact gluten per-particle specifications, with assurances that the animals were given free range of motion before meeting a tender demise pre-tenderization. We also…

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Iconic British Bankers Club Returns in Style

Iconic British Bankers Club Returns in Style

British Bankers Club has been a neighborhood icon in Menlo Park stretching back nearly 40 years. But since its 2013 closure and subsequent three-year renovation, the restaurant’s latest incarnation—which opened in December—is a modern and elegantly restored version of its former self. The first thing…

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Stanford Shopping Center’s Terrain Cafe Excels in the Sweets Department

Stanford Shopping Center’s Terrain Cafe Excels in the Sweets Department

Before the food arrives at the table, the airy, charmingly decorated space inside Terrain Cafe commands attention. The Stanford Shopping Center’s newest fine dining addition attracts the eyes of of diners and passers-by alike, with its sky-high ceilings and vertical garden walls. The rustic restaurant…

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The Pastaria & Market Stands Out in bustling Los Gatos Scene

The Pastaria & Market Stands Out in bustling Los Gatos Scene

Los Gatos seems like a peaceful, sleepy town. That is until dinnertime, when all the good restaurants are impossibly packed and suddenly a reservation becomes a golden ticket. Such was the case on my first non-reservation visit to The Pastaria & Market. Upon entering, I…

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