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The Phoenix Veg Cafe & Juice Bar Provides a Safe Haven of Breakfast and Lunch

The Phoenix Veg Cafe & Juice Bar Provides a Safe Haven of Breakfast and Lunch

On the quiet end of downtown Mountain View, The Phoenix Veg Cafe & Juice Bar provides a safe haven of breakfast and lunch choices. Large green fronds against a reed wall provide a welcoming backdrop and small plants on the cafe-sized tables carry on the…

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Oxford Gastropub Embraces Contemporary California Food Trends

Oxford Gastropub Embraces Contemporary California Food Trends

Historic Murphy Street in Sunnyvale is a slice of Americana. A ramen shop sits across the street from a Thai spot flanked by a Mexican cantina and a pizzeria. Sycamores line the cobblestone street where an old couple strolls arm-in-arm next to a mother scolding…

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Dumpling Masters Din Tai Fung Start New South Bay Dynasty

Dumpling Masters Din Tai Fung Start New South Bay Dynasty

When it comes to soup dumplings (xiao long bao or XLB), one name has international acclaim above all others: Din Tai Fung. Guffaw all you want at the ubiquity of restaurant chains, but when a 60-year-old dumpling giant opens in our area, it is a…

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Avocado Runs Free at Downtown Poki

Avocado Runs Free at Downtown Poki

Downtown Poki doesn’t charge extra for avocado. Operating in the same room as Dakao, an authentic Vietnamese sandwich shop, the latest addition to San Jose’s burgeoning poke scene has done away with price-jacking California’s state fruit, and thrown a novel spin of Japanese-Hawaiian-Vietnamese fusion on…

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2nd Story Bakeshop Cooks New Chapter

2nd Story Bakeshop Cooks New Chapter

2nd Story Bakeshop‘s inviting space is actually on the first floor. Christa, the friendly clerk, tells me “second story” refers to the second episode of one owner’s career. The dark-stained ceiling boards, a counter made of fruit crates and wood shelves were all handmade. Two…

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Saratoga Boasts Brunch Gem in Bell Tower Café

Saratoga Boasts Brunch Gem in Bell Tower Café

An actual bell tower on top of the Bell Tower Café gives this downtown Saratoga eatery a bit of a European flair. An espresso machine straight from Rome graces the countertop and goes oh so well with the hammered tin ceiling. The minimalist glass displays…

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LYFE Kitchen Sticks to Healthy Tenants in Cupertino

LYFE Kitchen Sticks to Healthy Tenants in Cupertino

It’s a bustling time for new restaurant chains in Silicon Valley, as retail developments grow rapidly and diners begin to embrace mixed models of dining. LYFE Kitchen is not a newcomer—a highly regarded flagship restaurant opened in 2011 in Palo Alto. But while the brand…

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Eureka! Brings Stellar Bar Program, Burgers to 2 New Locations

Eureka! Brings Stellar Bar Program, Burgers to 2 New Locations

Repurposed wood booths and a remix of classic American dishes make Eureka! the culinary equivalent of American sportswear: casual but slightly sophisticated. The chain out of Redlands is opening locations in both Cupertino and Mountain View (the latter coming later this month), and the “Made…

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Pints for Pups Fundraiser Returns to Strike Brewery

Pints for Pups Fundraiser Returns to Strike Brewery

Beer’s best friend—men and women—made enough of a difference in the lives of at-risk shelter pets last year, that the Pints for Pups fundraiser will return for a second installment Saturday, April 16, at Strike Brewery. The brainchild of Paul Anderson, a member of the…

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Deluxe’s Killer Brunch Ranges from Comfort Food to Decadent

Deluxe’s Killer Brunch Ranges from Comfort Food to Decadent

Deluxe has all the trappings of a respectable hipster eatery. Casual jazz and hip-hop plays over brunch-time speakers. A neon Marilyn Monroe autograph rests above the door by the bar, which has a boomerang shape. A gaudy chandelier hangs over a dining room with high-top…

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