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I have to go down to Mountain View very early tomorrow morning. Any restaurant recommendations?

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  1. For lunch, plenty of options, I'm sure you can search this board and find lots of suggestions. Amber (near EL Camino and Rengstorff) does a nice lunch buffet, if you're in the mood for Indian. You can also just head down Castro, see what's open, depending on the time.

    For breakfast, there's Country Gourmet at El Camino and Rengstorff. I've never had breakfast there, but have heard a lot of good things. (Tried to go once, but got there just as the breakfast menu ended and lunch started, and had a pretty average lunch.) I've had a good breakfast at Dinah's Poolside before also, near El Camino and Charleston. There's also a couple branches of Hobee's in the area.

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    1. re: nsheth

      Thanks for the rec. My trip to MV turned out to be a wild goose chase, but at least CG was near where I was. Like your lunch, my breakfast of corned beef hash was pretty average. after working until 9 Friday I had made an impromptu hash from leftover bbq chicken and baked potatoes, which I considered to have been a failure. It was better than CG. The best thing about the breakfast was the bathroom and the Knott's Berry Farm preserves.

      I noticed a lot of tacquerias on Rennsdorff. Are any of them good?

      1. re: chocolatetartguy

        La Bamba taqueria and La Costena, a grocery store with a taqueria inside, both at the corner of Rengsdorff and Middlefield Rd., are excellent.

        1. re: Nancy Berry

          Technically, they're one block East at the corner of Rengstorff and Old Middlefield Way.

          I am a regular at La Bamba. If I'm not feeling too gluttonous -- and order one pupusa de queso on the side -- the Carnitas plate is enough for two meals. The staff cheerfully substitutes extra guacamole for the sour cream upon request. Make sure to snag a couple segments of lime to squeeze over the guac if you plan to keep it overnight, to avoid unpleasant-looking oxidation.

          If you like cheesey stuff, the quesadilla suiza is a good choice. It's completely decadent and potentially heart stopping if you substitute the carnitas for the carne asada. ;-)

          1. re: Jefferson

            I'm with you. Carnitas in the quesadilla suiza are to die for. Just don't follow the quesadilla with a cholesterol checkup!

        2. re: chocolatetartguy

          I used to eat lunch at Country Gourmet in the mid-90s, usually salads, I think there was one with tender chicken and grapes. The killer dish was some kind of fudge brownie pie (I don't see it on the menu at http://www.cgmountainview.com/ at the moment).

      2. Obviously too late to matter, but Hobees (Central Expressway at Rengstorff) would have been a good choice for breakfast comfort food. They've been in business for as long as I can remember, so they must be doing something that pleases the denizens of Mountain View.

        http://www.hobees.com/menuback.html