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Cafes and casual breakfast spots in Palo Alto

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I am looking for a Palo Alto spot that is on or near University Avenue to eat breakfast. Thinking of University Cafe or similar spots. Recommendations and insights? Thanks!

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  1. How about Palo Alto Creamery (formerly named Peninsula Fountain & Grill), 566 Emerson @ Hamilton?

    One of my partners used to interview job candidates over breakfast at the Il Fornaio on Cowper between University and Hamilton. Nothing like two bowls of oatmeal in a row to start your day. ;-)

    1. Thanks for the suggestion on the Palo Alto Creamery. How is their food, now that it has changed ownership? I am looking for something more casual (and lower budget) than Il Fornaio. Do folks have any other ideas?

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      1. re: carriee

        As far as I know, the ownership hasn't changed, but the name changed after the Stanford Mall location opened about 5 years ago.

        As for the food, I've never had breakfast there. The chicken breast sandwich is reliable, kids love the kid stuff and milkshakes, and I've enjoy various of the pies. Basic American stuff.

      2. Depends on how far you want to stray from University Avenue. About 1/2 mile south, there's a Hobee's in the Town & Country shopping center -- @ El Camino and Embarcadero. Another mile or so south on California Avenue is Joannie's Cafe which I think has the best, inexpensive breakfasts of any of the places mentioned thus far.

        1. If you don't mind going to California Ave - Cafe Brioche is not bad - they have good beignets on the weekends but remember to go early or else you will have to wait. Their daily special french toast is good too.

          1. Cafe Borrone on El Camino in Menlo Park
            Printers Inc Cafe on California Ave
            Stacks on El Camino and Menlo Park

            I actually default to University Cafe for breakfast if I'm on University Ave.

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