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Jan 17, 2007 10:31 PM

Burgers and brunch places in Mountain View (or vicinity)?

Hi all, we just recently moved to Mountain view from Manhattan. This area (including neighboring towns) obviously has great Asian food. Can anyone suggest some good diners or place for burgers/fries or brunch? Thanks.

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  1. FOr a Burger & Brew place you could try St Johns Bar & Grill in Sunnyvale at 510 Lawrence Expressway (basicly Lawrence and Arques). Decent burgers and fries and beer. Lots of games on the various TVs.

    As for NY/NJ style diners, I don't of any thing but would love to hear of someone else does. I think Hobees might come the closest. They have a great breakfast/brunch/lunch. There are several close by to you...

    1. Peninsula Creamery in Palo Alto is diner-like. Cattlemen's in Sunnyvale has a super (and cheap) breakfast and is close to a diner experience (more the Greek dining room type, including old waitresses and naugahide (sp?) booths). They used to do a "bloody mary" breakfast on weekends, but now you have to pay extra for the drink. Agree on the burgers at St. Johns. Baji's on Old Middlefield has a good breakfast - never tried their burgers. There's a few breakfast places in Los Altos, but not of the diner-vibe type.

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      1. re: Concetta

        I've haven't been to either, but the Village Pantry and the Los Altos Coffee Shop both seem to be sort of diner-ish.

        1. re: Humbucker

          I lived in Mountain View for a year (July 2005 - June 2006). Great food all through Castro street. We always loved going to the Los Altos Diner for breakfast and brunch. They have great omelets / scrambles, waffles, corned beef hash, etc for all breakfast needs. They also serve lunch foods, like burgers, fries, club sandwiches (my fav.).

          I used to use this website a lot - Its great because as your move your mouse over each restaurant listing, a picture of the establishment and information will pop up on the window on the top of the page.

          For a quick breakfast, Le Boulanger in both Mountain View and Los Altos have good breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and bread items.

      2. Since I just learned that the Flea Street Cafe is still open in Menlo Park, try it if they're still doing Sunday brunch.

        1. Mountain View Tied House and Brewery is quite good. You could probably google it.

          1. Here are a few burger recommendations from the (local) hubby: Alpine Inn in Portola Valley, and Dutch Goose & Oasis, both in Menlo Park.

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            1. re: Concetta

              The burgers at Alpine Inn appear to be the standard industrial patties cooked on a short order griddle. Nothing to write home about.

              Dutch Goose and Oasis are better, still preformed patties, at least cooked on a grill, still not great, but the places are noisy with kids softball teams and not the vibe I'm usually looking for. Kirk's is a little small and run-down, similar class burger. These names all get trotted out when "peninsula" and "burgers" are discussed, but I think standards have gone up in the last 10 years. They're not really a destinations - more of local joints that don't suck.

              No one has mentioned The Counter in PA, a new chain which I don't like. Food is WAAAAY too expensive for what you get, drinks are a rip-off. But worth a try, might float your boat.

              Another place that should be on your list for brunch is Buck's in Woodside. It's a haul from Mountain View unless you're near 280, but it's very fun. Woodside is like deep westchester county, no estates under $2m. On weekdays it's VCs doing power breakfast meetings and on weekends it's the horsey set family breakfast - and the staff is welcoming to all.

              I can heartily recommend Peninsula Creamery. Went there last night. It's a little high-end (don't miss the last item on the burger page), but service is quick and the burgers are fat and happy. I've become addicted to the onion rings, and the peppermint shake is very pleasing. Pleasing enough that I haven't ventured far into the rest of the menu. That's my standard burger now, although I'm not in Mountain View; I'd prefer something closer if I was.

              Going further north, I love Marvin Gardens for lunch-burgers outside (good beer selection, nice railroad-side outdoor dining) and Prince of Wales for its Habenero burgers (gimmicky but occasional fun), and City Pub in RWC for evening beer and burgers, but I doubt any is quite worth the drive from MV.

              Unless you're desperate.