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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 - http://whatsopen.in/mountain_view/ 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.

            2. Kirk's in Town and Country in Palo Alto for burgers, across the street from Stanfurd.

              1. try hobees on el camino for breakfast/brunch. i haven't been to that location but i do like the hobbees at town and country village in palo alto. the coffee cake is the best!

                1. Welcome. Coming from Manhattan, you may have to adjust your eating habits a little but there's certainly good grub in the area.

                  Burgers:
                  1. Oasis in Palo Alto. They make an awesome burger with curley fries
                  2. Peninsula Creamery. Excellent for burgers and brunch
                  3. Zuni Cafe. Excellent burger if you can make it up to SF.
                  4. The Counter in Palo Alto. I agree with the above that while its an interesting concept, the execution is hit or miss. Sadly enough, my burger was cooked well when I specified medium rare. The fries were good though.

                  Other things to try in the area

                  Back-A-Yard ("Menlo Park"): Jerked chicken or jerked pork with a side of corn festivals.

                  Taqueria La Bamba (MV): for excellent soft tacos, pupusas, or burritos. They have great carnitas, lengua, al pastor and green and red chiles.

                  Kaygetsu (Menlo Park): japanese kaiseki that is as good as Sugiyama or Kai in NYC.

                  1. Love The Counter in Palo Alto.
                    I think the prices are very reasonable for what you get. $7 gets you a 1/4 pound (or is it 1/3?) burger cooked to the degree of doneness you specify, with four toppings (don't miss the green chilis), and a sauce. Sweet potato fries are good, too.

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                    1. re: katya

                      It's 1/3 lb, but the largest 1/3 lb burger I've ever had (I think the 1/3 lb weight is after cooking), really like 1/2 lb burgers in other places.

                      1. re: katya

                        I spent well over $60 for two people with tip, which I consider extortionate. Trips to the peninsula creamery for the same two people are under $30 for two. Fries are expensive, toppings add up fast, and drinks are very overpriced for quality.

                        1. re: bbulkow

                          Wow, $60 for two? You must be buying a lot of extras and drinks and apps. I usually get a $7 burger, no extra toppings (it already comes with 4 toppings and a sauce for free), and no drink. Once in awhile I share sweet potato fries with my friends. That makes a $10 meal per person.

                          1. re: katya

                            yeah i've never spent more than $30 for two people. I'd have a drink prior to going there if they are overpriced!

                            1. re: katg

                              Now I know, but felt so burned I never went back. I'm accustomed to a menu like Barney's or Peninsula Creamery where, for your $8, you get fries or salad and the selection of different burgers.

                      2. clarkes in mt view serves tha best burger in mv.

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                        1. re: buck mac

                          I'll second that Clarke's makes a very good burger - I like the 49er. They're on El Camino a block south of Castro St, across from the excellent Amber Cafe (check the boards for reviews - try the malai methi wrap!!). Also, if you've never been, there's an In'n'out another few blocks south on El Cam. Double double animal style, neapolitan shake. Sure, it's a chain, but it's barely half the price of Clarkes/Creamery/Counter.

                        2. I gotta go with both Clark's and Kirk's. Though people on the board bitch about their former glory ... when I'm in that area and want a burger ... these are the first places I go ... so MUCH better than anything I get in the East Bay ... though Bullshed in SF is a contender.

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                          1. re: rworange

                            Can you explain the attraction of Kirk's? I don't see their burgers as in the same class as Peninsula Creamery. Kirk's has thin burgers, and not as much meat taste, and a "whiter" bun, IMHO. The only think I like about Kirk's is the toppings bar (Clarke's too, if I remember right).

                            1. re: bbulkow

                              Char-broil. I like Clarke's better though.

                              1. re: rworange

                                That makes sense. You say tomato, I say tomato...

                          2. I like the burgers at Chili's. But I think they changed the bun recently and it is not as good.