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Apr 12, 2010 11:39 AM

Mayfield Bakery Report

Finally had a chance to try Mayfield Bakery with my toddler and two other toddlers at the table. So, I can vouch for the kid friendly aspect.

I ordered the hamburger off the kid's menu. Received a cute slider-sized burger on a delicious egg bun. Meat was substantial and moist with a slice of white cheddar and a decent pile of fries. My son ate all my eggs, and I ate his burger, so I can vouch that this was a tasty burger. The pickles on the side were nice too, almost bread and butter flavor.

I had the camino breakfast: scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, potatoes. The eggs were moist and buttery, the potatoes nicely flavored and formed into small stack of fish-stick shaped logs with crisp exterior. Toast was unbuttered and no jam was offered, but could probably be supplied if requested. The bacon consisted of two generous and thick slices - nice and chewy/salty.

The other children had a cheese pizza with a bubbly woodfire crust. Again chewy vs. crispy.

Hubby had the hash, which was interesting -- corned beef chunks with barley - sort of risotto style. Portion was not huge and toast is not included, so he ordered an apple fritter on the side - very good fritter only slightly sweetened.

Other orders: the bavette steak with chile verde sauce; the meat was perfectly cooked and flavorful. The chicken salad sandwich - tasty but the weakest dish.

I would like to try the adult size burger and maybe one of the sweet breakfast dishes on my next trip.

Not cheap for breakfast, and most orders do not include potato or toast, so I would not go there expecting a pile of hash browns/toast to fill you up. Service was very attentive and friendly despite our crew of little ones.

Mayfield Bakery & Cafe
855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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  1. I had a late-ish dinner at Mayfield last night, and was thoroughly charmed. The space is split into the bar, the booths, and the tables. For an intimate party of 4 or 5, the booths are perfect and probably need to be reserved. We headed directly for the bar, picking the seats closest to the open kitchen.

    The bar is wine and beer only, and an elegant selection. Tap beer is Traumer and Blue Moon, bottle include Pliny the Elder. The by the glass wine menu was excellent as well. Its too bad we never order bottles of wine, as the list seemed well curated with a reasonable markup.

    We ordered 4 apps, a route I'd recommend. Also, don't overlook the "sides", which includes a wide variety of great veggies, in a lower portion of the menu and without comment. Menu looks like it rotates monthly. First pair was a green salad with herbs and fried goat cheese, and creme fresh with ramps, both of which were excellent. The goat cheese wasn't heavy, nice and light, sourced from Cowgirl. The bitterness of the herbs were well blended into the salad. The ramp dish was straight out of france, with light balls of cheese scalded in hot water swimming in a broth of ramp reduction and butter. Much bread was needed to sop it all up. Second set was marrow, and calamari. The marrow was large bones, lots of toast slivers. The wait staff was hugely enthusiastic about the marrow, and I loved it. It had an excellent charred smokiness, and there was quite a bit of it. GF's first time with marrow, and she didn't really take to it - agreed that it was likely well prepared, though. The calamari was a step away from the french leaning of the rest of the meal, with a peculiar asian tang to the sauce. Tasted like a little szchuan peppercorn to me. Nice dish, good complexity. Desert was strawberry shortcake, an excellent rendition that took me right back to my childhood. There weren't that many strawberries, and they had been doctored by a light glaze of sugar, but the bread and creme were perfect. One could even ignore the white chocolate sauce placed between two of the layers.

    The only thing strange about the restaurant was the smell. As soon as I sat down, I said "what's that smell" - it was a smokey pork-ey smell, like bacon, but not quite. There was an open container of bacon near us in the kitchen, but I also suspect some of the almond wood smoke from the pizza oven. That particular smoke taste was in half of the dishes, and not in a bad way.

    The all-apps strategy was sound, as the apps were huge (I'd call them near entrees elswhere) and very, very rich. They seemed to be the most complex and interesting part of the menu, as well. Total was $120 out the door, 3 glasses of wine, generous tip. Pours were generous by the glass, a benefit of engaging the bartender, chatting about his french childhood and connection to bone marrow. There's a sense in which the price was a little steep, but it was a very good meal. Ordering a one-wine-one-main would have cut the price in half - the apps were pretty expensive (made sense given their size).

    Since we were on the late side, we were given a loaf of bread on the way out. The bread is about like Acme's with a slightly darker bake, very moist crumb. Good stuff.

    1. I went to Mayfield Bakery for brunch on this weekend and was disappointed. The food was tasty enough but when I spend $14 for hash and eggs, or $12 for a fritta, I don't expect to pay $3 more for toast. $14 for the two egg breakfast with potatoes and ham or bacon did come with toast. Listing the local farmers does not justify price gouging but I must be in the minority because they seem to do great biz.

      Mayfield Bakery & Cafe
      855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301