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Apr 26, 2010 09:53 AM

Lunch near 280 between Palo Alto and Cupertino


I am looking for a salad/sandwich lunch place to meet for a friendly business (we are talking track suits and sneakers) meal around 1:30. She is not too familiar with the area, so I am hoping for an easy hop off of 280 between Palo Alto and Cupertino.

Last time we had breakfast at Good Morning on the edge of Mtn View/Los Altos and while I have loved everything I have ever had there before, the egg white omelet was not thrilling. My fault totally for ordering it. Now I need to redeem myself.

Any suggestions?

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  1. 1. Hobee's is a solid chain choice for a causal lunch meet. It's in a diner atmosphere, but the food's a cut above. There's a number of them around (although I can't think of one local to 280), check their web site.

    2. Starting in Palo Alto, there's very little at the 280 exits. A hair north is Buck's in Woodside -- cool, good food, and a peculiar track-suit style. Steve Jobs wears hoodies, you know? Lots of lunch meetings happen there. And breakfast meetings.

    3. Good Morning isn't particularly near 280. If you're willing to be as near as that is Califia Cafe out of the question?

    1. Having trouble this morning, my answer just disappeared instead of editing.

      There is an easy acess Hobee's in Cupertino...near 85/280. Also, just one exit north of Page Mill & couple of blocks West, is Bianchini's Market. I recommend grabbing some deli sandwiches/salads & dining al fresco. Pretty locale.

      Bianchini's Market
      3130 Alpine Rd, Portola Valley, CA

      1. I recommend Brian's in Los Altos. Get off on Magdalena and go East. You'll see a shopping center at the corner of Magdalena/Springer and Foothill on the northeast side of the road (there's an Andronico's in there). Brian's is a casual spot and while it won't blow anyone away from a gourmet perspective, I recommend it above Hobee's and Good Morning. And you can sit outside - they have a nice patio.

        1. Mike's Cafe at 3130 Alpine Road (on the opposite side of the parking lot from Bianchini's) has very good American food and is just couple of blocks off 280. Also they have outside seating which is great in nice weather. It's more than just a salad/sandwich place though, it's a traditional restaurant.

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          1. re: charliemyboy

            Thanks for all the terrific suggestions!

          2. House of Falafel in Cupertino if you're interested in Med/Middle Eastern food. The huge Whole Foods on Stevens Creek, blocks away from 280/85, has a great dining counter area. I like Buck's in Woodside too but it could get a tad crowded. Also, check out Rick's Cafe in Los Altos, it has a great variety. Hobee's gets very, very crowded.

            House of Falafel
            19590 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014