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Palo Alto – Jade Palace, Peking Duck, Mac’s By The Tracks

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  • CYL May 30, 2010 04:57 PM
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Things are changing at the corner of California and Park Blvd. There is a Peking Duck Restaurant banner placed over the Jade Palace sign. Jade Palace is gone and the Peking Duck has suddenly moved into its spot after many years being at El Camino Real (Ming’s was at El Camino for many years too).

The spot that Peking Duck is moving into is tucked inside the building; it is not visible from outside on the streets. This very location has seen many restaurants come and go before. Years ago, popular Little Joe’s Restaurant moved into the spot all the way from Columbus Ave in San Francisco, but Little Joe’s did not last very long there. There was another Chinese restaurant before Jade Palace for a short time.

Next door from the corner, there is a sign posted at Mac’s By The Tracks, now indicating a July 2 Grand Opening Celebration, 3-6 pm, free appetizer, and live music. Will Mac’s make us forget Uncle Frank’s?

When the new Mac’s opens, more foot traffic will be attracted to the corner; Peking Duck should benefit from that.

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Jade Palace
151 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

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  1. Thanks for the update. I thought the Jade Palace in its Shanghai incarnation was pretty good, and I consider Peking Duck to be underrated. Still, that's a minus one for the neighborhood.

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    Jade Palace
    151 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

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    1. re: Chandavkl

      I agree that Peking Duck is very underrated. But this move may only be for a short time. I friend who knows the owner says they are looking for a larger location in Palo Alto.

    2. I used to enjoy sitting on the counter at Little Joe’s on Columbus Ave and love watching them make cacciucco, my favorite dish. I sat on the counter when Little Joe’s moved from Columbus Ave to Broadway. I ate at Little Joe’s when he then moved to Palo Alto. In Palo Alto, however, it did not have the old counter arrangement, but cacciucco was still on the menu. The “Joe” ambience (i.e., New, Original, Westlake, etc.) was gone and it was more difficult to have live Dungeness crab readily on hand in Palo Alto in those days. Then, Little Joe’s suddenly left Palo Alto. Next, there was a Little Joe’s on Van Ness Ave back in San Francisco. Today, there is a Little Joe’s on Fifth St. I must admit that I have not been to Little Joe’s on either Van Ness and on Fifth St. Are they not all the same Little Joe’s? Can you further enlighten us? Thank God, I’ve watched Little Joe’s enough in the old days that I've learned to make my own cacciucco at home, live Dungeness on hand.

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      Little Joe's
      1106 Market St, San Francisco, CA

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      1. re: CYL

        Hard to say since Little Joe's is such a generic name. Did you know there's a Little Joe's in Alameda--that serves Chinese food?

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        Little Joe's Express
        1410 Encinal Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

        1. re: Chandavkl

          Information surface providing confirmation that they are the same. Reviewers on YELP say the Fifth St. Little Joe's Restaurant is the Little Joe's that were in North Beach on Columbus and Broadway. YELP posters say that the Fifth St. restaurant has old pictures of the original North Beach place hanging on the wall!

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          Little Joe's
          1106 Market St, San Francisco, CA

          1. re: CYL

            Yes, that's correct, as I've posted before here.