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Menlo Park: Dutch Goose - burgers, brisket and beer?

rworange Oct 14, 2010 07:59 PM

It gets some positive mentions on other sites like yelp and the few reports here seem to be positive.

It is a peanut shell on the floor bar that opened in 1966. They say they smoke the brisket for 9 hours.

The deviled eggs get a lot of positive mentions. However the menu has a Polish sausge with lettuce and tomato ... that just seem wrong.

Who has tried it?

Dutch Goose
3567 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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    LAMark Oct 15, 2010 09:49 AM

    Dutch Goose doesn't even come close to having good food (possibly my recollections are a bit dated?). It's one of a "circle" of Fratboy-inhabited beer joints like The Oasis on El Camino that came into existence back in the day because they were close to campus. However, it is a block away from Flea Street Cafe which likely doesn't have smoked brisket but isnt' bad.

    Flea Street Cafe
    3607 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park, CA 94025

    Dutch Goose
    3567 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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    1. re: LAMark
      mikeh Oct 15, 2010 10:02 AM

      I've been recently and pretty much agree with this assessment.

    2. dhoffman1421 Oct 15, 2010 10:04 AM

      Wow, I have lived here for 40+ years and never heard of the place. LOL!

      1. yimster Oct 18, 2010 10:27 PM

        Dutch Goose has memories from better times in days pasted. But my sons tell me it a great place to have beers and burgers after a softball game. I think like the Oasis better. Too bad the food they serve there is no longer on my diet. Wish I could.

        Dutch Goose
        3567 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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          SteveG Oct 19, 2010 11:51 AM

          Yeah, I associate it with favorite Stanford dive bars, like the Oasis and Antonio's Nut House (didn't even know that was the full name--normally just called the Nut House). I think they all have to allow you to throw nut shells on the floor to qualify.

          The appeal for me with most of these is not the food, but the memory of getting out of a lab at midnight and being able to go somewhere for a burger and a beer.

          That said, I think the Dutch Goose has always tried to walk a line between college joint and catering to the upscale Menlo/Atherton area around it.

          Dutch Goose
          3567 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Menlo Park, CA 94025

          Antonio's Nut House
          321 N California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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          1. re: SteveG
            bbulkow Oct 19, 2010 12:18 PM

            I went to the DG recently for a burger and it was only OK. Place was choked by after-softball families. A friendly atmosphere but the food is only OK. I prefer the Oasis by a good chunk. Alpine Inn is usually mentioned too, I tried the burger there once and it was substandard even compared to the DG. Antonio's has recently done some renovations and upped their food a bit too, much more mexican flair than the others. Antonio's got a mention in 48 hours in silicon valley in the NYT a few weeks ago, so can't be all that bad.

          2. emily Oct 21, 2010 10:08 AM

            Nasty burger, but I have enjoyed the deviled eggs.

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              Andrew H Oct 21, 2010 10:50 AM

              Long ago I lived in MP and went to the Goose fairly often. Not really a place to go for the food but an institution none the less. I like Zots (Alpine Inn) better but again, its for the coolness and the hang, not for the food.

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