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Interesting restaurants in the Menlo Park/Palo Alto area?

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SouthToTheLeft Nov 1, 2010 01:54 AM

Hey there,

I am looking for some interesting, small, unique restaurants in the Menlo Park/Palo Alto area. I have tried El Hueco in Redwood City a ton of times and love it, but want to branch out. Any advice?

Thanks!

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El Hueco
593 Woodside Rd, Redwood City, CA 94061

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  1. ankimo RE: SouthToTheLeft Nov 1, 2010 02:00 AM

    i like los gemelos RWC for $1 handmade tacos

    1. bbulkow RE: SouthToTheLeft Nov 1, 2010 02:10 AM

      Been to Back-A-Yard? Crouching Tiger?

      seriously, if you want new restaurants, you got to tell where you've been - unless the only restaurant you'veb een to is El Hueco.

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      Crouching Tiger
      2644 Broadway St, Redwood City, CA 94063

      El Hueco
      593 Woodside Rd, Redwood City, CA 94061

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        SouthToTheLeft RE: bbulkow Nov 1, 2010 02:22 AM

        You're right. Yes, I have been to Back-A-Yard. I found it just all right, but then again, I'm very particular about my Caribbean food and I haven't found anything quite right in SF.

        Crouching Tiger looks really good — I love Sichuan food.

        Other than that, El Hueco is mostly it. I've had to go down that way recently for business and have fallen into a rut.

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        Crouching Tiger
        2644 Broadway St, Redwood City, CA 94063

        El Hueco
        593 Woodside Rd, Redwood City, CA 94061

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          bbulkow RE: SouthToTheLeft Nov 1, 2010 12:23 PM

          Crouching Tiger has a great combination of accessibility and authenticity.

          Martin's West is a favorite of mine - kitchen takes risks. After dinner drinks etc. Not tiny but small.

          I finally tried board favorite Donata Enoteca. Very pleasantly surprised - lots of mix and match in the menu. Restaurant was surprisingly large.

          New Kapadokia is a board favorite downtown, too. Can't get excited enough to go repeatedly.

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          New Kapadokia Restaurant
          2399 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA 94063

          Crouching Tiger
          2644 Broadway St, Redwood City, CA 94063

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            howefortunate RE: SouthToTheLeft Jan 15, 2011 07:46 AM

            I ate at Back A Yard as well during this last trip to Menlo Park area. Was not impressed!

            When I first saw the restaurant, I thought that the food must be great for the good reviews I've seen for this little hole-in-the-wall spot. We were both disappointed. I had the jerk chicken, which was tender and moist. My husband had the oxtails, which where also tender.

            The problem was the lack of flavor in all the side dishes. We would probably not go back.

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              bbulkow RE: howefortunate Jan 15, 2011 08:08 AM

              The side dishes are sort-of for show. I end up liberally using the chutney, and eat there rarely.

              Someday will come the investigation of all tacos east of 101. I suspect there are a number of standouts. I'd love some information other than what y*lp says, if anyone has anything they like.

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          ceekskat RE: SouthToTheLeft Nov 1, 2010 07:11 AM

          Bona in Menlo Park...

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7416...

          1. howefortunate RE: SouthToTheLeft Jan 15, 2011 07:42 AM

            My husband and I ate at Donata Enoteca two nights ago and were very impressed. It was a nice atmosphere, great service and the food was fabulous.

            We started with the Boar Brishetta. Bread was lightly toasted and crispy. The boar was full of flavor and there was lots of meat on the 3 slices of bread. A nice starter!

            My husband enjoyed the Pork Ribs. It came served atop a generous servicing of mashed potatoes. Wonderful flavors! I ordered the roasted chicken and it was delicious. Again....generous portions. I left with half the chicken. It was served in a hot baking dish with a yummy sauce along with zuccini, brussel sprouts, potatoes, and green olives. Chicken was moist yet had crispy skin. The veggies were full of flavor and complimented the chicken.

            Our server recommended an Italian wine we had never heard of that was a hit as well. We would have loved to try a dessert, but were too full.

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              jsaimd RE: howefortunate Jan 17, 2011 06:39 AM

              We have had very good experiences at Donata Enoteca too. It is one of my favorite restaurants in the range in the area.

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              caseycm RE: SouthToTheLeft Jan 16, 2011 04:36 PM

              Anatolian Kitchen in California Ave. area of Palo Alto is very good. I've not been to Turkey, but those who have say it's authentic. I just know it's delicious, reasonably priced, and the owner and his chef-brother are super nice and accommodating. It's my favorite neighborhood restaurant now. It's on Birch, between Cambridge and California Ave.
              http://www.anatoliankitchenpaloalto.com

              1. letsindulge RE: SouthToTheLeft Jan 16, 2011 06:41 PM

                Really enjoy Flea Street Cafe in MP. Local, organic, and sustainable fare.

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

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