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Lunch in/around Palo Alto Town & Country Village?

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I'm completely unfamiliar w/ Palo Alto & will be down there later this week meeting someone at Town & Country Village.

What are the best lunch places there? I usually think of lunch being in the $8-12 range, but will spend more if there is something of exceptional value. Not much of a meat eater, so don't send me to the best burgers or steak or the like :)

Thanks in advance!

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Town & Country Village
157 Town Country Vlg, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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  1. Howie's! You can split a fabulous artisan pizza and come in on your budget with tax and tip.

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    1. re: artemis

      +1

      1. re: ceekskat

        Looks great, although I am spoiled for good pizza since I'm frequently at Pizzaiolo (Oakland) & Pizza Delfina (SF)... how's the potato pizza? That's probably what I'd get since I haven't had similar at my usual places.

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        Pizzaiolo
        5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

        Delfina Restaurant
        3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. re: indigirl

          Haven't had the potato...love the margherita & the pesto. Normally love the sausage but last time I went, felt the roasted onions were sliced too big for my liking.

          The other place I've enjoyed is the tiny tiny Mayfield Bakery which serves a delicious quiche (not avail at cafe). Just don't go before 12:15 when the high school kids swarm the place.

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

          1. re: indigirl

            It's a different kind of pizza. Pizzaiolo is my favorite in the bay area, and I really liked the pie I had at Delfina. Howie's is more americanized, but also delicious. Approach it as a different pie and try not to compare it to the other two. Note also that because he does the farmer's market/seasonal thing, the online menu is not always current with what is offered. That said, my favorite at Howie's is the salami, basil, and tomato. I've never had the potato.

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            Pizzaiolo
            5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

            Delfina Restaurant
            3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      2. There's a couple of places in the Town and Country Village that I've been to and would go back to again:

        Calafia: california, fresh, organic food. They have a good vegetarian menu.

        Douce France does some wonderful sandwiches/pastries.

        Mayfield Bakery and Cafe is also in this plaza, but lunch will typically run you outside of the 8-12 range.

        Village Cheese Shop is hidden in the back corner of the plaza and offers huge sandwiches for around $6-8.

        There's also a Kara's Cupcakes in this plaza, so you might want to save some space for dessert.

        I haven't tried some of the places such as that Korean BBQ place, the Sushi House, Scott's Seafood or Lulu's (Mexican), Howie's (pizza) or Kirk's (Burgers)... maybe someone else can fill you in on those options.

        Hobbee's is a local chain that does breakfast/brunch/lunch and does huge pieces of coffee cake.

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        Douce France
        855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301

        Scott's Seafood
        855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301

        Calafia
        855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

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

        Town and Country Village
        855 El, Camino Real Palo Alto, CA

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        1. re: mhuang

          Is there something special about Mayfield that would make it worth the extra expense?
          The menu at Calafia looks good & quite extensive... what would you recommend there?

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          Calafia
          855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

          1. re: indigirl

            the burgers are great! also the salad bar with the housemade peppercorn ranch salad dressing and the barefoot coffee expresso bar with organic milk cannot be beat for price in the to go market area of the restaurant...

            Lulus is also pretty good - local sourced food - made from fresh each day - no jars here...

            1. re: indigirl

              I'd recommend Calafia, too, especially if you're not that into eating meat. (Though their meat dishes are worthwhile.)

              On the veggie menu, the quinoa/beet salad is good. I like the vegan love fest pizza, which I only recommend because it's a nice blend of flavors and textures that's a little different. There's a new dish, the vegan love plate or something along those lines. The other day, it was a sensual puree of cauliflower, sauteed greens, some large white beans that could have used a bit more cooking, polenta with what seemed to be shiitake mushrooms, maybe another thing or two. I'd order it again. The wakame salad is nice. There are lots of other good dishes, too.

              I'm not crazy about the beet/citrus salad (it lacks character), or the braised greens with almond butter. I love almond butter, actually, but it just creates a texture and heaviness that doesn't work for me in that dish. I haven't had it for awhile, though, and it's always on the menu, so it may have evolved some or maybe others just like it more than I do.

              I probably wouldn't make a point of going to Howie's, largely because the places mentioned by the OP are better and because I don't like the fast food restaurant ambiance there. Overall, I prefer Calafia's pizza, anyway.

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              Calafia
              855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

              1. re: indigirl

                I really like the pizzas at Calafia -- The Apple and Cheese pizza is good, and I enjoy their Simple Pizza (though I do warn that it's really simple -- tomato sauce, cheese, basil).

                I also like Calafia's Tempura Vegetables and their Veggie burger.

                As for Mayfield, it's a farm-to-table white tablecloth place, so a lot of locally sourced ingredients; lunch is better deal pricewise than dinner.

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                Calafia
                855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

            2. Thanks everyone for the in-depth replies! I imagine I'll poke my head in at all the places mentioned & see what strikes my fancy at the moment. Will report back!

              1. Sorry, only one choice (assuming it's an even moderately fancy lunch meet). Mayfield. Califia is hard to find --- tucked away into a corner. Howie's is small and informal. Third best food is Mayfield, and it's perfect because it has a broad menu, booths, outdoor seating if it's a nice day. And, you can play it fancy or just get the burger. The food is quite good. It's a class of restaurant I can't think of a direct parallel in berkeley/oakland. Less formal and better food than Flora.

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                1. re: bbulkow

                  I think that Howie's, Mayfield, and Calafia are the class of Town and Country. All of these have opened in just the past couple of years. Before that there were no great restaurant choices there; no there are (at least) three. I eat happily at all three.

                  Mayfield is not in the original poster's ideal price range, but it is a nice place. And how hard can Calafia be to find when it's next door to Mayfield?

                  Howie's pizza is different from the East Bay places, being more of a California / New York pizza that Cal / Ital. Like so many good places, though, Howie has his own style. Howie's also has salads, sandwiches, slices, and mini-pizzas at lunch if one person doesn't want the pizza.

                  Michael

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                  Calafia
                  855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

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

                  Howie's Artisan Pizza
                  855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301

                2. So, I ended up at Calafia, mainly because I wanted to sit in the sun & they have some tables out on the corner across from Trader Joe's & also, Mayfield was a little too formal/expensive for the kind of meeting it was. Neither was hard to find.

                  I had the Vegan Love Fest pizza, which was great! I noticed that they said "garbanzo puree" or words to that effect instead of "hummus", wondered if it was a euphemism since "hummus" carries, I don't know, hippie/pedestrian connotations or something. Turns out it really isn't hummus. It retains the beany texture of garbanzos, as opposed to the creaminess of hummus. I appreciated the distinction. Anyway, on top of that, kalamata tapenade, a generous amount of radicchio, onions, some other good stuff. So great to experience really delicious pizza w/o cheese! The crust did not call attention to itself in either good or bad way, so, I suppose there is room for improvement there, but really I have no complaints.

                  I did get a few things at Mayfield Bakery to take home. The croissant was completely ordinary but I admit my bar is very high for croissants (the French bakeries in Tokyo near the French embassy have ruined me forever). Breads, good to very good, but not *great* -- again, the bar is high (Tartine, I'm looking at you). I stopped to admire Kara's cupcakes but didn't eat any.

                  Overall a happy food experience. Thanks everyone for the tips, you steered me right!

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                  Calafia
                  855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

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

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                  1. re: indigirl

                    Good to see that you liked the Vegan Love Fest. It's a great blend of flavors and textures, one of the dishes I like a lot in this area. I'm with you on the Mayfield Bakery, too.

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

                    1. re: indigirl

                      I'm glad you had a good meal, and my inability to find Califia more than once didn't slow you down. I had missed your original price range - I agree, in that range, Califia and Howie's are the choice.

                    2. Scotts Seafood is a great place to eat and their chowder is one of the best. Though it doesnt match your criteria for inexpensive, its worth trying

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                      1. re: ROCKLES

                        Speaking of chowder, Calafia was having a fish chowder special that sounded divine -- it had morels & peas & other goodies in it, for $20. I was tempted!

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                        Calafia
                        855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA