The winner of Palo Alto Weekly's Best Breakfast award for more than 20 years, Hobee's remains a Silicon Valley institution where night owls and early birds flock together over generous portions of home-cooked delectables in a cozy, casual atmosphere. Browse the menu for a breakfast of three sweet-potato pancakes ($6.75), any of six hash-brown varieties ($7.97), or the Hi Hat Ommie—a combination of diced ham and jack and cheddar cheeses, with country-style hash browns hidden inside like human dignity inside a San Diego Chicken costume ($9.75). Otherwise, prop up eyelids with a simmering cup of Hobee's famous cinnamon orange tea ($2.35) paired with its equally famous blueberry coffee cake ($2.50). Late arrivals to Hobee's can still tickle their taste buds with a bouquet of options such as the honey-pineapple teriyaki salmon ($10.95), the grilled chicken with tropical fruit salsa ($10.95), or the Very Gouda BBQ burger piled high with caramelized onions, rich barbeque sauce, and a Wisconsin's worth of gouda ($9.25).
Dream Dinners founders Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna want to help families gather around the table for delicious meals. Like many parents throughout the country, the two women tried to coordinate a family dinner, but their efforts were often thwarted by hectic schedules. As a dinnertime strategy, Stephanie began to prepare meals with fresh, raw ingredients and then freeze them so they could be quickly thawed and cooked during the week. This tactic became popular with her family. Before long, friends, friends of friends, and chimpanzee families that mimicked their friends wanted to learn her secrets. With help from Tina Kuna, she established the first Dream Dinners location, and the successful food-prep business has led to the creation of more than 90 stores in less than three years.
At each Dream Dinners location, customers find all the culinary tools to prepare a nutritious meal—everything from fresh ingredients to meal-packing materials. Each week Dream Dinners features a new menu of fix-and-freeze dinners that can be made for up to six people, providing customers with numerous options for planning quiet meals at home or dinner parties with friends. All ingredients are precut and measured to ensure an error-free fixing.
With more than 25 years of service in San Jose, City Diner continues to deliver a1950s diner experience with friendly service, a full menu made from local ingredients, and bread delivered fresh every morning. For breakfast, customers can try a short stack of fluffy pancakes ($5.99), which chefs can dot with sliced banana or chocolate chips to form intricate pancake portraits of James Dean ($6.99). Cooks seal the savory union of ingredients in the barbecue-bacon cheeseburger with a crispy onion ring set on top of a certified Angus beef patty ($8.99). City Diner also whips together 66 flavors of 1950s-style milk shakes, with flavors ranging from traditional vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ($3.99) to decadent butterscotch chocolate chip, peanut-butter Oreo malt, and pineapple chocolate strawberry ($4.99). Four-top tables and spacious booths keep vigil over the diner’s checkered floors, and pictures and movie memorabilia deck its white walls in old-time nostalgia, coming alive at night to dance the hand jive.
Center Street Bar & Grill's airy interior blooms with the aroma of classic American fare, with a subtle nod to Asian cuisines. Center Street Bar & Grill's dinner menu sets the feasting at a fever pitch with robust plates such as the grilled skirt steak with blue cheese ($17.95) and the fiery southwest chicken pasta, corralling corn kernels, red and green peppers, and onions doused in a creamy chipotle sauce ($14.95). The loaded lunch menu, which shares many items with its dinner counterpart, coaxes taste buds into a trot with a starter of calamari fritti ($10.95) or one of seven salads, such as the ahi tuna with capers, frolics, and kalamata olives ($13.95). For the main attraction, five gourmet pizzas and nine lush sandwiches sandwich an eclectic selection of entrees, such as the lemon oregano chicken breast ($13.95) or the spinach-ricotta ravioli ($12.95). The restaurant also sports wireless Internet access and a remodeled garden patio shaded by umbrellas and jealously hovering clouds.
From a business started in 1979 inside a tiny house on Mission Street, Saturn Cafe has grown into a green-certified restaurant filled with decorated tables, colorful booths, and a retro feel. Every night chefs whip up local and organic ingredients into vegan and vegetarian versions of traditional American diner staples.
In the kitchen, cooks prepare award-winning fries in trans-fat free oil that they recycle into bio-diesel fuel, and craft a BLT on sourdough with fakin' bacon. Skilled hands assemble omelets with organic eggs, red onions, and red chard, and whip up vegan and vegetarian milkshakes to wash down wheat- and gluten-free bites.