Eating––similar to playing flag football or traversing through a dark alley with a shattered magic 8 ball nearby––should rarely be attempted alone. Feast in a social setting with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of casual eats and drinks at Bistro Maxine in Palo Alto.
The menu and décor at Bistro Maxine are strongly influenced by bona fide French cafés. Francophiles will appreciate Bistro Maxine's casual approach to dining for pretention-free lunches and carefree dinners in the flavorful form of authentic crêpes, soups, salads, sandwiches, espresso drinks, cocktails, and ice cream. Those hampered by hunger will find the pièce de résistance in the selection of soft, warm crêpes, freshly scooped from imported griddles. Each is stuffed with winning combinations such as the Chèvre, with goat cheese, mushrooms, and spinach ($9.00), or sweet concoctions such as banana and Nutella ($5) or the Normande ($7), a devilish blend of sautéed apples, Calvados, and rich crème fraiche. If you decide to sate this café, get totally Frenched with a kir royal (blackcurrant liqueur and champagne for $8) or a glass of house wine ($7). Or just drown sober worries with a bottle of house wine ($25).
If the weather is nice or if you like eating sandwiches in the rain, take a cool, rattan seat at one of the outdoor tables imported from France. The European elegance of Bistro Maxine melds with a welcoming ambience to create a logical hangout to stare into the eyes of your living-statue soul mate.
- Bistro Maxine is a bright, friendly little spot, a coffee shop and creperie rolled into one. – Cheryl Sternman Rule, Metroactive
- Absolutely delicious! I've never been disappointed with my meal here. Usually when I'm here I overhear other customers chatting in French, so that's a great sign. – Lea S., Yelp