Restaurants in Palo Alto


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  • Nola
    Nola: A User’s Guide Crescent City Decor | Creole and Cajun Cuisine | Mardi Gras Year Round | Organic and Local Ingredients Sample Menu Appetizer: gumbo with roasted chicken and andouille sausage Entree: étoufée made with not just crawfish, but scallops and shrimp, too Side: biscuits and gravy Drink: house-special hurricane Dessert: beignets, dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with dipping sauces Raves: According to Palo Alto Online, Nola’s got 2014’s best happy hour: “the outdoor French Quarter-esque patio is great for larger groups to relax over drinks after a long day; and the upstairs balcony, which looks down into the courtyard and features plenty of private nooks, is perfect for lower-key conversation.” Gayot recommends the blackened ahi and margaritas. While You’re Waiting Admire the Southern-sourced art on the walls, by artists such as AJ Lastat Boudreaux and Frank “Preacher” Boyle Belly up to the bar and sip an original hurricane Vocab Lesson Étouffée: translates literally to “smothered.” This spicy, Cajun seafood stew is thickened with a roux and served over rice. Beignet: a fried square of dough, sprinkled with powdered sugar—a New Orleans staple at breakfast While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: In the sculpture garden (Lomita Drive, Stanford) on the Stanford campus, stroll among stone and wooden sculptures crafted by artists from New Guinea in 1994. After: Catch a silver-screen classic at the Stanford Theater (221 University Avenue).
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    535 Ramona St
    Palo Alto, CA US
  • La Bodeguita Del Medio
    La Bodeguita del Medio: A User’s Guide em>Michelin Recommended | Cuban Cuisine | Cigar Bar | Rum Flights Sample Menu First course: shrimp ceviche Second course: ropa vieja Third course: housemade flan Drink: a three-sample rum flight with drinks from Trinidad, Bahamas, and Guatemala Where to Sit: Patrons who smoke cigars can do so on the outdoor patio, a space that's been lauded by Cigar Aficionado magazine. Dogs are also welcome on the patio. While You're Waiting: * Keep a look out for a note Ernest Hemingway wrote about the La Bodeguita found in Cuba. This restaurant is a tribute to the original. Inside Tips Reservations are strongly recommended for all dinner guests and parties of five or more at lunch. Guests should notify their server of any gluten, vegetarian, or allergy dietary restrictions, as many menu items can be adjusted to fit their needs. While children are welcome, La Bodeguita does not offer high chairs or booster seats. Instead, it has pillows that tykes can sit on to reach the table. Every menu item can be ordered to go. Awards and Press Michelin recommended 2011–2014 Recommended by the New York Times and SanJose.com Vocab Lesson Ceviche: fresh, raw fish marinated in citrus juices and various seasonings. Ropa vieja: much more tender than its name—Spanish for "old clothes"—would suggest, this dish of shredded flank steak is cooked in a piquant tomato broth and served with black beans and rice.
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    463 South California Avenue
    Palo Alto, CA US
  • Tamarine Restaurant
    Tamarine Restaurant: A User’s Guide Michelin Guide Recommended | Contemporary Vietnamese Cuisine | Family-Style Dining | Vibrant Artwork Sample Menu Starter: duck mustard wraps—five-spice duck wrapped in fresh mustard leaves Entree: shaking beef tenderloin—cubed, seared beef seasoned with soy, garlic, and onions Vegetable side: curried long beans Dessert: warm rice pudding Cocktail: Spiced Ice—Blue Ice vodka, St. Germain, fresh lime, basil, and chili Where to Sit Main dining room: Relax in a plush chair or both in the restaurant’s main room, decorated with neutral tones and bright paintings. Vung Tau Room: Ideal for a private gathering, this room features ornate mirrors and a wine cabinet. Jade Bar: Claim a high chair at the bar or at the long communal table, the focal point of a space warmly decorated with glass-encased bamboo and teardrop crystal chandeliers. While You’re Waiting: Feast your eyes on the artwork displayed on the walls—every piece is created by a Southeast Asian artist, and a portion of the proceeds of their sales benefits the VA of Palo Alto. Vocab Lesson Five spice: a seasoning mixture commonly found in Asian cooking. Blends may vary, but the five spices are often fennel seeds, Sichuan pepper, Chinese cinnamon, star anise, and cloves. Hoisin: a sweet-and-salty sauce typically made from soybean paste, vinegar, sugar, spices, and garlic that’s popular in East Asian cuisine.
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    546 University Ave
    Palo Alto, CA US
  • Joya Restaurant and Lounge
    Joya Restaurant and Lounge: A User’s Guide Pan-Latin Small Plates | Refreshing Craft Cocktails | Carnivalesque Desserts | Swanky Setting Sample Menu Tapas plate no. 1: pineapple cod ceviche Tapas plate no. 2: short-rib tacos with horseradish cream and jicama salsa Drink: white-peach sangria Dessert: churros with hot-chocolate dipping sauce The Atmosphere: Like the living room of a 1970s film star—think dramatic gold drapes, wood panels, and low leather benches lined with pillows. Vocab Lesson Castelvetrano: a type of large, very green olive known in Italy as the Nocellara del Belice. Its smooth, rich flavor makes it popular for both eating and pressing for oil. Pozole: a Latin American soup made with hominy, spicy chilies, meat (most often pork), and garnishes such as radish, cilantro, and lime juice While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Catch a classic Hitchcock matinee—and a complimentary Wurlitzer organ concert—at the Stanford Theatre (221 University Avenue). After: Taste chocolates made on the African islands of São Tomé and Príncipe while learning about the production process with a tour at Alegio Chocolate / Claudio Corallo (522 Bryant Street).
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    339 University Ave
    Palo Alto, CA US
  • The Counter
    The Press Box: The Counter The Counter focuses on one dish: the classic hamburger. Well, it’s actually more like thousands of dishes. That’s because this fast-casual restaurant invites guests to assemble their own burgers from the bun up, selecting from dozens of patties, toppings, and sauces. Read on to learn more about these custom burgers: “By the owner’s calculations, this spot offers more than 300,000 possibilities.” — GQ’s “The 20 Hamburgers You Must Eat Before You Die” “It's easy to be overwhelmed by options at The Counter, and even easier for those options to overwhelm your beef there. But with The Counter's Vegan Veggie patty, there's no chance of that. With full corn kernels, brown rice, black beans, nuts, mushrooms and cranberries, this patty is the star of the show.” — LA Weekly’s “10 Best Veggie Burgers in Los Angeles” “The highlight of the lunch, however, was the bison burger. Not too gamy, it had enough fat to provide that juiciness you look for in a quality burger.” — Santa Monica Daily Press “The décor is modern industrial and the atmosphere is lively and fun. This restaurant attracts people of all ages—couples, families and large groups all were settled in and enjoying the night out.” — San Diego Family Magazine
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    369 S California Ave
    Palo Alto, CA US
  • Plutos Fresh Food for A Hungry Universe
    For a quick bite to eat, Plutos Fresh Food for A Hungry Universe's menu is packed with all-American options everyone will love. Hard to find a place that can accommodate all of your people's dietary needs? Plutos Fresh Food for A Hungry Universe will serve up dishes that will make everyone happy. Grab the kids when you head to Plutos Fresh Food for A Hungry Universe — its family-oriented menu and ambience all perfect for the whole clan. Dine under the sun (or stars) at Plutos Fresh Food for A Hungry Universe with their charming outdoor seating. Plutos Fresh Food for A Hungry Universe will be able to accommodate your large party. Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud. Don't get stuck waiting for a table — the restaurant accepts reservations. No need to gussy up for a trip to Plutos Fresh Food for A Hungry Universe, where patrons dress for comfort and fun. If you need to feed a big crowd, Plutos Fresh Food for A Hungry Universe also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Plutos Fresh Food for A Hungry Universe's cooking from the comfort of their own home. Street parking is the only parking option close to Plutos Fresh Food for A Hungry Universe. Travel by bike to Plutos Fresh Food for A Hungry Universe and store your bike at a nearby rack. The food at Plutos Fresh Food for A Hungry Universe is not just delicious, it's also affordable.
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    482 University Ave
    Palo Alto, CA US

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