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PENINSULA FOODIST

The Nut House is back -- with a self-taught chef and Palo Alto native in the kitchen

Darius Johnson grew up in Palo Alto's Ventura neighborhood, practically down the street from Antonio's Nut House on California Avenue. The longtime dive bar reopened...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jun. 30, 2020
Last comment by resqpro911, 3 hours ago | 19 comments | 7436 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Last year's Palo Alto Chili Cook-off winner, MB's Place, dishes on how to make the best chili

Sadly, there will be no socially distanced version of the Palo Alto Chili Cook Off this year, a festive July 4th event that for decades has brought people to Mitchell...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jul. 1, 2020
Last comment by A German American, on Jul 3, 2020 at 4:11 pm | 2 comments | 3301 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

'It was not responsible to put our staff in jeopardy.' Flea St. Cafe halts outdoor dining in Menlo Park

After a week of cautious outdoor dining service, Flea St. Cafe in Menlo Park is reverting to a takeout-only operation, citing concerns about the recent uptick in...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jun. 27, 2020
Last comment by Palo Alto, on Jun 29, 2020 at 8:17 pm | 8 comments | 5080 Views

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Indoor dining has returned to San Mateo County, but restaurant owners are split on reopening

Within hours of Wednesday's announcement that indoor dining could resume in San Mateo County, Bistro Vida was serving diners inside the Menlo Park French restaurant...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jun. 18, 2020
Last comment by resident, on Jun 24, 2020 at 7:50 am | 4 comments | 8373 Views

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Coffee pop-up opens at Palo Alto wine bar Salvaje

You can now find Bryan Chiem serving espresso drinks out of a window during the daytime at Salvaje, the downtown Palo Alto natural wine bar. Chiem is the founder...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jun. 23, 2020
There are no comments yet. 3634 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Portuguese piri piri chicken eatery lands in Palo Alto

Portuguese grilled chicken that's marinated for 24 hours in piri piri sauces is the main event at the newly opened The Port of Peri Peri in Palo Alto. The Port...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jun. 17, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on Jun 21, 2020 at 10:00 pm | 8 comments | 6684 Views

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Los Altos farmers market suspended amid operator controversy

==I UPDATE: The Los Altos Farmers' Market resumed on Thursday, June 25. The Los Altos Village Association did not respond to an inquiry about whether CFMA is continuing...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jun. 19, 2020
Last comment by Diego, on Jun 21, 2020 at 11:45 am | 13 comments | 5813 Views

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Upscale Viognier closes after 23 years inside Draeger's in San Mateo

Viognier has closed permanently after 23 years of tasting menus and white-tablecloth dining on the second floor of Draeger's Market in downtown San Mateo. Viognier...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jun. 15, 2020
Last comment by Joe U, on Jun 16, 2020 at 1:27 pm | 2 comments | 4329 Views

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San Francisco's Marufuku bringing its popular ramen to Redwood City

Marufuku Ramen, whose 20-hour tonkotsu ramen regularly drew long lines in San Francisco pre-pandemic, is opening a new location in downtown Redwood City. Marufuku...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jun. 9, 2020
Last comment by JCH, on Jun 16, 2020 at 12:38 pm | 7 comments | 7391 Views

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'A premature ending:' Palo Alto's Maum to reinvent itself with meal kits, online market

When Maum reopens in Palo Alto later this summer, it will no longer be the intimate, communal dining concept its chefs originally conceived of. Maum will instead...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jun. 15, 2020
There are no comments yet. 3471 Views

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Virtual mac and cheese eatery opens at Left Bank in Menlo Park

Vine Hospitality, the restaurant group that owns Left Bank Brasserie, LB Steak and Meso Modern Mediterranean, has launched its first virtual restaurant. The...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jun. 15, 2020
Last comment by Thank you, Paul, on Jun 15, 2020 at 12:01 pm | 2 comments | 3263 Views

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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are giving $100,000 to each of their eight favorite restaurants

When Seiko Alba got an email from Mark Zuckerberg in late March, she was sure it was a scam. The Facebook CEO, a regular at her Palo Alto Japanese restaurant...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on May. 11, 2020
Last comment by David B, Karpf, MD, on Jun 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm | 104 comments | 53473 Views

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A tea house, a speakeasy, a beloved restaurant: The Van's in Belmont has closed for good

The Van's Restaurant On the Hill in Belmont, a local institution that was originally built in 1915, has permanently closed after decades of serving throwback fare...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on May. 22, 2020
Last comment by Cathy Widener, on Jun 12, 2020 at 12:43 pm | 10 comments | 15265 Views

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'All of us can do something.' Local black restaurant owners react to George Floyd protests

Editor's note: A list of local black-owned eateries to support is at the bottom of this story. Lisa Spencer holds her breath when her youngest son, Myles,...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jun. 2, 2020
Last comment by Doglover, on Jun 10, 2020 at 4:14 pm | 15 comments | 15527 Views

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Menlo Park almost lost its beloved Cafe Borrone to the shutdown. Then the community stepped in to save it.

The coronavirus shutdown nearly claimed one of the Peninsula's most beloved eating establishments, Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park. After temporarily shuttering the...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on May. 18, 2020
Last comment by Blanche DuBois, on Jun 7, 2020 at 4:04 pm | 12 comments | 15254 Views

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John Shelsta's popular pastry pop-up finds a new home at Zola in Palo Alto

John Shelsta, whose flaky croissants, morning buns and ganache-filled kouign amann have drawn a loyal following for years, has finally found a semi-permanent home...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on May. 27, 2020
Last comment by Jess, on Jun 3, 2020 at 1:32 pm | 7 comments | 9459 Views

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Antonio's Nut House will reopen soon with outdoor seating, food pop-ups ... and free peanuts

Antonio's Nut House, Palo Alto's last dive bar, is gearing up to reopen its doors this month while its owners continue to work on securing a long-term home for the...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jun. 1, 2020
Last comment by Annette, on Jun 3, 2020 at 5:21 am | 6 comments | 4066 Views

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Taqueria Azteca folds after three decades in Palo Alto, unable to weather the COVID-19 storm

Taqueria Azteca, the 30-year-old Mexican restaurant inside Antonio's Nut House in Palo Alto, has permanently closed. Fernando Miranda Rios, whose parents Jose...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jun. 1, 2020
Last comment by Paul fisher, on Jun 2, 2020 at 3:59 pm | 3 comments | 3779 Views

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Should farmers markets close during the coronavirus? Local operators are split.

Some Peninsula farmers markets have decided to close temporarily to slow the spread of the coronavirus while others are staying open to maintain a reliable, direct-from-farms...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Mar. 12, 2020
Last comment by Solar Panel, on May 29, 2020 at 9:09 pm | 11 comments | 14213 Views

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These local restaurants are donating meals to Bay Area residents in need. Here's how to help.

A growing number of local restaurants are raising funds and donating meals to people in need, health care workers, first responders and out-of-work restaurant staff...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Mar. 22, 2020
Last comment by Support Agencies, on May 28, 2020 at 3:50 pm | 10 comments | 21347 Views
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