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Publication Date: Friday, May 13, 2005

Festival fare has all the flavors of summer Festival fare has all the flavors of summer (May 13, 2005)

In the Bay Area, the first hint of summertime is already in the air by mid-May, so visitors to Mountain View's A La Carte & Art will be ready to sink their teeth into the seemingly endless selection of satisfyingly summery foods.

Come early and start the day with an exhilarating smoothie from Maui Wowi Smoothies. For a savory breakfast, try a cheese and herb crêpe from Lemoine Crêperie (and don't forget to come back later for another filled with chocolate and Cointreau).

If meat on the grill is what defines summer for you, check out the spicy Cajun Andouille sausage at Lockeford Meat & Sausage. Fans of meat-on-a-stick will love California BBQ for their famous super chicken and super pork kabobs.

3J Creations makes its chicken kabobs teriyaki style, as well as steak sandwiches with grilled onions and a gourmet version of fish and chips - hand-dipped flounder and garlic fries. If you're craving Asian barbeque, Thai Stick offers irresistible marinated chicken and pork sticks, and a comforting rice bowl with grilled salmon.

More succulent seafood is available at Taylor's Seafood, serving melt-in-your-mouth fried calamari and prawns with French fries. They also cook up grilled tri-tip sandwiches and decadent deep-fried mushrooms and zucchini.

The light-and-healthy crowd gathers at JB Power Station Café, specializing in wraps ranging from veggie-humus to Santa Fe chicken, a variety of salads, fresh fruit smoothies and luscious strawberry shortcake.

What's a sunny day of snacking without some all-American corn? At Suitcase Ron's, pick up a sack of addictive sweet-'n'-salty kettle corn. And at Kornman, try the freshly roasted corn-on-the-cob. Or how about a steaming baked Idaho potato with your favorite toppings?

For some classic stick-to-the-ribs fare, there's no beating Jersey's Tavern, with its hearty Philly cheesesteak sandwiches laden with grilled onions and melted cheese, or the "mighty" dogs piled high with the works.

Another import from old Pennsylvania is the funnel cake recipe cooked up by B&M Concessions. Adapted from the dessert brought over by German settlers, these real Pennsylvania Dutch (from Deustch, meaning "German") cakes are made with sweet batter poured through a funnel into a cast iron pan, then dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon and adorned with toppings such as strawberries or chocolate Bavarian cream.

Premium wines and microbeers will be poured at several booths along Castro Street. Festivalgoers will find spacious seating areas with umbrella tables and chairs near the music stage at California and Castro.

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