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The stars are aligned for Chez TJ

Original post made on Dec 22, 2007

When Americans think of Michelin, usually what comes to mind is the French company that makes tires under the roly-poly Michelin Man logo. Now, Michelin makes U.S. restaurants famous, and Mountain View has one.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 21, 2007, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Max Hauser
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 22, 2007 at 11:55 am

It's good to see Chris Kostow and Chez TJ get this deserved recognition from professionals. (Contrasting with anecdotal anonymous "reviews" you can find online now for all restaurants, short on facts but full of opinion.) Many people I know have enjoyed TJ for special occasions through all of its chefs. Chris has elevated the kitchen's creativity. It's a place that resonates with diners interested in food -- who ask questions, appreciate. Many people find they can establish a good rapport. Usual smart-diner tips apply, of course, to maximize this or any other high-end restaurant experience, like don't go there at the busiest time of week (say, Saturday 8PM), even if that takes work. For nostalgia's sake, below are comments I posted on the US's original Web-based restaurant forum in 1994, soon after TJ McCombie's death.

Chez TJ
Max Hauser, Tue Dec 20 18:46:48 1994

Been there 12+ times . . . detailed account on in 1991 and 1992 and I have it on-line. Consistently inspired, successful modern-French food. Novel dishes sometimes allude to or cleverly play off of rigid classic repertoire of the _Guide Culinaire_ and the _Larousse Gastronomique._ . . . Chez TJ was a partnership between Tom McCombie ("TJ") and George Aviet, who also serves as maitre d'. McCombie died suddenly this fall (soon after I last ate there and chatted with him . . . This place is real: No infinitesimal portions, or attitudes, or flaming desserts, or signed photos of Telly Savalas in the entryway.

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