A benefit to living in West Menlo is that it’s a quick trip out to Ladera (technically unicorporated San Mateo County with a MP address). The shopping area on Alpine Road was renovated – thanks to new ownership – a couple of years ago and has a number of outdoor dining choices that are perfect for the summer. (Like its neighbor Portola Valley, Ladera can be a few degrees warmer than central Menlo.) New this year are floating candles adorning tables at Mike’s Cafe. A returning favorite is the cerviche.