Restaurants

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What was happening on the rest of Santa Cruz Avenue on Saturday, July 14, we are not sure. Because the place to celebrate Bastille Day was at the almost next-door neighbor restaurants, Left Bank and Vida.

The star-spangled, winged woman on stilts paraded around both restaurants, going up the sidewalk and then walking down SCA itself. And both restaurants were packed (at least outside) early in the evening, e.g. well before 6:00 pm.

Left Bank just happens to be celebrating its 20th anniversary, along with its French roots. A special touch was designating Pablo (pictured below), who has been at the restaurant since the beginning, Grand Marshall. That’s a wise move, according to this reporter, because he always has a warm greeting for long-time customers.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2018

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Sunday Suppers are attractive offering at Left Bank Menlo Park this summer

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Editor’s note: This is one in an occasional series spotlighting special features of local restaurants that may not be obvious or well-known. As part of Left Bank Menlo Park’s 20th anniversary celebration, the restaurant is serving Sunday Suppers now through the end of September. The suppers are particularly attractive when dining outdoors on warm summer evenings. […]

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Jim and Jeff Pollock are developers behind the Park James Hotel in Menlo Park

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Partners in a financial services firm as well as real estate developers, father Jim and son Jeff Pollock can also make beautiful music together. Banjo-playing Jim has performed for six Presidents, and serious piano player Jeff is the founder of Hearts of Silicon Valley, whose mission is to engage people with a passion for worthy […]

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Left Bank Menlo Park is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer

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If you were in the area in the late ’90s, you’ll remember what an instant hit Left Bank was when it opened in downtown Menlo Park. Chef Roland Passot, who grew up in the culinary capital of France — the city of Lyon — opened the restaurant in the summer of 1998. Ten years earlier — […]

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Coffebar is a welcome addition on Chestnut St. in downtown Menlo Park

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Editor’s note: We welcome a new InMenlo contributor, Bita Arabian. The Menlo Park resident is a health coach for Kurbo Health where she teaches kids, families, and teens to make good choices around food, and to plan out daily exercise. She also writes a  healthy recipes food blog called OvenHug.  In her free time she dances for exercise and […]

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Update on community effort to buy Alpine Beer Garden

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Lucy Neely sent out this email about the community effort to buy Rossotti’s: “Portola Valley Community Roadhouse, LLC offers our gratitude for your support the last couple of weeks, and our apologies for not being able to respond to all inquiries! We will write back soon. “The deadline for submission of Letters of Intent to […]

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Spotted: Leo Wurtz shucking oysters at Oysterette

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The Oysterette at Flea Street Cafe has re-opened, sporting a new roof and added heaters for those sometimes chilly summer evenings. Leo Wurtz is once again on hand to shuck oysters and prepare seasonal small plates designed by Chef Charlie Parker that are different from the Cafe’s menu. The night we stopped by we enjoyed, in […]

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Momentum builds in effort to buy Alpine Inn (aka Rossotti’s) with a initial deadline of May 31

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After three community meetings led by Lucy Neely under the auspices of the Portola Valley Community Roadhouse, LLC, the opportunity for locals to buy the historical Alpine Inn Beer Garden — aka Rossotti’s — is moving forward quickly. At last week’s meetings, Lucy talked about the “emotional and historical importance” Zott’s has to the community and […]

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Chef Greg Kuzia-Carmel set to open Camper this summer in former LB Steak space

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The long-rumored restaurant opening in Menlo Park by chef Greg Kuzia-Carmel is coming this summer. Camper will serve seasonal, organic fare for dinner and weekend brunch in a 4,000 sq. foot, 70-seat venue that was formerly occupied by LB Steak, the interior of which is being redesigned. Chef-Partner Greg Kuzia-Carmel, who hails from Cotogna and Per Se explains: […]

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LB Steak in downtown Menlo Park has closed

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The final “Sunday special” prime rib dinner was served at LB Steak in Menlo Park last night. The restaurant has closed “in order to re-concept.” A press release about the closing stated: “During the summer of 2018, the venue will re-open showcasing a new approachable dining concept, the details of which are currently being developed…LB […]

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Fond farewell to Woodside and Atherton (well, sort of) chef John Bentley

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We dined at John Bentley’s one last time last night. And got to thank the chef himself for great dinners over the years. The restaurant opened in 2004 in the space that was once a speakeasy and then housed Fabbro’s for 70 years on El Camino Real in unincorporated San Mateo County near Atherton. Our server […]

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