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Breakfast and lunch spot Ann’s Coffee Shop has been a fixture on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park for 63 years, probably making it the champ of Menlo’s mainstays. It’s changed  little since it first opened in 1946, using the original pancake recipe and still offering real milkshakes and daily specials Monday through Friday.  Current owners George and Nicki Paplos (son/mother combo) took over in January 2008. There are few spots better equipped to offer a vintage coffee shop vibe – probably the reason David Harris shot his short movie, The Coffee House, on location there.

Insider’s tip  : the restaurants’s website says a free cup of coffee is given to each first time diner.

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Menlo mainstay: A church and its congregation

In 1886 a “simple redwood building of approximately 27 by 48 feet” was erected on Encinal Ave in Menlo Park, the first church building of Holy Trinity Church (Episcopal). It was to have two more locations – transported to a lot on Oak Grove near Laurel in 1897 (moving cost $1,200!)  and then to Pine […]

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Brand spanking new Menlo Mainstay

The Safeway at Middle and El Camino has only recently opened its doors, but very tall lettering on the wall above the checkout counters proudly proclaims that Safeway has been serving Menlo Park since 1932 – a 67-year run – making it an InMenlo Menlo Mainstay (only institutions with tenure of 40 or more years […]

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Menlo mainstay: Hoot ‘n Toot Car Hop Cleaners

While the address for the Hoot ‘n Toot Car Hop Cleaners is on Santa Cruz Avenue, the brand promise when it opened in the 1960s (earlier?) was “car service,” thanks to its back entrance (which most people think of as the front entrance) in the parking lot shared with another Menlo mainstay, Draeger’s Market. That […]

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Menlo’s oldest mainstay: The Gatehouse

Hundreds of people pass by the big white house on the corner of Laurel and Ravenswood each day without knowing it’s the oldest existing structure in Menlo Park.  Now home to the Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid-Peninsula, the Gatehouse – or more formerly the Barron-Latham-Hopkins Gate Lodge – is also the last surviving gatehouse in […]

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Spotted: Kids and carolers at Russian Orthodox Christmas bazaar in Menlo Park

While the off again/on again put a bit of a damper on the numerous outdoor Christmas festivals held in Menlo Park today, it didn’t dissuade these youngster from examining a wooden boat at the bazaar held at the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Mary today on Crane Street in Menlo Park. A group of carolers […]

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Hats off to teachers at Left Bank Menlo Park

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series spotlighting the special features of local restaurants that may not be obvious or well-known. If you think one of your favorite Menlo Park restaurants qualifies, please email us at tips[a]inmenlo.com. We stopped by Left Bank Brasserie on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park today for lunch […]

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Jackie Drew retires from Friends of the Menlo Park Library, heads to Montana

After a quarter century of service, Jackie Drew is retiring from her service with the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. A celebration in her honor was held at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center today. Commented fellow Friend Henry Lesser: “I view Jackie as a unique volunteer with the Friends in terms of the length of […]

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Menlo Park – the perfect staycation destination!

So declares today’s San Francisco Chronicle in a special section labeled Silicon Valley. Our town is described as “the little Mayberry that’s the cherry on the top of Silicon Valley, where tree-lined streets and top-rated public schools lure families to live there.” Menlo Park establishments mentioned include the Rosewood Sand Hill and its restaurant, Madera; Refuge, […]

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Priest Hermogen Holste guides Russian Orthodox church in Menlo Park past its 60th anniversary

You spend your childhood overseas, the son of Southern Baptist missionary parents whose posts are mainly in southeast Asia. You, too, hear the call of God, but in a very different form, so convert to Russian Orthodox and attend St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. After ordination, your first parish assignment is Menlo Park at the […]

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InMenlo’s most read 2012 posts: The Top 10

Happy new year! We complete our review of the posts that caught the most reader attention in 2012, looking at number one through ten. 1. Female Facebook engineers reach out to potential engineers of the future Facebook’s move to Menlo Park was big news, so it follows that one of the first events on its […]

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