Restaurants

Yesterday, Rosewood Sand Hill celebrated its 10th anniversary with a party on the pool deck. The Stanford-owned resort opened on April 2, 2009.

Executive Chef Reylon Agustin was on hand preparing the the hot hors d’oeuvres. And we chatted with wine director and advanced sommelier Paul Mekis, who has been with the restaurant since it opened and is its longest tenured employee.

Madera, the hotel’s restaurant, is Michelin rated one star. The most recent Guide states: “The grand open kitchen, roaring fireplace and large outdoor patio complete with gorgeous views of the Santa Cruz mountains draw a moneyed crowd of local techies. While its location may mean it is open for three meals a day, come for dinner to taste this kitchen’s ambition and pure talent. The cuisine is contemporary, thoughtfully composed with seasonal ingredients and even surprising at times.”

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2019

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11th Annual Dine out for Meals on Wheels on May 2

When you Dine Out at any participating restaurant listed on our website on Thursday, May 2, 2019, 10% of eatery proceeds will go to PVI Meals on Wheels and help support daily delivery service of hot, nutritious meals to home-bound seniors in San Mateo County. All you have to do is enjoy a meal or […]

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Rubio’s in Menlo Park dodges fire damage thanks to sprinkler and phone call

After receiving a call from the early morning staff at Peet’s Coffee in the Safeway Shopping Complex in Menlo Park reporting they smelled smoke and gas fumes next door, Captain Ken Babcock and the crew of Menlo Fire Engine 6 arrived on-scene at 4.45 am and found the Rubio’s Coastal Grill full of white smoke. […]

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Chef Jason Dalling heads the kitchen at new Menlo Tavern

A new restaurant, Menlo Tavern, overseen by a new chef, Jason Dalling, opened on March 11 at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park. The interior space of the former restaurant has been totally redesigned, offering homage to Stanford Eating Clubs. Booths now line one side of the space, and a book case filled with […]

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Spotted: Dozens of bronzed baby shoes at Buck’s

If you’re of a certain age, it’s likely that your mother arranged to have your baby shoes bronzed. And some of us are lucky enough to have those shoes (or shoe) in our possession. Stop in at Buck’s in Woodside and you’ll get to see dozens of bronzed shoes, thanks to a call put out […]

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Menlo Park born and raised, John Shelsta is one of the Peninsula’s favorite chefs

John Shelsta’s Instagram account says it all: @loveforbutter. Known for his pastries — and, in particular, croissants — John wasn’t sure what he wanted to do after graduating from Menlo-Atherton High School. “I’d been around cooking, but I never thought of making it a career.” But that he has done. He’s now at Zola in […]

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Spotted: Chickpea Panisse at Camper in Menlo Park

One of the things we like about Camper in downtown Menlo is that the menu often contains surprise treats. At a recent lunch the Chickpea Panisse with Spigarello Broccoli and Walnut and Nettle Pesto fit that description. It was pretty, too! Side note: Normally closed on Mondays, Camper is open this New Year’s Eve and […]

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The Girl + The Fig’s Sondra Bernstein + her famous fig and arugula salad

Chef and restaurateur Sondra Bernstein, founder of Sonoma’s wildly popular wine country farm-to-table eatery the girl & the fig, is this month’s featured Changemaker. Bernstein, whose mantra is “doing one thing is boring,” is someone I have long admired. A one-women show, Bernstein is credited with “putting Sonoma County on the big-league culinary map 20 […]

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Catching up with the duo behind Camper in Menlo Park

With Camper in Menlo Park three plus months old — and now open for lunch Tuesday through Friday — we stopped in to talk with managing partner Logan Levant and chef/owner Greg Kuzia-Carmel. The two had met when Greg was cooking a private dinner for one of Logan’s friends. “I was struck by his great personality […]

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Jesse Cool brings in a new partner with a familiar face at Flea Street Cafe

Jesse Cool has a new partner at Flea Street Cafe — and the face is very familiar. Michael Biesemeyer worked for long periods of time over the past decade at the Menlo Park restaurant. “I’ve been hoping to find a partner for a few years,” explained Jesse. “I made a few attempts with chefs, but that […]

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Menlo Park resident Kyle Vogel takes over at the Woodside Deli

New Woodside Deli owner Kyle Vogel has a good problem: There’s a lot of pent up demand for sandwiches and other offerings after a nine month closure. That means the lunch rush is extending all the way to 3:00 pm. “It’s a bit like a tidal wave breaking,” he said with a smile. Kyle, a […]

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