Restaurants

Madera wins Wine Spectator Award under the stewardship of Paul Mekis

“The cellar has grown a bit,” Madera restaurant director of wine Paul Mekis told us when we caught up with him recently after first profiling him in 2014. The reason for our return visit: Madera, located in the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park, received the Grand Award from Wine Spectator this year, one […]

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Events Manager Tiana Wong is operator of Cafe Wisteria at the Allied Arts Guild

In the decade that Tiana Wong has been Events Manager at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, she’s seen half a dozen cafes come and go on the property. “I observed what worked and what didn’t,” she said matter of factly. So when the space became available again at the beginning of the year, […]

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Much anticipated Camper opens in Menlo Park

Chef-Partner Greg Kuzia-Carmel had just returned from the Palo Alto farmers market when we encountered him last Saturday at his new restaurant, Camper, which officially opens Labor Day weekend in Menlo Park. But if you go to OpenTable you’ll discover a few reservations available starting today and over the next few days (at least as […]

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New chef comes to Mademoiselle Colette in downtown Menlo Park

Nicolas Agraz is the new Executive Chef at Mademoiselle Colette in downtown Menlo Park, bringing many years of experience with the renowned top chefs in Paris, namely Pierre Hermé, Christophe Michalak as well as Christophe Vasseur (chef at the bakery “Du Pain et Des Idées” that serves the restaurant Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athénée). Leveraging his passion for amazing pastries and fine Parisian gastronomy, […]

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Revisiting Round Table Pizza just shy of its 60th anniversary

Two national businesses that our town of Menlo Park spawned are still alive and well. One was incorporated in 1998 and first set-up in a garage of a newly-purchased home at 232 Santa Margarita. Now headquartered in Mountain View, Google is part of everyday life. The other began in a California Water Service building on […]

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Spotted: LB Steak sign coming down

We were in downtown Menlo Park early today and came upon a worker taking down the LB Steak sign. We asked, “When is the new sign going up?” as this is the site for the much anticipated Camper featuring  chef Greg Kuzia-Carmel. He answered, “Mid-August.” Footnote: we got the “L”.

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Bastille Day comes to Menlo Park at two [almost] next-door restaurants

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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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