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8FFLFOE MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE ■ RESTAURANT REVIEW ■ MOVIE TIMES ■ BEST BETS FOR ENTERTAINMENT Macadamia nut pancakes come with toasted coconut shavings and a dollop of cream. N R E S TA U R A N T R E V I E W Brunch at P The Annex ST. MICHAEL’S ALLEY FILLS A MID-MORNING NICHE IN PALO ALTO Story by Sheila Himmel // Photos by Michelle Le eople who love brunch complain that Palo Alto doesn’t have it. The one shining light is St. Michael’s Alley, proudly serving hearty and sophisticated California favorites on Saturdays and Sundays since 1993. On regular weekends, reservations aren’t accepted. You show up and wait — up to an hour on Sundays, which has prompted some regulars to switch their allegiance to Saturday. But for the annual brunchoriented holidays, diners can — and must — make reservations. As we all know, the mother of all brunch holidays is May 11. Easter and Mother’s Day feature fixed-priced menus with mimosas, as well as seating in both the five-year-old restaurant on Homer Avenue and the 55-yearold cafe, former bakery and waitContinued on next page Smoked salmon eggs Benedict at the Annex at St. Michael’s Alley in Palo Alto. May 2, 2014 ■ Mountain View Voice ■ ■ 25

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