and seafood specialties, Evvia presents a rich and elegant menu, as well as the best of hospitality to its customers. But many agree that the highlight of the menu is the lamb chops. Even if you are not a fan of lamb, these mesquitegrilled chops with olive-oil-roasted potatoes will likely change your mind. At MacArthur Park, which first opened in 1981, the staff has embraced social media. Guests can snag a free appetizer to go with their barbecue dinner by sharing their experience online. Just show the server your Yelp check-in or Instagram photo, and you’ll have a tower of onion strings to go along with your all-American meal. Locals rave about the ribs, but the restaurant also offers seafood, chicken and steak entrees. If you’re visiting during the holidays, MacArthur Park offers Thanksgiving lunch and dinner every year, as well as on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
If you haven’t been to Palo Alto Creamery Fountain & Grill on Emerson Street, you’re in for an old-fashioned treat. The diner with red booths and neon lights takes you back in time as the all-day-long “breakfust,” nightly dinner specials and fresh-baked goods fill your stomach. But the highlight of the Creamery is, without a doubt, its signature milkshake. Creamy and thick, the milkshakes come large in size, on-point in texture and heavenly in flavor. Make sure to use the long spoon to reach to the chunks of peanut butter cups or brownie bites at the bottom as you satisfy your sweet tooth.
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Saint Michael’s Alley serves up brunch, such as pancakes with a host of toppings. Photo by Michelle Le.
Whether it’s for cornmeal-encrusted fried calamari, fiesta mussels with tequila or red curry duck breast in curry coconut sauce, food lovers flock to Saint Michael’s Alley. The popular Saint Mike’s offers expertly prepared and artfully presented cuisine in an upscale environment without the overwrought bustle of downtown (it’s still just blocks from Palo Alto’s nightlife). Founded in 1959, it was the Peninsula’s first coffee house and attracted a bohemian crowd that included some of rock’s luminaries, including Grace Slick and the Grateful Dead. But Saint Michael’s is all grown up now, with a full bar, outdoor seating and attractive dining room. The original location is also still open for brunch and private functions just down the block on Emerson Street. Other notable eateries include the Best Of Winners. These local establishments earned their star by being voted “Best Of” in their category, from ambiance to vegetarian. When you see a star, you know the locals approve. For more restaurant options around the Midpeninsula, keep flipping the page to find a restaurant that fits your gastronomical needs.
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