Fred’s Place in Mountain View is where truck drivers and tech CEOs share a barstool

Follow the neon lights to Fred’s Place (photo by @jthepirate) Pauli Partti doesn’t serve fancy, craft cocktails. The owner of Fred’s Place on Old Middlefield Way in Mountain View has intentionally kept his place old school: sports memorabilia covering the walls, pinball machine up front, billiards in the back, and a spirits list that’s not trying to impress anyone. Martinis and Manhattans are about as fancy as they’ll get. “We don’t ...

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‘We got to build something I’m very proud of’: Saying goodbye to Palo Alto’s Lure+Till

Lure+Till brunch via IG: pcbeller Silicon Valley restaurants come and go (high rents, scarce labor, fickle customers), so it doesn’t pay to get too attached. But Lure+Till managed something surprising for Palo Alto: to simultaneously be a comfortable hangout and a place to be seen. The restaurant will close January 2 and for fans who knew its secret, we need to take a moment to say farewell. Lure+Till opened with, and inside, the ...

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A former techie pushes wine lovers out of their comfort zone at Cin Cin in Los Gatos

Wine flight at Cin Cin via IG: waterxwine Los Gatos restaurants know wine. So running a successful wine bar near perennial Michelin faves like Manresa means offering something beyond the ordinary. Cin Cin Wine Bar & Restaurant wants you to step outside your wine comfort zone and they go to great lengths to source unusual and unheard of labels in the name of that mission. The 2015 Michelin recommended restaurant challenges customers to ...

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Leave Work Early for These Mountain View Happy Hours

Cocktails at Scratch via IG: jaclyncatania Mountain View happy hour is looking less and less like a quiet glass of wine and more like a shot pounded on a Friday night in the Mission. Castro Street wants to be Silicon Valley’s buzziest downtown: a host of restaurants and bars have opened, apartments are going up and the city fathers are considering closing off the east end of downtown to limit traffic. ...

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Los Gatos Dining: Casual Dinner Picks

The Lex classic burger via IG: thelexlg Be careful when eating out in Silicon Valley. One dinner and a few drinks can cost you an entire month’s paycheck. If you want to enjoy a night out without going broke, check our shortlist of casual, cheaper restaurants in Los Gatos. I Gatti Small, colorfully decorated, and with great food, I Gatti captures the atmosphere of an Italian village. It begins with a selection of specialized pastas ...

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Dio Deka: Silicon Valley’s Last Jacket-and-tie restaurant wants you to feel relaxed

Dio Deka via IG: sloams If you long for the good ol’ days where people dressed up to eat out, Dio Deka is calling your name. The last restaurant (we think) in Silicon Valley that still requires formal dress, Dio Deka in Los Gatos looks intimidating with a business-like atmosphere. The staff dresses impeccably, with men sporting wearing suits, ties, and golden rings, and women in elegant black dresses. Dio Deka’s owners don’t want the formal ...

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Palo Alto’s Surprisingly Affordable Fancy Brunch Spots

Ditch the soggy pancakes, lines of strollers and strained service for fancy, affordable, fare. Joya on University Ave, Palo Alto. Like whiskey cocktails and artisan breads, brunch has been having its moment for a while now. Couple that with the fact that there are few traditional breakfast spots in the mid-Peninsula that accommodate groups and children and you have the recipe for overcrowded diners serving lukewarm coffee and eggs while dropping hints that ...

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Poke and parenting: the crazy true story behind San Mateo’s Pokeatery

Poke bowl via IG: Pokeatery Pokeatery, located on South B Street in downtown San Mateo, was one of the first poke places to open up on the Peninsula, back in October of 2015. Now, they lead the pack as the trend covers the Bay Area with their California-style poke and Dole Whip floats. Joann Chung, chef and owner of Pokeatery quit her job in finance to take care of her son — and opened a ...

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