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Shanghai Restaurant - Cupertino

I have enjoyed this restaurant, earlier in Mountain View and, for the past few years, in Cupertino. The menu is long and varied. However, more valuable to me is the welcoming manner of modifying dishes to suit diners' requests. Chef's special dishes are offered also, extending the menu.

A standout dish is Chinese celery and dried tofu. Though simple, it exemplifies the kitchen's care of ingredients and technique.

Feb 18, 2015
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Where to buy duck fat on Peninsula?

Looking to buy this week. Thanks for all suggestions.

Nov 18, 2014
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Hash : SFBA Dish of the Month October 2014

Palo Alto Creamery for corned beef hash with potatoes and onions. Served with toast and eggs (often sunny side up, but poached are great and served on your request).

Oct 02, 2014
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Chennai Kings now open in Mountain View

We had dinner last night and loved everything. Restaurant is open with "soft-run" menu that will soon expand. Tamarind soup, chicken 65, parotta with goat curry, biryani with chicken and spices, mango lassi. Beer and wine will be available soon.

I am a fan but not familiar with South Indian cuisine and culture -- await others' reviews. Greeting and service, including waiter describing and showing us photos of each dish, were great! Food was seasoned mild for us and our opinions were asked. We even got a quick lesson on cricket (shown on two TVs w/o audio). Go Dhoni!

Location has been Gelayo Gusto (loved their gelato and froyo), then a sandwich shop. Now, it is nicely decorated and happily busy. Try it.

Chennai Kings
856 El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA 94040
(650) 938-1333

Locanda Positano, San Carlos gem

This is a comfortable and well-run restaurant -- wide-ranging menu with hits in every course. Pizzas are sublime, salads and appetizers are creative and nearly show-stoppers...but the main plates are out of this world. Large wine selection and helpful pairing advice.

** *this is one of those places I've held back from discussing -- it is hard enough getting our reservations -- go, enjoy! Open every day.

Locanda Positano
617 Laurel St
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 591-5700

Jul 18, 2014
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Homemade Frozen Dumpling close to Palo Alto?

4320 Moorpark Ave
San Jose, CA 95129
West San Jose

We often eat in the restaurant and take frozen dumplings home. Chinese/Japanese = Wonderful

stone fruit 2014 bad season?

We got yellow peaches and nectarines from R&D in the Mountain View farmers' market last Sunday. Rich flavor and juicy. Cannot wait for next weekend.

Jul 03, 2014
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Biscuits and Gravy

Last weekend, we had breakfast in Sausalito at Murray Circle Restaurant. I thought the biscuits and gravy were exceptionally good. Nice setting with indoor or porch seating offering bay and Golden Gate views. Attentive, friendly service, and very good food.

Jul 02, 2014
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Recent comparison please, Great Eastern or Bund Shanghai [San Francisco]

Here is a link to the dim sum menu

Jun 19, 2014
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Recent comparison please, Great Eastern or Bund Shanghai [San Francisco]

This was a superb experience. Waited only a moment before going to a table, and immediately given tea and menus.
We may have ordered too many dishes, but we enjoyed them all. The surprise hit of the meal was the deep fried pumpkin and egg yolk ball. We felt each dish was top class.
Our order was: sticky rice in lotus leaf, siu mai, gai bao, chashu bao, snowpea sprouts with shrimp dumplings, egg custard tarts, leek dumplings, turnip cakes, coconut milk pudding, rice noodle rolls with beef. All were served at correct temperatures, placed carefully on our table.
One exception -- predictable in light of the CH reminder -- we did not like the XLB we ordered just to try them. Skins were tough, very little broth, meat tightly packed. We have learned that lesson about regional cuisines on Jackson Street. High recommendation for Great Eastern.

Recent comparison please, Great Eastern or Bund Shanghai [San Francisco]

Thank you for these reminders. Great Eastern for today!

Jun 14, 2014
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Recent comparison please, Great Eastern or Bund Shanghai [San Francisco]

We are coming to Chinatown for dim sum tomorrow, Saturday, and it has been a year since we dined at either one. Which is tops for you?

Thank you in advance ~

Jun 13, 2014
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San Tung-style dry fried wings in South Bay or Peninsula?

Hoping to find local places. Please share your recommendations. Thank you.

Apr 27, 2014
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Recommendations for Chinese New Year banquet (2014)

In past years, I've received great suggestions on this board and hope to be so fortunate again. We will participate on two nights, each party will be 10 somewhat adventurous adults.

We would like to go anywhere between San Francisco and San Jose; or up the East Bay side as far as Hayward.

We sample quite a few new places and return to favorites...we hope you can add your favorites for our explorations. Thank you

Jan 09, 2014
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Is Safeway changing?

We shop in another smaller Safeway, in the Midtown district of Palo Alto. I have recently noticed an expanded range of cheeses, produce, and dairy products (Clover Organic milk is a big plus for us).
Simultaneously, the various Safeway store-brands have taken over much of the shelf (and freezer) space for pasta, frozen veggies, juice, canned tomatoes, cookies, etc.
Finally, the produce section has been re-organized and the choices have expanded in the same space. More variety for both Asian and Latin American vegetables and fruits. We will keep going back -- it is a better store now.

Dec 16, 2013
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Gott's Roadside, Palo Alto

Hopes dashed on first visit. The wait was long to order. Ordering was slow because the cashier quickly switched from explaining the menu options to upselling and being "funny". She did ask a huge number of questions to specify our order -- that proved extra maddening when our order came out wrong in several ways that we had discussed with the cashier.
This is not a fussy example, my replacement burger (got a puck after ordering Very Rare) was ready when everyone else had finished lunch.
Restaurant's attitude seemed uncaring and clueless.
Positives: table clearing and cleaning by bussing staff was terrific and not responsible for delays in waiting line, ordering, or service. Why go back?

Oct 22, 2013
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Rosie's New York Pizza Downtown San Jose

Long overdue reply (but short in length). This is a great place in my opinion. Thin crust holds up to toppings; toppings were so fresh tasting as to make one wonder about other pizza shops. Service was attentive friendly and upbeat although the shop was nearly at capacity.

I hope you will enjoy the Rosie's NY Pizza pies soon.

Sep 07, 2013
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Best Pizza in Peninsula...? Back up plans for arriving relatives...

I have written about successful visits to both Napoletana and Cicero's. In this highly charged topic, personal preferences -- not necessarily geographic histories -- are both informative and limiting.
I have tried A Slice of NY three times, with different companions, and never were we satisfied with the quality of the pizzas.
Though the place is small-chain sophisticated, Amici's puts out better pies, has many salads and pastas, and a pleasant atmosphere to sit and relax.
And, if you do not want to sit and relax, the pizzas and calzones from Maldonado's are tasty.
Fairly new and popular with Italian friends, is Terrone, on California Avenue in Palo Alto. Definitely authentic pizza, not NY-style. Enjoy the variety of styles and flavors of pizzas in this area.

Aug 25, 2013
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ISO Santa Clara gem

Two casual places in Santa Clara area I've enjoyed recently are Athena Grill for Greek food (indoors, outdoors under a roof, or outdoors with table umbrellas). 1505 Space Park Drive
Santa Clara.

QQ Noodle for Chinese noodle dishes and a few other options is near enough, I thought, in Cupertino at 10889 S. Blaney Ave.‎ (corner of Bollinger Rd.).

Jun 03, 2013
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New branch of QQ Noodle in Cupertino, yay!

We went last night and enjoyed our bowls of noodles in the bustling yet friendly casual atmosphere. Service is fast and courteous.
My wife had egg and vegetable chow mein and found the long hand-pulled noodles were the tastiest ever. I had the leek and egg noodles at medium spiciness -- just great down to the last drop of red oil.

The address is:
10889 S. Blaney Ave. (corner of Bollinger Road)
Pacific Rim Shopping Center
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 253-5858

Greek restaurant in Sunnyvale? Any suggestions?

Last night,we enjoyed dinner at Athena Grill. Of the three local, mid-range, full menu Greek restaurants (Agape, Asteria, Athena), we prefer Athena.

We sampled the falafel appetizer, Greek salad with chicken souvlaki added, grilled lamb chops, and gave in to baklava at the end. In its bright and fun atmosphere, we had a good time and will return often.

Next, we'll check the casual spots in the area. Yiassoo on De Anza is a favorite. Time to see if others compare well.

Apr 28, 2013
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Greek restaurant in Sunnyvale? Any suggestions?

Asteria Grill -- very fresh-tasting and well prepared (see earlier post). We will go back and try more new dishes!

Agape Grill -- Charming live Greek music, many dancers had a fun time. We only ate dinner and we were unimpressed with nearly all our choices -- four ho-hum entrées, soggy salads, but excellent falafel appetizer.

Athena Grill, going on Saturday. All of these restaurants are closed Sundays.

Apr 23, 2013
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Halvah - San Francisco ?

Crossroads World Market on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto always has a variety of halvah for sale by weight from the display case next to the cashiers. The ultimate impulse item!

And, the store is full of fair-priced delicacies and pantry staples.

720 San Antonio Rd Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 858-6910

Apr 10, 2013
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Greek restaurant in Sunnyvale? Any suggestions?

Thank you and KOFR for the Athena recommendation. We will go there next. Last night, we tried Asteria Grill, owned and run by the former owner of Athena. We liked it a lot!

Delicious food -- from complementary hummus and pita, house salad with gyros meat added, braised lamb shank, falafel wrap -- to dessert of kataife (shredded filo filled with walnuts and sweet spices and drizzled with honey).

To our surprise, there were few other diners. Service was attentive and warm. We will try Athena for comparison.

After only one meal, I can suggest you try Asteria Grill -- we will surely return unless Athena is out of this world.

Apr 10, 2013
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Greek restaurant in Sunnyvale? Any suggestions?

Thank you. We like to go to Evvia for special parties. Today, I hope to get some help before exploring the "neighborhood."

Apr 09, 2013
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Greek restaurant in Sunnyvale? Any suggestions?

I have found several, including some very casual and some with extensive menus.

If you have any recommendations, i'd sure be happy to learn them. Thank you.

Apr 09, 2013
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Las Muchachas (Mountain View)

Slight correction on the name of Los Altos Taqueria, the third shop on "the burrito triangle." This is my favorite and has been since opening. I feel the flavors are fresher and more varied than other local shops. Service is fast, huge menu (still expanding), terrific selection of aguas frescas, beers and sodas, limitless crisp chips and salsa -- and however you order a dish, they will prepare specially for you.

All seating is indoors, with soccer and/or telenovelas on multiple TVs. I have informally observed Los Altos Taqueria has more family groups, weekends especially, than either La Bamba or La Costeña.

Apr 03, 2013
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Terrone - VPN Pizzeria in Palo Alto

We went for dinner last night. Had arugula salad (perfect), lasagna (incredibly tasty and balanced), and the Quattro Stagioni Pizza (well flavored crust and extraordinary toppings). Gave into temptation and finished with Panna Cotta with berries and Chocolate Tart with vanilla gelato. Sublime!

Dined in front room and walked through the pleasant rear patio on our way out. Both areas were full of happy families, especially happy Italians rejoicing over the food and atmosphere.

We will be glad to come back often, Recommend you come and try Terrone.

Mar 14, 2013
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Cantonese Restaurant suggestions - San Mateo to Santa Clara?

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer -- once again, I am planning a Chinese New Year dinner for 10. I hope Chowhounds will remind me of Cantonese restaurants for this event.

Jan 30, 2013
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Guidance to vegetarian (or very veg-friendly) mid peninsula

We just learned that our kids and grandkids are visiting later this week. They live in Salt Lake City and are eager to sample Bay Area choices -- especially Asian or South Asian. I am unprepared to choose or lead them. Please help us. Thanks.

Nov 14, 2012
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