In downtown Redwood City, I really enjoy Amelia's pupusas (Salvadorean/Mexican restaurant, my favorite pupusas out of the 4-5 pupusa places I have tried in the South Bay), the croissants at Pamplemousse (French patisserie/cafe), and most of the food at Donato Enoteca (Italian like I am not used to having here in the States). I don't go to Amelia's for anything else but their tasty and cheap pupusas. Pamplemousse is a very pleasant place to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. I don't know how to describe the vibe at Donato Enoteca (modern but rustic?) but I like it, including nice patio, dining room and bar seating - plus I understand they try to source a lot of their food locally and sustainably.
I don't know if downtown Redwood City meets your neighborhood criteria (despite a lot of effort and progress in remaking downtown, I still find it a little stale and lacking in defining character), but I imagine might be close to what you're looking for.
Since most of the links focus on SF and Berkeley/Oakland, I will add a suggestion of downtown Mountain View. I don't know if you have any interest in staying in the South Bay/Peninsula area, but It is a very walkable neighborhood with a great farmers' market, dozens of ethnic restaurants, and a couple good cafes. Restaurants range from cheap taquerias to the Michelin star Chez TJ, with good dim sum, ramen, microbreweries and Indian buffet in between.
I've lived down here for 5+ years and here are some my favorite spots are:
Verde Tea Cafe
Shana Thai Restaurant
Fu Lam Mum
Taqueria Los Charros
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I am thinking of taking my wife out on a date this Friday in downtown PA and instead of just going to one restaurant for a sit down meal, I am thinking of going Spanish tapas bar style and stopping in for a small bite at a few different places. I think that we might enjoy hopping from place to place - and I'm hoping that I can identify a reliable dish or two from each restaurant and string together a "best of" type dinner experience.
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I second Coupa Cafe. Good selection of salads, crepes, sandwiches and arepas - plus a bunch of really good looking desserts.
Next door, Bistro Maxine, http://bistromaxine.com/main.html is supposed to be a good little creperie (I haven't been there yet). The Mountain View Voice recently gave it a decent review.
I agree that there isn't that much good ethnic food in downtown PA, but there are some decent non-ethnic cheap(er) spots:
- Pluto's: good salads
And for dessert, Satura Cakes and Prolific Oven are both great.
And if you're up for a short drive, I definitely second Back-A-Yard in Menlo Park and suggest Applewood Pizza and Cafe Borrone as well.