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Our Favorite Restaurants

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fey restaurant

1368 EL CAMINO REAL
MENLO PARK

650.324.8888
FEYRESTAURANT.COM

We’ve been huge fans since Fey first opened in 2013. The owner, Han Ying Wang Gao, greets everyone with a warm smile and the delicious hot and spicy Sichuan fare keeps bringing us back. We love the cozy booths (and fish decor) and rely on Fey’s larger round tables for countless family gatherings and special events. My favorite dish is twice cooked tofu, crispy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth silky on the inside, with ever-so-flavorful fermented black beans. —Sheri Baer

johnston’s saltbox

1696 LAUREL ST
SAN CARLOS

650.592.7258
JOHNSTONSALTBOX.COM

My favorite dish is constantly changing at the from-scratch kitchen that is johnston’s saltbox. When looking for a place to eat with the family, Saltbox isn’t always the first place that pops into our heads… but when it does, it’s always the winner. They are usually pretty crowded. However, their backyard wine-bar where they offer blankets is the perfect 20 to 30 minute waiting area. If you’re lucky enough to come in when they’re serving hot corn fritters, you have my recommendation right there. —Gabby Occhipinti

gombei japanese restaurant

1438 EL CAMINO REAL
MENLO PARK

650.329.1799
GOMBEI.COM

You don’t go to this unpretentious, small, blandly-decorated restaurant for a special night out, but for a quick tasty meal or as a neighborhood go-to pick up location. The staff is friendly and welcoming, and the food is consistently good and inexpensive. Two favorites are the Salmon Teriyaki dinner (currently $15.95) that includes rice, salad and soup and the delicious vegetable donburi (ask for it without tofu), which, though not shown on the dinner menu, is always available. —Sloane Citron

sprout café

168 UNIVERSITY AVE
PALO ALTO

650.323.7688
CAFESPROUT.COM

Whenever I come home from school in Los Angeles, I am sure to make my first pit stop at Sprout Café. Constantly filled to the brim with start-up employees and health nuts, Sprout is great for a quality build-your-own salad down to a saucy ham and brie grilled cheese. Customize a butter lettuce salad with furikake tofu and sesame ginger dressing if you know what’s good for you. —GO

milagros

1099 MIDDLEFIELD RD
REDWOOD CITY

650.369.4730
MILAGROSRC.COM

Without a doubt my favorite Mexican cuisine in the Peninsula is Milagros. A charming and colorful dining atmosphere turns into a margarita wonderland at night. Their one of a kind pineapple salsa pairs perfectly with the ahi tuna tostadas or the chili-lime cauliflower street taco. Talk about California-fying your favorite traditional meals! —GO

crepevine

367 UNIVERSITY AVE
PALO ALTO

650.329.1799
CREPEVINE.COM

1310 BURLINGAME AVE
BURLINGAME

650.344.1310

When our whole family of 11 gets together, this favorite is usually our compromise choice. The place is bright and lively and there seems to be an almost unlimited menu (which pleases a large group). You can go-healthy with a large salad with salmon (everything is one size: large) or you can do decadent with cinnamon French toast. For dessert try the Siena sweet crêpe with Nutella, chocolate sauce, strawberries and mixed nuts. Yum! —SC

redwood grill

356 WOODSIDE RD
REDWOOD CITY

650.363.9343
RWGRILL.COM

Talk about a family-friendly favorite. With options for every picky and adventurous eater, Redwood Grill has the most diverse menu. No one likes to fill up on bread but no one can resist it—that’s why RWG serves complimentary popcorn instead. My mom loves the deviled eggs, my sister raves about the crispy brussels, and my brother & dad will order the steak every time without fail. Personally, I dabble in the garlic shrimp. —GO

local union 271

271 UNIVERSITY AVE
PALO ALTO

650.322.7509
LOCALUNION271.COM

This classic family-owned, farm-to-table, Palo Alto restaurant stands out among a list of similar spots thanks to its beautiful menu. The array of choices is already impressive, but the quality of each meal is even more admirable. I come here after Sunday workout classes with my mom and sister to grub some scrambled eggs, tuna poke, and organic chicken tacos — I told you they have everything! —GO

juban yakiniku house

712 SANTA CRUZ AVE
MENLO PARK

650.473.6458
JUBANRESTAURANT.COM

Juban could not be more of a Menlo Park classic. Odds are you’ve either been going there since you were 12 or you’ve seen it but never been inside. I’ll hand it to you, Juban’s hours are a little confusing and with bad timing, you may have never seen it open. However, their fun and funky style of cuisine is worth a try. Order a range of veggies and meat and cook up at the table with a teriyaki blend. Yes, you have to grill yourself but it’s a great time if you’re in good company! —GO

curry up now

129 SOUTH B ST
SAN MATEO

650.316.8648
CURRYUPNOW.COM

321 HAMILTON AVE
PALO ALTO

650.300.4690

This Indian street food restaurant has multiple locations across the Bay Area and two on opposite sides of the Peninsula. Walk in, order online, set up catering, or stumble upon their food truck to get a taste. While their vegan menu means less to me (I’m a loyal meat eater), it still has more options than I’ve seen anywhere else. Pro tip is to get one of their Tikki Masala dishes and dip your sweet potato fries in the sauce. Magical. —GO

pizzeria delfina

1444 BURLINGAME AVE
BURLINGAME

650.288.1041
PIZZERIADELFINA.COM

651 EMERSON ST
PALO ALTO

650.353.2208

With locations in both Burlingame and Palo Alto, Pizzeria Delfina satisfies your classic Italian needs. The prosciutto pie is on another level of greatness. Every time I go, which is usually for a reunion, birthday party, or family night out, I am brought back to when I lived in Rome for four months. I can never tell if eating there truly satisfies my cravings or just makes me even more inclined to go back. Either way— this is an easy Italian choice that makes my heart skip a beat for Roma. —GO