Tuesday, August 28, 2007

West's Largest Whole Foods Opens Doors

IN THE NEWS: The Mercury News' Aleta Watson gives two and a half stars to Fatima Restaurant (10125 Bandley Drive, Cupertino 408-257-3893), while Carolyn Jung reviews The Counter (3055 Olin Ave., Suite 1035, in Santana Row, San Jose, 408-423-9200; also 369 California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-321-3900. www.thecounterburger.com). ... Jung also notes the opening of largest Whole Foods market in the West at 20955 Stevens Creek Blvd., featuring a Market Bistro that serves made-to-order sandwiches, soups and salads. The new 64,000-square-foot store replaces the Whole Foods across the street at 20830 Stevens Creek Blvd., which has closed. mercurynews.com ... MetroActive's Stett Holbrook reviews Little Sichuan Express (34420-G Fremont Blvd., Fremont, 510.608.0585). metroactive.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Chef Ayers Picks Spot for New Calafia Cafe

IN THE NEWS: FoodNotebook.com reports Chef Charlie Ayers has finally signed a lease for the location of his new Calafia Café. It will be in the Town & Country Village at the corner of Embarcadero and El Camino in Palo Alto. It is unlikely that Calafia Café will open before late 2008. ... The blog also reviews Mayflower Seafood Restaurant (428 Barber Ln, Milpitas, CA) and Korean BBQ (855 El Camino Real, Store 85, Palo Alto). ... MetroActive's Stett Holbrook reviews Vietnamese restaurant My Khe Quan Hue (960 Story Road, San Jose). metroactive.com ... The Mercury News' Aleta Watson looks at restaurants with a view, including Barbara's Fishtrap (281 Capistrano Road, off Highway 1 at Pillar Point Harbor, Princeton-by-the-Sea), while Melinda Sacks considers Tea Time (542 Ramona St., Palo Alto. www.tea-time.com). mercurynews.com ... Tasteofthesuburbs.blogspot.com reviews Quattro (2050 University Avenue, Four Seasons Hotel, East Palo Alto).

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Monday, August 13, 2007

Critics Rate Sumika, Eulipia, Chicken Salsa

IN THE NEWS: MetroActive's Stett Holbrook reviews Sumika (236 Central Plaza, Los Altos). metroactive.com ... The Mercury News' Steven Chae reviews Chicken Salsa (12019 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road, Saratoga), while Aleta Watson gives two and a half stars to Eulipia (374 S. First St., San Jose). ... Carolyn Jung reports, "Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto will make his first visit to Sur La Table at San Jose's Santana Row at 5 p.m. Sept. 27. He will tackle a cooking demonstration outside the store, followed by a signing of his new book, Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking (DK Adult, 272 pp., $40), inside the store. mercurynews.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Wine Room Opening in Downtown Palo Alto

IN THE NEWS: FoodNotebook.com notes the opening of Gator's Neo-Soul Cafe in downtown San Mateo at 129 South B St., and the impending opening of The Wine Room, 520 Ramona St. in downtown Palo Alto. The space is currently undergoing remodeling. This is the location formerly occupied by the vegetarian Bay Leaf Cafe. ... The blog reviews Vive Sol in Mountain View and Dan Brown's Lounge in Palo Alto. ... The Mercury News' Aleta Watson gives three stars to Woodside Bakery & Cafe (3052 Woodside Road, Woodside), while Sylvia Ulloa considers Annapoorna (573 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale). mercurynews.com ... MetroActive's Cheryl Rule reviews Ragoots (17305 Monterey Rd., Morgan Hill). metroactive.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com