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Eating Out - November 16, 2012

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DINAH'S QUIETLY REOPENS ... After closing in September after 40 years in business, Dinah's Poolside Restaurant reopened on Nov. 1. Located on the property of Dinah's Garden Hotel at 4261 El Camino Real in Palo Alto, the old-fashioned restaurant had been shuttered after a legal battle between its operator and the hotel's owner. The new Dinah's is decidedly more upscale. It has several updates including new hardwood floors, new tables and chairs and a new menu. Gone are the swivel stools and the counter service. The hotel's other new restaurant, The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse, opened Nov. 9 in the former spot of Trader Vic's, which closed in early August. The high-end seafood restaurant seats 148 diners with an additional 50 seats in its outdoor patio.

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Posted by Local Family, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm

So sorry to see that Papa Murphy's has gone. We have lots of happy memories of watching them make our pizza before taking it home to cook.

Posted by Ducatigirl, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Ducatigirl is a registered user.

It just won't be the same: the old employes won't be there, the old ambience won't be there.

New digs and new menu should be interesting, though

Posted by Pleased, a resident of another community
on Nov 18, 2012 at 9:52 am

They have retained some of the old staff. Ate there last week and had a very good omelet.

Posted by Also Pleased, a resident of Midtown
on Nov 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I also ate at the new Dinah's Poolside, I like the atmosphere better and the food was better, similiar, but better. I wouldn't call it upscale necessarily, but would say it's nice. I did see a couple people I recognized from the old restaurant plus I think I saw a guy who used to work at Trader Vic's. If that's the case, I give credit to the owner, after all, the building was in her family's name the whole time.

Posted by Pat, a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Ok, but did they raise their prices? That's what "upscale" generally means.

Posted by Rachel Kardos, a resident of another community
on Nov 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm

The School of Rock San Mateo location is OPEN! The School of Rock San Mateo is currently enrolling for Winter Guitar Camp!

Posted by moi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Haagen-Dazs closing is a blessing. Some months ago, I went in to buy a pint of ice cream (to go!).

The man working behind the freezers looked very unkempt, and was surly as well. The ice cream was soft, not frozen.

After I paid, he asked me, almost as an afterthought, if I wanted a bag. (!)

I said please.

He ducked into the back and brought out a USED generic plastic bag. Board of Health, where were you?

That night I emailed the Stanford Shopping Center management office. Response was one of dismay, and that they'd forward my email to the franchisee.

Never heard a peep! No reply! None!

Bye-bye Haagen-Dazs.

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