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Original post made by Mary, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Jan 22, 2007

Can anyone recommend a place for breakfast in the mode of the beloved Cook Book of happy memory? Should be "reasonably priced' with good parking. Palo Alto preferred.
Posted by Mary, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, 19 hours ago

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 23, 2007 at 12:15 am

That would have to be Hobees.

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Posted by Andrew L. Freedman
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 23, 2007 at 7:39 am

Hi folks,

I used to be a Jim's Coffee Shop fan (except for the coffee). I love real eggs and REAL hashbrowns.

Dinah's Coffee shop by the pool is good for breakfast and you get your choice or regular or premium coffee. The hashbrowns are the real McCoy.

Denny's, of all places, has real hashbrowns, too. Also, if it isn't real crowded, their food and service can be very good (admittingly, I always leave a $4 tip on my $6 bill) - at least they're very good to me.

There was a place, I don't know if it's still around, I think it was called The Pantry in Los Altos. Real hashbrowns with toast and eggs, coffee for a fair price.

The thing I like about Dinah's Coffee Shop by the pool is that, if you want, there's nothing stoping you from doing a little wake-up call - not with the coffee - but jumping in the pool. They have two nice restrooms with paper towels and a heater-type dryer, so after a plunge in the pool, dry off and then have breakfast.

Now where else can you have a breakfast like that?


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Posted by AnEaterOuter
a resident of Green Acres
on Jan 23, 2007 at 8:41 am

You should try Joannie's on California as well as Dinah's Shack on ECR or the Peninsula Downtown on Emerson at Hamilton. Each fits your criterion: good, not too expensive and easy to park.

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Posted by Theresa
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 23, 2007 at 10:28 am

My kids just love Stacks' in Menlo Park (at Santa Cruz/El Camino). Parking isn't a problem in the lot behind the restaurant, accessible from Oak Grove. But get there early -- by 10AM there's a long wait for a table.

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Green Acres
on Jan 23, 2007 at 6:05 pm

Il Forniao has a great breakfast, though it's a little bit pricier than Cookbook's was. Even the coffee is good there, and they have home fries and awesome omelettes and very light and fluffy pancakes.

Also, I love the break"fust" at Palo Alto Fountain and Grill (aka the Milkshake Store), in downtown PA and at the Stanford Mall.

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Posted by bruce
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 25, 2007 at 6:02 pm

I generally agree with the above postings. Although you specified the Palo Alto area, I would like to recommend the Los Altos Coffee Shop and its spin off, Brian's in Los Altos.

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Posted by bruce
a resident of Midtown
on May 20, 2007 at 8:23 am

There's an excellent article about Brian's in the latest PA Weekly. The coffee shop/restaurant is located in the Rancho Shopping Center in Los Altos.

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Posted by Fred
a resident of Barron Park
on May 20, 2007 at 10:14 am

You should check out A Good Morning on El Camino at San Antonio (next to Wells Fargo). Breakfast and lunch only, great food, low prices, friendly staff. Bought and redone top to bottom last year, it is small (about 10 tables plus a few outside), but never gets too crowded except maybe mid Sunday morning. A great find.

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Posted by Mark
a resident of College Terrace
on May 20, 2007 at 2:53 pm

Brians (in Los Altos) is "old people's food". Try Hobees instead!

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Posted by eric
a resident of Mountain View
on May 21, 2007 at 12:03 pm

Country Gourmet on ECR at Rengstorff. Not as good as Hobees, but you can actually get a table!

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Posted by Marc Burch
a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Hobee's is great! I love their coffee cake.

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Posted by alert eater
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 22, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Breakfast is such an oddly personal thing, I don't give recommendations anymore. My crave is good corned beef hash - if I find it, I'll guard the secret (though bribes will be considered).
BTW - Since the PA denny's has been closed close to a year, why does it keep getting plugs for breakfast and/or 24 hour service????? Su Hong's has been working on it with plans to move from El Camino Way to the main drag.

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