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Current dense restaurant clusters in Palo Alto and Mountain View downtowns

eatzalot | | Dec 23, 2010 01:59 PM

In another thread, bbulkow and I began comparing MV and PA (University Ave.) downtown restaurant populations. Both areas have seen recent changes. After reviewing bb's detailed postings there, my sense is bb is much better acquainted in person with downtown PA and I with downtown MV. (I'm there daily for years and have eaten at most of these restaurants several times.) So I won't comment on PA, but focus on what's current and changing in downtown MV. For this posting I did considerable checking, including questions to a few places I didn't know; exact names, menus, walking the area. Consequently, below I think is the most up-to-date comprehensive summary of downtown MV restaurants available anywhere. Corrections welcome. For compactness I've only listed restaurants' names, alphabetically, omitting further details that I sometimes post when questions come up.

I hope bbulkow can add a downtown-PA restaurant list here in similar format. We can compare and discuss, if we have any energy left.

Downtown MV geography: For years, a greater downtown-MV walkable restaurant area definition has been locally customary. The family that formerly indexed restaurants online used it; it was the basis of counts I've quoted for years (70 restaurants 2005, 90 in 2007). Currently the area embraces exactly 100 restaurants, counting everything serving food. With very few exceptions, all (including "Tea" shops) offer substantial meals including dinners. A few others serve substantial meals but omit dinner. Area is Castro Street from Evelyn to El Camino and slightly beyond, and side streets for a few blocks each way (Shoreline to Calderon). Three-quarters of the restaurants there lie within a small "core" around the four 100-400 Castro blocks, and side streets 1.5 blocks each way. I list the core and non-core restaurants separately below. (The "core" is the site of my past mentions of very high restaurant density.)

Transitions: Currently, three restaurants (Food Street, Spice Islands, Villa 8) are closed "temporarily" for remodeling; one (New China Delight) retains frontage but is clearly defunct, one (Scratch) is not yet open, but nearly (I stopped in recently and saw staff training), it's "a full service restaurant and oyster bar featuring New American Regional Cuisine," same owners as Palo Alto Creamery and Reposado. I include these five in the total; local history indicates that when one closes, another replaces it, which is why the count continues rising despite closures. More downtown MV former storefronts were recently remodeled for possible restaurant tenancy, that's some of the ferment bbulkow noticed on the 100-Castro block, where Barracuda recently opened, and a few others the last year or so.

Evidently Palo Alto restaurants are expanding into MV (Scratch), while MV restaurants are expanding into PA (Baklava, reviewed in the recent PA Weekly and MV Voice).

CORE downtown MV restaurants (74):
Amarin, Bangkok Spoon, Barracuda, Bodrum Café, Bushido, Café Baklava, Café Yulong, Cantankerous Fish, Casa Lupe, Cascal, Chef Liu, Chez TJ, Dana Street Roasting Co., [Ristorante] Don Giovanni, Fiesta Del Mar Too, Food Street, Fu Lam Mum, Gelato Classico, Ginseng Korean BBQ, Gyros House, Hangen Szechuan, Hong Kong Bakery, Hong Kong Bistro, Hunan Chili, Kapp's PIzza Bar & Grill, King of Krung Siam, Kirin, [The] Kitchen Table, Maru Ichi, Molly MaGee's, "Mondays" (closed for vacation, see http://eatonmonday.com/), Monte Carlo (restaurant is Los Caxcanes), Mtn. View Bakery & Cafe, [Kappo] Nami Nami, Neto Caffe & Bakery, New China Delight, New Mongolian BBQ, Pasta?, Pho Garden, Pho Hoa, Pho To Chau, Posh Bagel, Queen House, Red Rock Coffee, [Ramen House] Ryowa, Sakoon, Scratch, Shabuway, Shalala, Shezan, Shiva's, Sono Sushi, Spice Islands, St. Stephen's Green, Subway, Sushi Tomi, Tapioca Express, Taqueria La Bamba, Taqueria Los Charros, Tea Era, Temptations, Thaiphoon, Tied House, [Ristorante] Toscana (fmrly Bella Vita), Totoro, Tsunami Sushi, Vaso Azzurro, Verde Tea Cafe, Villa 8 Buffet, Xanh, Yakko, Yoogl Yogurt Cafe, Zpizza, Zucca Ristorante.

NON-CORE downtown MV restaurants (26):
Amber Cafe, Amici's, Bean Scene Cafe (in Performing Arts Center, 500 Castro), [Le] Boulanger, Chef Xiu (fmrly Shanghai Taste Delight), Clarke's, El Calderon, [La] Fiesta, Frankie Johnnie & Luigi, Gelayo Gusto, Happi House, Jack in the Box, KFC, Mediterranean Grill House, Papa John's Pizza, Passage to India Bakery and Sweets Shop, Peet's Coffee, Rose Market (Persian grocery with unique take-out, outdoor seating), Savory, Spica, Starbucks, another Subway, Sufi Coffee Shop, Sushi Tei, Sweet Corner, Taco Bell.

I should add (re non-restaurant gastronomy), many residents and workers find it convenient that downtown MV's pedestrian "core" or just outside it embraces also two wine shops (since 2009), two Chinese groceries (one extensive with produce and butcher counters, fresh fish, multiple ethnic ingredients sections), a chain pharmacy with groceries and wine, and large Sunday farmer's market at the train station. (Not to mention MV's Performing Arts Center, City Hall, and Library.

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Cascal
400 Castro St., Mountain View, CA 94041

Hong Kong Bistro
147 Castro St Ste 1, Mountain View, CA 94041

Chez TJ
938 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

Ryowa
859 Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Hunan Chili Restaurant
102 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Fu Lam Mum
246 Castro St, Mountain View, CA

Chef Liu
236 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Passage to India Bakery
1100 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

Hangen Szechuan
134 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Maru Ichi Restaurant
368 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Gelayo Gusto
856 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA

Neto Caffe
135 Castro St, Mountain View, CA

Zucca Ristorante
186 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Fiesta Del Mar Too
735 Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Xanh Restaurant
110 Castro St, Mountain View, CA

Totoro
841 Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Sushi Tomi
635 W Dana St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Sweet Corner
650 Castro St, Mountain View, CA

Palo Alto Creamery
180 Stanford Shopping Ctr, Palo Alto, CA

Reposado
236 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301

The Kitchen Table
142 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

Sakoon
357 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

Tea Era
271 Castro St, Mountain View, CA

Chef Xiu
855 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

Fu Lam Mum
155 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

The Cantankerous Fish
420 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Sushi Tei
1036 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94040

Sono Sushi
357 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Taqueria Los Charros
854 W Dana St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Bangkok Spoon
702 Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041

To Chau
853 Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Sufi Coffee Shop
815 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

Tsunami Sushi
209 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Bean Scene Cafe
500 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

El Calderon Restaurant
699 Calderon Ave, Mountain View, CA 94041

Gyros House
212 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Shalala
698 W Dana St, Mountain View, CA 94041

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