I tried hitting Rangoon Ruby's, in Palo Alto, in the space that had Baklava and iTapas and I can't remember what before.
The place was *packed*, people spilling out onto the sidewalk. It was a friday before a football game, maybe parents back in town, but still ... ? No notes here yet.
New Chin's, in RWC, is an interesting place. It's some kind of mad mashup of south east asian in a formica low rent location. The food isn't great, but it's kind of a hoot, with thai, viet, chinese all represented in a single soup - and individual entrees. Prices are cheap. We may be back - but it was kind of low-rent, not in a good way.
Vesta is still killing it.
There's a new Thai place in Mountain View, Bangkok Bistro, at the corner of Rengsdorf and Middlefield. It's kind of a one-man-show, one good thai cook - really good thai cook - putting out some very homey curries in a slightly upscale but very small place. They've got a lot of teething pains, with half the menu items not available, and of the four scale of "hot" -- "hot" wasn't "thai hot". Worth a shot if you live in that neck of the woods - in a few weeks.
Near work, I am still eating a lot of La Bamba (next to La Costena), but I've identified a new place for after work beer & food.
Francesca's. 23 beers on tap, the only place I've seen both Budweiser and Lagunitas. I tried to stop by this week, and there were no seats available. It's a funny road-house kind of place with slightly scary big-haired women from the local trailer park. But, with a good beer list, as long as the wings or burgers are tolerable, why wouldn't one go? Sponsors BARF, the local sportsbike online forum, and an AFM racer.
At work we are liking Samovar Deli for lunch. I haven't actually been in, but I think the owners might be Azerbajani, and the best thing I've cadged from co-workers is a funny meat pie. Good spice, good gravy.
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