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Beans n' Bites: Bolivian & Chinese in Palo Alto

Melanie Wong | Dec 21, 201402:22 AM

In the 3Gs thread, "ckshen" posted that it had new owners and is now called Beans n' Bites. I'd also heard about the changes from a friend.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9101...

Last week I had a sampling from both sides of the menu. The beef salteña seemed a bit different though they're still said to be baked by the previous Bolivian owners. More soupy gravy and more diced potatoes, and the filling was surprisingly spicy hot. The cuñape ossified before I could get to it. Some day I'll get a fresh one and finally taste one.

From the Taiwanese street food menu, the lu rou fan (braised pork rice bowl) was the best item with fall-apart pieces of leanish pork belly, pickled daikon/carrot and a marinated egg. The five-spice beef was supposed to be on flatbread but was came on a Dutch crunch roll instead! It tasted pretty good with somewhat oversalted beef, fried egg and greens. Zha jiang mian was packed nicely for take-out, but the noodles were mushy and waterlogged. The filling for the BBQ pork puff was sort of hard but the sesame flecked flaky pastry was decent. Now at the two-month mark, a bit more time in grade might help.

Beans n' Bites
456 Cambridge Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 473-6511

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