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Bocce, Beer, Burgers! The Office, San Carlos


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Bocce, Beer, Burgers! The Office, San Carlos

bbulkow | Nov 5, 2010 11:59 PM

Great little place. Was somehow "southern". Maybe it was the country & western. Maybe it was the outdoor fire pits. Maybe the women with too much makeup and a lot of jewelery, for California. Somehow feels like Peachtree Street in Atlanta - a certain level of authenticity.

Open about a month, I hear.

Beer is american favorites (including $3 pbr) and a few good IPAs (speakeasy, lagunitas). Cuisine is a pretty mean burger. 3 kinds of fries (normal, garlic, sweet potato). Only unusual thing is the "redneck taco" which was some cornbread and pulled pork concoction. I had a burger and it was pretty good. Far north of jefferey's, a bit south of Peninsula Creamery.

Mostly great because it can handle your party of 15 people hanging around a fire pit, and there's sports. And a bocce court. Apparently anyone who rents the bocce court gets a free pitcher of PBR.

Service was, well, they're trying. Yelp has horrible complaints, but most of the complaints are from when they had counter service only. They've changed to standard wait service, so at least you can hang out while you're waiting for your food, but service is not good yet.

There's an older guy in an Office shirt asking how service is. Obviously the owner. They've got enough servers, they just disappear for a while. Kind of like BBC. My source tells me the owners have never owned a restaurant before, they've got a bit of a hit on their hands. Anyone who can explain to them how to get service better at a place like that should do it. I think the problem is servers wait at the bar for drinks, and if the bar gets even a little behind, the servers are there instead of doing the other things they can at the tables, like doing checks. There's no place for the servers to wait that allows them to see & be seen at the tables.

It's a great addition to the neighborhood, and they're working hard to get the service working.

Peninsula Creamery
900 High St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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