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Neto Caffe in Mountain View

Ken Hoffman | Dec 3, 2006 11:36 PM

This apppears to be the first post on the month old bakery/eatery that has been a sensation since it opened on the corner of Castro and Evelyn streets in downtown MV. The location has been a bust to several incarnations of eateries but I think this one is here to stay.

What's so special? In Hebrew, NETO is an acronym equivalent to the English acronym, WYSIWYG. Their claim of additive free baked goods and prepatred foods seemed to stand up to our multiple tastings. We tried the giant rugulach that is in the shape of a croissant with a buttery,soft flakey crust (not the usual piece of sweet concrete) and a not too sweet filling that brought me back to the bustling bodegas of Tel Aviv. No coconut oil or shortening here. Just an abundance of genuine flavor, texture and taste. The chocolate croissant was equally unsullied.

They make their own pita and it is warm and soft and slightly chewy and supported beautifully the housemade hummus that reeks of garlic and cannot be put down.

The coffee drinks were also very fine and the Turkish coffee, though not superstrong, is flavored nicely with cardomum and served
in a tiny cup. There are lots of Middle Eastern favorites on the entree side that looked appetizing. The place is very busy and they are still trying to find a way to provide the most efficient service.
Takeout is available.

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