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Oprah, Sandberg visit Flea Street in Menlo Park

Original post made on Mar 23, 2013

Jesse Cool, longtime owner of Flea Street Cafe in Menlo Park, welcomed to her restaurant Oprah Winfrey and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook. They were there to record an interview with Ms. Sandberg about her new book, "Lean In."

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Comments (13)

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Mar 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm

I love this restaurant, but Ms. Cool should do herself a favor: Keep your mouth devoid of the gushing. It makes her look like an amateur instead of the seasoned professional that she is. Yeah, Oprah's a big deal, Sandberg's the techie gal du jour, but guess what, Ms. Cool? You've been an important part of a food revolution that has reached the entire country. You were doing local, sustainable, organic while Oprah was on her stupid liquid diet.

Posted by Menlo Foodie, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Mar 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I find both Oprah Winfrey and Sheryl Sandberg to be terribly boring. Jesse Cool, on the other hand, is a very good chef.

Posted by neighbor, a resident of another community
on Mar 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Chacun a son gout

Posted by neighbor, a resident of another community
on Mar 25, 2013 at 10:20 am

The editor removed my coment "To each his own taste" in French.
Why is it controversial to post this comment. Personally, I don't care for Jesse Cool's food...but why can't that be expressed?

Posted by Menlo Resident, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Do we really have to find something negative in every event? Jesse Cool can and should celebrate having the two high profile individuals enjoy Flea Street. I say good for Jesse in every way.

Posted by Dilly, a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Mar 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Not 'care for the food' at Flea Street?

That's the first time I've heard that. Never been disappointed, nor have my guests. Granted, there are times I try a new dish and don't rank it as high as some of those classic dishes they have, but that happens anywhere. I still look back at the gnocchi I ordered once and scratch my head wondering why I did it - can ANYONE make gnocchi work? I think not....

Flea St is an undervalued classic. Funky cross town location? Or maybe it's because it's been so consistent for sooooo long, folks take it for granted.

Posted by tom h, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 25, 2013 at 3:18 pm

All 3 women are fine people. Jesse is just most cool.

Posted by Marjorie, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Mar 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Jesse Cool deserves to have the best restaurant around. She has worked hard for many years. Many notable people dine at Flea Street, unnoticed.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Mar 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Dilly - you seriously have problems finding good gnocchi? You don't even have to go as far as SF for good gnocchi.

Posted by Dilly, a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Mar 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Hmmm.... now, not that. Sorry I wasn't more clear. Flea Street's gnocchi is probably good, I suppose.

I just don't *get* what the fuss is about with gnocchi!


Now, something I wasn't expecting to be any good - the halibut cheeks. Wow! Have they been on the menu recently?

Posted by Sylvia, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Mar 27, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Anything Jesse does is GREAT, not only her food. She started us out on our sustainable food venture and love her cookbooks. Jesse is a GREAT, creative and hardworking person who deserves anyone's attention, including Oprah's!

Posted by Late for the Train, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I mention this only because of the previous connection between Flea Street and the long since closed Late for the Train.

When we lived in the Willows, one our biggest pleasures was strolling down to Late for the Train for their amazing breakfast menu full of organic and vegetarian items. In fact, it was one of the selling points when we purchased our first home.

When that restaurant was forced to close down for rent reasons, the property was "upgraded" and leased to Mike's Cafe -- a horrible failure. Now the property owner is stuck with an empty property, the town lost an iconic eatery, and people who worked at that eatery, some for decades, lost their jobs. Greed is good, until it's stupid.

Jesse, if there is a part of you that misses Late for the Train, can you please reopen? Menlo Park is thirsting for a quality breakfast establishment that isn't the usual fare.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Mar 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Dilly - good gnocchi is great; mediocre gnocchi is a turnoff! I've even had decent gnocchi at Amici's. Haven't been to Flea St. in some months, & I didn't even know halibut had cheeks ;-) Now time to visit, your comment made me hungry.

Late for the Train - do you even know why Mike's closed? He sold out to someone else & they're not going to be opening anything related to food. So for now, food truck night at Willows Market is your closest bet. BTW, it wasn't open "for decades" was it?

I was really turned off by the gushing attitude of Ms. Cool in this article, as if what she's achieved is somehow less than Oprah or what's-her-name. Yeah, they probably have a lot more money, but I'm betting that Ms. Cool's legacy is more healthier than the other two.

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