Food & Drink

Best Bakery and Best Dessert: Angel Heart Cakes


While their name echoes the angel food cakes that started their business, Angel Heart Cakes severs much more than angel food and more than cakes. Their menu includes, in additional to angel food, devil’s food, dacquoise, cocoanut and carrot cakes, cupcakes, pots de creme, banana pudding, seasonal pocket-pies, chunky chocolate chip cookies, filled brownies, mini tarts, and angel food bread pudding plus, for four-legged friends, gourmet dog biscuits. Breakfast items include: fruit mini angel food cakes, pocket-pies, scones, individual quiches, quickbreads, coffee-cakes and granola as well as locally roasted coffee. The bakery, owned by Menlo Park residents Debbie Umphreys and Chris Rivera, has been busy in the past year, providing baked goods for nearby businesses, including Facebook, where they’ve had pop-up stores. Other clients include Stanford School of Medicine and La Petite Playhouse in Redwood City, where they provide sheet cakes and mini cupcakes for birthday parties. They also sell their cakes and other goodies through Internet delivery services. In evening hours, the bakery has been hosting cooking classes. Angel Heart baked goods are available at Roberts in Woodside, Bianchini’s in Portola Valley, Sigona’s in Redwood City, and at the Stanford Shopping Center.
3716 Florence St., Redwood City | 363-2253


Almanac readers have named Ann’s Coffee Shop in downtown Menlo Park their favorite place to have breakfast. Whether dining at the 6:30 opening time or closer to the 4 p.m. closing time, customers enjoy Ann’s hash browns, French toast, and fresh-baked rhubarb pie, says Manager Nikki Poulon. Natural ingredients and warm service keep attracting customers, she says. “Even though we’ve been open since 1946 and arguably need little improvement, we hope the future will allow us to have even faster customer service and keep making delicious and well-known food,” Ms. Poulon says. “It’s an ideal family breakfast place.”
772 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | 322-0043

Best Hamburgers and Best Happy Hour: Dutch Goose


To many Menlo Park residents, the Dutch Goose is more than just a burgers-and-brews restaurant. Sure, the pub won in two categories — hamburgers and happy hour — in this year’s Readers’ Choice poll, but according to owner Greg Stern: “The feedback we get most often is that people like the family atmosphere. It’s like ’Cheers’ (the popular TV show). You walk in, and everyone knows your name.” Currently, the Goose, as it’s known, is considering adding pizza to the menu, although no plans have been finalized. Food selection aside, Mr. Stern says: “People come because they want to spend time with friends and family ... the fact that we have a good burger is just icing on the cake.”
3567 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park | 854-3245


Known for its seemingly endless selection of flavors, Baskin Robbins has been selected by Almanac readers as this year’s favorite ice cream/frozen yogurt shop. Baskin Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, with 7,300 shops in almost 50 countries.
863 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | 323-9335


With its gourmet pies and crusts, delivery areas around the Bay, and multitude of toppings, Applewood Pizza has won, yet again, the Readers’ Choice award for favorite pizza. From pastas and salads to make-your-own pizzas to a wide selection of beers, the restaurant has been satisfying customers for more than three decades. Some favorites on the menu include the Hawaiian and Menlo combo pizzas.
1001 El Camino Real, Menlo Park | 324-3486


Schaub’s Meat, Fish & Poultry at the Stanford Shopping Center has won again for the category, best place to buy meat. Customers rave about “Fred’s Steak,” their “secret recipe” marinated steaks, and sandwiches made on the premises. Schaub’s also sells fresh fish, poultry, lamb, 26 varieties of house-made sausages (including the just released Memphis blues, a Southern-influenced chicken sausage), duck, smoked salmon, and specialty items such as rabbit and buffalo, venison, pheasant, squab, quail and goose, when available.
395 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto | 325-6328


The award for favorite sandwich place went to the Woodside Deli in Redwood City, also the winner in 2013. The deli does all cooking from scratch and in-house, says Deli owner Dan Gallinetti. Foods not prepared in-house are imported from Italy, including six different kinds of tuna (packaged in jars).
1453 Woodside Road, Redwood City | (650) 369-4235