Woodside Bakery appears to be as popular in its Menlo Park location as it had been in Woodside. It still offers the pastries, cakes, cookies and other baked goods that have kept customers coming back for more than 35 years. The bakery, now located in the Sharon Heights Shopping Center, will bake a custom cake for you, or, if you're in the market, a lovely and luscious wedding cake.
325 Sharon Park Drive, Menlo Park | (650) 854-6207 | woodsidebakery.com
BREAKFAST, DINING WITH KIDS
Anyone who's been inside Buck's of Woodside would instantly understand why readers think this longtime establishment is a great place to bring kids. The decor includes whimsical figures and aircraft hanging from the ceiling; floor and tabletop gewgaws and oddities give special meaning to the word "novelty." What's not for a kid to love? The breakfast menu features traditional fare — portions are hearty, flavors are satisfying.
3062 Woodside Road, Woodside | (650) 851-8010 | buckswoodside.com
Our readers have chosen Draeger's Market, which has been a part of the Menlo Park community for 64 years, as the No. 1 place to go for desserts. In addition to the market's famous German chocolate cake and other luscious confections to satisfy your sweet tooth, the bakery offers new desserts for the summer season, such as vanilla coconut cake and s'mores cheesecake. The recently remodeled market added a "grab and go" dessert section, and offers a broader range of bakery goods.
1010 University Drive, Menlo Park | (650) 324-7700 | draegers.com
Jeffrey's Hamburgers has again captured the No. 1 spot as the best place to feast on a hamburger. The meat is ground fresh every day, not prepackaged or frozen. For those who prefer a beef-less burger, Jeffrey's offers turkey and garden burgers. Salads, soups, sandwiches, fish and chips, milkshakes and root beer floats are also on the menu.
888 El Camino Real, Menlo Park | (650) 322-1959 | jeffreyshamburgers.com
ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT
Our readers are hooked on Baskin-Robbins ice cream and frozen yogurt. What flavor do you like? The longtime downtown ice cream shop is likely to have it. Also on offer are sundaes, milkshakes, parfaits and other traditional ice cream fare. And ice cream cakes are an item that keeps customers coming back when they want a cool and irresistible treat for their kids and their guests.
863 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 323-9335 | baskinrobbins.com
INDEPENDENT COFFEE AND TEA HOUSE, CASUAL DINING, OUTDOOR DINING, PLACE TO MEET PEOPLE
Cafe Borrone has done it again: It crosses the finish line first in four categories. As anyone can see who walks by the Menlo Center, at the corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and El Camino Real, this longtime local favorite buzzes with people and conversation. Patrons can enjoy their food and drinks in the plaza, next to the fountain.
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park | (650) 327-0830 | cafeborrone.com
For nine years, Amici's has been serving up pizza — and pasta, soup, salad and other side dishes — to its Menlo Park customers, and Almanac readers approve. They've voted Amici's the No. 1 place to go for pizza. The thin-crust New York-style pies are cooked in traditional brick ovens next to an open flame. The staff says diners can customize Amici's mac 'n cheese plate "to your taste, with a variety of great additional ingredient options."
880 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 329-8888 | amicis.com
Chef Kwan's continues to satisfy those in the market for good Chinese food, quickly served. Located in the former Su Hong To Go space, Chef Kwan's offers a full menu of traditional dishes and a variety of lunch plates.
630 Menlo Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 322-4631 | chefkwans.com