Woodside Bakery offers pastries, cakes, cookies and other baked goods that have kept customers coming back for more than 35 years. The family-owned European bakery makes its baked goods from scratch every day, from delightfully buttery croissants and fresh fruit tarts to mile-high old-fashioned apple pies.
325 Sharon Park Drive, Menlo Park | (650) 854-6207 | woodsidebakery.com
Nothing beats the homemade pancakes at Stacks. Known for serving classic American comfort food, Stacks uses farm-fresh eggs, real butter, heavy cream and other high-quality ingredients. Its large selection of dishes, generous portions and family-friendly atmosphere have made Stacks a local favorite. Stacks is open for dine in, takeout and delivery.
600 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 838-0066 | stacksrestaurant.com
The bakery at Draeger's Market has been a part of the Menlo Park community for 64 years, offering a variety of breads and sweets baked from scratch, from favorites like German chocolate cake, vanilla coconut cake and s'mores cheesecake to wedding cakes. The bakery is open for service with new health practices. Groceries also can be picked up on-site or purchased through third-party delivery services.
1010 University Drive, Menlo Park | (650) 324-7700 | draegers.com
HAMBURGERS, HAPPY HOUR
Since opening in 1966, Dutch Goose has been the go-to place for Certified Angus Beef burgers, brews and pizza in a family-friendly atmosphere, where the staff call you by name and not a number or a text. Dutch Goose is open for delivery, takeout and outdoor seating.
3567 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park | (650) 854-3245 | dutchgoose.net
ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT
Cold Stone Creamery
For more than 30 years, Menlo Park's Cold Stone Creamery has served handcrafted ice cream made with the finest ingredients and mixed with a variety of sweet toppings. Along with the shop's signature method of preparing ice cream on a frozen granite stone, it also prepares cakes, smoothies, frappes and shakes for customers looking for a cold, sweet treat. Cold Stone offers delivery and takeout services.
611 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 325-4500 | coldstonecreamery.com
INDEPENDENT COFFEE AND TEA HOUSE, CASUAL DINING, OUTDOOR DINING, PLACE TO MEET PEOPLE
See Place to Meet People, under Fun Stuff
Amici's has been serving up pizza - along with pasta, soup and salad - to Menlo Park patrons for the past decade. The thin-crust New York style pies are cooked in traditional brick ovens next to an open flame. Diners can now eat indoors, outdoors or order food for pickup or delivery.
880 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 329-8888 | amicis.com
PLACE TO BUY MEAT, SANDWICHES
Since 1998, shoppers have counted on Bianchini's Market for fresh local produce, gourmet cheeses and groceries from small producers whose items aren't found at chain stores. Readers praise the family-owned market for its meat counter and deli sandwiches, which can be ordered via text and are ready for pickup on arrival. The market also offers delivery in as little as one hour.
3130 Alpine Road, Portola Valley | (650) 851-4391 | bianchinismarket.com
Located in the former Su Hong to-go space, Chef Kwan's offers a full menu of traditional dishes and lunch plates made to order. The restaurant is open for takeout seven days a week.
630 Menlo Ave., Menlo Park | (650) 322-4631 | chefkwans.com