The history of Pioneer Saloon is as lustrous as its wooden decor and nostalgic "Wild West" ambiance. In operation since 1880, the landmark saloon has become a local destination for its Live Music Sundays. Even when live music was canceled during the shutdown, patrons organized monthly socially distanced gatherings to support the saloon until it could reopen. The saloon is open for indoor and outdoor service. Check its website for the latest information on Live Music Sundays.
2925 Woodside Road, Woodside | (650) 851-8487 | pioneer-saloon.com
PLACE FOR A DATE
Flea Street Cafe
Jesse Cool's Flea Street Cafe is well known for its sustainable farm-to-table menu that includes fresh, in-season, organic and local ingredients, as well as for its commitment to giving back to the local community. During the pandemic, the Menlo Park restaurant provided about 1,000 weekly meals for dozens of front-line workers through its Meals of Gratitude program. The restaurant now offers its high-end dishes to go and is open for outdoor dining on its covered, heated deck.
3607 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park | (650) 854-1226 | cooleatz.com
PLACE TO MEET PEOPLE
For decades, Cafe Borrone has been a beloved neighborhood destination, so when it was forced to close its doors due to hardships created by the pandemic in 2020, more than 700 patrons rallied together to raise $110,000 to reopen the downtown landmark. The cafe, known for its prepared-from-scratch food, is now open and serving food and drinks indoors and in its outdoor plaza next to the fountain. The cafe now offers online ordering for pickup.
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park | (650) 327-0830 | cafeborrone.com