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Lure + Till opens in downtown Palo Alto

Uploaded: Mar 16, 2014
The new Epiphany Hotel opened its doors in downtown Palo Alto at 180 Hamilton Ave. on March 10, with its trendy farm-to-table restaurant, Lure + Till, following suit that weekend.

Whoever designed the restaurant couldn't have asked for better weather for the opening ? much of Lure + Till's seating is al fresco along Hamilton Avenue. Even for indoor diners, sliding glass doors might be totally open on warm days and nights, as it was this weekend.

Passerbys also have a full view of the restaurant's bar, which is serving up 10 craft cocktails to start off.

Drinks range from the "Peninsula Punch" (kappa pisco, lemon and pineapple) to the "Schmandy" (brandy, mint, angostura bitters, lemon, scrimschraw pilsner). Prices range from $8 to $12 per drink. The Peninsula Punch and "Cava Punch" can also be ordered in pitchers for a group at $40 a pop. Lure + Till's cocktail program is run by Carlos Yturria, who's already well-established in the San Francisco bar scene.

The opening food options are wide-ranging, with combinations and ingredients you probably won't find elsewhere downtown. Starters come in the form of various soups and salads: baby beet salad with apple smoked yogurt, wheat barriers and mustard greens ($14); kale salad with ricotta salata, currants, toasted almonds, sprouting legumes and a sherry vinaigrette ($14); green garlic soup ($8); Caesar salad with roasted chicken thigh, boquerones, romaine lettuce and parmigiano reggiano ($17); chopped salad with house-made pickles, hard-boiled eggs, asparagus, fennel, carrots, and quinoa dressed in a sherry vinaigrette ($14) and a baby greens salad pear, walnuts, shallot confit and radish ($8). The more expensive ones come at the same prices as entrees so probably can be ordered as such.

Other small bites include deviled eggs with chive, shallot, mustard and aioli (three for $5) and flatbread with various spreads.

Current entrees ("Sandos and mains") are tagliarini (egg noodles, narrower than tagliatelle) with braised hen jus ($14), mafalde (ribbon pasta noodles) with pancetta ($15), a burger and fries ($12), fish and chips ($17), roasted chicken breast with cucumber and kale panzanella ($16) and a hanger steak sandwich ($15).

Lure + Till also serves one Southern-style side: baked heirloom grits (that's an heirloom I've never heard before) topped with a slow-cooked egg and house-made siracha ($6).

The kitchen is headed up by Patrick Kelly, previously executive chef at Gitane in San Francisco and Michelin-starred Angèle in Napa.

Lure + Till also covers room service for the hotel.

Hours: Open Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat-Sunday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
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Posted by Naia T, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Mar 18, 2014 at 8:49 am

I'll see you at my school today

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Posted by Food Critic Mini Course, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Mar 18, 2014 at 8:52 am

I am in a course to learn about being a food critic. My class has a question, how much do you usually get payed per article? Thanks!

-Hillview's Food Critic Mini Course.
(P.S., Taught by Miss Eisner herself!)

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Posted by Elena Kadvany, a resident of another community,
on Mar 18, 2014 at 10:02 am

Naia and Food Critic Mini Course: I'll see you and answer any questions today! Thanks.

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Posted by 94303too, a resident of East Palo Alto,
on Mar 21, 2014 at 5:08 pm

The hotel and restaurant look lovely, and I'm eager to sample some nibbles. However, the poorly designed valet service has caused traffic nightmares at the intersection of Emerson and Hamilton. At rush hour, Epiphany patrons were parking their cars in the middle of Emerson and just leaving them there for the valets to come pick up, effectively blocking traffic for the rest of downtown. It's only a matter of time before someone gets badly hurt (or rageful). I hope the hotel will find some other way of managing its valet service so it no longer imposes on the rest of Palo Alto. I feel badly for any businesses on Emerson St south of the hotel - with the road blocked by cars waiting for valets, they will not receive much business.

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Posted by JO, a resident of College Terrace,
on Mar 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I had to check google maps to get an idea of where this is located. It would have helped if the article had a better description. I never venture to Downtown Palo Alto anymore.

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Posted by Elena Kadvany, online editor of Palo Alto Online,
on Mar 23, 2014 at 9:29 am

Elena Kadvany is a registered user.

94303too: It's definitely a concern, will be interesting to see if the hotel adapts/changes its valet strategy.

JO: Did you see the address at the end of the article? Sorry I didn't clarify. Epiphany Hotel replaced the old Casa Olga building at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Emerson Street.

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