Cooking Papa opened its doors Monday, May 19, restoring life to the former Sizzler space at 1962 El Camino Real. In 2012, the site was a point of contention in Mountain View, with residents lamenting the loss of Sizzler and the City Council eventually voting against allowing a Chick-Fil-A to take over the space and open with a drive-through.
The Cooking Papa menu is exhaustive, with dim sum, appetizers, soup, clay pot dishes, 13 kinds of fried rice, multiple versions of congee (rice porridge) and many traditional Cantonese entrees. You can wash all of that down with Hong Kong-style milk tea, boba or beer, among other drink options.
The Mountain View outpost joins two other Cooking Papa's, with the original in Santa Clara (opened in 2010) and a second in Foster City (opened in 2011).
1962 El Camino Real, Mountain View
Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9:45 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9:30 p.m.