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Guidebook for Menlo Park

Sarah & David
Sarah & David
Joined in 2014
Sarah & David

Guidebook for Menlo Park

Everything Else
This is a large grocery store with all the basics you need.
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Safeway
525 El Camino Real
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This is a large grocery store with all the basics you need.
Good selection of TJ branded items include a reasonably priced selection of organic and gluten-free items.
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Trader Joe's
720 Menlo Avenue
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Good selection of TJ branded items include a reasonably priced selection of organic and gluten-free items.
Food Scene
Closest fast food to the cottage
Chipotle Mexican Grill
180 El Camino Real
Closest fast food to the cottage
We love Poke. This Poke bar is within easy walking distance of the cottage. Healthy and relatively inexpensive food. The seating area is very small though.
Go Fish Poke Bar- Stanford Shopping Center
244 Stanford Shopping Center
We love Poke. This Poke bar is within easy walking distance of the cottage. Healthy and relatively inexpensive food. The seating area is very small though.
This has a large seating area and reasonably priced pastries (reasonably priced for the area). We like it because there is always seating available.
Cocola Bakery
180 El Camino Real
This has a large seating area and reasonably priced pastries (reasonably priced for the area). We like it because there is always seating available.
I like to go to the Melt with my kids for a quick and inexpensive meal. The burgers are great and there is a grilled cheese option for vegetarians.
The Melt Stanford
180 El Camino Real
I like to go to the Melt with my kids for a quick and inexpensive meal. The burgers are great and there is a grilled cheese option for vegetarians.
This restaurant is located in the Stanford shopping mall. It is very reasonably priced for basic freshly made food. You can get a basic protein, vegetable and starch or a large salad. There is a nice outdoor seating area that is part of the restaurant though it is often hard to find a spot. There are also beers and kombucha on tap. This is our go to place for a pleasant weeknight dinner. We love the fact that we can easily walk there from the house/cottage. There are also lots of great vegetarian-friendly choies.
Tender Greens
180 El Camino Real
This restaurant is located in the Stanford shopping mall. It is very reasonably priced for basic freshly made food. You can get a basic protein, vegetable and starch or a large salad. There is a nice outdoor seating area that is part of the restaurant though it is often hard to find a spot. There are also beers and kombucha on tap. This is our go to place for a pleasant weeknight dinner. We love the fact that we can easily walk there from the house/cottage. There are also lots of great vegetarian-friendly choies.
This is a good restaurant for interesting healthy dishes. It has a nice outdoor seating area and is often quite full. It is a bit more on the pricey side but brunch is definitely worth it. A real California experience . A warning though, service can be slow.
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True Food Kitchen
180 El Camino Real
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This is a good restaurant for interesting healthy dishes. It has a nice outdoor seating area and is often quite full. It is a bit more on the pricey side but brunch is definitely worth it. A real California experience . A warning though, service can be slow.
We often stop here for "ice cream". Well, its not really ice cream, its a frozen super healthy treat. Our favorite flavor is vanilla made from dates, almonds, vanilla extract and some salt. Super yummy and healthy. We much prefer it to the over-priced ice-cream places in the mall.
Pressed Juicery
230 Stanford Shopping Center
We often stop here for "ice cream". Well, its not really ice cream, its a frozen super healthy treat. Our favorite flavor is vanilla made from dates, almonds, vanilla extract and some salt. Super yummy and healthy. We much prefer it to the over-priced ice-cream places in the mall.
Nice "fast casual" dining spot with good Asian inspired food. Reasonably priced, vegetarian-friendly, and lots of healthy choices. One of our go-to take out places though there is also some nice outdoor seating (though you are next to the parking lot).
Asian Box
855 El Camino Real
Nice "fast casual" dining spot with good Asian inspired food. Reasonably priced, vegetarian-friendly, and lots of healthy choices. One of our go-to take out places though there is also some nice outdoor seating (though you are next to the parking lot).
Parks & Nature
Great walks along the bay.
Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve trailhead
2690-2698 Terminal Blvd
Great walks along the bay.
Sightseeing
Allied Arts Guild is just at the end of our street! It is a beautiful and historic garden oasis, home to unique shops, artists' studios, and a cafe. It was built in 1929, in a Spanish style and is run by a non-profit organization that raises funds for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.
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Allied Arts Guild
75 Arbor Road
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Allied Arts Guild is just at the end of our street! It is a beautiful and historic garden oasis, home to unique shops, artists' studios, and a cafe. It was built in 1929, in a Spanish style and is run by a non-profit organization that raises funds for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.
Arts & Culture
This museum on the Stanford campus has a high quality selection of art from old masters to modern art. Most important periods are represented with a few pictures from each making it a comprehensive but not overwhelming museum. There is a also a section on the Stanford family. In addition, there are rotating exhibits. And its free!
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Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts
328 Lomita Dr
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This museum on the Stanford campus has a high quality selection of art from old masters to modern art. Most important periods are represented with a few pictures from each making it a comprehensive but not overwhelming museum. There is a also a section on the Stanford family. In addition, there are rotating exhibits. And its free!
Getting Around
This is a transportation hub where Caltrain stops as well as buses that go north and south. This is also a major stop for the Marguerite which is Stanford University's free shuttle. Buses to to Stanford very frequently.
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Palo Alto Station
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This is a transportation hub where Caltrain stops as well as buses that go north and south. This is also a major stop for the Marguerite which is Stanford University's free shuttle. Buses to to Stanford very frequently.
The Palo Alto Station and the Menlo Park Station are both close enough to walk to. The Palo Alto Station is a bit closer. Check the train schedules for which stop makes more sense for you since not all trains stop at all the stations.
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Menlo Park
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The Palo Alto Station and the Menlo Park Station are both close enough to walk to. The Palo Alto Station is a bit closer. Check the train schedules for which stop makes more sense for you since not all trains stop at all the stations.