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Dining downtown: by the numbers

What's the most common type of cuisine in downtown Palo Alto?

If you think it's Italian, guess again. More restaurants serve California cuisine than any other, according to the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association.

All told, 96 eateries do business in the area bordered by El Camino Real and Middlefield Road and Lytton and Homer avenues, according to the association's website, PaloAltoDowntown.com.

Here's a breakdown of eateries by cuisine, not including those still in the works. Some restaurants listed themselves under more than one category:

Asian: 1

Bakeries: 4

Cajun: 1

California: 11

Coffee and Tea: 10

Chinese: 5

Delicatessen: 4

Diners: 2

European: 4

Exotic/Unique: 5

Hamburgers: 1

Indian: 5

Ice cream: 5

Italian: 9

Japanese: 4

Mediterranean: 6

Mexican: 3

Persian: 3

Pizza: 7

Sports Bar and Grill: 1

Tapas: 1

Thai: 4

Vegan: 1

Vegetarian: 2

Vietnamese: 3

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