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Shop Talk: Asian street food, drive-thru Starbucks

Original post made on Apr 24, 2012

Get the latest scoop about retail and restaurants by Palo Alto Weekly columnist Daryl Savage.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, April 23, 2012, 2:32 PM

Comments (23)

Posted by Joe Smith, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 24, 2012 at 10:46 am

There's actually no such thing as a pre-med degree from Stanford. Please check your facts.

Posted by Arch Conservative, a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 24, 2012 at 11:06 am

Any degree from Stanford can be a "Pre Med".
I have known students with a Civil Engineering BS degree go on to med school, and become MDs.
"Pre Med" does have a nice "truthiness" about it though. And today's journalists are not keen on digging deeply for all the facts.

Posted by Adobe, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Apr 24, 2012 at 11:21 am

Maybe he meant that Pacio got an undergraduate degree and took all the required pre-med class in preparation for applying to med school. Why are all the posters here so frequently critical of the people reporting for the Weekly? I think we're lucky to have a good local publication like this, and I appreciate the efforts of journalists like Daryl who enlighten us about what's going on in our town. Give these guys a break!!

Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 24, 2012 at 11:31 am

A savage response is to be expected, given the author.

Posted by RogueTrader, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm

This is a great column. Thanks Daryl!

Posted by Topaz, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Am I the only one here who thinks it's outrageous that Palo Alto has 7 Starbucks??!!

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Topaz - I'm right w/you re Starbucks.

I'm excited about the new Asian, place, though. Plus, it's not downtown! It's great to have places that are accessible, affordable & local. Looking forward to checking it out.

Posted by Kate, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 24, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Seven Starbucks? I can think of six off hand - all very, very busy.
1) Stanford Shopping Center, 2) University Avenue, 3) Midtown, 4) El Camino near
Arastratdero, 5) California Avenue, and 6) El Camino @Stanford Avenue. Where is #7? Would like to try it. I Starbucks can't go into Town and Country because allegedly Peet's has a no encroachment lease with Town & Country and rumored aso does Douce France.

Posted by WilliamR, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Apr 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm

@ Kate--

The article explains about Starbucks #7.

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm

How come we do not have the great food trucks that you see on the street in LA and NYC?

It is the latest craze, delicious and good value.

The other starbucks is on El Camino in south PA-too many

We need a few Spanish and Portuguese restaurants in PA--no more Mexican or Chinese-please

Posted by off da grid, a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Apr 24, 2012 at 6:32 pm

"How come we do not have the great food trucks that you see on the street in LA and NYC?"

You need to get out more.

(but we already knew that)

PV has trucks on Thurs nights, you can take the train up SM for Off The Grid on Mondays ( a fun train ride, 8-10 trucks), etc.. a number of other events in nearby towns.

Posted by Gail, a resident of Southgate
on Apr 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm

The new Asian Box fast food eatery at Town and Country Village has an awful odor when you go into the establishment. Not very appealing.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Given that Palo Alto isn't the size of NYC proper or LA proper, how many food trucks can the city sustain, in addition to the current restaurants? There is a food truck "scene" at Embarcadero Eats. Sili Valley also has food trucks scattered around.

Portuguese food - do you really think there's a market for that here? There are a number of tapas places in the area, but it'd be nice to have some lower-cost ones.

Posted by Food Truck Gathering in PA, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 25, 2012 at 8:21 am

To the previous poster: Did you mean Edgewood Eats? Web Link. Excellent gathering started by a local mom, Suzie Hwang, whose goal was to revive the dilapidated plaza area. Unlike the City of Palo Alto - Suzie's actions have produced results - and fast!

I agree that Palo Alto is lacking in affordable, authentic ethnic restaurants. This town is teeming with foodies, who need to travel far and wide to satisfy their palates. Even the Chinese food in Palo Alto is far from authentic - we go down to Cupertino (or Mountain View in a pinch) for Chinese grub. Unfortunately, red tape and cost is going to keep the really good and affordable eats from setting up shop here.

Posted by Food Truck Gathering in PA, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 25, 2012 at 8:24 am

BTW - I am very excited that Spice Box is opening up on Cal Ave. Welcome to the neighborhood!

Posted by Food Truck Gathering in PA, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 25, 2012 at 8:25 am

* Correction: Spice Kit

Wow.. I need my morning coffee.

Posted by Chris, a resident of University South
on Apr 25, 2012 at 11:57 am

What is Frank Klein doing at the old Rangoon location on Bryant? The new name is Altar?

Posted by Hanna, a resident of Meadow Park
on Apr 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

PA ONLINE giving free ad space for Philz coffee, again? Tapviva to keep the Philz' employees happy, right?

OrderAhead has a lot more options for restaurants in Palo Alto.

TapViva has ONLY Philz in Palo Alto, who at PA ONLINE gets their free coffee from Philz?

Posted by LOL, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm

...and who here works for OrderAhead, Hanna? LOL

Posted by Jaco P, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm

After drinking coffee from roasters that specialize in third wave coffee it's tough to drink Starbucks now. It just tastes like battery acid.

Fortunately Palo Alto has one third wave coffee shop called ZombieRunner near Cal Ave. Check it out if you want an alternative!

Web Link

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Who would name a restaurant Altar? That's disturbing & unappetizing & over-foodie-ized.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Yes, thank you, Food Truck, I meant Edgewood Eats. Darn you auto correct!

Posted by busy coffee drinker, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Apr 26, 2012 at 8:06 am

Just wanted to mention that I'm happy about the drive through Starbucks coming this summer.

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