Posted by KP, a resident of the South of Midtown neighborhood, on Jul 9, 2012 at 11:21 am
Some people with money like to spend it wisely, and go to Trader Joes, Milk Pail or Safeway, etc. - others think that if they shop at more expensive stores they are getting better items or they can name drop to show they have money...they go into Andronico's and Mollie Stone's in their high heels, hair done up, 3 pc. suits etc.! I laugh at them.
I try to keep my money where it belongs...WITH ME!
Posted by longtimeresident, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jul 9, 2012 at 11:40 am
Downtown Palo Alto has very few stores that hold any interest for me. They need to have restrictions on what stores can go in the downtown area. Less nail salons, furniture stores and coffee places. More clothing, shoe, book and unique specialty stores.
Posted by Nora Charles, a resident of Stanford, on Jul 9, 2012 at 11:22 pm
Congratulations to Mollie Stone's! After the very sad closure of Andronico's (I hope another grocery store moves in) I started shopping there. Yes, some items are more expensive than at Safeway, but not all. The employees are very friendly and helpful, and it's a perfect size, not overwhelming like the larger stores. I just hope the ill-advised plan to narrow California Ave. won't be a problem.
Posted by PA Resident, a resident of the South of Midtown neighborhood, on Jul 10, 2012 at 1:29 am
To those wondering about the popularity of Mollie Stone's — it has carved out a strong niche in the kosher-foods area, offering the widest selection of kosher items I've seen anywhere. That's not a draw for me, but given the large number of conservatively-dressed families I see walking around south Palo Alto on Saturdays, I bet there's a large clientele here in Palo Alto. (I just pick up occasional items there when I'm in the neighborhood.)
We used to go to Thai City quite a bit when our kids were little and adored Thai City's mee krob. When they took that off the menu years ago, and also changed something about their chicken dishes, we stopped going nearly as often. (My guess is that they began slicing and pre-steaming the chicken ahead of time, and then would just throw handfuls of it into stir-fries. It had a rubbery texture and a livery flavor, unlike any stir-fried chicken I've had, and the chicken dishes were negatively impacted. I doubt that we were the only patrons who noticed that something had changed for the worse.)
Nevertheless, we still went there from time to time, enjoying what was still the best tom kha gai anywhere (in spite of the chicken), a fine selection of beers, and one particular waiter who was a real cutup. And yes, as someone mentioned above, they treated the children just great. I hope the family is getting along OK. When I was sick last week and craved some of that tom kha gai, I was disappointed when my husband told me that it had closed.
With the nearly simultaneous closing of Thai Garden/Pattaya when Palo Alto Bowl was torn down, that leaves south Palo Alto with no Thai places. (Yes, I do enjoy Indochine in Midtown, and Thaiphoon downtown.)
I've never tried the Hong Kong restaurant — I guess I'll have to check it out.