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on Feb 23, 2013
Thats a shame about Sophia's closing. We really liked going there for lunch and Sophia was also so kind to everyone.
I ate at the Umami Burger down in LA while at a conference a few months ago. One of my all time favorite burgers. Unlike The Counter, they will do a real medium rare burger, and properly seasoned as well. Another nice addition to downtown!
I love these Shop Talk columns.
We just tried Steam tonight. Yum. Everything was delicious and the prices were reasonable... for Palo Alto. ;o)
I've gotten takeout from Steam twice. More affordable than other University Ave restaurants, clean and friendly. Terronne was like a trip to Italy. The staff spoke Italian and the Neopolitan style pizza was delicious.
Tacolicious opened up this week too on Emerson. Very trendy and lounge-like. Food was fresh and tasty. Many items were locally sourced and/or organic.
I am SO sorry to hear that Cafe Sofia has closed! I have dined there often ever since she moved there. She was always so wonderful and kind. I had no idea she was closing. What a loss to the community!
I find the name Tacolicious unappetizing & somehow disturbing. I'm glad to know there are other options!
Yelp! reviews of Steam are mixed & it sounds less like a dim sum restaurant, based on the limited number of actual dim sum dishes. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]
We too will miss Sophia's wonderful cooking and great chai.
Too many restaurants in downtown Palo Alto. Cities need a variety of stores and services, not just restaurant after restaurant. It makes the downtown look cheap and tacky.
A while ago I was feeling happy about the Midtown area becoming more of a destination and community gem. Mikes was great, Subway opened, a couple of Mexican places as well as Cafe Sofia and I love Palo Alto Cafe for coffee.
Unfortunately, Mikes has taken a turn for the worse and now Cafe Sofia is closing. I hope this is not a downward trend in Midtown.
I think the latest additions to Midtown have actually upped its "cool" factor. School or Rock, Hiruko, Sancho's (in addition to the already-cool Como Esta?) joins an ice cream shop, grocery store, hair salon, a couple of banks, drugstores, coffee shops etc. Everything you need in two compact blocks. ;o)
If only RoundTable cleaned up their interior...Ugh.
We quit patronizing Sancho's after one of their staffed yelled at my spouse. Check out their bad Yelp! reviews - they're revealing. Sancho's management is lousy & can't manage their way out of a paper bag. We're not big fans of Como Esta but at least the owner does good work in the community, so we patronize for that reason.
What's up w/Mike's downturn? Did they close Nenlo & let PA go down in order to focus on their new venture in PV? Or maybe overall financial woes? We're still sentimental about Mike's, but not enough to deal w/the TVs, so we order to go.
What's happened w/Cafe Sophia makes our hearts ache. We miss you & your bolani, Sophia & Ali!
Cafe Sophia, and its wonderful owner, Sophia Omar will be terribly missed. The Afghan food was excellent, the coffee always good, and Sophia herself was a delightful, sophisticated, intelligent woman with whom one could have a good conversation. She was also a great hostess, a good cook, and was unfailingly kind to all her customers. Unfortunately, today there are too many cafes in Palo Alto, so the competition is so high that inevitably a few of the really just good ones (such as Sophia's) which do not necessarily cater to the fashionably high-tech crowd will go to ground. Too many Starbucks', too much fast food, not enough family-style, comfortable places one can go to sip a latte and read the paper.
Thank you, Sophia, for many years of good coffee, super food, and nice ambiance!
Thank you Sophia for providing excellent food, service, and wonderful conversation. You and your staff will be missed. I wish you the est of luck in the future.
I used to live by Sophia's and went for the Afghan Breakfast with my family. The food and coffee were amazing and Sophia made you feel like a guest of the table at her house. Having gone through the hoops myself I can say that the restaurant industry is a very hard one and some get luckier than others. You'd think a positive and charming attitude, coupled with great food, service and prices would be enough. I hope she gives the area one more shot!
Very sad news about Cafe Sophia. I enjoyed their food as much as the family that was there and was always so wonderful
Daryl Savage's column is timely, well written and balanced.
How can we get her to write more often in the newspapers?
She is a great asset to our community.
@ bobbi FOX:
I agree! This is a great column about the ins and outs of life in Palo Alto!
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