Liddacoat's (vs Menu Tree)
Original post made by Andrew L. Freedman on Apr 7, 2008
I recall when Liddacoat's had about 20 different food businesses competing for your lunch money. When I was working in downtown Palo Alto, I'd eat lunch there almost every day. As soon as you'd walk in, if you made eye contact with anyone behind the food counter, they would practically start to dish out what they think you had previously ordered from them. Then you'd have to say (lie), "Oh, I'm just looking. I'll be back." Sometimes they'd put on a pitiful look like, they're going to go out of business if you don't get your lunch from them. A little bit of a guilt trip before lunch. I recall the day that Mrs. Fields came to dedicate her cookie shop. I kissed her!
Liddacoat's was a little like Menu Tree at the Sears Shopping Center, except Menu Tree was much, much, more spacious and was geared for lunch and dinner. My dad would take me and my two brothers there for dinner once a week. He'd get us situated on the second floor at a table and then he'd go down to get his dinner. My older brother and I would then shoot straw wrappers off the second floor, occasionally hitting some unsuspecting patron, until my dad came up to join us.
on Apr 7, 2008 at 3:05 pm
I believe the spelling was Liddicoats. I remember it well from when I had an office in PA.
We used to refer to it as the Vomitorium
A couple of my staff got food poisoning there, it would not pass health code these days.
on Apr 7, 2008 at 4:20 pm
Ah, yes, Liddicoats. I still miss the place. Some of the food there was great. Sako's and the middleastern booth at the entrance were my favorites. When I worked downtown it was a favorite lunch spot when we went out as a group. We could split up, grab our favorite food, and regroup to eat. No need to pick a cousine that suited everyone's tastebuds. The cockroaches and grimy tables were something we tried not to think about.
on Apr 7, 2008 at 6:50 pm
My recollection of Liddicoat's was that it was a regular grocery store that was converted into a food court, probably in the early 60's. Am I remembering correctly?