Shop Talk | February 12, 2010 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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Eating Out - February 12, 2010

Shop Talk

by Daryl Savage

GONE: SPAETZLE ... Elbe Restaurant, which may have been Palo Alto's only German restaurant, closed last month. Tucked into the Alma Street curve ("The Circle") at 117 University Ave., Elbe shared a kitchen with its neighbor, Rudy's Pub. As a result of the closure, Rudy's has expanded to include the old Elbe space and has promised to offer a sampling of German food on its Friday menu, even though Rudy's seems an unlikely venue to offer spaetzle and sauerbraten. Elbe's demise also brings back memories of the old Black Forest, the German restaurant on First Street in Los Altos, a popular place in the 1980s and 1990s.

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