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3 Eateries with Tech Connections

Anh-Minh Le, Anna Medina, Laura Ness | July 29, 2016 | Story Restaurants

Read more from the Best Restaurants Issue here.

Bumble
Serving brunch six days a week, Bumble's family-friendly nature has helped make it a favorite with locals. (Owner Anne Wojcicki is a Los Altos resident, mother of two and co-founder of genetic testing company 23andMe.) Kids 12 months to 10 years old are welcome in the restaurant’s playroom, which offers various activities and even an aquarium; it’s $15 for up to two hours of staff-supervised playtime. Or dine on the patio and watch the little ones in the sandbox. Both sweet and savory dishes populate the menu, such as freshly whipped-up waffles ($7.50) and a veggie tartine served with fruit or salad ($12). 145 First St., Los Altos, 650.383.5340

Calafia Cafe
After six years at Google, where he served as the company’s executive chef, Charlie Ayers released a cookbook and then, in 2008, opened Calafia Cafe, which focuses on his healthy and delicious cooking (there are separate plant and meat eater’s menus). Salads, grain and noodle bowls, pizzas, tacos and burgers are among the offerings. If you prefer your food really spicy, ask for the house-made habanero-based hot sauce. Looking to cool down? Order a Google Gulp or Facebook Freeze smoothie ($7 each). Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650.322.9200

Oren’s Hummus
Noticing the lack of quality hummus in Silicon Valley, in 2011 Israeli-born Oren Dobronsky launched Oren’s Hummus Shop in Palo Alto. Since then, he’s opened a larger spot in Mountain View, and a third location is coming to Cupertino. Oren’s is not his first (or last) venture: Dobronsky is the founder of four successful startups. Although his entrepreneurial vision has undoubtedly contributed to the eatery’s success, it’s the authentic Israeli food—including the smoothest and creamiest hummus around, available with a variety of toppings (from $8.95) and shakshuka ($11.95)—that keep people coming back for more. 261 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650.752.6492; 126 Castro St., Mountain View, 650.938.6736

Originally published in the July issue of Silicon Valley

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