After spending 20 years in the software and investor relations fields, Renee Barton was looking to shift gears. And she did exactly that with the recent opening of Redwood Grill—the fulfillment of a long-held dream. “I felt there was a real need to bring back the neighborhood gathering spot,” Barton explains. “I wanted to create a casual, comfortable yet updated atmosphere with great food and service.” Apparently, locals were eager for such a place too: It’s not uncommon for tables in the rustic-industrial space to begin filling up at 5 o’clock, when dinner service commences.
Among the starters that are great for sharing are the grilled baguette stuffed with a cheesy spinach dip dotted with bacon ($9); the charcuterie board that includes locally cured meats and cheeses ($13); and a quartet of “devilish” eggs garnished with candied bacon ($6). While the kitchen turns out tasty burgers, sandwiches and hearty entrees, save room for the popular s’mores ($6): a small pot brimming with toasted marshmallow layered atop warm, gooey chocolate accompanies a stack of graham crackers. The wine list ($8–$16 per glass) features mostly California varietals, and about a dozen beers ($5–$8) are available on tap or in bottles. Woodside Plaza, 356 Woodside Road, Redwood City, 650.363.9343
Originally published in the September issue of Silicon Valley