Retail plazas with exceptional food are nothing new, but these Valley hubs of commerce take the culinary arts to a new level.
Yellow curry at Wildseed, located at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto
TOWN & COUNTRY VILLAGE
Hailing from Palo Alto is Wildseed at Town & Country Village, which is set to open its second location in the early fall. Originally founded in San Francisco in 2019, the buzzy plant-based eatery is dedicated to serving up fresh, seasonal eats like the Wildseed burger, a tasty mushroom and spinach patty with tomato chutney and chipotle aioli. “In general, the people of Palo Alto tend to be health-conscious and care about the environment,” says owner Adriano Paganini. “The Town & Country shopping center was appealing to us because it has a neighborhoodlike, community feel to it.” As a restaurant that mitigates its carbon footprint and supports local farmers, Wildseed will fit right in. 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
The avocado salad at True Food Kitchen
STANFORD SHOPPING CENTER
Stanford Shopping Center is another spot that offers diners a host of elevated options. In its east wing, True Food Kitchen serves up health-driven eats, such as the grass-fed steak tacos with jicama slaw, chimichurri and zucchini salsa verde. For seafood lovers, Pacific Catch serves sustainable fare exploring the tastes of various Pacific cultures. Standouts include the Japanese wasabi with ahi poke and the Mexican grill with guajillo shrimp. For a more formal dining experience, head to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Here, surf, turf and plant-based options from barbecue salmon to filet mignon to chickpea and eggplant croquette are all on the bill of fare. 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto
Tuna poke at Momosan Ramen & Sake
Momosan Ramen & Sake by Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto is making its California debut at Santana Row this winter. Conceptually inspired by ramen, Momosan is slated to be a comfort-food haven. Menuwise, noodles take center stage with a variety of Japanese-style ramen, such as the tonkotsu and Tokyo chicken. Chef Morimoto’s takes on bites like Japanese bar snacks will also be on offer, as will small plates and appetizers. And, of course, a lengthy sake menu provides plenty of options to pair with any dish—especially Morimoto Junmai Ginjo paired with pork gyoza. 378 Santana Row, San Jose
Eataly is coming soon to Westfield Fair.
Italian dining and retail giant Eataly will soon bring its iconic experience to Westfield Fair. Featuring restaurants, fresh counters and educational events, Eataly, led by a philosophy to eat, shop and learn, provides a unique experience aiming to enrich its guests. Eataly heavily emphasizes the quality of its products and the overall experience. Case in point: Top-notch selects like the salty-sweet pistachio spreads and thin-sliced prosciuttos and red cow milk cheeses are all on the menu, while tastings and information from artisanal producers are available to those who want to learn more about what they’re eating. 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara
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