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Where We're Eating Now

Anh-Minh Le | August 31, 2016 | Food & Drink Story Eat and Drink

After launching its first Bay Area location in San Francisco in May, Los Angeles-based Lemonade—which specializes in what it describes as “seasonal California comfort food”—is establishing itself in Silicon Valley with two outposts. The bright and modern cafeteria-style eatery just opened in downtown Palo Alto, while Burlingame gets its own Lemonade in July. The offerings for both include salads that are tossed to order ($7.95 for a full size, $4.50 for a side) and sandwiches that are toasted to order ($7.95). There’s also an assortment of veggie-friendly fare, like edamame and snap peas with carrots, radishes and a sesame vinaigrette ($2.95), as well as dishes with proteins such as seared ahi tuna, turkey and smoked salmon. And, no surprise, a highlight of the menu is the lemonade, available in a variety of flavors ($3.50); among them, watermelon rosemary, peach ginger and blood orange. 151 University Ave., Palo Alto; 1152 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame

After launching its first Northern California location in Saratoga in March, Popbar recently opened in San Jose too. The locale, says Popbar co-founder Reuben BenJehuda, is a perfect fit for his company’s products. “San Jose was founded as a farming community, and we take pride in the fact that all our Popbars are made in-house with all-natural ingredients,” he explains. The business specializes in gelato popsicles that can be customized with dips and toppings; sorbetto and yogurt treats are also available. 1628 Hostetter Road, Ste. H, San Jose

San Francisco-based Smitten has been scooping its artisanal ice cream—made with local ingredients and liquid nitrogen—for several years in Los Altos. In July, it set up shop in Santana Row’s Park Valencia. In addition to its classic flavors such as TCHO Chocolate and Cookie Dough with Pretzels & Chocolate Chips, the 600-square-foot location will have a seasonal offering its opening month: Nectarine Crisp. 377 Santana Row, San Jose

Manresa Bread
The much-anticipated downtown Los Altos outpost of Manresa Bread, a sequel to the year-old Los Gatos location, opened in June. An offshoot of David Kinch’s Manresa restaurant, the bakery’s breads and pastries were initially only available for purchase at local farmers markets (you can still find it in Campbell, Palo Alto and Portola Valley). A strong following led to the more permanent retail efforts. Head Baker and partner Avery Ruzicka mills her grains in-house to produce unique recipes for everything from levains ($8) and sourdough baguettes ($4)—feel free to grab the breads yourself, by the entry—to kouign amanns ($5) and whole-wheat chocolate-walnut cookies ($4). The new 800-square-foot spot also purveys Verve Coffee, Song Tea, jams from Happy Girl Kitchen and Manresa Bread’s own granola. 271 State St., Los Altos, 650.946.2293

Originally published in the July issue of Silicon Valley

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