Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Jack Rose Libation House18840 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd, Los Gatos
2. The Lexington House40 North Santa Cruz Blvd. Suite A, Los Gatos
3. Lure + Till180 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto
4. Paper Plane72 S 1st St, San Jose
5. Fogo de Chão377 Santana Row Ste 1090, San Jose
6. Johnston's Saltbox1696 Laurel St, San Carlos
7. Pizzeria Delfina651 Emerson St, Palo Alto
This exciting Bay Area bar pretty much does it all when it comes to drinks, with an extensive wine list (on tap and in bottles), beers, and handcrafted 'tails.
A seasonal menu means that this rustic inspired locale is constantly changing up things. So while chicken liver mousse with housemade pickles or Fort Bragg black cod might be on our recommended list, we're not even sure they will still be there by the time you are. Our guarantee: whatever cocktails are dotting the list are required sipping as the founders are both mixologists.
This indoor-outdoor dinner spot in downtown Palo Alto's Epiphany Hotel is helmed by chef Patrick Kelly (Gitane, Angele, La Folie). Known for its one-time pasta volcano, complete with an exploding egg yolk, Lure + Till serves a mix of hearty meat entrees, vegetable sides, and glam pastas. The swanky spot is usually filled with VC-types, but hey, it's Palo Alto.
Paper Plane, the spacious Downtown San Jose speakeasy, features craft cocktails -- signature, old school, and new school. The list is long, and includes barrel-aged cocktails and punches served on draft, and the menu is laid out with a graph and key, so you can find just the right amount of refreshing/adventure/comfort/booze to suit your cravings. Go for the cocktails, but when hunger strikes, Paper Plane’s got you covered with a menu New American-inspired snacks like deviled eggs, chicken wings, a Paper Plane original burger, and artichoke mac and cheese.
If you're going to have Brazillian, then churrascaria from a chain owned by Brazilian brothers is the way to go. As there are 17 styles of steak, lamb and chicken that will be winding their way around tables looking for a plate to be sliced onto here's one pro tip: go light on the mashed potatoes and Pas de Queijo(cheese bread) to leave room for the good stuff.
Head South of SF to San Carlos and don't miss this new-American bistro deep with sun-soaked outdoor seating and memorable between-bread action like a ribeye burger covered in melted onions and tomato jam and a buttermilk chicken sandwich topped with jalapeno, spicy BBQ, and honey mustard slaw. If you're in the area for brunch, you'll find buttermilk pancakes topped with malted whipped cream and strawberry orange compote, and you'll also find bacon hash, which is just what it sounds like.