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Pesto and feta chicken crepe worth the wait at Mountain View’s Crepevine

Close-up of the Tuscany crepe at Mountain View's Crepevine.

Close-up of the Tuscany crepe at Mountain View’s Crepevine.

Whenever I venture out for brunch on a Sunday morning in the Bay Area, I always have to remind myself to have a snack before I go.

This helps prepare for the long wait that is bound to happen, and I tend to become increasingly hangry (that feeling of anger due to hunger) after the first 20 minutes of waiting for a table.

This past Fourth of July weekend, the line was out the door at Mountain View’s Crepevine, known for using fresh, organic and locally-grown ingredients. We had 10 ladies in our party, and I didn’t grab my snack (ugh).

However, I was pleasantly surprised by the efficiency of the waitstaff. It took about 25 minutes before I got to the counter to order my food, but the staff was already setting up our table while we waited in line. Although the place was crowded, the staff had a great handle on traffic control and getting diners to their seats in a timely fashion.

The Tuscany crepe at Mountain View's Crepevine.

The Tuscany crepe at Mountain View’s Crepevine.

Dish of Choice

I ordered the Tuscany, a crepe filled with chicken breast, mushrooms, tomatoes, roasted almonds, provolone, feta and pesto. The dish is served with potatoes or fries (I chose fries) and organic mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette. A gluten-free option is available for $1 more.

Along with a glass of sangria, my order cost about $22.

The Taste

Crepevine did not skimp on the ingredients. My crepe was jam-packed with tender chicken, which was moist and savory from the rich-flavored pesto. The pesto was a bit on the thin side, but it made for a great marinade for the chicken.

The crepe itself was light and crisp on the edges, and there was a generous amount of strong, hearty feta. The almonds added a toasty flavor and interesting texture to the dish. The fries were thickly cut, crispy on the outside and not greasy.

The Sangria at Mountain View's Crepevine.

The Sangria at Mountain View’s Crepevine.

The mixed salad was a welcomed fresh and light contrast to the rich, thick crepe, which was big enough to split with another person, in my opinion. There was a lot of food for a good price, and I took half of the entree home for later.

The sangria was strong, but not knock-you-on-your-butt strong, and there were plenty of fruit slices to add a great tropical flavor. I was hoping the restaurant had a white wine sangria because the red wine version tends to be a bit heavy for warm, summer weather. It was still a good cocktail worth trying.

Other Details

Crepevine has 10 locations throughout the San Francisco/San Jose Bay Area. The Mountain View restaurant is located at 300 Castro St. For more information, call the Mountain View location at (650) 969-6878 or visit www.crepevine.com.

 

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More prime rib! Adamson’s French Dip in Sunnyvale is generous with the meat

The Prime Rib French Dip sandwich with Au Jus and Onion Rings at Adamson's French Dip in Sunnyvale.

The Prime Rib French Dip sandwich with Au Jus and Onion Rings at Adamson’s French Dip in Sunnyvale.

The reputation at Adamson’s French Dip precedes itself. I have read good things about the Sunnyvale restaurant, which is known for serving slow-roasted beef cooked in a wood-fired oven. The place has a rating of four out of five stars with more than 800 reviews on Yelp.com, so people are obviously talking.

However, I heard it’s hard to get in there during lunch rush hour. After seeing the size of the place, I can see why. It’s small. But what the restaurant lacks in size, it makes up for in the quality of the food.

Dish of Choice

I ordered the Prime Rib French Dip sandwich, which comes with thinly sliced, wood-oven roasted prime rib on a sweet French roll with a side of Au Jus. I added cheese and grilled onions to my sandwich. I also ordered a fountain drink and a side of onion rings, which are made with sweet Vidalia onions and dipped in beer batter. My meal cost about $16, including tax.

The Taste

You can tell the restaurant takes time roasting its prime rib because the meat was juicy, tender and was not lacking in portions. I hate when you order a sandwich and there is more bread than meat. That was not the issue at Adamson’s. The bread was soft and was lightly toasted to give the sandwich a subtle crunch. The onions for the onion rings were cut thick, and the batter was crispy without being greasy.

I wanted to finish my sandwich, but I would have had to be rolled out in a wheelbarrow if I did. So I opted to take half of my sandwich and some onion rings home.

The Ambiance

Like I mentioned before, Adamson’s is a small restaurant, seating about 30 people in total with indoor and outdoor patio seating. However, I like the look of the place. You can see the wood-fired oven and the employees slicing the meat and preparing the sandwiches from the brick order counter. I also like the vintage gas station and Coca-Cola signs on the walls and the traffic light on the side.

Other Details

Adamson’s French Dip is located at 806 W. El Camino Real in Sunnyvale. Hours are 11 a.m. until the food runs out Monday through Saturday. To order online or for more information, call (408) 830-9024 or visit www.adamsonsfrenchdip.com.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in French, sandwiches

 

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Palo Alto’s La Baguette serves up rich, decadent chocolate mousse and great presentation

The Ham& Swiss Cheese Parisian sandwich at La Baguette in Palo Alto.

The Ham & Swiss Cheese Parisian sandwich at La Baguette in Palo Alto.

I had a frustrating afternoon, so I decided to eat my feelings (I do not recommend this as a regular stress-relief method). What better way to do this than with rich, decadent French food?

My mission led me to La Baguette, a French bakery in Palo Alto that has an extensive list of intriguing desserts, pastries and artisan sandwiches.

Dish of Choice

I ordered the Ham & Swiss Cheese Parisian sandwich, which came on a lightly toasted, buttered baguette. I also ordered a mocha and chocolate mousse for dessert. My meal cost about $18.

The Taste

The bread was toasted just right, like it came right out of the oven, and the sliced ham and cheese tasted fresh.

The chocolate mousse was as decadent as I expected it to be, without being overly rich or sweet. The fresh raspberry and candy leaf on top were also a nice touch. Great presentation.

The Chocolate Mousse at La Baguette in Palo Alto.

The Chocolate Mousse at La Baguette in Palo Alto.

The Ambiance

La Baguette has a small but quaint storefront. It is what I imagined a bakery in Paris would feel like, filled with delicious and visually pleasing treats.

The bakery is located in Stanford Shopping Center, and there is probably enough seating for 25-30 people in the pavilion. The area is partially enclosed, and it feels like a nice place to relax with a cup of coffee and pastry on a sunny day.

Other Details

La Baguette is located inside Stanford Shopping Center, near the corner of El Camino Real and Quarry Road, in the pavilion next to Macy’s. It also has a location at the Stonestown Galleria, 3521 20th Ave., Suite 172, in San Francisco.

Hours at the Palo Alto location are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (650) 321-0535 or visit www.labaguettefrenchbakery.com.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in bakery, French

 

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