A resource for folks living in or moving to Los Gatos, by Mary Pope-Handy

Food & Drink

Restaurants with patio dining in Los Gatos

The Wine Cellar in Old Town, Los Gatos

In Los Gatos, it may be possible to dine out of doors year round, but it is always a popular option between March and October in the scenic town once referred to as “the gem city of the foothills”.

Today I want to highlight these establishments for diners and give a nod to a number of the Los Gatos restaurants which offer dining al fresco; we are lucky to have so many choices!

Those listed below are some which I’ve patronized and especially like. It’s not a 100% comprehensive directory of Los Gatos eateries with patio dining, only those which I have enjoyed myself with a few exceptions of some which are on my “must try soon” list.

Finally, I should mention that these restaurants with outdoor seating offer varied selection and pricing, from super casual (Happy Hound, Classic Burgers and Los Gatos Meats are all low key) to much more costly and formal. Not every one of these businesses is in downtown Los Gatos either. I’m providing links so you can check them out yourself.

Did I miss one that should be mentioned? Feel free to email me any updates!

Bon appetit!

 

Andale http://andalemexican.com/
Campo di Bocce http://www.campodibocce.com/
Chicago Steak & Fish http://www.chicagosteakandfish.com/
Classic Burgers (no website, see review) http://tinyurl.com/ClassicBurgers
Dio Deka http://diodeka.com/
Forbes Mill Steakhouse http://www.forbesmillsteakhouse.com/
Happy Hound http://www.happyhound.com/
I Gatti http://www.igattirestaurant.com/
Lexington House http://www.thelexlg.com/
Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse http://www.losgatosmeats.com/
Oak & Rye http://www.oakandryepizza.com/
Pedro’s http://pedrosrestaurants.com/
Purple Onion http://purpleonionlg.com/
Shangri-La Chinese http://www.lgshangrila.com/
Sweet Pea’s http://www.sweetpeascrepes.com/
The Palms http://thepalmslosgatos.com/
Viva http://www.vivalosgatos.com/
Willow Street http://www.willowstreet.com/
Wine Cellar http://www.winecellarlosgatos.com/

Taba Taba Chinese Bistro

Taba Taba Chinese Bistro in Los Gatos - entryToday my husband and I enjoyed an early lunch at Taba Taba Chinese Bistro in Los Gatos. It’s situated at the former location for Jasmine’s Chinese in the Lyndon Plaza complex at S. Santa Cruz and W. Main, where they opened last November.

Taba Taba’s menu is quite extensive, both for the regular dishes and for the lunch specials, with about 3 dozen mid-day options provided.  There seemed to be something for everyone: vegetarian meals, light meals, seafood and shellfish, as well as meat dishes.

The food was amazingly good from start to finish. We each ordered rice plate lunch specials (and shared). Jim had the eggplant with Kung Pao sauce and I tried the fish filet with black bean sauce.  We each received some hot and sour soup first, and it was delicious! They were not too hot, which is always a worry when I see the little hot pepper symbol next to a menu item. The flavors could not be beat.  We requested hot tea and our server was great about making sure we had enough and that it was still warm.

The ambiance is fine, not overdone, not bare bones. It was chilly when we got there, which was early at 11:45 or so, and I needed to wear my light coat to be comfortable. (I suspect that when it fills up, it may be too warm, hence the cool temperature?) The grasscloth wallpapered walls and also the ceiling have been painted a light green, which brightens the place up over the darker colors that were there previously. Artwork of various kinds adorns the walls. There are two comfy booths and mostly tables with cushioned chairs.

Taba Taba interior

Our server’s attentiveness was noteworthy, but we were even more surprised when the owner, Ming, stopped by to see if everything was ok. She was so warm and friendly! We had noticed throughout our time there how many people coming in seemed to be regulars, and that there was great affection between the staff, and Ming, with the customers.

Food prices were not bad for downtown Los Gatos. With our lunch plates and tea, the pre-tip total was around $26.

We both want to go back and bring our adult kids. Next time, I’d like to taste some of the meat dishes, and especially the Chinese chicken salad. On a scale of 1 – 5 stars, Taba Taba gets at least a 6 or 7 in my book.

Parking:

Parking was easy at 11:45 on this rainy Friday morning – we snagged a spot on the street just steps from the restaurant!  Lyndon Plaza does offer Valet Parking, so if you come later, don’t let the parking situation keep you away. On a Friday, it’s nearly always a good idea to aim for an early lunch to make parking easy (if possible).

Taba Taba Chinese Bistro
20 S Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos in Lyndon Plaza (Taba Taba faces West Main Street)

Doña Maria Mexican Restaurant at Kings Court

Looking for a casual, quick meal spot offering “fresh Mex” food? You might try Doña Maria Mexican Restaurant at Kings Court Shopping Center in Los Gatos.  My husband and I ate there today, and we’ll go back.

2019-03-01 Doña Maria Mexican Restaurant at Kings Court

Tucked back in the corner of the shopping center, Doña Maria has a modest appearance outside. Inside, it’s not too big, but is clean, newer feeling, and very comfortable. The restaurant has counter service for take out, but you will be seated to order if dining in. There are booths along the walls (comfortable ones!) with tables in the middle of the eatery.

2019-03-01 Doña Maria Mexican Restaurant in Los Gatos MenuThe Doña Maria menu can be seen online; there’s a nice mix of a la carte meal items as well as the far larger platters. Meals feature breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Food prices are pretty good for anything in Los Gatos!  My husband had a Sope ($5.65) while I opted for the more expensive Taco Salad ($9.25) and a Diet Coke (too expensive at $3.25).  The back page of the menu showed prices for wine and beer, and I noted that wine is $7.25 per glass, also a little pricey for a restaurant that is quasi fast food. The entrees and a la carte food items, though, are well priced in my experience.

Doña Maria’s menu covers a lot of bases with burritos, salads & tostadaas, quesadillas, enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, tamales, and many other popular favorites. It’s kind of incredible how much food is offered for a restaurant of this size.

The service was great in terms of ordering and amazingly fast in terms of the time between when we ordered and when the food came to our table. We were both impressed by that! Less good was the time it took to get the check.  The bill was brought to us on a tray, which usually means that the server will return to take the credit card. But after a long wait, we took the bill to the cash register – we gave up on waiting. (By this time, it was after 1 pm and the restaurant was not busy at all compared to 20 minutes prior.) Not sure what happened there.

The food itself was pretty good. My husband’s Sope was delicious and my Taco Salad was fine, though not great. There were some hot sauces on the table, and they were tasty, but a better fit for me was the salsa that had come with our chips. This restaurant, unlike Chipotle across the street or Una Mas a half mile away, does not have a salsa bar. I don’t think there’s room for one, but it would be great if they offered that at some point.

Doña Maria has two locations that aren’t too far apart:

790 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032, tel (408) 356-5677 (King’s Court Shopping Center at Blossom Hill and Los Gatos Blvd) and 2 miles away at 3974 S Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA 95124, tel (408) 559-1768. (For non locals: Bascom is the same road at Los Gatos Blvd. Both of them used to be known as Los Gatos – San Jose Road way back when.)

Grill 57 Bar & Restaurant in Los Gatos

2018 Grill 57 Bar and Restaurant in Los GatosGrill 57 is a newer restaurant in Los Gatos which offers good food,
easy parking, reasonable prices, and a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Twice this last year I’ve had the opportunity to dine there, and both times the food and service were excellent.

Offerings at Grill 57

The Grill 57 menu is mostly American food but also diverse – something for everyone, with a variety of salads, old favorites (pasta, burgers, pizza, grilled salmon, steak, soups, and sandwiches of all kinds) and appetizers (Buffalo wings, crab cakes, soup).  There are vegetarian options as well.

Do you have special dietary restrictions? This restaurant includes the manager and chef’s contact info on the menu page, so you can reach out and verify before you sit down to eat. Talk about customer service oriented!

Prices are not bad by Los Gatos standards. If you want just a cup of soup, it will cost $4, or $8 for a bowl. Pizza is about $12, sandwiches around $14 – $16. Salads range from $10 to $22.  If you want the Steel Roasted Mary’s Chicken or the Grilled King Salmon, it will run $25 as of today, in December 2018.

The bar is nice looking and open to the restaurant. I was there at lunch and did not try out anything from there, but the website states that it provides a “full bar with traditional cocktails, boutique wines, local draft beers”.

Last summer, as I was showing nearby condos to some clients, I noticed a banner on the Grill 57 building advertising live music. As of this writing, I don’t see anything coming up on their events page, but check back – that is a second reason to visit.

Where is Grill 57?

Located just off Highway 17 at the intersection of Los Gatos-Saratoga Road and Alberto Way, Grill 57 is closer to many east Los Gatos neighborhoods than restaurants in nearby downtown. And since there’s plenty of parking, you won’t need to factor in much time for hunting for a place to stash your car – it is easy to get in and out.

I should add that Grill 57 is adjacent to the Best Western Inn of Los Gatos. While I’ve not stayed there myself, relatives of mine have, and it received a good rating from them. My cousins tell me that the restaurant provided the breakfast, and it was wonderful.

Address:

57 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd.
Los Gatos, CA 95032

(408) 340-5736

https://www.grill57lg.com/

There hours, currently, span lunch and dinner weekdays, and supper / evenings on weekends. Please check the restaurant’s website, though, as those operating hours may change.

 

 

The Catamount restaurant in Old Town

UPDATE:  Sadly, within 10 days of our enjoying a lovely dinner at the Catamount, it suddenly closed. It had been in business a mere 15 months.  It was pretty empty the night we were there, which was hard to understand – it was a wonderful restaurant!  Below is my original review, done in the 2nd half of July.

Catamount CLOSED

Recently, my husband and I enjoyed a wedding anniversary dinner at The Catamount restaurant in Old Town. We had been wanting to go for a few months, and it was a good occasion to give it a try. I’ll start by saying that I would go again in a heartbeat, and suggest that if you haven’t been pampered with a meal there, to put it on your “must do” list right away.

Our reservations were for a Friday night at 7pm. Downtown Los Gatos has a reputation for having unbearable traffic in summer, but that was not at all the case in our experience. The parking lot was nearly full, but we snagged a spot just steps from the door of the Catamount.  Daytime traffic may well be problematical, but on our warm summer evening it was just fine. Don’t let that keep you away.

View of El Sombroso from the Catamount restaurant in Old TownI had been inside The Catamount one other time, for a Sereno Group company party, which was at night. That event was packed, and I hadn’t really gotten a feel for the eatery that time, though I do recall that the food was quite tasty.  This time, though, it was still daylight, and we got a good view of the restaurant and bar as well as the coastal range outside.

The layout is bright and open, with large windows facing the hills. A wall of glass doors separates one section from the next without losing the view of the tall mountain peak on the east side of town, El Sombroso.

We were surprised that the restaurant was not busy when we arrived. Only a few tables were in use initially. It did fill up a little more during our stay, but it made no sense that it wasn’t packed, given the excellent experience that we had there.  I have to wonder if it wasn’t fear of Los Gatos traffic in summer that kept some people away.

Our server and our bus person were both very attentive, and the service could not have been better.  A carafe of water was placed on the table, but the server was there to refill our glasses before we needed to reach for it ourselves. The menu items included a number of things I hadn’t seen elsewhere, and our server did a good job of answering our questions.

Jim Handy with small prime rib and fries with truffle oil at the Catamount

Jim had an appetizer of Stuffed Mushrooms and a main course of a Prime Rib (a small serving, 2 sizes were available) and french fries with truffle oil. He loved all of it. The mushrooms were small, and sitting in a bowl with beef broth, so were not finger food. (There was no bread on the table. Had there been, it would have been used to sop up the broth that the mushrooms were in.) I took a taste of his prime rib and it was very tender and delicious. I’m not a fan of truffle oil, but he is, and assured me that the fries were wonderful.

I had a Little Gem Cesar Salad followed by the Oven Roasted Scottish Salmon. The salad was not little – it was larger than I could manage. There are many variations on Cesar salad, but I hadn’t had them with whole capers before, and it hit me as too salty. The croutons were not really tasty. I avoided the capers and croutons and did enjoy it otherwise.

The Salmon was incredibly delicious. It was cooked to perfection and had a nice glaze over it. It was sitting in a bed of small vegetables. There were pickled, thinly sliced radishes and cucumbers. Normally I am not a huge radish fan, but I could have eaten those all night. There were also some very sweet, small, and tender corn niblets sprinkled all over, as well as tomatoes, parsley and capers – again. I do like capers, but it was funny to have them in both courses. I would not change a thing with the salmon dish. It was so good that I may be tempted to order it again next time, rather than venture out on the menu. (I don’t know salmon well enough to know one kind from the next, so could not say if it was so good in part because it was Scottish. I was curious about that.)

 

Scottish Salmon with misc veggies, some pickled at The Catamount

We each had a glass of wine and both of us enjoyed our selections.

After supper,  Jim had a cappuccino and I had a decaf. He could not eat another bite, but I managed, and had soft serve vanilla ice cream with candied pineapple and coconut. Usually I don’t indulge in desserts, but it was worth it.

The bill came in a timely manner, but we were not rushed. From start to finish, it was a great experience at The Catamount, and I look forward to going back again. (Below, a view at twilight as we left the restaurant. The tall peak there is El Sereno.)

Twilight at Old Town Los Gatos CA
The Catamount
Old Town shopping center (formerly the site of the California Cafe)
50 University Ave.
Los Gatos, CA 95030
(408) 442-5533
info@thecatamount.com

Dio Deka: Great Greek Food in Los Gatos

Hotel Los Gatos and Dio Deka Restaurant Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying meals and social events at Dio Deka, a wonderful Greek restaurant in the Hotel Los Gatos. The service, food, and ambiance were all top notch when I have eaten there.

A nicer setting would be hard to find. The Hotel Los Gatos is one of the most beautiful buildings in Los Gatos, a town already much loved for its scenic architecture and natural setting close to the coastal foothills. If you haven’t seen it, it’s almost directly across the street from Los Gatos High School so is in the heart of downtown. The architectural style is Spanish, but it reminds me of the elegant and inviting Santa Barbara Spanish style in particular. Inside, the hotel and restaurant are well appointed, comfortable, classy, and relaxing. Great ambiance.

At Dio Deka, each employee that I have encountered was warm, pleasant and gracious. Service was never wanting. Their manners and protocol were impeccable. That may sound stuffy, but let me explain by giving an example: in many eateries, even in “fine dining” establishments, patrons are given one knife and one fork. If the utensils are soiled by eating a salad or appetizer before the main course arrives, the used utensils are often given back to the customer if they’re left on the plate as it’s being removed.The idea, of course, is that the patron is expecting too much to get a clean knife and fork for the next dish. Usually the “old” utensils are put back on the table. But not here. At Dio Deka it’s not too much trouble to get it right and provide clean cutlery for each course. It’s a small thing but it’s representative of the quality of the dining experience here. No detail is too small to get right.

The food I’ve enjoyed was artistically presented and offered a wonderful mix of greens, olives, celery slices, split cherry tomatoes and dressing together with a small brick of warm goat cheese. It was delicious. The moussaka appealed to both of us, so that is what we each ordered. Set as a stack of circular layers in the middle of a deep dish, this too offered a very pleasing appearance. And again, the flavors were sumptuous. The sauce was too good not to enjoy too; luckily the table had a basket of bread – just right for sopping up the flavors.

My only gripe is that when you get a meal with French fries (which aren’t Greek, to my knowledge), they will not serve you catsup. I know, I’ve asked, When they said they didn’t have any, I asked why not, and was told that it’s not Greek.

Catsup aside, the food and service is great. At one time, you could go to Dio Deka for lunch, but no more – it’s strictly after 5 or 5:30, depending on the day of the week.

If you enjoy Greek or Mediterranean food, do give it a try.

Dio Deka is located at the Hotel Los Gatos, 210 E Main Street, Los Gatos CA 95030
Tel 408 354-7700. The restaurant’s website has good info on the menu and background. The hotel’s page for it features the days and hours of operation.

Enjoy the Olive Oil Experience at We Olive!

We Olive in Los Gatos 2017 02 26 - Enjoy the Olive Oil Experience at We Olive!Last Saturday we had family in town, so instead of hunkering-down at home to watch the Oscars, we enjoyed a night on the town to try someplace new to us: We Olive in downtown Los Gatos.

We Olive focuses on California grown, artisan, gourmet wine and olive oil.

Enter the shop and you will see shelves packed with olive goods and rows of tin tubs for dispensing samples into cups. It has fun, olive-themed goods, with olive wood cutting boards and bowls, appetizer trays, olive oil lip balms, free recipe cards, and bottle corks. The front of the store focuses on olive oil and vinegar, but also features complementary tastings of dipping oils, seasoned salts, tapenades, mustards, sauces, spreads, and even sweets like caramel and chocolate. I recommend the basil or Meyer lemon olive oils and the peach white balsamic or blood orange balsamic vinegars.

Amanda, the friendly manager with whom we chatted at We Olive in Los Gatos

Amanda, the friendly manager with whom we chatted at We Olive in Los Gatos

Move towards the back and there is a bar and table seating for wine tasting, which opens up into a spacious patio garden with more bar seating under a pergola wound with string lights. (And helpful heat lamps for our cool California evenings!)

Most wines available are California productions, and all but a few can be ordered in taster-sized glasses to build custom flights. We got recommendations for white and red flights and everyone was happy with their selection. If you’re unsure of what to get, or just indecisive, the bar staff can always give you tips and recommendations! Order gourmet snacks to enjoy with your wine, or make it a meal with salad or panini. We four ordered a cheese and charcuterie platter, and both the brie and the red wine and pepper salami were excellent. Don’t want wine? There’s also craft beer and a few non-alcoholic options. You can find the complete menu on the We Olive website (link below).

I should add that the staff we encountered were all very generous with their time, helpful, and attentive. They took good care of us and I would not hesitate to recommend them and We Olive for a pleasant time out.

Next time you’re downtown, stop in for some samples. Happy hour is every weekday with specials on select food and drink. On any Wine Wednesday, all day, pick up half-price bottles. Sample Saturdays feature new culinary delights using We Olive products with a new recipe every month.

Website, hours, address, and contact details for We Olive listed below:

We Olive spreads 2017 02 26 - Enjoy the Olive Oil Experience at We Olive!

http://weolive.com/los-gatos/

Winter Store Hours:

Monday – Thursday 10am – 8pm
Friday & Saturday 10am – 9pm
Sunday 10am – 7pm
Happy Hour Monday – Friday 3:30pm – 6:30pm

The wine bar and kitchen open daily at 11:30am

 

 

112 N Santa Cruz Ave

Los Gatos, CA 95030

408-354-7474

info.losgatos@weolive.com

 

Mary’s note: as always, this article was written after a pleasant experience and the shop’s employees did not ask for a review and no compensation was received for writing it. In short: it was my idea because I like the place. I hope you will, too.

Loma Brewing Company Grand Opening


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The Loma Brewing Company Grand Opening took place a couple of nights ago and it was both extremely well attended and well received. By 4:45pm, a few dozen fans and friends had gathered near the front door of the brewpub, awaiting the ribbon cutting and the chance to enter Loma for the first time.  The owners, Scott Youkilis (image left in blue shirt) and Kevin Youkilis (right side of photo), each held one end of the ribbon, and Barbara Spector, mayor of Los Gatos, cut it with a large, gold, ceremonial pair of scissors. Also shown is the talented BrewMeister, Warren Billups (just behind Scott).  Apologies that I do not know the names of the others in this photo.

Loma Brewing Company Grand Opening - Scott Youkilis and Kevin Youkilis, owners, hold the ribbon while Barbara Spector, mayor of Los Gatos, does the cutting.

Inside, Loma Brewing Company Grand Opening was an immediate mob scene!  Someone at the reservation podium was asking who had reservations (had I known that was possible, we’d have reserved, but that wasn’t the case so we made a beeline for the bar).  I was extremely impressed that the staff handled the hyper rush with speed, skill, and calm.   (This wasn’t just any rush: this was the entire place filling up instantaneously!)   The staff was amazing.

Loma Brewing Company Los Gatos Beer Flight on Grand Opening Night Aug 18 2016I wanted to try a flight of beer to get a sampling and to take me out of my comfort zone a little. My better half, despite living in Belgium for four years, is not a beer fan, but there were tons of other offerings and he was very  happy with a glass of wine.  All of the beer I tried was delicious. Most surprising to me was how mellow the stout was. I’ve been to the Guinness Factory in Dublin, and  honestly, this was far better.  Kevin Youkilis told me that they use a  different process involving nitro which seemed to take out the bite.   All four of them were great, but I only finished one – and to my surprise, it was the stout. (Even if you don’t usually like the darkest of beers, give it a try!)

Unfortunately, we couldn’t stay long enough for a meal, or for me to finish my flight completely, as we had another grand opening to attend at the same time, so after an hour we needed to get going.  We did peruse the menu, which was impressive and offered quite a few temptations.  Many patrons were eating around us, and the food looked wonderful. Very few breweries around here seem to qualify as a Gastropub, so I’m anxious to try the food next time.

Old brewery location, but not the old brewery

Some Los Gatans may have been expecting a revival of the former brewery on this site, the Los Gatos Brewing Company.  That would be a mistake, despite the same physical address.  This is a whole new venture, with new owners, new beer, new food, new equipment, new recipes, new talent, new everything. Go to it with an open mind, not expecting to see or taste or experience what was there before.

Loma Brewing Company has been set up with the contemporary and low key warehouse style of decor, which is so popular today. (As with the new Super Duper Burgers and also the new Mooya Burgers, both in Los Gatos, or with the many public markets springing up around the state.)    I did not notice an acoustics problem, which seems to happen with the warehouse style, so kudos to their designer for addressing that so well.  We sat at the bar and it was comfortable in every way. And I appreciated the hooks for purses there, too.

If you love beer, you will love this place.

More photos of the Loma Brewing Company Grand Opening

 

Loma Brewing Company address, contact info, and locations online

Loma Brewing Company is located at 130 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030 tel is (408) 560-9626
Right now, it’s open 5pm to 10pm, but starting sometime in September will also be open  for lunch.
Find them online at http://www.lomabrew.com/  and also on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Prior posting on the Grand Opening:

The Loma Brewing Company Grand Opening will take place on Thursday, August 18th, per the brewery’s Facebook page and the Loma Brew website:

Join us for our grand opening celebration on Thursday, August 18, starting with a ribbon cutting at 4:45 p.m., followed by our official opening at 5:00 p.m.

We will be open for dinner from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. daily. In September we will extend our hours and begin serving lunch as well as weekday happy hour, in addition to dinner nightly. Stay in the know by signing up for our newsletter and following us on social media for the latest Loma updates – @lomabrew.

We look forward to serving you – cheers!
The Youks and Team LBC

Loma Brewing Company Los Gatos logoI plan to stop by for the Loma Brewing Company Grand Opening and wish them well – hope to see you there!
The Loma Brewing Company is a new Los Gatos brewery in an old Los Gatos brewery location – it’s on the site of the former Los Gatos Brewing Company at 130 N Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos CA 95030. Keep posted at the LomaBrew.com site:  http://www.lomabrew.com/

Related reading:

More info on Loma Brewing Company on this site

Loma Brewing Company opening soon

Kid Friendly Restaurants in Los Gatos

Jasmine Chinese Food, Los GatosLos Gatos is home to a great many restaurants. But your kids may not want to try Romanian or Thai food, or perhaps a great steakhouse won’t be well appreciated by younger teens and younger people. But there are many, many places with simple fare, simple decor and sometimes too other things going on that are truly more kid friendly.

So here is the Mary Pope-Handy list of kid friendly restaurants in Los Gatos. Have I missed one? If so, let me know and I’ll add it.

Kid Friendly Restaurants in Los Gatos for Breakfast

Los Gatos Cafe (2 locations) Breakfast place – great food. Downtown is at 340 N Santa Cruz Av., Los Gatos 95030.
East or Uptown is located near the Nob Hill grocery store at 15662 Los Gatos Blvd  Los Gatos, CA 95032-2504 (408) 356-0600  http://www.losgatoscafe.com/

Southern Kitchen another great breakfast place – amazing menu. 27 E Main, Los Gatos 95030 http://www.southernkitchenlg.com/

 

Kid Friendly Restaurants in Los Gatos for breakfast and lunch only

Sweet Pea’s – breakfast and lunch (and catering) but not supper – very low key, they also do catering. Crepes (both savory and sweet), salads, sandwiches, quiche. Great prices for downtown Los Gatos. Order at the counter and eat indoors or out. Limited seating and even more limited parking. http://www.sweetpeascrepes.com/

Purple Onion – Open for breakfast and lunch, not dinner – sandwich and salad shop, (never tried them for breakfast) two locations, casual environment with good food.  One location is downtown at 26 E Main, the other in northwest LG at Vasona Junction 14107 Winchester Blvd.  Good salads.  http://purpleonionlg.com/

 

Kid friendly lunch & dinner spots in Los Gatos

The Diner of Los Gatos  235 Los Gatos Saratoga Rd Los Gatos, CA 95030   (408) 354-4886. Great milkshakes, hot dogs served in paper “cars” and a casual ambiance are perfect for kids.

Andale (Mexican) 21 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos. 408 (395)-4244. Features casual fare and a lovely outdoors dining patio and fountain.

Los Gatos Pizza – out on the east end of town at Blossom Hill and Harwood, this pizza and sports bar place has some of the very best pizza I’ve ever had. Plenty of TVs, a sports bar, and great variety of pizza offerings. 14080 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032 http://www.losgatospizza.com/

T-Birds Pizza 444 N Santa Cruz Ave Los Gatos, CA 95030-5313 (408) 395-2525. Low key, good food. Small salad bar, too.

Jasmine Chinese Cuisine 20 S Santa Cruz Ave Ste 204, Los Gatos, CA 95030-6827  http://www.jasminelosgatos.com/

Double D’s Sports Grill 354 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030   (408) 395-6882 – s of this update, they’ve just had a fire but will be rebuilding, so keep them on your list. http://www.doubleds.com/

Malibu Grill – not actually in Los Gatos, but not far from the east end of town. This is a simple sports bar with loads of TVs. Good food, fair prices. 5735 Camden Avenue, San Jose CA 95124 408-448-7300 http://www.malibugrill.com/

Kid Friendly Restaurants in Los Gatos that are beyond casual: burgers and dogs

Classic Burgers – old style burger shack, beyond casual, but great food and at least two dozen different milkshakes offered. 15737 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95032  They don’t have a website, but I have blogged about them previously on this site: Classic Burgers of Los Gatos: Best Burgers in Los Gatos

Happy Hound – great hot dogs! a throwback to the 50s and worth the visit. Great prices.  15899 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95032. Almost no inside dining. Prepare to eat out doors or take to go.

Dessert

Kids been extra good? Got a sweet tooth? You are covered in Los Gatos!

Dolce Spazio – a fantastic gelateria in downtown Los Gatos, this has often been voted the best place for dessert in Los Gatos. 221 N Santa Cruz Ave.  Some inside dining, some outside dining, or you may just take it to go. Yum! http://www.dolcespazio.com/

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe in downtown LG has every kind of candy imaginable (and they are open late). They offer gelato, too. 35 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030. For some reason, on Yelp there are folks reporting it closed but that is not the case, it’s open. http://www.powellsss.com/go/index.cfm/locations/california/los-gatos/contact-hours/

 

Of course, there are many other eateries in town that may work well, whether it’s a doughnut shop, a pastry shop, a sandwich hut or any other type of establishment. If I’ve missed anything noteworthy, please let me know and it will be added here.

 

See’s Candies is celebrating National Lollypop Day

See's logoIf you have been meaning to visit the new See’s Candies at 15466 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos, tomorrow is the ideal day to do it. It is National Lollypop Day, and all See’s Candies are giving away one lollypop (or lollipop)* per person. The Mercury News says “Their “lollypops” come in four flavors — Chocolate, Butterscotch, Cafe Latte and Vanilla.”   Buon Appetito! (All See’s are participating, by the way!)

Oh and it’s not a bad idea to visit the Sees.com website as they are also running a contest: enter to win a year’s worth of lollipops or a $50 gift card.

*Apparently, both spellings are correct: lollipop and lolypop

References:

http://www.sees.com/

http://blogs.mercurynews.com/eat-drink-play/2016/07/19/free-candy-sees-lollypops/

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