1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
I end up spending a lot of time here, for several reasons. Cafe Borrone has a large outdoor seating area, with a fountain that masks some of the traffic noise from busy El Camino Real. There's free Wi-Fi, and it's right next door to Kepler's, one of the few remaining independent bookstores in the area. And, it's just a block away from my gym, an easy choice for lunch after a mid-day workout.
But these things wouldn't matter much if the food and the coffee weren't so good. One morning I had scrambled eggs topped with the freshest salsa and avocado. Another time I tried an Italian torta, very filling with big chunks of sausage and artichoke hearts.
Most salads and entrees come with a nicely chewy baguette -- not just a few slices, but practically the whole loaf, which makes this bread-head happy.
And another thing that keeps me coming back: The servers are invariably smiling and cheerful. It really makes a difference.