St. Michael's Alley, Palo Alto-7/26/2019
St. Michael's alley is located in Palo Alto.
Found a bit of history on the restaurant: Opening as a kind of European-favored coffee house in the late 1950s, it just caught the end of the Beats, helped launch Joan Baez when folk took over and became the happening spot in town. In the mid 60ís it garnered a bad reputation, making police watch lists and drawing the wrath of mainstream Palo Alto. After closing down in 1966, St. Michaelís Alley reopened 7 years later as a full-menu restaurant with a new location and new credo to serve an upscale audience. By the 1990s it had become a definitive upscale restaurant and still is.
We were seated inside a large room overlooking the street! Really nice.
Hoa brought these two bottles per Phuc's recommendation.
All of us really enjoyed the Margaux and the Canon de La Gaffeliere-excellent wine. Nothing better than sharing wine with friends over a nice dinner.
We ordered 3 appetizers to share between the 4 of us.
I ordered the Lamb and it is good, nothing extraordinaire but it was cooked to my liking.
Phuc ordered the duck breast. He liked the duck but did not care for the curry sauce which was a bit on the sweet side.
Hoa and Huyen ordered the special which is a rib eye steak.
Enjoying our meal!
We are now done with our meal and on looking at the dessert menu.
All the desserts were pretty good! Can't go wrong with the profiteroles and the Peach bread pudding was also delicious with a scoop of ice cream.
Our waiter was also very nice, he saw how much we enjoyed the ice cream so he gave us more ice cream (on the house).
During dinner, we offered him a glass of each wine. He told us he had to go in the back to drink it, and when he got back he was really impressed with both wine.
One more thing... I forgot my glasses and could not see the menu so our waiter brought out a bunch of readers for me to use (pretty cool!).
Good food, very good service in a very nice surrounding, and with a very nice relaxing atmosphere. We will be back!
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