Went to this place with 12 shirts, pants and a sweater and they did a satisfactory job. Some of my shirts were not perfectly ironed but aside from that everything was ok.
PROS: fast turnaround
Iberia is an upscale Spanish restaurant with two sections: the main dining area and the bar area. The main dining area has a full dinner menu, including various paellas and fish and meat dishes. The bar area has a really wide arrangement of tapas, my favorite being the pulpo a la gallega and the pan amb tomat (bread with prosciutto and a tomato sauce). I love the ambiance of this place. It has a loot of wood and leather seats and sort of feels like being in a cozy cabin in the Pyrenees. The place also has a wide variety of drinks, including an ample wine list, various cognacs and ports, as well as a number of beers on tap. Despite my five star review, the restaurant certainly has some kinks. For one, they never seem to have anything. I tend to arrive on the late side (typically after 9pm) and generally they don't have any tortilla left - very strange for a Spanish place... a few times they didn't even have bread!! All in all, I love the place and would totally recommend it because it is one of those places that gets better the more you go to it.
I just want to add that last week (10/1/06) Kiwi, my favorite waitress left. This is very sad for me. Where are you Kiwi??? And where is my Bass??? will miss you!
PROS: great ambiance, good food
CONS: they are always out of things!
cheesteak on earth has its downsides, mostly related to the aftermath of this treat working on your stomach lining. however, if i was in heaven i could see myself eating jersey joes cheesesteak on a daily basis. despite a large smattering of delicious provolone cheese, the sandwich feels crunchy in a chewy sort of way. although purists would not put the two together, i thought the fries were amazing.
I recently saw the manu chao concert here and the setting is amazing. the stage is set in front of - surprise - a greek structure resembling the parthenon, and the seats are arranged in a semi-circle that goes up several levels reaching a grass hill that can be the site of a nice picnic. From the top level you can catch a glimpse of the berkeley clock tower in the setting sun. closest to the stage is a flat area where you can feel the collective emotion of the crowd looking up at the performers. the accoustics are also amazing.
PROS: accoustics, emotion, setting
i have to give it 4 stars because the dishes were not consistent. i tried a halibut that was dry and overcooked.
however, there are definitely some dishes that were brilliantly composed and very creative.
entres are in the 22-28 range and appetizers 7-10, which is definitely worth it. the service was a bit slow.
this place in a sf or ny would have no chance. in palo alto, however, it fills an important niche of smart casual with good food. the wine selection is quite good but overpriced. the service is clumsy.
i wouldnt recommend it, but i do tend to keep going for some reason.
I was craving for good bistro cuisine near palo alto before i found this fabulous little place.
Ingredients are fresh, presentation is impeccable and cuisine is thoughtful and original.
the place has a fantastic garden in the back, which is great for both romance as well as a nice small gathering.
it is a bit expensive to go very frequently, but its certainly worth the monthly visit.
PROS: fresh, thoughtful cuisine
CONS: a bit expensive, but worth it
if you havent tried their hot chocolate then you haven't really experienced palo alto. they import many of their ingredients from venezuela directly from producers, and the high quality is clearly apparent.
besides being a good place for people watching, its also a nice place to study or read, particularly if you dont need 100% concentration.
the only reason i didnt give it 5 stars is that the service is sometimes rushed in an effort to turn over the tables.
PROS: hot chocolate, ambiance
Although they finally did get the job done, it was sort of a frustrating experience. not 100% their fault.
I had a flat tire and initially went to the company across the street with a big firestone sign. They had me waiting for 2 and a half hours, in which time I had no car, so my best option was to spend time in the lousy stores that are in san antonio shopping center. after 2.5hrs they told me they couldnt fix the tire and that a new tire would cost $240. Since I have a subaru wrx impreza and good tires are critical for the speeds i drive at, it was along the lines of what i thought i would have to pay.
however, at wheel works they quoted me $170. I insisted twice about what tires they were and he assured me they were the same ones.
they had to order the tires so i came back the next day, and of course it was not exactly the same tires. true, they were the same brand, size and tread, but they were for maximum speeds of 139mph while i previously had for 149mph. what frustrated me in the experience is that i had checked twice to make sure they were exactly the same.
in the end, i had to come back once again after they re-ordered the tires and ended up paying $230, still less than firestone but not worth the additional hassle of waiting.
overall however, i was satisfied with the experience. the service was cordial and professional throughout and they were ultimately the cheapest alternative.
PROS: cost, service
After hearing the hype on this restaurant, I decided to go with some of my friends for lunch. Turned out to be so-so at best. I had the cuban sandwich and the pork was really fatty. I've heard the mojitos are amazing, but from my personal experience I would not go for the food.
If you are looking for Latin food, you can try Palo Alto Sol across the street, which is much superior.