The whole restaurant has a chicago theme, the decor, the pizza names, it's like stepping into a movie. The pizza is excellent thick crust, 2 pieces off a medium pizza and anybody is full! It is a little pricey, but is delicious enough to get Palo Alto natives and visitors coming back time and time again!
As if the excellent espresso drinks and delicious pastries aren't enough, the Menlo Cafe is a great place to meet interesting people. A frequent after meeting place for people in various organizations, if you go in the evening you are almost guaranteed to meet someone interesting!
Every year my mom would ask me what I wanted for a birthday cake, and each year would be the same answer: Douce France Chocolate Mousse. Creamy chocolate and layers of chocolate cake surrounded by a chocolate shell and topped with more shaved chocolate than you would believe humanly possible, this tour de force is positively devine!
Wether you are in the mood for yummy drinks or good food Red Robin is a great place to go, as long as you are looking for a upbeat atmosphere. They are generally crowded for dinner any day of the week, but if you don't mind sitting in the bar you can usually get in pretty quick. The food is good classic american fair, and periodic menu changes, and specials, mean that even if you go often you can try something different.
Gus and Gus do the most amazing chicken sandwich with pesto! They cut the chicken breast themselves, put it on sourdough with wonderful cheese and serve it with choice of potato salad (my personal favorite), fries, or coleslaw, as well as a fountain drink. Mmm mmm mmm delicious!