Business Over Breakfast

Fremont

Menlo Park is a hive of high-tech corporations and venture capital firms. Despite its progressive residents, the Western California city still moves at a more relaxed pace compared to neighboring San Francisco and Palo Alto. Here, light dictates the day; so people rise and set the same time as the sun. Meetings often run in the morning, so it’s necessary to have a collection of delicious day-starters in your arsenal. Lucky for you, we’re here to help you impress that prospective boss, investor, or partner with our list of Menlo Park’s best breakfast spots!

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Stacks - Menlo Park

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Impress your contingent at, dare we say it, Menlo Park’s best all-American breakfast spot: Stacks! Here, the menu includes the classics, doled out in hearty servings at reasonable prices. Don’t let the long lines scare you; the friendly, well-oiled staff turn over tables pretty efficiently! Just as its name suggests, they specialize in stacks of homemade pancakes—best enjoyed with bacon, eggs, and a hot cup of joe.

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Cafe Borrone

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On sunny days, Cafe Borrone’s patio seats beckon early birds for a meal. In true California fashion, the Italian-American joint takes pride in using organic ingredients sourced from local farmers. Order their famous scrambled eggs, French toast, or waffles to start your day (and your next business deal) on the right foot!

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Coffeebar Menlo Park

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Rooted in Italy’s coffee bar culture, Coffeebar brings high-quality sustainable food and java to Menlo Park! The Chestnut Street outlet is the Tahoe-bred chain’s fifth location over-all and it’s first one in California. Take your meeting into one of their spacious booths, and order breakfast burritos and avocado toast for the table. Keep everyone fueled with the cafe’s yummy espresso drinks, which are hand-roasted and made with locally-sourced milk!

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Squeeze In - Redwood City

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Squeeze In spoils the Menlo Park crowd with over 30 omelette options, which the family-run chain claim to be “the best omelettes in the planet.” In 2010, their signature Racy Tracy, made with sautéed mushrooms, Monterey Jack cheese, bacon, then topped with avocados, was featured in The Food Network’s Throwdown! with Bobby Flay. Dishes run from USD 10 to 15, but it’s a small price to pay to impress whoever’s sitting across the table.

  • +1 650 361 9500
  • Marsh Manor Shopping Center, 3710 Florence Street, Redwood City, California, USA

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Cafe Zoe

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The lifeblood of the surrounding Willows community, Cafe Zoe pours out delectable caffeinated beverages to go with their modest breakfast menu. The no-frills neighborhood shop provides a great space to exchange ideas over a few hours. When things go great, celebrate by coming back on a Friday night or Sunday afternoon to catch live performances from up-and-coming local bands!

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Tootsie’s at the Stanford Barn

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Set in the rustic Stanford Barn, Tootsie’s wows with a breakfast selection that always hits the spot. The RicottaPancakes are a winner—just like your pitch after your contingent finishes a plate! Tootsie’s is located on the outskirts of Stanford University, making it just the right mix of accessible and secluded. Beside the cafe, you’ll encounter its sister restaurant Vina Enoteca, which is a great place to have lunch when meetings extend beyond the morning.

  • +1 650 566 8445
  • Stanford Barn Shopping Center, 700 Welch Road, Suite 150, Palo Alto, California, USA

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Ann’s Coffee Shop

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Opened in 1946, Ann’s Coffee Shop is a landmark in downtown Menlo Park. Its regulars span three generations who come back for reliable servings of their favorite breakfast fares! The space is quite tight, but it exudes a homey vibe from every corner. It might just be what you need to help your contingent feel comfortable! The place is cash only, so remember to drop by an ATM (they have one upstairs!) before settling in.

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Peninsula Creamery: Dairy Store and Grill

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For meetings that call for big breakfasts, head to Peninsula Creamery Dairy Store and Grill! The almost decade-year-old diner is a nostalgic space that reminds locals of childhood summers in the once quiet Palo Alto. Awaken the childlike curiosity and wonder of everyone at the table by filling them up with burgers, specialty sandwiches, or a good ol’ plate of The All American (two eggs, toast, hash browns, and your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage). Treat them to an ice cream cone, too, while you’re at it!

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