Mayfield Bakery and Cafe, Palo Alto
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Mayfield Bakery and Cafe
855 El Camino Real (At Embarcadero in Town and Country Village)
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Mayfield Bakery and Cafe is a new American restaurant located in Palo Alto’s Town and Country Village shopping center next door to the new Calafia Cafe and right near Howie’s Artisan Pizza. They have a bakery next door.
It is the newest addition to Bacchus Management Group (Spruce, The Village Pub, and Pizza Antica), this restaurant specializes in farm fresh, local ingredients prepared in wood-fired oven and rotisserie grill. Bacchus Executive Chef Gordon Drysdale and Mayfield Chef Andrew Hash handle the cafe side. Pastry Chef Nancy Pitta, formerly of Boulevard in San Francisco, oversees the bakery. We went for lunch, when it was very busy and had a 30 minute wait. You can call ahead and put your name on the list.
Decor, Vibe – Mayfield Bakery and Cafe features restrained old fashion decor with lots of exposed wood. Patio for good weather days. Well dressed locals, hi tech execs, Cardinal fans, and older women power lunching.
Mayfield Bakery and Cafe Menu Pictures
Brew to order Coffee Menu
Free Bread from the Bakery
Roasted Golden Beet Salad ($10.50) with horseradish yogurt, walnuts, and fennel was a delicious well balanced salad. Very light and not much kick to the smooth horseradish yogurt.
Griddled Artic Char ($22.50) with cracked wheat, herbs, olive oil and dates was a beautiful fish entree. Salmon like flavor. It was very light on the quantity, so be sure to get a salad or dessert.
Grilled Bavette Steak Sandwich ($14) with tapenade, roast red onions and blue cheese was a good sized open face sandwich with lots of meat. Meat was cooked correctly and the combination tasted good. Bread was on the burnt side. The olive tapenade had heavy flavor, so be sure you like it.
S’more Tart ($7.50) with graham crackers, Chocolate Ganache, and toasted marshmallow was a great dessert. Thick piece of high quality chocolate and delicious chocolate gelato.
Meyer Lemon Swirl Cheesecake ($7.50) with blood orange compote was a yummy traditional style cheesecake with nice flavor accent.
Mayfield Coffee ($3.50) was strong and good. They custom make each mini pot for you.
Fresh Mozzarella and Tuscan Kale Pizza ($14.75) with pancetta and oregano was a average typical pizza, crust was not crispy, edges were a little bit. Strong Kale flavor. Too little Pancetta to contrast the strong Kale. They should either make it vegetarian or more meaty.
Crisp Brussels Sprouts ($4.50) with chilies and lemon were crispy but not overly so. A little on the burnt side. Not as good as those at Firefly in San Francisco. Large quantity of them. Kids better eat these veggies!
Kids Penne Pasta with butter ($4.75) was extremely greasy. They have to tone it down. Calafia next door has much healthier options.
Mayfield Bakery and Cafe had very good food service, with friendly waiters and servers passing by often. Food came out fast. They had a pretty high ratio of servers, bus boys to tables. The food was very good and pretty mainstream, making this place a sure fire hit for the suburbs. The bakery items and desserts were especially good. Mayfield Bakery and Cafe has a kids menu. Good selection of wines by the glass from $7, and bottles from $24.
Mayfield Bakery located Next Door
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