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I asked for restaurant recommendations on the Ananda Google Group. These are the responses, happy to add your favorites. — Rambhakta.

 

NameLocationWebsiteCommentsReviewers
NameLocationWebsiteCommentsReviewers
Ada's CafeAt Palo Alto Mitchell Park LibraryWebsite
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Run by people with disabilities. Great for a snack, sandwich, or dessert and conversation (the house-made frozen yogurt is yummy).Rambhakta
Curry Up Now321 Hamilton, Downtown Palo AltoWebsite

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Started as Food Truck serving Indian Street Food and expanded into low-key eateries. I like the varieties of the menu w/o being too overwhelming w/ choices: enough to satisfy special diets from GF to Vegan to Vegetarian and yet can accommodate meat-eaters if you are having meal w/ others on varying diets. All cooked fresh and quality for price. Nice hot Chai made on the premises and family-friendly.Joycee
Esther's German Bakery987 N. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos, next to Armadillo Willy's and Chef Chu'sWebsite

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Decent omelets and good fried potatoes for lunch, and of course excellent German baked goodies.Rambhakta
Frankie, Johnnie, and Luigi’s939 W El Camino, Mt. ViewWebsite

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Have a GF pizza and a nice spinach in olve oil and garlic salad, a few other good sides in addition to pasta dishes. Old-fashioned American-Italian food.Lahari
Green ElephantPiazza’s shopping center, Palo AltoWebsite

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Burmese & Chinese, lots of vegetarian, GF, vegan options. Good service, reasonably quiet even during lunch, good food.Rambhakta
Joanie's Cafe405 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto (across from Country Sun and on the corner toward the east)WebsiteBreakfast all day, sandwiches, salads, entrees. Best time is early to mid-morning, or after 1; at lunch it can be noisy.Rambhakta & Ishani
Lyfe KitchenHamilton & Alma, Palo AltoWebsite

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Has GF and Vegan menus along with standard menu.Marcel Hernandez
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Maggioni’s Little ItalySantana Row, San JoseWebsite

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Great deals and a GF option or two.Lahari
Mediterranean Wraps425 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto (across from Country Sun)Website

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Many Ananda people know about this one (who introduced this place to me). Very fresh and tasty food w/ lots of variety (again - I like that it accommodates a wide range of diets), and I always remember Amara's comment that the people working there seem genuinely "Happy" and that quality infuse into the food it serves. Love their little patio out back too. Casual and family-friendly.Joycee
Palo Alto PizzaPark Blvd. off CaliforniaWebsite

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Great gluten-free crust and they are good people.Gary McSweeney
Pluto'sDowntown Palo Alto, 482 University, corner of CowperWebsite

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Inexpensive, good portions, great salads and sides. Not the most veggie-friendly but very good stuff that is vegetarian.Adam T
Rice Thai3924 El Camino, Palo Alto, just north of El Camino Way, next to Happy DonutsWebsite

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Sprout Cafe168 University, Downtown Palo AltoWebsite

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Pricier but great salads...and many built-your-own versions as well. Portions are not "big" so for some hearty eaters, that might be an issue. Joycee
TreehouseStanford campus, facing rear courtyard of Tresidder UnionWebsite

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Long menu of simple but tasty foods at very reasonable prices. I love a Caesar salad with rice and beans. Eat outdoors under the trees in front or back of Tresidder.Rambhakta
Veggie GardenAcross El Camino and a few doors down from Los Altos Whole FoodsWebsite

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Wonderful people, great service, affordable lunch prices. Tell them you’re GF and they’ll take care of you.Karen G
Veggie GrillSan Antonio Shopping Center, Mt. ViewWebsite

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All vegan, some excellent items – I love their mountainous salads (All Hail Kale), GF items marked on menu.Rambhakta
Vegetarian House520 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose, between 11th & 12thWebsite

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All GMO-free, plenty of GF items. Abundant, delicious vegetarian food at reasonable prices. Run by disciples of a Chinese spiritual teacher. Ananda singers often have lunch here after singing at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose (Roy Eugene Davis’s church).Rambhakta