Saturday, September 25, 2010

Palo Alto: Mayfield Cafe

In between errands at Town & Country this morning, I stopped in at Mayfield Cafe for a late breakfast.  I sat at the counter and, after deciding I didn't want anything heavy, settled on a plain croissant and a mocha - always good benchmarks.  Service was surprisingly slow, and the bartender apologized for how the long wait as he rushed to make various espresso drinks.  My croissant (from the bakery next door) came well before the mocha, and when the lovely bowl was finally set in front of me, the bartender said "Sorry again for the wait; the croissant is on the house."

As it turns out, this was one of the best croissants and mochas I have had in recent memory.  I like my croissants on the crustier side, and this was a lovely ratio of crunch and flake, with very tender innards.  The mocha was a good complement in that it wasn't overly sweet.  Mayfield Cafe tends to be on the pricey side for lunch and dinner, but breakfast is certainly more accessible (if you're not in too much of a hurry).  The atmosphere is very inviting, though rather loud during brunch time.