Monday, March 28, 2011

Palo Alto: Third time's the charm at Mayfield Cafe

On Friday late afternoon, I settled into my favorite bar seat at Mayfield with one of my favorite books, which I like to reread every few years and, in doing so, joyfully re-experience the feeling of discovering what I want to do with my life.  Coffee first (each order is freshly brewed and contains about 2.5 cups), and after a couple chapters, I decided on the "drunken bread pudding" (served with Bourbon sauce).

This time, both food and service were without a single misstep.  For a few hours I was one of the only non-staff in the entire place, and so I got to enjoy the quiet hum of the pre-dinner routine.  By 6:30pm, the restaurant had filled up with the first dinner seating, and there were people next to me on either side of the bar; I headed out quite soon after that.