By grace.g.yang ยท November 28, 2011
Under: American,Brunch,California,Cheap Eats

Two weekends ago, I made a very quick trip to San Francisco to visit some friends and family. When I arrived in San Francisco, I hopped on the Cal Train, met up with my friend Cliff at the Palo Alto station, and went to Calafia, the restaurant started by the Google Chef. The restaurant is just like the Google cafeteria, except you have to pay for things (Cliff has taken me to Google’s cafeteria many times for lunch in both New York and Mountain View and the food is always very good). The restaurant is located in a shopping center that also has a Trader Joe’s, a cupcake shop, and lots of cute restaurants and stores:


We went for Sunday brunch and it was super busy both outdoors and indoors but were able to get seats by the window. We decided to share the chicken and waffles:


And Calafia’s take on Huevos Rancheros:


They try to use local, fresh organic ingredients (originally they suggested I add avocado to my order but they were actually out because the season is almost over). The chicken and waffles were really delicious – instead of using a heavy batter on the chicken, they dipped it in a fluffy tempura batter to make the chicken lighter. The waffles are also bacon waffles, so you get a good combo of sweet and salty in every bite. My huevos rancheros was also a good pick – light, fresh, and the eggs tasted very good (especially the yolk!)

Calafia also has a little deli/store connected to the restaurant where they sell salad by the pound (Cliff said it looked exactly like the Google cafeteria) and you can eat there as well if you’re by yourself. Super cute – I definitely want to return!

Calafia Cafe on Urbanspoon

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