“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” - James Michener
Sunday, October 02, 2011
Empire Tap Room
Nothing beats outdoor dining when the weather cooperates. We've been having warm and sunny days lately so when our office staff had the opportunity to eat lunch together, I suggested we go to the Empire Tap Room in Palo Alto where we could sit outdoors in their beautiful patio and enjoy Indian summer temperatures.
When you enter the main door of the restaurant, you are immediately confronted by the shiny and well polished bar which extends the length of the dining room. Then your eyes are directed to the patio where vines cover the walls, trees and white umbrellas provide ample shade and the drip drip of water from the fountain complete the relaxed ambiance. It feels like a mini getaway to sit in this patio.
Dungeness Crab Cakes
It's been awhile since I've had crab cakes. Very few places around here have my favorite crab cakes on their menu. How terrific that they serve them at this restaurant! The red bell pepper sauce heightened the taste of the tender crab flakes. And the fried potatoes were surprisingly tasty. Wonder what they added to it? It was specially good.
This is a fun place to get together. The Empire Tap Room is located at 651 Emerson Street, Palo Alto, CA. Their phone number is 650-321-3030. To view their menu, follow this link: http://www.etrpa.com/.