Macarthur Park has been one of the favorite locations in Palo Alto for several decades now. It is housed in a beautiful building designed by Julia Morgan, the renowned 20th century architect, located next to the Palo Alto train station. My friend Ken Doran and I went there for dinner. Macarthur Park is very well known for its steak and I indulged myself. Ken had the salmon. My steak was quite good, although in my view not up to the level of someplace like Harris Ranch. But the well-executed food complemented the sturdy and beautiful century old building perfectly. The restaurant gave us exactly what we were looking for---a relaxing, convivial experience and chance for us to catch up with each other's lives.
Trev, Jan, and Karem took me to a wonderful evening at West End Grill located, appropriately enough, in the West End. The restaurant still has its old tin ceiling festooned with stained glass chandeliers. I was too hungry to take a picture of our appetizers: crab cakes and bleu cheese tarts. The crab cakes had just a bit of heat to them, something you don't always find in a crab cake but which worked very well. The bleu cheese tarts lived up to their intriguing premise, rich and tangy. This is my caprese salad. The mozzarella, tomato, and basil were all outstanding. The balsamic vinegar had been very well aged, giving it a thick consistency. My main course was tuna, perfectly prepared to a medium well. The tuna left just enough room for a chocolate lava cake paired with decaf coffee. The cake was rich and moist. I kept scraping my plate to be sure I retrieved all of the chocolate.