My husband recently had to go up to Palo Alto for work and we turned it into a Bay Area road trip. These were the food and drink highlights.
Original Gravity Public House – Downtown, San Jose
We stayed two nights in downtown San Jose and didn’t find a lot of fun places, so we ended up here both nights!
The menu is nearly the same as Wurstkuche, a highly popular sausage and beer spot in Los Angeles (and now has other locations). OG’s fries are not nearly as good as Wurstkuche, but the sausages were as good (I recommend the Bavarian).
I prefer OG’s beer list over Wurstkuche, since I love the IPAs. Their beer list is pretty balanced though, so even if you don’t like IPAs, you should be able to find something you like. They have two bars with different beer lists, so be sure to check them both out before ordering!
Sightglass Coffee – SOMA, San Francisco
We really enjoyed our visit to Sightglass. The space is beautiful and spacious. Lots of bike racks out front. The main coffee bar is in the center of the downstairs area. The staff was really friendly and helpful and they, of course, have fresh roasted coffee you can bring home.
Upstairs, is more seating and the affogato bar (yes, I said “affogato bar”). Affogato is one of my favorite desserts (or mid-afternoon snack, don’t judge). I had a blood orange olive oil affogato at Sightglass. It was a really delicious grassy/bitter/sweet experience.
Beer Thirty – Santa Cruz
Beer Thirty is great for outside beers on a nice day. They have lots of picnic benches and tables outside and even have a place for dogs to play. They seem flexible about bringing your own food, although there is a little window you can go up to and order food from a limited menu.
They have a very balanced beer list – there were only a couple of IPAs! And a great selection of bombers in a fridge case, so you can take some home (which of course, we did).