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There's a cute and rustic cafe on the historic Big Basin Way strip where one can order just about any sort of deli sandwich, small pizza, coffee drink, or tea, and hang out front. This place is incredibly unique for the rustic pine approach to the wood furniture, parquet flooring, and stair bannisters, window moulding and other architectural details. Right in the center of the historic district, the building is thus a contrast to the mostly upscale and modernized stucco and Queen Anne style architecture in this part of town. This is the best place to read the local paper, sip a capuccino and eat a pesto chicken sandwich, while watching the cyclists pedal by and foot traffic window shop. The food is mostly good California cuisine and prices very reasonable given what else is found in town. Reservations not required.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 14523 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: 408 872 0309
This was the first Ethiopian restaurant I ever ate at. So I must pay homage and respect. :-) In comparison to all the other Ethiopian, and Eritrean, restaurants, I think this is the best one yet. Clean food, consistent, and a great atmosphere. If you want to try Ethiopian for the first time, I would suggest this place. Or if you just want a new Ethiopian place to check out, it's worth it.
Written Feb 12, 2006
Address: 1320 Saratoga Avenue
The Basin is the first place I'd ever been to that served up comfort foor. Meat loaf, mac and cheese, corn dogs and pork chops. And all amazing.
The food here is excellent as is the service. A true display of American food ala 1950's era style with a modern flair for quality. Fun place to dine with friends.
Favorite Dish: The double cut pork chops are great, but I have a soft spot for the macaroni and cheese special.
Written Jun 6, 2003
Address: 14572 Big Basin Way
Phone: (408) 867-1906
Chateau La Cresta, Mountain Winery
Fabulous place for a very romantic wedding. High above the wine valley, great place to say 'I DO' with a great view.
Favorite Dish: We were there for a friend's wedding and dinner. See their website for sample menu.
Updated Nov 27, 2002
Address: 14831 Pierce Rd. Saratoga CA 95070