If you ever get the chance or desire to visit Filoli Gardens in Woodside, I hope you do and if you do, rest assured, you can find decent food at their cafe. A friend and I drove down from San Francisco and were hungry by the time we arrived. As anxious as we were to see the gardens, we just had to eat a quick bite before we did. The Cafe at Filoli just happened to be situated very close to the ticket office, in a sun filled room overlooking the gardens. It was a very lovely start to a day of garden walks and looking to see how the other half lived during the early part of the 20th century. As it happened, the family that owned Filoli also purchased and developed Muckross House in Killarney Ireland, as a wedding present for their daughter.
Never expecting a great pastrami sandwich from anywhere west of the Hudson River, I ordered one anyway. It was a very satisfying pastrami and emmentaler on dark rye, that was sliced too thin, but tasted good all the same. It was accompanied by a fresh green salad with a few shredded carrots added for color. The cherry tomatoes were ripe, so most likely were added for actual flavor. As good as the sandwich was, it was secondary to the Red Velvet cake, though it was, in accordance with tradition, eaten first. Not the all time best, it came in a close second. My friend settled for a chocolate caramel cheese cake that was excellent.
|86 Cañada Road|
Woodside CA 94062
Open: Tuesdays - Sundays