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Bistro Vida
641 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Bistro Vida is a French bistro serving lunch and dinner daily, and brunch on the weekends. The restaurant is servesMore natural, organic, and low-calorie options for the health-conscious, though no French bistro would be complete without rich, high-calorie options as well.  The best time to find those would be during the weekend brunch service, which features treats such as the chocolate croissant and a crepe filled with fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream.
Ann's Coffee Shop
772 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Ann's Coffee Shop, a landmark on Santa Cruz Ave.,  has been family-owned since 1946. This is not a place to comeMore if you're trying to cut calories. Ann's hearty breakfasts are served all-day, and the filling lunches will satiate even the largest of appetites. Be sure to save room for dessert, as the famous rhubarb pie is not to be missed. Everything at Ann's is made from scratch, the prices are extremely reasonable, and the staff is friendly and personable.

Part-owner, Nicki Paplos, described the customer experience as coming to one's second home. "This is my office," a regular customer named Gary, said. "People call me here when they can't find me at home."

Cold Stone Creamery
611 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Strolling down Santa Cruz Avenue on a hot summer day (or even a not-so-hot day at any other time of year), Cold StoneMore Creamery is the perfect place for a pit stop. At Cold Stone, you're in complete control of your delicious ice cream. Serving up treats in sizes of "Like It," "Love It," and "Gotta Have It," you start by selecting your favorite flavor (all the classics, plus originals such as cake batter, cotton candy, blueberry, and key lime) and then make it your own by choosing your "mix-ins," adding candy, sprinkles, sauces, brownie bits and/or cookie dough. The friendly staff mixes it all together, and a couple minutes later you've got your sweet to beat the heat. And don't be alarmed if you're looking to cut calories, as they offer frozen yogurt selections and smoothies with supplement boosts (antioxidant, energy and protein).

If you're in a rush, hit the pre-made section. There you'll find quarts of Cold Stone's signatures (Cold Stone's signature flavor and mix-in combinations), ice cream cakes, ice cream cupcakes and ice cream cookie sandwiches. And don't forget to tip! Leave a dollar or more and the employees will sing their gratitude to you.