Friday, January 17, 2014

Northern Cal Restaurants I Love -Bumble Los Altos

A bright spot in my week was slipping out for a girl's lunch to celebrate a friend's 50th at a darling spot called Bumble in the little town of Los Altos. I had been to Bumble one time before and right now it tops my favorite restaurants in the Bay Area for a so many reasons. First and most important it's fun!

Silver punch bowls of Veuve Clicquot and footed pedestals of the yummiest baked goods greet you as you enter the sunny front room. The food is yummy, unique and farm to table. Most everything is  organic, local and sustainable. That includes breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Lunch has items like quinoa salad with pancetta (my favorite), BLTs, chicken salads, flatbreads and the list goes on. Bellinis and Mimosas are always available during the day too, should you be so inclined!

 They've turned an old house into a terrific hang out. There's the feeling your in someone's charming home. They had me at banquette! Bumble does cozy nooks, banquettes, and sofas to help get your relax on. I love the Carrara marble, and cheery mix of white and yellow decor. You can even sit in pretty succulent-filled patio with coffee or a glass of bubbly while you watch your toddler in their sandbox play area.  I ask you where else can you do that?

Kids are catered to here and there is a healthy menu for them as well. There are darling jars for them to drink from with colorful straws, diapers in the bathrooms, and a supervised play area for a small fee, should you want to have a cozy dinner with the hubs.

Service is beyond good. Everyone is smiley, competent and kind. For our friends' birthday they brought a giant bowl of gourmet vanilla bean ice cream drizzled with carmel and pecans for us all to share. On the house. Nothing seems much trouble!

Moms can get a break here, but it's also filled with ladies lunching and guys doing business as well. The magnet is the great atmosphere and food. I cannot think of another place like this in all of the Bay Area. I am hoping to go for dinner next with my husband and try one of their fun cocktails!

 A  day trip to Los Altos is fun if you haven't been in a while or ever! If you are visiting the Bay Area, Los Altos is close to Stanford and about ten minutes South of Palo Alto. If you've got a special birthday or lunch to plan, this is the place!

To read more about Mary Heffernan, the mom of four who founded Bumble, visit their site (link at top) and about her Los Altos businesses (she is working on 9 right now!), in the  Los Altos Patch just published today coincidentally.

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  1. Sounds like a lovely place! Yes, next time try the champers! :)

  2. Hi Kim, this spot looks like fun and I'm sure the food is delicious. I like the ambiance! Great pic of the ladies;) looks like you had fun! Enjoy the weekend! xxleslie

  3. Yep, this is a keeper. Love all the cake stands, reminds me of my grandmother's porch during holidays. xx's

  4. Los Altos is charming. I used to get my hair done in a little salon there. It was fun to go early and spend time shopping the cute little boutiques, then grabbing a bite after. I haven't tried this place but it looks charming. Hard yo go wrong with Wonderful food and Veuve in a silver bucket. Have a great weekend. xoJennifer

  5. Hi Kim! This is most certainly my kind of place. The cheerful yellow accessories and the banquette seating not to mention the sweet treats displayed under the glass domes. I like the fact that there is a mixed clientele too. Perfect for just a coffee and cake or a birthday celebration. Looks like you were having fun!

  6. It reminds me of places in Napa Valley or Sonoma. I am looking forward to coming down to see you one of these days..maybe we can go to Bumble!

  7. Hello Kim! This looks like the perfect spot for a 'ladies who lunch'. You all look like you are having so much fun. The champagne....and that yellow door. Chic!!

  8. This post makes me want to travel from the city to visit this resturant! I'm sure its just lovely on a sunny day!

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  9. I'll start with a glass of Veuve and one of those giant cookies please :)

  10. This sounds like it's right up my alley...thank you for uncovering fun and unique places to try!!!

  11. Kim thanks for the reccommendation! I love Los Altos!

  12. Happy Birthday to your lovely friend - you have a glam set of pals there. That place looks awesome - don't you just love it when people set up in a house - makes it so much more comfy!

  13. This looks like a charming restaurant, Kim.