Firehouse Brewery, 111 S. Murphy Avenue, Sunnyvale and 1765 E. Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto
Like UFC fights? This is the place to go. The Firehouse was mentioned as a favorite by almost everyone I spoke with. The beer, patio, wood-fired food, and sports are the draw in Sunnyvale, while the same things plus the extra large plasma TV is a draw in Palo Alto.
Sometimes it's good to plan to be in a noisy place instead of having conversation. There's something (or two or three) for everyone here. So are you saying U.S. engineers don't respect themselvs as much as their counterparts across the pond? Hmmmm. What do you all have to say about that?
Hey Brian, When I read your post, I thought of one more. It wasn't really a place for engineers so much, but do you remember the old Tiki place on Steven's Creek, near Merrill Lynch (or maybe Merrill is built on the old site) and Lawrence Expressway. I loved the chairs.... I never got to the Old Pro.....How did I miss it?
To your "no longer with us," I'd add the old Old Pro at the corner of Page Mill and El Camino, in the old Quonset hut. In my early early days at EE Times I went out with one of our editors, Bob Blissmer, who was moving to an exotic atoll some where, and we whiled the night away there, drinking lots of beer and shooting lots of pool. I remember Bob as being outstanding at both.
Horrified to see how many of these places have TVs. Any self respecting engineer in Eng;and would turn around at the door and go somewhere else where they could actually hold a conversation. A few of the list look good though.