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Local Union 271

Local Union 271, located on the bustling street of University Ave in Downtown Palo Alto, is a hip and rustic eatery that prides itself in its ‘farm to table’ ingredients.

The restaurant, which serves breakfast/brunch, lunch, dinner, and drinks, is inviting and airy, with massive skylights and a completely open entrance. The tables are spread out and large, with a variation of community style seating and more intimate tables in the front and outside. The interior is decorated tastefully with succulents, air-plants, and fall leaves, creating a natural ambiance and outdoorsy atmosphere to keep with the ‘farm to table’ theme.

I ordered the Santa Barbara Fish Co. Smoked Salmon, which was a decadent portion of smoked salmon laid on Kelly Bakery rustic bread, complete with a fresh green salad, tomatoes, cucumbers, an egg, and capers, all from local farms, some with names that I recognized from Farmers Markets. The meal was light and healthy, with the perfect balance of sandwich and greens.

Above is the House Roasted Turkey Sub, with bacon and dijon aioli on a ciabatta bread. Served with a side of tomato soup or salad, this meal was also made from locally grown produce.

For dessert, we ordered the Pumpkin Spice Gelato, which was the best fall treat imaginable. The gelato wasn’t extremely creamy, and had a soft tinge of cinnamon which paired well with the sweetness from the whipped cream and the small gingersnap cookie placed on top.

While I wish it was socially acceptable to have a cocktail at noon… (the Moscow Mule cups were taunting me!) I decided that I would come back for happy hour or dinner + drinks.

I’ve been wanting to try Local Union 271 for a long time – and I’m very happy I did! Not only do they 100% support and rely on local farmers and produce, but the staff is extremely accommodating and the design of the restaurant makes me never want to leave. If you’re ever in Palo Alto, ditch the overpriced wine bars and tourist traps and go to Local Union 271 – perfect for any time of day!

271 University Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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