The sixth Bay Area location of the Greek cuisine mini-chain Opa! is open in Palo Alto in the University Avenue space that most recently housed the short-lived cocktail-focused restaurant alkymists. Diners familiar with the other branches of the restaurant will find the same extensive menu of traditional Greek- and California-influenced Greek dishes. Spanokopita and an assortment of spreads served with pita are two popular starters. Entrée choices include pita sandwiches filled with lamb or seafood or a beef-and-lamb Greek burger. Souvlaki (skewers of beef, lamb, chicken, seafood or pork) is offered, as well as large plates of grilled beef, lamb or pork with two sides, and Greek casseroles moussaka and pasticio. The sticky and sweet Greek pastry baklava, and a baklava sundae, are on the dessert menu. With low lighting, wood tables and a full bar (serving cocktails, signature sangria and weekday happy hour specials), Opa! feels like a classic Greek taverna. A weekend brunch menu features a baklava waffle and Greek yogurt parfait.
140 University Ave., Palo Alto; (650) 391-9855. Opaauthenticgreek.com
Mission Edge Café, serving American and Peruvian fare, is a new all-day cafe on the busy stretch of Mission Street in Daly City near the San Francisco border. It serves Four Barrel coffee, a perfect complement to breakfast dishes such as a smoked salmon bagel or frittata sandwich. Lunch and dinner items mix American classics (burgers, Caesar salad) and dishes from the owners’ native Peru, such as a traditionally seasoned roast chicken with an aji amarillo sauce. Images of Peru (the Andes, Machu Picchu) decorate the brightly painted space. Diners enjoying quinoa salad, a bowl of sopa de mote, (meat and corn stew) and Peru’s beloved Inca Kola just may feel like they’re in South America.
5999 Mission St., Daly City; (415) 325-5980. missionedgecaferotisserie.com
With spring in full swing, farmers markets are open for the season. The Palo Alto Farmers’ Market, downtown on Gilman Street, is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; South San Francisco’s market at Orange Memorial Park is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, and San Mateo’s 25th Avenue market runs from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
After 17 years, Sunset is holding its final Sunset Celebration Weekend at its iconic Menlo Park campus before the magazine moves it headquarters at the end of the year. The food, wine, home and garden event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 80 Willow Road; tickets are $25-$35. Craig Stoll and Anthony Strong of Pizzeria Delfina in Burlingame and Yigit Pura of Tout Sweet in Palo Alto are among the star chefs doing cooking demonstrations; food truck offerings come from Bacon Bacon, Lobsta Truck and El Porteno, and wine activities include seminars and a tasting lounge. Visit www.sunset.com/cw for details.