Vitality Bowls' primary menu item features the antioxidant-rich açaí berry, topped with granola and other “superfood” ingredients. (Courtesy photo)

Vitality Bowls' primary menu item features the antioxidant-rich açaí berry, topped with granola and other “superfood” ingredients. (Courtesy photo)

Vitality Bowls sprout on the Peninsula

Perfect for the trendy health-conscious Bay Area, Vitality Bowls recently opened two “superfood cafés” in Palo Alto and Redwood City. The cafes serve açai bowls, made from puree of açai berries (similar to blueberries and full of virtuous nutrients and anti-oxidants), a “VB Blend” superfoods such as mangosteen and noni, nut milks, and bananas or other assorted fruits. The slushie-like açai puree base is topped with granola and other ingredients ranging from goji berries to shaved coconut to kiwis. Try a bowl for for breakfast, for a refreshing afternoon snack, or for dessert (dark chocolate may be added). Vitality Bowls also serves smoothies, fresh raw juices and savory paninis — not in a bowl.

209 South California Ave., Palo Alto; (650) 473-9740.
835 Middlefield Road, Suite C, Redwood City; (650) 568-1779

Redwood City

After opening in Daly City earlier this year, the Southern California-based the Habit Burger Grill has a Redwood City outpost in the Sequoia Station Shopping Center. Fresh ground-beef charburgers with lettuce and tomato, caramelized onions and mayonnaise are the signature, emphasizing the restaurant’s motto: “Respect the burger.” The Habit also respects diners’ personal preferences, serving customized burgers with choices from teriyaki and pineapple to bacon and mushrooms. Non-burger offerings include chicken, tri tip and grilled albacore tuna sandwiches, salads, fries, onion rings and tempura green beans. Save room for sweet diner favorites: shakes, sundaes and malts. Habit’s contemporary California “cool” atmosphere reflects its origin on the beach in Santa Barbara — a big difference from the nostalgic 1950s diner vibe of prior tenant Johnny Rockets. The restaurant seats 54 inside and 36 outside on the patio.

1111 El Camino Real, Redwood City; (650) 568-1625.

Palo Alto and San Mateo

It’s prime season for barbecue and wild Pacific salmon. All summer, MacArthur Park in Palo Alto is taking diners on an “American BBQ Roadtrip” highlighting our country’s different ‘cue traditions. New Orleans, Memphis and Kentucky barbecue will be offered on a three-course prix fixe menu (choices are available for each course) and appropriate regional cocktails like Sazeracs for New Orleans. Texas fare is being served now, and dishes on the menu include a pepitas and ancho chile “Rio Grapefruit Salad” and homemade pecan pie, along with plenty of smoked beef ribs and brisket. Meanwhile, Pacific Catch in San Mateo celebrates the season of Pacific salmon with dishes combining summer produce with the fish. Chef David Gingrass gives salmon a chipotle honey glaze, grills it over a cedar plank, then serves it with toasted sweet corn and a sweet potato purée. Another main course features grilled salmon with a grilled summer vegetable ragout and smoky chimichurri sauce.

27 University Ave., Palo Alto; (650) 321-9990.
243 S B St., San Mateo; (650) 389-2482.

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at

Just Posted

Police Chief Bill Scott on Wednesday said a rebranding and reoganization of the former Gang Task Force amounts to “more than just the name change.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Faced with surge in shootings, Chief Scott reenvisions SFPD’s Gang Task Force

New Community Violence Reduction Team adds officers with community-policing experience

Stores including Walgreens and Safeway are required to pay their employees additional hazard pay under a city ordinance that is currently set to expire later this month. (Shutterstock)
Grocery workers could gain additional weeks of $5 per hour hazard pay

San Francisco will vote next week on whether to extend a law… Continue reading

The fatal shooting of San Francisco resident Roger Allen by Daly City police on April 7 prompted protests in both cities. (Jordi Molina/ Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Daly City approves body-worn and vehicle cameras for police after fatal shooting

Daly City officials on Wednesday approved body and vehicle cameras for police… Continue reading

Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays attends an event to honor the San Francisco Giants' 2014 World Series victory on Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
Willie Mays turns 90: San Francisco celebrates the greatest Giant

By Al Saracevic Examiner staff writer I couldn’t believe it. Willie Mays… Continue reading

Ja’Mari Oliver, center, 11, a fifth grader at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, is surrounded by his classmates at a protest outside the Safeway at Church and Market streets on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in support of him following an April 26 incident where he was falsely accused by an employee of stealing. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
School community rallies behind Black classmate stopped at Safeway

‘When you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us’

Most Read