360 E. Campell Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008
In the heart of downtown, Café Campbell offers an extensive wine list and memorable breakfast, lunch and dinner selections. The wait staff provides extreme attention to detail and the café prides itself on great quality in all of its signature dishes. A European bistro atmosphere provides a perfect setting for the café’s specialty autumn dessert. Indulge in a Pear Tart made with almond cream topped with pear halves for $4.60. Bring a friend, eat your sweet on the outdoor patio while people watching and think Rome.
548 Ramona St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Bistro Maxine advertises that it serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. That is the focus here, the in between. Located in downtown Palo Alto, this restaurant is the prime venue for authentic French crepes cooked on griddles imported from France. Sample the bistro’s autumn dessert of Crème De Marron, which is a French way of saying a sweet crepe filled with chestnut puree and served with whipped cream. Spend $5.75 for this luxurious taste sensation not readily available anywhere else in the South Bay.
31 University Ave.
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Steamer’s Grillhouse has been pleasing diners since 1979 and you’ll be next when you sample its Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee. This dish is a baked custard topped with caramelized sugar. If that doesn’t sound autumn enough for you, ask a friend to order the Espresso Gelato and Chocolate Brownie Sandwich with chocolate espresso sauce and hazelnuts. You can sample both in order to make an informed decision on your favorite. If it’s not too chilly, request a table on the outdoor patio for a close-up view of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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Le Petit Bistro
1405 W. El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA 94040
The thought of cool autumn weather makes you picture substantial, comforting desserts such as Le Petit Bistro’s Grand Marnier Cheesecake. This cheesy delight is made with a hazelnut crust and melba sauce. Offered for $6.50, this succulent sweet melts in your mouth and the bistro’s calming atmosphere with quiet French music in the background will leave you satisfied as well as satiated. The knowledgeable staff can answer your questions (perhaps in French, if you give it a try) and upon request, will suggest meals and wine just as if you were patrons in a small-town restaurant in France.
334 Santana Row, Suite 1000
San Jose, CA 95128
LB Steak’s chef began his culinary career in France’s gastronomic capital, Lyon. The restaurant’s waitpersons can knowledgeably guide you through the savory menu, but we know what our taste buds are really craving. Does anything conjure up the memories of autumn more than the kitchen aroma of mom’s baking? Here you can feast on Warm Cinnamon Sugar Beignets with chocolate sauce. At $9, your portion will be four lengths of hot, crisp and tasty southern-style fritters with saucy toppings adding just the right amount of sweetness to an appetizing and unusual post-dinner treat.
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Nina Holtons creative background in travel and cooking and a passion for writing empowers her to share the Bay Area scene with readers avid for information about where to go and what to do. A free-lance online journalist, she lives in Santa Clara; and her work can be found at Examiner.com.