Belcampo Meat Co. brings pasture to table concept to Palo Alto 

click to enlarge Palo Alto’s Belcampo Meat Co. is a sustainability-minded butchery and cafe, that uses it’s own farm-raised meats to create tasty concoctions. - COURTESY CLAY MCLACHLAN
  • Courtesy Clay McLachlan
  • Palo Alto’s Belcampo Meat Co. is a sustainability-minded butchery and cafe, that uses it’s own farm-raised meats to create tasty concoctions.

Tucked away in the far corner of Palo Alto's rapidly growing Town & Country Shopping Village, the sustainability-minded butchery and meat-focused café Belcampo Meat Co. is now open. This is the fifth location for slow food pioneer Anya Fernald's pasture to table concept, with the first opening in Larkspur two years ago. Belcampo's innovation is its complete control of the meat supply, with its own farm, pastures and processing facility near Mount Shasta, as well as its control of the transport to its shops. All of the animals are humanely raised and certified organic. Beef is grass-fed, the chickens are free-range, and the three breed pigs live on custom cereal grain diets while roaming freely on the company's land. Belcampo in Palo Alto is a small, 900-square foot operation with a butcher counter on one side and a cashier and kitchen window at the end of the hall. The compact menu includes the meats in dishes like the Mexican pork and hominy stew called posole, a Philly cheesesteak, and a trio of buns similar to sliders filled with barbeque chicken or Greek-inspired lamb belly. French fries and crispy broccolini are two of the few non-meat dishes. Belcampo has no tables inside, so diners must eat outside on one of the shopping center's tables. After lunch or during the afternoon, visitors can choose meats from the butcher café and take home brisket, lamb chops, freshly made sausages, lamb kefta, or ground beef for burgers, including one that is a blend of beef and bacon.

855 El Camino Real #161, Palo Alto; (650) 561-3492. BelcampoMeatCo.com.

South San Francisco

At the eastern edge of Grand Avenue by U.S. Highway 101 and South San Francisco's Caltrain station, the new Japanese restaurant Kamu Sushi is open. Kamu's modern interior and modern play on sushi and Japanese small and large plates can take different cultures and blur them with traditional preparations (think pesto sauce with scallops). Raw fish is only one of the offerings served here. Smoked salmon comes presented inside a glass on a Himalyan salt brick, Kobe beef is served with a sake sauce, and there are several traditional and creative sushi rolls to choose from the sushi bar. The latter may be topped with ponzu jelly or covered with pieces of Wagyu beef. Bento boxes with a choice of two main dishes for $10.95 are popular at lunch and non-sushi items include teriyaki, tempura and meat katsu cutlets.

112 Grand Ave., South San Francisco. No phone or website.

Foster City, Palo Alto

Ernest Hemingway would perhaps approve of the Moveable Feast street food markets that are starting up on the Peninsula. The food truck gatherings already had weekly events in San Mateo, South San Francisco and Redwood Shores. Now Foster City has an event each Wednesday evening alongside Leo Ryan Park's Lake, and Palo Alto has started a gathering each Thursday evening in the Crowne Plaza Cabana's parking lot. Moveable Feast has roughly 50 different trucks in its rotation, including We Sushi, Madd Mex Cantina and Hill Country BBQ.

650 Shell Blvd., Foster City.

4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Information, Mvblfeast.com.

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