Napa’s legendary burgers come to Palo Alto 

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  • Robb McDonough
Beloved Bay Area burger institution Gott’s Roadside (née Taylor’s Automatic Refresher) opened its third location earlier this week. Located in Palo Alto’s Town & Country Village, the new Gott’s has a similar menu and atmosphere as its locations in St. Helena and San Francisco’s Ferry Building. The headliner is the cheeseburger: a ¹⁄³-pound Niman Ranch Angus beef patty with American cheese and Thousand Island-y “secret sauce” on a toasted egg bun. It’s not just a burger shack though. The menu also features ahi tuna tacos, a barbecue Mary’s chicken and coleslaw sandwich, various fresh salads, and beef-and-bean chili made with Anchor Steam. Speaking of drinks, local suds like the aforementioned San Francisco legend are on tap, and there are a number of of California white and red wines by the glass. The room is modern industrial, with reclaimed woods, exposed steel beams and a pleasant patio. It’s primed to be a go-to spot for high school students across the street, shoppers, and of course, tailgating for Stanford football.

Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real #65, Palo Alto; (650) 326-1000,


Sad news out of Burlingame, where the venerable 3-J’s Deli has closed after 23 years in business. The Soriano family closed its deli both because of a recent loss of profit and to free up time to assist with other family businesses. 3-J’s was best known for its daily Filipino specials that complemented its regular American breakfast and lunch menu.

San Carlos

Can you hear the oompah bands? Yes, it’s that time of year again to raise that liter stein of Hofbräuhaus Lager. Saturday brings the annual Peninsula Oktoberfest at San Carlos’ Hiller Aviation Museum from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. There will be plenty of bratwurst and sauerkraut, along with brews from Bavaria and local breweries (Devil’s Canyon, Voodoo, Uncommon).

601 Skyway Road, San Carlos; (650) 654-0200,

San Mateo

If you prefer grapes to hops, Saturday also is the 17th annual San Mateo Wine Walk. Downtown San Mateo will transform into one big outdoor tasting crawl featuring more than 50 wines from 29 Bay Area wineries. Small bites will be served from local merchants, so you won’t be hungry or thirsty.

East Third Avenue, San Mateo; (650) 342-5520,; 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

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