Santa Clara Native: A Local Eat & Special Treat

South Bay Native: Where the Locals Eat!

  • Name: Tammy
  • Occupation: Photo-Lab Manager
  • How Long You’ve Lived in the South Bay: More than 40 years!
  • Favorite Local Eat: Tossed Shredded Chicken Salad @ Tao Tao Cafe
  • Location: Sunnyvale, CA

Tao Tao opened in 1951 as a family style American-Chinese Restaurant but became the Chinese restaurant it is today after folks from Ming’s Restaurant in Palo Alto bought it in 1974.

Tammy told me that she has been frequenting Tao Tao Cafe in Sunnyvale, CA, a Cantonese Restaurant, since her kids were young (over twenty years now).  She can remember going to Tao Tao when they had their original place and loved the old atmosphere.  The Tossed Shredded Chicken Salad (crispy noodles, peanuts, cilantro) can be ordered for dining in or for carry-out. When she used to eat beef Tammy also loved their Tao Tao Beef which is the other really popular dish. Tao Tao’s two famous drinks are the Mai Tai and the Fog Cutter. Tammy has a good story about the time her mother, her sister, and she ordered the Fog Cutter, a Long Island Iced Tea type of drink (rum, brandy, gin, sweet sherry & juices). But you’ll have to ask her about it.  To read more about the history of Tao Tao check out this out.

175 South Murphy Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94086-6113
(408) 736-3731

The Shadowbrook in Santa Cruz has been around forever, since 1947 to be exact. It is a special place that Tammy and her husband frequent for Anniversary milestones!  The Shadowbrook serves traditional fare such as steaks and seafood and you can ride on a tram-like operation to get down to the dining room.  For dinner you sit at tables that overlook the river that flows to the ocean near Capitola.

1750 Wharf Road • Capitola-by-the-Sea, California 95010
(800) 975-1511 or (831) 475-1511

1 comment… add one
  • I used to go to Tao Tao way back in the 70s when I worked in Silicon Valley, the Chinese Chicken Salad and Tao Tao Beef were the two dishes everyone ordered at my table!
    To this day I remember (and dream about) them both, especially the Chinese Chicken Salad!!
    After 30 years I think I finally got close enough to their recipe to make me happy!!
    I have one more little change to try and then I’ll post it on my food blog over at The Diva of Tiny Foods!
    Happy eating!

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