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Sweet Maple brings its Millionaire's Bacon and other brunch hits to downtown Palo Alto

Uploaded: Feb 9, 2022
By Anthony Shu



The eggs Benedict from Sweet Maple in downtown Palo Alto. Photo courtesy Sweet Maple.

Walk down University Avenue and you might see a crowd forming in front of Palo Alto's newest brunch spot, Sweet Maple. The restaurant's original location opened in San Francisco in 2010, and images of their signature dishes still spread throughout social media. They hold a trademark on their most recognizable menu item: thick slabs of Millionaire's Bacon seasoned with brown sugar and cayenne.

Owner Steven Choi's restaurant group, which is best known for Asian-influenced brunch, is in the midst of expanding throughout the Bay Area from its roots in San Francisco, including upcoming locations in Cupertino and Mountain View. He even has a vision of opening locations across the country. Choi says that he picked University Avenue for this second location of Sweet Maple because he's always looking for "the most premium locations."

Just like the restaurant's location, Sweet Maple's menu items also attract attention. Matcha moffles (chewy mochi waffles) are covered in green tea-flavored "lava" that spills across the plate. "Big Hip" deep-fried French toast is stacked with plenty of fresh fruit and powdered sugar.

While many diners visit Sweet Maple for these creative dishes, Choi explains that his primary goal is to create a neighborhood restaurant that patrons can visit multiple times a week. "Maybe because of the decorations, because we care about the plating and presentation, people might think (our food) is trendy, but that's not what we're after," Choi says.

Alongside their Instagrammable creations, Sweet Maple serves breakfast classics like scrambles, eggs Benedict, and sandwiches. Choi hopes Bay Area residents can all find something familiar at his restaurants, and he credits his diverse staff for creating menu items that reflect many different cultures. Sweet Maple Palo Alto's head chef, Nick Yoon, has worked in kitchens preparing European, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean cuisines. Thanks to staff members like Yoon, Sweet Maple's offerings include fried rice made with the iconic Korean instant ramen Shin Ramyun alongside a version of huevos rancheros that stacks chicken breast on top of a poached egg, roasted salsa, and corn tortillas.

Sweet Maple is now open for breakfast and brunch and hopes to start serving dinner next month.

Sweet Maple, 150 University Ave., Palo Alto, 650-521-0764; Instagram:@sweetmaplesf. Check their website for the latest operating hours.
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Posted by WhatAboutme, a resident of Midtown,
on Feb 10, 2022 at 2:50 pm

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This restaurant sounds like something many will try -- I must why in the year 2022 why bacon is still 'a thing'.

Most everyone I know is either vegetarian or vegan.

Let's look at facts -- and I think may are aware of the horrible facts, what is it about BACON that human beings have to seem to succumb to eating an animal.


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Posted by new07life, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Feb 10, 2022 at 5:01 pm

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Eating bacon? It's in our genes and it tastes good.


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Posted by ArtL, a resident of Barron Park,
on Feb 10, 2022 at 6:47 pm

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The menu items are creative, but the thought of bacon and even more, the smell of bacon is enough to keep me out of this place!


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Posted by ArtL, a resident of Barron Park,
on Feb 10, 2022 at 6:47 pm

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The menu items are creative, but the thought of bacon and even more, the smell of bacon is enough to keep me out of this place!


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Posted by Green Gables, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis,
on Feb 10, 2022 at 7:01 pm

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More bacon for me.


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Posted by Moctod, a resident of University South,
on Feb 11, 2022 at 10:42 am

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I had lunch a few days ago at Sweet Maple with two friends. I had the BLT and it was very good. The fries on the side (yes, I know, they are not exactly the best thing to eat) were excellent- hot,thin and crunchy. Good fries are hard to find.

We ate outside at a sunny spot facing University. Good service and no smell of bacon in the air ;^)


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Posted by Whatsit, a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda,
on Feb 16, 2022 at 2:00 pm

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Yum


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