Pluto’s 482 University Ave./Cowper, (650) 853-1556. L-D daily; $.
Almost everything served here is made fresh in-house. The procedure is to get a mini-menu and figure out what you want, then move around to the food stations.
Salads come in big and bigger with your choice of seven toppings and are tossed in a giant bowl right before your eyes. Many people find that to be enough, but you might consider sharing a salad and also ordering to share a made-to-order sandwich on freshly baked bread or perhaps a few sides—mac & cheese, onion rings, or mashed potatoes with gravy. A selection of housemade cakes and cookies provide a sweet conclusion. In cold weather, avoid the wall-side tables by the front door unless you plan to remain bundled up.
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