A relative newcomer to the University Ave scene, Oren’s Hummus Shop opened its doors to hungry Palo Altans in June of 2011. It serves authentic Israeli cuisine in a casual yet elegant ambiance and at a competitive price point.
Silicon Valley VIP can’t seem to get enough of it. Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page are reported regulars and Paul Graham can’t stop tweeting about it to his 67,000+ followers:
Only in Silicon Valley can you charge $3.75 – $10 for a cup of drip coffee. And still have a line out the door.
Clusters of people huddle over laptops, colonizing tables for the day. (Local startups work here when they don’t have co-working space.)
The eclectic barista staff were mum about who their clients are but you can find out yourself. Enjoy the free WiFi and spend the day on the couches. Bring some work and find out the favorite drink of your favorite tech idols.
Thursday Night is Trivia Night — come prepared to meet some interesting folks. If the trivia crowd is anything like the regulars, expect to compete against hard working students, savvy entrepreneurs, and maybe even a VC or two
Protip: if you are looking for something sweet on a balmy day, get the iced mocha Tesora. It won’t disappoint.
Some of our best overheards have come from Philz customers:
- “I should never meet with start-ups at
@Philz_Coffee before work. I get too fired up. It makes me want to throw my legal work at my secretary.”