Thomas J. Story
The culinarily curious don't think twice about braving the traffic along State 17 to get to Los Gatos, thanks in large part to Manresa, a restaurant that foodies are flocking to.
But there are plenty of reasons besides David Kinch's celebrated tasting menu to visit the 19th-century town. Begin your day with brunch at a local breakfast spot, play in the park and in town, then head to Manresa to find out what the hype is all about.
Los Gatos Café
WHAT: Scrumptious eggs Benedict, French toast, and scrambles to fuel you for the day. WHEN: Breakfast and lunch daily. HOW MUCH: $. WHERE: 340 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/354-4647.
WHAT: The tasting menu is the way to go (but prepare for a two-hour stay). WHEN: Dinner Wed-Sun; reservations required. HOW MUCH: $$$$. WHERE: 320 Village Lane; 408/354-4330.