When it was Rossotti's, this place was a notorious biker bar. There was a lot of criminal activity and drug dealing. I think there used to be a whorehouse upstairs or out back. At some point, there was a fire... well, my memories are vague.
I was just a kid and I heard about it from my grandparents who lived a few miles down the road. Rossotti's figures prominently in my childhood imagination as "a dangerous place". I always paid close attention when we drove by.
By the 1980s, it got cleaned up and became the Alpine Inn. Now it's a Stanford hangout and a beer garden for Silicon Valley types. Inside there are still signs of its former self.
The long tables are carved with graffiti going back to who knows when.
You come for the ambiance, not the food. But the burgers are not bad, imo.
The beer selection is fairly routine. Root beer is A&W (my beverage selection today).
I have heard the chili is excellent, but I can't remember who told me that.
You can sit out back.
A stream runs through it.