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Stephanie's International Café moves to new location, now offering three meals a day


by: POST PHOTO: JIM HART - Standing beside the new roadside sign is business owner Carlos Cob, left, and his adviser, Jose Peralta. The restaurant chefs have moved from the large venue just east of the Sandy Library, and now they are in more cozy quarters just east of City Hall. POST PHOTO: JIM HARTStephanie’s International Café has moved from just east of the Sandy Library to just east of City Hall.

The venue may have changed for owner Carlos Cob, but the quality of the food is just as good as always.

As chef and business owner, Cob receives advice and assistance from longtime friend Jose Peralta, who has been cooking for 40 years. Cob has been making meals for 17 years, in San Francisco, Portland, Hillsboro and Sandy.

But besides their many years of experience, Cob emphasizes the exceptional type of customer service given to everyone at his cafe.

“I cook just like my customers want,” Cob said. “Whatever they want, that’s what they will get. Every customer gets special treatment, so they will want to come back for more.”

Peralta describes the food at Stephanie’s International Café as “home style,” and includes selections from American, Mexican and Italian cuisine.

Because of the reputation they have earned and since they are open all day, every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they have an ever-growing following.

Cob says he is responding to people’s requests that the cafe stay open many hours and serve three meals every day.

Peralta has been cooking in Sandy since 1989, and brings his following to Stephanie’s, a name and business Cob purchased from Stephanie Roderick last year — adding only the word International to remind his customers he has skills with several types of cuisine.

This is the first business Cob has owned, since he previously has been cooking for other owners. That’s why he has enlisted Peralta as back-up chef and business adviser.

Hungry people who find the cafe also will find that every meal of the day, every day of the week, has its own special entree — a special recipe and special price.

The chefs say they like the new venue better, calling it “cozy” because it’s smaller than the restaurant near the library.

But the drawing card at Stephanie’s really is the food, and the key word about Cob’s food is “fresh.” Cob says he tries every day to increase the food quality, trying to satisfy 100 percent of his customers.

Stephanie’s International Café is at 39400 Pioneer Blvd., across Pioneer from the historical museum. The café is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

For more information or to place a take-out order, call 503-482-0808.