Thanks everyone! I'm new to the area (for clarity, "the area" is the immediate surroundings to Stanford), and love it so far. Alas, the one major drawback -- other than a lack of Gray's Papaya and the Village Vanguard -- are the legendary earthquakes.
Therefore, thanks to my favorite news/political periodical -- The New Republic -- for its dire warning to me and my new neighbors. See "After Shock" by Douglas McGray (subscription may be necessary). Let's hope and pray that his excellent article gets read and acted upon in time.
Meanwhile, while I'm waiting, any suggestions for a good hot dog (jazz is known to me in SF) are greatly appreciated.