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NY style slice near SFO/San Mateo

The answer to NY pizza is no. Don't try.

Delfina, Blue Line, and Amici's are your best alternatives.

May 06, 2015
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

Fresh Brentwood Corn sold in SF or on the Peninsula

Sunday's at burlingame farmers' market

Aug 02, 2012
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

Stadium/Arena Experience

Citi Field. Center field. Shake Shack.

Apr 21, 2012
snw in General Topics

Burlingame Hyatt Regency for a day and a half

Taste in on broadway for excellent middle eastern. Make sure you check roaming hunger sf for any good trucks. They park near kincaids, not far from you. If you are not wanting to go farther, try viogner or 231 Ellsworth in San Mateo for dinner, and sit at the bar of either. Great bargains for good food, with better variety at 231.

Apr 04, 2012
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

Cheap Lunch Recs for Burlingame/San Mateo

I feel your pain. Your best choices within that zone are (no sniping please)

Millbrae -Broadway or El Camino - Classic Sichuan, Hoa Ky, South Seas, or El Super Burrito

Burlingame - Broadway -- Taste In, Juban, Burlingame Farmers Market

Burlingame Ave - Mingalaba, La Corneta, Sapore Cafe (coming soon), Coconut Bay

Your best options are to keep an eye on the trucks -- Brisbane is far but it is nirvana compared to your local options. Given your no pork rule (which I share) Taste In is a good choice.

Classic Sichuan Restaurant
148 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

El Super Burrito
780 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

Coconut Bay
1300 Howard Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010

1213 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010

Hoa Ky Restaurant
447 Broadway, Millbrae, CA 94030

La Corneta
1147 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070

Jun 20, 2011
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

Near SFO wear to eat

what do you want to eat?

Apr 25, 2011
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Scallion/Onion/Green Onion Pancakes in the Bay Area?

A few suggestions if you are in or near the peninsula

Classic Sichuan in MIllbrae

Sun's in San Mateo

Everyday Beijing in San Mateo

Cherimoya in Burlingame

Everyday Beijing
637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

Classic Sichuan Restaurant
148 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

Apr 09, 2011
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

dinner near SFO

I know this area well. I get the impression you are looking for nearby dinner recs. If you are thinking prime rib and do no want to go to San Francisco, I suggest Broadway Prime on Broadway in Burlingame, five minutes away. Much better than Gullivers, former HOPR people who copied the whole concept. Sakae is very good, as is Mingalaba in Burlingame for burmese. Not fancy, but Taste In on Broadway Burlingame has great middle eastern food. If you want a more high end meal, 231 Elllsworth in San Mateo is very good. .

243 California Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

Broadway Prime
1316 Broadway, Burlingame, CA 94010

1213 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010

Feb 26, 2011
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

Food Highlights of Walkable Mid-Peninsula Neighborhoods

I think downtown San Mateo is perfect for what you are looking for. Confines are essentially Baldwin on the north and Fourth Avenue on the south, El Camino on the west and the railroad tracks on the east. There is way more than this, and much of this is the subject of other posts but, since you asked, and in no particular order:

Tres Amigos mexican taqueria B Street between 2nd and 3rd

Bean Street coffee on B between 3rd and 4th

Happy Cafe chinese B between 2nd and 3rd

Pancho Villa taqueria B Street between 3rd and 4th

Yogurtouille frozen yogurt B Street between 4th and 5th

Everyday Beijing chinese (of course) on B near 7th

Ramen Dojo on B near 8th can't vouch personally but those I trust rave

Draeger's Grocery 4th between B and Ellsworth

Viogner restaurant upstairs from Draegers

Sergio's Pasta (fresh pasta) across from Draegers

San Mateo Farmers Market (Fifth Avenue, Sunday mornings/afernoons)

Suruki Market (japanese grocery store) fourth between Ellsworth and San Mateo Drive

Kaz Teriyaki Grill (take out japanese bento etc) corner of Fourth and Elsworth

231 Ellsworth (good fancy food at the eponymous address)

Little Sheep Hot Pot (shabu) ellsworth between third and fourth

Himawari (ramen) Second between Ellsworth and B

Sweet Breams (taiyaki and ice cream) Second between Ellsworth and B

Izakaya Mai Second between B and Ellsworth

Takahashi Market (japanese grocery) claremont between Second and Third

Jeffrey's Burgers B between 1st and Baldwin

Bollywood Indian Baldwin and Ellsworth

Everyday Beijing
637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

Little Sheep
34396 Alvarado Niles Rd, Union City, CA 94587

Takahashi Market
221 S Claremont St, San Mateo, CA 94401

202 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

231 Ellsworth
231 South Ellsworth Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401

Izakaya Mai Restaurant
212 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

Pancho Villa
365 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401

Sergio's Pasta Shop
205 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA

911 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

Sweet Breams
220 2nd Avenue, San Mateo, CA

Ramen Dojo
805 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401

Bollywood Cafe
3372 19th Street, San Francisco, CA

Dec 18, 2010
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

Salumeria Biellese

There should be no confusion about this. This is one of the great places in NY for lunch. Aside from the products to go, discussed below, which are all very good, the lunch counter typically has: chicken parmesan, chicken valdostano, meatballs, a variety (typically 3-5) of sausages of the day, pasta primavera, and one or two other pastas. Pasta Fagiole is also available. All are tremendous -- among the best sandwiches in the city-- and prices are very good (with very big serving). I love the chicken valdostano in particular, made with fontina cheese, cream, and some other ingredients and very delicious. I do not understand complaints about service. Most of the counter men are speaking english as second language (italian being first) but all are friendly and helpful.

Apr 30, 2010
snw in Manhattan

Ribs / San Mateo area - beef preferred-need help!

You could try Windy City Pizza on el camino in San Mateo. BBQ plus pizza, a few salads as well.

Jun 22, 2008
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

Meeting the parents in SM/Burlingame

My suggestions are 231 Ellsworth or Voigner in San Mateo, both within a few blocks of each other. If you would like a private room, Kuleto's has a small private room and on a recent visit the food and service were very good.

May 03, 2008
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

Classic Sichuan -- new chef?

It is not as good. The sauces are more oily, the dry cooked dishes are not as dry, and the overall quality seems down to my tastes.

May 03, 2008
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

Classic Sichuan -- new chef?

It seems as if a new chef has taken over at Classic Sichuan in Millbrae. Has anyone else noticed this?

Apr 12, 2008
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

SF to Santa Cruz on Rte. 1

Flying Fish Cafe at corner of 92 and Main Street, Half Moon Bay -- really good fish sandwiches and casual food, great with kids. There is also a coffee shop style restaurant at the Half Moon Bay airport which I hear is good.

Mar 15, 2008
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

Top Five Restaurants in San Mateo

Many good recommendations here. One more that is perfect for you and your family is Jeffrey's, a retro burger joint on B Street in San Mateo. Excellent burgers, shakes, and fries.

Mar 13, 2008
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

NY food in the bay area

you cannot get good bagels. Closest pizza to ny that I have had is Escape from NY on Haight.

Nov 02, 2007
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

We're Going to Per Se, So We're Eating Street/Really Cheap Food for the Rest our Trip. Ideas?

A list of cheap ny food

Halal carts all around midtown 40-60 st madison to seventh, but especially sixth avenue in the 50s.

The Italian Deli at 29th and 8th Avenue for excellent cheap italian food as well as various freshly made sausages.

Stromboli's pizza on University and 12th.

H&H or Ess-a-bagel.

Chinese restaurants east of the Bowery downtown, e.g., East Broadway.

Take the 7 train to queens for a variety of outstanding latino, greek, or indian food or, if you go to the end of the line, chinese in flushing.

Old Town Tavern on 18th.

By the way, Korean places in ny are a whole different concept from Korean in LA; in ny, it is an almost generic form of deli with fresh fruit, flowers, some groceries, and typically a hot and cold salad bar. They are on almost every other corner in most of NY.

The aforementioend Mamoun's.

As for Katz, Carnegie, etc., they are all good but you can end up spending $50 for two people pretty easily.

Gray's Papaya or Papaya King for hot dogs.

Aug 20, 2007
snw in Manhattan

Room with a sense of privacy on the Peninsula?

Kuleto's in Burlingame has two smaller rooms -- one good for about 10-20 people, the other 30-40. If you choose wisely you can get some good food.

Aug 15, 2007
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for good eats near SFO

starting in south city I would recommend:

La Morena Taqueria, Baden Ave, South San Francisco

Cafe Buon Gusto, Grand Avenue, South San Francisco

Fook Yuen (although others will say the Kitchen and Zen Peninsula) on El Camino in Millbrae. All are good, as is Family China Bistro, for dim sum. Classic Sichuan on El Camino is eponymous.

Juban and Mivan on Broadway in Burlingame for japanese and middle eastern.

Mediterranan Wraps on Burlingame Avenue

Himawari on 2nd Ave in San Mateo.

Pancho Villa and Tres Amigos on B Street in San Mateo.

Jun 08, 2007
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

In-N-Out Burger near SFO

If you want in and out then you should go to the one in Millbrae -- it is right next to the airport.

If you want something different, there are a host of great chinese restaurants in Millbrae on el camino and good burritos abound. You might try La Morena on Baden Avenue in South San Francisco, right off the Grand Avenue exit and very near the airport. "Inexpensive, quick(ish) and not exotic between SFO airport and Napa" includes hundreds of places, including the City of San Francisco. If I were coming in from the East Coast and heading to Napa, I would stop in the City. It is only about twenty-five minutes north of the airport.

May 26, 2007
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

In-N-Out Burger near SFO

You want to go to the one off the Millbrae Avenue 101 Exit. Get on 101 south and stay in the right lane. Make a right; in and out will be right in front of you. Daly City is impossibly crowded.

May 26, 2007
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

What would Calvin Trillin eat for lunch in SF?

Calvin Trillin has been, and spoken quite highly of, Fook Yuen in Millbrae. It was one of the things that gave him comfort in his daughter living three thousand miles away.

Mar 24, 2007
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

How Expensive is Juban?/Nice Korean BBQ rec on Pen?

May be too late, but Juban, per person, unless you get Wagyu, with food and drink, is normally about $12-20. Meat and seafood courses are all about $7-$9 per person. Personally Juban is probably my favorite, and most reliable, restaurant on the peninsula right now.

Feb 14, 2007
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

La Super Rica (S.B. area)--what do you love?

I second what is said above -- order whatever the specials are, and then whatever else looks good to you.

Feb 11, 2007
snw in California

Kwong's Seafood in Millbrae now Classic Sichuan

Went for lunch yesterday. Proper name is Classic Sichuan Restaurant. Restaurant was very crowded, room was nice, larger than I remembered.

We had Shrimp A La Sichuan (9.95), Sichuan Dry Cooked Chicken Dice (8.95), Seafood Noodle Soup (6.95), Shrimp Chow Mein (6.95), noodles with peanut sauce, one other chicken dish whose name I cannot recall, and Hunan Smoked Pork.

The shrimp was excellent - shrimp, tree mushrooms (I think), water chestnut, and scallions. The dry chicken was also excellent -- essentially comprised of chunks of chicken with bones and chilis, nothing else. The third chicken dish was chicken with green and red chilis, very tasty as well but a bit oily. The seafood noodle soup was very good. The noodles with peanut sauce ordinarily comes with pork, but i requested it without as I do not eat pork. These noodles were very good. The people I was with did not seem enthusiastic about the pork dish -- maybe because it came after we had eaten everything else.

Portions were very large, and prices pretty reasonable. Good heat -- we were all sweating by the time we were done. The menu is extensive -- first two pages are sichuan, starting with cold appetizers, then hot, then main courses. That is followed by three or four additional pages of more standard fare, and the back page has lunch specials.

I posted not long ago about Grand Sichuan in NY, and asked whether anyone knew a place here that was similar. Classic Sichuan is pretty close.

Feb 11, 2007
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

Kwong's Seafood in Millbrae now Classic Sichuan

Just came back from Original Class Sichuan. Will post more completely lately, but food was excellent and recommended. Only drawback was lack of parking.

Feb 10, 2007
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

Three days in Vancouver....

Was recently in Vancouver and greatly enjoyed Harry's Won Tun for chinese. It is a huge place with all sorts of different styles, but everything I had was very good.

Feb 09, 2007
snw in Western Canada Archives

Kwong's Seafood in Millbrae now Classic Sichuan

Just opened this week. Has anyone been?

Feb 06, 2007
snw in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Milkshake in SF or Peninsula?

Jeffrey's in San Mateo is very good.

Feb 06, 2007
snw in San Francisco Bay Area