There are a million reasons to come here if you're stopping through or are resting up overnight at SFO. This is the place to get your cup o' joe, meet a friend, do some business (free wifi!), or socialize. While most cafes with a Starbucks accross the street eventually succumb to the pressure as business slows, Il Piccolo keeps going strong.
Italian themed with fountains, stove, stained glass windows, paintings and photos that will take you back to Tuscany and the roasts to guide your nose there, too. The espresso drinks are hand-made by pros who are super friendly and know everyone who comes in. On sunny days the windows open to the sidewalk seating and in the evenings sometimes there's a little live music. Fresh flowers always grace the tables, and there's a smoking area with benches and murals around the side. Plenty of sweets and treats as well as delicious breakfast plates ranging from bagels, eggs, fresh fruit, veggies, burritos, wraps, and, my fav, the best home-style oatmeal in the world with fresh fruit, raisins, and steamed milk. They also serve beer and wine for the afternoons. A selection of local papers will fill you in on what to do when you leave.
This is right on Broadway, the downtown that's the heart of Burlingame, with most shops having been here for decades, as opposed to the trendier Burlingame Ave just south where the Gap, etc. reside. Take the Burlingame Trolley from the bigger hotels by the airport for free to get here. (see my trolley tip)
This is one of my favorite places to stop and get an ice cream. This place has been around forever and has a very friendly atmosphere. The ice cream is very high quality and I think some of it may even be "home made". They have a large selelction of hard and chocolate candies too.
Favorite Dish: My favorite ice cream at Preston's is the Maple Nut. I don't think I've had much else there because I like it so much. My girlfriend on the other hand loves the strawberry freeze.
Elegant European Dininig in California. Reservations are a must. Coat & Tie for gentlemen with ladies dressed accordingly.
Favorite Dish: The Duck and Veal dishes are the signature dishes. We do not eat veal, so we enjoyed the duck. The wine list features the best.
Gotta eat at
Thai Sticks on El Camino, (Im a regular there)
Left at Albuquerque,, (regular there as well)
Stealhead Brewery,, (yup you guessed it regular as well),,
and one more..
Holas! (awesome texmex food (I can be found there a lot of the time as well .. )
All of these have a friendly home town atmosphere/
and some of the best beer and food you will ever experience!
Not fancy, nor high priced. Just a great cup of coffee in a small indoor space (three tables). Mostly a take-out service.
Favorite Dish: Fine Coffee roasted daily. In the Bay Area there is a coffee shop on every street corner. This place uses Panama's La Torcaza hand selected coffee beans.
The theme of the night was Spain so Spanish food was in order. I normally get my fix of Spanish food at Taco Bell but this stuff is a lot better.