San Carlos Travel Guide

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San Carlos Things to Do

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    by cwest03 Written Aug 2, 2003

    One of the nice things in San Carlos is the view from high atop Crestview. To get there take Brittian Ave to the top of the hill. Take a right at the stop sign which will be Crestview. Drive up the hill until you reach the top and start to go down. Pull over when you find a good spot and enjoy.

    You should be able to see the San Carlos Airport, The Bay, East Bay and maybe even SF.

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San Carlos Restaurants

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    by Lornabug Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Skimming the Burlingame Daily I saw a small blurb about an all-you-can-eat dessert bar on Sundays for $8.95. A San Carlos bakery purportedly offered up all their goodies for human delight, including pastries, cookies, truffles, cakes, cheesecakes, eclairs, cannolii, quiche, croissants, tartes, tortes and tastes! All this plus coffee or milk on Sundays from 11am - 4pm seemed hard to believe, and alas, it was.

    Our excited gang was a little worried arriving to see a woman who looked like she'd been making pastries for the better part of her life standing outside peddling day-olds to uninterested passersby. Inside was more unsettling: a couple of cyclists carbo-loading on some fruit tortes were the only ones we were going to have to battle for a seat--not the packed house of voratious eaters ready to forsake Sunday's sermon on the virtues of modesty I had expected.

    No signs or informed staff will peddle this deal to your appetites, despite the ad and the enthusiasm for it on their website. After a lot of prodding and cognitive wheel-grinding for the teens behind the counter, they stopped pondering which Converse to wear with their ipod tomorrow. "You can have anything, one at a time, no sharing, from any of the 3 jewel cases with all the good stuff, but not from the one with the hand-painted kids sugar cookies, and, uh, yeah, sure, I think you can get a coffee but we only have one milk left--I think." While that should have delighted us, it was pulling teeth to get them to put food on a god-damned plate for us, esp sans le attitude.

    My mom summed up their flawed business model: give away the rubbery cheesecake before baking on Monday, driving everyone away and sending grandma out to the curb with the bagels, instead of showering Sunday brunchers with fresh delights as tasty advertising.

    If you want to go a little overboard compared to Starbucks on a Sunday, stop in but stick to my advice on what to get. If you're a connoiseur, stay true to quality and ditch this quantity.

    Favorite Dish: Grab me another:
    Ham, cheese, jalapeno croissant
    Chocolate-covered strawberry
    Chocolate lace cookie
    Dark coated white chocolate truffle
    Fruit torte
    Raspberry tart
    Palmera/elephant ears
    Cream horn
    Disguised diner coffee

    Take this off my plate immediately:
    Any cannoli
    Any cheesecake
    Dark chocolate truffle
    Lemon or apricot cookie
    All the other stuff that looks gross

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San Carlos Nightlife

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    by cwest03 Written Aug 2, 2003

    There's not much going on in San Carlos at night. If you insist on testing me on this head on down to Laurel Street in downtown San Carlos. From Brittian you'll head north toward San Carlos Ave when you hit Laurel. On Laurel you will find a handful of restaurants. When you hit San Carlos Ave take a right. This is where San Carlos night life is happening.

    Dress Code: Just about anything goes in this hedonistic night spot.

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San Carlos Transportation

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    by cwest03 Updated Aug 2, 2003

    San Carlos has direct access to 2 major highways. Bayshore or HWY 101 is found in the east and HWY 280 is in the west.

    The city is also intersected by 3 major roads. El Camino and the Alameda de las Pulgas both run north and south while Brittian Avenue runs from HWY 101 through El Camino and The Alemeda and ends in the hills of Brittian Heights.

    San Carlos has it's downtown on Laurel Street which is found between Brittian and San Carlos Ave. It's parallel to El Camino and one block from it.

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