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    The Fish Market: Seafood on the Lagoon

    by Callavetta Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Fish Market

    One of our favorite local restaurants is the San Mateo Fish Market. Another small California chain, the Fish Market offers some excellent fresh seafood choices. The San Mateo Fish Market is located on one of the bigger lagoons and the garden room has nice views. The restaurant even has their own boat to pick up and deliver those customers who live on the lagoon. Unfortunately, our lagoon doesn't connect to theirs.

    Favorite Dish: My favorites range from the fresh sushi and California rolls, to the calimari fritti (topped with freshly grated parmasean) and the seafood salad. When I'm really hungry the cioppino is to die for!

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    Pancho Villa Taqueria: Voted Best on The Peninsula!

    by Court94403 Updated Jul 6, 2009

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    Menu Cover and Web Page for Pancho Villa Taqueria

    I have never gone to Pancho Villa and not waited in line. It's a bit of a pain to do so, but worth the wait. Not really long just long enough to make you a little weak in the knees from pure hunger. The longer you wait the hungrier you get! (Usually this is when you are ordering take -out). Pancho Villa is pretty much always busy because the food here is The Bomb! They have pretty much any combination of Burrito you can dream up. Trust me, after one burrito, tortilla chips and salsa, you are DONE for the day! The decor is a little reminiscent of a large college cafeteria, but the food more than makes up for lack of decor. Tacos start at under $2.00 They serve Seafood Tacos and Burritos and 8 different kinds of Quesadillas. The dinner plates are served with rice, beans, salad, and tortillas, most are under $10.00 USD. The Super Combination Plates start at $10.25 USD. They also have Fresh Fruit Drinks: Strawberry, Pineapple, Watermelon (Sandia). Pancho Villa also has Mexican Smoothies with Milk and Bananas, Batidos-Smoothies with Milk and Ice Cream. They also make American Style Smoothies with juice and fruit. Pancho Villa also offers imported and domestic beer, sodas and bottled juices.

    Favorite Dish: Salmon Burritos
    Salmon and Prawn Tacos
    Steak and Prawn Nachos
    Steak and Prawn Burritos
    Al Pastor (B.B.Q Pork) Burritos
    Chili Verde Pork Burritos
    Spicy Chicken, Garlic Prawns and Enchilladas (affectionately known as a #6)
    Asada Steak, Grilled Salmon, and Garlic Prawns (#7)

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    New Kapadokia: Turkish Cuisine with a major Mediterranean Feel !

    by Court94403 Updated Apr 5, 2009

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    I enjoyed this restaurant! The quiet cheerful atmosphere and decor made having lunch her a great experience. The staff was very accomodating and friendly, which gave it a very laid-back feel. My co-worker and I especially liked the idea of eating indoors but feeling like we were outside. The bay windows on the opposite side of the restaurant, bring in light, warmth and make it easy to "people watch" while having our meal. This is a big plus since it is still too cold to eat outside in the San Francisco Bay Area. I highly reccommend New Kapadokia for Lunch and Dinner. Catering and Take-out are available.

    Favorite Dish: Try the Chicken Shish Kebab well seasoned chicken with skewered peppers and onions and served with a fluffy Rice Pilaf. On the side the Red Lentil Soup was excellent with the perfect amount of Red Pepper and Mint or the Turkish Salad with onion, cucumber, parsley a the light lemon and olive oil dressing.

    The Stuffed Eggplant is definitely a must baked and stuffed and ground beef, tomatoes amd onions served again....with that fluffy rice.

    Now if you have to have dessert don't leave without trying the Baklava. Layers and layers of light flaky dough filled with nuts and sugary syrup with just the right amount of sweet and a hint of lemon.

    P.S Thanks Zana (Zanzooni) for help on this one. I think I'm suffering from writers block!!! (Luv Ya)!

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    Tarboosh: Live Music, Belly Dancing, Hookah and Food!

    by Court94403 Written Dec 19, 2008

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    Tarboosh is a Lebanese Restaurant located in the newly upgraded area of Downtown Redwood City. The decor is Modern/Mediterranean/Middle Eastern. Tarboosh is open for lunch but is not very busy, if you want to experience the the fun of Tarboosh The best time to go is Friday and Saturday night 5pm-1:30 am. That's when they have live music and belly dancers.
    from 10pm to 2am. There is a cute little fountain in the middle of the floor inside. They also have an outdoor heated patio where you can smoke Hookah/Shisha.

    The menu consists of Hot and Cold Mezzas, Salads, Entrees, and Desserts.
    Cold Mezzas include, Hummus, Babaghanouj, Khyar B' Laban (Yogurt and Cucumber mixed with Garlic and Mint). Entrees of Lamb Schwarma, Chicken Schwarma in Garlic Sauce, and Kefta Meshwi (Ground Beef and Lamb seasoned with fresh herbs). I also like the Felafel (Chickpea Fritters served with Parsley, Tomatoes and Tahina Sauce).

    Hours:
    Lunch Tues- Sun 11am-2:30 pm
    Dinner Tues-Thurs and Sun 5pm-10:00pm
    Dinner Fri and Sat 5pm-1:30am

    Favorite Dish: My favorites are the Shrimp Kebabs (Jumbo Shrimp marinated in Cilantro, Garlic and Lemon), and the Felafel.

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    Amelia's Restaurant: Try The Pupusas Please!

    by Court94403 Updated Dec 9, 2008

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    The best place on the Peninsula to try the cuisine of El Salvador. Amelia's is not much on ambience. The best time to go is between 12:30pm and 3pm. It can get busy at dinner and on weekends. It can be a loud restaurant but it is great for kids, being quit large, it has plenty of tables so getting in shouldn't be a problem. The menu can be a bit confusing, but if in doubt try the Chicken Enchiladas. Most customers come for the Pupusas. Pupusas are handmade thick corn tortillas and then filled with beans, meat or even sometimes potatoes. Most plates are served with refried beans and rice.

    Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-9pm
    Fri-Sun 9am-9pm

    Favorite Dish: Chicken Enchiladas, Flautas and Pupusas, Pupusas, Pupusas!!!! Also try the Chopped Fruit drink, it is the flavor of Strawberries, but has bits of chopped fruit in it. Kind of cool because you are drinking and chewing at the same time! They call it Una Ensalata. I call it Yum Yum good!

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    Hokkaido Seafood Buffet: Pan Asian Buffet

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 30, 2008
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    lots of choices! This Sea Food Buffet Restaurant which is quite popular in the San Mateo Area serves mostly what else but sea food! but also meats and veggies especially the asian kind. The Menu is definitely Pan Asian and they have different buffet rates for lunch and evening meals. Lunch buffets costs $ 12.99 and drinks costs $ 3. Dinner Buffets starts at $ 23.99 and more expensive since there are more choices for dinner and you have USDA Prime Roast Beef Carvings and Alaskan King Crabs and Snow Crabs included in the Menu.

    Hours of Operation: Lunch Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 2:30PM Sat, Sun, Holiday 11:30AM - 2:30PM Dinner Mon - Thur 5:00PM - 9:00PM Fri, Sat 5:00PM - 9:30PM Sun, Holiday 5:00PM - 9:30PM

    Favorite Dish: see my glutton pictures below! the lemon buttered breaded shrimp, korean short rib barbecue, Dungeness Crabs, Shui Mai, Har Gau, Assorted Sushi and Sashimi, Kalbi Tang, Soyed Chicken, Steamed Grouper fish and a lot more!

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    ABC Seafood Restaurant: Let's Do Dim Sum

    by Court94403 Written Sep 12, 2008

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    Best thing about ABC is the friendly staff. ABC is a great place for Dim Sum, it can get very crowded. ABC is popular on the weekends during Brunch, so make reservations. During the week it is usually not so busy we rarely make reservations for dinner, this place is huge it seats up to 200 people and has 3 different dining areas!

    Hours:
    Mon-Fri 11am-10pm
    Sat 10am-10pm
    Sun 5pm-10pm

    Favorite Dish: ABC's menu is quite large but some of my favorites are, the Scallop and Shrimp with Honey Walnuts, and the Seafood w/ X.O. Sauce Chow Fun. Now that, will really get ya going!

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    La Tartine: A Little Sugar Fix with your Relaxation?

    by Court94403 Updated Aug 16, 2008

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    La Tartine Bakery
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    This Bakery/Restaurant has a bit of a Starbuck's feel to it's a good place to sit, relax, open up your laptop and log-on to VT! Nice, roomy cafe with indoor/outdoor seating and extra large windows that open completely to the outside patio. This is a good place to come for a late-night-snack, especially since there is a large theater complex across the street. The shops and the restaurants in this area of town are new in a bid to bring more business to this city in San Mateo County. La Tartine is nice place to hang out. You dont really feel rushed to leave after you eat to leave like in some restaurants. The coffee here is not bad, not Starbucks, but pretty good. The cookies and pastries are excellent. They offer baked goods as well as sandwiches.

    Favorite Dish: Lemon Sugar Cookies (not too sweet just right.)
    Vanilla Creme Brulee one word: Divine!

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    Suisha House-Japanese Bistro: Suisha means Water Wheel in Japanese

    by Court94403 Updated Aug 16, 2008

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    Suisha House in Redwood City
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    Suisha House is a nice easy-going restaurant in Redwood City, Ca ( 7 miles South of San Mateo). This little place is great or Lunch or Dinner. Suisha House is clean and neat. The staff is very friendly and courteous. The menu is large and very clever. They have found many interesting names for their Sushi such as; The Chinese Dynamite Roll-with Spicy Yellowtail, Scallions and Cucumber $6.50, The Lion King-A California Roll with Salmon topped with a creamy sauce $8.50, The Redwood City Roll-Shrimp Tempura, Avocado and Crab Mayo $8.50. This is only a fraction of the Sushi menu. Small plates start at $4.50-7.50, salads $3.50-9.50.
    The Chicken or Salmon Teriyaki salads are fantastic! The Lunch Combo served with rice, soup and salad starts at two items for $7.95 or three items for $9.95.
    Suisha House hours are: Monday-Friday for Lunch, 11:30 am- 2:30 pm, Dinner, Monday-Thursday 5:00 pm- 9:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 5:00 pm-10:pm. Closed on Sundays.

    Favorite Dish: My Favorite is the Daisy's Special Roll with Shrimp Tempura, Crab Meat and Avocado with Spicy Salmon and Wasabi Tobiko and the Deep-Fried Shrimp Dumplings (Shumai).

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    Yokayama Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar: Sake, Anyone

    by Court94403 Updated Aug 16, 2008

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    This is one of our favorite dinner hang-outs at work. Yokayama is large and roomy with prompt and friendly service. The regulars that eat here love the extra long Sushi Bar. The Plum Wine and the Sake are favorites, but we only drink this after work, of course. Yokayama has a menu with something for everyone. Japanese Noodle Soups, Sashimi, Teriyaki and the ever-popular Sushi. Prices start as low as $2.50 USD for appetizers to two-dish combo dinners at $!0.95 USD.

    Hours:
    Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm
    Sat :12:00 Noon-2:30pm
    Dinner: Mon-Sat 4:30pm-8:30pm
    Sun: Closed

    Favorite Dish: Prawn and Vegetable Tempura $7.95
    Salmon Teriyaki $8.95
    New York Sushi Roll (Prawn & Avocado) $4.95

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    Citrine New World Bistro: A Bistro with a World of Flavors!

    by Court94403 Updated Aug 16, 2008

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    "Dine wherever the spirit leads" is the theme for this restaurant where the menu offers dishes from the four corners of the world. Pacific Rim, Mediterranean, Latin & Caribbean, American, and New World Cuisine. The food is made from mostly organic ingredients. The entrees, pizzettas, sandwiches, soups, salads, side trips (appetizers), and sweet excursions (desserts), are catagorized by the region or area they come from. Citrine is a spacious restaurant with a modern decor. Reasonably priced meals, the average cost for 3 persons would be under $35.00 USD. Citrine has a service called "Dash and Dine" for on-line or phone orders and pick-up. Citrine also offers catering for parties.
    Citrine is open daily for lunch and dinner at 11:30 am-9pm Sun-Thurs, 11:30 am-10pm Fri-Sat.

    Favorite Dish: Margherita Pizzetta-Mediterranean Menu
    Mediterranean Hummus-Mediterranean Menu
    Thai BBQ Chicken-Pacific Rim Menu
    Cuban Medianoche-Latin & Caribbean Menu
    Southwest Tortilla-Latin & Caribbean Menu
    Grilled Salmon Flatbread-New World Menu
    Pacific Coast Clam Chowder-American Menu

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    Nini's Coffee Shop: Worth Waking Up For!

    by Court94403 Written Aug 9, 2008

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    Nini's Cafe in San Mateo

    I used to eat breakfast here often until I changed my shift at work. When my out of town relatives came to visit and wanted a good, hearty breakfast. I took them here. Nini's is a small but friendly Coffee Shop/Cafe with indoor and outdoor patio seating. The decor is rustic, it reminds me of a little cozy kitchen. The menu is perfect. Anything you choose you won't go wrong. Large portions, reasonably priced, Hash Browns, Skillet Potatoes, Bacon, Eggs, Corned Beef Hash, Biscuits and Gravy, Patty Melts, Sausage, and Omelets cooked to your liking. The Pancakes, French Toast and Waffles will fill you up and get you going in the morning. The usual tab for two is around $20-25 USD. Nini's also serves soups, salads and burgers for lunch.

    Hours:
    Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm
    Sat-Sun 7:30am-2:30pm

    Favorite Dish: Sausage Omelet topped with meat sauce, so large, I usually have to share it with someone.
    Blueberry Pancakes
    Huevos Rancheros
    Cajun Chicken Omelet
    Sourdough French Toast
    Teriyaki Steak and Eggs (A MUST!) My Brother's Favorite

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    Pamplemousse Patisserie et Cafe: CRAZY DELICIOUS!

    by Court94403 Updated Aug 8, 2008

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    Le Pamplemousse in RWC
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    This is the place to go when your sweet tooth goes into overdrive. Pamplemousse serves desserts, sandwiches, coffee and tea. Breakfast is served here all day but it has sandwiches for lunch. This cafe is cute clean and roomy and has outdoor seating for warm sunny days. The pastries and cakes resemble art and are almost too pretty to eat! Many brides-to-be order their wedding cakes from this restaurant.

    Hours:
    Mon-Thurs 7am-7pm
    Fri 7am-9pm
    Sat 8am-7pm
    Sun 8am-5pm

    Favorite Dish: Croque Monsieur (Ham and Swiss cheese melted to perfection) $7.95 USD
    Vanilla and Chocolate Mint Macaroons
    There are over 20 different brightly colored flavored Macaroons. Some of them are made from real flowers!
    Violet
    Lavender
    Hazelnut
    Mocha
    Green Tea
    Key Lime
    Butter Rum

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    Extreme Pizza: Going to Extremes in SM/ RWC!

    by Court94403 Written Aug 8, 2008

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    Excellent pizza has a typical Pizza Parlor feel. That is not the important part, it's the Pizza! At Extreme Pizza it's about experimenting with different ingredients and combinations. Like the Peace in the Middle East, hummus, tomatoes, olives, Feta cheese, basil, pepperoncinis, and mozzarrella. All pizzas have generous amounts of toppings, thin but fluffy crust and great flavors. They also allow you to create your own. Prompt and excellent service. They offer dining in, take-out and or delivery. Also on their menu they have calzones, salads and sandwiches. Reasonably priced and good quality food.
    Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 am-9pm
    Fri-Sat 11 am-11pm
    Sun 11am-8pm

    Favorite Dish: Railroad Grade and the Yard Sale Pizzas Railroad grade has Italian sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, red onions, tomato sauce , mozzarella and cheddar cheeses.
    The Yard Sale has: Italian sausage, pepperoni, salami, fresh mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, red onions, tomatoes, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.

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    The Pantry: A Little Southern Comfort in California!

    by Court94403 Updated Aug 4, 2008

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    Comfort Food

    Has the feel of a "Greasy Spoon" Truck Stop Diner, but this is one of the BEST places for breakfast on the Peninsula! This is a Family Owned / Family Run restaurant. They are the coolest family I have ever met. The boss of this operation is Mabel the mother, she runs this place like a tightly oiled machine. They offer quick friendly service. The place is always busy but the turn-over is quick. The cheap, large portions are the reason why most customers that come here are regulars and they literally know each one by name! They serve a traditional, American breakfast and lunch with burgers and fries on the menu, but they also serve Filipino food. Most plates are $7-10. This place is especially great after a night of too much partying and alcohol. Wear loose clothing when you eat here, you will be STUFFED when you leave.

    Favorite Dish: I like the Crispy Hash Browns with Eggs and topped with cheese, Chicken Fried Steak, and Home Fries. From their Filipino menu I like the Chicken Adobo, Lumpia and my all-time-favorite is Lonsilog, sausage, egg and garlic rice. (YUM YUM YUM!)

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