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Good food in San Carlos???

Sam I Am Aug 4, 2003 07:00 PM

I'm going to meet up with someone for dinner in San Carlos tonight, but am totally unfamiliar with any of the restaurants out there. If anybody has a must-go-to suggestion on where we should eat tonight... please let me know. Thanks!

  1. doc Nov 16, 2006 05:27 PM

    I like the Iron Gate as well ... and as you say, it is in a bit of a time warp. It used to be one of the few places in the area (Bella Vista was another) that served fresh abalone, but no more as far as I can tell. The Calamari Steak Dore is very well prepared (same prep as the abalone) and a pretty good substitute.

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    1. re: doc
      Melanie Wong Nov 16, 2006 05:34 PM

      You must be telepathic, as the calamari dore' is the dish I was most intereted in at Iron Gate. (vbg)

      1. re: Melanie Wong
        doc Nov 16, 2006 08:06 PM

        Well ... I'm part gypsy ... yugoslav, anyway. Haven't had the Dore' at Iron Gate for a couple of years, but I remember it as being very fresh and nicely (lightly) sauced. I'm amazed at how many times I've ordered calamari steaks in waterfront restaurants in SF and HMB and gotten frozen calamari ... yecchh

        1. re: doc
          Alan408 Dec 10, 2006 05:16 PM

          The species of squid used in calamari steaks is harvested offshore of South America.

          Squid is very persishable, rare to find squid that hasn't been frozen.

    2. neil Nov 16, 2006 03:56 PM

      A second vote for Santorini's handcrafted Mediterrainian well above the mean.
      A Tivolo is now re-branded and I haven't had any direct experience.

      I'll say a kind word about Iron Gate on El Camino (maybe Belmont/San Carlos line). Old line place; it IS "your father's" Italian/continental cuisine -- but they haven't taken their eye off the ball. A fine compromise when entertaining "East Coast parents" or other cuisine-timid types. They didn't balk when I carried in an old Cakebread Cab - decanted it properly. There is something to be said for Oysters Rock preparred the old school way

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      1. re: neil
        Melanie Wong Nov 16, 2006 05:16 PM

        Anything else you recommend at Iron Gate? Here's the website, and it's on Opentable too.

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        brokergal Nov 16, 2006 03:52 PM

        Another recommendation for Piacere.

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          Mel Nov 16, 2006 03:03 PM

          i love santorini's for greek/med or for thai, go to siamese kitchen (across from wells fargo)

          and i second piacere and laurel street cafe.

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            Silver Fox Nov 16, 2006 06:41 AM

            Piacere on Laurel in San Carlos for Italian.

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              Arlene Aug 4, 2003 08:09 PM

              Two I can recommend:
              135 El Camino Real, San Carlos 650-594-2840
              good kebobs-lamb, chicken, fish

              Laurel Street Cafe
              741 Laurel St, San Carlos 650-598-7613
              good crepes, Pia recommends pistachio creme brulee

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