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tracee Jul 18, 2006 04:39 AM

My mom is coming to Burlingame for work in a few weeks and won't have a car. As BART doesn't go there, it seems I will have to drive out there to have dinner with her. Never been to Burlingame... any suggestions for good places to eat that are "tame." My mom is not an adventurous eater.

  1. wchane Jul 20, 2006 12:01 AM

    How tame? Is sushi/japanese ok?

    I like Hotaru and Sam's Sushi

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      asirolli Jul 20, 2006 12:01 AM

      Straits Cafe is delicious, and it is located across the street from the Caltrain station at the corner of Burlingame Ave. and California. They offer an extensive menu of Singaporean cuisine, and I've never had a dish I didn't like. The atmosphere at their Burlingame location is upbeat and rather chic, but be advised it can get noisy.

      If Singaporean is too adventurous, I agree with the Il Fornaio suggestion above. The food isn't very exciting, but it's good enough and the atmosphere is pleasant. I once had a client dinner there, and I would go back again if ever I needed a "safe" choice in the area.

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      1. re: asirolli
        Eugene Park Jul 20, 2006 01:31 AM

        Straits' version of Singaporean food bears little resemblance to actual food served in Singapore. It's about as authentic as P.F. Chang's is to Chinese cuisine.

        To that end, Straits might be considered "edgy" or "adventurous" by the OP's mom.

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        vivian Jul 19, 2006 11:41 PM

        There is the Copenhagen Bakery cafe that serves lunch daily and dinner I believe, Weds. thru Sun. It is conservative American and Scandinavian food. Pretty good baked goods. There is a swparate dining room away from most of the noise.

        A favorite of mine for Italian is Sapore Italiano. Indoor or outdoor seating. Delicous food from the bread to the dessert.

        Vivian H.

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          peppatty Jul 18, 2006 06:00 PM

          There's a pretty nice restaurant called Trapeze right off the avenue.

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            lulusugarpop Jul 18, 2006 04:46 PM

            the Roman pizza at steelhead is also really yummy-goat cheese, pepperoni, onion and kalamata's-the crust is nice and thin. They have a good cobb salad too-it's just what you expect when you order cobb, so you don't end up disappointed with some twist they've put on it-Zeyano (I think that's the name)is a Mediterranean place on Lorton that's has good food and benign offers.

            1. Robert Lauriston Jul 18, 2006 04:34 PM

              Steelhead's pretty good. Try the smoked salmon pizza. Right across the street from the Caltrain station.

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                rednails Jul 18, 2006 04:12 PM

                You can take Caltrain to the Burlingame station and it's literally at the foot of Burlingame Ave. My favorite places for "tame" food are Steelhead Brewery (entrances on both Lorton and California Drive, 1/2 block north of Burlingame Ave) and Crepevine, on Burlingame Ave about 2 blocks west of the station. Il Fornaio is also a quick walk from the station, diagonally across the street from Steelhead.

                There's also a place called Towles Seafood and they have live jazz some nites. I haven't eaten there myself but it's a local favorite.

                There are a few public parking lots around (one across from Steelhead) if Caltrain isn't doable.

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                  sfchowhound Jul 18, 2006 03:45 PM

                  Bart does not go there but Caltrain does and it connects with Bart at the airport one stop north in Milbrae.

                  As for places to eat in Burlingame there is an Il Forniao that is you usual upscale italian and not too adventurous. Also anything along Burlingame Avenue or El Camino, there are a bunch of places to eat.

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