A place that doesn't get much buzz on this site, but which I find consistently good is the Iron Gate restaurant on El Camino in Belmont (just south of Ralston). Nice atmosphere, very extensive menu with 9 entrees under $20. You should ask for a quiet corner table. My favorite here (since they stopped serving abalone) is the Calmari Steak Dore, which is the best version I have had in the area and, after a few bottles of wine, starts to taste like abalone.
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