Yoko's, Formerly Suzuyou - San Mateo
I am happy to report that Yoko's on 2nd & Delaware in downtown San Mateo (formerly Suzuyou) has Suzuyou's chef in tow and has only gone through a change in ownership. The menu is basically the same and the food is great as usual -- homecooking-style Japanese. They do serve some sushi and sashimi, but there is no sushi bar. We've been twice for dinner now and the place isn't crowded at all. Highly recommended. Tonight I had the special of chicken tatsutage and hamachi -- wonderful, succulent chicken and melt-in-your-mouth hamachi. Dinners come with two servings of tsukemono (a rarity in most Japanese restaurants these days), miso soup, and rice. Complimentary orange slices come at the end of the meal. Prices are reasonable and their nabe's (eg - yosenabe and chicken mizutaki) are especially good.
It's good to know that the name change was only a change of ownership and not a wholesale "out with old, in with the new".
I ate at Yoko's this past Saturday evening, and can verify that the quality of the food is good. It reminded me of hole in the wall restos I'd eaten at in Tokyo, where often the best tempura and broiled eel could be found. Agedashi tofu, maguro sashimi, tempura and unaju were all well-executed, and prices were reasonable for the quantity and quality.
The sole server is a middle-aged Japanese woman, and the menus still say Suzuyou.
I used to work there. They are a close friend of the family. The owner, Taeko San has cancer so Yoko bought the place. The chef, Mr. Suzuki, won't be there much longer. He was to stay there a year after they sold it and I think his time is almost up.