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Foster City/San Mateo dinner recommendations

Looking for dinner reccos for tonight - nothing too expensive - want to spend about $25/head..

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  1. Tokie's in Foster City for Japanese style food. A friendly place where the regulars and sushi chefs "yell" at each other.

    There is a tatami room, a "communal" table, and "regular" tables. The communal table is for large groups and those who don't mind sitting with others when the regular tables are taken. Food is inexpensive, dinners are under ~$15.

    1. You don't specify a cuisine, but there are a number of good ethnic options in San Mateo:

      Chinese:
      Shanghai East - 25th Avenue
      Chef Wai's - Fourth Avenue
      Joy Luck Place - Fourth Avenue

      Japanese:
      Yoko's - 2nd Ave & Delaware
      Chika - 3rd Ave & Ellsworth
      Hotaru - 3rd Avenue

      Indian:
      Nawab - Baldwin Ave

      For non-ethnic (but somewhat pricey):

      Lure - 2nd Ave (have never been there but have heard good things)
      Viognier - Fourth Ave (above Draeger's)
      231 Ellsworth - address is the name :-)

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      1. re: Wendy_san

        I heard a rumor that Shanghai East has closed. Can anyone confirm that? For another Shanghainese hole-in-the wall, there's Happy Cafe in San Mateo.

        How about Joy in Foster City? (1495 Beach Park Blvd)

        1. re: Gary Soup

          We just had a fantastic lunch at Shanghai East this past Sunday and it was alive and packed. :-)

          1. re: Wendy_san

            Thanks, that's good news. My source often confuses places, that's why I characterized it as a "rumor"

      2. Pasta Grotto on Shell Blvd (Foster City, small casual Italian place) should work. It's in Charter Square, across from the post office. It's definitely under 25/head. Ample parking too!

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        1. re: rednails

          Happy Cafe is closed until tomorrow - I tried to go there for lunch on Sunday. They've been on vacation since 12/22/06.

        2. Eeeek. Pasta Grotto scared me. The food was weird....You like it? What do you eat?

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          1. re: LPCagain

            Well, I actually haven't eaten there in about a year...have been doing low carb/fat for awhile. So maybe I'll rescind the rec if you've been there more recently.

            1. re: rednails

              Not more recently than that, but we tried the Swiss food and it was just weird.

              1. re: LPCagain

                Can you be just a little more specific than "weird?"

                I know the owner is Swiss-hotel trained, not that it should necessarily mean anything, but I'm curious about the weird comment.

                I recall their pastas as being good, and not the usual suburban red-sauce variety. Maybe the menu has changed...

          2. I can't be more specific, sorry, don't remember. But I remember some potatoes - roti?

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            1. re: LPCagain

              Oooh, sounds like you had a rendition of Zurich veal and rosti potatoes. Can't believe I haven't made it over there yet.
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I hope you get over there. Sounds like you had rosti potatoes before so it would be interesting to see what your opinion was. Seems a place that people either love or don't get.

                Some old stuff on the owner. It looks like they were located in Sunnyvale long ago.
                http://www.community-newspapers.com/a...

                A blog review with a picture of the Rosti Abbondanza.
                http://culinarycuriosity.blogspot.com...

                Wonder what the pizza is like.

                1. re: rworange

                  I guess Melanie is just a meat'n'taters girl at heart.

                  1. re: rworange

                    Yep, that's the place. Great research rw!