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Late Night Eating in San Mateo?

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Hi. I have to pick up a friend coming in from Ireland at SFO tonight. She doesn't come in until 8:30pm. I figure we won't get her bags until 9pm. Can anyone recommend some delicious (not too expenisive) food that is open late on a Monday between SFO and San Mateo? I think she may be jonesin' for something ethnic. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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  1. Hotaru, which is a GREAT homestyle Japanese restaurant serves until 9:30. If you can make it over there you won't be disappointed. You get huge portions of food for the money. They're open until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays and is located in San Mateo on 3rd Ave. & El Camino. www.hotarurestaurant.com

    If you want sushi rolls at good prices, there's also Masu Japanese Bistro just down the street (3rd Ave. and San Mateo Ave). They're open on Mondays, and later than most places from what I've heard, but I can't confirm. It's a good second choice if you can't make to Hotaru by 9:30.

    1. Sushi's good. Thanks for that. Know of any Vietnamese or maybe Chinese?

      1. Saigon City is on 3rd Ave. right before the railroad tracks next to the KFC. It's open daily until 9:30. Great Vietnamese.

        For Chinese, there's Joy Luck Place which is on 4th Ave. and San Mateo Ave. They're open late daily. A little pricer than a Vietnamese or Japanese bento box dinner, but they're open late and the food is always reliable.

        Good luck!

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        1. re: VirgoBlue

          I went to Joy Luck Place last night and thought it was unbelievably expensive. Did not get a veg because they were all $11. Got inferior pot stickers and sprang for fresh prawns, 1/2 lb -- came to 3 med size for $17. Total price was about $28. Also, by the time you get luggage AND clear customs, I think that'll take more than 1/2 hour.

        2. Thai Stick in Millbrae is open until 1am. the barbeque chicken is nicely spiced (though it varies some from day to day), and the ginger rice is good. They're on El Camino. Always a good place for "late".

          1. Oh, forgot Thai Satay which is right across the street from Joy Luck on 4th Ave. in San Mateo. They're open until 10pm on weeknights.

            1. The OP probably went somewhere else by now, but another homey and good value (though cash only) place open till at least 10 am on weeknights would be Fat Wong's Kitchen in San Bruno, mere moments away from Millbrae on El Camino.

              1. I'd go with Oidon on 4th for japanese...they have great traditional japanese food...Iza Kai Mai on 2nd has great japanese too....they are open until 12

                1. Thanks for all the suggestions. We actually ended up at Hinewari on 2nd Avenue. Really good and affordable. Open late, simple, modern design, nice staff, plump and flavordul gyoza, yummy sauteed eggplant with miso, a delicious, spicy cold noodle dish. The udon looked really good, but we didn't get it. Not a lot of sushi choices. We went with the California roll. Real crab! I would recommend it. By the way, that area was hopping on a late Monday night. Who knew?