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Any decent restaurants in Foster City?

We're moving to Foster City and I am wondering if there are any decent restaurants in Foster City, including take-out places. Thanks in advance!

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    1. I used to work in Foster City and had a coupla old faithfuls...

      Tokie's Japanese - decent sushi, good lunch and dinner plates. Was one of the few places I could find ahi poke on the peninsula.

      Pho New Saigon - Good pho, of course, but lots of other good vn dishes. Also, bubble tea!

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      Tokie's
      1058 Shell Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

      New Saigon
      1088 Foster City Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

      1. It is my understanding that Joy is going through some remodeling and will reopen at an unspecified date. I have not been in a while.

        Otherwise Myung Dong Tofu Cabin in the Marina complex (E. Hillsdale / Norfolk) is quite decent, although some might argue that's San Mateo and not Foster City (but right at the mouth).

        Thai Basil is good once in a while.

        1. I used to live in San Mateo and I loved La Fonda on El Camino Real in San Mateo - near 25th. I found Foster City to be mostly a waste land of chain restaurants. I second the Tokie's rec.
          If you are willing to go to San Mateo - make that big trek over the freeway - on 25th there are a couple of little places we liked alot. La Lanterna (end of the street by the church) does pretty good Italian (better than Lucetti's). The Patio does a good breakfast/lunch (my favorite is the Monterey Burger). The Thai place on 25th is very good but I can't remember it's name.
          Oceanic on El Camino is the best "american style" chinese food and they used to deliver. There is a real "chinese" food place on 25th but again I can't remember the name.
          In Downtown SM we loved Joy Sushi and found it to be the best in the area. Not alot else down there interested us though.

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          The Patio
          25 W 25th st, San Mateo, CA

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          1. re: sflegs

            I googled Tokie's just to note the reco for their ahi poke and the map placed it in San Mateo.

          2. I know it's chain, but the Chevy's in Foster City is on the water and has nice views from the bar and the addictive chips and salsa. Great if you have kids.

            1. Mr. Fong's and its sister restaurant Tai Wu are both good Chinese restaurants that have takeout available.

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              Tai Wu Restaurant
              1080 Foster City Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

              Mr Fong's
              949 Edgewater Blvd, Foster City, CA

              1. I have been getting to that Malaysian place in Marina Square shopping center on a somewhat regular basis. You would think I could remember the name. The Malay place is tucked in the back

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                1. re: neil

                  www.langkawi-restaurant.com
                  2946 S Norfolk St, San Mateo
                  I like it, the salad wrap appetizer is delicious!
                  Marina market also has a chinese deli to get roast duck/pork. I've never tried the ramen place in the market...

                2. Tabla in Foster City & Annapoorna in San Mateo for Indian food. The latter is vegetarian only.

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                  1. re: ceekskat

                    Tabla is awesome and the best joint in foster city proper (although ABC has its days). They have a street snack called Cut Mirchi which is like tempura jalapenos crossbred with roasted pimentos catalan. It's a down-home india place with formica tables, bollywood on the flatscreens, and the big brightest tastes. Langkawi's OK, the pho place is OK, the Bahn Mi place in the market next door is OK, there's a Ranch 99. And I hope you're renting - global warming will not be kind to Foster City.

                    The fact that someone could recommend chevy's with a straight face speaks volumes about Foster City.

                    Foster city is a hop-skip from San Mateo. Please search under san mateo. SM is not a great place for fine dining (although there's a couple of upscale bistros), but is outstanding for japanese/chinese/mexican - very chowish. Both are about 15 minutes outside of SF, so destination diners just head north.

                    1. re: bbulkow

                      The bahn mi place in marina has been gone for a while. There is a ramen place there instead. I haven't tried it. I've worked in Foster City for 16 years and there isn't much I'd rave about. The deli near lucky's has good hot sandwiches and crispy fries. Rickshaw next to lucky and 31 flavors has the cheapest chinese food around. There is a thai place in the same mini mall as Joy that I had lunch at and it was decent. BTW, is Joy open yet? I'd also avoid Chevy's unless you're getting drunk and eating chips and salsa. Even the freshly made guacamole is horrible.

                  2. ABC Seafood is one of our standard places for dim sum. They are also very good for dinner. Mr. Fong's is another good Chinese place.

                    San Mateo is just across the freeway.

                    1. There's Turtle Bay Grill that's pretty okay. It's in a business/mall development Nice environment, solid menu but nothing super special. I'd say it's a good neighborhood place (that's what level the food is at), around $15-ish for the average entre, more for shellfish, etc.

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                      Turtle Bay
                      981 E Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

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                      1. re: ML8000

                        Thank you all for your suggestions! I currently live in San Mateo and agree with the comments about San Mateo. Foster City does kind of seem like a food wasteland hence my initial post.

                        And BBulkow, amusing comment about renting and global warming...we're actually buying!

                        1. re: SanMateoFoodie

                          Post on Joy re-opening,apparently, next door to old site. Old # 1495 now 1489 Beach Park Blvd.
                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/563730