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I'm a New Yorker working at Stanford for the week and staying near SFO. I need to find some decent takeout in between the two--something not so far from the highway (I have a car and a GPS, so that's good). I'm so pooped at the end of the day that I don't feel like going up to San Francisco, where I know the restaurants a bit better, or driving to someone's favorite hole in the wall in Sunnyvale. I should also mention that I'm a vegetarian (although I tend to avoid vegetarian restaurants) and so would love to find a decent Indian or Thai place.

Many thanks for whatever advice you might have.

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  1. For Indian, I would go for either Tabla in Foster City or Annapoorna (vegetarian) in San Mateo.

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    New Tabla
    1088 Shell Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

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    1. re: alina555

      Thanks. Sounds good. I'll probably try the one in Foster City--right on my route.

      1. re: alina555

        Sorry...I accidentally put the Sunnyvale link instead of San Mateo.

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        Annapoorna
        2299 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403

      2. Annapoorna's wonderful but dosas might be better to eat there than drive north with.

        Call Back A Yard in Menlo Park and see if they have anything vegetarian. It's wonderful Caribbean food.

        1. The veggie factor reduces a good deal of the fun. That said, you can get a good veggie burrito in downtown San Mateo at Pancho Villa and La Cumbre. Pretty quick off the 101, a couple of exits before SFO. Might also consider quesidillas as an option.

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          Pancho Villa
          365 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401

          La Cumbre
          28 N B St, San Mateo, CA 94401

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          1. re: ML8000

            Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. Much appreciated!

          2. Unfortunately, there really isn't anything "right off" 101; however, you have several options in downtown Palo Alto that would work for take out. For North Indian, there is Darbar, Janta and Hyderabad House with HH being a counter service type place. Then there is Kan Zeman, a Mid Eastern restaurant you might enjoy. Haven't been to Thai in a long time but back in the day, we used to frequent Bangkok Cuisine. Last but not least, there's Loving Hut, a vegan Asian restaurant (haven't been).

            http://www.kanzeman.com/
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/562191

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            1. re: ceekskat

              Janta is excellent Indian, and close to Stanford.