Will be staying in burlingame over the weekend, near the airport and on foot, so am looking for chow nearby. Mostly hoping for economy and value, but open to the right splurge. Not so interested in steakhouse, expense-account sorts of venues. Enjoy ethnic or small-plate styles. Happy hours also good.
I live in SF; Work in RC and have been to Mngalaba 3 times. It's always busy, but well worth the wait - better than Burma Superstar for some dishes. Noodle dishes excellent, great for vegetarians and very family friendly. Lovely complimentary dessert.
4721 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA
I'm fond of the Curry Up Now Indian "taco truck" which on weekend afternoons can be found somewhere on Howard Street, near the Safeway, www.curryupnow.com It's all good, I recommend the kathi roll for a walking-around snack.
Second on Mingalaba.
Also on Burlingame Avenue near California, Kabul Afghan is good.
I think there is a free shuttle bus between B'game Ave, Broadway, and the hotel strip on the other side of the freeway...ask your hotel.
Burlingame is not very big, so especially if you have a car, anything in Millbrae is accessible (most known for Chinese places -- search for HK Flower Lounge, Asian Pearl, The Kitchen). Also, downtown San Mateo is only about two miles in the other direction; tons of small ethnic places, you can walk around and take your pick. If you can get to Burlingame Avenue on the shuttle, you can take Caltrain one stop to downtown San Mateo.
Hong Kong Flower Lounge
51 Millbrae Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030
Peninsula Asian Pearl
1671 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030
279 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030
1213 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010
Kabul Afghan Cuisine
1101 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010