HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
Do you create unique foods? Tell us about it

Colma BART station - What's good around here?!

oohlala Mar 30, 2010 08:29 PM

My SO and I just moved from Toronto to California and we decided to settle down around Colma BART station for the time being. I did a quick search around Colma and seems like Nora patisserie is the only place worth visiting in the area. We really need some help to locate some decent places to eat. Can someone give some recommendations on what's good around the area and perhaps a little run-through with the area? For instance, I've been told to go down to SJ for Korean and Taiwanese. Any other tips?

  1. Melanie Wong Mar 30, 2010 09:00 PM

    Colma itself is very small, so you'll need to search a little wider. However the Colma BART station is right on the edge of the larger town, Daly City. Daly City is across the street from Nora's. Here's the geographic search result for places near Nora's, and you'll see that most are in Daly City.

    My favorite Burmese restaurant is Little Yangon. it's on Mission a little further north from you and walking distance from the Daly City BART station. Also in Daly City is Koi Palace, considered by many as the best Hong Kong-style restaurant in California.

    Koi Palace Restaurant
    365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

    Little Yangon
    6318 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014

    1. m
      macadam Mar 30, 2010 09:15 PM

      Estrada's has a to-die-for sizzling salad, served on a cast iron platter. I'm trying to figure out how to duplicate it, as I live in the East Bay. Old school place, recently remodeled. Comfortable, not fancy but good food. Where else can you get Mac & Cheese, Enchiladas and Fried Chicken? You won't leave hungry.
      Estrada's Mexican Restaurant
      7440 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014

      Estrada's Mexican Restaurant
      7440 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014

      1. pamf Mar 30, 2010 10:02 PM

        Hi, Welcome to the Peninsula. That area can be a little confusuing until you learn your way around.

        Try exploring along the El Camino Real. Driving a bit further south you will get to Millbrae where there are a lot of fine Asian restaurants and quite a few good Mexican taco trucks as well.

        Melanie Wong already mention Koi Palace in Daly City which is to your west.

        You might also try exploring downtown South San Francisco to your east. There you can find more good Mexican taquerias, the Basque Cultural Center, Bertolucci's for old-school Italian food among others.

        In San Bruno, you will find the Bay Hill Shopping Center with a Mollie Stone's Market (good quality groceries) and Cafe Les Grillades, that has crepes and some North African dishes.

        There is also a Trader Joe's market near the South San Francisco BART station, that is also very close to you.

        Colma itself is a very small city, so try searching for Daly City, South San Francisco, San Bruno and Millbrae also.

        Koi Palace Restaurant
        365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

        Basque Cultural Center
        599 Railroad Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

        1. bbulkow Mar 31, 2010 01:00 AM


          From Colma to San Jose is a haul - depending on where you go, about 45 minutes during hungry time. That being said, if you like run-down places with amazing food for cheap, Sunnyvale (a town or two east of San Jose) is heaven itself - although the Indian is better than the Korean and Taiwanese.

          The part of San Francisco to the north of you - 280 feeds to 19th Ave - "the avenues", "richmond district", "ocean ave" has a variety of small asian places, some of which are quite good. Old Mandrin Islamic, not that far from the zoo, is a favorite, and I think that Hakka place people have been liking is that part of town. There are a number of XLB outposts. Much closer than San Jose.

          Besides the usual Millbrea chinese places - which likely are up to Toronto standards, as they're in the top flight of the entire bay area - San Mateo has a number of joints worth checking out. There's a cluster of Shanghai places and one excellent noteworthy sushi place, Sushi Sam's, which is a complete experience. Formica tables, loud, and an extensive whiteboard. Everyday Beijing is a Chowhound favorite, and I had a killer shezuan meal at Little Sichuan last week.

          Most importantly, simply take the bart a few stops into SF at 16th street and follow your nose. The mission is one of the more vibrant eating areas of San Francisco, and if you don't have to park, can be pleasant.

          Colma itself is, as you've noticed, a little dead. If you give an idea of the kind of food you like, the price, and how much you're willing to drive or ride, perhaps we can scare up some better recs.

          For example, the Village Pub in Woodside is a straight shot on 280 so likely the closest and easiest Michelan starred restaurant. No idea if that's the kind of thing you like.

          Everyday Beijing
          637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

          Little Sichuan
          168 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

          Sushi Sam's
          218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

          6 Replies
          1. re: bbulkow
            nocharge Mar 31, 2010 02:04 AM

            Totally agree that taking BART to SF is a good idea. The ride to the Mission is 13-15 minutes, which is probably about the same as driving to Millbrae. If you combine what's in the Mission and what's in downtown SF, which is only about 5 minutes further, there is a really wide variety of choices -- far more than a single post could describe in full.

            As for distance to Michelin starred places, the ones near the Embarcadero are more than competitive with the Village Pub in terms of distance and travel time, but I don't think anyone would care much about that aspect (except perhaps that you can take BART if you don't have a car).

            Village Pub
            2967 Woodside Rd., Woodside, CA 94062

            1. re: bbulkow
              oohlala Mar 31, 2010 10:31 AM

              information overload!!!!! lol!!! however, thanks for all the input so far for sure.

              I think so far we are looking for EVERYTHING. Places that are close to us and places that are worth the trek. I'll say for now, we probably want to familiarize with local spots before venturing out to the city and SJ. We are currently looking for Mexicans, southeast Asian, Californian (what's californian cuisine anyway???) and affordable Japanese (own and run by Japanese) since Toronto doesn't really have many options for these cuisines. Little Yangon and Estrada sound like something we'll try this week. We'll give mission a shot sometime during the weekend. Village Pub will definitely be a must-visit for us. By the way, a friend of ours recommend Boulevard Cafe on Poncetta St. in Daly City. Any feedback about the place?

              Village Pub
              2967 Woodside Rd., Woodside, CA 94062

              Little Yangon
              6318 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014

              1. re: oohlala
                wolfe Mar 31, 2010 10:41 AM

                Here's a few comments.

                1. re: wolfe
                  SarahKC Apr 9, 2010 10:56 AM

                  Wolfe, hi!

                  Have you been to Broken Record since Ryan and Catherine left? Who is there now? What food? Deliciousness?

                  - Sarah

                  Broken Record
                  1166 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA

                  1. re: SarahKC
                    wolfe Apr 9, 2010 12:18 PM

                    As I mentioned to Kman it's my daughter that moved to your neighborhood and I am pretty sure BR is not one of her regular meal spots. As for me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZXB5Q...

                    1. re: wolfe
                      SarahKC Apr 9, 2010 03:54 PM

                      Nice use of Duke

            2. c
              chuckl Mar 31, 2010 10:48 AM

              As far as dining, the best thing about Colma is the BART station that can take you to San Francisco. If you're getting in your car headed toward Daly City, you'd be better off driving for one more exit, getting off at Geneva and having dinner at the Broken Record, which has more eclectic food than Daly City/Colma put together

              1. w
                whatsforlunch Mar 31, 2010 11:36 AM

                Try Los Metates for their tacos, burritos, and ceviche tostada. It's on the side of Colma station where the buses go back onto Hill Street across from Toyota.

                No stream trays here. All meat is cook on the flat top after you order. I like their carnitas and lengua the best.

                260 San Pedro Rd
                Daly City, CA 94014

                1. n
                  Nancy Berry Apr 1, 2010 10:39 AM

                  Boulevard Cafe, just down the hill from the Daly City Bart Station serves one of the best burgers in the Bay Area. They are also great for breakfast and serve it until 2:30 every day, and have some Greek dishes (like their fried zucchini cakes and avgolemono soup) that are very delicious. We also like their fish and chips and their milkshakes.

                  Show Hidden Posts