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Jul 6, 2010 06:48 PM

Peter's Cafe in Millbrae

Peter's Cafe 10 El Camino Real (650) 697-2434

Great all around diner, interesting menu, food (and servers, and 1950's decor) has lots of personality.

Didn't get their vast huge flashy signature item: apple pancakes (a vanishing foodway, btw, at least in this form). I couldn't handle the 30 minute wait, even though I broke my waitress' heart.

But their breakfast was very good and their apple pie was KILLER (especially hot from the oven).

What a great pre-airport stop.

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  1. Pie! Real pie. It's making a comeback though I suspect Peter's has always served Pie. My bro used to eat here when he lived in Millbrae but I never made it there. Is it still 24-hours? We should remember it for SFO travelers.

    Ten years ago, you asked about the Millbrae Pancake House, the cross-town competitor.

    And shortly after that, I did try it and pried out of my brother his opinion that the buckwheat pancakes at Peter's are superior.

    Peter's owner bought a historic spot, Sixteen Mile House, a few years ago. He might have an eye for preserving culinary Americana.

    Millbrae Pancake House
    1301 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

    Sixteen Mile House
    448 Broadway, Millbrae, CA 94030

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Hours Mon 6 am - 9:30 pm
      Tue-Sun 6 am - 11 pm

      Somewhere in 2009, after they closed the second cafe, they changed the hours. There was something about the original location being torn down, so they opened the second location not far away and then closed that after the plans to raze the joint were abandoned.

      You could call and double check on the hours, but there are a number of web posts about the new hours. Still open early in the morning which should help people on the way to SFO.

      1. re: rworange

        Thanks, turned out I was in Millbrae yesterday with my mother and drove by. The sign say Open. Hours. and it looks like the "24" has been painted over.

    2. In the past they allowed you to phone in an order for the Apple Pancake and the Dutch Baby, so that by the time you arrived and had your first cup of coffee it was ready...haven't been there recently...worth a new visit!

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      1. re: ChowFun_derek

        Neat idea. Especially cuz it's 20 mins from the city to get here, so if you call before you leave, you should have a 5 minute margin to ensure it's hot from the kitchen.

      2. When I lived inBurlingame in the mid-90's, my boyfriend and I used to go to Peter's for breakfast often. I almost always got the trout and eggs that they usually had as a special. Do they still have it? I don't know. I also got the Spam and eggs on occasion. Boyfriend always got teri beef and eggs. Great waitresses too.

        1. In addition to the apple pie, and instead of the apple pancakes, what did you order for breakfast? (Not an academic query--may be heading there for breakfast this weekend!)