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Apr 29, 2011 01:53 PM

Looking for good cheap eats on the peninsula.

We recently moved to redwood city from ny, and my wife and I are huge goodies!
We are looking for relatively cheap eats located on the peninsula(like the places on diners drive ins and dives with home cooked food) Everything from crab shacks to bahn mi and everything in between would be very helpful. Thanks for replying.

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  1. Not really a "chowhound place" but closer to DDD and very inexpensive, try Harry's Hofbrau.

    1. I don't know RWC, but in San Mateo: Hotaru (homestyle Japanese, like oyakudon). Ramen Dojo. Himawari. Everyday Beijing. Spices3! in Foster City. something something Tofu House (korean) in the strip mall at Hillsdale and S. Norfolk, which also has Langkawi (Malaysian)- I've yet to try it but it gets decent reviews here. People also like Little Shanghai.

      The San Mateo farmer's market on Saturdays at College of San Mateo is excellent.

      Old Port Lobster Shack in RWC is not actually "cheap" but it's cheap for lobster, and great.

      It's not crab season anymore. We get our crab in Half Moon Bay at Pillar Point. I like Barbara's Fish Trap (one entree is big enough for 2, no kidding), and have heard good things about Ketch Joanne.

      In and Out is opening soon in San Carlos.

      There are lots of reviews on Redwood City ("RWC") if you do a few searches, too.

      Old Port Lobster Shack
      851 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063

      Everyday Beijing
      637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

      202 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

      Barbara's Fish Trap
      281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

      Ramen Dojo
      805 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401

      Ketch Joanne
      17 Johnson Pier, Princeton-by-the Sea, CA 94018

      6 Replies
        1. re: artemis

          There is already an In and Out in RWC on right on Veterans (not that I've ever eaten there).

          1. re: lrealml

            Sadly, in and out is my burger of choice at the moment. I have eaten there more then once. To the OP you need to park the car on Middlefield Road and 5th and walk a couple blocks either way and check out the Mexican food. It will take you a couple of weeks to try them all.

            Then there is my current favorite for Mexican Mi Perblo in EPA.

          2. re: artemis

            The Tofu House is Myung Dong Tofu House. The thing to order here are their tofu soups, although they also do a decent job of grilled/pan sauteed dishes.

            In that same plaza is Sheng Kee Bakery (for Chinese bread) and Marina Foods for asian groceries.

            Windy City Pizza on El Camino and 92 (San Mateo) is pretty good for a Chicago Deep Dish (non stuffed) pizza and their barbeque and hotlinks are great.

            Creola in San Carlos is good new orleans-style food. They have crawfish buckets when they're in season.

            City Pub on Broadway in Redwood City used to be a usual stop for me; if I recall, they had an excellent crab cake sandwich.

            Higuma in Redwood City is also worth a visit for good Japanese food; they do excellent sushi, but I also encourage you to try some of their other foods like kara-age (Japanese fried chicken) and gyoza, which are amongst the best I've had on the peninsula.

            Windy City Pizza
            35 Bovet Rd, San Mateo, CA 94402

            Sheng Kee Bakery
            34332 Alvarado Niles Rd Union, City, CA

            City Pub
            2620 Broadway St, Redwood City, CA 94063

            1. re: mhuang

              Yes, that's it. I love the tofu stews there.

              1. re: mhuang

                City Pub is a burger stop for me, and they have fresh beer. Solid. Also in that category is BBC in MP, The Office in SC, The Refuge get special mention because of the pastrami topped burger, Jack's Prime, Jeffery's, Peninsula Creamery, Martin's West, and the bar menu at the Village Pub. If I loved beer more I'd also stop at Rose and Crown in PA, but I dislike the authentic british pub smell. Also on my negative side for atmosphere, Dutch Goose (too many kids, substandard beer) and the Oasis (substandard beer).

                For chicago pizza, we're blessed with Paxti and Pizza Chicago in PA; I haven't tried Windy City. I'm not a fan of the style, but I've had both often enough to opine on their taste factor. Tasty.

                This is what I mean by requesting categories.... for each, there are favorites.

                Original Poster? Help us out?

                Peninsula Creamery
                900 High St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

                Village Pub
                2967 Woodside Rd., Woodside, CA 94062

                City Pub
                2620 Broadway St, Redwood City, CA 94063

                Pizza Chicago
                1576 Halford Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95051

                Jack's Prime
                3723 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403

            2. My RWC go-to Mexican is on Woodside Road, at Gordon, they also have a location on El Camino, used to be an A&W. Another favorite Mexican is/are the taquerias in Chavez Market. Two Chavez markets in RWC.

              FWIW, crab season is open until the end of June.

              1. Do a search for Sushi Monster's taco map/thread. Lots of excellent, inexpensive taquerias in RWC. I found it here but not the CH thread:


                1. Refuge in San Carlos for pastrami sandwhiches

                  Sancho's Taqueria in Redwood City--big fan of their fish tacos

                  Crouching tiger in Redwood City--good spicy chinese...I crave their dry cooked prawns and the dan dan noodles are yummy.

                  Woodside Deli Redwood City--good sandwhiches