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Jun 18, 2011 10:19 AM

Cheap Lunch Recs for Burlingame/San Mateo

I work across the street from the Anza lagoon in Burlingame (Airport Blvd. at Bayview Pl.), and the lunch choices are dismal. I hit the Curry Up Now food truck when it's in the area, but that's only once a week. I'm looking for great, cheap food - not more than $9 out the door, cheaper is even better - and within 3 miles of my office. Recs for all cuisines are welcome except that I don't eat pork and don't care for offal. If there's something particularly good at a particular place, I would love to hear about it. Your help is appreciated.

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  1. Mingalaba is great.... I've only been for dinner, but their website says they are open for lunch too. However, if their lunch prices are the same as at dinner, they maybe very slightly over you budget requirement (esp. with tax)... although it is likely that they have lunch specials that I am unaware of.

    1213 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010

    1. It's 7 miles to Tabla Flavors in Foster City. Thus only out of distance range, everything else is as you request.

      Have you tried DilKhush? You can get a chaat for $4, and it's 2.5 miles away. I haven't been there. There's a taqueria called El Palenque on North Kingston that's closer.

      The veg wraps at Taste In on Broadway are in your range. Hot Wok Bistro looks cheap and is within range.

      Downtown San Mateo is exactly 3.0 miles away. You can get righteously stuffed at Pancho Villa for $8. I highly recommend the quesadilla suiza. Everyday Beijing is 3.2 miles, and their lunch specials are about 6.50, so you should fit in $9 otd. La Cumbre - $5 for a standard burrito, 2.7 miles. Menu:

      I just searched Taqueria on Google Maps with your office roughly centered.

      Everyday Beijing
      637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

      Tabla Flavors
      6830 Village Pkwy, Dublin, CA 94568

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

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

      Hot Wok Bistro
      1012 Howard Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

      El Palenque Restaurant
      1860 The Alameda Ste B, San Jose, CA 95126

      1. I feel your pain. Your best choices within that zone are (no sniping please)

        Millbrae -Broadway or El Camino - Classic Sichuan, Hoa Ky, South Seas, or El Super Burrito

        Burlingame - Broadway -- Taste In, Juban, Burlingame Farmers Market

        Burlingame Ave - Mingalaba, La Corneta, Sapore Cafe (coming soon), Coconut Bay

        Your best options are to keep an eye on the trucks -- Brisbane is far but it is nirvana compared to your local options. Given your no pork rule (which I share) Taste In is a good choice.

        Classic Sichuan Restaurant
        148 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

        El Super Burrito
        780 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

        Coconut Bay
        1300 Howard Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010

        1213 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010

        Hoa Ky Restaurant
        447 Broadway, Millbrae, CA 94030

        La Corneta
        1147 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070

        4 Replies
        1. re: snw

          Add Cherimoya to the Burlingame Ave options - vietnamese takeout. The banh mi I had last time was delicious (though not *the most* traditional) and I think around $5. I think they do call-ahead take out too.

          1. re: snw

            what;s good in Brisbane..i never know where to eat when I am in that area.

            1. re: artychokeasana

              There are quite a few food trucks that gather in the parking lot of the office complex at 8000 Marina Blvd in Brisbane.

          2. About 5 miles but cheap: Tacos El Ranchito taco truck on El Camino Real in San Bruno just north of Millbrae (near the IHOP).