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Jul 16, 2011 04:42 PM

Lunch stop SFO to Monterey

A search revealed some recs for Chinese in the SFO area, but daughter might balk at that. Wife and daughter arriving SFO at 11 AM on a Friday and we'll be heading to Monterey. Knowing them, they will want something to eat within an hour of landing, so would appreciate some recs in that 101/85/17 corridor. Most other cuisines are fine, or anywhere with a decent cheeseburger...

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  1. Andale Taqueria in Los Gatos, quick on and off just before you head over the mountains,

    Andale Taqueria
    21 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030

    1. Do you like Indian food? There' are lots of good choices near 85 as you go through Sunnyvale. Taste Buds and Peacock may be the most notable, both a short ways east on El Camino from 85.

      For a taqueria, Mountain View at Old Middlefield and Rengstorff just down from 101 is a great location - either Los Altos Taqueria and Taqueria La Bamba.


      Taste Buds
      673 Grape Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

      La Bamba
      2058 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, CA 94043

      Los Altos Taqueria
      2105 Old Middlefield Way Ste E, Mountain View, CA 94043

      Peacock Indian Cuisine
      867 E El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

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      1. re: mdg

        La Bamba is great...get the carnitas, basically pork crack.

        Also, taco trucks a plenty in Salinas...but bit further than 1 hour but here's a couple of threads:

        You can get an In 'n Out burger off 101 @ Rengsdorf in Mountain View.

        La Bamba
        2058 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, CA 94043

      2. If you want to eat within an hour of *landing*, and you count 30 minutes of luggage and car pickup, you should probably eat north. I would recommend San Mateo for a wide selection that's a fairly easy on-off. In particular, Pancho Villa Taqueria is easy to find, has cheap city parking, and is a very classic SF burrito spot. There's also decent bahn mi, OK dim sum (champain, HK Causway Bay, and further south ABC), Szechuan Delight, Little Shanghai, Everyday Beijing. There's good Ramen at Himawari.

        My favorite Hidden Joint in San Mateo is the irish bar, which has menus for Thai, indian, burgers (jefferey's), and others. Each person can buy from a different restaurant!

        If you're touristing and haven't done the in-n-out, they are now everywhere on the 101 corridor --- almost every 2 exits.

        Everyday Beijing
        637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

        202 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

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

        Little Shanghai
        17 E 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403

        1. Not sure how much time you want to spend dining but here are some options (all are casual):

          Burlingame is 10 minutes from the airport with several good choices on Burlingame Ave and the side streets. My recs: Crepevine (casual, order at the counter), and Steelhead Brewery.

          San Mateo is just 5 minutes past Burlingame, and B Street (parallel to the 101) between 1st and 4th Aves has many options, some noted above. My recs: Johnny's for burgers, B Street & Vine (their bruschetta is great, as are the panini--both savory and sweet); and the taquerias are all good. If you walk from one end to the other you'll have over 20 different restaurant options.

          B Street & Vine
          320 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401

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          1. re: rednails

            Sorry, I meant Jeffrey's Burgers. I don't know what I was thinking....