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nymoving2004 Jul 26, 2011 12:15 PM

We are heading to Redwood Shores for the first time next week (Tues-Thurs).....we understand that its about a 30 minute drive to SF from RWS.....To paint a quick picture - we are travelling from Minneapols (so we miss good seafood)....and moved to MPLS from NYC.

What is recommended in RWS?
If we made the drive to SF, are there any hot spots in SF that might be easier to get into mid-week?

(Asian flavors, fine dining ...we just need a starting point) (and I'll scour Chow for old posts)

Thanks!

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    artemis RE: nymoving2004 Jul 26, 2011 12:58 PM

    I'll be very interested to see if there are any responses. I'm a mid-peninsula denizen and have been a daily reader of this board for years, and never seen any restaurant in RWS even mentioned. Foster City, San Mateo, and Redwood City are all very close by with good options, along with the many wonderful options in San Francisco.

    Good seafood... one fun, close option might be Old Port Lobster Shack in Redwood City.

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

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      kungful RE: artemis Jul 26, 2011 01:34 PM

      I would not recommend that you drive into the city (SF). Driving and parking in the city is hassle enough for locals who know where they're going. From Redwood Shores you can easily take caltrain from the Belmont station or BART from the Milbrae station.

      As for good seafood on the peninsula, I haven't been there in quite a while, but Sushi Sam's in San Mateo was usually a good bet, if I couldn't make it to the city.

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

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        artemis RE: kungful Jul 26, 2011 04:24 PM

        I'm there at least twice a month. Sam still offers glorious sushi and traditional Japanese dishes, especially the agedashi tofu and chawan mushi.

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      nocharge RE: nymoving2004 Jul 26, 2011 03:54 PM

      The selection of restaurants in Redwood Shores is pretty slim and I can only think two places where I would eat, Mistral and Hotel Sofitel. I like Mistral, but as much for the ambience as the food. I haven't eaten at the Sofitel in years, but they always did a pretty good job with their food.
      http://www.mistraldining.com/
      http://www.sofitelsfdining.com/

      If you hop over the freeway to San Carlos, Town is OK and the Refuge has a huge selection of Belgian beer and good pastrami.
      http://www.townsc.com/index.html
      http://refugesc.com/

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        Kim Cooper RE: nocharge Jul 29, 2011 04:09 PM

        I work back to back with Mistral, so we eat lunch there semi-often. It's good, but crowded: recommend reservations. I don't know about dinners, but it seemed pretty crowded then too when our office did Christmastime dinner there. the food is tasty, but not especially different or creative. But it is California style, so it might be different from what you are used to.

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        Mistral
        370 Bridge Parkway, Redwood City, CA 94065

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        ML8000 RE: nymoving2004 Jul 26, 2011 04:08 PM

        Ike's Place is suppose to out there in RWS. If it were me I'd drive into RWC and get some tacos somewhere.

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          lrealml RE: nymoving2004 Jul 26, 2011 04:30 PM

          I live 5 minutes south of RWS and have never had a meal there, but you can find a lot of great food nearby..... Just search the board for recent threads about San Mateo or Redwood City (there have been a lot). I agree that Sushi Sam's is a good choice if you are looking for good, affordable, sushi. You will also find a lot of great options for tacos, Chinese, and Japanese (there are some really high end places if you are wanting to spend the money) . There are even some fine dining, Michelin Starred places down here as well...

          Also, I disagree about not driving into the city. If you are a confident city driver, you will be fine. Just be careful about the traffic (you will want to go in before 4pm or after 7pm) because, opposite of many metro areas, a lot of people live in the city and work on the peninsula.

          If you are into farmers markets, the San Carlos one is Thursday night and is really cute. It has the most strawberry vendors of any market I've been to. You can easily fill up on samples if you are not careful (which can be bad if you have dinner plans).

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            nocharge RE: lrealml Jul 26, 2011 06:08 PM

            I agree about driving because taking the train can be a pain if you don't plan ahead and know what you are doing. If you miss a train, you will likely have to wait an hour for the next, so you'd better be familiar with where the stations are and how to get to them. Plus the trip between Belmont and 4th & Townsend is 40-50 minutes. Add the time to get to the actual destination plus the time waiting at the station (you want to get there early so you don't miss the train) and it can be a very time-consuming trip. Trains work a lot better for commuters with a regular schedule than for people unfamiliar with the area.

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            estnet RE: nymoving2004 Jul 26, 2011 06:45 PM

            I strongly recommend San Mateo (about a 10 minute drive), 3rd and 4th and surrounding streets are lined with lots of asian restaurants and also many others. Hotaru has good sushi as well as cooked food, not as much variety as Sushi Sams but much cheaper.
            Little Shanghai on 25th is a hole in the wall with great food - I had there lunch fish - I think it was in a spicy sauce and was incredibly fresh flounder and only cost around $7 (with soup and rice) and their shrimp is always fresh and not overcooked.

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

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

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              mhuang RE: nymoving2004 Jul 27, 2011 09:11 AM

              I used to work in Redwood Shores, so I'll be upfront and say that there are very few dining establishments in Redwood Shores compared to the surrounding areas (San Carlos, Redwood City, Foster City, San Mateo), and that it is a really short drive out of Redwood Shores to any of the other neighboring cities for dining options.

              Being from NYC, you might want to also drive to In-N-Out Burger judge for yourself which one is better -- Shake Shack, Five Guys or In-N-Out.

              Most restaurants are pretty easy to get into mid-week (friday nights and weekends are the worst, which you won't be here for).

              For seafood places:

              San Mateo: Sushi Sam's Edomata, Hotaru
              Foster City: Tokie's Japanese Restaurant
              Redwood City: Higuma (Japanese)
              San Carlos: Creola (Creole/Cajun)
              San Francisco: Skool (asian fusion seafood restaurant)

              For Asian flavors and fine dining, I'd recommend Manresa (Los Gatos) if you are willing to drive down to Los Gatos.

              Mountain View (about 20 minutes south of Redwood Shores) has Kappo Nami Nami, doing some fantastic Japanese dishes at dinner time, and really great lunch specials.

              I'd recommend a run at some of the Izakayas and Ramen shops in the Bay Area, since I'm pretty sure Minneapolis doesn't have much of a ramen scene, and there are quite a few good ones nearby without going into SF. The Ramen clusters are in Santa Clara/San Jose and San Mateo.

              Burlingame: Sakae Sushi Bar and Grill (Izakaya+sushi)

              San Mateo: Himawari (Ramen), Yuzu (izakaya+sushi)
              Santa Clara: Orenchi (Ramen), En (izakaya)
              Cupertino: Gochi (Izakaya), Gokaku (sushi+izakaya)
              San Jose: Ramen Halu (Ramen), Ramen Tenma (okinawan Soba), Ramen Kahoo (Ramen), Santouka(inside of Mitsuwa supermarket)

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              Manresa Restaurant
              320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

              Kappo Nami Nami
              240 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

              Ramen Halu
              375 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129

              Himawari
              202 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

              Mitsuwa
              675 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA

              Sakae
              243 California Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

              Yuzu
              54 37th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403

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

              Tokie's
              1058 Shell Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

              Izakaya Restaurant
              1335 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95112

              Redwood Shores
              1111 Shoreway Rd, Belmont, CA 94002

              Skool
              1725 Alameda St, San Francisco, CA 94103

              Ramen Tenma
              487 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129

              Gokaku
              10789 S Blaney Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014

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                bbulkow RE: mhuang Jul 28, 2011 01:21 PM

                This is a good list, I will add Martin's West in redwood city, and there are a set of good regional places in millbrea - such as The Kitchen. Foster City has a Spices (good szechuan).

                Regarding the city - just drive it, unless you hate city parking. The easiest region is the Mission, with places like Delfina. There is one decent parking lot at about 21st and Mission on Mission, some of the fancier places have valet (like foreign cinema). Zuni, Frances, anyplace SOMA/Castro/Mission is a fairly easy shot. Really easy would be Serpentine and Skool.

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                Zuni Cafe
                1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                Delfina Restaurant
                3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                Skool
                1725 Alameda St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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                  Melanie Wong RE: bbulkow Jul 28, 2011 03:50 PM

                  I believe Spices 4 in Foster City has closed. The manager/partner opened China Hot in Redwood City and took the Sichuan chefs. He said that it was closing or was for sale.

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                  China Hot
                  2525 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063

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                    Trumpetguy RE: Melanie Wong Jul 29, 2011 09:21 AM

                    That is bad news about Spices 4 :(

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                      lrealml RE: Melanie Wong Jul 29, 2011 01:46 PM

                      I don't think it is closed... at least not yet. It is still getting reviews on yelp (although mainly bad ones complaining about the service). They are also still listed on http://spicesrestaurantonline.com/. Can some one confirm if they are open or not?

                      If they are still open, I wonder if the food is still good....

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                        Trumpetguy RE: lrealml Jul 29, 2011 05:15 PM

                        I was there in June and it was fantastic! :)

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                          charliemyboy RE: lrealml Jul 29, 2011 06:23 PM

                          As of today Spices 4 is still open. It's not too late to get abused by the wait staff! Their artful use of techniques like cleverly avoiding eye contact as they walk by lets you know it's not accidental they aren't serving you. As of my last experience in March (I did take-out to avoid the service issues) their Pork Shoulder in Garlic Sauce was excellent.

                  2. Robert Lauriston RE: nymoving2004 Jul 27, 2011 02:16 PM

                    Shalizaar's about a five-minute drive. Good Persian.

                    There have been some good reports about ABC.

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                    Shalizaar
                    300 El Camino Real, Belmont, CA 94002

                    ABC Sea Food Restaurant
                    973 E Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

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                      estnet RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 27, 2011 03:23 PM

                      I know others have had different experiences but I found ABC food mediocre, service beyond surly and everything extremely overpriced. There are so many excellent chinese places in the area I've never been back.

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                        artemis RE: estnet Jul 27, 2011 06:11 PM

                        Agreed re: ABC - I was there a few months ago. It was fine, but not great, overpriced, and bad service. I'd much rather trek up to Millbrae to Hong Kong Flower Lounge.

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                        Hong Kong Flower Lounge
                        51 Millbrae Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030

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                          Kim Cooper RE: artemis Jul 29, 2011 04:20 PM

                          The last time I was at Hong Kong Flower Lounge it was slow, surly, and greasy. I hope that was an anomaly.
                          For inexpensive but good Chinese, we like Everyday Beijing in San Mateo, or, a bit higher in price but still reasonable, Oceanic. They have a dish called Cilantro Chicken that, if you like cilantro, is wonderful. Everyday Beijing is more pancake than rice oriented, so the menu is a bit different from most.

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                          Everyday Beijing
                          637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

                          Hong Kong Flower Lounge
                          51 Millbrae Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030

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                            artemis RE: Kim Cooper Jul 29, 2011 06:36 PM

                            Yikes, I haven't been to HKFL in over a year. My dim sum fix is at Koi Garden now. Good to know, sad to hear.

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                            Koi Garden
                            4288 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568

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                              Melanie Wong RE: Kim Cooper Jul 29, 2011 06:44 PM

                              How long ago were you at Hong Kong Flower Lounge?

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                              Hong Kong Flower Lounge
                              51 Millbrae Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030

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                                Kim Cooper RE: Melanie Wong Jul 29, 2011 09:55 PM

                                It had actually been a while -- it was at Christmastime, with an office staff. so this may be out of date, or it may have just been a bad day.

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                                lrealml RE: Kim Cooper Jul 29, 2011 10:20 PM

                                +1 on Everyday Beijing although I prefer already mentioned Little Shanghai (although the food is different style obviously).
                                -1 on Oceanic's highly Americanized Chinese food.
                                Also +1 for Kabul and Shalizaar
                                So many good choices... it is hard to hit them all even if you live here.

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                                Everyday Beijing
                                637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

                                Shalizaar
                                300 El Camino Real, Belmont, CA 94002

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

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                                  Kim Cooper RE: lrealml Jul 30, 2011 01:12 AM

                                  I like Americanized Chinese food. I find authentic Chinese more interesting than delicious. The Chinese are really good at adjusting their recipes for local tastes. I once made the mistake of trying Chinese food in Amsterdam....

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                                    lrealml RE: Kim Cooper Jul 30, 2011 04:23 PM

                                    I will admit to preferring more authentic Chinese to Americanized Chinese; however, I don't think that was the issue with what we ordered at Oceanic... it just wasn't good, but that is based on 2 meals a few years ago.

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                                      Kim Cooper RE: lrealml Aug 7, 2011 11:18 PM

                                      They made a big change sometime, but I'm not sure when. We are not sure, but we think the parents who owned it turned it over to the kids, who updated both the decor and the food.
                                      Like all Chinese, it varies some from time to time, but they have really good shrimp egg foo young, and a dish called Cilantro Chicken is a favorite.

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                            charliemyboy RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 29, 2011 06:56 PM

                            Another good Middle Eastern choice besides Shalizaar is Kabul Afghan Cuisine in San Carlos. They're quite good, about on the same level as Helmand Palace.

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                            Helmand Palace
                            2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

                            Shalizaar
                            300 El Camino Real, Belmont, CA 94002

                          3. osho RE: nymoving2004 Jul 27, 2011 04:26 PM

                            I live in Redwood Shores and it neatly fits the definition of a culinary wasteland.

                            Here's a post from KK to my question when we first moved here than two years ago. I have eaten at most of these places since and I can vouch for most of them.

                            Focus on San Mateo (Hotaru, 231 Ellsworth), Redwood City (Crouching Tiger, Old Port Lobster Shack, a zillion Taquerias) and San Carlos (Locanda Positano, Refuge - brilliant pastrami) ...

                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5957...

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

                            231 Ellsworth
                            231 South Ellsworth Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401

                            Redwood Shores
                            1111 Shoreway Rd, Belmont, CA 94002

                            1. mlou72 RE: nymoving2004 Jul 27, 2011 07:16 PM

                              I second the suggestion for In-N-Out Burger, there's a brand new one in San Carlos just over the overpass from RWS on the corner of Holly and Industrial. Google their secret menu and have some fun if you need a quick burger fix.

                              SF really is a pain unless you're staying there. A 30 minute drive it's not, unless you don't hit traffic and drive off the freeway into a parking lot. The entire peninsula is dotted with great food and all you have to do is hop on 101 or El Camino and go north or south.

                              Half Moon Bay might be a thought. Seafood, the Pacific ocean, great views... just don't drive over the mountains during rush hour. Something like Sam's Chowder House would give you a SF Fisherman's Wharf type feel and has outdoor seating overlooking the ocean with for beautiful sunset dining.

                              Or maybe think about something unique to the Peninsula with a little story or history behind it, like Flea Street Cafe in Menlo Park, or The Mountain House in Woodside.

                              You can take a step back in time at the Palo Alto Creamery (this one specifically: http://www.yelp.com/biz/palo-alto-cre... ). I've only done breakfast/brunch there, but they do stay open for dinner late into the night. It's just a block off downtown Palo Alto, great for strolling and full of other great restaurants. There's also a restored old-timey movie theater, I think they're doing some Hitchcock next week: http://www.stanfordtheatre.org/stf/.

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                                Kim Cooper RE: mlou72 Jul 29, 2011 04:25 PM

                                I second the Peninsula Creamery in Palo Alto. Updated diner food. Great sandwiches. Great dinners. Spectacular Coffee Malted Milk Shake!

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                                Peninsula Creamery
                                900 High St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

                              2. Windy RE: nymoving2004 Jul 28, 2011 01:37 PM

                                Lots of good suggestions for peninsula eats, but please, don't avoid a trip to the city in favor of spending all your time in San Carlos!

                                Millbrae's many Chinese restaurants are a great place for seafood. While you could get lobster at Old Port, it is flown across the country from Maine, which I imagine is also possible in Minneapolis.

                                You can check traffic on Google Maps or sfgate.com before you leave. In addition to avoiding rush hour, make sure there isn't a Giants home game--or take the train and go to the ballpark with the hordes.

                                You can park easily in the huge garage at Millbrae BART near the airport and be in the city in another half hour. This is a good compromise for a day or night on the town.

                                And despite what Google maps says, it's faster to head west on 92 and then north on 280 to San Francisco. 101 is shorter, but a lot less pleasant between 7 a/m. and 8 p.m.

                                1. Melanie Wong RE: nymoving2004 Jul 28, 2011 03:54 PM

                                  In case you do need to eat in the immediate vicinity, let me add the links for Ike's Place and the Hotel Sofitel at Redwood Shores.

                                  It's been a while since I've seen any posts for Sofitel, but it did have a good French pastry chef at one time. This made it a favored spot for breakfast business meetings, as the croissants were very good. Any updates?

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                                  Hotel Sofitel at Redwood Shores
                                  223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA

                                  Ike's Place
                                  555 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood Shores, CA 94065

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