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Aug 9, 2011 11:52 PM

Foster City San Mateo

Hey CHs.

Visiting from San Diego next week. Could use some great recommendations on any cool casual foodie restaurants in the area. Ethic or non......up for anything. Just nothing real pricey.


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  1. cooking papa (former diamond harbor) on edgewater just opened . great hong kong style food. must get the cream puff.

    "joy" for xiao long bao and other taiwanese delights.
    pricing at both moderate to slightly pricey.

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    1. re: shanghaikid

      What would you recommend here at Cooking Papa?

      Cooking Papa
      2830 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

        1. re: osho

          note: cooking papa at foster city is cash only, prices have also gone up since i visited santa clara.

          would skip the xlb. it's ok but pricey


          -N6 braised beef brisket noodle soup

          clear broth

          -F3 braised beef brisket rice noodle soup in fish broth

          milky broth, fish flavored, little msg, very tender brisket

          -RR2? rice noodle roll (3.95)

          as good as any dim house place

          -DS1?-hong kong style cream puff(3.95)

          much better than bearded papa's

          -C11 pan fried noodles with beef & tomato sauce

          classic, made the old fashioned way

          -N9 chiu chou style fish ball & fish cake noodle soup

          interesting change of pace

          chow fun experience not so good. singaporean and beef were just so so.

      1. yes: Sushi Sam's Edomata, Hotaru, Ramen Dojo, Sweet Breams, Myong Dong Tofu Cabin

        also consider: Curry Up Now, Osteria Coppa, Himawari

        not my style, but well regarded: Everyday Beijing, Little Sheep,

        Everyday Beijing
        637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

        202 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

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

        Sweet Breams
        220 2nd Avenue, San Mateo, CA

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

        Osteria Coppa
        139 S. B Street, San Mateo, CA 94401

        1. Little Shanghai in San Mateo--

          The Refuge in San Carlos --

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

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            Recent topic on Redwood Shores, next to Foster City:

            1. This fantastic. I love the ethnic choices.......especially Japanese. I have a place here that serves home Japanese cooking. I can't wait to try some of these recommendations.

              Anything NON ethnic you guys recommend?

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              1. re: dbwave

                Japanese is strong in San Mateo. There's also Nijiya and Suruki markets downtown - great for make your own sashimi dinner. Non ethnic... hmm. I live in the area and can't think of any non-ethnic restaurants in our regular rotation.

                See also Mingalaba in Burlingame (Burmese).

                1213 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010

                1. re: dbwave

                  Martins West is Scottish-ish.

                  Martins West
                  831 Main Street, Redwood City, CA 94063

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Yeah, Martins is more CA food with a Scottish twist; really good.
                    The Refuge isn't ethnic either.
                    That is it really for non-ethnic....

                    This area is primarily known for great ethnic food: Afghan, Lebanese, Persian, Turkish, Peruvian, Japanese, Burmese, Chinese, and Mexican all nearby

                    1. re: lrealml

                      I'd say pastrami is the very definition of ethnic. (Whatever ethnic means.)

                      1. re: Windy

                        The Refuge's pastrami sandwich and a couple of other dishes are American Jewish deli standards, but the menu goes in a lot of other directions as well.


                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                          Yes, but pastrami is only real reason to go there, besides beer and wine. Otherwise it's just another expensive San Carlos spot.

                        2. re: Windy

                          Really? I just thought ethnic meant "not American" and pastrami is pretty American.
                          Ethnic really is one of those words that is hard to define (esp. in our melting pot of a country).

                          1. re: lrealml

                            Pastrami is Jewish, traditionally Romanian/Eastern European.

                            1. re: Windy

                              The Refuge's Belgian beer selection is another reason to go there. 18 taps and more in bottle.

                              The Refuge's house-made pastrami isn't very similar to traditional New York pastrami.

                            2. re: lrealml

                              lrealml, you may find this older thread on "ethnic dining" amusing.
                              (and the Taiwanese pastrami referenced was produced at the now defunct Brothers Deli in Burlingame by a Taiwanese ex-fighter pilot)

                      2. re: dbwave

                        Artemis' list of Japanese/Asian places is pretty spot on -- I'd add to that list Tokie's Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar in Foster City. Tokie's has been around for a long time, but their sushi and appetizers is always top notch.

                        (The dinner plates and rolls I feel are probably more geared towards less adventurous clientele).

                        Non-ethnic places I wouldn't mind going back to:

                        Windy City Pizza and BBQ is a Chicago-style pizzeria that does some good barbeque and chicago dishes.
                        Mr. Pickle's Sandwich Shop does some pretty nice sandwiches.
                        North Beach Pizza and Amici's Pizza are both local chains that do pretty good pizza.
                        Armadillo Willy's -- local chain of Texas-Style Barbeque.

                        Mr. Pickle's Sandwich Shop
                        621 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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

                        1058 Shell Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

                        1. re: mhuang

                          I like Draeger's sandwiches better than Mr. Pickle's - better meat and better lettuce. I also love how Draeger's has sprouts, red leaf lettuce, roasted red bell pepper and awesome spreads, especially Draeger's house spread. And great service: one time I ordered a turkey avocado, the deli man tested the avocado he had, decided it wasn't ripe enough, and walked out to the produce section to get a better one. Love that.

                          I'll have to give Tokie's a try. Every time I cheat on Sushi Sam's, I end up wishing I hadn't. His quality can't be beat.

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

                          1058 Shell Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404