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Double the Pho, but less Coffee

Double the Pho, but less Coffee

This week saw one restaurant change and one close. The Fortune House Chinese Restaurant at 1050 El Camino is now Pho 82, a Vietnamese restaurant that, as its name suggests, focuses on pho (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup). They also serve other noodle soups and various other Vietnamese staples. This entry basically doubles San Carlos’ Vietnamese/Pho restaurant capacity, joining Pho Vinh on Holly Street. Neither restaurant has an ideal location, so we’ll have to monitor both on their progress. We may…

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4th Annual Holiday Wine Stroll

4th Annual Holiday Wine Stroll

The San Carlos Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 4th Annual Holiday Sip and Stroll, also known as the Wine Stroll, on Sunday December 8th. The event takes place on Laurel Street from 12-4pm rain or shine. As in previous years, you pay one price for a wristband and then are able to walk up and down Laurel Street visiting over a dozen locations where local retailers will host local and regional wineries for tasting (and there are food bites…

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Can Delicious Crepes redeem an unlucky location?

Can Delicious Crepes redeem an unlucky location?

In what has been a difficult location for restaurants with three failures in a little over a year, a newcomer is giving 601 Old County Road – right behind the San Carlos Caltrain station – a go at it. Although it breaks from the trend of the previous three Indian restaurants, it does remain a vegetarian restaurant, although with completely different cuisine. Delicious Crepes – also known as V&V Delicious Crepes – is a regular at a number of the…

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Piacere to Close

Piacere to Close

Along with Town, Piacere has been one of the main anchors on Laurel Street for almost three decades. According to a story published today in the San Mateo Daily Journal, Piacere closed as of September 29th. The article states that owner Tony Gundogdu confirmed that he sold the restaurant and that new owners plan to soon open a steak place in that location. Piacere was home to many great lunches and dinners for our family over many years, and Tony was…

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One Less Slice of Pizza

One Less Slice of Pizza

Nino’s Pizzeria, unfortunately always an also-ran in the San Carlos pizza scene, has closed its doors. Butcher paper now covers the windows, their phone is disconnected, and a change of ownership sign is in the window. For many years Nino’s struggled to find it’s niche among the plethora of pizza choices in town, and it appears that the twin behemoths of Blue Line and Pazzo have crowded out other pizza locales (Applewood and Speederia both closing within the last two…

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San Carlos Adds the Block Party

San Carlos Adds the Block Party

San Carlos has a strong traditional of community events throughout the year, including the Art & Wine Faire, Hometown Days, and the weekly Farmers’ Market. Now the City of San Carlos and the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce have announced what will hopefully be a new annual tradition as an end-of-summer community event: the San Carlos Block Party. Taking place Sunday, September 8th from 4-8pm on the 600 and 700 blocks of Laurel Street, the Block Party will include takeout…

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Can Mayan Find Its Niche?

Can Mayan Find Its Niche?

For about 25 years, 1163 San Carlos Avenue was the home of Sneakers Restaurant, a mainstay of the San Carlos restaurant scene and a normally buzzing family restaurant and sports bar. Last year, Sneakers moved to 650 Laurel Street, leaving vacant it’s fairly large space around the corner and leaving San Carlans wondering what would take it’s place in a still prime downtown location. There was a very curious — and very brief — appearance of a restaurant called Tacos…

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Nick the Greek Open at Prime Laurel Location

Nick the Greek Open at Prime Laurel Location

In the spring we reported that the former Shellie’s Miniature Mania location at 732 Laurel Street had a sign announcing that Nick the Greek, a Bay Area “Souvlaki and Gyro House” would be opening soon. The casual eatery had its grand opening at the beginning of August, and so far seems to be fairly popular among San Carlans. Although not as falafel-saturated as ten years ago, San Carlos does have three other Greek/Mediterranean places with similar food, including Santorini right across the…

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Domenico adds Osteria

Domenico adds Osteria

Domenico Winery, the O.G. of San Carlos wineries (having been around for two decades), just opened The Osteria in its newly renovated tasting room. The room is a beautiful space and is now a destination for both wine tasting and Italian food. Domenico had already established itself as both a first class winery and a favorite party/event venue in the Bay Area. The Osteria menu includes cicchetti (small dishes), salads, pizzas, panini, cheese and meat plates, and dessert selections. Having…

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City of Good Eating with the Dog

City of Good Eating with the Dog

It’s amazing to note that over half of San Carlos’ eating and drinking establishments have an outdoor area where one can bring the dog (there are also a few wineries where dogs are welcome inside). As San Carlos is a very dog friendly town and walking down Laurel Street with the pooch is a basically a city ritual, it’s natural that most restaurants will welcome diners bringing their four-legged friends. Of course, a good experience with your dog depends on…

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