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Mid-2022 San Carlos Restaurant Update

Mid-2022 San Carlos Restaurant Update

There’s obviously been a fair number of changes to the San Carlos restaurant scene over the last two-and-a-half years during the pandemic, but the city’s eating and drinking establishments have proven to be fairly resilient. We believe that the partial closure of Laurel Street and creation of restaurant spaces in the street have been an unmitigated success — the scene is as lively as ever! We have also updated the master list of restaurants to be as current as we…

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Updated Top 5

Updated Top 5

The City of Good Eating has updated its Top 5 recommendation list. The list was last completed in March 2019, and a lot has happened since then. There has been some restaurant turnover plus the pandemic which has changed some menus and put more of a focus on takeout and outdoor dining. We hope you enjoy the updated recommendations!

Drake’s Looks to Nostalgia

Drake’s Looks to Nostalgia

After “coming soon” for over a year (admittedly during a pandemic), Drake’s finally opened this morning. They classify it as a “soft opening,” with only a small notice in their window and without an updated website. Officially, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as having a “happy hour.” However, it seems like a place that will most likely fill the niche of breakfast/brunch, for which there are only about five other breakfast places in San Carlos, not…

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Still Going Strong

Still Going Strong

As San Carlos sees over 97% of its eligible population vaccinated from COVID-19, restaurants in town have roared back over the last few months. Laurel Street, in particular, is constantly buzzing with activity.1¬†The proliferation of parklets for outdoor dining has clearly made people very comfortable dining out and has added to the festive atmosphere downtown. It certainly appears that most restaurants are busy even on weekdays, and although a few places have closed, a bunch more have opened since the…

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San Carlos Shake Up

San Carlos Shake Up

Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant scene everywhere — including in San Carlos — continues to be tough, however most of the San Carlos eating establishments have continued to serve takeout and/or with outdoor dining (bars have had a tougher time as they have fewer alternatives). The 600-800 block of Laurel Street has turned into quite an outdoor mall with many of the restaurants having created makeshift spaces into the parking lots of the street, some having just…

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Are we going to Addis Ababa, Mr. Luthor?*

Are we going to Addis Ababa, Mr. Luthor?*

(* Superman, 1978) Well, we’re probably not going to Addis Ababa anytime soon, but now San Carlos can bring Addis Ababa to us. In one of City of Good Eating’s first posts, it yearned for two new culinary options in the city. One of those was Ethiopian cuisine, which was nowhere to be found anywhere between San Francisco and San Jose. Well, maybe someone heard our call and answered it, as during the lockdown we discovered True Ethiopian Cuisine. Technically,…

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Outdoor Dining Now Allowed

Outdoor Dining Now Allowed

As per the latest San Mateo County Health Officer Order, as of last Saturday restaurants in the county are now allowed to offer outside dining to patrons. There are still a number of restrictions, which include, among other things: No more than six individuals at a single table, all of whom must be from the same household or living unit Tables must be arranged to ensure six feet distance between each table and six feet between any two customers sitting…

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COVID Takes Down High Profile Belmont Restaurant

COVID Takes Down High Profile Belmont Restaurant

One of Belmont’s oldest and most recognizable restaurants, Van’s, has permanently closed do to the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis. Van’s, known as the “Restaurant on the Hill,” had been under the same ownership for 47 years. Prior to that, it was a teahouse in the 1915 World’s Fair, a speakeasy in the 1930s, and then an Italian restaurant named Gevan’s. Although Van’s was an icon in Belmont due to both it’s longevity and it’s prominent, well lit, spot…

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Some New Takeout or Delivery Options

Some New Takeout or Delivery Options

Although it is difficult to track all restaurants in San Carlos to both confirm which ones may no longer be open for delivery/takeout or ones previously closed ones that have opened for such, the City of Good Eating has information on at least nine more restaurants that are open or will be opening for both takeout and delivery services. Confirmed by both signs on their front doors as well as their websites, Noelani’s, West Park Bistro, Refuge,¬†Pranzi, La Corneta, Red…

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Town Burger Pop-up Draws San Carlans

Town Burger Pop-up Draws San Carlans

The following is reprinted, with permission, from a blog post from long-time San Carlos resident Mark Maxwell, who describes the one-day “Burger Pop Up” hosted by Town on Saturday. Town has remained closed since the beginning of the lockdown, and this pop-up event was a one-time opening, however on their website the restaurant reports that they are working hard on perfecting a full-service pickup and delivery program and will open soon. No doubt their service will be very popular when…

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