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New bars/restaurants or ones that have recently closed

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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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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Putting its Stamp on San Carlos

Putting its Stamp on San Carlos

The newest entry on Laurel Street, Stamp Bar & Grill, only opened a few weeks ago, but it is has had a strong start judging by the fairly consistent crowds both inside and outside (and, at least as of this writing, has gotten some good buzz on Yelp). In a city filled with its share of Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Japanese, and all other kinds of cuisine, Stamp is clearly looking for a different niche. It’s hard to categorize the cuisine…

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Gracie’s Closing 6/22

Gracie’s Closing 6/22

Gracie’s Delectables, a small but well-regarded corner deli and catering spot, has a sign in its window saying that it will closing on June 22. It was one of the little secret gems in the city that many didn’t even know existed (on the southwest corner of Laurel and Arroyo) even though it been there for over a decade. Many San Carlans raved about their roasted turkey sandwiches with fresh sliced turkey. No word on why they are closing or…

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Chola replaces Dosachaat

Chola replaces Dosachaat

The location at 601 Old County Road (right behind the San Carlos train station) has seen a bit of turnover of late. By our count, we now have the fourth restaurant in about as many years (and three just in this past year). This time, the newcomer is Chola Chettinad, a Southern Indian restaurant which replaces another Indian restaurant, Dosachaat Cafe (which, in turn, had replaced Kamaksi’s Kitchen less than a year ago). Chola Chettinad is a Southern Indian spot that…

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Stamp and Nick to 700 Block

Stamp and Nick to 700 Block

Laurel Street strollers will have seen two new “coming soon” signs along the 700 block of Laurel Street. The former Asya site at 773 Laurel finally has a definitive sign in the window announcing that the Stamp Bay & Grill is coming soon. It doesn’t appear to be a chain, so more information is needed on what kind of cuisine it will serve — will it be more like a Sneakers or Maverick Jack’s, or more like a Cask or…

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