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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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The Laurel Street Non-Debate

The Laurel Street Non-Debate

Although many consider the moniker hokey, the “City of Good Living” is a fairly appropriate slogan for San Carlos (and of course, the inspiration behind the name of this website). The weather is mild almost all year long, we’re near hundreds of leading businesses, schools are strong, and most of its residents are open-minded and progressive. But nature abhors a vacuum, and when there aren’t big problems to tackle, we San Carlans tend to put way too much time and…

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The Most Expensive Restaurant in San Carlos

The Most Expensive Restaurant in San Carlos

Everything in the Bay Area is expensive, and San Carlos restaurants are no exception. One can easily spend $30+ on an entree, drop some serious coin on a high-end bottle of wine, or even spend $15 on a burrito! Dropping a few hundred dollars on dinner (even if just for two people) was never that difficult, especially if you got steaks from Town or spent decent money on alcohol. Until recently, Yelp didn’t list any San Carlos restaurants with four…

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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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Pazzo gets focus of SF Chronicle

Pazzo gets focus of SF Chronicle

In today’s San Francisco Chronicle, writer Omar Mamoon pens a nice review of Pazzo in San Carlos, which during the lockdown remains open for takeout from 4-8pm on Tuesdays-Saturdasy. The City of Good Eating highlighted Pazzo over a year ago, so it’s nice to see the Chronicle paying more attention to San Carlos. The head restaurant critic at the SF Chronicle turned over last year, so maybe this article heralds a renewed focus on Peninsula restaurants (and those in San…

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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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Georgia On My Mind…

Georgia On My Mind…

No, not that Georgia. San Carlos has expanded its already impressive breadth of cuisines with one almost completely unique to the Bay Area in Tamari, offering Georgian food.  If you’re not familiar with Georgia (the country) or it’s cuisine, you’re not alone. According to the restaurant’s owner, there isn’t much of a Georgian community in the Bay Area, so he had to find a chef from Pennsylvania to open this restaurant (it’s the same owner as the earlier Agora restaurant, but he…

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Laurel Street Turnover, Part I – tratt.

Laurel Street Turnover, Part I – tratt.

The year 2020 started off with two new restaurants at prime locations on Laurel Street. Taurus Steakhouse recently opened at the old Piacere location (stay tuned for the review), and earlier this month Trattoria da Vittorio at 617 Laurel Street reopened as tratt. (yes, the lower case and period seem to be officially in the name). Even though it has a new chef, new menu, and new owners, the similar name has unfortunately caused a bit of confusion, implying a…

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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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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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