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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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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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San Carlos Wine Trail

San Carlos Wine Trail

For a while now, San Carlans were able to brag that for a town of only 30,000 residents, it boasted both a brewery (Devil’s Canyon) and a winery (Domenico), both of which are excellent. Well, success breeds success, and now the City of Good Living (and Eating) is the home of no less than three breweries and five wineries. So, although a trip to California’s wine country is always fun, one can avoid the 75 mile drive and follow the…

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Getting Your Spice On

Getting Your Spice On

Although we still miss Vic’s, it’s remarkable to note that its successor at 1125 San Carlos Avenue, Red Hot Chilli Pepper, has become a mainstay of downtown with an almost decade tenure in the City of Good Eating. As its name implies, this restaurant is all about the spice, with a large menu with decent prices all served in a good sized space. The restaurant describes itself as “Indo-Chinese” or “Indo-Asian,” which are culinarily vague terms. Historically and politically, “Indochina”…

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