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General info and statistics around the San Carlos dining scene

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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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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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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What’s Open for Takeout in the Lockdown?

What’s Open for Takeout in the Lockdown?

As every Bay Area resident is acutely aware, there was a shelter-in-place ordered for all residents on March 17th, lasting at least until May 31st. We are all staying at home and are only allowed out for “essential business.” Among other more important things (like health care and social services), this does include the ability to get food at grocery stores and order takeout or delivery from restaurants. The City of Good Eating attempted to contact every one of the…

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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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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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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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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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Which Cuisine Reigns Supreme?

Which Cuisine Reigns Supreme?

About ten years ago, it seemed like San Carlos was the center of the world for eating falafel — I remember once counting seven different places to get the fried chick pea delight. As the restaurant scene has changed, San Carlans have periodically commented on an overabundance of a particular type of cuisine — at time it’s been Italian, Japanese, or Mexican. So, we wanted to take a look at the distribution of cuisines today. MAJOR CAVEAT — it can…

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Are there really that many?

Are there really that many?

It has certainly felt like there has been an explosion of restaurants, bars, wineries, and breweries in San Carlos over the last decade or so. Is there a way to tell if San Carlos indeed has an oversized share of eating and drinking establishments? Although it is hard to get accurate data (and every place may count certain businesses differently), we can do some general comparisons based on our list of San Carlos eating and drinking spots. According to Statista,…

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