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December 9-16, 2009


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  Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The guy ahead of me in line at Henry’s Hofbrau told me that “they have pretty good food here”. The “pretty” sounded dubious, but I continued to make my way towards the carvery-teria team:

... who piled slices of pork loin ($10.95):

... over stuffing which they drenched in gravy. This tender, meaty, mountain was solid ‘teria tucker along with an orb of mashed potatoes also weighed down by gravyty. I got the least risky looking salad:

... in the cold case (which was Greek to me) and a cup of chili ($3.19):

... to add a spicy kick to my traifey tray.

I’d have to agree with the “pretty” prefix, but this was fine for lowbrow hofbrau chow.

Harry’s Hofbrau

1909 El Camino Real
Redwood City, CA



  Tuesday, December 15, 2009

They offered to make me a new New York steak ($27.00):

... when my Angus “Executive Cut” arrived done past my “rare” designation, but I made the executive decision to cut into this medium muscle rather than rustling up another ration (as it wasn’t absolutely cooked to death and was still quite tasty.)

A vertical version of twice-cooked potato:

... topped with a toupee of scored mashed taters stood beside this meaty meal which began with a "little spinach" salad corrected with bacon:

Since I was angus to get on with eating (and declined the offer for cow correction) they offered me a comped dessert, but I was too full so they kicked in a cappuccino instead.

The foreboding hallway path:

... that leads though a commercial building to this restaurant isn’t exactly inviting, but the friendly staff balances out this house.

Porterhouse Steakhouse
60 East 3rd Ave.
San Mateo, CA



  Monday, December 14, 2009

A twenty dollar salad in a takeaway box...well okay, it was really $19.75, but the price tag invites a harsher scrutiny than lettucey lunches for less green.

This Lobster Louie:

... from Old Port Lobster Shack was populated with a good portion of crustacean with avocado, tomatoes and crisp cukes, but the green-ringed yolk of the boiled egg and the rust-tinged slice-points of the Romaine didn’t do it for me and made me wish that I had ordered one of their superior lobster rolls instead.

Old Port Lobster Shack
851 Veterans Blvd.
Redwood City, CA



  Sunday, December 13, 2009

The French Laundry Holiday Party:

... is always predictably perfect beginning with a welcoming glass of champagne through to a puff of cotton candy.

We savored sturgeon, Snake River beef and house made charcuterie:

... with wonderful wines:

... and watched the cornet crew:

... crown creme fraiche filled cones with salmon tartare (as they were wacked faster than moles by amused guests’ bouches.)

After nibbling on an array of amazing cheeses, we caught up with Chef Hollingsworth:

... away from the stove and in front of the fireplace.

The dessert display:

... is always a hedonist’s hallucination with tiers of joy. Parfaits, cookies, candies and cakes were gourge-ously greeted by those of us with a complete set of sweet teeth.

Face painting:

... cookie decorating:

... wassailing, balloon art and caricature drawing offered the full-bellied a breather.

We chatted with Thomas about his leek bread pudding recipe in his Ad Hoc cookbook and he suggested we fry leftover slices in butter - sounds good to us. Chef Keller’s chopped chicken liver:

... is the dish we always talk about on our way to and from this amazing annual affaire.

French Laundry Holiday Party



  Saturday, December 12, 2009

Pancakes passing in my periphery at Patio Coffee Shop:

... made me enviously green after ordering eggs and ham ($7.95):

... but when I tucked into my English muffin and potato bordered breakfast, I flip flapped back to my fetal position with overeasies.

I’m not sure what was up with the nonfat half and half:

... (I mean wouldn’t it really be none and none?) which irradiated from teeny tubs on the counter. Default diner coffee was kept refilled and set the simple tone for this friendly, yummy stop.


Patio Coffee Shop
25 W. 25th Ave.
San Mateo, CA



  Friday, December 11, 2009
permalink, “Charly” graced the Archie-ways at the Burger Joint in Burlingame:

... where I pirated their trademarked cheeseburger ($8.45):

... with Pepper Jack cheese and Niman beef. The patty was cooked all the way through, reminding me that I did not intellectually infringe (to insure that my property was rarer) when they copied my order.

A collection of commendably crisp-shelled, starchy-bellied fries were within pub lick domain with a fair use of salt.

I would have plager-iced my meal with one of their tasty shakes if the weather were less frosty, but I forged through my lunch which (despite being cooked beyond my medium-rare preference) made a good impression.

Burger Joint
1401 Burlingame Ave.
Burlingame, CA



  Thursday, December 10, 2009

There are too few 24 hour restaurants. I like the idea of unrestricted access (even if this access is to average eats.)

I got a slice of cherry pie:

at Heidi’s Pies.

It was warmed in the ‘wave (which I consider bad micro management.) Although it verged on too sweet, I managed to wedge in this flaky-fringed, pastry pointer after my sausage, eggs and flapjacks ($7.59):

... which had results in common with a default diner denominator.

This timewarpy, lock-less, locale has the coffee that you would expect and would be a swell stop to plan a bank heist while dressed in a plaid polyester suit and a pinkie ring.

Heidi’s Pies

1941 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA



  Wednesday, December 9, 2009

La Corneta played reveille:

... as I started my day with a super burrito ($7.75):

This tight wrapped tube of pastor had even ingredient distribution and good flavor:

Black beans, rice, vegetables, cheese and guac were in tune with my taqueria tastes, but I was bummed that they don’t serve some of the offal on the menu of their Mission branch.

Starting the day with this bugle of warming, filling grub was about as nap inducing as taps.

La Corneta

1123 Burlingame Ave.
Burlingame, CA









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