How an ‘Almost Famous’ fried chicken sandwich is inspiring a Peninsula pizzeria’s expansion

When Lars Smith and his family opened the first State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria, the restaurant quickly became busier than the Peninsula family that founded it had expected. So when they realized they didn't have enough room in their fryers to keep up with demand, one of the menu items they'd carefully developed was written off the menu. The "Almost Famous" fried chicken sandwich became just that – ...

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Hold my stein: Here’s The Six Fifty’s guide to Oktoberfest 2022

For the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oktoberfest, the fabled beer festival held in Munich, Germany, has returned. If you haven’t booked your flights to Munich for the real thing, you can always indulge in some of the local Oktoberfest festivities taking place right here on the Peninsula.

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Welcome to Wunderbar: Peek inside the underground cocktail bar inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales

Wunderbar opens at Wursthall in San Mateo The Wunderbar may have a private entrance and require reservations, but it's not a speakeasy, says general manager Xian Choy. It's a cozier, more relaxed space. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Amberg) At Wunderbar, descend underground to feel like you're entering a different world. Take a seat in a black-lit nook or cozy banquette, and sip on a storied cocktail. The intimate cocktail bar, located in ...

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