‘We’re all in this together’: How Peninsula restaurants are adapting to pandemic-related issues

At the onset of the pandemic, many establishments sought relief with government grants. ateo County invested $22.8 million in COVID-19 emergency relief for small businesses with 354 grants totaling $3.54 million given to restaurants, wineries and breweries, according to a county representative. But with these wells drying up and funds spent, restaurants are making ends meet by being creative and fostering the community they have.

Read More

Half Moon Bay’s 116-year-old San Benito House inn & deli damaged by fire

After a devastating fire, the property is closed indefinitely. Owner Chris Cheeseman has launched a GoFundMe to support its re-opening. The 116-year-old San Benito House was damaged in a fire on April 9th. (Image via San Benito House Facebook page) The moment Chris Cheeseman stepped foot inside the San Benito House, he was sold. It was the early spring of 2018; downtown Half Moon Bay was quiet and cool. Cheeseman, a restauranteur based ...

Read More

San Agus opens in Palo Alto with Mexico City street food — for takeout only

San Agus opens in Palo Alto with Mexico City street food — for takeout only Owner behind RWC’s La Viga & LV Mar opens newest venture amid an uncertain landscape Tacos al Pastor at the newly-opened San Agus. (Image courtesy of Steven Renteria/La Viga) Manuel Martinez of LV Mar and La Viga opened his latest project, San Agus Cocina Urbana & Cocktails, in downtown Palo Alto last week, though it’s not quite what he envisioned for ...

Read More

Not your normal nacho: Burlingame’s Nachoria elevates the game-time snack to art

Words and photos by Nicole Ruiz Hudson Sometimes life demands nachos. Whether you’re out to celebrate or in need of a kvetch-fest, there is nothing quite like sharing a giant plate of nachos with friends. Hell, let’s be honest, nachos don’t really need a reason. Nachoria in Burlingame’s small but happening downtown capitalizes on their universal appeal and puts the humble tortilla chip front and center. Al pastor nachos. The concept is simple. You choose from ...

Read More

Hunting down the last great five dollar lunch in Silicon Valley

Al pastor tacos and a cheese quesadilla from El Charrito in San Carlos. Lunch on the Peninsula can sometimes feel like a negotiation in which you hold no leverage. You’re pressed for time, looking for parking near downtown and when you find it you’re often treated to the kind of meal that prompts a discussion about how high the rents must be. Well, cheap, good food does exist in Silicon Valley and ...

Read More