I came to San Carlos from Dallas one week ago for a three day business trip and ended up being stuck there for a week due to DFW airport being closed and my flight being cancelled.
While I was there, I got to experience a bit of the culinary offerings and was pleased on a number of occasions.
Monday afternoon, we rolled in and ate lunch at Baja Fresh. Not bad for "fast food" tacos, and much better than Taco Hell, in my opinion. I've had BF before, in Pennsylvania, and it was about the same. Dinner was at TGIFridays (we didn't have any control over where we ate, as someone with zero adventurous appetite was in charge, so please forgive me).
Tuesday evening, a group of us ate at The Vans, in Belmont. Beautiful views and stellar service. I started off with a very flavorful french onion soup. That was followed by rack of lamb, cooked rare...exactly how I ordered it. Dessert was a rich and tasty chocolate mousse.
Wednesday was spent in semi-panic, as flights were cancelled and I scrambled for a rental car and hotel room until the flight I was rebooked on (Saturday...yes, the first seat available was on Saturday) left. I ended up back in San Carlos again, as all the rooms near the airport were booked solid by other stranded passengers. Dinner was unmentionable...I was starving.
Thing started looking up on the food front on Thursday. The non-adventurous eater had left, so there were way more options to choose from. We ate lunch at Kaya BBQ & Tofu in San Carlos. The kimchi was slightly spicy and very garlicky. Tasty for sure. I had the short rib box lunch, which came with 5-6 hunks of tasty marinated and grilled shortrib, a bowl of white rice, cabbage salad with some sort of mustardy dressing, bean sprouts, broccoli with sesame and fish cake. All was pretty tasty and filling, but nothing that made me go "wow!".
We chose sushi for dinner and went to Ozuma (sp?) on the corner of Arroyo and Laurel. It's a small, corner place and they jam a lot of people in there. The sushi was fantastic, best I've ever had in my life and very reasonably priced. The service was very slow. Two waitresses took care of the entire place, plus a ton of takeout orders. We ordered salmon, hamachi, amaebi (with fried head), uni, hirame, hotate and unagi nigiri. The fish was extremely fresh, although the pieces were pretty large and difficult to eat in one bite. For dessert, we stopped down the street at a frozen yogurt place (I cannot for the life of me remember the name...something like Heaven, or Honest). The yogurt was tart and refreshing.
Friday, we hit Kabul in SC for Afghani kebabs. I chose the combo lamb and and chicken kebab which was a huge amount of food, served with spiced basmati rice, salad and Afghani bread, which was light and wonderful. We drove down to Monterey to see some sights, walked around Carmel and hit Roundtable Pizza in Belmont for dinner. The pizza was hot, but was just ok. I'm used to the style of pizza they serve in the NorthEast, which is completely different.
Saturday, before leaving for the airport, we checked out Santorini for Greek wraps. Again, it was a tasty meal. I had the felafel wrap, which included felafel, lettuce, tomato and tahini. Extremely flavorful and a bit messy. It was served with potato chips that had been drizzled with either vinegar or lemon...not sure which.
I finally caught a delayed flight out of San Jose on Saturday night. I left with a full belly and a smile on my face, due to how much good food I had experienced. It definitely made up for being stranded for three extra days!
I'll be back out in San Carlos at the end of this month. Any other recommendations for local places to eat?