Getting to Blvd Cafe was an adventure all by itself. We hotwired a fancy deluxe land yacht with the gizmo ..don't get lost now... navigation system that says things like in 400 feet take a right turn...we tried to retrain it; the system want us to get on 280 but we took Portola and drove right into the July night fog...
Big parking lot was packed with cars, but someone managed to leave and there we were, in San Mateo County, blue street signs abounding, in a parking lot of a massive monument to the Mid-Century.
Going to a diner for an early sunday night dinner.
It is really very jetsonesque, really cool and clean and fun looking.
Big open room, friendly podium person, you can see the line there was a counter.. we were whisked promptly to our table and we were waited on by young people with faux lativan accents.
The clientele was across the board. Daly City Locals, groups of older folks who looked like the wanted the grand slam, and foodies from the 415 all mixed in together. Babies in buggies. People with flowers. It was a Sunday night celebration for everyone.
It all worked. The room is really big and can accomodate large groups nicely. We loved the chairs and the bar, which we missed on our way in with our mad dash to food. We had, after all, been driving for miles.
We didn't like the sugar on the table but it fitted the diner design.
Then there was food. The short ribs were to die for,
If you dont go for the short ribs, just go for the halibut.
Ribs tender, correctly sauced and spiced, great presentation, did not last long at our table.
The Halibut was so tender and fresh.. it is remarkable how different really great fresh fish tastes...as clean and fresh as water, and the color, really white and clean looking.. especially if you compare it to what you would get in a old school chain traditonal diner.
The Spaghetti Carbona was yummy and after that and the Calmarai we were almost done, no more room to eat, but we forged on.
Pasta done right. Crusty with parmesan cheese.
Sauteed sole was incredible. Fish dishes were great. and they were so pretty to look at we thought why eat them....then we devoured them with gusto.
I think we likes the sole better because we still a little hungry when we ate it...We asked the house to recommend wine pairing for our dinner and we were glad we did.
The Sauvingon Blanc was amazing. I all remember was it has screw top and great nose and flavor .. I think it was the Kim Crawford from New Zealand. It certainly traveled well.. but we were red driners after all so we asked a just a little red wine and we received a great half bottle of a Chianti. Badia a Coltibuono
'Roberto Stucchi'Chianti (Okay, I stole the wine list and took it with me, don't tell)
We ate and drank and ate somemore and then noticed everyone had gone home...
We did try on dessert. and the fresh raspberry sauce was chunky and fruity and not to sweet over our plump indie cheesecake.
We had to finish it......
There were lots of good things on the menu we did not try. The menu was fun to read and read like a diner menu, but this was no Mel's or Max's or Park Chow...
It had spahgetti and mac and cheese but the cheese was Asiago, Parmesan and Vermont Cheddar...
It had pot roast. and the one we wished we ordered liver and onions..
I could go there with anyone in my family from 8 months to 99 and they would be happy and content.
We talked, we could hear each other.
The prices rocked... after all we ate when we received the bill we felt like we had robbed the establishment,
We walked through the bar on our way out...Very Loungy with flat screens... Bill Murray where are you?
It was a great dining adventure. Now I just need to figure out how to return the land yacht without getting caught...