Coffee & Tea

Nini's Coffee Shop in San Mateo

Handyman | Apr 9, 200601:33 AM     3

Just wanted to post a big thank you to everyone at Chowhound for helping me find a breakfast place after dropping family at SFO , then heading towards Half Moon Bay.

Nini's Coffee Shop, in San Mateo (near the Burlingame border I believe) near the freeway offramp (Peninsula Avenue) was a great place for breakfast for the missus and me. I had blueberry pancakes, huge and thick, with a heated blueberry "sauce" (not a sugary compote by any means.........) with whole berries. Delicious I must say. Had two (a short stack), as they also have a three pancake choice. Glad I only had two. They even took the time to ask if I wanted powdered sugar on them and/or butter. Geez.

Missus had a number two, which was two of the same huge pancakes, an egg, and two strips of bacon. They even had no sugar syrup upon request for the diabetic in my life. Hold the powdered sugar...no problem.

Home fries (hash browns?) were served up hot and fresh off the grille, again, being asked if we wanted them with the included peppers and onions or without. With........of course. A side of bacon was ordered. Delivered, four to a plate. Not dried up or old. Juicy, thick, and delicious. Wife said the coffee was great too. Everything is cooked to order, and sure tasted it. BIG portions. Gosh, it was good. Not expensive.

As the sign on the wall alludes to........Saturdays are really busy. A wait might be required as food is cooked to order. But being a classy, small restaurant, the coffee is outside the front door, help yourself. And some benches were provided. Heated and covered patio in the back, but we did not experience it. Kitchy decor inside.

The restaurant appeared in a neighborhood I didn't expect. A residential neighborhood of houses, right where it ends, and the industrial starts. A half block from the freeway sound wall. Parking could be tough at busy times, as it is in a residential/industrial area. But as we waited for 30 minutes till they opened at 7:30 a.m., parking and the crowds were easy.

We were greated warmly by waitresses, and regulars alike. One couple at the next table overheard us tell the waitress about Chowhound.com as a saving grace many times. They told us they show up every Saturday morn for breakfast for the past 25 years. It is that kinda place. Can't wait to return.

Again, thanks Chowhound and Chowhounders. We love you.

Nini's Coffee Shop
1000 N. Idaho Street
San Mateo

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