B Street: The Peninsula’s newest dining destination 

click to enlarge Mortar & Pestle Bar
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  • Mortar & Pestle Bar is now serving craft cocktails, microbrews and specialty wines in its 35-seat space.
A craft cocktail speakeasy on the quiet Peninsula? Sort of. Not hidden behind a secret door but located in the rear of Curry Up Now’s San Mateo location, Mortar & Pestle Bar is now serving craft cocktails, microbrews and specialty wines in its 35-seat space. The Midwest-based company Bittercube, known for crafting unique bitters, is behind the new cocktail menu, featuring creations including a namesake cocktail with bourbon, demerara sugar, lemongrass, mint, rose syrup and kaffir lime leaves, served in a mortar. Tonics are made in-house and a local beer blogger created the list of brews. Bites include a trio of samosas and a dish made with Indian-inspired hummus, crispy naan and a barbecue chicken thigh. Cocktails clock in at $10, beers are poured for $5 and all food is $12 or less.

129 S. B St., San Mateo; (650) 830-5310, CurryUpNow.com

San Mateo has a new destination for the vibrant flavors of Thailand with the opening of Tasty Thai. With an owner who hails from Bangkok and a chef from the Phang Nga province who also trained in France, the restaurant’s menu is extensive to the point of having 10 fried rice dishes. Curries like the mas-sa-man with chicken and peanuts are a specialty along with hearty Thai boat noodles and various stir-fry options, best when accompanied by a Thai iced tea. The handsome interior features white walls and recycled natural wood floors and tables constructed by the staff.

43 S. B St., San Mateo; (650) 340-8424, TastyThai.com

Continuing on B Street, Los Dos Amigos is now open. The spacious, casual room includes both bar seating and bare wooden tables. Tacos and burritos filled with various meats are on offer, along with traditional entrees that can include a combination of shrimp, carne asada, chorizo, a small quesadilla and bacon. Guacamole and corn tortillas are crafted by the kitchen, making for what should be a very welcome addition to San Mateo’s Mexican dining scene.

246 S. B St., San Mateo; (650) 347-7020

Half Moon Bay

On Wednesday, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. is giving diners the chance to answer the age-old question of “Wine or beer?” with a special Beer vs. Wine dinner. The one-night, four-course, $75 dinner features the brewery’s creations and wines from Hatcher Winery with each dish. Brewmaster James Costa and winery owner Sewell Hatcher will explain why they chose to pair each particular wine and beer with each course. Then diners will choose the superior pairing with each course and the centuries-old dilemma will be settled once and for all.

390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; (650) 728-2739, HMBBrewingCo.inticketing.com/events/370303

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