1310 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame; (650) 425-3037
The old Ramen Club space now has a new occupant: Hanabi Ramen & Curry. Diners can grab a seat in the no-frills, compact dining room or at the counter overlooking the kitchen and its massive pots of boiling broth. Hanabi’s ramen is Paitan-style (a thick white broth based on boiled pork bones and seafood), with broth choices ranging from the traditional miso to the more unique clam or spicy pork kimchee. The curry is made from scratch, served over rice and choice of protein — the katsu pork cutlet being the most common. A small list of appetizers and salads completes the menu. Some items have a Korean twist, like the Philly kimchee steak spring roll. Try saying that three times fast.
723 California Drive, Burlingame; (650) 342-8888
Those with a sweet tooth have an exciting new place to visit in Millbrae. The latest branch of Nothing Bundt Cakes is open with its wide array of traditional bundt cakes, single- serving bundtlets, and the even more petite bundtini. Flavors include white-chocolate raspberry, pecan praline and red velvet dotted with chocolate chips. Of course each bundt cake is coated with the bakery’s signature thick, frosted cream cheese frosting petals. Do be aware that there is no seating — this is strictly a takeout operation.
140 S. El Camino Real, Millbrae; (650) 552-9625; nothingbundtcakes.com
Popular food truck gathering Off the Grid has officially been granted a one-year use permit by the Menlo Park Planning Commission, and its armada of food trucks and entertainment will be rolling into the Caltrain station, slated to start weekly Wednesday night festivities as soon as the end of February. There are currently 25 Off the Grid gatherings around the Bay Area, including Belmont, Burlingame, and even SFO. Vendors change each week, so Menlo Park residents will have reason to make a food truck dinner a weekly ritual, like so many other communities have the past few years.
1120 Merrill St., Menlo Park; offthegridsf.com