88 E. Fourth Ave., San Mateo; (650) 343-6988, no website
Its street address might be 851, but Nueve has quickly become a popular new Mexican restaurant for San Bruno. Interestingly, Nueve, which means “nine” in Spanish, replaces an old Taco Bell in the Bayhill Shopping Center. But that’s where the comparisons with the fast-food predecessor end. The likes of mole poblano, smoked trout with avocado salad, a spruced-up “hamburguesa” and arroz a la tumbada (very similar to paella) grace Nueve’s menu. Tacos with assorted fillings are offered as a trio for $11, but there are no burritos served here, so don’t ask. One unique brunch item to note are the horchata-flavored pancakes. Margaritas and sangria are the drink specialties. And don’t forget churros or arroz con leche for dessert.
851 Cherry Ave., San Bruno; (650) 588-2200, no website
Over the past week, extensive rains in Croatia and surrounding areas have resulted in tragic floods. Dozens of people have lost their lives and upward of half a million others have been forced to leave their homes. Luka Dvornik, the owner of Palo Alto Grill, is from the region, where several family members and friends were affected. Peninsula diners can help through a donation program. Tonight and tomorrow, 25 percent of the dinner service bills for food and beverages for all customers who cite this program will be donated to Croatian flood relief efforts.
140 University Ave., Palo Alto; (650) 321-3514, PaloAltoGrill.com
Also of note in Palo Alto, the city has a new farmers market to welcome the summer produce season. It’s at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, featuring 20 fresh food and produce stands each Friday from 1 to 6 p.m., complemented by a lunchtime roster of food trucks, and it will run year-round. This increases the city’s farmers market count to an impressive three.
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto; (650) 223-8700, PaloAltoJCC.com email@example.com