Half Moon Bay restaurants showcase land and sea 

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  • Draeger's in San Mateo is offering a beer-tasting series this month, with local lagers on the lineup Wednesday.

Consider it Navio 2.0. After a yearlong, million-dollar remodel, the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay's dining room, Navio, is ready for the summer season, complete with a sparkling new coastal theme. Chef Sean Eastwood returns with a seafood-focused menu, including fennel pollen-crusted local petrale sole and grilled Alaskan king salmon in a curry leek fondue. A new wood-fired oven turns out flatbreads and charred baby octopus. Entrees average in the low $30s and appetizers top out around $22. The dining room reflects the marine motif and is dominated by unobstructed panoramas of the restaurant's inspiration, the ocean.

1 Miramontes Point Road; Half Moon Bay, (650) 712-7040

Half Moon Bay

• Also along the coast, Kevin Koebel, the director for Half Moon Bayls Local FATT (Food Awareness Through Teaching) has opened Ground-Up, a spruced-up burger bar. FATT's concept of collaboration between residents, chefs and farmers is evident with Ground-Up's focus on sourcing nearby ingredients, grinding its own meat daily and even baking the buns in-house. Eight burgers are the highlight of the menu, including The Bullwinkle, with Point Reyes blue cheese mousse, caramelized onions and balsamic, and the Gangnam Style, topped with house-made kimchee, spicy aioli and pickled beets. For now, the burger bar's hours are just noon to 7 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

730 Main St., Half Moon Bay;

(650) 712-2100

Foster City

• Foster City has a new Thai destination in its repertoire with Khao San Thai Cuisine. The lengthy menu features many of your favorite Thai standards. Opt for the seafood hot-and-sour soup, po thak or choose from numerous noodles and curries. The menu's spice-laden options give you the chance to choose the heat level, ranging from a safe 1 to a fire-alarm-worthy 5. Choose wisely. Lunch specials are also available.

1088 A Shell Blvd., Foster City;

(650) 525-1535

San Bruno

• Just in time for stone fruit and tomato season, the San Bruno Sunday Farmers' Market will resume Sunday. The market will be held on San Mateo Avenue between Jenevein and Sylvan avenues starting at 10 a.m.

San Mateo

Draeger's flagship store in San Mateo continues its Wednesday beer-tasting series in June. Local lagers are on tap for Wednesday and Belgium pale ales will be poured June 26. The events are drop-in only, a perfect Peninsula hophead's happy hour.

222 E. Fourth Ave., San Mateo;

(650) 685-3700

Palo Alto

Fleming's Steakhouse at Stanford Shopping Center announced that it is relocating in August to a new standalone building near the El Camino Real entrance. With new digs comes a grander space, nearly 2,000 square feet larger. The present Fleming's will be blocked by the expansion of Bloomingdale's, but will remain open until the new location is open.

180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; (650) 329-8457, FlemingsSteakhouse.com.

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