The first trend would be the nonstop surge of new restaurants in the city, with what seems to be at least one or more establishments opening per week. The other would be a focus on raw, freshly made fruit juices, instead of the usual cold-pressed juices. The Spot features a virtuous and delicious selection of juices in 16-ounce servings, ranging from $3.75 to $8.25. Proudly mentioning its beta carotene and Vitamin C benefits, the Eye Opener combines pink grapefruit, apples, carrots, ginger and lemon. Of course, the juice doesn’t have to be your complete meal. Mornings bring breakfast sandwiches, while lunch has a small menu of salads and substantial menu of sandwiches, like Renate’s Reuben and the Meat-Meat-Meat with the trifecta of turkey, ham and salami, complemented by bacon and roasted peppers. Note that there are four vegetarian sandwiches, too, and a kids’ menu with the likes of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and grilled cheese sticks — sorry adults, you have to be 10 and under.
138 W. 25th Ave., San Mateo; (650) 393-4868, www.thespoton25th.com
Continuing the San Mateo theme, the city now has a second branch of its popular Chinese restaurant Fortune Star. The original happens to be about four doors down from the aforementioned The Spot on 25th, and the new Fortune Star is about four blocks away on El Camino Real. The menus are mostly similar, sharing specialties such as crispy, hot-braised prawns in a sweet-and-spicy garlic sauce and the Fortune Star chicken. The new location also has small, four- to six-course banquet dinners starting at $12.95 a person, featuringmore common dishes such as wonton soup and kung pao chicken. They are accompanied by Szechuan dishes or elaborate dishes like Sauteed Happy Family, which features prawns, scallops, squid, chicken, beef and barbecue pork. Not to be outdone, you’ll find 21 variations of fried rice and chow mein.
2216 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo; (650) 212-1166, www.fortunestarchinese.com
With its late-2013 move to a new brewing location in San Carlos, Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co. is open for lunch now each Friday, in addition to its traditional early Friday evening dinner opening, with bites supplied by a changing roster of food trucks. And every last Friday of the month (yes, that would be this coming Friday) is Beer Friday featuring two food trucks, live bands and most importantly the beer, with Devil’s Canyon open later until 11 p.m. Admission is free but the beer is not. For more information on which food trucks will be at the Friday events, check out Devil’s Canyon’s website.
935 Washington St., San Carlos; (650) 592-2739, www.devilscanyonbrewery.com