742 Polhemus Road, San Mateo; (650) 372-0888, no website
With its catchy name and Asian-meets-Mexican street food hybrid, Kung Fu Tacos has expanded from San Francisco to Serramonte Mall in Daly City. The heart of Kung Fu Tacos’ menu lies in the choice of five fillings: Asian asada steak, nunchuck chicken, char siu pork, mushu veggie and tai chi tofu. Then it’s up to the diners to choose whether they’d like the filling in a burrito, bean, rice and bok choy bowl, green salad, or tacos wrapped in corn tortillas, or on top of fries or nachos. For those seeking their side dish in their entree, all burritos can be made a “California Burrito” with fries added inside for an additional dollar. I’m told this is a popular style in San Diego. Service is fast food style but the caliber of ingredients and creativity set Kung Fu Tacos well above typical mall food court cuisine.
59A Serramonte Center, Daly City; (650) 731-4933, Kungfutacos.com
Downtown Redwood City’s latest opening is May Vietnamese Restaurant. Despite just being in its opening weeks, the restaurant has become a popular lunch option for its bargain-priced noodle dishes, soups and sandwiches. Many Vietnamese standards are available, including the classic noodle soup pho with either a beef or chicken-based broth. Banh mi sandwiches on French baguettes come with fillings like lemongrass chicken and barbecue pork, all garnished with fragrant cilantro and pickled vegetables. There are also rice plates, appetizers like spring rolls, vermicelli noodle bowls, and combination plates for those who want many different tastes. Regardless of the meal, don’t forget to try the Vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk.
2088 Broadway, Redwood City; no phone or website