442 Manor Plaza, Pacifica; (650) 898-8645, paisanospacifica.com
With a very optimistic name, Millbrae has a new destination for Hunan cuisine. Wonderful is now open, specializing in the cooking of the Hunan province in the southwest of China, which shares much in common with the spicy cuisine of the neighboring Sichuan province. Diners can opt for adventurous dishes such as pork tripe with Chinese celery or bullfrog with chili pepper. Calmer choices include Hunan-style long beans, Mao-braised pork, and a soup of Chinese sauerkraut and fish filet. Many tables will likely get an order of the pan-fried Chinese pancake. And that’s just a small sampling of the 80-plus wonderful dishes offered. The interior features dark wood paneling and floors, antique overhead ceiling fans and a dining counter overlooking the kitchen.
270 Broadway, Millbrae; (650) 692-2829
The local juicing trend shows no signs of fading. Now downtown Palo Alto has a fresh-pressed juice shop courtesy of San Francisco’s Project Juice. Raw, cold-pressed juices sourced from organic and locally grown fruits and vegetables are the specialty, divided between a handful of rotating specials and a roster of 15 regular juices such as the Beta Bomb and Jala-greeño. The small, 500-square-foot space has plans to serve raw, vegan food bites to complement the juices soon.
575 High St., Palo Alto; (415) 857-3869, projectjuice.com.
Half Moon Bay
The Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. has a new head brewer as it heads into the summer beach months. Shane Aldrich, a 12-year veteran, previously worked at Bay Area favorites such as Lagunitas and Devil’s Canyon. To celebrate the new addition and American Craft Beer Week, the brewery is holding a “Meet The Brewers” event Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Complimentary bites and, of course, their brews will be served.
390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; (650) 728-2739, HMBBrewingCo.com