2042 Broadway, Redwood City; (650) 241-3111, LVMar.com
Office lunch just got more exciting in Burlingame with the opening of New World Café, which offers a globe-spanning breakfast and lunch menu in the shadow of San Francisco International Airport. Executive chef Jorge Sebastiani’s résumé covers much the same ground as his menu, having worked in Tokyo, Paris and most recently as executive chef at Spiedo in San Mateo. In the morning, choose from assorted omelets or jook (Chinese rice soup) served with an onion-and-dry-shrimp rice roll. Lunch brings personal-size pizzas, traditional salads and sandwiches on housemade bread. But the headliners are the three daily creative hot-lunch specials like a stuffed chicken leg with risotto, baked tomatoes and port wine sauce, or peppercorn-crusted rack of lamb with lentils. Best of all, everything is under $10 and a full lunch with the dish of the day, soup or salad and freshly baked dessert is $8.50.
833 Mahler Road, Suite 10, Burlingame; (650) 239-9750, NeWorldCafe.net
Not far away from New World Café, a third location of San Mateo’s popular Tpumps is open by the Burlingame Caltrain station. Milk teas with boba dominate the menu, where your many subsequent choices include settling on green or black tea, various flavors ranging from tangerine to taro, and any desired toppings. Smoothies, slushies and hot tea round out the offerings. There’s no seating, so keep in mind you’ll have to enjoy that peppermint milk tea outside.
1118 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame