Amoura opens first South S.F. outpost 

Amoura owner Sam Shihadeh brings the Mediterranean theme from his casual Amoura cafes at San Francisco International Airport and San Francisco’s Westfield shopping center to his first full-scale, full-service restaurant in South San Francisco. (He also owns South City’s venerable Schoolhouse Grocery). Fresh salads include beets and walnuts; avocado and roasted carrots; and spinach and smoked black cod. The roasted half chicken is a perennial favorite for a main course, along with chickpea stew, falafel and lamb kebabs. Many dishes are accented by bold Mediterranean ingredients like za’atar and sultanas. Chocolate-tahini seed truffles are served for dessert, and a larger sweets program is in the works. Amoura’s 6,000-square- foot space is bathed in a white-and-tan color scheme, and separated into a bar-lounge (with casual table seating and drinks such as a Hibicus Martini) and a main dining area, with a nearby open kitchen and wine bottle collection.

713 Linden Ave., South San Francisco; (650) 754-6891.

San Mateo

Compared to peers that serve more than 100 dishes, Chang Wei Bistro, with its 27-item menu, is a new, small Chinese restaurant option in San Mateo. Opening bites include casual snacks such as crab Rangoon, won ton soup and potstickers. Spicy Szechuan favorite tan tan noodles, with a chili-enhanced garlic sauce and minced pork, headline the rice- and noodle portion of the menu. Main plates served with rice range from kung pao chicken and or ange chicken to honey walnut shrimp and the special Chinese-style beef, along with a small list of vegetarian sides. Prices are extremely reasonable, topping out at $8.25 for main dishes.

152 South Blvd., San Mateo; (650) 578-8686.

Palo Alto

Chez Franc sounds like a French bistro, but franks — yes, hot dogs — are the centerpiece of the newest eatery to open along Palo Alto’s busy California Avenue. Creative hot dogs (made in-house by a pair of former chefs at The Village Pub in Woodside) aren’t your normal ballpark variety with ketchup and mustard, though you can get a simple unadorned dog for $6. The French features an all-beef frankfurter with white-wine braised sauerkraut, truffle brie and truffle oil, while the Bolognese comes with whipped burrata, basil and a housemade bolognese sauce. Perhaps most unique is the Tokyo — a pork bratwurst topped with bacon, cabbage, pickled ginger, bonito and nori. The menu also includes a fried chicken sandwich, a vegetarian sandwich, some salads, and sides such as fries and short rib chili. The cost has dropped since the fast-casual spot opened, and sides, which formerly came with franks, are now optional. Prices, which started at $12, now range between $6 and $13, averaging around $10 per meal. For dessert, Chez Franc scoops San Francisco’s wildly creative Humphry Slocombe ice cream.

415 California Ave., Palo Alto; (650) 600-1337.

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