Popular American restaurant Jack’s comes to San Mateo 

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Jack’s Restaurant and Bar, already a popular spot for any meal at the Pleasant Hill and San Bruno locations, is now open in San Mateo. The family-owned restaurant boasts an extensive menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, starting with blueberry pancakes or spinach artichoke Benedict with your morning coffee. Lunch and dinner menus are similar, heavy on the half-pound burgers, sandwiches, salads, pasta and six kinds of “Jack’s Macs” (macaroni and cheese).

Among the mostly classic American offerings, Jack’s serves some unique Greek dishes such as mussels in a tomato-ouzo broth and homemade spanakopita (a pastry filled with spinach and feta cheese). The evening menu also brings a few more classic homestyle main courses. Jack’s bustling venue features three seating areas: a bar, a casual bar area with high tables and the main dining room with stone floors, wood paneling and windows overlooking the street. Make sure to save room for the chocolate indulgence in a nut crust or the autumnal pumpkin bread pudding. 1750 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo; (650) 350-1077, jacksrestaurants.com

Coffee shop by day, wine bar by night, H29 is open in Burlingame. The main room is split in two, with the barista and pastries counter at one end meant for on-the-go visitors. The wine and beer bar is on the other side of the space with a small communal dining area under a chandelier that evokes an oversized wine barrel hoop. On the food menu, H29 serves a compact selection that focuses mainly on smaller bites like crispy truffle fries, quinoa salad and, naturally, cheese and charcuterie platters for the wine. Larger plates range greatly, from a casual chicken caprese panini or portobello burger to filet mignon, with prices around $8-$13 except for the aforementioned steak at $29. 1300 Howard Ave., Burlingame; (650) 342-2992, no website Redwood City

In Redwood City, the after-10 p.m. dining offerings have greatly improved. Martins West Gastropub now offers a late-night menu Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 p.m. All told, the menu includes one-third of the dinner selections, including the signature haggis on a stick, a white-balsamic-braised pork roast and a “burger, beer and bourbon” deal for $25. Lighter fare at the late hour includes heirloom tomatoes with a masala spinach-fresh mozzarella fondue or grilled octopus with smoked onion and cider vinaigrette. 831 Main St., Redwood City; (650) 366-4366, martinswestgp.com

On Saturday, downtown Redwood City will hold its seventh annual Salsa Festival at Courthouse Square. Admission is free, and there’s music and dancing for the entire family from noon to 8 p.m. However, perhaps most importantly, there are the various food and drink tastings (separate fees apply). The festival has a tequila tasting and a microbrew tasting, but the highlight is the salsa tasting and competition from noon to 5 p.m. The public will vote with the judges to choose the salsa winners. 2200 Broadway, Redwood City; redwoodcity.org/events/salsafest.html

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