Sam’s Chowder House celebrates the backyard clambake 

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  • Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay is planning a three-course dinner, with special wine pairings, for Lobster Clambake Night on Wednesday.
Daly City’s beloved Westlake Coffee Shop is open in new digs in the Pacific Plaza development (near Century 20 movie theaters and the BART station) after vacating its original home since 1950 at Westlake Shopping Center. The vintage vibe remains, with bare walls, small tables placed tightly together and a gigantic all-American menu offering many options for a meal day or night, or just a morning cup of coffee at the counter. Westlake Coffee Shop is known for three-egg omelettes with bacon and hash browns. Lunch and dinner bring sandwiches and burgers (the chili-topped version is signature), a few cuts of steak and _ of course for a diner _ milkshakes.

1901 Junipero Serra Blvd., Suite D, Daly City; (650) 992-5110,

After a three-month closure for remodeling, Millbrae’s Asian Pearl Seafood Restaurant is open. Nothing has changed in the large dining room except the look, featuring newly painted walls, new chairs and even chandeliers. Lunchtime brings dim sum and substantial lines on the weekends, while dinner features Cantonese and Hong Kong specialties such as rib-eye with papayas cooked in a clay pot, steamed chicken feet, and salted egg yolk-batter fried tiger prawns and pumpkin.

1671 El Camino Real, Millbrae; (650) 616-8288, no website

In a follow-up to news that Woodside’s Station One closed, we learned that the restaurant owners were forced to close because they couldn’t agree on a lease agreement with the property owners. However, the husband and wife owners have plans to open a cafe and bakery in Redwood City, possibly in spring. Stay tuned for updates on the concept and opening date. …

With spring’s arrival just days away, what better way to toast the end of winter than with one of dining’s great duos: oysters and a Loire Valley white wine? Left Bank Brasserie in Menlo Park is celebrating this pairing Monday through Friday with a special oyster-focused a la carte lunch and dinner menu to complement a $13 flight of three 2-ounce Loire Valley white wine pours. Menu specials include an oyster and salsify soup with oyster beignets and raw oyster and herring tartare with horseradish cream sauce and beet salad. Of course, you can get six raw oysters on the half-shell as well to go with that chilled class of Pouilly Fume.

635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park; (650) 473-6543,

Continuing the seafood theme: On Wednesday, Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay celebrates the great New England tradition of the backyard clambake with a Lobster Clambake Night featuring wines from J. Lohr Vineyards. The event includes a three-course dinner for $75 a person featuring clam chowder, a lobster per diner, various sides and chocolate torte for dessert.

4210 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay; (650) 712-0245,

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