San Carlos has been dubbed the “The City of Good Living” for a reason! It’s got a bustling downtown that still maintains a small-town feel and abounds with spots that tempt and tantalize the taste buds. Foodies rejoice, as this Weekly explores the diverse eateries on SC’s Laurel Street!
Amy B starts us off with some midday pastrami at The Refuge. “It’s like butter. It just melts into a tiny burst of heaven in your mouth. It’s got the proper proportions of sauerkraut and dressing. I am freakin’ picky about my rye bread too, but they’ve got it down pat!” Meanwhile, David P heads over to Gracie’s Delectables to gobble up their “extremely moist, fresh turkey sandwiches served on house-made oatmeal rolls.” And Dan B gets comfy at Mack’s BBQ, where the “pulled pork is perfection – tangy and tender with just the right amount of crispy bits. The cornbread was moist and crumbly; the beans had a hint of molasses and smokiness, plus nice little bits of onion. I overate, but it was worth it.” We bet it was!
For an “outstanding” brunch, Richard H is all about Rumi: “The food is imaginative and very well delivered. We had the smoked salmon with poached eggs over potatoes and the short-rib hash. Wow!” Living up to its name, Spasso offers a truly enjoyable dining experience, causing Mace M to proclaim that “the specials are actually special, and delicious. There’s a reason we keep coming back, and you should join us.” Still, if you plan to go to Town, save room for the signature bread pudding, “one of the best” Tarra R has ever had: “The bread melted in my mouth and the caramel buttery sauce that accompanied it was dreamy.”
Keeping things sugar-coated, you can always treat yourself to a cone at Cowabunga Creamery, where Art A gets scooped off his feet by the ooey gooey “rivers of chocolate fudge.” To further seduce your sweet tooth, blast off to Vanilla Moon Bakery, known for “the best cupcake on the Peninsula” in Patrick H‘s book. In case you need more convincing, he informs us that “the owner was the former pastry chef at Chez Panisse.” We’re sure they would get five yelpy stars from Alice Waters, too!
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