Chef of Gator's Neo Soul Cafe Bringing BBQ Back to San Mateo

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Luis Chong
Glenn "Gator" Thompson will begin by introducing a stand-alone BBQ menu to The Grill.
​Glenn "Gator" Thompson was chef-owner of Gator's Neo Soul Cafe in downtown San Mateo from 2007-2009 before getting his current gig at Bayonne Casual Southern Dining in San Jose. This week, Thompson brings his BBQ back to San Mateo, partnering with Mohammad Azad, owner of The Grill, a small restaurant located at the San Mateo Commons Shopping Center, just off Highway 92.

SFoodie has learned that initially, Gator's BBQ menu will coexist with The Grill's current American diner and kabob menu, and be available on the right side as you enter the restaurant, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Plans call for an all-you-can-eat BBQ for $10.95 -- the rest of the a la carte menu will be transformed over time. If everything goes according to plan, expect a Thursday launch. Bring your appetite.

The Grill: 1855 S. Delaware (at 19th Ave.), San Mateo, 650-577-9999. Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat-Sun 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

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