Peninsula Dining Update: Half Moon Bay Restaurants Showcase Land and Sea
Consider it Navio 2.0. After a yearlong, million dollar remodel, The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay's dining room Navio is ready for the summer season, complete with a sparkling new coastal theme. Chef Sean Eastwood returns with a seafood-focused menu, including fennel pollen-crusted local petrale sole and grilled Alaskan King salmon in a curry leek fondue. A new wood-fired oven turns out flatbreads and charred baby octopus. EntrÃ©es average in the low $30s and appetizers top out around $22. The dining room reflects the marine motif and is dominated by unobstructed panoramas of the restaurant's inspiration, the ocean. 1 Miramontes Point Rd., Half Moon Bay, 650-712-7040.
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Also along the coast, Kevin Koebel, the director for Half Moon Bay's Local FATT (Food Awareness Through Teaching) has opened Ground-Up, a spruced-up burger bar. FATT's collaboration concept between residents, chefs, and farmers is evident with Ground-Up's focus on sourcing nearby ingredients, grinding its own meat daily, and baking the buns in-house. Eight burgers are the highlight of the menu, including "The Bullwinkle" with Point Reyes bleu cheese mousse, caramelized onions, and balsamic, and the "Gangnam Style" topped with house-made kimchee, spicy aioli, and pickled beets. For now, hours are just noon to 7 p.m., Friday through Sunday. 730 Main St., Half Moon Bay, 650-712-2100.
Foster City has a new Thai destination in its repertoire with Khao San Thai Cuisine. The lengthy menu features many of your favorite Thai standards. Opt for the seafood hot and sour soup po thak or choose from numerous noodles and curries. The menu's spice-laden options give you the chance to choose the heat level between a safe 1 and a fire alarm 5. Choose wisely. Lunch specials are also available.1088 A Shell Blvd., Foster City. 650-525-1535.
Just in time for stone fruit and tomato season, the San Bruno Sunday Farmers' Market will resume June 9. The Market will be held on San Mateo Ave. between Jenevein and Sylvan Avenues starting at 10 a.m.
Draeger's flagship store in San Mateo continues its Wednesday beer tasting series in June. Local lagers are on tap for June 12 and Belgium Pale Ales will be poured June 26. The events are drop-in only, a perfect Peninsula hopheads' happy hour. 222 E. Fourth Ave., San Mateo. 650-685-3700.
Fleming's Steakhouse at Stanford Shopping Center announced that it is relocating in early August to a new stand-alone building near the El Camino entrance. With new digs comes a grander space, expected to be nearly 2,000 square feet larger. The present Fleming's will be blocked by the expansion of the Bloomingdales, but will remain open until the new location is up and running. 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-329-8457.