San Mateo, California


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

1363 Votes - "Best For Food"
11 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
10 Votes - "Friendliest"
7 Votes - "Most Fun"
1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"


All the Japanese restaurants in San Mateo are really fantastic but The Counter is what shines out for me. I've been there a multitude of times, and with every visit, I have been greeted warmly, and each server was very attentive. They really know what's going on. For example, if you have nit picky questions, they know absolutely everything you would want to know, yet they still ask if you would like to talk to the main chef. Did I mention the food? Well the milk shakes are fantastic, with an exotic variety of flavors. And if that's not enough for a burger joint, then the burgers themselves are delicious. Weighed after cooked (a big deal since that's 1/3 of the meat), you can customize your burger with a multitude of toppings. I can't find anything wrong with the place.
Reviewed by Rowan.kardos
on October 1, 2013
For the last ten years of living in San Mateo, my friends and I have always loved Golden Bell Donuts. It's a nice, small, inexpensive Donut Shop with the most courteous owners i've ever met. When you're young and can barely afford anything, it's a nice treat to get a donut every once in a while. My friends and I have been going to Golden Bell Donuts every week for the last ten years and we will continue to go there until they run out of donuts eventually. So if you're in the neighborhood, come by to The Golden Bell Donut Shop on the corner of Third Ave, and Norfolk St. and come see for yourselves. You're in for a treat;)
Reviewed by skcat17
on September 24, 2013
No matter what kind of food you're craving, San Mateo satisfies any of your needs. With a varying spectrum of speedy snacks to debonair dine-ins, the city has high-class restaurants, such as San Mateo Prime, B Street & Vine, and Central Park Bistro for those seeking a finer meal in addition to more laid-back eateries, like Jeffrey's or Sushi Sam's for a more comfortable and casual atmosphere. For those with a sweet tooth, T-Pumps, Beard Papa's, and HoneyBerry offer variety in their deliciousness; additionally, people seeking ethnic variety have sublime choices such as Clay Oven, Hummus, and Curry Up Now. Regardless of the type of food you want, San Mateo has it - in large quantity, and most importantly, superb quality.
Reviewed by Happysarah43
on September 24, 2013
Taco trucks is bomb. In front of the DMV. The super quesadillas and burritos are bomb. Jefferys and north beach and California roll are bomb also. Its pretty chillover here. Burlinlame sucks. We don't associate with them. Tpumps though. Thats where the parties at. :) the making a new round tables by san mateo high so that's tje new kick it spot
Reviewed by bendystraws
on September 24, 2013
31st Union is an excellent restaurant. It has really local and original options. I really love their mac and cheese and their ice cream sandwich is delicious.
Reviewed by jessicawolden
on September 24, 2013
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