Rangoon Ruby's unique take on Burmese cuisine has proved so popular after its rookie year in Palo Alto it's already opened up a sequel in San Carlos. The San Francisco pedigree is there, with the chef/owners formerly of the city's beloved Burma Superstar. It'll take a few visits to make your way through the lengthy menu, featuring many of Burma's signatures, an exciting array of dishes influenced by neighboring India, Thailand, and China.
Popular starters include vegetarian samosas, an alluring tea leaf salad, and the epic two dozen ingredient rainbow salad. Burma's national dish monk hingar (puréed catfish chowder) is here, as are Rangoon lemongrass stew, the coconut chicken noodle dish nan gyi dok, and several vegetarian choices. Round out the meal with one of the tiki-inspired cocktails and sweet black sticky rice with mango ice cream for dessert. 680 Laurel St., San Carlos. 650-592-1852.
Its cozy marine blue cottage exterior along Main Street just looks like it was destined to be a seafood shack. However, Half Moon Bay's new Fish 'n Frites isn't just any old "chippy" - offerings here are a little more high-end. There are many choices to be made when designing your perfect fish and frites: Would you prefer cod, monkfish, halibut, or shrimp? Which batter would you like the fish fried in--options include beer and cornmeal--and what oil would you like your frites cooked in (rice bran, peanut, or canola)? Then there's the all-important decision regarding which of the 25 dipping sauces you want for your frites. Depending on your fish choice, your fish and frites will weigh in between $10 and $20. Sounds like the perfect summer beach day lunch. 328 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 650-712-1520.