Popular Daly City Filipino restaurant Fil-Am Cuisine 2 now has a second branch open in South San Francisco. The new space is slightly larger and much brighter than the original restaurant. However, the wallet-friendly menu remains essentially the same at both locations, with a heavy take-out business and food served "turo-turo" style where you mix and match a meal from prepared food in front of you. Barbecued meats and rice plates are at the heart of the menu, along with fried lumpia and the hearty Filipino breakfast staple silog (fried rice with a fried egg). Keep in mind it's cash only. 321 Grand Ave., South S.F.; (650) 871-5010.
Woodside's ambitious and much-loved Station One seems to have closed at the end of 2013. Inside, the tables have been removed and a "for lease" sign now appears outside. No explanation has been given for the restaurant's closure. After opening in fall 2010, Station One quickly became one of the most destination-worthy restaurants on the entire Peninsula, with diners coming from all over the Bay Area.
Menlo Hub also has gone dark. Slow business is to blame for owner Mehmet Erkus' six-month lag on rent payments, causing the landlord to evict the owner and close the restaurant because of substantial debt. The restaurant along El Camino Real opened six years ago as Oak City Bar & Grill and became Menlo Hub three years ago when Erkus took over ownership. No word on what might come next.
For the next several days, many Peninsula craft beer bars and breweries will be participating in the Bay Area-wide SF Beer Week 2014, an enormous celebration with several special beer dinners, vertical tastings and tap takeovers. New San Francisco brewer Cellarmaker Brewing Co. takes over San Carlos' Ale Arsenal on Monday night, and the renowned New Zealand brewer Moa will do the same Friday and Saturday at Menlo Park's The Refuge. Devil's Canyon Brewing Co. in San Carlos hosts a free movie night for Valentine's Day showing "Breakfast at Tiffany's," and Saturday is the fifth annual Wet Your Whistles Caltrain Pub Crawl with three Peninsula stops, including Palo Alto's The Rose & Crown. For a full list of events, visit SFBeerWeek.org
One of the most popular nights of the year to dine out is just around the corner. Valentine's Day falls on a Friday this year, and restaurants are filling up fast for the big evening. Angelica's Fine Dining Bar and Entertainment in Redwood City presents a four-course prix fixe meal for $75, complete with a glass of Champagne. And what's more romantic than sunset on the beach during dinner at Puerto 27 in Pacifica? The Peruvian restaurant is serving a three-course prix fixe menu with live music.
863 Main St., Redwood City; (650) 679-8184
525 Crespi Drive, Pacifica; (650) 733-7343