South San Francisco’s newly renovated Westborough Square continues to unveil its expansive restaurant lineup with Take One Pizza. The fast-casual restaurant has a cinematic theme and menu, and diners may choose from 40 different ingredients to design their own pizza (like writers with screenplays), Choices include pesto and white sauce for the base, and arugula, jalapenos and bacon for toppings. A selection of pre-designed “Director’s Cuts” pizzas _ such as the pesto and vegetable-heavy “Greenscreen” or the pepperoni, sausage and ham “Meaty Action” _ also are offered. Pizzas are California-style, cooked for a minute at 800 degrees. For pizza-averse actors, the same design-it-yourself menu applies to salads. The film spirit even includes a deal: Patrons can get $2 off their meal by presenting a movie ticket stub dated within two hours before or after dining. This eatery is the first sibling to the original in San Jose; there are plans to open another Peninsula outpost in San Mateo in 2015.
2278 Westborough Blvd. Suite 203, South S.F.; (650) 952-3255. Takeonepizza.com<
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Steps from Take One Pizza at Westborough Square is Goldilocks Restaurant and Bakery, previously located up the hill near Skyline Boulevard. The venerable Filipino restaurant and bakery, which started four decades ago in Southern California, now has more than 10 West Coast shops, plus a vast worldwide wholesale and mail-order network. Filipino classics _ such as crispy lumpia (similar to fried spring rolls), chicken adobo and pork-heavy plates (including deep-fried crispy pata and the complex stew “dinuguan”) are on the “foodshop” menu, as are a few global-influenced dishes, such as chicken relleño. It’s hard to leave without dessert from the bake shop, whether eating in at a small communal table or taking a treat to-go. Ube-flavored “biko” (similar to rice pudding), is a traditional favorite. Cookies, snack cakes and sweet and savory breads also are available.
2268 Westborough Blvd, South S.F.; (650) 873-0565. Goldilocks-usa.com
Open only a few months, Foster City’s Le Burgeon is no more. The space is now Plumeria. Owners of the Edgewater Center spot changed the chef and rebranded, switching from a French-Asian concept to a contemporary American menu focused on small plates. Starters _ including steamed clams and a French onion soup-inspired sandwich _ are mostly undr $10. The menu has four large plates, including a red wine broth version of cioppino with halibut and an herb-crusted rib eye with horseradish sauce. Dessert offers an appealing yet tough choice between a wintery apple turnover bouchée with Saigon cinnamon ice cream and a warm chocolate tart with spiced ganache. The spot’s upscale look with white tablecloths remains, as does the beautiful waterfront outdoor patio with lagoon views. A chic-looking bar inside gives the atmosphere a casual bent, and a full bar complements little bites (deviled eggs and fries dusted with white truffle) offered for grazing before dinner.
929A Edgewater Blvd., Foster City; (650) 358-8820. Plumeriarestaurant.com<