Jersey Mike’s Subs is open in San Mateo. It’s the first Peninsula location for the chain (there are five in the South Bay and East Bay) with 1,300 outposts nationwide. Fresh, cold and grilled subs in mini, regular and the over a foot-long giant sizes are the main choices on the menu. Popular selections include meatball with melted provolone cheese and tomato sauce, classic Philly cheese steak (also cheese chicken) and the “Jersey Shore’s Favorite” with provolone and two types of ham. Wraps and “sub tubs” _ aka salad _ round out the menu.
2925 El Camino Real, San Mateo; (650) 345-4400, www.jerseymikes.com
At 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays in December, the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park is hosting charity tea with Santa Claus. Children and families can enjoy hot cocoa and tea sandwiches while Santa reads stories. The lobby display is equally exciting: A stunning life-size tree made from 600 pounds of chocolate created by Melissa Root, pastry chef at Madera, the hotel restaurant. No, you can’t eat the tree, but Madera does serve a chocolate decadence dessert that has the same gold and chocolate ornaments that are on the tree. Root also has a line of holiday-themed chocolates with flavors such as “Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Santa’s Coal.” Madera’s bar also offers seasonal cheer, including warming wintery drinks like the “Liquid Sepculaas” and “Madera Grog,” perfect for sipping by the fireplace.
2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park; (650) 561-1500, www.maderasandhill.com
Curry Up Now’s San Mateo location now serves weekend brunch. Don’t worry about sleeping in — the menu of six new dishes, including Pau Bhaji (veggie mash with amul buttered pav buns) doesn’t stop until 6 p.m. The famous Indian street-food breakfast Chana Bhatura (fried puffed bread with garbanzo beans and chutney) is another new plate. All new brunch dishes are $7.50; the regular menu is also available at brunch time. The restaurant is undergoing an interior renovation set to be complete for the new year.
129 South B St., San Mateo; (650) 316-8648. www.curryupnow.com
Yes, some restaurants will be open for Christmas Eve dinner and/or Christmas Day. The night before Christmas, Zola in Palo Alto celebrates the holiday with a $65 menu featuring prime rib. In Redwood City, Donato Enoteca has a three-course, $48 prix fixe dinner headlined by an Italian Christmas Eve classic, seafood soup with ciabatta bread “crostone.” On Christmas, Quattro Restaurant and Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Palo Alto presents a four-course, $95 dinner ($21 for children under 12) with a choices for three courses and a dessert buffet, from noon to 8 p.m. From 2 to 8 p.m., Burlingame’s Broadway Grill will serve a set $45 menu ($20 for children 12 and under).
565 Bryant St., Palo Alto; (650) 521-0651, www.zolapa.com
1041 Middlefield Road, Redwood City; (650) 701-1000, www.donatoenoteca.com
2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto; (650) 470-2889, www.quattrorestaurant.com
1400 Broadway, Burlingame; (650) 343-9333, www.bwgrill.com