Hummus, falafel and shish kebabs are just a few of the tempting Mediterranean and Turkish choices at Cobani Gyro and Kebab in San Mateo, close to the Hillsdale Shopping Center. Great starters include flaky spanokopita or the appetizer combo plate, with various dips, dolma and falafel. There’s also the less familiar Turkish brunch dish called shakshuka, an egg casserole with tomatoes, onions, and an assortment of spices. Salads (served with a side of pita bread), wraps or rice plates (with lamb, beef or chicken gyro or salmon) also are served. Other popular choices include the adana kebab wrap with charbroiled grilled minced lamb, the kofte kebab plate, and a $16.50 mixed grill that piles four types of meat over rice. Homemade baklava is for dessert. Guests order at the counter, then grab a seat in a cheery sun-colored room with impressive Mediterranean accents and a colorful large mural of a city.
8 W. 25th Ave., San Mateo; (650) 389-6861
Yangon brings Burmese fare to downtown Burlingame (near the Broadway Caltrain station). The menu offers both Burmese standards, including the signature dish moh hinga (catfish chowder), and Mandarin staples such as walnut shrimp and mu shu pork. Other notable Burmese choices are vegetarian samusas and tea leaf salad to start, and, for the main course, Burmese curry lamb, mango shrimp or nan gyl toke, a chicken and rice noodle dish cooked in coconut curry. Vegetarian dishes include Burmese vegetable curry and dry sautéed green beans. Myanmar beer and Burmese-style iced milk tea are on the beverage menu. The intimate restaurant has a cozy tea parlor look, with a central chandelier, hardwood floors, white tablecloths on the half dozen tables, and a small counter with leather-topped stools overlooking the wine collection.
1136 Broadway, Burlingame; (650) 348-8848. Yangon-restaurant.com
TLT BBQ, popular for Chinese street food (grilled meat on skewers) in Newark, now has an outpost in a large, two-story complex in San Mateo. Marinated meats – from lamb and shrimp to chicken heart and gizzards – are available. TLT also offers an entire grilled pollack fish and, uniquely, steamed buns finished over the fire. Vegetables (corn on the cob, eggplant and string beans) also get grilled. Non-grilled items include pickled cucumbers, seaweed salad, soups, noodles and rice dishes.
35 E. Third Ave., San Mateo; (650) 548-9999