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    Armadillo Willy's [Texas Barbecue]

      10100 South De Anza Blvd.
      Cupertino, CA 95014
      (408) 252-RIBS

      Do want to give them a `thumbs up' recommendation. They're one of the few places where you can get _real_ slow smoked B.B.Q. here in Silicon Valley.
      From: Mark W. Snitily
      Date: Thu, 8 Jan 1998

    Carribbean Mango Cafe

      435 Hamilton Ave, 650-325-3229

      For example a small serving of curried goat with rice is $4.75. A jerked joints entree serves 9 very spicy drummettes.There is more variety, so if you are interested the address is 435 Hamilton near Waverly in downtown Palo Alto. Open for lunch on Friday, dinner Monday thru Sat.
      From: Clyde Dodge
      Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2000

San Francisco
    Brandy Ho's Hunan

      217 Columbus Avenue
      San Francisco, California

      The Columbus location is older, more traditional chinatown decor, the Broadway location is black tile with neon. Be sure to order the smoked duck. When I order, I order "medium" and it's about as hot as I can manage. Also very good onion cake (not spicy, just good).
      From: David Lichtman
      Date: Thu, 8 Jan 1998

    Cafe Sport [Italian]

      Green St. at Columbus

      Garlicy and rich. Avoid "The Stinking Rose" around the corner.
      From: Ashkenaz, Scott" Scott.Ashkenaz@kla-tencor.com
      Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998

    Cha Cha Cha [Caribbean]

      Haight St.
      (Two more Locations in Southern California)

      Some of the best food I've had anywhere. Order Tapas rather than main dishes. Let me know and I'll be more than happy to join you there - it helps to get more different kinds of tapas
      From: Ashkenaz, Scott" Scott.Ashkenaz@kla-tencor.com
      Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998

    Henry's Hunan

      (on Sansome, 1/2 block off Broadway)

      Has excelent house-smoked ham. I invariably order a dish of/containing they ssmoked pork, such as "Marty's Special." Also right up there: Hot & Sour Beef, the Cold Eggplant salad.
      From: David Lichtman
      Date: Thu, 8 Jan 1998

    Tommy's Mexican Restaurant

      5929 Geary Blvd
      San Francisco, Ca. 94121
      (415) 387-4747

      Open since 1965. Standard Mexican fare along with Yucatecan specialties. Absolutely the best Margaritas north of the border (except my house) made with fresh lime & house-made Controy, & an extensive selection of premium tequilas.
      Great red & green salsas served standard with meal, but when you ask for it you can get fresh salsa de habanero (roasted chile, lime juice, salt, little grated carrot) or even a whole, roasted hab in a little dish!!
      Family run joint...Tommy, mama @ the register, son's in bar & kitchen, new grandbaby being shown off.
      Oh, also habanero infused tequila.

      From: Joan Sullivan R.Ph., Joan@adobedrug.com
      Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2001


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    Prince of Wales Pub[Seafood]

      106 E. 25th Avenue
      San Mateo, CA, 94403-2351

      The pub is "real," as far as American pubs go. Local, after-work crowd. Not too tidy. Beer garden out back. Guinness that's not ice cold (tho since my spring trip to Ireland that beer of beers has been ruined for me). Big interest in local sports (lots of talk about Barry Bonds' big night before.)

      The burger comes with fries and the chance to get a bumper sticker if you finish it. It's served open-faced with a healthy layer of orange habanero mash layered on the patty. The aroma was enough to strike fear in the hearts of our bartender & my ever-suffering husband. The cook came out to see what kind of macho jerk my husband was to order it. They never assume that I'm the chile-head.

      The flavor was wonderful. Classic. I can't say it was the hottest thing I've ever eaten in my life, but it was the most of that kind of heat that I've eaten all at once. The bartender thought I was pretty tough because I wasn't turning bright red. My husband could tell I was working it because he reconizes the seriousness of the occassional dry cough. I needed the help of two pints, and a side of mayo, but finished it. I claimed my bumper sticker which reads "I Survived the New Century's Hottest Habanero Hamburger Prince of Wales Pub, San Mateo, CA."

      Evidentally the owner of the joint is some kind of chilli-making champion. I'd have to assume he puts out a good product. Every Thursday is chilli lunch day.

      An all together enjoyable experience. I treated myself to an Its-It ice cream sandwich & smiled contentedly/smugly at my neighbors. Was feeling pretty proud until the bartender mentioned that the record of hab burgers eaten in one sitting is five!!
      From: Joan Sullivan Rph, joan@adobedrug.com
      Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2001


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