When my husband and I first moved to the Peninsula 20 years ago, we celebrated the closing of our home by having lunch at what neighbors told us was a very special place in the Carlmont Village Shopping Center---The Pine Brook Inn.
Known for its authentic German fare, roaming accordion player, huge beer steins and friendly staff, The Pine Brook Inn quickly became the go-to spot to bring visiting family members and friends.
And being New Yorkers, we were thrilled to find a real East Coast pizza at Sal's on El Camino Real in San Carlos. Sal's was another one of those special places we would go to for comfort food and some real Italian hospitality.
Both The Pine Brook Inn and Sal's are long gone ---and some good restaurants have taken their place (Hola Mexican Restaurant is now at the Pine Brook spot and Applewood Pizza resides on Sal's old site), but we still occasionally "pine" for the Pine Brook Inn, and crave the eggplant and garlic pizza that Sal used to make.
Are there any eating establishments in Belmont and San Carlos that you'd like to see return? Any there any new ones that are particularly welcome additions? Tell us in the comment section below.