Burlingame is best known for its convenient access to the San Francisco International Airport, but this city has plenty of highlights to distinguish it as a destination in its own right. If you’re staying in the area or passing through after your flight, make sure you stop for a meal at one of these great local finds.
El Torito – For Fresh Mexican Fare
If you’re in the mood for Mexican, don’t miss El Torito. Just a short distance from cheap Burlingame airport hotels, this is a great choice for travelers staying in the area. The Sunday Brunch is particularly distinctive. Stop in for bottomless mimosas, freshly made tortillas, made-to-order omelets, and a taco bar. The lunch and dinner menus are brimming with classic Mexican meals like house-made tortilla soup, fajitas, burritos, enchiladas, and tacos.
Mingabala Restaurant – For Burmese and Mandarin Dishes
If you’re looking to try something really different, stop in to Mingabala Restaurant for authentic Burmese food. Try flavorful dishes like the rainbow chicken with freshly sliced mango, pineapple, and vegetables for a sweet tangy meal. If you’re craving spice, try the asparagus spicy beef. Complete your meal with organic Burmese ice tea, mango lassi, or flower jasmine tea. Most dishes are available in a vegetarian version upon request.
Taste In Mediterranean Food – For Filling Platters
If you enjoy classic Mediterranean dishes, the hearty platters at Taste in Mediterranean Food will satisfy at the end of a long day. Head up Broadway from the cluster of Burlingame hotels and you’ll find this local favorite. Try the Moroccan chicken platter for a mouth-watering blend of parsley, ginger, and garlic on half of an oven baked chicken. Hummus dip, pita bread, rice, and salad round out every platter, so you’re sure to get your fill. For a quick lunch, don’t miss the affordable pita wraps.
Stella Alpina Osteria – For Italian Cuisine
Less than ten minutes from bayfront hotels like the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront, Stella Alpina Osteria offers cuisine inspired by the Italian Alps. Start with antipasti like risotto cakes con porcini or burrata caprese. Browse gourmet pasta options like rigatoni with smoked pork and sweet bell pepper, gnocchi with walnut and gorgonzola, or orecchiette with mushrooms, asparagus, and smoked ham. Veal, pork, chicken, and filet mignon fill out the menu, so there’s something to suit any occasion.
New England Lobster Company – For Seafood
The New England Lobster Company has been a local staple since 1986. For Dungeness crab and Maine lobster, this eatery is an essential stop. The lobster roll is the most famous choice here, but you can also order up a crab sandwich without shame. Though the fare is focused on two specialties, you’ll find lobster and crab in a stunning array of options including soups, salads, and tacos. If you just want to dig in without anything added, grab a two-pound bucket of Dungeness crab.
If you’re planning a flight to Burlingame in the near future, make a note of these must-taste restaurants for your visit. If you have other favorites not mentioned here, leave them in the comments below!
Mandi Rogier is a resident of sunny central Florida who regularly contributes to several travel blogs and websites. In her free time she enjoys visiting nearby theme parks, taking family road trips, and planning girlfriend getaways.