7/03/2012 04:30:00 PM

31st Union Enlivens the State of Drinking and Dining in San Mateo

Say bye-bye to Bollywood, hello Hollywood, or more broadly speaking, California, at this new San Mateo locavore which replaces a long-time Indian restaurant with a new Golden State-inspired small-plates restaurant. As the name suggests (a nod to California becoming the 31st state to enter the Union), both the comfort food-oriented bites (deviled eggs, fish 'n' chips), overseen by Bay Area native Paul Burlzlaff (formerly of the Restaurant at Wente and the Duck Club in Bodega Bay), and libations (including beer, wines and spirits) are sourced almost exclusively from within state lines. (Hey, even the wood is local.)

The 50-seat venue itself boasts an art deco design outfitted with reclaimed barn wood wall panels, community tables and a zinc-topped bar that mixes an array of contemporary and classic cocktails and hosts nightly happy hours (except Sunday). The restaurant is initially serving dinner only on Tuesday-Sunday (till midnight on Thursday-Saturday) but plans to add lunch in the future.

Just a thought: If California has the largest population in the union, shouldn’t someone open a large-format restaurant?

31st Union, 5 South Ellsworth Ave, San Mateo, 650-458-0049


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