Eating Out Paleo: Martins West (Redwood City, CA)

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Wow! Could it be? Yes, Virginia, there is a good, reasonably priced restaurant in the ‘burbs and its name is Martins West.

Martins West is a gastropub, “a public house that specializes in serving high quality food.” Executive chef Michael Dotson, formerly of PlumpJack Cafe and Evvia Estiatorio, has designed a menu of Scottish-inspired shared plates that are all made with market-driven, local ingredients. The nosh is delicious and every dish is less than $20. 

Although we were tempted to take a gluten-laden detour (Scotch eggs! Rarebit! Lamb tongue butty!), we stayed on the Paleo straight-and-narrow tonight.

We shared a wild arugula salad with sweet and sour Sebastopol apples, fried shallots, and pistachio…

…house-made braised oxtail terrine…

…Tunisian spiced lamb…

…grilled octopus with potatoes, french beans, and salsa verde…

…toasted green and yellow pole beans…

…fried Brussels sprouts…

…pork belly with chili pepper ragout and brown turkey fig…

…and bavette steak with chanterelles, corn, black salt, and sauce bearnaise.

All four of us enjoyed the nosh and can’t wait to return to try new items on the seasonally-changing menu! 

Eating Out Paleo: The Patty Shack (Redwood City, CA)

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I love me some tasty burgers so I was super excited to hear about the recent opening of The Patty Shack in my neck of the woods. The pedigree behind this unassuming, family-friendly joint is pretty impressive: it’s managed by Adam Torres of the insanely popular Sancho’s Taqueria and the guy in charge of the kitchen is Chef Gary Shelley, formerly of Alexander’s Steakhouse.

The menu lists a bunch of delicious burger combinations and the usual side dishes (e.g fries and onion rings) BUT there’s also a bunch of cool veggie sides (e.g. roasted Brussels Sprouts!) AND a handful of interesting salads to round out your meal. Plus, you can totally customize your burger (e.g. No bun! Extra patty! Extra avocado!)

The burgers aren’t grass-finished but it’s hard to find a joint down on the peninsula that:

  1. serves 100% grass fed beef or
  2. grills a palatable burger, grass fed or not.

For our inaugural meal, Fitbomb and I both ordered bun-less Midnight Burgers (1/3 patty topped with bacon, fried egg, and cheddar) with sliced avocado ($1.00 extra)…

…and our table split a roasted beet salad (butter lettuce, herb roasted beets, shallots, champagne vinegar, and goat cheese)…

…roasted Brussels sprouts (with crispy shallots and tossed with raison and bacon vinaigrette)…

…and steamed asparagus (with a lemon vinaigrette).

 

What’s my verdict?

Thumbs up!

The burger was juicy and well-seasoned (despite being well-done) and the sides were tasty. I was especially fond of the savory, sweet, bacon-y roasted spouts. I’m sure the place is still ironing out some kinks but so far so good. We’ll be returning soon!