DSC04510-webLocated in a residential neighborhood on the outskirts of San Mateo, only a few blocks from Highway 101, Nini’s has remained a local favorite for breakfast and lunch since opening over forty years ago. Though foot traffic in this area is pretty light, it’s no surprise to see diners patiently waiting outside with their coffee, all waiting for their name to be called from the clipboard full of names. So why do so many make the trek? Reasons would include a diverse menu of delicious and homemade breakfast and lunch dishes, large portion sizes, and friendly service.

Once inside, one immediately notices the time capsule of memorabilia that decorates the walls, the old style counter with orange seats, rings coming from the old cash register, and the oversized menu detailing all the choices posted right above the kitchen window. Such a large menu requires numerous repeat visits, but my favorite dish since discovering this place over 15 years ago has always been the Buttermilk Biscuits and Gravy, served with two eggs any style and home fries with the option of onions and peppers. My other go-to is the Bacon Special Omelette Scramble, which is served with sour cream, cheddar, tomatoes, mushrooms, bacon, chives, a side of toast and their signature home fries. Other popular dishes include their huge pancakes, sandwiches and their large selection of breakfast combinations, which are all worth sampling. Nini’s is one of the best places I can think of for breakfast in the Bay Area, definitely worth the drive and wait.

1000 North Idaho Street
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 348-9578

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 6:30am – 3pm
Sat-Sun: 7:30am – 2:30pm