Let me preface this post by stating that I drove to B Street in Vine in San Mateo from downtown San Francisco on a Friday at 5 pm. Any restaurant that is worth sitting in Bay Area traffic at rush hour on a Friday deserves serious recognition. Many times throughout that drive we were at a standstill on the freeway and it flashed across my mind “is this worth it?”. But visions of the promiseland (bruschetta and sangria) danced in my head, and we forged ahead. And boy, I am so glad we did!
There needs to be some time of award for culinary professionals of this caliber. The person who created B Street and Vine and the extensive bruschetta offerings is pure genius and deserves the appropriate accalades for that ingenuity. When you go to B Street and Vine, you are ordering bruschetta and sangria. This is a non-negotiable fact that you must accept upon entrance to the restaurant – you can thank me later.
The deal speaks for itself – choose 4 types of bruschetta for $18. Yes yes yes, all the yes. These bruschetta are generous portions and very filling so one order (four types) split between two people is plenty to fill you up during a happy hour. If you are planning on it counting as dinner, you may want to add a little something else – but that’s just personal preference. It was a difficult decision to choose just FOUR of the many inviting bruschettas. After some soul searching and yelp scrolling, we opted for the following: brie with apples, prosciutto with figs and mascarpone, salami with feta and pesto, and fresh mozzarella tomato basil. All were divine in their own unique way.
If I had to give you any type of advice for this eating experience, it would be to choose something more adventurous than the fresh mozzarella tomato basil. Don’t get me wrong – it was amazing and everything you would expect from bruschetta. But it was a traditional flavor profile, and I want you to step out of your comfort zone and experience life and all its bruschetta glory. The brie with apples rocked my world, and the salami with feta and pesto paralleled that energy. You know it’s the real deal when New Kid orders any type of pork or beef — a feat that doesn’t happen often. Hands down, the prosciutto with figs and mascarpone was the most rave-worthy, and I will most likely try to emulate a similar masterpiece in my own kitchen in the upcoming future (tomorrow). The figs and mascarpone is right up my alley in regards to flavor profile, and the soft thick bread was tied the whole thing together for all.
Honestly, my mouth is watering just writing this post. To top it off, the ambience is awesome. We sat right near the patio entrance, which was lit with bulb lights on a warm summer evening. By the time we were leaving, there was a live musician singing at the front entrance, and the place was really coming alive. As if that wasn’t enough, our waiter only charged us for one of our two sangrias, bless his soul. We will definitely be making a return visit.
As always, don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself: http://bstreetandvine.com