Editor's Note: We're trying something new today with this feature. It's kind of like the TV show Man v. Food, only this is not a TV show and we're taking on restaurants only in San Bruno. Tell us what you think.
Here's my goal for the lunch hour: Find the best meal deal on San Bruno Avenue. Situated inside a little golden house I found it: —open 24 hours...in a row!
Araujo's is a San Bruno eatery institution. Located between El Camino Real and Huntington Avenue, the establishment stands out because it looks like someone's house that was painted gold and turned into a restaurant overnight. Walking by, I knew I didn't need to do much digging because this Mexican restaurant has huge signs trumpeting a $7.99 carne asada plate special. Hell, I was sold.
Inside, Araujo's had quirky charm: It looked like someone decorated the place overnight with random paintings, family portraits and a sign saying that due to the recession tortilla chips were now a dollar with salsa. (Damn you recession!) I almost had free run of the place; just another guy and myself were here to eat some $7.99 carne asada—which is served with rice, beans and, for some reason, eggs. But it gets better.
"Do you want coffee? It comes with coffee," stresses the waitress. "If you have a Coke, I'll have to charge you for it; but coffee is free."
Yes, Araujo's seals the bargain deal with a free cup of Joe with every carne asada.
As I wait for my food, I hear from the kitchen: "Oh my god! You're eating chow mein!"
The place has a family-run charm, as the quirky, non-ironic art on the wall watched over me as I ate while CNN blared from the TV.
A huge platter of carne asade arrived, served with the eggs on the side—a big bargain for $7.99.
"Do you want more coffee? You get a free refill," the waitress asks as I complete my San Bruno bargain meal mission.
"I'm fine with the coffee," I respond.
"How was the carne asada?" she asks.
"Carne asada-tastic!" I exclaim.
I must come back to Araujo for their $2.99 breakfast special.