A couple new places for your 650 radar: DUMPLING EMPIRE just opened in South San Francisco, serving 21 kinds of boiled handmade dumplings, including xiao long bao (I am so there). The location was previously Cypress Teriyaki, a Japanese restaurant. Hours are daily 10:30am-9:30pm, although they’re currently closing at 5pm Wed-Thu (this is subject to change). 216 Cypress Ave. at Grand, South San Francisco, 650-742-0838.
And in Burlingame, the owners of Sapore Italiano Ristorante have opened CAFFÈ SAPORE in a spot that previously housed Harmony Yogurt. Customers can purchase panini, salads, fresh daily homemade pastas and sauces (to go), gelato, and specialty Italian imports. There are about 10 marble tables for lunch, and customers can also enjoy free Wi-Fi. 1243 Howard Ave. at Primrose, Burlingame, 650-348-1400.