We follow the local dining scene pretty closely since it is so volatile and drives other city policies like permits, parking and traffic. Dining out last night in San Mateo at 31st Union, we ran into a group of B'gamers who had also ventured into downtown San Mateo. The food at 31st Union was great and I was pleased to see they had Burlingame Il Piccolo coffee on the menu. I commented to my dining partner that all was good except the noise level which I found troublesome.
My partner said "You should hear Limon's noise level!". As we walked out of the restaurant the other B'gamers were leaving too. Comparing notes, I commented on the noise and one of ladies in the other party said "You should hear the noise at Limon!". It might be time for both restaurants to add some softening wall covering, perhaps a rug or two on the concrete floors or more acoustic tiles. I would love to patronize both places regularly--but it might have to be mid-week only. Limon did a nice job opening up the space where Kabul used to be. Here is a photo of their soft opening last month. Check 'em out.