#19 – Martins West

Martins West GPAuthentic Scottish food? You bet, and it’s right here in downtown in Redwood City.

This “gastropub”, as it calls itself, incorporates California sensibility and modern riffs on traditional pub fare.  Martins West serves approachable, farm-fresh pub fare inspired by authentic British dishes. Menu items change frequently depending on what’s in season. Selections such as a seasonal banger with mash, house-made charcuterie and peat-grilled lamb T-bone with Rancho Gordo yellow eye bean stew and herb-crusted haggis represent the hand-crafted, locally sourced approach Dotson takes to the modern British pub style of cuisine.

The brick building– the historic Alhambra building at 831 Main St. –was a theater and saloon when it first opened in 1896. It underwent several transformations until 2001 when the second floor caught fire before restoration to a theater and music venue was completed. The building had been empty until last year, when Martin’s West opened up.

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