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Great Raw Bar in North Bay????????

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justmoved Jan 3, 2007 07:44 PM

Looking for a great raw bar/ restaurant in the north bay. Hopefully casual but seasonally delicious and relatively inexpensive. Would like to find something hip and unique. Thanks for the help!! Oh, near the bay would also be great. Thanks again!

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  1. HungryMojo Jan 5, 2007 11:54 AM

    I'm surprised nobody's responded yet. I'd also like to know if there are any good raw bars nearby (I'm near Mill Valley/Tiburon). I guess the North Bay just isn't a very good area to open a raw bar (too "suburban?"). I only know of two restaurants in Marin County that have a raw bar, and I haven't tried either of them (the raw bars). Neither are "near the bay."

    [1] Seafood Peddler (www.seafoodpeddler.com) located in the Canal District near the Central San Rafael exit
    [2] Yankee Pier's Larkspur location (http://www.yankeepier.com/larkspur/index.html) in downtown larskpur near the Lark Creek Inn

    Seafood Peddler has some negative testimonials on Chowhound (some bad service, undercooked fried food, bad salad) but positive reviews from the S.F. Chronicle (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/01/18/DD184670.DTL&hw=seafood+peddler&sn=013&sc=424) and the Marin IJ (http://www.marinij.com/fastsearchresults/ci_3091421). I went there about a year ago for a birthday party, but I was too involved in the party to really judge their service and food. I didn't even have time to take a peek at their raw bar, which I wanted to do since the Chronicle seemed to like it. I thought the lobster bisque was good, but that was the first "bisque" of any kind I had ever tasted, so your standards probably differ. The place seemed very casual, even a little "quirky" (fishing village/harbor theme).

    Yankee Pier's Larkspur location has positive testimonials on Chowhound, but they say it's a bit pricy. Their sample menu (http://www.yankeepier.com/larkspur/larkspur_menus.html) lists the following item:

    "RAW BAR PLATTER Any 6 of the following: Today's Oysters, Littleneck Clams, Chilled Prawns $13.00"

    Citysearch's profile (http://sanfrancisco.citysearch.com/pr...) says Yankee pier is "casual and intimate" (seats about 50 people).

    If you go to a North Bay raw bar, I'd appreciate it if you posted your opinion.

    1. Melanie Wong Jan 5, 2007 05:15 PM

      I struck out at Sonoma's Meritage -
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

      Willi's Seafood in Healdsburg can be good.

      Best bet is to head to Tomales Bay, visit the oyster farms, and learn to shuck your own.

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