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Apr 20, 2007 07:03 PM

Restaurants near Corte Madera

Need suggestions for a good restaurant near Corte Madera for lunch OR dinner. Not outrageously expensive,,,thinking Mexican fare. Thx.

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  1. I like Maison de la Reine in the shopping center on the west side of 101 at Paradise Drive -- sorry, but I can't keep malls straight, it's a reason I don't live in the burbs. High end but authentic Vietnamese, as good as I've had. Not at all crowded at lunch, haven't been for dinner.

    1. Dunno about any Mex in that area, but I dearly love to slide into a booth at Marin Joe's.

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      1. re: Sharuf

        What kind of food? What do you like? Thanks. I may be in CM on Monday.

        1. re: Glencora

          Okay, I googled it and see that it's Italian-American and burgers. I'd still like to know what you like about it, though, if you don't mind.

          1. re: Glencora

            Marin Joe's is a very popular "throwback" place. Italian-type "Joe's" place. Behind-the-counter cooking, vinyl booths, a period piece. Haven't been in many years so can't comment on the food.

          2. re: Sharuf

            It's a classic Joe's joint, defiantly non-updated with a genuine 1950's vibe. Monster burgers. Slabs of roast meat with gravy and veggies or pasta on the side. Spaghetti and meatballs. Chops and steaks and fish. Scallopini. Crab Louie and Caesar salads. Daily specials. Cocktail lounge, sometimes with an entertainer.


          3. Haven't been but around the corner from Maison is Baja Fresh in the Town Center SC. Then there's the Cantina in Mill Valley.

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            1. re: Sarah

              I'm many years out of touch with the Cantina, but used to go when friends wanted to go there and always thought it was a "good bar/bad food" place. I even remember one horrible meal many years ago. I'd like to hear from someone who has eaten there recently.

              1. re: Mick Ruthven

                It was our kids' post-soccer game place! Thought Santana (Carlos) is a partner now?

            2. I suggest you drive a few minutes and go to Las Camelias, a long-standing rightfully-popular Mexican restaurant in an old house in downtown San Rafael (912 Lincoln Ave between 3rd and 4th Streets, 415-453-5850.

              1. I lived in Marin Co. for many years and never found a Mexican restaurant that was better than ordinary.

                Alternative suggestion: Just 5 minutes or so south of Corte Madera via the freeway is a place called the Buckeye. Food writers have been praising it for what seems like decades, and a glance at the menu shows it has prices that seem very reasonable. Google on Buckeye Mill Valley to see the menu and prices.

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                1. re: mpalmer6c

                  re: Buckeye Roadhouse, Mill Valley

                  Oysters Bingo. Chicken wings. Sheer goodness & better than anything else on the menu, I guarentee.

                  Also check a pastry creme turnover at the bakery next to the theater, downtown Mill Valley. Best @ 5 am right out of the oven, you will want for nothing with one of those.

                  1. re: Waterboy

                    I'm definitely going to check out Buckeye. Ended up going to Left Bank in Larkspur - had a great lunch in front of the fireplace.