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May 6, 2007 12:20 PM


Any recomendations for good breakfast north of the bridge?

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  1. Le Croissant - San Rafael
    Pier 15 - San Rafael
    La Boulangerie - Strawberry ... breakfast in that Bay Bread sort of way ... more pastries.

    1. We liked the Dip Sea in Mill Valley. Parking is tight, but breakfast has always been yummy.

      1. My current Marin breakfast favorite is Pier 15 in San Rafael. Here's my very recent post about it as well as more suggestions in the thread.

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        1. re: Mick Ruthven

          Thanks, I used this post to find a place to meet friends between San Francisco and Santa Rosa for breakfast. Pier 15 was great: an interesting location and good food.

        2. Let the hissing and booing commence, but I have lately taken to going to IHOP in San Rafael. I've become enamored of their crepes, particularly their "Swedish" ones with lingonberry butter and jam. The "German" rendition (lemony) is good too. Avoid the "French" style -- just crepes topped with a blob of orange marmalade.

          When I've had my fill of this crepe madness, I'll return to my old standby -- Le Croissant on Bellam in San Rafael. If there's another place in Marin that serves cafe au lait, I don't know about it. That, and one of their humongous croissants gets the day off to a nice Parisian-style start.

          1. Half Day Cafe in Kentfield. Quintessential Marin. Crowded in Weekend mornings.
            Cafe Z Epicerie in Greenbrae.

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            1. re: lvr1176

              Half Day Cafe many years ago used to be the ultimate Marin brunch spot, with folks lined up on weekends. Then a few years ago, they lost the magic and were screwing up on things they used to do best, with a resultant drip-off in patronage. Are they back on track?

              1. re: Sharuf

                I grew up going to Half Day, but haven't gone much in recent years since I don't live in the area anymore. The few times I've gone recently, it's been solid.

                1. re: Sharuf

                  I went for Huevos Rancheros 4 days back. Fresh salsa, if a one year shelf life's fresh. Beans were cooked 'rare.' Rubber cheese.

                  Seriously, it was a foul experience. Nice building, midwest diner food. Don't bother. I noticed the only other patrons were well North of 60 Years Young, perhaps afflicted of dulled taste buds.