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Jel212 Aug 20, 2007 11:47 AM

Going to be spending the day there touring around. Any good spots for lunch and/or dinner? Nice or casual would work.


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    fine wino Aug 20, 2007 11:58 AM

    What towns do you plan to visit in Marin County?

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      Jel212 Aug 20, 2007 12:13 PM

      I'll get back to you on that. : )

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        Jel212 Aug 20, 2007 02:13 PM

        Sausalito, Tiburon and Mill Valley

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          Robert Lauriston Aug 20, 2007 02:23 PM


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            stebro Aug 20, 2007 06:02 PM

            Sausalito-Fish is good for fresh seafood. Very casual (stand in line to order and take a number). Pricey for such a casual place.
            Mill Valley-Bungalow for comfort food, Ora for pan-Asian, Vasco for good Italian
            at a reasonable price, although it's noisy
            Tiburon-Only a few restaurants in Tiburon. My favorite is Sam's. The outdoor deck is a hangout and best for hamburgers, nachos, etc. if you want to watch people and enjoy the view across the Bay. The indoor restaurant is surprisingly good for fresh seafood with pretty sophisticated preparations.

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          1. Morton the Mousse Aug 20, 2007 06:07 PM

            I LOVE Picco Pizza in Larkspur (near Mill Valley). I eat there every time I'm in Marin. They make a great salad, some of the best pizza in the Bay Area, and Strauss soft serve that is to die for (get it with the sea salt and olive oil).

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              misterchinn Aug 20, 2007 07:00 PM

              If you've got a car and willing to explore. Yankee Pier in Larkspur has fish and chips to die for. Mussels appear on the menu from time to time, they are fabulous.

              Off the beaten path is Le Chalet Basque in San Rafael, on the road (N. San Pedro) on the way to China Camp. It was fantastic. I love Basque food and it was a great find!

              I like Joe's Taco Lounge in Mill Valley. Get the popcorn shrimp.

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                Mick Ruthven Aug 20, 2007 07:14 PM

                >Off the beaten path is Le Chalet Basque in San Rafael, on the road (N. San Pedro) on the way to China Camp. It was fantastic. I love Basque food and it was a great find!<

                Please say a bit more about that. Recent? Lunch or dinner? I'd like to like that there-forever place but had a lunch there two years ago that was so mediocre-to-horrible that I haven't gone back.

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                  stebro Aug 20, 2007 08:08 PM

                  If we're branching out beyond Sausalito, Mill Valley and Tiburon, I would add the following:
                  -Picco in Larkspur-Pizzeria Picco is good, as stated above, but Picco is really excellent with great small plates and reasonable prices.
                  -Insalata and Fork in San Anselmo
                  -Marche Au Fleur in Ross
                  -Sol Food in San Rafael-another stand in line and take a number place, but the Puerto Rican dishes are really good.

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                    misterchinn Aug 20, 2007 08:45 PM


                    Sorry, not recent. I was hoping it was universally good It's been at least 2 years. We had a rabbit stew that was good, and a duck breast that we liked very much. Only been the once for dinner. Maybe I need to revisit to re-evaluate it. I read a mediocre to bad review on another board and was surprised.

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                      Mick Ruthven Aug 20, 2007 10:47 PM

                      I read somewhere (maybe here) that the lunch and dinner operations were very different at Le Chalet Basque. My bad experience was at lunch.

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                      Sharuf Aug 21, 2007 02:21 AM

                      Mick, re Le Chalet: haven't been in a while, but for lunch I really liked sitting outside and having a bowl of soup and an order of pate.

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                      foodfan Aug 22, 2007 01:17 PM

                      I used to like the Sloppy Jose at JTL, haven't been in a long time though.

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                        Husky Aug 24, 2007 08:38 AM

                        I just had a Sloppy Jose at Joe's and it was just OK -- for that craving, the pulled pork sandwich at Buckeye is MUCH better.

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                      Waterboy Aug 21, 2007 05:40 AM

                      The Panama Hotel in San Rafael - pretty good chow. Not your bargain bistro, this is a pleasant surprise in a neighborhood of single family homes. Beats all but the very best restaurants. Been in business many moons; first dined there 1983. Good then, it's improved over the years.

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                        Giselle Aug 21, 2007 07:43 AM

                        Try Pier 15 for lunch on Harbor in San Rafael ( take the turn next to Mazda dealership). Fabrizio on Magnolia Ave in Larkspur is excellent Tuscan old family owned done well, Riccardo's in San Anselmo for very reasonable Italian, Pancho Villa in Fairfax on Sir Francis Drake for good Mexican. If you have 2 hours, drive out Sir Francis Drake to Rancho Nicasio

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                          Jel212 Aug 21, 2007 07:54 AM

                          Wow, thanks all!

                        2. Eat_Nopal Aug 22, 2007 09:43 AM

                          Sushi Ran in Sausalito is pretty good if that is your craving:


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                            asc339 Aug 22, 2007 01:20 PM

                            In case no one has mentioned it, the Buckeye in MV is excellent.

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                              Jel212 Aug 23, 2007 11:00 AM

                              Thanks all!

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                              oaklandguy Aug 24, 2007 07:55 AM

                              Definitely love Pizzeria Picco and Buckeye Roadhouse. If you go to Picco, be sure to save room for soft serve vanilla ice cream with olive oil and sea salt (trust me, it's great!).

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