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any interesting spots near Bolinas/Stintson/Pt Reyes

i'll be up in Bolinas, Stinton & Pt Reyes this weekend showing a visiting friend around and was wondering if there are any interested eateries up there? something intimate and off the beaten path would be nice, but any place of interest will do. i'm not familiar with the area so i really could use a few suggestions.

the only place i've eaten in/near Pt Reyes is the Pine Cone Diner, which was enjoyable, and remains an option, but I would love to hear if there are any other houndish venues anywher up there along the 1 (or close-ish).


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  1. Anyone - how's the Station House in Pt Reyes these days? It used to be upmarket but I think they simplified the menu - still to good reviews.

    Too bad Manka's is still rebuilding after the fire - that'd be your best bet out there. They say they hope to re-open early in 2008.

    1. I must have Fish and Chips on my mind. When you said Bolinas all I could think of was this British woman saying that she had the BEST Fish & Chips EVER! Mind you I figure most Brits are knowledgable about F&C. The place must be Coast Cafe (related topic):

      Which was mentioned by other C'hounders.If you aren't into that it sounded like Fish Tacos were an option.


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      1. re: boomer13

        I think for Fish and Chips near Bolinas you're supposed to go to the Pelican Inn on Highway 1 south of Stinson, but I don't have any first-hand experience. The Pelican Inn is supposed to be a very British-style pub.

        Fish and Chips at the Coast Cafe are pretty good, but the type of fish they use varies by the season so if you're partial to cod you might not be satisfied.

      2. Coast Cafe in Bolinas is pretty good. Its got a back porch and the staff is very friendly. It's all local and sustainable California cuisine- $11-18 an entree with a good beer selection. I'm not sure I'd consider it intimate, but its very cozy.

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        1. re: mchan02

          I will cast a scond vote for Coast Cafe.
          They also have fresh shucked oysters. and i have found that if you get a dozen raw oysters and and an order of fries. The residual flavor left in your mouth after eating them will be remarkably like having eaten an order of fresh fried ipswich whole belly clams.

          1. re: jupiter

            What a great description! and discovery .... ( whole belly clams )

        2. The Olema Inn comes to mind, though when I ate there in May the kitchen was having a hard time getting our orders out (we were six). The waitress was apologetic and attentive and gave us wine and dessert on the house.

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          1. re: lobelia

            I enjoyed the Olema Inn last Thanksgiving. It was really lovely. The produce and meat were mostly local and organic. The presentations were thoughtful but not fussy; pretty excellent, actually. We were 7 and the service was timely, professional and friendly. All on a holiday that can be very tough on a kitchen and staff.

          2. Parkside Cafe in Stinson Beach -- a great choice for lunch or dinner. Do a search on it in Chowhound and you'll find a number of posts.

            Parkside Cafe
            43 Arenal Ave, Stinson Beach, CA 94970

            1. Has anyone been to Nick's Cove yet? What's the verdict?


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              1. re: foodiegrl

                Ate at Nick's cove two weeks ago, but only at the bar for apps...great oysters (naturally), textbook popcorn shriimp and one of the most outstanding wild mushrooms soups I've ever eaten...quite pricy though...

              2. The Olema Inn is fantastic. Highly recommended. Love the atmosphere, the food (OMG, the oysters) and the staff.

                Also, I ate at the Station House on Saturday night. I think it was the worst pork chop of my life - very dry. Altho the mussels were OK.

                1. I was in Pt. Reyes, staying in Inverness, this past weekend. Dinner on Friday night was at William Tell, in Tomales. I had the rib-eye steak, for (I think) 22.00. This came with mashed potatoes, fresh sauteed zuchini, and a nice green salad. Nothing is fantastic here, but it's good basic grub, and I like the realness and lack of pretension of the place. The steak didn't have tons of flavor, but was cooked as I ordered it, and the service was warm and responsive. My partner wanted the prime rib, but they were out of it already, at 6:30 in the evening. He ended up with the baby back ribs, which looked good, though I didn't try them. He ate every drop. The warm bread served with butter was the best bread I've had in awhile, though I forgot to ask what they were serving. I have a real fond spot for this place.

                  On Saturday night we had dinner at Nick's Cove, in Marshall. I was curious, after a fair amount of hype, as well as some negative comments on this board, to see what it would be like for myself.

                  We shared cornmeal fried oysters and an heirloom tomato salad for starters. The oysters were done perfectly--very crisp on the outside, meltingly tender inside. A little too much aoli drizzled over them for my preference, but the flavors were great. There were also three very thick slices of "bacon" on the plate, which had the texture of braised pork belly but bacon's rich smokey flavor The were served with arugula, which was the perfect spicey counterpoint to the richness of the oysters and bacon. This time of year it's hard to go wrong with a tomato salad, and this was a generous serving of really beautiful, huge slices of tomato, served with a bit of McEvoy olive oil sprinkled over them. They were great.

                  We both had wild salmon for our mains, served with mashed potatoes and a berry reduction with bacon. My partner ordered his salmon fully cooked, and I ordered mine rare in the middle. Both came out pretty much the same--not overcooked, but mine certainly wasn't pink in the middle. I didn't think the berry sauce added much, and the bacon was barely detectable.

                  Desserts were forgettable. I had a plum crisp with Strauss ice cream. The ice cream was a teeny spoonful, but was the best part. My partner had the chocolate "cake", which appeared to be a cupcake that had been made to order. He left three quarters of it behind.

                  A gorgeous location, a fun interior, swarms of service people over the floor, and average to delicious food. I'd go back to just focus on oysters and maybe other small plates.

                  In sum, I think both are interesting places, though in different ways. Nick's is upscale, while William Tell is more middle-of-the-road, but they both have their charms.

                  Nick's Cove - Duplicate
                  1 CA Hwy, YT 94940, CA

                  William Tell House Restaurant
                  1 CA Hwy, YT 94940, CA

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                  1. re: jillyju

                    Thanks a bunch for this report on William Tell House. I blew through Tomales myself this weekend and wondered about the spot.