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Where to get a great brunch in marin?

chowpiggy May 5, 2008 12:20 AM

Does anyone have a brunch place that they love? It can be anywhere in marin. Somewhere that they serve cocktails would be good. I love the french toast at Fred's but would like somewhere a bit more upscale for when friends come to town. Thanks for your help

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    Waterboy RE: chowpiggy May 5, 2008 11:25 AM

    The Garden in Novato. Good chow, not ultra high end, but very pleasant.

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      Sharuf RE: Waterboy May 7, 2008 12:49 AM

      Is this the place in Ignacio?

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      lamlex RE: chowpiggy May 5, 2008 11:27 AM

      Buckeye Roadhouse.

      Buckeye Roadhouse
      15 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941

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        marinrain RE: chowpiggy May 5, 2008 07:46 PM

        for upscale:

        Insalata's Restaurant/Catering
        120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo, CA 94960

        Lark Creek Inn--CLOSED
        234 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur, CA 94925

        1. Sarah RE: chowpiggy May 5, 2008 08:27 PM

          Actually, Pier 15 in SR serves up a good eggs benny, and there's that active bar...bet they can turn out a killer BM. Rancho Nicasio has a huge brunch menu if you want to make the trek...

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            Mick Ruthven RE: chowpiggy May 5, 2008 09:00 PM

            I'll second Pier 15 in San Rafael. Historic old bar in front, nice light dining room in back with a patio on the water for nice days. Very good breakfast/brunch food. Not as good for lunches. I'll also second the Buckeye for more upscale.

            Now, about Fred's. Do they still deep fry their French toast after it's finished cooking in the pan? Ugh.

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              cichlisuite93 RE: chowpiggy May 5, 2008 11:18 PM

              I'm partial to half day cafe in kentfield. great eggs benedict. they have converted a old garage so fantastic indoor-outdoor space...a poor man's bibendum.

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                Sharuf RE: cichlisuite93 May 7, 2008 12:59 AM

                The Half Day used to be my standard brunch spot, along with half the local Marin population. Then a few years ago they seemed to have lost much of their charm and competence and I haven't been back. Are they back on track?

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                Katie in Berkeley RE: chowpiggy May 7, 2008 01:25 PM

                I'm a big fan of the Dipsea in Mill Valley, particularly since they moved to their larger location. It can be crowded, but it's good classic brunch fare. I usually get the Eggs Florentine.

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