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Jul 8, 2009 09:43 AM

Workday Lunch in southern marin

I work in larkspur and despair every day around lunch time. This county seems to have a dearth of healthy, good, quick food for lunch.

Does anyone know of good spots that do take-out or delivery and offer relatively healthy, interesting fare.

Examples of good spots: Sol Food, Pizza Antica.

Spots probably have to be san rafael or south, north of sausalito.



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  1. A few from our regular rotation:

    Saigon Village in San Rafael. Good pho and vermicelli. They take your order quickly and food arrives quickly. When you finish eating, walk up to the cash register to pay, it can take forever to get a bill. Street parking only, but we never have trouble finding a spot.

    Taqueria Mi Familia in San Rafael. I like the tacos, my coworkers like the burritos. Lots of parking.

    Michael's Sourdough in San Rafael. Google for directions, it's in an odd location. Great sandwiches, especially when the bread is still warm from the oven.

    Sushi-ko in Larkspur Landing. Decent japanese, not expensive, the lunch specials are often very good.

    In Corte Madera, Paradise Market will make sandwiches the way you want them and have a good selection of prepared salads. The prepared sushi isn't bad either.

    Also in Corte Madera, our favorite recession lunch is a slice and a drink at Stefano's Pizza for $5. You can sit outside.

    Saigon Village
    720 B St, San Rafael, CA 94901

    Michael's Sourdough Sandwiches
    3095 Kerner Blvd Ste L, San Rafael, CA 94901

    Sushi Ko
    1819 Larkspur Landing Cir, Larkspur, CA 94939

    Taqueria Mi Familia
    55 Bellam Blvd, San Rafael, CA 94901

    Paradise Market
    5627 Paradise Dr, Corte Madera, CA

    Stefano's Pizzeria
    225 Corte Madera Ave, Corte Madera, CA 94925

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    1. re: Chilanga

      And the Corte Madera Town Center (the one on the west side of the 101) has a Farmer's market on Wednesday at lunchtime, there are a few vendors selling prepared foods - Thai summer rolls and salad, a ceviche stand, and an Indian place.

    2. Peking Wok at the Northgate 2 strip mall has good, cheap ($6.25 - $7.00) lunches. They are quick and you can eat in or pick up food to go.

      Inside the main Northgate mall there is a food court with many offerings. The Thai cafeteria gets lots of approving reviews.

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      1. re: Sharuf

        Northgate is going through a major remodel now. The food court has been moved to a new spot next to the movies, and the only place that is open is the Chinese place from the old one. I'm hoping the Thai place will reopen as well. You can find a comprehensive list and reviews of Marin restaurants at Anna's Cool Finds:

      2. Two markets with very good delis are Woodlands Market (not far north of downtown Larkspur) and Bryan's (Town Center, Corte Madera).