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Aug 3, 2010 04:53 PM

Marin Breakfast

I'm looking for a hearty breakfast place between SF and San Geronimo, perhaps around Kentfield or San Anselmo. Hilda's Coffee Shop looks like a possibility. Anyone been there?

Hilda's Coffee Shop
639 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA 94960

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  1. Perhaps better than Hilda's is Comforts, just down San Anselmo Avenue.
    Or for a very down home diner, try Koffee Klatch, a local fave.
    Koffee Klatch
    Broadway, Fairfax.
    Just a few doors from that one is the Fat Angel Bakery if you good baked goods alone, both sweet and savory will satisfy for breakfast.
    If you are traveling on the weekend, I would try l'Appart in San Anselmo.I have not eaten there yet but am fan of same owner's Le Garage in Sausalito.

    Fat Angel Bakery
    71 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930

    Koffee Klatch
    57 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930

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    1. re: alfairfax

      UPDATE: according to this morning's Marin newspaper, Koffee Klatch will soon be ending its very long run in Fairfax. Not shocking to others but worth the front page in the Independent Journal. If you want to try it you have till next month. Read it here:

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      1. The Half Day Cafe in Kentfield has been serving good breakfasts for a long time. Bright space inside with a patio outside.

        Half Day Cafe
        848 College Ave, Kentfield, CA 94904

        1. Here's my personal list of breakfast standbys.

          For sociability-enhancing stylish ambience - Half Day Cafe in Kentfield.

          For waterfront dining on a dock - Pier 15 in San Rafael by auto row.

          For best breakfast food in Marin - Le Croissant on Bellam in San Rafael.

          For hearty breakfast deals and family-friendly environment - IHOP in San Rafael.

          For quick informal semi-self service and good food - Eduardo's on Terra Linda's Redwood Hwy.

          For three-buck eat-n-run breakfasts - Burger King or McDonald's.

          Half Day Cafe
          848 College Ave, Kentfield, CA 94904

          Le Croissant Restaurant
          150 Bellam Blvd Ste 210, San Rafael, CA 94901

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          1. re: Sharuf

            I'd second the Half Day Cafe and IHOP recommendations- Half Day is nicer atmosphere, good food, but if you're looking for old-school classic American diner food, IHOP in San Rafael delivers. There's also Toast in Mill Valley, good, a litlte pricey.

            Half Day Cafe
            848 College Ave, Kentfield, CA 94904

            Toast Cafe
            31 Sunnyside Ave Ste 1, Mill Valley, CA 94941

            1. re: Sharuf

              I'll second Pier 15 for breakfast (better than lunch). Old bar in front, nice light dining room in back and a patio outside (if it's warm enough) overlooking the slightly-seedy San Rafael boat harbor.

              Pier 15
              15 Harbor St, San Rafael, CA 94901

              1. re: Sharuf

                Le Croissant has been my fave, but now Comforts in San Anselmo has edged them out of lead position.

                Comforts has a very creative menu that changes weekly and uses high quality ingredients. Plus the attached bakery and deli is superb. Last week on the menu was grilled polenta topped with turkey chili and a couple of eggs however you like 'em..I'll take over easy with several splashes of Tabasco.....yum!!

                1. re: Sharuf

                  Second Le Croissant--for the bowl of creamed spinach with poached eggs--for the thick, meaty bacon--even for the oatmeal--and for the gossip at the counter, if you are wise enough to sit there.
                  Skip the croissants, though. They are huge, but kind of soggy.

                2. Bubba's Diner is my pick. They feature local, sustainable food, and support Marin Organics.

                  The food is straight ahead diner fare with a few elevated options like ahi tuna potstickers for lunch and a soft shell crab sandwich. But back to breakfast, they make all the standards with the freshest, tastiest ingredients the area has to offer. I actually think their straight ahead options are better than their attempts to be fancy. The place is small and they have counter seating. Worth a try.

                  If you go at lunch, definitely get one of the shakes.

                  Bubbas Diner
                  566 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA 94960

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                    1. re: Sharuf

                      They are not 100% local (no restaurant is). They do support Marin Organics and the majority of their ingredients are from local, organic, or sustainable sources.

                      Here is a link to their website page listing the suppliers.