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Sep 10, 2010 05:18 PM

New to Marin (Mill Valley)...having second thoughts about leaving the East Bay

My husband and I just moved to Mill Valley. We'd love some suggestions on how to replace our regular favorites in Oakland and Berkeley. (We do realize that some days we'll have to bite the bullet and pay the bridge toll!) We generally eat for about $25-40 for two for dinner (generally no alcohol, usually no dessert, and veggie entrees tend to be cheaper) but we're also looking for places where we'd spend more for when we feel like something a little nicer. We mostly eat vegetarian (I'm very strict, he's not) and our favorite kinds of restaurants are:

1. Indian (What is the best Indian in San Rafael? Are there any places to avoid?)

2. Various Asian cuisines, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, (especially hole in the wall...we love Shan Dong in Oakland), Nepali, and Japanese too. Any place for amazing avocado rolls in Marin? We usually do Cha-Ya in Berkeley.

3. Pizza/Italian (We like Lanesplitter and Trattoria la Siciliana in Berkelely, and of course Arizmendi Pizza)

4. Breakfast (We love Aunt Mary's Cafe in Oakland, Ann and Rick's and La Note in Berkeley)

5. Mexican (of all kinds, authentic to totally mex-american/tex-mex)

6. Anything else you think is worth trying (with plenty of veggie options).

We've tried Pearl's Phat Burger (loved it) and Small Shed flatbreads (yummy, a little pricey...but welcome to life in Marin!).

We'd appreciate any suggestions within about a half hour of Mill Valley. It's hard to know where to start when you are in uncharted territory!

Thanks so much,
Ms. Veg (and her husband)

Pearl's Phat Burgers
8 E Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Shan Restaurant
5251 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

3265 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA

Aunt Mary's Cafe
4307 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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  1. Yes you are going to go through some withdrawal pain.

    Some options to consider:

    Sol Food - San Rafael
    Arizmendi - San Rafael
    Picco - Larkspur
    Pizzeria Picco - Larkspur
    Taqueria El Farolito - San Rafael
    Brick and Bottle - Corte Madera
    Fish - Sausalito
    Le Garage - Sausalito
    Boca Pizzeria - Novato
    Om South Indian - San Rafael
    Table Cafe - Larkspur
    Fairfax Scoop - Fairfax

    Fairfax Scoop
    63 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930

    Pizzeria Picco
    320 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA 94939

    Le Garage
    85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA

    1002 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94915

    Brick and Bottle
    55 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925

    Boca Pizzeria
    454 Ignacio Blvd, Novato, CA 94949

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    1. re: Scott M

      Thanks Scott! Any favorite veggie dishes at any of the places you listed?

      1. re: Scott M

        That's a very good list. Do try Sol Food, a very casual (order at the counter) Puerto Rican cafe with two San Rafael locations a block apart, one the original and tiny, the other large. Good veg as well as lots of good chicken. Arizmendi is new in San Rafael and of course you know what it is. Le Garage is probably my current favorite place in Marin, a French bistro at a non-touristy Sausalito boat harbor. Om is very good South Indian (of course heavy on veg) and unique in Marin as far as I know. Fairfax Scoop is my favorite ice cream, period. I mentioned Tony Tutto pizza below, great artisan pizza in a super-casual place.

        Fairfax Scoop
        63 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930

        Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine
        901 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901

        OM South Indian Cuisine
        1518 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901

        Le Garage
        85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA

        Tony Tutto Pizza
        246 E Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941

        1002 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94915

      2. I've had a couple of good meals at Vin Antico.

        Vin Antico
        881 Fourth St, San Rafael, CA 94901

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Oh's like being back in the East Bay seeing your posting! Please open up a restaurant here. Preferably in our house! We're looking forward to trying Locanda de Eva next time we're back east.

        2. Lotus Cuisine of India is best Indian in SR, 8.99 buffet good to get a feel of the food, but the bengan bharta(eggplant) is the best dish on the menu and is NEVER on the buffet. Also the basil pesto naan is to die for. The roof retracts on warm nights, it is a lovely setting, servers are professional.

          (Om is good - some dishes just ok- have good dosa)

          Sushi-Ko, Larkspur Landing - pretty good sushi.
          We've tried a few different places as well, no favorites, maybe others can speak to their faves.

          Thai - Royal Thai is our favorite - try Salmon Yaang (BBQ) for your husband, Tofu Kra-Prow Krob(pressed fried tofu with cashews, basil.) and Pineapple Fried rice(Veggie) with glutens.
          and Kaeng Daeng Pak(red curry with pumpkin and mixed veggies) is best veggie curry.

          Tha Siam at larkspur landing is cheaper, and good.

          Mulberry Pizza off 101 Smith Ranch Road(should be about 20-25 mins if no traffic) has vegan cheese and the best pizza crust. They also sell slices if someone doesn't want the vegan cheese or they do half-half. I get the greek, substitute eggplant for the pepperoni with vegan cheese. (Specify no feta if you don't want that either.)

          San Jose Taqueria on 4th street under the freeway (Cash only) best burritto's (Al pastor for your husband) Also have Chile relleno for you. Free Salsa bar - complete with soccer on tv and blaring jukebox. Make sure to tip for best service if you are white.

          Yet-Wah, now that Jenny Lows closed - go to place for hot and sour soup. Good veggie options.

          Saigon Village at 720 B street in SR has ok Vietnamese - I haven't tried their veggie menu yet, but noticed the last time we carried out they had a menu available. Their pho and chicken bun for your husband is acceptable if you don't feel like driving over to EB. Usually we just get food from SF - on Irving, since my husband drives by on his way home every night.

          Sol, the best veggie sandwiches, also specials. Their chicken is fabulous. Salads are great.

          Falafel Hut on 4th st has spicy falafel, ok mediterranean plate.

          San Jose Taqueria
          2257 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94133

          Saigon Village
          720 B St, San Rafael, CA 94901

          Falafel Hut
          1109 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901

          Lotus Cuisine of India
          704 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901

          Royal Thai Restaurant
          610 3rd St, San Rafael, CA 94901

          Tha Siam
          1813 Larkspur Landing Cir, Larkspur, CA 94939

          1. Lotus Indian in SR for Indian
            Comfort's in San Anselmo for breakfast and lunch
            Orchid Thai in San Anselmo for Thai
            Le Croissant in SR for breakfast & lunch
            Rumi in SR for Persian
            Insalata's in San Anselmo

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

            Orchid Thai Restaurant
            726 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA 94960

            1. Right in Mill Valley is my favorite pizza place, Tony Tutto. It's picnic-table casual, owned and run by a gracious and interesting couple, and they grow some of their fresh herbs right there.

              Tony Tutto Pizza
              246 E Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941