Somewhere along the way between Napa and SF
Any suggests for dinner somewhere on the SF-Napa drive?
Midweek, prefer Marin but E. Bay would work, too. We're looking to meet a Napa friend halfway so he doesn't have to come into SF and we don't have to drive to Napa. Tasty food is important but ambience is too (if not moreso, t's gotta have personality). Plus we'll want the chance to linger and relax with a good friend.
Know anything in Novato or even Petaluma?
The drive to Petaluma is just as long from San Francisco as it is to Napa.
I would recommend Sol Food in San Rafael (which is still a bit of a drive from Napa, but the best food along that route).
I'm sure some others will have some Marin recommendations.
I agree about Sol Food; Puerto Rican/Cuban food in a very casual setting (picnic tables). If the line looks long, know that it moves quickly. But right on your way on Hwy 12 outside of the town of Sonoma is Fremont Diner, a roadside diner with simply great food. Much has been written about it here.
A few photos of Fremont Diner:
Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine
901 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA
Sol Food is always a zoo with people hovering for the few available spots. I would do Boca in Novato.
Le Garage in Sausalito is my current favorite Marin restaurant. It's a French bistro in a casual on-the-water location with great food at reasonable prices. It's popular and it's noisy when crowded in case you're sensitive to that.
A few photos: http://ruthvenphotos.com/gallery/lega...
85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA
Moylan's Brewery & Restaurant has better than average pub food. per Civil Bear but Waterboy disagrees and prefers Dempsey's Restaurant and Brewery. Notice the difference in which function comes first.
Moylan's Brewery & Restaurant
15 Rowland Way, Novato, CA 94945