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Aug 21, 2011 07:28 PM

North of S F ?

Looking for suggestions for meals on the coast between S F and Oregpn. Spending a few days driving and I have never been to this area Thanks so much!

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  1. Just a note that this board covers only the Marin and Sonoma County portions of that route. For farther north, you should also check out the California board.

    1. Don't miss the Crazy Norwegian's Fish & Chips in Port Orford, Oregon. (Definitely belongs on the PNW board.)

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      1. re: Windy

        Ladies this flowergirl did not just fall off the turnip truck.

      2. For Hwy 1 along the coast in the SF Bay Area board, search on the towns of Stinson Beach, Olema, Point Reyes Station, Marshall, Valley Ford, and Bodega Bay. You'll find many choices of all types.

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        1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

          For Hwy 101 in Marin & Sonoma Counties, search the board for San Rafael, Novato, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Geyserville etc.

          1. re: DavidT

            Got to Roys Chicago Doggery & Beef shop inPetaluma. Amazing place for grub Be sure to try the Pesto & Bleu cheese fries!!!

            1. re: DavidT

              Central Cafe in Petaluma. There are several good restaurants in Healdsburg: we never miss Willy's Wine Bar (small plates).
              OP: more details on what you are looking for? Price, type of food?

            2. re: Malcolm Ruthven

              The Marshall Store in, where else, Marshall has the best bar.b.q'd oysters on the planet. Just a touch of very good sauce goes on these freshly opened beauties and a few minutes on grill. Just divine. Sit out on the deck for lovely views of Tomales Bay. Do not expect fine dining surroundings, but do expect really good food and its cash only.

              Marshall Store
              19225 Hwy 1, Marshall, CA 94940

            3. Do you have some sort of planned agenda ... such as leaving SF on Sunday and planning to be in Oregon on whatever day. It might help to make suggestions. Some of the route is pretty empty. Are you up to packing a picnic lunch. I think I may have stumble onto a great place that I'll be trying out tommorrow.If the organic, kosher, food is half as good as the photos look, it might be something. No reports on Chowhound yet. They have stuff like

              spicy hot beef briskett sandwhich with pepperjack melt with the seasonal works and black radish.

              orange sesame chicken with cranberry pesto and seasonal veg in balsamic

              Ham and brie sandwich With dried apples arugala and roasted red pepper sauce

              Spicy Meatball Marinara Sub

              fresh chocolate cake soaked in Disaronno and frosted with chocolate buttercream! $3.50 a slice

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              1. re: rworange

                Starting in Napa and driving to Pt Reyes and Mendocino and then further north. We would love ideas for all meals. We will be on one and 101. The other posts I found were older. Thank You!

                1. re: flowergirl

                  Pick up some snacks at Bovine Bakery in Point Reyes Station. An almond marzipan tartlett and a scone could last to latitude 54-40 0r more.

                  Bovine Bakery
                  11315 Shoreline Hwy, Point Reyes Station, CA

                  1. re: wolfe

                    I second Bovine Bakery. In fact, you could pick up some bread and some cheese at nearby Cowgirl - made for a perfect pairing in the early afternoon for my GF and I on one of the nearby beaches after visiting the lighthouse (they even sell ice packs at Cowgirl for a buck to help keep your cheese chilled)

                    Bovine Bakery
                    11315 Shoreline Hwy, Point Reyes Station, CA

                    1. re: josquared

                      Why would you want to keep your cheese chilled?

                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                        So it won't develop it's flavor and complexity and if a soft runny cheese become soft and runny?

                        1. re: wolfe

                          I dunno - the thought of having the cheese in a boiling hot car (we were having a mini-heatwave at the time - mother nature's natural air conditioner i.e. the fog actually didn't kick in until later in the afternoon) was a little bit disconcerting?

                          But hey, maybe if that's the ticket to getting cheese at its finest, I'll use that tactic the next time out (and I don't mean that in a snarky manner)

                          1. re: josquared

                            Wrapped in a bag out of the direct sun should be fine. Or I usually keep one of those cheap foil "cool" bags in the car. But aged cheese doesn't need to be chilled unless you're not planning on eating it the same day.

                            1. re: Ruth Lafler

                              Didn't have a foil "cool" bag handy, unfortunately (I do have one now)

                              We were having the Drake Cheese from Cowgirl - would that cheese have survived the wrapped in a bag treatment?

                              1. re: josquared

                                Yup. It would have been oozy and stinky and delicious. Basically, aged cheeses are pre-spoiled -- they won't go bad. The reason to keep soft ripened cheeses chilled is to halt the aging process at the optimum stage. Hard cheeses don't need to be kept chilled at all (you'll note that Cowgirl, for example, keeps its hard cheeses out on the counter, not in a cool case), although if you leave them out for a long time at warmer temps they'll start to weep butter fat and otherwise deteriorate.

                  2. re: flowergirl

                    Cheese at Cowgirl Creamery in Pt. Reyes Station, with its Cantina and other shops also there.

                    Cowgirl Creamery
                    80 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

                    1. re: flowergirl

                      Clam chowder at Spud Point Crab Company in Bodega Bay.

                      Spud Point Crab Company
                      1860 Westshore Rd, Bodega Bay, CA 94923

                      1. re: flowergirl

                        If you want a really great dinner in Mendocino, try Cafe Beaujolais.

                    2. Do you have any favorites further north - closer to Mendocino?

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                      1. re: flowergirl

                        Cafe Beaujolais in Mendocino, The Restaurant in Ft. Bragg, Mendocino Hotel are all reliable, and the Beauj, better than that.

                        1. re: flowergirl

                          Just a quick note that flowergirl also started a thread about Mendocino on the appropriate board, so it would be great if people would jump over and share that information on the California board, as well: