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Sep 1, 2011 11:55 AM

Please check my list for upcoming visit

Hi a DC hound coming to town in a week. Please review my list and make recs. We will have car and can go anywhere from Healdsburg to Big Sur and to the East Bay. We are adventurous and open to all but the most expensive price points. We really like Mexican since it’s not easy to find here. This is our 7th trip in 5 years; but this trip we have 2 in our group that haven’t been before so we have some tried and true places, and some traps. I will cross post with California board.


Thursday to Sunday: Santa Cruz area:
Dinners: Cellar Door @ Boony Doon (not sure), Passion Fish, Taqueria la Cabana, La Posta
Lunch: A burrito joint in an old gas station in Half Moon or Pescadero (can’t remember name), Sierra Mar (Post Ranch Inn), need one for Capitola, and a couple for Santa Cruz
Breakfasts: Linda’s Seabreeze Cafe, and need a suggestion as we hit the road north to…

Sunday to Wednesday: Santa Rosa and Healdsburg areas:
Dinners: Barndiva, Rosso Pizzeria, Zin
Lunch: girl and the fig, Divaola Pizzeria, other suggestions?
Breakfasts: Bovolo
Wineries: Have that covered 

Wednesday to Saturday: Mill Valley area
Dinners: Nopalito, Foreign Cinema, Pizzeria Picco, need one more
Lunch: suggestions please, and one for the Warf.
Breakfasts: Free at hotel

Will be hitting Saturday market at Ferry Building!!

Sunday fly home

106 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

Pizzeria Picco
320 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA 94939

231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

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  1. In Marin, I like the Buckeye in Mill Valley (liver, ribs, brisket, oysers bingo all excellent), Poggio has good food and a beautiful interior - nice walking area for after dinner. For lunch, Fish is good and more expensive than you realize until you hear the total. It used to be cash only, not sure if that is still the case. If Le Garage is open and the weather is nice that would be enjoyable. Sushi Ran is very good and seems more reasonable for lunches although the menu is basically the same. Going north a little bit to Corte Madera / Larkspur, Brick and Bottle has a good happy hour and Monday burger and beer special. Left Bank is variable quality although I have heard better comments recently.

    777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

    Sushi Ran
    107 Caledonia St., Sausalito, CA 94965

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

    2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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

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    1. re: tomatoaday

      I completely forgot about Fish. Thanks!!!!!!

    2. I like Scoma's for lunch at SF Fisherman's wharf. They have a three cours prix-fix that lasts until 3:30

      Use the California board for Santa Cruz suggestions and anything south of Pescadero (where the gas station is). Don't miss the bean place or Harley's goat cheese in Pescadero.

      Some of your descriptions aren't inclusive enough. The restaurants you list for Mill Valley are in SF, girl and the fig is in Sonoma and far from Healdsburg. I'd choose Fremont Diner over girl and the fig. While it is more casual, the food is superior.

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      1. re: rworange

        Thanks for Scoma rec. Mill Valley is base for the city , Marin, and surrounds. Santa Rosa is base for Healdsburg, Sonoma, et al.

        1. re: rworange

          Agree with Harley's goat farm in Pescadero if you head up Hwy 1 from Santa Cruz - stock up a small ice chest with their tasty and super beautiful cheeses. And if you do head up 1; on the north side of Santa Cruz - stop at Kelly's for breakfast, pastries, coffee, etc. and poke your head in the small charcuterie next door at El Salchichero for road snacks like beef jerky, rillettes for the cooler, etc. for all your driving about.

        2. maybe for your last dinner Canteen. Or La Ciccia.

          here's a link to Canteen:

          i don't know why this won't link to Canteen directly. i clicked on the Restaurant you wish to add, clicked on the address, and even added in the zip code.

          La Ciccia
          291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

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          1. re: mariacarmen

            Links are flaky.

            817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109