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Sausalito lunch on a Monday - which restaurant of these 5 would you pick?

TeacherFoodie Feb 25, 2012 01:40 PM

I can't decide which one of these restaurants to go to for lunch - Le Garage or FISH or The Spinnaker or Horizons or Kitti’s Place. Please let me know your opinion!

Will not have a car - so needs to be accessible by public transit and/or walking.

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  1. The Librarian RE: TeacherFoodie Feb 25, 2012 02:07 PM

    Le Garage: good food, can sit outside by the water, harder to get to by public transporation, not close to downtown Sausalito

    Fish: Same as Le Garage - pricey and only takes cash, but food is great

    The Spinnaker: Haven't been there since I was in high school - get the impression it's a throwback - right near the ferry landing downtown though

    Horizons: tourist trap on the water downtown

    Kitti's Place - food is supposed to be good Thai-inspired - I always get a weird vibe in there so I never stay - furthest from downtown

    What about Poggio? It's right downtown - you can sit outside - food is good but a little pricey - very pleasant though

    Good luck!

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    1. re: The Librarian
      Robert Lauriston RE: The Librarian Feb 25, 2012 02:20 PM

      Actually the food at Horizons is pretty good, though if the weather's such that the view's gone I'd go to Poggio instead.

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        little big al RE: The Librarian Feb 25, 2012 03:02 PM

        Weird vibe??? Kitti's place is the most consistently friendly place in that whole damn town. I eat there once a week, which is more than I can say for any other place in that strange little burg that I have gradually grown to love. The food is creative, and, for the quality,very reasonably priced. Kitti himself is a soup genius,( unlike a lot of other chefs who use soup as a source of free revenue from stuff they'd otherwise throw away.) and the soup of the day is always worth a try.
        Having said that, it is far and away the farthest away from downtown. In 30+ years working in Sausalito, I have never eaten at Poggio (although I mean to some day) Horizon's or The Spinnaker. Fish is overpriced, in my opinion, (I think fish and chips is around $24,wow!) Le Garage is also quite a hike, but the atmosphere/view is fine, and it's right next to the Bay Model, which is free and definitely worth a visit.
        Weird vibe indeed!

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          The Librarian RE: little big al Feb 25, 2012 03:29 PM

          I know - everyone else loves Kitti's! Must be me (even though I'm thought of as a nice person). Maybe I'll give it another try...

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            TerriL RE: The Librarian Feb 25, 2012 07:26 PM

            For whatever reason, I'm not a huge fan of Kitty's either. I've never had anything bad there, but nothing notable.

            Le Garage, Poggio, and Fish are all good choices.

            I don't remember if it's obvious from the menu, but prices at Fish are inclusive of tax, and tipping isn't required (I'm not suggesting you don't tip -- there's a jar by the register). You order at the register and your food is brought to you. The food is local, sustainable and organic. With that in mind, I think the 3 taco plate for $13 is a great deal.

            FYI Fish is cash only.

          2. re: little big al
            Robert Lauriston RE: little big al Feb 25, 2012 03:45 PM

            Poggio's really good, I'd go there regularly if Sausalito weren't so out of the way for me. Their annual bollito misto festival's going on. They serve it tableside from a special cart they brought over from Italy.


          3. re: The Librarian
            PeterL RE: The Librarian Feb 2, 2013 03:56 PM

            Spinnaker is more about the view than the food. I agree with others about Poggio, a destination restaurant.

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            TeacherFoodie RE: TeacherFoodie Feb 26, 2012 07:30 AM

            I have Lers Ros for dinner that night, so maybe I wouldn't go to Kitti's Place for lunch as the food is Thai there as well.

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              TeacherFoodie RE: TeacherFoodie Feb 27, 2012 02:56 PM

              Thanks everyone for your recs. I have decided on Horizons if the weather is nice and back-up plan is FISH.

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                Windy RE: TeacherFoodie Feb 27, 2012 05:38 PM

                If the weather's nice (and it always is in Sausalito), sit outside at Bar Bocce. No one goes to Sausalito for the food.

                Cheaper and across the way is Cibo, which has great snacks.

                1201 Bridgeway (at Pine, Sausalito, CA 94965

                Bar Bocce
                1250 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

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                  TeacherFoodie RE: Windy Feb 27, 2012 06:04 PM

                  I added Bar Bocce - looks good.

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                    Windy RE: TeacherFoodie Feb 27, 2012 06:30 PM

                    It's worth a glass of wine or an iced tea, regardless.

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                    Robert Lauriston RE: Windy Feb 28, 2012 09:11 AM

                    I've made special trips to Sausalito for the food. Nobody else in the area makes bollito misto like Poggio's.

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                      ChowFun_derek RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 7, 2012 08:21 PM

                      I also feel Poggio;s is a destination restaurant..good food, warm interior space..with some outdoor seating to people watch...

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                  nocharge RE: TeacherFoodie Mar 6, 2012 01:40 PM

                  Horizons is closed for a remodel. The sign says they plan to reopen in April as the Trident.

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                    bronwen RE: nocharge Mar 8, 2012 10:47 AM

                    If Scoma's is still open (I lived in Sausalito about 15 years ago and went all the time), I'd go there.

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                    TeacherFoodie RE: TeacherFoodie Mar 8, 2012 01:33 PM

                    Unfortunately we will not make it to Sausalito this vist. We will have to come again. I'll take the suggestions for our next visit!

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                      tayres RE: TeacherFoodie Feb 2, 2013 01:36 PM

                      Le Garage, Fish, or The Trident would be excellent Sausalito lunch choices. Kitti's isn't worth going out of your way for and I've never heard anyone rave about Horizons.

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                      1. re: tayres
                        Robert Lauriston RE: tayres Feb 2, 2013 02:12 PM

                        Horizons = Trident

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                          tayres RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 2, 2013 02:31 PM

                          Trident is very good. I never went to Horizons but will return to Trident again just for the view, mussels, and music. They're now owned by the folks who own SF's Buena Vista Cafe and have created a very nice thing there. If you haven't been since it was Horizons, give it a try.

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                            Robert Lauriston RE: tayres Feb 2, 2013 02:52 PM

                            I don't believe Horizons / the Trident has changed hands since 2008. They did change chefs with the name reversion.

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                              tayres RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 2, 2013 03:05 PM

                              The new owners (Ron Davis and Bob Freeman, of the Buena Vista Cafe) took over Horizons last year with plans to reopen as The Trident.

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                                Robert Lauriston RE: tayres Feb 2, 2013 03:08 PM

                                They took over the liquor license in 2008.


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                                  tayres RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 2, 2013 03:28 PM

                                  Just going by what I read in tablehopper and sfgate:



                                  I like to think of it as a new, beautiful, and delicious place by the guys from The Buena Vista Cafe. :)

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                                    Robert Lauriston RE: tayres Feb 2, 2013 03:35 PM

                                    Tablehopper garbled the Eater story, which did not say they were new owners.

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                                      tayres RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 2, 2013 03:52 PM

                                      Go with whatever story you choose to believe, as will I. Very good mussels, clams, music, and views.

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                                        Robert Lauriston RE: tayres Feb 2, 2013 04:23 PM

                                        When a restaurant has a liquor license, ownership is a matter of public record, no belief required.

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                                          tayres RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 2, 2013 04:48 PM

                                          You win. Is that the reply you seek? All I was commenting on is what I have read multiple places and the fact that I found the food quite good. Love me some chatforums...

                        2. re: tayres
                          Malcolm Ruthven RE: tayres Feb 4, 2013 12:43 PM

                          >Kitti's isn't worth going out of your way for<

                          For a first-time visitor, for sure. For locals, give Kitti's a try. I've been going there (infrequently) since they opened a long time ago. I always like whatever I order of their Thai-fusion fare.

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                            gumbolox RE: Malcolm Ruthven Feb 4, 2013 02:04 PM

                            Agreed! I often go out of my way for Kitti's. However, I do live in Marin and have a car. Kitti's serves my favorite Southeast Asian food in Marin, though the menu includes many other excellent choices. I like to go at off hours when it feels like Payao is cooking a great and distinctive meal just for you at home in her kitchen.

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                          SkyeFitz RE: TeacherFoodie Feb 2, 2013 04:52 PM

                          Le Garage is my favorite for sure! I've never been to Kitti's Place though..

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