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

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. 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

      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.

      1. re: The Librarian

        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!

        1. re: little big al

          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...

          1. re: The Librarian

            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

            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.

            http://www.poggiotrattoria.com

          3. re: The Librarian

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

          4. 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.

            1. 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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              1. re: TeacherFoodie

                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.

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                Cibo
                1201 Bridgeway (at Pine, Sausalito, CA 94965

                Bar Bocce
                1250 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

                1. re: Windy

                  I added Bar Bocce - looks good.

                  1. re: TeacherFoodie

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

                  2. re: Windy

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

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

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

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                  1. re: nocharge

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

                  2. 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!

                    1. 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

                        Horizons = Trident

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                          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.

                          1. re: tayres

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

                            1. re: Robert Lauriston

                              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.

                              1. re: tayres

                                They took over the liquor license in 2008.

                                http://www.abc.ca.gov/datport/LQSData...

                                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                  Just going by what I read in tablehopper and sfgate:

                                  http://www.tablehopper.com/chatterbox...

                                  http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

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

                                  1. re: tayres

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

                                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

                                      1. re: tayres

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

                                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                          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

                          >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.

                          1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

                            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.

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