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Jul 30, 2014 09:21 PM

Who's got the best food for takeout from San Rafael down to Corte Madera?

This will be our last dinner with our daughter and her family (baby is almost six weeks old). I'm wanting to keep it simple and just do takeout. From a small query, it sounds like Chinese or pizza would be their preference. We can pick it up coming in from Sonoma or go out and get it once we're ready to eat. I would strongly prefer Chinese but am open. And it looks like there's load of good stuff in San Rafael. Any recs would be really appreciate. TIA.

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  1. My Thai on 4th st in San Rafael
    Rustic Bakery (sandwiches, soups) in Larkspur
    (I don't think that Chinese food travels well)

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    1. re: barleywino


      We're careful about what we order. I don't like, for instance, chow fun when reheated but recently had spicy cumin lamb and ma po tofu that did great.

      1. re: c oliver

        i've tried the other Chinese place in San Rafael, Yet Wah, but liked it less than House of Lee

        1. re: barleywino

          I swore off Yet Yah in San Rafael years ago, finding the food very poor, not even mediocre. Way way below their original place on Clement in SF (haven't been there in many years).

          1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

            Yet Wah on Clement is Closed. I think it has been a few Years now.

            1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

              Yet wah in san rafael does have a decent steak kew (spelled Q in the menu), tender large chunks of beef over baby boy choy, in a slightly sweet sauce (hoisin, maybe). Foil wrapped triangles of chicken were also ok, as were the stir fried prawns. House of lee has a more extensive dim sum menu.

      2. We wound up getting A LOT of food from Sol Food. It was great! Highly recommend.

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        1. re: c oliver

          Sol Food is very popular, with good reason in my opinion (not so much for some friends of mine). Interesting and tasty, if not (as some say) authentic. And a fun place when you eat there.

          1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

            We had a half chicken, two boneless chicken thighs and ribs. With sides of pink and black beans, the two different kinds of plantains, rice and salad. Loved every bite.

            1. re: c oliver

              I'm glad you found good take out out this way. I struggle with choices when we don't want to cook, but Sol Food has been a savior. Especially their whole chickens. With a salad and tostones, it's a great dinner.

              Our other option is West Brooklyn for pizza. It's better when you pick it up, but it's good old school pizza.

              I'm hoping people will continue to post recs here. The takeout/delivery options here are few and far between, IMHO.

              I miss my Sonoma taco truck!

              1. re: rabaja

                Yeah. We're staying in Sonoma petsitting for friends and love all the great food options. Southern Marin is a challenge in some cases.

                Want to check out El Chevre (?sp) in SR next time.

            2. re: Mission

              I'm the one at fault here. I'm usually quite good at this but blew it this time.

              Sol Food is at 3rd and Lincoln in San Rafael. Here's the link:


              Mea culpa. PS - it drives me crazy when people esp. in SF do this.

          2. Have not been there in a while (no longer in Marin) but D J Chinese Cuisine in Larkspur was pretty good for American Chinese.

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            1. re: chefj

              Good to know which I'll pass on to the "kids." With the city so close that's where we'll head but for them with a newborn and a toddler, that sounds like a good fall back.

              1. re: chefj

                We ent there last year, for our night before thanksgiving ritual. My husband seemed to think it was good in the past (he was living in larkspur when we met), but it was awful. Like "into the bin", bad.

                People do love it though and it was packed.

              2. For future reference, but maybe a little out of the area. Lily Kai in Tiburon is a good option for Chinese food. Very fresh vegetables.

                Thailand restaurant in Mill Valley, next to Whole Foods on Blithesdale.


                Picco Pizza in Larkspur.

                Love Sol Food, have found that Sol Food in San Rafael more consistent than Mill Valley.

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                1. re: naner

                  Those are great suggestions! Thanks. We generally cook for them when we're there but that was our last night so wanted to have more time for grandbaby pinching :)

                  1. re: naner

                    I tried Sol Food in Mill Valley twice and now I never even think about it. Both the food and atmosphere were not as good as at the one in San Rafael.