Just minutes from San Francisco, over the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin attracts hikers and mountain bikers to the trails of 2,571 foot Mt. Tamalpais, strollers and beach comers to its wild western beaches and backpackers and day trippers to the magnificent parklands of the Point Reyes National Seashore. In the old days, the Coast Miwok of Marin relied on the bay, as evidenced by the huge mounds of oyster and clam shells.
Today, we will explore Marin’s modern culinary arts. Taylor has spent the past 22 years exploring the region and tasting the diverse local food. He hopes you enjoy his favorite meals!
10) Java Hub Cafe– San Anselmo, CA
9) Fairfix “Mediterranean”- Fairfax, CA
Grilled Chicken Sandwich on Focaccia bread- (Accepts cash only)
8) Poggio “Italian Restaurant”- Sausalito, CA
Appetizer: Soft Shell Crab (Seasonal)
7) Comforts Cafe– San Anselmo, CA
Chinese Chicken Salad
6) Picante “Authentic Mexican Cuisine”- San Rafael, CA
Located in the “Canal” of San Rafael you will find the best chips and guacamole in the world! I have traveled extensively throughout Central America including Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica and nothing comes close to the Guacamole at Picante’s!
Appetizer: Drakes Bay Oysters
Drakes Bay– Point Reyes, CA
4) Il Davide– San Rafael, CA
3) Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine- San Rafael, CA
Occupying an imposing lime green building in downtown San Rafael, Sol Food is a bright, plant-filled space with communal tables and Puerto Rican classics.
BISTEC steak sandwich and garlic plantains
*Warning- Expect long lines out the door! Friday & Saturday open til’ 2am.
2) Whale of a Deli– Point Reyes Station, CA
Looking for the best burrito in the world?
Whale of a Deli’s “Wild Salmon Burrito”
Best bar: Gestault Haus “Beer and a Brat Biker Bar”- Fairfax, CA
For something more casual, head to the cycle-centric beer and sausage spot, the Gestalt Haus Fairfax which has board games, a CD jukebox, cyclocross posters on the walls and 20 or so tap beers ($5 to $7). Then sample one of the several lively spots in downtown Fairfax, a 7,500-person town that claims to have had live music every night for more than 30 years.
Beer of the Year: Lagunitas Brewing Company– Petaluma
Best wine bar: 123 Bolinas– Fairfax, CA
“Recently ranked top 10 bar in the entire San Francisco Bay Area”
For an after-dinner drink, head over to 123 Bolinas, a new wine bar across from Bolinas Park that serves small plates, local beer and regional wines. The bar top is carved from a 100-year-old fallen oak, the furniture is built of reclaimed barn siding, and there’s a U.F.O.-shaped fireplace.
Demographic studies have shown that wine drinkers in the US are better educated and earn more than non-wine drinkers! #HB409
1) Restaurant of the Year: Sir and Star– Olema, CA | http://sirandstar.com/index.html
King Salmon plucked from surrounding seas (Seasonal)
Propped Atop a Throne of Local Escarole
Defended by a Lemon Butter Sauce
Thanks for reading my post- Any advice is welcome! If you agree or disagree with any of the restaurants listed above feel free to comment. I am curious to hear what you think. Also please let me know what your favorite meal is in Marin by posting in the comments box. I am always looking for a new local spot to eat! #PuraVida