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›› LETTERS PG&E goes negative—and we don’t mean the electrons! Regarding your coverage of PG&E’s battle to stop Marin Clean Energy [“Three Card Trick,” March 5], Pacific Gas and Electric has 10 rate hikes currently pending with the California Public Utilities Commission, to the tune of $5 billion. They already have among the highest rates in the entire country but, apparently, that’s not good enough. I respect all the people who work for this company and will continue to service our lines under the Marin Clean Energy program, but the sharks in the boardroom of PG&E have made some really bad and immoral decisions. Like giving themselves excessive executive bonuses after we Californians bailed them out from bankruptcy. Now they are inundating us with glossy brochures in a misinformation campaign about Marin Clean Energy. The brochures claim there is some massive amount of debt the MCE will inflict upon us all but, in fact, that is a complete fabrication. I’ve checked with Marin Clean Energy, and confirmed that the statement is false and potentially based on some sort of speculative scenario by PG&E. If you look closely, the flier reads MCE “could” cost, not “will” cost and—aha!—serious spin ensues to scare us away from sticking with Marin Clean Energy—which is both cleaner and cheaper than PG&E’s offerings. Don’t fall for it...stick with Marin Clean Energy, a better choice for our community, our economy, our environment and our pocketbooks. Charlotte Ritchie, Larkspur

My, my grandma—what a big wallet you have... “Hey There Little Red Ratepayer... I have an idea I want to sell you. My corporation and I care so much about the little guy that we’re going to spend over $35 million to protect your interests! Never mind that it’s your ratepayer money we’re spending on phone calls and glossy mailers to convince you that your elected officials are all lying to you. You couldn’t possibly want twice the renewables at a better price or to trade in corporate monopoly for transparency! Oh, and that pesky $16 billion bankruptcy you’re still paying for—it was just a blip on the radar. We’re solid. Really! I have your best interests in mind. You can trust me. I am just a Regular Joe.” The nation is watching. California and Marin County are now in PG&E’s cross hairs. Will this corporate monopoly’s money buy an election? For the sake of cost savings for me and my neighbors and cleaner air for future generations—I hope not! Please do your homework on this one—support Marin Clean Energy and vote no on Proposition 16! Most importantly: If PG&E’s Prop. 16 wins, it will engrave this “monopoly protection act” into our state constitution and advance their own narrow corporate interests at the expense of all Californians. Pat Healy,Point Reyes Station

But will the drunk moths love us in the morning? Regarding Annie Spiegelman’s feature [“Moth the Hoopla,” Jan. 15] on the continuing issue of the light brown apple moth: With all the budgetary problems facing California, I can’t believe the state has nothing better to



Dump the advice ho RE Amy Alkon whose last columns just slam anyone fatter than her. Why keep her going? Her columns couldn’t even make it to this forum according to YOUR Terms: You agree t... Our lovely teabagging friends I’m sure that those described in this article are just isolated episodes that have nothing whatsoever to do with teabaggers nursing or enabling any racist and bigoted tendenci... Upfront: It’s my Tea Party--and I’ll cry out against Obama if I want to! “I had my Palin sticker torn off my car every time I would park,” he said.“I did not think we would

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› worry about than the light brown apple moth. Instead of giving the money to those who will poison us, how Apple moths are known to about some money enjoy the occasional buzz. for education, healthcare or to help people get jobs? Most of the information the state is disseminating about the moth appears to be bogus. Why are California officials not only intent on dousing us with dangerous chemicals—it is my understanding that there is not a drop of natural moth pheromone in the pesticides they intend to use—but refusing to disclose what the actual chemical ingredients really are? In my own work with Stop the Spray groups (before I got sick with Lyme disease—now there’s a real threat from bugs!), personal research led me to conclude that the moth is neither a new nor a serious threat. While the moths may be a nuisance, there are much safer methods to control them, like mowing or getting them drunk. (Seriously, the moths are attracted to fermented grapes, so wine has been used at the edges of vineyards and fields to attract and drown them.) By the way, I wonder where Homeland Security is when we actually need them. What are they doing to protect us from chemical warfare from real terrorists, i.e., those promoting the LBAM program? Cindy Ross, Fairfax

ment-provided equipment and municipal water to ensure our safety. Then I would have walked across the government-maintained grassy sports field, over that lovely redwood bridge the town built, along the publicly maintained bike path that travels along the ecologically vibrant marsh, which was saved by community resources, to the community center itself, which never would have been built without government assistance. There I certainly would have stolen one last glance of magnificent Mt. Tamalpais, preserved in large part by local governments and our municipal water district, before entering to rail against having to pay taxes and the odious specter of the government having a hand in providing healthcare for its citizens. Maybe I would have even won the “Draw a Hitler-mustache on Obama” coloring contest! Although I was unable to attend, thanks to the proximity of the government-run waste water treatment facility, I was still able to send my regards. Richard Marshall, Mill Valley

We’ve got another Latin phrase for the church’s plate: coitus interruptus Now that child molestation has extended its sordid tentacles all the way to the Vatican, I have a car plate someone in their hierarchy might want to use: MCMCMMC. (Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa For those not brought up in the old Latin-oriented church, it translates to: I’m guilty, I’m guilty, I’m really guilty, or something close to that. George Fulford, Mill Valley

Tales of the city Key to the coloring contest: a Hitler mustache grows heaviest on the far right I was unable to attend the recent Tea Party in Mill Valley. I had looked forward to hopping in my car, which because of massive government regulation, is fairly clean and safe, driving along our smooth city-maintained streets past the beautiful public library, outstanding public high school and middle school. Then past the struggling private bank where much of my money rests (thank goodness for the bureaucrat or career politician who dreamed up FDIC insurance), and parking at the station of our government-sponsored heroes—known as police and firefighters—who use govern-

Yesterday, I read Jason Walsh’s Behind the Sun article [“Ghetto Defendants,” March 19] about past-andpresent attitudes of Marinites toward Marin City. It was The view from Marin City truly provocative and ain’t all bad... I hope you continue to report on the “dredged divides of Marin” and their origins. Johnathan Logan, Marin City Community Services District

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Towns without pity Should local municipalities be leading the federal immigration fight? by Pe t e r S e i d m a n


all it a tale of two cities—one that highlights the tension surrounding immigration in Marin. In Novato, a group called Citizens for Legal Employment and Contracting is circulating a petition to place a measure on the November ballot that calls for larger employers working for the city to prove the citizenship of their employees. In San Rafael, 600 people attended a meeting sponsored by the Marin Organizing Committee (MOC) to bring the Canal community and the city under one roof to begin talking about the plight of undocumented residents who face the prospect of losing their vehicles in traffic stops because state law prohibits them from getting a driver’s license. If police stop an undocumented driver who cannot produce a license or at least some form of accepted identification, under state law the vehicle is impounded for a minimum of 30 days. That can cost $2,000 and more, which many low-income Canal residents have a tough time paying, not to mention the critical loss of transportation. In Novato, city officials have hesitated to join the push to force employers working for the city to prove the legal status of their workers. Meanwhile, San Rafael city officials have displayed a willingness to work toward solutions for Canal residents who rely on their vehicles for the most necessary reasons: driving kids to school and babysitters, getting themselves to jobs.

Citizens for Legal Employment and Contracting began its petition drive last fall. The group needs to gather 2,858 signatures—10 percent of the city’s registered voters—to get the measure on the ballot. According to the group’s website, about 80 percent of those signatures were gathered by the beginning of March. The group has set an April deadline to reach the goal. The ballot measure seeks voter approval to mandate that businesses contracting with the city for more than $5,000 per fiscal year enroll in and use E-Verify, a system the federal government uses to ensure that its contractors hire only legal workers. The Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration run the system. The Novato group believes that what’s good for the feds is good for Novato. E-Verify takes only minutes, the group maintains, and ensures that jobs in Novato will go to legal residents. If the feds won’t move forward faster with strict immigration reform, the idea goes, Novato can take its own proactive approach. The group’s website makes a case that in the current nationwide recession, “about 7 million illegal immigrants have jobs that should be available to the roughly 14 million citizens and legal immigrants without jobs.” And the economic situation is particularly dire in California. While few would argue that the issue of 10 > immigration is a national concern,

›› NEWSGRAMS Moth spray plan officially squashed To the delight of local activists, state agriculture representatives announced this week the end of pheromone aerial spraying as a means of killing the light brown apple moth. State officials certified a recent U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture environmental impact report on the moth that supported aerial spraying, but also filed an additional document opposing the spraying as a viable option for pest management. State and federal officials say they plan to focus on suppression rather than eradication of the invasive pest, opting instead to use pheromone twist ties on trees and the release of sterile moths to control the population. MC student hit with 100mph baseball Marin Catholic High School student Gunnar Sandberg was in critical condition when we went to press this week, more than a week after being struck in the head by a 100mph baseball. The 16-year-old Kentfield infielder seemed to be in good spirits immediately following the injury as he was transported to Marin General Hospital. But then, by the end of the next day, Sandberg’s condition worsened and doctors placed him in a chemically induced coma. The accident has prompted a return of the local and national debate over the use of aluminum versus wooden baseball bats in youth sports. (The ball that struck Sandberg was hit by an aluminum bat.) Balls hit by aluminum bats are said to travel faster than those hit by wooden bats, although baseball officials say there is no significant difference in the injury rate between the two. While seven of the 10 Marin County Athletic League teams plan to continue using metal bats, the Marin Catholic and San Rafael High School teams used wood bats for their March 23 game. In an effort to help with medical costs, a Gunnar Sandberg Fund has been set up at Bank of Marin—donations can be made to account number 15-101868. Healthcare bill passed in Congress After much ado, the U.S. Congress finally approved unprecedented healthcare legislation on Sunday that would extend medical coverage to 32 million Americans and regulate the insurance industry. More than 8 million Californians are estimated to be without medical coverage, according to a recent UCLA study. The bill passed by a House vote of 219 to 212, and was signed into law by President Obama earlier this week. Shorts... Novato residents are strongly recommending that councilmembers purchase an existing building for their new city offices rather than construct new property on Machin Avenue. Neighbors and city employees urged the council to consider saving the redevelopment funds for projects that would generate more revenue in the area, reserving downtown space for commercial and retail ventures...The Environmental Protection Agency ranked the San Francisco Bay Area—including Marin—third on its national list of metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star-designated buildings. Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. ranked highest on the list. There are currently eight commercial buildings with Energy Star certifications in Marin County.—Samantha Campos

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by Howard Rachelson

1. Three crewmen died and six survived on May 16, 1946, when an Army Air Force B-17 bomber, preparing to land in Hamilton Field in Novato, crashed into what hill near Fairfax? 2. What countries and cities will host the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2014 Winter Olympics? 3. Although Samuel J. Tilden received 200,000 more popular votes than his opponent, he lost the 1876 election because he had one less electoral vote. Name the Republican winner from Ohio, the 19th U.S. president. Clue: His first name includes the name of a car. 4. Give the names of the men’s and women’s college sports teams from these current basketball #2 powerhouses: 4a. Syracuse University 4b. University of Kentucky 4c. St. Mary’s College (in the Bay Area) 4d. Cornell University 4e. Xavier University (Located in Cincinnati, Ohio) 5. Identify three movies with big city names in the titles, all starring the same classic actor. 6. Words beginning with“K”: 6a. Your fate or destiny,according to Hinduism and Buddhism 6b. Disputed region of northern India and Pakistan 6c. Spanking, bondage, fetishism 6d. German emperor 6e. A cloth headdress worn by Arabic men #5 7. Is it Africa, Asia or Europe that has “many more” countries than the other two? Or do all three have a similar number of nations? 8. RCA and Columbia were the first two recording companies to produce music records made from what tough, flexible, shiny plastic? 9. Name the country that uses each of the following units of currency: 9a. Drachma (Europe); 9b. Bolivar (South America); 9c. Baht (Asia) 10. The Oscar-winning Best Pictures from 1982 and 1984 were biographies—of a peaceful South Asian, and of a brilliant musician. Identify these movies with oneword titles. BONUS QUESTION: About 10 years ago, the Newseum in Arlington,Virginia, surveyed American journalists and historians to select the 100 top news stories of the 20th century.What was No. 1 on their collective list?

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▲ On the morning of March 8, ▼ Rick Dalia, of Mill Valley, “witnessed one

Elaine J. boarded the 9:15am ferry to San Francisco. As the vessel got under way, a Golden Gate Transit worker stood up in the main cabin with an Oscar in his hands. It was not a joke, but the real Oscar statuette given to his girlfriend’s late father in 1965 for the animated short The Dot and the Line. Out of pure generosity, the worker shared the “real thing” with a boat full of people who had watched the Oscar broadcast the night before. To much applause, he walked around the cabin and gave everyone who wanted to a chance to hold and photograph an icon of popular culture. No word on whether the orchestra was cued if they held onto it for too long...



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of the most deplorable acts in recent past” during the annual opening day parade for the Mill Valley Little League. It was a sunny day and hundreds gathered for the march from Old Mill School to Boyle Park. The police had blocked off the roads— but apparently the barricades were not enough. A man driving a large silver sedan broke past and, in Rick’s words, “proceeded to do whatever it took to get to his destination, without regard to safety or the law, plowing his way through the crowd with windows rolled up, oblivious to the shouts of parents and pedestrians.” Adds Rick: “This man who puts innocent children in danger deserves the biggest ZERO (and perhaps some time in jail).”—Samantha Campos

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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş UPFRONT < 8 Towns without pity some believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a federal issue and that lowering the responsibility onto a city like Novato is unfair, especially considering the city is facing a serious annual budget shortfall: $5 million. Already the city has cut its workforce by about 20 percent. (A request to the group for an interview about its effort returned an email that stated a member of the organization would respond â&#x20AC;&#x153;in the next few days.â&#x20AC;? A second email, sent a few days later, stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our group is unable to do an interview with you now but will be happy to talk to you in mid-April.â&#x20AC;? Jerome Ghigliotti and Rick Oltman, both of whom have advocated tougher immigration laws in the United States, are two leaders of this effort.) In the argument for the ballot measure, the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website contends that ďŹ nes paid by employers who hire undocumented workers will cover the costs of administering the program. Novato City Manager Michael Frank isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so sure. He says that last fall he met with the group and tried to ďŹ nd a compromise on which the City Council could agreeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one that would sidestep a costly ballot measure in a tough economic climate. Just putting the measure on the ballot will cost the city $40,000 to $60,000, according to Frank. The group has given the council two choices: accept the lan-

guage in the proposed measure with no changes, or the measure must be placed on the ballot. A big problem, says Frank, is that the measure would cover much more than a main contractor doing jobs for the city. It also would apply to any subcontractor the main contractor hires, as well as any employees a subcontractor hires. To keep track of whether a contractor and any subcontractor is using the E-Verify programâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and to ensure that the program has not turned up any false resultsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the city would need to create and ride herd on a database. It all costs time, energy and probably money for the city. Frank says that when the group ďŹ rst approached the city with its call for tougher rules on undocumented workers, it pushed the city to use the E-Verify program for its own workers. The city complied. Under law, the city already had to ask city workers for identiďŹ cation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought agreeing to use E-Verify might satisfy them,â&#x20AC;? says Frank, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel the need to go to the ballot.â&#x20AC;? It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Frank says he â&#x20AC;&#x153;was open to discussingâ&#x20AC;? a compromise that would have allowed the city to approve a contractorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pledge that the contractorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s employees and those of his or her subcontractors were documented. That would have alleviated the task of digging down into a list of subcontractors and sub-subcontractors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But they were not interested in those discussions.â&#x20AC;?

Using the issue of employment to ďŹ ght a battle over immigration is a savvy political move. A recent Field poll shows that jobs and the economy top the list of concerns among California voters. Also near the top are concerns about illegal immigration. The Novato group is tying the two issues in one bundle. The tactic may provoke a dangerous reaction in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volatile political climate. The group is not unaware of the dangers. In a note on its website, the group states that nothing contained on the site â&#x20AC;&#x153;should be construed as advocating hostile actions or feelings toward immigrant Americans.â&#x20AC;? But the action the group is taking, say advocates for immigrants, is inherently hostile. While Novato city ofďŹ cials did not greet the attempt to crack down on undocumented workers with open arms, ofďŹ cials in San Rafael met with hundreds of members of the Canal community to discuss their concerns over vehicle towing and impoundment. Keeny Aguilar, secretary and outreach coordinator for Saint Raphael Parish, knows the problems facing Canal residents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the one who gets the calls when people need help with immigration, when they need help with their cars, whatever kind of help that Latinos need, they call [Saint Raphael Church] ďŹ rst. I hear the stories every day, how families lose their cars and people canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get their kids to the babysitters and go to work. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big issue

for us.â&#x20AC;? Aguilar was the co-chair and translator at the bilingual event March 17. Before 1994, an applicant could qualify for a California driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license without showing proof of citizenship. Former Gov. Pete Wilson changed that as part of a program designed to discourage undocumented residents in the state. By denying the opportunity to get a driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, undocumented residents would return to their countries of originâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that was the simplistic reasoning. Didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work. It did, however, create a situation in which an undocumented resident drives a vehicle without a license and thus without insurance. In the event of an accident, leaving the scene is the best option for many people. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly not the best option for the health and safety of residents in the state, say advocates of loosening the license restrictions. One option introduced since Wilson went on his anti-immigration journey, would be to issue what amounts to a second-class license, which in no way grants any beneďŹ t of citizenship. Many bills have worked their way through the Legislature, a number of them introduced and backed by state Sen. Gilbert Cedillo (D-Los Angeles). The closest any bill came to the ďŹ nish line was landing on Gov. Schwarzeneggerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desk, where he asserted his veto power, ostensibly on the grounds of national security. The Investigative Reporting Pro- 12 >

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Best Golf Course San Geronimo Golf Course Best Health Club Osher Marin JCC Best Martial Arts Studio Marin MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Best Pilates Studio Mill Valley Health Club & Spa Best Sports Shoes And Apparel Arch Rival Best Swimming Pool Osher Marin JCC Best Yoga Studio Bikram Yoga San Rafael

Through the LookingGlass Awards + 44 -----------------------------Beauty Supplies Marin Beauty Company Day Spa Evo Spa Dry Cleaner Marin Cleaners Facial Evo Spa Glasses and Eyewear 20/20 Optical Hair Salon diPietro Todd Jeweler Stephan-Hill Lingerie Pleasures of the Heart Massage Mill Valley Massage Men’ss Clothier Patrick James Clothier Clothiers Men Nail Care Three Sisters Nails Best Shoes Lark Shoes Best Women’s Boutique Viva Diva

Best Carpeting Rafael Floors Best Cleaning Service Molly Maid of Marin Best Hardwood Flooring Rafael Floors Best Frame Shop Frame Crafters Gallery Best Gift Shop The Great Acorn Best Hauling Hurricane Hauling & Demolition Inc. Best Home Accessories Summer House Best Home Furnishings Sunrise Home Best Home Organizer Changing-Places, Inc. Best Kitchen/Bath Remodeler Kitchens & More Best Landscape Designer Gardens & Gables Best Lumber/Hardware Store Fairfax Lumber & Hardware Best Moving and Storage Johnson and Daly Moving and Storage Best Paint Store Marin Color Service Best Painting Contractor Kunst Bros. Best Patio Furniture Frellen’s Casual & Outdoor Best Place to Buy Appliances Martin & Harris Best Plumber O’Connell Plumbing Best Real Estate Brokerage Frank Howard Allen Best Resale/Consignment Shop A Dove Place Antiques & Consignment Best Roofer McLaren Best Self-Storage Bellam Self Storage Best Tile and Stone Store Ceramic Tile Design Best Window and Door Showroom The Window Warehouse

The Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar Awards + 66 -----------------------------Best Bike Shop Mike’s Bikes Best Business That Promotes Going Green Good Earth Natural Foods Best Health Food Store Good Earth Natural Foods Best Nursery/Garden Sloat Garden Center Best Organic Produce Marin Farmers Market Best Personnel Agency Nelson Staffing Best Place for Hiking Tennessee Valley Best Place to Bike China Camp State Park Best Solar Supplier Solar Craft

The Cheshire Cat Awards + 70 -----------------------------Best Children’s Clothing Heller’s for Children Best Day Summer Camp Steve & Kate’s Camp Best Overnight Summer Camp Walker Creek Ranch Best Pet Groomer Doggie Styles Best Pet Store Pet Club Best Place For A Kid’s Party Doodlebug Best Toy Store A Child’s Delight

The Mad Hatter + 81 Awards -----------------------------Art Gallery Donna Seager Best Art Supplies Rileystreet Art Supplies Best Lighting Shop Lights of Rafael Live Music Venue 142 Throckmorton Theatre Movie Theater Rafael Film Center Photography Studio Creative Portraiture Place for a Wedding Marin Art and Garden Center Place for Dancing 19 Broadway Place to Buy Musical Instruments Bananas at Large Record/CD Shop Mill Valley Music Theater Company The Mountain Play

The Off With Their Head Gaskets Awards + 86 -----------------------------Best Auto Dealer Marin Toyota Best Auto Body Repair/Design Blake’s Auto Body Best Domestic Car Repair Leonardi Automotive Best Foreign Car Repair Neuhaus Service Best Tire Shop Cain’s Tires Best Used Cars Jack L Hunt Automotive-Sales-Service


ALICE in Marinland food in a New York minute (make that a Ross Valley second!). ----------------------------Comforts Cafe

335 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo 454.9840

BEST ROOFER With a staff of some 40 well-trained employees, DeMello Roofing is plenty big enough to tackle most any job, but they’ve maintained the local, community feel that’s been their calling card for decades. This roofing company has been on the ladder to success since 1927. ----------------------------DeMello Roofing

45 Jordan St., San Rafael 456.0741

BEST PUB/SPORTS BAR At Marin Brewing Company, Marin’s first brewpub, ale enthusiasts can choose from an intoxicating selection of top-quality, awardwinning sippables and an array of scrumptious pub fare. Another round, barkeep! ----------------------------Marin Brewing Company Next time she needs to repair any damage to rabbit’s house, Alice will turn to Jackson’s Hardware.

Hall of Fame 2010 LOCAL BUSINESSES that have won their categories five times consecutively are elevated to the Best of Marin Hall of Fame. They remain in the hall for two years. This year, several new members join the esteemed group. Congratulations to all these winners who have been consistently voted tops for their terrific service.

+1ST YEAR + BEST DAY SPA When Marin needs to steam off, it turns to Stellar Spa who’ll de-stress clients with the wholesome blend of moisturizers, massages, masks, lotions and facials that have found them in the Best of Marin winners circle more times than we can count. ----------------------------Stellar Spa

26 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera 924.7300

BEST LANDSCAPE DESIGN The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence when you’ve got Cynthia Egger Landscape Design at the ready. No topographical problem is too prickly 22 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 26– APRIL 1, 2010

for Egger’s vast experience. So the next time you need a landscaper, definitely hedge your bets with Egger. ----------------------------Cynthia Egger Landscape Design

149 Humboldt St., San Rafael 460.0858

BEST LUMBER/HARDWARE STORE The employee-owned, green-certified Jackson’s Hardware has really hit the nail on the head in the hardware game. With a showroom featuring bathtubs, faucets, showerheads, barbecues, outdoor furniture, a paint department and a plumbing showroom, you’ll find it all at Jackson’s— including the kitchen sink! ----------------------------Jackson’s Hardware

435 DuBois St., San Rafael 454.3740

1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur 461.4677

BEST PLACE FOR A KID’S PARTY Kids will have their cake and eat it too with a party at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, where anything is possible—literally. From themed parties of cowboys, princesses or pirates to blowouts centered on arts and crafts, the Discovery Museum will go to the end of the earth—that’s Sausalito, right?—to make that special day extra special. ----------------------------Bay Area Discovery Museum


557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito 339.3900

+2ND YEAR + BEST HAIR SALON, MEN AND WOMEN The hair-tastic salon of Brewer Phillips Hair Design considers clients’ comfort level—along with great-looking hair, of course—a key to its success. ----------------------------Brewer Phillips Hair Design

1027 C St., San Rafael 485.1437

BEST TAKEOUT Comfort food is no token phrase at Comforts Cafe, San Anselmo’s answer to homestyle haute cuisine. Whether your taste is for soups, salads, sandwiches, scones or—our favorite—the mac and cheese, there’s no denying this award-winning deli will have you home and comfy with your

BEST AUTO DEALER Whether you’re buying a car or bringing your existing one in for a tune-up, Marin Honda is the place to go, with an array of models to choose from, a low-key lowpressure sales approach, and a service department offering repairs with consistency and reliability. When it comes to customer service, they’re definitely driven. ----------------------------Marin Honda

5800 Paradise Dr., Corte Madera 924.8990

BEST THEATER COMPANY In the spotlight for more than four decades, Marin Theatre Company puts on five major productions a year, not only striving to entertain adults, but also grooming its young audience to enjoy the theater by offering a school outreach program and summer camps. Breaking a leg has never been so rewarding.

BEST pg!2010 ----------------------------Marin Theatre Company

397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 388.5200

BEST DOMESTIC AUTO REPAIR Mellow Motors lives up to their name with decades of relaxed, dependable service, a dedicated, well-trained staff—most of whom have been with the business for years—and a commitment to honest, consistent service. ----------------------------Mellow Motors

BEST VIDEO STORE We’ll take browsing through an impressive and knowledgeable collection of DVD titles any day over the cold, inhuman movie deliverance of the postal system. At least with this sort of selection we will. We’re with you to the bitter end, Video Droid. ---------------------------Video Droid

215 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley 382.9315


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BEST BLINDS/DRAPERIES For 56 years, the three-generation family business of Shades of Marin has sold blinds, draperies and custom window coverings to its satisfied Marin clientele. This is the place to go to get the sun out of your eyes. ----------------------------Shades of Marin


2070 Fourth St., San Rafael 453.1518

BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT Sushi to Dai For has been slicing and dicing in its new digs for more than two years now and this Fourth Street favorite is still a raw delight, indeed. With an expansive space, a nearly unbeatable menu and top talent behind the knives, its no wonder Sushi to Dai For has “rolled” into our Hall of Fame. ---------------------------Sushi to Dai For

BEST FRAME SHOP Customers know they can count on Cheap Pete’s Frame Factory Outlet for ready-made frames, mats, moldings and glass—that’ll have your photos, portraits and posters displayed more elegantly than ever. ----------------------------Cheap Pete’s Frame Factory Outlet

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Drink Me, Eat Me IN THE OPENING chapter of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’ our intrepid little heroine encounters a bottle labeled “drink me” and a cake marked “eat me.” Finding they taste “very nice,” she quickly gobbles up her confections. Alice’s binging, sadly, results in wild weight gains and losses in rapid succession. We think she’d be wise to avoid Marin’s restaurant scene—where the Bay Area’s finest chefs prepare delectable cuisine daily at reasonable prices.

Your party will have more than just great tea at Sushi Ran in Sausalito.

BEST AMERICAN RESTAURANT What do you think of when you think of great American cooking? Crab cakes? Chicken wings? Eggs Benedict? Cobb salad? Barbecued ribs? A burger and fries? Mac and cheese? How about a martini, a sidecar and a slab of pie? The Buckeye Roadhouse not only serves all of these classics (and more), it prepares them with enough wit and brio to almost singlehandedly reinvent the cuisine. “We use the best, freshest ingredients,” says chef-partner Robert Price. “We have a great smoker right behind the restaurant where we do brisket, baby-back ribs, smoked duck, chicken wings and the smoked tomatoes for our lasagne. I go to the farmers market every week and plan seasonal foods and fish dishes. And what could be more American than s’more pie?” What’s more, the restaurant’s irresistible oysters Bingo is in the grand tradition of Louisiana’s baked oyster dishes, Key lime pie (the great American dessert) is a constant and welcome presence, and don’t forget there’s prime rib happening every Monday night. And did we mention the Anchor Steam? ----------------------------Buckeye Roadhouse

15 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley 331.2600 2ND Marin Joe’s, Corte Madera 3RD Bubba’s Diner, San Anselmo

BEST BAR/RESTAURANT BAR Although the restaurant is not yet four years old, Finnegan’s is growing up. “People are

starting to realize we’re more than just a bar,” says Mark Edwards, who started the Novato “American bar and grill meets Irish pub” with brothers Alex and Henry Hautau. They recently revamped the dessert menu to include more sophisticated fare such as berry bread pudding, and the bartender will be happy to mix up a Passionate Pomegranate Martini. Of course, more traditional burgers, fries and pizzas are available in this family-friendly eatery, and traditional Irish beverages such as Guinness and Smithwick’s are on tap. There’s also live music on Thursday and Saturday, an open mike on Monday, trivia contest on Tuesday and Karaoke on Wednesday. ----------------------------Finnegan’s

877 Grant Ave., Novato 899.1516 2ND Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio 3RD D’Angelo’s, Mill Valley

BEST BREAKFAST The popular Half-Day Cafe continues to delight diners with its delicious breakfasts. Let’s start with the coffee—a must for most of us—robust, and strong enough to get you going. Along with the pastries, Belgian waffles, pancakes and cooked organic whole grains, is the ample selection of egg dishes. And, if you don’t find one to your liking, they’ll whip you up a three-egg (or substitute tofu or egg whites) omelet or scramble with the addition of four items of your choice, including cheese, bacon, sausage (pork or chicken), mushrooms, peppers, chiles, even corn. The lively atmosphere is

just right for the kids, too. If you can’t find something to enjoy here, you’re just not hungry. ----------------------------Half Day Cafe

848 College Ave., Kentfield 459.0291 2ND Dipsea Cafe, Mill Valley 3RD Marvin’s, Novato

BEST BREWPUB/SPORTS BAR The big, bold prizewinning suds crafted at Moylan’s are just one popular highlight of this 14-year-old Novato destination. The friendly setting features a beer garden, reading room and dart room complete with fireplace. A tantalizing menu of American pub grub—burgers, chicken wings, fish and chips, pizzas from the wood-burning oven—complements the beers beautifully. But it’s proprietor Brendan Moylan’s outstanding selection of stouts and ales that keeps the customers satisfied: robust Kilt Lifter Scottish Ale; rich, toasty Dragoon Irish Stout; bracing, bittersweet Hopsickle triple-hopped Imperial IPA. Moylan also bottles several of his more delectable creations, which can be found at discerning groceries and liquor stores throughout the Bay Area. ----------------------------Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant

15 Rowland Way, Novato 898.4677 2ND Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, Fairfax 3RD Mayflower Pub, San Rafael

BEST BURGER Phyllis is gone, but her legacy continues at Phyllis’ Giant Burgers under the watchful eye of James Cho, who has expanded into roomier spots in Novato and Santa Rosa. Though Phyllis’ retains the aura of eateries from a bygone era, it caters to the most discerning of diners with a range of choices: beef, vegan, chicken and turkey burgers, in quarter- and half-pound sizes; five kinds of cheese to choose from; hot dogs; killer housemade onion rings; milkshakes and soft-serve ice cream. And Cho continues the old-fashioned commitment to quality that Phyllis’ fans favor—fresh ingredients delivered daily, Niman Ranch beef, etc. The giant burger remains the most popular and even, in health-conscious Marin, the giant cheese and bacon burger is the biggest seller. Unlike so many newer spots that try to replicate the retro diner and charge dearly, Phyllis’ prices remain reasonable for the high-quality real deal. ----------------------------Phyllis’ Giant Burgers

2202 4th St., San Rafael, 456.0866; 924 Diablo Ave., Novato 898.8294 2ND M&G Burgers and Beverages, Fairfax and Larkspur 3RD Pearl’s Phatburger, Mill Valley

BEST BURRITO Growing up in Marin, Greg Maples enjoyed the culture of fresh produce and a healthy lifestyle, and noted that there just wasn’t a 26 > lot of fast food in the county. WantMARCH 26 – APRIL 1, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 25

ALICE in Marinland ing to provide the quality and freshness that Marin’s health-conscious want, in a product that was affordable and quick-and-easy to get, Greg opened his first High Tech Burrito on Fourth Street in San Rafael in May of 1986. People have since flocked to their unique combinations, including the “Cajun,” “Surf-n-Turf” and “Thai” burritos. Now the California-style taqueria has 13 stores in the Bay Area, with the first franchise opening in Australia. And Greg insists the growth has been methodical and organic, dedicated to continue delivering his high-quality products for good value in the proper locations. In the meantime, Greg’s introduced a new “Healthy Grill” menu of options under 600 calories and an updated menu meant to streamline the ease of ordering for his loyal, appreciative clientele. ----------------------------High Tech Burrito

484 Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael 526.2188; 2042 Fourth St., San Rafael 485.0214; 118 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley 388.7002; 942 Diablo Ave., Novato 897.8083 2ND Grilly’s, Mill Valley 3RD Lucinda’s, Mill Valley

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT As the benevolent and genial matriarch of Jennie Low’s Chinese Cuisine—an estimable 22-year culinary favorite—Jennie Low, now 70 years old, still enjoys her work. She admits that she thought about retiring at 58, then 62, then 65... “Now I just don’t say ‘retire,’” she jokes. “I just enjoy my customers too much.” And the feeling is mutual; her loyal customers—“extended family,” she calls them—return again and again for Jennie’s mango chicken, Cantonese noodle, chicken pot stickers and crab puffs, among other delicacies, the healthful cooking of which is diligently supervised in the kitchen by Jennie and her daughters. “This year when I found out Jennie Low’s won Best of Marin, I was overcome by emotion and deeply honored,” says Jennie, who confesses she was worried that she would lose some of her biggest fans after closing the Mill Valley location in 2007— not so, as they’ve popped up at both her Novato and Petaluma sites. “A special thank you to my Marin customers for their years of loyalty and support! As we look forward to the Year of the Tiger, my staff and I will continue to do our very best to be worthy of this great honor.” ----------------------------Jennie Low’s Chinese Cuisine

120 Vintage Way, Novato 892.8838 2ND Yet Wah, San Rafael 3RD Tommy’s Wok Cuisine, Sausalito

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for keeping customers happy. Chef Glenn Miwa changes about one-third of the menu every day, much of it shaped by what arrives in the boxes from local organic farms. Paying attention to current trends, the Miwas have introduced gluten-free alternatives in the takeout case. Low fat and sodium and no refined sugar keep the “choice” items on the menu continuously popular here in fit-conscious Marin. Besides all the healthy stuff, they make a daily hash, baked-from-scratch breakfast goodies, as well as their classic coconut layer cake. Not in the mood for something sweet? Then order the Chinese chicken salad, a classic that never goes out of style. ----------------------------Comforts

335 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo 454.9840 2ND Mike’s Sourdough, San Rafael 3RD Perry’s Deli, various locations

BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT The authentic Left Bank Brasserie, housed in the historic Blue Rock building, hit adolescence and began to question its identity. General manager Jennifer Courtney says it found itself and is once again the place to go for enjoying a long list of outstanding brasserie classics in convivial surroundings (the bar is particularly lively). A facelift, lower prices and Chef de Cuisine Sean Canavan, who came on board a year-and-a-half ago, have hip French-food fanciers packing the place. Canavan’s seasonal menu—inspired by Paris’ famous Les Deux Magots—is fundamentally French, with a soupcon of California—locally available fresh ingredients—tossed in. He says health-conscious diners have led him to tweak a number of familiar French offerings, creating dishes that are lighter, but no less delicious. So it’s not 50 million Frenchmen, but could a majority of Marin diners be wrong? ----------------------------Left Bank Brasserie

507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur 927.3331 2ND Le Garage, Sausalito 3RD Le Chalet Basque Restaurant, San Rafael

Staff pick BEST HONEST-TO-GOD DINER No, we aren’t talking about trim little postmodern coffeehouses with enokiarugula scrambles on the menu and vases of flowers where the catsup and paper napkins ought to be. When we say “diner” we mean Lundy’s, the sort of a place where a hack or a skirt can get an honest cup of joe and a platter of grub without emptying the pockets and forfeiting the rent money. Housed in the historic (1883) Mulberry Building, the place is rich with retro ambience. The long, narrow space is dominated by a polished-wood counter where you can watch affable countermen fry eggs, grill potatoes and flip pancakes.

< 25 Best of Marin 2010 Vintage photographs and Giants memorabilia decorate the walls along with handlettered signs listing the house specials, classics like biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros, chicken-fried steak and cornedbeef hash (a particular local favorite). Other specialties include an Irish breakfast complete with bacon, sausage, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms; two dozen sandwiches (when’s the last time you had a Reuben or a Monte Cristo?); several big blossoming California salads; and chili, pork chops, waffles, milkshakes and other timeless rib-stickers. The stipend is minimal, the servings are bountiful, the doors open at 6 in the a.m. and owner Lupe Mercado makes everyone feel at home. ----------------------------Lundy’s Home Cooking

1143 Fourth St., San Rafael 456.7669

Staff pick BEST HOSTELRY There aren’t many hotels in Marin or elsewhere with the charm, ambience and away-from-it-all vibe of the Panama. Built a century ago as a private home, this bucolic Gerstle Park landmark has been catering to boarders, diners and travelers since 1926 and offers the relaxed atmosphere of an

old-school country retreat. A series of pastel buildings and a garden patio host a popular restaurant and nine singular accommodations, each decorated in a different style (safari, nautical, pueblo, Venetian, bordello and, of course, Lady Bracknell’s boudoir). Your room, suite or bungalow might have a wet bar, skylight, sitting room, clawfoot tub or bidet, and all feature a private patio or balcony as well as a refrigerator, cable TV and microwave oven. All in all it’s a comfy, relaxing hideaway to enjoy some yummy California cuisine, hear some live and lively jazz, blues and flamenco and get away from it all in classic Marvelous Marin fashion. ----------------------------Panama Hotel

4 Bayview St., San Rafael 457.3993

BEST ICE CREAM/YOGURT Going to Fairfax and passing up a cone at Fairfax Scoop would be like traveling to Agra and shielding your eyes from the Taj Mahal. This friendly little hole in the wall scoops up ice cream, yogurt and sorbet crafted in small batches from all-natural ingredients like Straus Family dairy products, Tomales Farms produce, evaporated sugarcane juice and a dizzying array of spices and flavorings. The constantly evolving menu might include chocolate-covered grasshopper, mate tea from South America,

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901 A St., San Rafael 454.8080 2ND Il Fornaio, Corte Madera 3RD Sorella Cafe, Fairfax


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Latin Jazz (bittersweet chocolate with chili pepper) and the unofficial house specialty, vanilla honey lavender. Seasonal flavors include eggnog and organic pumpkin; several varieties are vegan-friendly. Even the waffle cones are made fresh on the premises! ----------------------------Fairfax Scoop

63 Broadway, Fairfax 453.3130 2ND Double Rainbow, San Rafael 3RD Woody’s Yogurt Place, Mill Valley

BEST INDEPENDENT COFFEE HOUSE AND BEST BAKERY “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons,” T.S. Eliot so eloquently said. And Marinites have been measuring their lives the same way for years at Emporio Rulli. The Larkspur favorite is the spot for county residents to idle over a cup of joe, write the great American novel or sit and contemplate life’s rich pageant. Rulli’s a sweet-smelling garden of freshly baked delights, served up with silky, robust cappuccinos, macchiatos, lattes and espressos blended from fresh-roasted beans. And Best of Marin coffee should always be paired with Best of Marin baked goods, so don’t be shy with Emporio Rulli’s fruit tarts, tiramisu, Amalfi (with pistachios and limoncello) or the—trust us on this one—dark Venetian Doge. ----------------------------Emporio Rulli

464 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur 924.7478 Coffee 2NDDr. Insomnia’s, Novato 3RDAroma CafÈ, San Rafael Bakery 2NDSweet Things, Tiburon 3RDBovine Bakery, Point Reyes Station

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT With its numerous wins in this category,

readers and international food-lovers agree: Lotus Cuisine of India puts the “yummy” in biriyani and the “mmm” in masala, serving wholesome and satisfying contemporary North Indian cuisine created from traditional recipes. Lotus’ chef for the past 11 years, “Lal,” uses fresh, handpicked ingredients and organic produce wherever possible to enhance a plethora of meat and vegetarian dishes, as well as providing gluten-free and vegan options. And their affordable and abundant lunch buffet continues its popularity among downtown San Rafael diners. Lotus owner Pal Sroa has come a long way since making donuts as the son of grocers and has recently opened Anokha in Novato, adding to his family-owned consortium of scrumptiousness with Lotus in San Rafael, Cafe Lotus in Fairfax and the Old Town Bistro in Novato. ----------------------------Lotus Cuisine of India

704 Fourth St., San Rafael 456.5808 2ND Bombay Garden, San Rafael 3RD Avatar’s, Sausalito

Scott Whitman and Mitsunori Kusakabe, executive chefs at Sushi Ran, say the basis of their success is “the endless pursuit of trying to produce the best food and select perfect ingredients.” The result is not only one of the best Japanese restaurants in Marin, but in the country. Whitman, who trained at the California Culinary Academy, concentrates on the Western style aspects of the menu, which uses largely locally produced ingredients and organic vegetables from boutique farms, and sushi master Kusakabe brings Japanese artistry and expertise to traditional, classic dishes using the best fresh seafood that can be obtained. The menu is highly seasonal and always changing, which is just the way the creative chefs like it. ----------------------------Sushi Ran

107 Caledonia St., Sausalito 332.3620 2ND Robata Grill & Sushi, Mill Valley 3RD Taki, Novato

BEST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Parents of squirmy tykes can vouch for the relief granted by Avi Bikszer and his kidtastic Easy Street Cafe. A father of five, Avi understands that sometimes it takes more than the usual “crayons and kids’ menus” that most restaurants provide to entertain the little ones during a sit-down meal. “My own experience is that kids need to go somewhere and parents need to feel comfortable.” So Avi built a special “kids section” in his cafe—an oversized dollhouse that takes up the center of the

restaurant and comes equipped with video screens and speakers—that’s also clearly visible to parents, as they dine at tables surrounding the area. About 90 percent of the staff are parents, and the menu for both kids and adults veers toward healthy international comfort foods, with lots of fruits and veggies, organic ingredients and vegetarian options. ----------------------------Easy Street Cafe

882 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 453.1984 2ND Wipeout Bar & Grill, Greenbrae 3RD Sorella Cafe, Fairfax

BEST LOCAL WINERY “Grape juice, passion and alchemy” are what drives winemaker Paul Kreider and his award-winning creations at Ross Valley Winery. A winemaker since 1972, Kreider began utilizing grapes from a small family vineyard in 1987, then adopting a “Burgundian” stance—“intervening as little as possible”—when manufacturing his fermented juices, allowing the wine to make itself. Now specializing in singlevineyard, single-varietals, Kreider (along with two-year apprentice Kerry Kirkham) runs the winery operation in back, with the tasting room and retail boutique in front. Winemaking can be a tough business, but Kreider is committed to the pursuit, still finding fun in meeting new people and “creating something with nothing.” And it’s Kreider’s flavorful creations and expertise that inspired Kirkham to volunteer— although she admits winemaking is not what the movies depict it to be. “It’s very messy, not romantic,” she says, smiling. “I’m amazed at how much dedication it takes.” Also promoting sustainability, Ross Valley Winery is offering a “Lug-a-Jug” program for customers who bring clean glass wine containers with stoppers for Kreider to fill with one of several red or white 28 >

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT After 15 years in business, Il Davide has the recipe for a winning restaurant. Their extensive wine list, stocked with Italian and California selections, is designed to pair with the Tuscan-influenced menu. Claiming the largest selections of wines by the glass in Marin, customers have the benefit of choice. The constantly changing menu is extensive and diverse, offering diners a variety of pastas, fresh salads, seafood and innovative specials. The $10 lunchtime pasta and salad is renowned with 12 or 13 different dishes to choose from alongside a generous pile of crisp greens. Signature items such as Ravioli di Zucca and Calamari Dorati are perennial favorites. Il Davide would like to thank their loyal clients for all their support.



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120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo 457.7700

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Mediterranean Restaurant 2ND Picco Restaurant, Larkspur 3RD Country Garden, Novato Ross Valley Restaurant 2ND Sorella Caffe, Fairfax 3RD March Aux Fleurs, Ross



If you’re in the mood for a little pomegranate-glazed duck breast, Moroccan lamb tagine with couscous and chickpeas or butternut squash-filled phyllo cigars with cilantro chutney—and who isn’t?— hie yourself on over to Insalata’s, settle back and enjoy a matchless meal of CalMed comfort food. The menu changes seasonally, but a few customers’ favorites are eternal: the Syrian fattoush salad, the Middle Eastern veggie platter, the delectable assortment of tapas and mezes. The bar’s a convivial place to enjoy one of the house cocktails (the Pomegranate Cosmo is especially tasty). And if you don’t have time to fully appreciate the restaurant’s warm, elegant surroundings, the guys at the takeout counter will fix you up.

Las Camelias has been Marin’s top spot for authentic Mexican cuisine since it opened its doors 32 years ago. “I’ve got the same wife, the same kids and the same location,” Gabriel Fregoso, the restaurant’s chef-owner, says with a smile. “The menu changes a bit now and then, though.” A Jalisco native, Fregoso arrived in Marin in 1975 and honed his cooking skills at the Lark Creek Inn and the late, lamented Arbor before opening his own place. “The cooking is done with integrity,” he says. “Everything is made from scratch and by hand” (including a traditional 37-ingredient mole sauce). Among the other house specialties are shrimp marinated in agave, ginger, cilantro and tomatillo; poblano peppers stuffed with caramelized onion, sour cream and zucchini; and a housemade Mexican chocolate cake rich with cream cheese 30 >

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912 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael 453.5850 2ND Taqueria Mi Pueblo, San Anselmo 3RD Celia’s Mexican Restaurant, San Rafael

BEST NEW RESTAURANT Toast has attracted crowds since opening a year ago at its Hamilton Marketplace location in Novato. It has just the right combination of ambience, hospitality, good prices and a great menu that keep hungry diners coming back. The theme is American comfort food, three meals a day, seven days a week. Toast has become a home away from home for many of its customers, providing a nurturing outpost for a good nosh. With an innovative kids’ menu, Toast welcomes families and uses ingredients that are sustainable and organic. Dishes like buttermilk fried chicken and fish and chips share the dinner menu with roast duck breast and rack of lamb, with nothing over $19. Breakfast and lunch have equal luscious offerings.



Hamilton Marketplace, Novato 382.1144 2ND Sonoma Latina Grill, Novato 3RD Dream Farm, San Anselmo


BEST NOVATO RESTAURANT Specializing in meats with Argentinean accents, Boca has your meat cravings covered. From grass-fed to corn-fed to Kobe, the restaurant purchases only the highest grade of beef and grills over an almond wood fire. Steaks come with four sauces on the side: traditional chimichurri; chimi with smoked paprika and red pepper; green peppercorn with brandy; and bearnaise. The menu has a full selection of seafood, poultry and pork as well as innovative sides like truffled mac ’n’ cheese. Luscious specials such as seared jumbo scallops with citrus saffron butter sauce and venison in coffee and rosemary with figs and a balsamic reduction keep regulars coming back for more. Hospitality rules with great service, a comfortably rustic interior and a welcoming bar. ----------------------------Boca Steak

340 Ignacio Blvd., Novato 883.0901 2ND WildFox 3RD Cacti

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menu of selections, with everything from champagne to whites to all types of reds (which makes picking difficult). Lounging dogs and cows remind you that you’re on a working farm, which only adds to the charm. There are a few tables outside where you can picnic overlooking rolling hills, and they sell Pt. Reyes Blue to complete your repast. The tasting room has lots of Grate-

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BEST pg!2010 ful Dead memorabilia and the pourers are super-friendly. The zins, cabs, sparklers and pinot are all pretty reputable and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to add a stop here into your trip to the oyster farms or beach walk. ----------------------------Point Reyes Vineyard

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Tubgg!qjdl BEST PIROSHKI Those of us who grew up in the steppelike, onion-domed western reaches of San Francisco hanker on a more or less daily basis for piroshki, the scrumptious, greasy Russian delicacy that is the staple food of Richmond District bourgeoisie and proletariat alike. Happily, Golden Orb, a tidy, friendly, closet-sized Fourth Street takeout joint, is all about the piroshki. Four varieties of the stuffed fried bun are prepared fresh daily (a ďŹ fth, corned beef and cabbage, is served on St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day), each of them warm, satisfying and delectable. The classic beef is spicy, creamy in texture and ribboned with fresh dill; the ultra-rich â&#x20AC;&#x153;pizzaâ&#x20AC;? variation features red pepper, onion, mushrooms and fennel sausage; the spinach (our favorite) combines a bushel of earthy greens with lots of grated Parmesan to excellent lusty effect. Borscht, coleslaw and housemade cookies and pastries are available to complement the specialty of the house. ----------------------------Golden Orb

811 Fourth St., San Rafael 454.8692

BEST PIZZERIA â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still experimenting, still a student,â&#x20AC;? says Mulberry Street Pizzaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ted Rowe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather be known as a student than a master.â&#x20AC;? Always looking for the next big

cheese, the chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s produced a pizza named after a goldďŹ sh, and one called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Docsâ&#x20AC;? as well as standard pepperoni pies. But the longtime-favorite pizzeriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular pie is still â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the Love of Mushrooms,â&#x20AC;? which won a challenge on the Food Network in 2005. It features a whole wheat blended crust with white sauce, red wine reduction sauce, garlic, cheese and, of course, lots of sauteed mushrooms. The secret to a great pizza is no secret at allâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best ingredients, using them with generosity,â&#x20AC;? Rowe says. Mulberry Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu also sports salads with housemade dressing, fresh-baked cookies, spaghetti, meatballs, lasagne. Soups are also a hit, Rowe says, and his best seller is, surprisingly, a cream of tomato with a hint of curry. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think more tomatoes would be in demand given the rest of the menu, but his customers educated him. Still the student. ----------------------------Mulberry Street Pizza

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Call it the best-kept secret in West Marin. On Sunday nights, once or twice a month, the Station House Cafe hosts Paul Knight & Friends, a gathering of blues, bluegrass and old-timey musicians who pack in an appreciative crowd who come to catch some of the best pickers and ďŹ ddlers in the Bay Area. Host Paul Knight, an upright bassist and sought-after soundman, anchors lively sessions that have attracted such 32 > Marin musical luminaries as Peter

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You know the feeling: whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bloodsugar drop, a need for a hangover cure, or just a moment of peckishness, sometimes a quick bite is in order. These suggestions for Marin mouthfuls are listed by location. Mill Valley: Sweet potato curry in naan at fusion-happy Avatarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Punjab Burrito; Italian pastries chosen from a basket at Caffe Oggi, where you sometimes ďŹ nd sfogliatelleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;clam-shaped Neapolitan pastry ďŹ lled with sweet cheese; a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mini-Pearlâ&#x20AC;? at Pearlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Phat Burgers, just enough between meals. San Anselmo: Baked glazed pork buns ďŹ lled with Chinese roast pork at Red Hill Cake and Pastry. Buy at least two. San Rafael: Kalua pork sandwich, Mauna Loa; pao de queijo (almost-sweet roll made from tapioca ďŹ&#x201A;our), Brazil Marin Store; pupusas from the Salvadoran menu at Casa Manana; dill-enhanced beef piroshki, Golden Orb. Fairfax: freshly fried vegetarian/vegan samosas, Cafe Lotus. Novato: authentic focaccia imported from San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Liguria Bakery (Saturday only) at Mangia e Bieve, with a bit of cheese from the deli. Bovine

Bakery, Point Reyes Stationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;yeasty, with cinnamon, nuts, sticky topping (restorative with strong coffee). â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Pat Fusco

Tubgg!qjdl BEST SAIGON SANDWICH If you have a hankering for Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches, look no further than Fresh Coffee and Sandwiches, an unassuming little shop tucked in a strip mall on Grand Avenue in San Rafael. Homemade pickled daikon and carrot, spicy jalapenos and fresh cilantro add bright and peppery notes to ďŹ llings both traditional and inventive. Try the barbecue pork or roast chicken, or if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re feeling adventurous there is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;combo of hamâ&#x20AC;?: boiled ham, steamed pork roll, head cheese and pâtĂŠ. All Banh Mi are served on a soft and toasty French roll. They also have a vegetarian option and you can choose a croissant as a bread choice if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather. Vietnamese coffee, iced or hot, is made on-site. Prices are reasonable compared to the nearby sandwich competition. (Though not as cheap as Banh Mi shops in S.F., but hey, this may be the only place for Vietnamese sandwiches in Marin.) ----------------------------Fresh Coffee and Sandwiches

969 Grand Ave., San Rafael 258.1688

BEST SAN RAFAEL RESTAURANT, BEST MEAL UNDER $20 If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever gone by the lunch line snaking around the bright, lime-green Sol Food restaurant on Third Street, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprised that this spirited restaurant won two Best of Marin awards this year. Even Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives has heard of Sol Food and featured the restau-

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rant on his Food Network show. With hot salsa beats serenading the clientele in the colorful, tropical setting, Sol Food was an instant hit from the day the doors opened. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to starving Marinites, Sol Food features a “day of the week” special that regulars yearn for. The housemade hot sauce and limonata

have a cult following. Sol Food would like all their customers to know how much they appreciate their patronage. ----------------------------Sol Food

901 Lincoln Ave. and 732 Fourth St., San Rafael 451.4765

Best San Rafael Restaurant 2ND Il Davide 3RD Panama Hotel

Best Meal Under $20 2ND Mi Pueblo, San Anselmo 3RD Joe’s Taco Lounge, Mill Valley

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Owner Richard Mayfield and chef Fidel Chacon of Seafood Peddler attribute their piscatorial popularity with diners to having “the freshest seafood around.” Live Maine lobsters shipped in daily from the East Coast, local Dungeness crab and petrale sole, sushi-grade ahi, Hawaiian mahi mahi, wild salmon and a variety of whole fish—on a menu of over 50 entrees— consistently lure diners into the waterfront restaurant for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. The Peddler’s expansive, marineinspired dining area also includes outside seating and three banquet rooms, plus a large bar with a lively happy hour (oysters!). ----------------------------Seafood Peddler

100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael 460.6669 2ND Fish, Sausalito 3RD Pacific Cafe, Kentfield

BEST SOUTHERN MARIN RESTAURANT So what makes the Buckeye Roadhouse the best restaurant in Southern Marin? “No one else has our ambience, atmosphere and service,” says chef-partner Robert Price, who’s been with the restaurant for seven years. “It appeals to everyone: hikers, commuters, people coming home from the symphony in black tie. The location’s terrific, right off the freeway on the way to the city, the beach and Mt. Tam. We have an amazing bar with great cocktails and a warm, clubby ambience. In the dining room there’s that wonderful fireplace that gives the place its great hunting lodge feel. The service is impeccable, and my partners and I (Peter Schumacher, Bill Upson and Bill Higgins) are really passionate about food.” Viz.: salmon tartare with wasabi cream and caviar; house-smoked chicken salad with almonds, apples and Maytag blue cheese; smoked Sonoma duck with lentils and goat cheese ravioli; filet mignon with green peppercorns and gruyere potato gratin; baked lemon pudding with huckleberry sauce...sold. ----------------------------Buckeye Roadhouse

15 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley 331.2600 2ND Sushi Ran, Sausalito 3RD Poggio, Sausalito

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Voted Best Southern Marin & Best American Food Restaurant You Voted, We Thank You . . . For your continuing support. For letting the Buckeye be part of your life and your community. For us, consistency is something we embrace every single day. It is one thing to say it and quite another to hear it from our guests. We thank you and look forward to seeing you soon. Sincerely, Buckeye Roadhouse & the Entire Staff DON’T FORGET TO STOP BY OUR GOURMET COMMUTER COFFEE HUT EVERY WEEKDAY BETWEEN 6 AM & 10 AM

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BEST THAI RESTAURANT When Thep Lela started offering a dish called “Crying Tiger,” customers wondered if this was a menu-ized comment on the troubles of a well-known professional golfer. Owners Natalie and Sak Kamloom insist this was unintentional. Their menus are known for their authentic, light, vegetablerich and healthy fare, which makes them a multiple Best of Marin winner. “Customers tell us their doctors recommend they eat here,” Natalie says. What makes their restaurant so good, the Kamlooms say, is that they have the complete game—the quality of the food, the preparation, the setting and the service—all at a very good price. And they serve cocktails, which brings everything up to par. ----------------------------Thep Lela Thai Restaurant

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BEST ‘TRENDY’ PLACE IN NOVATO A recent addition to the trendy east end of Novato’s Grant Avenue—if anything in my hometown can be called “trendy”—Anokha Cuisine of India serves pungent, scrumptious vittles in a warm, quiet atmosphere that encourages lingering. Omnivores and vegetarians alike will find sustenance for body and soul on the recession-adjusted menu. Highly recommended: the bengan bartha (“eggplant delicacy”), channa masala (chickpeas with tomatoes, herbs and spices), chicken tikka masala, tandoori prawns and goa fish curry. Big enough to accommodate groups but small enough for intimate dates, Anokha has only one

drawback: The owners are too polite to enforce the “no cell phones” sign posted on the door. ----------------------------Anokha Cuisine of India

811 Grant Ave., Novato 892.3440

BEST TWIN CITIES RESTAURANT The airy, light-filled dining room at Picco enhances the experience here, but nothing could outshine the food: a selection of shared plates, all perfectly executed. Relying on local, seasonal ingredients, the menu changes regularly, but always offers a mix and fusion of cuisines and enough variety to please the pickiest palates. The food is topnotch, but the atmosphere is not at all formal—something about sharing contributes to a more relaxed vibe. The wine list is outstanding, with a selection of bottles from near and far. And service is professional, never stuffy. The Marin Mondays menu showcases the finest from the county’s farms, ranches and wineries, including many locals’ favorite producers who sell their goods at the Marin Farmers Market on a regular basis. ----------------------------Picco

320 Magnolia Ave., Larkpsur 924.0300 2ND Marin Joe’s, Corte Madera 3RD Il Fornaio, Corte Madera

BEST WEST MARIN RESTAURANT Local oyster-eating experts agree: there are few more satisfying ways to down a delectable dozen than while overlooking Tomales Bay at sunset with an icy pint of beer or glass of chilled bubbly. And at Nick’s Cove, with its Pat Kuleto-styled roadhouse ambience, they pay major culinary homage to the best that Marin and Sonoma counties have to offer. Their menu—spanning all

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meals of the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;focuses on local, fresh, organic and sustainable by way of seafood, meats, produce, cheese, beer and wine, exalting classic waterfront fare with contemporary ďŹ&#x201A;are and a bucolic attention to detail. At turns romantic and lively, Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is your West Marin destination to bivalve bliss and general gastronomic glee. ----------------------------Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cove



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