Avatar's Punjabi Burrito: Best food for well under $10 - a MUST!!!!!!
When i travel, the only thing i miss is my Punjabi burrito. The owners are from the Punjab region of india and their food is prepared with love and care that you can taste! The burritos are wrapped in a naan bread with mango chutney, chick peas and a few other exciting tastes! It is a small restaurant with about three tables.
You can also take your burrito to Marin County's infamous Sweetwater Cafe down the block and wash it down with a beer while listening to local music.
They also own a slightly more formal sit-down restaurant in Sausalito. The food there is amazing as well!
Sausalito, CA 94965
Tel: (415) 332-8083
Ask owner Ashok for Vegan dishes offered all day.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is blackened mixed vegetables. Other flavors i love are pumpkin or sweet potato burritos.
Vegan special offered all day …Burrito or Rice plate $7.50
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Piazza DÁngelo: The place to be seen in Mill Valley
Piazza DÁngelo in the heart of Mill Valley is obviously the restaurant of choice for locals and tourists alike. I enjoyed a fabulous meal there recently but I would suggest booking ahead as this vibrant family run Italian eatery was packed with people mostly locals I would imagine.
The restaurant has a fabulous Italian family dinner feel to it. Noisy, warm and welcoming it has a bar area (great while waiting) and separate dining areas. On the evening I was there the front windows were opened to create a terrace feel and I also noticed large groups enjoying each others company in a garden patio area at the rear of the restaurant.
What about the food you say - FABULOUS!!!!
I enjoyed a salad to begin which was a yummy combination of lettuce, fennel, walnuts, parmesan, white beans and balsamic and then a beautifully fresh unfussy pizza bursting with flavour.
Obviously being an Italian restaurant there is no shortage of pasta dishes on the menu and tables around me seemed to be enjoying seafood dishes also.
Its busy, noisy and vibrant but the atmosphere and service is first rate. Quite a contrast to the gorgeous laid back feel of Mill Valley but obviously judging by the long time waiting for tables the locals LOVE it and so did I.
Favorite Dish: Insalata con Fagoli e Noci
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Piazza d'Angelo: Like in Italy
This restaurant has been in the center of Mill Valley for almost 30 years. We went there when it first opened. The two brothers from Italy who started it are still there and doing a fabulous job! Just moved back to California and was excited it was still there, and was even better than I remember. It was absolutely packed with people. It looked like people without reservations were waiting at least an hour. The wine list is extensive -- mostly Italian. The wine steward knows everything about every wine -- I wouldn't choose a wine without his description and confirmation that it would meet my taste preferences.
The service is outstanding. Everything about the place is just like being in a restaurant in Italy. Nice outside patio too. Prices are less expensive than anywhere else for this quality and service, even though it is not inexpensive.
Favorite Dish: Pasta, pasta, pasta. Everything on the daily menu. Fish, duck, salads. EVERYTHING!
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First Crush: Marvelous food, intimate atmosphere
Our first visit was for Valentine's Day. Instead of their standard, a la carte menu, they had a single prix fixe menu from which one could choose from a variety of tasty sounding dishes. The tables all had long-stem red roses, had heart-shaped confetti spread upon them and the ceiling was filled with red, white and heart shaped mylar baloons. The background music was a wonderful mix of bassonova and acid jazz. All in all, a great atmosphere! The food, oh, the food... we're still TOO FULL.
Favorite Dish: The prix fixe menus was just fabulous. There were two or three choices for each course: appetizer, soup, salad, main course and dessert. Each course was also paired with a delicious wine, including port or muscat with dessert. Mmmm. Aside from the appetizer, we got different dishes per course and shared them. All in all we had: Wild mushrooms in a polenta tarte, topped with melted brie; beet and fennel soup; dungeness crab soup; frisse and endive salad with fresh mandarin oranges; chopped salad with spiced pecans, apples and maytag blue cheese; filet mignon with potatoes au gratin and onion rings; chillean sea bass in parmesan crust atop turnip puree and baked tomato; molten chocolate cake with crema con leche ice cream; rhubarb crisp with buttermilk ice cream. OH MY GOD, MY STOMACH HURTS -- TOO MUCH FOOD. But it was SO good.
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The Dipsea Cafe: Excellent food, poor service
The Dipsea Cafe in Mill Valley is one of two restaurants in Marin County. It is named for the famous Dipsea Trail/Dipsea Race from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it's good, local, hearty fare at a decent price. The restaurant is decorated in classic Americana and has a warm, open, friendly feel. I visited on a Sunday morning and the place was slammed with locals, mostly upper class Caucasian clientele.
The food was first class - hot, generous, and delicious!
The service was not very good. The waitress was extremely busy, we had to wait 20 minutes for our coffee, and the entrees came 45 minutes later. It was difficult getting refills on our coffee. Granted, the waitress was doing the best she could, I think the place was understaffed.
The parking is difficult - valet service would be helpful, we had a tough time getting out of the lot. Unfortunately, this is a common problem in Marin.
Favorite Dish: We had breakfast, and the pancakes were excellent. The portions were very generous, hot and delicious! The orange juice was fresh squeezed!!! Everything was great.
Stefanos: Pizza in the heart of Mill Valley's downtown!
Stefanos is a wonderful pizzeria in the heart of downtown Mill Valley. A long time sponsor of Little League, Girlscouts and other charities, Stefanos not only serves a great pizza but does so with a conscious!
Stefanos pizza is a local teen fave and kids often hang out during the weekends in or around Stefanos. The pizza, which can be bought by the slice or by the pie, is delicous. It's crust is thin and crispy, the melted cheese is flavorfull, and a free soda comes with a slice!
Slices of cheese pizza which can be bought already-made are $3.60 with complimentary sodas. Pies range from $13 to $18 dollars.
Two insider tips:
1. Stefanos slices are very, very large. It is unnecessary to buy two unless you are extremely hungry.
2. The slices are always fresh and warm, but if you are a picky eater and want your slice very fresh and very warm, order an extra topping. Stefanos rarely simply adds another topping onto pre-made cheese slices, they make a fresh pizza with the topping of your choice and serve it to you in the slice.
All in all, Stefanos is a charming, cheap, and delicous way to eat a meal in Mill Valley.
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Buckeye Roadhouse: Always busy, always marvelous
Excerpt from the Buckeye's website that really sums up the atmosphere: "This charming landmark has been part of Marin's postcard scenery since 1937. New ownership launched a major renovation in the early 1990s, enhancing the structure's inherent country warmth and embellishing its interior with a large river-rock fireplace, Italian light fixtures, commissioned artwork, strands of cable from the Golden Gate, and a moosehead trophy affectionately known as "Buckwinkle." The atmosphere in the upstairs and downstairs dining rooms and in the tavern bar blends the air of a cozy hunting lodge with the genuine comfort of a well-tended home."
The restaurant and bar are allllways crowded, so going at peak dinner reservation hours means you'll be elbowing your way to the bar to get a cocktail. If you're really hungry or claustrophobic, you might not enjoy your experience. However, if you can deal with that, then you'll definitely enjoy the place.
Favorite Dish: Favorite appetizer is Oysters Bingo. Oh my goodness are they good! Last night my main course was mongolian pork chops with chive mashed potatoes. WOW, it was delicous and perfect! Favorite cocktail: buckshot. Mmmm.
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