New in Town: March 2020
This month's newest eats, drinks, other happenings in and around Marin.
EAT & DRINK
Expanding its restaurant footprint deeper into Marin, Hog Island Oyster Co. is slated to open at the end of the month at the Marin Country Mart in the space that once housed Togo’s. With views of Richardson Bay and Mount Tam and the same bay-to-bar philosophy as the Tomales Bay original, the Larkspur outpost features the hand-harvested briny bounty of the West Marin oyster farm and shack. The full-service restaurant is seafood-centric with an array of to-go options and a dedicated seafood counter with finfish and shellfish to cook at home. A full bar offers seasonal cocktails, beer and wine. (Opening soon)
New culinary director Stacy Scott and new manager Chuck Ciaccio stepped in at Whistlestop’s Jackson Cafe in early January. The duo, who also operate Stacy Scott Catering in Marin, revamped the menu to include global flavors suited to the season. Pan-roasted salmon, with za’atar and minted yogurt sauce, and chicken tinga enchiladas with tomatillo cream recently graced the menu. Situated across from the San Rafael Transit Center, the cafe is open for weekday lunch and a community breakfast on the first Friday of the month.
Named after Mina Group president Patric Yumul’s daughter, Indie Superette opened in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood where Real Food Co. once was. At the counter, order from a plant-based menu of smoothies, acai bowls, veggie burgers, salads and wraps, vegan ice cream, and gluten-free pastries and take them to go or enjoy on the outdoor patio shared with Shake Shack. Interior and exterior produce stands and market-style shelves are stocked with artisanal products and foods to prepare at home.
Owner Ariel Kleckner Ford recently expanded her San Francisco frozen yogurt, custard and dairy-free soft-serve shops called Easy Breezy to a fourth location at Corte Madera Town Center. Special flavors like vegan Salty Dog Caramel and Moscow Mule change frequently, but always available favorites include vanilla custard, chocolate custard, high-protein vanilla bean yogurt and original tart yogurt.
With the intention of bringing the joy of pao de quejo to people beyond Berkeley (where his first restaurant opened in 2018), Del Rodrigues opened Brazilian Breads, a catering and baking hub and takeout shop, in San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood. The gluten-free, cheesy bites are the house specialty, and the menu includes sandwiches, tapioca crepes and acai bowls, Brazilian coffee, and desserts like brigadeiro and carrot cake.
With 10 SoCal locations, SunLife Organics is moving north, opening shops in Palo Alto and most recently at Marin Country Mart. Signature shakes like the Alchemist with kale, cucumber, and whole aloe vera leaf, acai bowls and fresh-pressed custom juices scream “juice bar” while superfood-powered teas, lattes and coffee say “cafe.” You decide.
Corte Madera Town Center recently welcomed the latest outpost of Berkeley’s Fieldwork Brewing, which opened in early February in the former Marin Pizza space. A tight menu of pizzas, salads and shareable bites rounds out the day’s list of IPAs, pilsners and a changing lineup of freshly made beer.
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Christina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract Publishing, Sunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her child’s school, and supports the Marin Audubon Society, PEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.