Where to Eat: Ross and San Anselmo
Ross and San Anselmo may appear a bit way out of the way on the map, but for those in the know, they’re just the right size, offering plenty of options for dining out. The town has a few heavy-hitters, such as Heidi Krahling’s Insalata’s, a Michelin Bib Gourmand winner. A plethora of restaurants, bakeries, and cafes that make this spot more than trek-worthy for those seeking a dining destination deep in central Marin, and provides tempting incentive to never stray beyond the borders for the local residents.
Baan Thai Cuisine | Comforts Cafe | Creekside Pizza & Tap Room | Cucina Sa | Flour Craft Bakery | Insalata’s | L’Appart Resto | Madcap | Marinitas | M.H. Bread and Butter | Marche Aug Fleurs | Pizzalina | Sushi 69 | Taco Jane’s | Valenti & Co.
Baan Thai Cuisine
Thai, $$ Lunch and Dinner
Known for its mango sticky rice, this restaurant is committed to serving fresh, local and seasonal food. Warm up with the tom kha soup or stave off the heat with a lychee iced tea.
726 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo
American, $$ Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Established in 1986, Comforts has a cozy sit-down patio and serves breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. A large takeout section offers fresh bakery items, seasonal salads, soups, sandwiches and even entrees for dinner at home. Besides the famous Chinese chicken salad, other winners are the stuffed pecan-crusted French toast, flavorful scrambles, Chicken Okasan (nicknamed “Crack Chicken” by fans) and wonton soup.
335 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo
Creekside Pizza & Tap Room
American, $$ Dinner
Under the direction of chef Janet Abrahamson, Creekside serves American-style artisan pizza (vegan and gluten-free options available) and organic salads, along with an extensive selection of craft beer on tap and Northern California wines. There’s a daily happy hour, a big-screen TV and a banquet room available by reservation.
638 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo
Italian, $$ Dinner
Homemade pastas, seasonal salads, and wood-fired pizzas strike a balance between southern Italy and northern California at Cucina. Proprietor Donna Seymour recently revamped the cozy space on San Anselmo Ave., adding a 30 seat bar and outdoor seating on the bridge. Plans are in the works for the upstairs mezzanine to become a lounge.
510 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo
Flour Craft Bakery
American, $ Breakfast, Lunch
Along with artisan gluten-free pastries, breads and special-occasion cakes, this place serves lunch, with dairy-free and vegan choices available. Customer favorites include oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, decadent cinnamon rolls, flourless hazelnut brownies and the bakery’s signature granola.
702 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo
Mediterranean, $$$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
Award-winning chef Heidi Krahling’s restaurant features delicious, soulful Mediterranean fare, as well as food-to-go at a counter inside.
120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo
French, $$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
Savor a range of French and local favorites or a $36 three-course prix fixe menu in an energetic yet sophisticated setting. There’s live music on Thursdays; dinner Monday to Saturday; lunch and brunch Friday to Sunday.
636 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo
California Chef Ron Siegel has opened his first solo venture in a contemporary art-filled space with an urban edge. The vegetable-centric menu incorporates seafood and local ingredients, fusing California and Japanese cuisines in colorful dishes that are bold, balanced and bright.
198 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo
Mexican, $$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
This sister restaurant of Insalata’s continues to flourish as a bastion of creative Mexican and Central and South American cuisine. Not your typical south-of-the-border spot, Marinitas serves up top-notch margaritas and Latin lusciousness.
218 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo
M.H. Bread and Butter
California, $$ Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
A one-stop shop for everything from coffee and pastries to artisan bread, with a seasonal brunch menu. High-quality ingredients and a comfortable atmosphere make MH worth checking out.
101 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo
Marche Aux Fleurs
French, $$ Dinner
A local favorite known for cuisine showcasing locally farmed produce, wild and fresh seafood and free-range meats prepared with an artisan’s touch, accompanied by a lengthy wine and beer list (bacon, wine and beer are available for sale). Thursday night is hamburger night; requesting your burger with your reservation is recommended (quantities are limited).
23 Ross Common, Ross
Italian, $$ Lunch and Dinner
Along with handmade pizzas baked in a wood oven, you’ll find classic shrimp risotto and a caprese salad with mozzarella di bufala. Menus change daily according to seasonal markets but always include salads, antipastos, house-made pastas and main dishes. Outdoor dining available.
914 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo
Japanese, $$$ Dinner
Opened in 2001 in San Anselmo, Sushi 69 has been a favorite for locals looking to get their fill of no-frills sushi. The owner hails from Japan and has created an extensive menu featuring traditional tempura and the popular Hiro’s roll (spicy tuna with avocado, salmon and ponzu sauce wrapped in sushi rice).
69 Center Blvd, San Anselmo
Mexican, $$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
Taco Jane’s full bar features a robust tequila and mezcal selection. Its regional Mexican cuisine includes Oaxacan mole, fish tacos and vegetarian options. Black Gold salsa arrives with complimentary chips and is created using charred blackened tomatoes and roasted chilis. Live music Thursdays, enclosed patio seating all year round, weekday happy hour 4:30 to 6 p.m.
21 Tamalpais Ave, San Anselmo
Valenti & Co.
Italian, $$$ Dinner
This bright and cozy space is the ideal environment for authentic Italian dishes made with local ingredients. A seat at the chef’s table gives a prime view of the open kitchen.
337 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo