Best New Food Spots in Marin County

These businesses were lucky enough to have the bragging rights to say they opened just before the world changed. Supporting them, however, will be easy. From sandwiches to doughnuts, these are the best things we think have happened to the Marin food scene in 2020.


With Chef Michael Siegel in the kitchen, and the Higgins brothers running the house, this popular Mill Valley spot opened to much fanfare in November of 2019.  Get the Shorty’s Tall Reuben and the roasted beet salad with za’atar spiced labneh on their 10 table outdoor patio, or order take-out online.  

Pink Owl Coffee 

Opened in February 2020 in Downtown San Rafael. Sit on their makeshift patio and treat yourself to an Iced Coffee and a Third Culture Bakery Butter Mochi Donut, or make it two.

Hog Island Larkspur 

Opened in March 2020 this West Marin staple has found a new tony digs at the Marin Country Mart in Larkspur Get a dozen of the Oyster Bar Mix or heavenly oyster po-boy. Next level fresh!

Lou’s Takeaway 

Opened in August 2019 in Terra Linda by Anthony aka Lou should not get overlooked. Get the Braised Pork Belly Plate. You will soon feel like a Marin insider when you check this little powerhouse out, take-out only.  

Revel & Roost Brick Oven Kitchen 

Opened in September 2019 by Chef Mark Edwards on B Street in San Rafael. Offering dining al fresco from 4 to 8 for dinner and take-out. Absolutely get the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich.  

The 2020 Food Category was sponsored by California Film Institute.

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Bay Area-native Troy Quintillan-Rios loves everything food and is constantly looking for the newest and greatest things to eat and drink in Marin County and San Francisco. Witness his passion on Instagram (@destroyeats), which has a huge following thanks to his mouth-watering food photography. When he’s not on social media, he’s managing restaurants and has been in the industry for 10 years. In his free time, Quintillan-Rios enjoys hiking Marin’s trails, sunbathing on the beach and cooking with his husband at home.