Last November, when I had to track down a dozen or so chefs (did I mention it was the holidays) for our February Tastemakers of Marin article Justin gave me a run for my money. In fact I had to actually go to Murray Circle, dine on the delicious cioppino he makes, just to make sure we could get his answers. Oh, the trouble I go to for our readers…
Favorite appetizer: Oysters, cheese and charcuterie out at the Hog Island Oyster farm.
Most creative salad: Smoked herring salad with potatoes artichokes and mushrooms at Le Garage.
Go to takeout: Sol Food late night—a Cubano, a Mofongo and a coconut water.
Farm to table entrée: I always see the chefs from Picco at the Thursday market. The Marin Monday Menu always looks inspired.
Best gut bomb: Fish and chips at Fish in Sausalito.
Bringing out-of-towners: Tomales Bay Oyster Co. This is a excellent spot where a very diverse group of people gather. It is an amazing display of many different food cultures all intermingling with each other.
Romantic meal: Sushi Ran has a cool relaxed atmosphere that sets the tone for a great night.
Favorite bar dining: Bar Bocce has a stellar view off the patio.
Celebratory dessert: Ethan Howard’s Chocolate tasting at Murray Circle. Hands down.