The menu here includes Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese or artisan tea blends and a selection of small bites, including locally made granola with Straus Family Creamery yogurt, farro, Japanese-style green tea roll cake, and green tea ice cream. 109 North Street.
Valette is the newest venture from chef Dustin Valette, formerly of Dry Creek Kitchen, and his brother Aaron Garzini. Located on Center Street, Valette has a contemporary rustic feel. The restaurant features a tasting menu, fresh pastas, local meats, housemade charcuterie, bespoke cheeses and the chef’s signature scallops en croute. 344 Center Street.
Wild Flowers Saloon (Closed)
In the location of the former Frank & Ernie’s in the center of downtown, Wild Flowers Saloon is a labor of love from husband and wife Vivian and Howard Flowers. The down-to-earth, family-friendly restaurant and bar offers great steaks, chicken and ribs along with cocktails, beers and local wines. 9 Mitchell Lane, 707.433.4500
This article originally appeared in Marin Magazine’s print edition under the headline: “Fresh Eats“.
Mimi Towle has been the editor of Marin Magazine for over a decade. She lived with her family in Sycamore Park and Strawberry and thoroughly enjoyed raising two daughters in the mayhem of Marin’s youth sports; soccer, swim, volleyball, ballet, hip hop, gymnastics and many many hours spent at Miwok Stables. Her community involvements include volunteering at her daughter’s schools, coaching soccer and volleyball (glorified snack mom), being on the board of both Richardson Bay Audubon Center. Currently residing on a floating home in Sausalito, she enjoys all water activity, including learning how to steer a 6-person canoe for the Tamalpais Outrigger Canoe Club. Born and raised in Hawaii, her fondness for the islands has on occasion made its way into the pages of the magazine.