In the kitchen of Mauro's Pizza & Pasta, cooks make yeast-leavened dough by hand using organic flour as other cooks slow-cook tomato sauce with locally grown organic vegetables and herbs. Handcrafted signature pizzas such as the Genovese sport artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto, and custom pies are available in diverse combinations. For takeout, daily entree specials include artichoke lasagna with tomato-cream sauce and handmade ravioli pouches stuffed with butternut squash and walnut-sage brown butter—each designed to fill family dinner tables or family neck-mounted trays if tables have already been eaten.
The Hummingbird's skilled chefs use almost entirely local, farm-fresh ingredients to craft classic New Orleans dishes such as beignets, shrimp creole, and towering muffuletta sandwiches. The only nonlocal items in the kitchen are alligator and sausages culled directly from The Big Easy and a wooden spoon whittled from a North Pole spruce tree. In addition to slinging lunch and dinner dishes, The Hummingbird serves Cajun-inspired breakfast fare, including plates of chicken and waffles and cups of traditional chicory coffee. The casual café slakes sweet cravings with milkshakes and pies.
A shingled two-story home has housed Muffin Mania since January 4, 1983, when late musician Rocky Sullivan opened the bakery to fulfill his Sicilian family's culinary legacy. Today, Rocky's wife, Ilona Agress, and his son, Dylan Galante, carry on the epicurean heritage by trekking to that same idyllic dwelling at 3 a.m. six days of the week to whip up fresh batches from scratch.
The duo shuns preservatives while assembling the café's rotating roster of muffins and instead brandishes all-natural ingredients to create such flavors as jalapeño and cheese and maple walnut. Sweet scones, croissants, and pastries join forces with top-quality coffee to devise powerful breakfasts, and Muffin Mania's fresh-baked bread cushions the hot and cold sandwiches that headline a smattering of lunch fare. A multitude of gluten-free and vegan muffins accommodate dietary requirements and some scavenger-hunt participants.
The first thing guests see when they enter My Thai Restaurant is a woman sitting in prayer as water rains down on her, surrounded by foliage. The fountain carving, along with gold- and burgundy-striped walls, infuses the eatery with what the San Rafael Patch dubs a “trendy, modern, and comfortable” atmosphere.
The menu includes both traditional and eclectic dishes, including curries, noodles, fried rice, and barbecue dishes. To contrast orders of panang curry with chicken and barbecue roasted duck, the kitchen also churns out more than a dozen seafood-specific dishes, including the popular "healthy bowl" with grilled salmon, mixed grains, shredded green mango, avocado, pickled ginger, and dried cherries and blueberries.
The restaurant's name refers to the metaphysical poet Rumi, whose quotes "I drank that wine of which the soul is its vessel …” line the dining room's butter-hued walls. Wall sconces illuminate plates of Persian-style kebabs such as filet mignon or prawns, as well as bowls of hearty stews with walnuts, pomegranate, and sundried lime. Nearby alcoves in the walls provide window-like suggestions of tree branches, birdcages, and fake pies cooling.
After admiring the décor, diners can dig into creamy hummus and stuffed grape leaves before main courses of salmon and trout fillets sautéed in delicate lemon butter sauces. After enjoying a glass of wine in the comfort of a burnt-orange banquette, guests can study Rumi's verses and attempt to think of words that rhyme with his name.
At Marin Murder Mysteries, dinner mates may ask you to pass the rolls just before they begin chipping away at your alibi. That’s because guests are both suspects and sleuths during the theater troupe’s interactive performances, attempting to tally the clues and pinpoint the culprit's motive. Each year, the cast and crew serve up three to four different shows that inject generous portions of slapstick into the familiar detective genre. The writers and directors have a particular fondness for the noir-soaked era of the 1950s, with such past plays as Remains to be Seen, Murder Me, Always, and Death of a Doornail. During the show, guests have the option to dine on a gourmet dinner or sip cocktails from a cash bar.