In its warm and unassuming atmosphere aglow in red, purple, and gold, Peking Palace has been culinarily composing more than 120 sizzling Hunan, Szechuan, Mandarin, and Cantonese dishes for more than 30 years. Those longing for lunch and libations may peruse plenteous lunch menu items, such as kung-pao chicken ($7.50) or a cantonese combination plate of beef lo mein and sweet and sour chicken with fried prawns for taste buds unsatisfied with the singular ($7.85).
Craig Fruchter and Stephanie Schreiber, a husband-and-wife duo, team up with an impassioned troupe of instructors to lead students toward mental and physical health through a lineup of Bikram and power-yoga classes. Their dual locations swirl with balmy temperatures to loosen tight ligaments and help students ease deeper into the tension-relieving stretches. The warm air pricks beads of sweat on shoulders and brows while flushing out toxins and the spleen's discarded Funyun bags. With an eye on preserving the environment, both studios are scrubbed with nontoxic cleaning products each day and feature textured rubber floors and fresh-air ventilation systems. Marin Magazine in 2010 named Red Dragon one of the best yoga studios in Marin, and Pacific Sun named the business the best Marin yoga studio in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Using wrung-from-the-wild seafood, Skippers serves up made-to-order dishes to fill grumbling stomachs and silence attention-seeking appetites. Start with the creamy clam chowder nestled in a sourdough-bread bowl ($5.99), or opt for the three-piece signature fish and chips ($6.99), bringing together ocean life and potato in a hunger-satisfying harmony usually reserved for peanut jelly and butter. The three-piece cod ($8.25) is hand dipped in tempura for optimum crunching, while the fresh grilled halibut ($13.50) encourages tongue purring. Skippers also features salads, sandwiches, and a menu for kiddies, as well as sides such as hush puppies and shrimp. Enjoy nautical nourishment without having to buy your family’s ancient deep-sea diving helmet back from the iron grasp of the Internet with a meal at Skippers.
Chan Bistro owners Katia Chan and Meo Goldstein sojourn to local markets each morning to gather fresh ingredients for the meals their patrons will order that day, according to the Pacific Northwest Inlander's feature on the eatery. The married couple's emphasis on freshness carries over to the recipes they serve, and they prepare all of their rich sauces in-house. Though adept at all manner of culinary styles, Katia and Meo primarily dole out variations on traditional Asian dishes, such as the fuji sweet-and-sour chicken breaded with panko and topped with grilled pineapple. Vegetarian entrees, such as Sichuan-style steamed Silken tofu with fresh garlic and scallions, allow diners of different dietary persuasions to sup together and compare chewing techniques. Diners dig into Katia and Meo’s recipes beside a photographic backdrop of Hong Kong’s gleaming skyline, a nod to Katia's hometown, which she describes as “the heaven of food.”
Chef Ramiro Urbina is no stranger to Chinese cuisine. Working for restaurants such as Panda Express, Flaming Wok, and PF Changs, Urbina honed his skills before becoming the chef and owner of Happy Dragon Express.
Each of Happy Dragon’s classic Chinese favorites—such as kung pao chicken, mongolian beef, and fortune cookies crammed with lines from The Karate Kid—is made daily from fresh, flavorful ingredients. Customers can gather their lunch or dinner into a convenient to-go box, or kick back at a table and watch TV inside the cozy restaurant.
Most locals know El Sombrero simply as "The Hat," a colloquialism that reflects the community's affection for this casual Mexican restaurant and cantina. But locals aren't the only ones who have taken notice. Visitors travel from far and wide to taste what might just be the best burrito in the Pacific Northwest: El Sombrero's famous tequila shrimp burrito. The shrimp-stuffed behemoth, which is cooked in tequila for 30 seconds before being finished in fine oils and placed on a bed of rice and covered in sauce, is a perennial favorite and the most popular item on the menu, but that shouldn't dissuade you from trying the sizzling fajitas and tacos, all of which are cooked fresh daily. Come in on Saturday and you'll have time to sample them all, thanks to flat-screen televisions that broadcast hours of Pac-12 games. Cheers for the Cougars can even be heard on the outdoor patio, where guests enjoy the open air and sip margaritas.