Diners in Tamalpais-Homestead Valley


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  • Tiburon Diner
    For more than 50 years, Tiburon Diner was known as Dave and Mike's—an "Adult Day Care Center," as its menu proclaimed. Dave retired in early 2012, and the business adopted its current moniker, changing its name but remaining a place for Tiburonites to sit down at the counter over cups of coffee, browse the eatery's free WiFi , and eat their morning newspapers. In the kitchen, Mike (the head chef) prepares heartier helpings of large pancakes and three-cheese omelets for breakfast and patty melts and half-pound burgers for lunch, serving each plate amid the diner's homey decor of blue trim and vintage photographs of Old Tiburon.
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    1640 Tiburon Blvd.
    Tiburon, CA US
  • Fifi's Diner
    Old school dessert, entrees, and sides will not disappoint at Fifi's Diner. The menu at Fifi's Diner is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options. Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Fifi's Diner. Make a reservation to ensure your table is ready when you are. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Fifi's Diner's cooking from the comfort of their own home. Fifi's Diner is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat. For a night out with great food that won't break the budget, head to Fifi's Diner.
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    284 Bon Air Ctr
    Greenbrae, CA US
  • Marin Murder Mysteries Dinner Theatre
    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.
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    931 4th Street
    San Rafael, CA US
  • Laurel Heights
    In 1947, owners Mel Weiss and Harold Dobbs assembled a staff of 14 carhops to serve passing motorists at the first Mel's Drive-In. For the next two decades, customers partial to automobile dining flocked to the chain’s 11 California locations, eager to wash down grass-fed half-pound burgers with thick milk shakes. As fast-food outlets outpaced the drive-in's once-speedy service, its popularity declined, and it was eventually scheduled for demolition. The building got a temporary reprieve, however, when filmmaker George Lucas decided to use the drive-in's original location on Lombard Street as the colorful backdrop for his film American Graffiti. As bulldozers destroyed the last remnants of the historic drive-in, American Graffiti opened in theaters. A decade later, though, Mel's son Steven reopened Mel's Drive-In in an attempt to carry on his father's dream. Steven restored the drive-in's multiple locations to mirror their original motif by stocking each with midcentury must-haves such as illuminated marquees, jukeboxes, and Elvis-themed WiFi passwords. The drive-in’s menu, meanwhile, balances period-appropriate fare, such as hot dogs and burgers, with healthy options, such as the Haven’s Famous vegetarian sandwich, two slices of nine-grain bread topped with avocado, sprouts, and tomatoes.
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    3355 Geary Blvd.
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Louis Restaurant
    Louis’ Restaurant: A User’s Guide Waterfront, Cliff-Top Dining | 80 Years of History | Organic, Local, Fair-Trade Ingredients | Diner Menu Sample Menu: Breakfast: coffee with a cheddar-filled, chili-stuffed omelet Lunch: Shrimp Louis salad Dinner: 8-ounce new york steak sandwich Beer: Anchor Steam Dessert: locally baked pie served à la mode The Setting: Louis' is nestled in the craggy, fog-blanketed cliffs of the Pacific Ocean. Massive windows not only showcase this stunning, panoramic landscape—with a red-streaked sunset if you time your visit right—but also indigenous and 19th-century ruins. This view, especially if taken in through the glass-walled corner booth, makes visitors feel like they're savoring their tuna melt in a fairy tale. The Ingredients Eggs: cage-free, and sourced from within 100 miles Produce: certified organic, and sourced from within 200 miles Meat: natural, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, vegetarian-fed, humanely-raised Bread: sourced from within 25 miles Desserts: sourced from within 25 miles Coffee: certified organic and certified fair trade Green Stuff: Louis’ prides itself on being an eco-friendly establishment, from its 55% recycled tiled floors to its compostable takeout containers, and most everything in between. History Valentine's Day, 1937: Married Greek immigrants Louis and Helen Hontalas open shop. In addition to a full menu of dine-in options, they sell peanuts and popcorn from wagons outside. 1939: Their son Constantine, third after John and Jim, is welcomed as the newest Hontalas. 1947: 27-year-old Rachel "Rosie" Lelchuk, wearing her signature flower in her hair, begins her 55-year career as a Louis' Restaurant server. 1973: The National Park Service acquires the land Louis' sits on, making the restaurant an official NPS concessioner. 1975: Jim, now the owner, dramatically renovates the building. 1988: The NPS opts to shutter Louis' Restaurant—but thousands upon thousands of customer-written postcards convince officials not to go through with it. 1997: Jim retires, and his sons Bill and Tom step in. 2002: Rosie retires at the age of 82. 2010: Another remodel gives the place a whole new look, and a contract with the NPS keeps the Hontalas family in charge for at least another 10 years.
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    902 Point Lobos Ave
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Toast Eatery
    Five Things to Know About Toast Eatery Toast Eatery satisfies the Bay Area’s breakfast and lunch cravings with its unique take on classic greasy-spoon fare. From Nutella-slathered pancakes to mac & cheese made with bleu cheese and cheddar, each dish invokes a simpler time while reflecting a modern sensibility. Here are some more facts to chew on before your visit: Breakfast is the main event. Guests can take their pick from 10 omelets, 10 scramblers, and 7 types of pancakes—not to mention house favorites such as corned beef hash and salmon benedicts. The French toast is a must-try. Cooks make this morningtime delicacy their own by dipping challah bread or a croissant into a special egg batter made with vanilla cream and cinnamon. *There are plenty of post-breakfast eats, too. Specialty salads, sandwiches, and burgers make it tempting to stick around for multiple meals. Hot, cold, and boozy beverages abound. From lattes to milkshakes to bloody mary’s, there’s a fix for everyone’s craving. There are two locations. Toast can be found on Church Street and 24th Street. Pro tip: the 24th Street spot stays open ’til 9 p.m. most nights, while Church Street calls it quits by 5 p.m. at the latest.
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    1748 Church St
    San Francisco, CA US