By using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, chefs can save kitchen space, tossing out storage containers and releasing all their cows from the walk-in pantry. Savor uncluttered flavors with this Groupon.
- $45 for $70 worth of upscale American cuisine for two
In the grape-studded shadow of Napa and Sonoma’s sprawling vineyards, Novato’s local growers surrender their fresh, seasonal produce to Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar, where Executive Chef Harold Solomon crafts a menu of new American classics. Skewers spear marinated chicken cloaked in thai chili sauce on the gluten-free menu, which caters to restrictive diets and long-standing family feuds with wheat. Dry-rubbed ribs and marinated flat iron steak crush carnivorous cravings, as does the penne pasta à la bolognese’s robust homemade meat sauce. Thrifty snackers can peruse the bistro menu’s trim selection of casual fare, which includes a guacamole-smothered chicken quesadilla and a marinated flat iron sandwich. Made in-house, chocolate lava cake provides a sumptuous alternative to the liquid nitrogen shots that typically chase sips of smoky single-malt scotches from Glenlivet and Lagavulin.
Guests can cozy up to the flagstone fireplace or bask in outdoor seating alongside the adjoining Inn Marin’s crystalline pool, where toes tap to the dulcet melodies and scatted drink orders pouring from live jazz players on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Rickey's Restaurant & Bar
Chef Harold Solomons food shines beneath the golden chandeliers at Rickey's Restaurant & Bar. On Fridays and Saturday nights from 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., when live jazz musicians take the stage, light dances across drum shells and the bodies of guitars. Shoots of steam bloom from dishes crafted with ingredients from small local growers. Pan-seared scallops land at tables wrapped in bacon alongside parmesan polenta and sautéed fresh vegetables, and creamy risotto brims with sautéed shiitake mushrooms, yellow corn, green peas, and cherry tomatoes like a farmer’s list of emergency contacts. Chefs dry rub and slowly roast baby back ribs, and waiters help make selections from a list of wines, spirits, and beers from brewers including Moylan’s.