Northern California Eateries

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BODEGA BAY
 The Boat House, 1445 North Highway 1, Bodega Bay, CA; 707/875-3495. (July-August 2004)

The Duck Club Restaurant, at Bodega Bay Lodge & Spa, 103 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, CA; 707/875-3525 or woodsidehotels.com. Executive chef Jeffrey Reilly prepares succulent dishes such as Dungeness crab and avocado salad with passion fruit reduction; reservations recommended. (July-August 2004)

BOLINAS
 Blue Heron Inn, 11 Wharf Rd., Bolinas, CA; 415/868-1102 or blueheron-bolinas.com. One of the best dining options in town. (June 2006)

EUREKA
 The Lost Coast Brewery, 617 Fourth St., Eureka, CA; 707/445-4480 or lostcoast.com. Locally brewed beers and fresh clam chowder. (May-June 2003)

Samoa Cookhouse, 511 Vance Ave., Samoa, CA; 707/442-1659 or samoacookhouse.net. Serves everything family style. Even strangers become "family" after a few minutes of passing platters across red-checked tablecloths. (May-June 2003)

Six Rivers Brewery, 1300 Central Ave., McKinleyville, CA; 707/839-7580 or sixriversbrewery.com. Locally brewed beers and fresh clam chowder. (May-June 2003)

GUALALA
 Pangaea, 39165 S. Highway 1, Gualala, CA; 707/884-9669 or pangaeacafe.com. (April 2005)

HALF MOON BAY
 Barbara's Fish Trap, 281 Capistrano Rd., Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay, CA; 650/728-7049. Water views. (April 2007)

Ketch Joanne, 17 Johnson Pier, Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay, CA; 650/728-3747 or ketchjoannerestaurant.com. Water views. (April 2007)

Princeton Seafood Company, 9 Johnson Pier, Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay, CA; 650/726-2722 or princetonseafood.com. Water views. (April 2007)

MENDOCINO
 Little River Inn, 7901 N. Highway 1, Mendocino, CA; 888/466-5683 or littleriverinn.com. Executive chef Marc Dym matches robust Belgian beers with such dishes as potato-and-chanterelle gâteau, lobster-mushroom pot pie, and veal-porcini meatballs with white beans and Swiss chard. (October 2007)

Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, 301-B North Main St., Fort Bragg, CA; 707/964-2420 or rawfoodchef.com. (October 2007)

MacCallum House Inn & Restaurant, 45020 Albion St., Mendocino, CA; 800/609-0492 or maccallumhouse.com. When the fog rolls in, there's no better seat than next to a fire blazing in a river-stone fireplace, where you can enjoy Chef Alan Kantor's white clam gnocchi gratin. (October 2007, May 2008)

MOSS LANDING
 Charlie Moss's, 413 Moss Landing Rd., Moss Landing, CA; 831/633-0700 or philsfishmarket.com/charlie/charlie_moss.html. No trip to Moss Landing is complete without a taste of the artichokes Provençale at this upscale venture. (October 2003)

The Haute Enchilada Art Cafe, 7902 Moss Landing Rd. #A, Moss Landing, CA; 831/633-5843 or hauteenchilada.com. Run by The Whole Enchilada owner's daughter, this art café sits in the middle of the Moss Landing Antique Village. Stop by for an espresso and colorful folk art. (October 2003)

Moss Landing Lighthouse Harbor Grille, 79029 Hwy 1, Moss Landing, CA; 831/633-3858. Serves sinful seafood omelets and bottomless cups of coffee. (October 2003)

Phil's Fish Market and Eatery, 7600 Sandholtd Rd., Moss Landing, CA; 831/633-2152 or philsfishmarket.com. A local landmark; try the homemade cioppino. (October 2003)

Sea Harvest Fish Market & Restaurant, short distance north of Moss Landing Harbor, CA; 831/633-8300. Chef and general manager Mario Morales serves such dishes as fresh fish topped with sun-dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts from local farms. (March 2006)

The Whole Enchilada, Highway One and Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing, CA; 831/633-3068 or wenchilada.com. Offers traditional Mexican dishes and an extensive tequila bar. Enjoy prickly pear margaritas while watching the active marina. (October 2003, September 2006)

SAN FRANCISCO
 Buena Vista Café, 2765 Hyde St., San Francisco, CA; 415/474-5044 or thebuenavista.com. Above Aquatic Park; from morning to night, the Buena Vista serves Irish coffee, which became its signature drink in the early '50s. (March 2004)

Caffé Sport, 574 Green St., San Francisco, CA; 415/981-1251 or caffesport.citysearch.com. This is the place for rich, garlic-infused, old-fashioned pastas and fish, and big, simple salads, all served on over-size oval platters. (March 2004)

Fog City Diner, 1300 Battery St., San Francisco, CA; 415/982-2000 or fogcitydiner.com. Once the darling of the press with its glitzy opening in 1985, this ever-delightful spot has settled into a lively middle age. Locals still frequent the bar and wide booths for drinks, imaginative "small plates," and hearty comfort food. Thankfully, the spicy Red Curry Mussel Stew remains a staple. (March 2004)

Restaurant Gary Danko, 800 N. Point St., San Francisco, CA; 415/749-2060 or garydanko.com. Offers savoir-faire fare. (September 2006)

Kelly's Mission Rock, 817 Terry Francois Blvd., San Francisco, CA; 415/626-5355 or kellysmissionrock.com. Gives ample reason to the industrial and maritime China Basin neighborhood; on San Francisco's southeast side. (March 2004)

New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Ave., San Francisco, CA; 415/391-6666. For an authentic Chinatown experience, this hot restaurant fills the bill for shrimp dumplings, meat-stuffed buns, flaky custard tarts, and turnip cake (that has no turnips and it isn't cake!). (March 2004)

Slanted Door, 1 Ferry Building #3, San Francisco, CA; 415/861-8032 or slanteddoor.com. Vietnamese cuisine and awesome bay views from its Ferry Building location. (September 2006)

Ton Kiang, 5821 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA; 415/387-8273 or tonkiang.net. (March 2004)

SHELTER COVE
 Shelter Cove Deli, 492 Machi Rd., Shelter Cove, CA; 707/986-7474. Drop by to dine alfresco at a picnic table and sample fish-and-chips. (2000)

STINSON BEACH
 Parkside Café, 43 Arenal Ave., Stinson Beach, CA; 415/868-1272 or parksidecafe.com. Head to Parkside Café for some eggs and potatoes (or maybe a soy latte). (June 2006)

Sand Dollar, 3458 Shoreline Hwy, Stinson Beach, CA; 415/868-0434 or stinsonbeachrestaurant.com. (June 2006)

TIBURON
 Caprice, 2000 Paradise Dr., Tiburon, CA; 415/435-3400 or thecaprice.com. At the venerable Caprice, the décor, menu, and wine list matches the stunning bay view. Wild mushrooms in a phyllo shell, seared scallops in ginger beurre blanc, and Sonoma duck with pomegranate sauce count among the perfections. (November-December 2002)

Guaymas, 5 Main St., Tiburon, CA; 415/435-6300 or guaymasrestaurant.com. Named for a Gulf of California fishing village, Guaymas holds true to that cocina fresca regional. (November-December 2002)

New Morning Café, 1696 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, CA; 415/435-4315. Serves up a Bay Area classic: eggs, ground beef, spinach, garlic, onions, and Parmesan tossed into a frying pan. (November-December 2002)

Rooney's, 38 Main St., Tiburon, CA; 415/435-1911. Here, the "hot rock salad" (sautéed rock shrimp on greens with seasonal fruits and lemon-caper vinaigrette) packs a zesty punch. (November-December 2002)

Sam's Anchor Café, 27 Main St., Tiburon, CA; 415/435-4527 or samscafe.com. A Tiburon institution for fish, shellfish, burgers, and spirits since 1920, this restaurant maintains its neighborhood feel despite gussied-up dining rooms. (November-December 2002)

Sweden House Bakery Café, 35 Main St., Tiburon, CA; 415/435-9767. Here, the sampler of pancakes with three kinds of berries sweetens the day. (November-December 2002)

TOMALES BAY
 Cowgirl Creamery, 80 Fourth St., Tomales Bay, CA; 866/433-7834 or cowgirlcreamery.com. The mountain drive is worth the sweat for the Mt. Tam triple-cream cheese. (November 2007)

Hog Island Oyster Company, 20215 Highway 1, Tomales Bay, CA; 415/663-9218 or hogislandoysters.com. Make the trek to Hog Island's old general-store-turned-oyster-shack for trays of Kumamotos, Sweetwaters, and French Hogs. Take your tray to one of the picnic tables, shuck and dip the shellfish in Hog Wash (the house mignonette sauce), and enjoy. Offers oysters' true coastal essence―raw, ice cold, and slurpingly fresh―at its picnic area. Reservations recommended for weekend picnics. (October 2007, November 2007)

Marin Sun Farms, 10905 Shoreline Highway 1, Tomales Bay, CA; 415/663-8997 or marinsunfarms.com. Grass-fed beef. (November 2007)

The Marshall General Store, 19225 Highway 1, Tomales Bay, CA; 415/663-1339 or themarshallstore.com. Barbecues tantalizing oysters. (November 2007)

Nick's Cove, 23240 Highway 1, Tomales Bay, CA; 415/663-1033 or nickscove.com. Recently reopened, this historic seafood restaurant started by Croatian immigrants in the 1930s features a swanky oyster bar, over-the-water seating, and a menu full of sustainable seafood dishes. (November 2007)

Tomales Bakery, 27000 Highway 1, Tomales Bay, CA; 707/878-2429. Organic delights. (November 2007)

Tomales Bay Oyster Company, 15479 State Highway 1, Tomales Bay, CA; 415/663-1242 or tomalesbayoysters.com. (November 2007)

Tony's Seafood, 18663 Highway 1, Marshall, Tomales Bay, CA; 415/663-1107. Don't miss the barbecued oysters. (October 2007, November 2007)

VENICE BEACH
 Figtree's Café, 429 Oceanfront Walk, Venice Beach, CA; 310/392-4937 or figtreescafe.com. Popular hangout for casual Venice Beach fare. (July-August 2004)

Hal's Bar and Grill, 1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach, CA; 310/396-3105 or halsbarandgrill.com. Live jazz Sunday and Monday nights. (July-August 2004)

Lilly's French Café & Bar, 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach, CA; 310/314-0004 or lillysfrenchcafe.com. Fine evening dining. (July-August 2004)

Sidewalk Café, 1401 Oceanfront Walk, Venice Beach, CA; 310/399-5547 or thesidewalkcafe.com. This popular hangout for casual Venice Beach fare is adjacent to the landmark Small World Books and open from breakfast to nearly midnight. (July-August 2004)

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