An unmistakable Mill Valley vibe floats through the expansive backyard where kids zip around the trees and dads with babes in strollers sip craft beer and catch up on the latest gossip.
Everyone is eating pizza from in-house Pizzahacker or maybe a Kale Caesar salad with a gluten-free meatball topper. And then sampling another locally sourced beer pulled from the taproom’s 30 taps. When the fog breeze kicks up, there’s a TV inside where the Niners or the Giants are sure to be part of the show.
Don’t Miss: Italian Chop Salad, Inside Out Pizza; 30 Rotating Taps
With over 150 tequilas, a Cantinarita blended with just the right amount of Cointreau and orange and lime juices, and damn good tortilla chips + salsa, the 43 years young Mexican establishment keeps pulling in the crowds. Combination plates of Mexican classics – enchiladas, tacos and tamales – are popular for their ample size and ability to satiate. The heart of the menu, however, is the sizzling fajitas – chicken is classic, but you won’t go astray ordering a combination on that part of the menu either. Plenty of patio seating seals the deal.
Don’t Miss: Cantinarita, Sizzling Fajitas, Guacamole & Chips
Beeline here at lunch for the South Indian specialties, dosa and thali, that are only available for the midday meal. Many dishes are gluten-free and vegan, making it easy to bring everyone to the table. At dinner, vegetable pakoras and a bowl of mulligatawny soup make a fine repast or share larger plates of palak channa and chilly (sic) chicken. Amp up the Chinese influence on the
region’s cuisine with a plate of Gobhi Manchurian. Just be sure to ask for all the chiles and a glass of mango lassi to cool it all down.
Don’t miss: Rogan Josh, Fish Vindaloo, Garlic Naan
The sweet patio facing Pickleweed Inlet is a mini-escape pod, a chance to break away from 101’s bustle and revel in Mill Valley’s quieter, more natural side. Of course you should do so with a bowl of lemon ricotta ravioli and a glass of Sardinian Vermentino. In need of a bit more bustle?
The bar is just through the patio door, its energy feeding into the dining room and lounge. On a warm summer night, the Piatti Spritz with sparking rosé and Prosecco, is the go-to drink order. A side of hand-pressed pinsa, or Roman style pizza lightened with rice flour, makes a fine pairing.
Don’t miss: Heirloom Tomato Caprese, Squid Ink Casarecca, Cioppino
Sitting at the bar, sipping a Barrel Old Fashioned while chatting with your neighbors is part of the charm of a restaurant split into multiple dining spaces. So is enjoying a True Kölsch, pulled from one of the many taps. Take it to the patio where friends with Fidos sit. This may be the only place in town where latkes are available year-round. They make a great pairing with a wild arugula salad, dressed for the season with fresh peaches and crispy chickpeas.
Don’t miss: Shorty’s Tall Reuben, Pork Belly Steamed Buns, Vietnamese Wings