Best Lunch in the North Bay

Need a mid-day pick me up north of San Francisco? Whether you are looking for a post-hike or post-beach refuel, a refreshing salad or an indulgent fix, these places are sure to please. From small bites to full-scale meals and a variety of cuisines, we’ve got you covered. Here are our picks for the best lunches in the North Bay.
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Brewsters Beer Garden & Restaurant

With a spacious, open-air patio and fire pits, this beer garden is a great place to spend a laid-back afternoon soaking up the sun — and listening to live music, if you’re there Thursday through Sunday. Local craft beers and specialty cocktails accompany the South Carolina style BBQ, fried brussels sprouts, beyond veggie burger, fried chicken sandwich… the list goes on. Unshakable sweet tooth? Have them swirl up some Strauss soft serve and add toppings like graham cracker pie crumb, salted caramel sauce or toasted coconut. Hours are Monday through Thursday 11:30am to 9pm, Friday 11:30am to 10pm, Saturday 11am to 10pm and Sunday 11am to 9pm.

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Jam’s Joy Bungalow

You know it’s good when “vibrant food for spirited people” is the restaurant’s slogan. Blossoming from its food truck form, this Vietnamese eatery, cheffed by co-founder and NorCal native Jamilah Nixon-Mathis, now also holds fort in Sebastopol with their little walk-up cafe. While the menu remains food truck length (under 10 items), flavorful nourishment abounds. Popular items include Bahn mi sandwiches, savory rice porridge with a soft-boiled egg, nutty soba noodles and, of course, Vietnamese iced coffee. Outdoor seating available — guaranteed to spark joy! Hours are Monday and Thursday through Saturday 11:30am to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Kitti’s Place

Kitti Suthipipat and his wife Payao (known to most as Mama) know Thai food. Classics like Pad Thai, Tom Ka and Thai iced tea have turned local customers into regulars. But their Asian chicken (or tofu) salad provides a refreshing crunch and their curried turkey burger with sauteed onions and mango chutney packs a flavorful punch. Start by sharing the chicken potstickers (or vegan potstickers, when available) with ginger soy sauce, or keep them for yourself — they’re that good. When you show up, you’ll need to be patent, they have local following, comprised of many local top chefs, so it can get crowded. Check their website or Instagram for weekly specials. Hours are Monday through Friday 12pm to 6pm.

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Sol Food

One of the most popular restaurants in Marin County, Sol Food is known for their Puerto Rican cuisine that gets customers lining up around the block. Established in 2004, they got their start serving the community at the San Rafael farmers’ market — now they have two brick and mortar locations. Rice, beans and plantains are at the heart of their menu, but toasted sandwiches and plates with pollo, camarones, pork or steak are also available. Want vegan and/or gluten-free? You’ll find plenty of satisfying items on their menu. Pro tip: a side of pique — a vinegar-based sauce made with hot peppers — is almost always a good idea. Hours at both locations are Monday through Friday 11am to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 9pm.

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Tony's Seafood Restaurant

Are you a seafoodie? How does mouthwatering fish and chips, smokey BBQ oysters or rich clam chowder sound? They offer plenty of worthy non-seafood options as well, including a three-cheese grilled cheese and a little gem Caesar salad. If you’re not already hooked, the waterfront views will seal the deal. Located right on the Tomales Bay, sunny days here are tough to beat — they also attract a lot of patrons, so plan accordingly. Good news: cocktails are available while you wait for your perch. Hours are Thursday through Tuesday 11am to 5pm. Closed Wednesday.

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Located in the heart of the Mill Valley Lumber Yard in Mill Valley’s original sawmill building, Watershed serves seasonally-inspired and sustainably-sourced California cuisine. From starters like grilled broccoli with almonds and grilled lemon to fluffy, crisp pancetta and peach pizza, they have nailed a contemporary twist on rustic flavors. Side note: the thick-cut fries with herb aioli are worth a trip alone. Sit outside by the creek, relax with a locally-crafted beer or a glass of wine and take in a prime view of Mt. Tam. Hours are Monday through Thursday 11:30am to 8:30pm, Friday 11:30am to 9pm, Saturday 10:30am to 9pm and Sunday 10:30 to 8:30pm.

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