I know there are a lot of great restaurants in Larkspur and Corte Madera. Believe me, I’m still working my way through the list. But every once in a while I start reminiscing about the restaurants and entrees that are no longer around, especially the places in the '80s that couldn’t hold on through the 90s and beyond.
The Good Earth Restaurant at Larkspur Landing is one of the places I really miss. Even though it was essentially a chain restaurant, it always had a line to get in. My favorite entrée was the Chicken Marco Polo and while one of the best uses of the Internet is to track down favorite recipes, I still haven’t been able to find it.
Baxter’s in Larkspur Landing was THE place to go dancing in the 80s. I won’t admit to dancing in a Soul Train line there on Friday nights but I know for a fact that it was done.
But the place that I often hear is missed the most by the dining-out crowd is the Savannah Grill. It was the place that introduced us to glazed pecans in our salad. I can’t believe we ate salads without sugared nuts before then.
We all had our special favorites from the Grill. Back in the old days of long lunches, our boss would take us there for a leisurely meal served with several bottles of wine (Iron Horse Sauvignon Blanc). In Marin, in the decadent 80s, it was the place they took you to welcome you to the company or to say goodbye when you left.
The Peppermill! Who remembers when Max’s Cafe was home to the Peppermill? My husband took me there on our first date after a movie. The waitresses wore such skimpy black dresses that looking back it was kind of like taking your date to Hooters. Am I right?
Okay foodie old-timers, what are some of the places and entrees that you wish were still around? Do you have any old snapshots of these places? Scan ‘em in and upload them to this story just for old times’ sake.
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