Dig into a delicious meal and sip a tasty cocktail at these GGNRA eateries
Written byChristine RyanMarch 17, 2015
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Kodiak Greenwood, courtesy of Farley Bar
1 of15Kodiak Greenwood, courtesy of Farley Bar
On the walls of this cozy, convivial bar in Sausalito’s Cavallo Point Lodge hang framed comic strips by San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist Phil Frank, whose reporter hero Farley gives the bar its name. $; 602 Murray Circle; 415/339-4750.
Courtesy of Greens Restaurant
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The venerable vegetarian mainstay, affiliated with the San Francisco Zen Center, is still as good as ever. (And it’s supplied by Green Gulch’s organic farm near Muir Beach, strengthening the restaurant’s ties with the GGNRA.) $$. 2 Marina Blvd.; 415/771-6222.
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Housed in the headquarters of the Long Now Foundation, this cafe-bar may sound mildly out of place in theory, but it’s perfectly delightful in practice. There’s a limited snack menu—crackers with fava-bean hummus, say, and assorted pickles—and you can bring food in from the restaurant Greens, a few doors down, or from the Off the Grid food trucks. $. 2 Marina Blvd.; 415/561-6582.
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Off the Grid: Fort Mason
Friday evenings from March through October, a collection of food trucks gathers in the Fort Mason parking lot, along with beer from Magnolia Brewery, cocktails from Haight Street’s Alembic, and throwback arcade games like Skee-Ball, Whac-A-Mole, and—yes!—Bubble Hockey. $. offthegridsf.com.
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This pub and restaurant offers such Brit classics as shepherd’s pie and beef Wellington. And plenty of imported ales, including Old Peculier. $$$. 10 Pacific Way; 415/383-6000.
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Java Beach Café
When the wetsuits come off, surfers head to this cafe, which feels like a neighborhood community center. And now there’s a second Java Beach Café (pictured), down on Sloat. $; 1396 La Playa St.; 415/665-5282.
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Food lovers are making the pilgrimage to this recently expanded restaurant, paneled in driftwood, for fish stew, braised pork shoulder, garlic soup, and other fog-bound comforts. $. 4001 Judah St.; 415/661-6140.
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The Pizza Place on Noriega
The counter is often lined with dudes in hoodies digging into hand-tossed brick-oven pies like the “Dimitri” (named after the local produce guy). $. 3901 Noriega St.; 415/759-5752.
Trouble Coffee Company
The tiny space serves fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (ask for the Yoko), tea, and a few pastries. No decaf, so don’t ask. Try the “Build Your Own Damn House”—a whole young coconut, a cup of the house blend, and a thick slab of cinnamon toast. $. 4033 Judah St.
Sir and Star at The Olema
The bill of fare couldn’t be more West Marin: A warm cabbage-and-bacon salad is crowned by a poached Bolinas duck egg; the ingredients for a vegetable “bouillabaisse” are “gathered from local gardens.” $$. 10000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.; 415/669-1034.
Don’t expect to find chipped beef or military MREs at this Officers’ Club eatery. Named after the Mexican governor who once ruled Northern California, chef Traci Des Jardins’ second Main Post restaurant serves fish tacos and squash blossom quesadillas in a pub-like dining room and on an adjacent heated patio. $$. 50 Moraga Ave.; 415/561-3650.
In one of the barracks lining the western edge of the Presidio’s Main Post is chef Traci Des Jardins’ first Presidio restaurant. The menu’s inspired by the fort’s Spanish origins (think jamón-wrapped trout and white Rioja by the glass). $$. 101 Montgomery St.; 415/561-3600.
Courtesy of The Presidio Trust
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Off the Grid: Presidio
Twilight and Picnic at the Presidio: From March through October, the popular block-party style food truck fest colonizes the Main Post Lawn on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. $. offthegridsf.com.
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The Warming Hut
Another lunch favorite from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy folks; this one is at the western end of Crissy Field. (Closed for renovation until March 7, 2015.) $. 983 Marine Dr.; 415/561-3040.
Tomales Bay Oyster Company
Bring your own drinks, and this waterfront favorite in Marshall will supply picnic tables, grills, big bags of oysters, hot sauce, and a little party music. Clams and mussels are usually available as well. $$. 15479 Highway 1; 415/663-1242.