Saturday, January 30, 2010

Warm Welcome

Handmade hot chocolate served in a glass mug. Wrapped my hands around it and was warmed inside and out.

Last weekend, we met pals Janie and Jack for brunch at the new Woodlands Café in Kentfield but it turned out to be so chaotic with their order-at-the-counter-then-enter-the-scrum-to-find-a-table policy that we retreated to Larkspur to try the Tavern at Lark Creek, which we had heard was under new management.

Good idea. The Victorian building is lovely with its oak tables and glass roof, the food was good and the service was wonderfully friendly and welcoming. I was thoroughly chilled on that rainy, raw morning so I asked for hot chocolate even though it was not on the menu. Our server looked briefly nonplussed but explained that it would take about five minutes as she'd need to make it from scratch. It arrived in considerably less than five minutes and was ever so delicious.

I had a tasty and too-generous burger, My Beloved approved of his corned beef hash (although he still feels the gold standard for corned beef hash is found in Stinson Beach at the Parkside), Janie ate every bite of her French toast and Jack sat across from me cadging bites from everyone else's meal after he polished off his own trout. Jack has a good appetite. We sat for a long time chatting and catching up and never felt rushed. Turns out that not only is the hot chocolate warm there, so is the welcome.

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Blogger kudzu said...

Glad you had a substitute waiting in the wings. Tavern at Lark Creek is still part of the Lark Creek Restaurants Group -- it was re-named, the interior was redecorated and a lower-cost menu was designed. Some of the staff are old hands there. I miss the quiet elegance of the old Inn, but the new concept seems to be working for the corporation.

Saturday, January 30, 2010  
Blogger Greg said...

I followed your link to look at the menus and it seems like a good value for Marin. The location there is so lovely.

Saturday, January 30, 2010  
Blogger kudzu said...

PS Zoomie -- Lark Creek Restaurant Group also owns Yankee Pier!

Saturday, January 30, 2010  
Blogger dancingmorganmouse said...

Hot chocolate, soothes and warms, it's offered round our parts often, to temper tantrums!

Saturday, January 30, 2010  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

We still haven't been there since they changed the menu (and name). Nice to hear you liked it.

Saturday, January 30, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Kudzu, thanks for the history. We had the Yankee Pier in mind as our backup if the Lark Creek was too busy, so they'd have made money off us in either case.

Greg, if you're looking for good food and great value on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, come to Point Richmond and eat at Little Louie's new wine bar. Very reasonable and we had a super meal. Cute decor, too.

Morgan, that Mr. Brown, he's so volatile! :-D

Cookiecrumb, now that your puppy is older, perhaps you can venture out a bit more. Not sure about the GF thing, however.

Asian person, you spammin' me?

Sunday, January 31, 2010  
Blogger Ali said...

I followed your link to look at the menus and it seems like a good value for Marin.

Monday, January 03, 2011  

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