Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Happy Meal. And it wasn't at McDonald's. Dad and I dropped in to the Cactus Cafe in Mill Valley for lunch today. It was a sunny day, and there was an air of cheerfulness as soon as you walked in the door. I was trying to put my finger on it... was it the cheerful bright and pastel colors on the wall with masks and artwork lending the mood, or was it the slightly retro music - Beatles songs predominating?

I haven't been here in a few years, and I remembered their inventive way of serving various 'bowls', with tortillas which were flavorful and unique. Although I deduced from an overheard conversation that the restaurant changed hands, the owner actually waited our table, the 'bowls' were still on the menu. Yes! Dad ordered the Veggie Bowl, and was quite happy with the piping hot grilled artichokes, yellow and green zucchini and red onion among other vegetables.

I ordered the Grilled Chicken Bowl. My pics this time were a little hasty as the restaurant was not very crowded and I try to be incognito as much as possible. I enjoyed the addition of crispy corn in the bowl, and the generous portion of guacamole included. The pinto beans could have been spiced a little more, but the mixture in a warm tortilla with a little added hot sauce was great. The service was prompt and friendly and Dad and I both commented on the happy feel of the place.

The menu also included other inventive sounding items and they use fresh red snapper and salmon in some of the dishes. I read some not-so-excited reviews of this place this evening from the past, but based on my experience today I would say that with the new management this place deserves another try.

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