Sunday, November 09, 2014

Photo courtesy of Left Bank Brasserie

It's that time of year again -- Beaujolais Nouveau, the “first wine” of the harvest season is being fêted at Larkspur's Left Bank Brasserie November 20.  The celebration features Georges Dubœuf, Beaujolais-Villages, Nouveau, 2014 ($9.00 per glass, $27.00 per carafe, $36.00 per bottle), plus a celebratory $46.00 three-course prix fixe menu available for lunch and dinner in addition to the restaurant's regular à la carte offerings. The prix fixe price excludes beverage, tax, and gratuity and each course can also be served à la carte. The menu, with al la cart pricing as well is:

Terrine de jambon persillée, céleri-rave a la graine de moutarde
et croûtons à l'ail $12.00
herbed ham terrine, whole grain mustard, celery root salad, garlic crouton
Quenelle de poisson sauce Nantua $15.75
traditional baked fish dumpling, crayfish sauce

Main Course
Le bœuf Bourguignon $26.00
24 hour Beaujolais marinated beef stew with aromatic vegetables,
bacon, pearl onions, and mushrooms

La tarte amandine aux poires et cassis, crème a la pistache $8.00
Burgundy style pear and huckleberry almond tart,
pistachio whipped créme fraîche

Left Bank Brasserie Larkspur
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 927-3331

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Saturday, November 08, 2014

Best Kept Lil Secret

Did you know the Best Lil' Pork House in Corte Madera now has brunch on weekends? One day running morning errands I saw a big sign announcing brunch from the freeway and thought that "I've got to try this!". Turning around swiftly at the next exit, I headed back. 

I popped in the entrance and the friendly staff seated me right away and noticed that even in the morning there are trays of popcorn and peanuts waiting on all the tables. There are new pool tables in the bar area.

I chose the ham and eggs that day which is basically scrambled eggs with chopped ham and cheddar cheese accompanied by potatoes, fruit and well-buttered thick Texas toast ($11.95). The eggs tasted real (as opposed to hotel free breakfast eggs I've been having lately) and I was satisfied with this weekend morning comfort food. The service was prompt, the place was clean and the staff checked in with me at appropriate intervals. All in all it was a great start to my day.

There are now three locations, the original San Rafael, the Corte Madera, and later this month Alameda. The Corte Madera location is the only one serving brunch at this time.

Best Lil' Pork House
60 Madera Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

2042 4th Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 457-7675

523 S Shore Center West
Alameda, CA 94501

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