Food & Drink: New eats

Doors open to exciting food ventures

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Last month, Perry’s on Magnolia, the Marin outpost of the beloved San Francisco institution, opened in Larkspur. Photo courtesy of Perry’s on Magnolia.

By Tanya Henry

Every year brings a round of new restaurants to the county. Along with openings come closures—but in the spirit of renewal, this roundup recognizes a few of the newcomers who have opened their doors within the last six months.

One of my favorite Marin County-based chefs, Ed Vigil (previously of Vin Antico and most recently at Gather at the Market in Point Reyes Station), will soon be back behind the stoves on Fourth Street in San Rafael. The owners of the Flatiron, who took over the long-running Broken Drum space, have brought Vigil on to head up the kitchen at their soon-to-open State Room. The concept will continue to be a brewery, and the menu promises to be accessible, well-prepared bar-food. All I know is that if Ed Vigil is cooking, I will be one of the restaurant’s first customers—and likely a regular. Stay tuned for opening dates and more at stateroombrewery.com.

Just a few months behind schedule, the much-anticipated Marin outpost of Perry’s has finally opened for dinner. In mid-November, the beloved San Francisco institution finally welcomed its sister location, Perry’s on Magnolia, to the beautiful Victorian building that was home to the Lark Creek Inn for years. Boasting a large bar, predictable American fare (it’s almost identical to the San Francisco location menu) and plenty of good cheer, a slice of the Marina now lives on in leafy Larkspur. Lunch service will begin on December 8. Learn more at perryssf.com.

Another change to the Larkspur dining scene comes by way of Tiburon’s Antonio Volpicelli, who took over the Fabrizio space and is now serving his Southern Italian cuisine at Amalfi’s. Volpicelli’s Don Antonio Trattoria in Tiburon has earned him a devoted following for his well-crafted pastas and pizzas made with fresh, local ingredients. For menu details, visit amalfiristorantelarkspur.com.

Amid much fanfare—complete with a Kickstarter campaign—Village Sake opened its doors to throngs of happy locals eager to support the new venture. Celebrated chef Scott Whitman from Sushi Ran and Fairfax resident and firefighter Scott Porter have brought what seems to be a perfect fit of a restaurant to Fairfax. The always-packed restaurant serves up a compact menu of nigiri and small plates—izakaya style. Plenty of sake choices are also available. Learn more at villagesake.com.

Caledonia Street in Sausalito has officially become a destination for its host of good restaurants and sweet neighborhood community store. A young Italian couple has taken over the Rossetti’s space and is serving their thin-crusted pizzas and a variety of Italian favorites at their three-month-old Sandrino’s. Friendly service, extensive wine offerings and authentic pizza are all good reasons to visit this newcomer at 45 Caledonia Street.

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