OK, East Coast. You got us. You’ve got high speed trains and white Christmases.
But when it comes to food, California can’t be beat.
Witness FARMSHOP, LA’s celebrated den of all things farm fresh, scheduled to open today in Marin.
Hailed by Newsweek as one of the “100 Best Restaurants in the World” and currently in the running for a James Beard Award, Farmshop is a celebration of all things Best Coast.
Longstanding relationships with the state’s finest farmers mean memorable — if not downright haunting — veggie dishes. Try out the trifecta of County Line Harvest beets, Point Reyes farmstead original blue cheese, and Santa Barbara pistachios.
And, yes, there’s a 98 percent Californian selection of wine ready for the pairing as you savor one of three Neapolitan-style pizzas fresh of their imported wood oven (the chef recommends ordering the one toped with mushroom and lomo), or the moist and flaky halibut cooked atop FARMSHOP's unique open wood hearth. (Go ahead and peek; it's on the left side of the open kitchen.)
And oh yeah, East Coast: we might catch up on that whole high-speed train thing after all.
Parking: Holy crap, there's a parking lot! But why drive when you can have a glass of wine aboard the ferry?
The Cocktails: The Marin location one-ups LA with a full liquor license, which allows the 22-seat bar to serve food-friendly, farmer's-market-fueled cocktails made with 100% Californian ingredients. Our pick: The Tenderloin, a bright, lemony refresher made with Trumer Pils.
Three experiences, one space: Arrive early to enjoy a cocktail in the rustic-meets-mod lounge decked in low, contemporary furniture and cow hide throws before parking yourself on a teal velvet banquette in the bright and airy main dining area. Or make the bar the main event. Decked in jade green subway tile and outfitted with cozy booths, it's perfect for a fuzzy Sunday morning. Speaking of which, brunch is slated to roll out this summer.
Nearby: Belcampo Meat Co; Rustic Bakery; Marin Brewing Co.