Traveling up the coast of California starting from southern Marin is a special drive….the natural beauty from the cliffs and ocean views. From hikes to mountain bike trails, there are a number of choices for the adventure seeker. There are also a handful of places to eat worth mentioning along the coast from Bolinas to Inverness, Olema, Point Reyes and beyond.
You can get a half dozen oysters for around $15 at the Farm House & Deli along Highway One in Olema. While the service is a little slow and waiters a little young, the ambiance is about how it sounds – part pub and part old fashioned ale house in a small town nestled along the coast.
You can get burgers and sandwiches as well as caesar salads (adding salmon is on expensive for the venue); the pasta dishes are a much better option.
Up the coast is Point Reyes Seashore Lodge and Restaurant, a place you can stay as well as dine in their historical farm house restaurant and deli. The lodge has 22 rooms and its dining room has 13 inch high peaked ceilings and wainscotting made from beautiful golden vertical-grained floors.
The 150 year old farm house building is great for dinner parties and groups although you can also take in a room along the coast for a romantic get away. All rooms face the National Park with views of the lawn, the Olema Creek and the Inverness Ridge.
Imagine 71,000 acres of the Point Reyes Seashore National Park and 75,000 acres of the Golden Gate National Recreation area.
Open since 1960, it is officially located along Route 1 in Inverness and it is a place albeit very casual, dark, small and intimate with red and white checkered table cloths on the tables, that has large portions of everything and anything you’d want in the ‘meat category.’
From Vienna Schnitzel, Cabbage Rolls, Roasted Duck, Klobasa, Braised Lamb Shank and Baked Garlic Rabbit (Yum) to hot or cold beef tongue, Hungarian Goulosh, Chicken Paprikash, and Roast Loin of Pork.
There’s also an Apple Strudel with fresh whipped cream for dessert and what they refer to as the Kava Vladimir, which is coffee with slivovitz topped with whipped cream and chocolate bits. They have Czech and other beers on tap and all meals are served with soup du jour, green salad, sweet and sour red cabbage, and hot Moravian Sour Rye breads with sweet butter. The other cool thing to note is that they have a brown wooden upright piano tucked off in the corner, which adds to the authenticity of the place.