Let's say, hypothetically of course, that a couple of guys (call them 'Bill' and 'Mike') from out of town were based up in Marin (near San Rafael) for a number of weeks on a project and that they wanted to sneak off evenings for some chow experiences in the city - or even here in Marin. The places we - I mean they - would visit would have to be fairly casual, not require reservations (we never know when a window will open), and open reasonably late. We like ethnic and unusual and tasty. Downscale works. Asian is good. Seafood? Bann mi? Piroskhi?
Where would you go if you were us?