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Report on Coast Cafe in Bolinas

Sharuf | May 25, 200211:15 AM

You don't have to be afraid to eat in Bolinas anymore!

On my previous attempt, about 5 years ago, to get sustenance at the only eating establishment in town, here's what happened. After waiting way too long in the empty room, I finally got the attention (if that's what you could call it) of a waitress. When she floated on over from some other plane in time and space, I had to remind her to bring me a menu. When I was ready to order, I waited and waited for some restaurant-staff life form to appear. Finally I found her out back sharing burning vegetable matter with some of those Bolinas residents who live in their cars. She came in and took my order for huevos rancheros, eggs medium-well please.

After waiting another 20 minutes or so, the food finally appeared. The eggs were raw! I could see the tortilla through the eggwhite! I grabbed her before she could disappear into another sphere and sent it back. It took about another 20 minutes for the next attempt to emerge from the kitchen. What they had done was put my original order into a hot oven, lettuce and all, and forgot about it. My eggs and beans had gotten transformed into something resembling a hard and solid construction material.

When I told my Bolinas friend about this, she chuckled and said the place was famous for same-day service.

Now the good news. The re-named, remodeled Coast Cafe is a lovely place where good food is prepared and served by competent adults. We sat in the new charming relaxed patio, where my friend managed to indulge her nicotine fondness without attracting hostility. I ordered fish tacos, which were very tasty and filling. My friend had a humongous tofuburger which she liked a lot. Only one quibble - her potato salad was mushy-looking, as though the kitchen weren't savvy enough about potatoes to pick the right kind for slicing purposes.

The Coast Cafe is conveniently located right across the street from Smiley's in beautiful downtown Bolinas. It's the best place in town to eat. It's the only place in town to eat. I recommend it.

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