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San Rafael: "Fancy" sit down restaurant

CyndiN | Feb 10, 2012 01:44 PM

We live in Petaluma so don't get to eat in San Rafael very often but our daughter's early birthday present is tickets at the Marin Center tomorrow night. She is turning 7. We're going to have dinner before hand and she gets to pick the place (within reason).

She wants it to be "fancy" (a place where everyone dresses up is a big plus to her) but any nice table service place that's not too noisy should do. It also needs to be a place that has some flexibility with the menu. She is very allergic to all traces of egg and can cheat some with gluten and dairy but should stay away from them. None of us eat pork and I don't eat meat or dairy or gluten. We do not have to worry about cross-contamination issues except for egg.

At first she wanted rice, beans, tortillas; to her that means Mexican, but I know she'd be open to other cuisines. I found the reviews here of Sol Food and thought that would be perfect. Lots of vegan and GF options, plenty of the foods she loves, and more. They even have two vegan gluten-free desserts! (trust me, that NEVER happens). But now she's saying it's not "fancy" enough. Sigh.

I looked at Insalta, which is further out than we want and also more expensive. I'd like to stay closer to $15 for an entree that includes sides. It also seems to be the sort of place where they prepare wonderful food and expect you to eat it as is. Maybe I'm wrong but it's not the same vibe I get from Sol Food's website where they mark what's vegan, etc, and tell you flat out what subs you can make. I wish we all could just trust the chef and eat what is put in front of us...but you can't do that with allergies. My daughter is not a picky eater but we have to be careful.

Just in case there is something else that fits the bill, I thought I'd ask. Also feel free to supply me with talking points to get her to try Sol Food, if you think that will be the right place.

Oh, we'd be open to Novato too.


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