A Guide to the Best of Mill Valley Part 2

In November, we shared some of the best places in Mill Valley to eat, drink, shop, stay and play.  But, as there are so many wonderful establishments in this wonderful town, we felt this warranted at least a two-part blog series...and maybe more!

EAT

Bungalow 44

44 E. Blithedale Drive  

Website: bungalow44.com

Bungalow 44's inventive California cuisine includes starters such as warm Brussels sprouts salad with grilled onions and bacon. House specialties include the Kickin' Fried Chicken, getting their feisty name from a hint of heat courtesy of cayenne pepper. Other Bungalow favs are the braised short ribs, and the succulent, grilled pork chop with a side of spicy baked black-eyed peas. And for dessert, the decadent butterscotch pudding is worth the indulgence!

Punjabi Burritos

15 Madrona Street

Website: enjoyavatars.com

Punjabi Burritos offers delicious Mexican-Indian-inspired lunch options. Even their simplest burritos feature curried garbanzo beans, basmati rice and chutney wrapped in whole wheat naan bread. Create your own custom burrito with fillings such as smoked eggplant and curried pumpkin. 

Kitchen Sunnyside Café

31 Sunnyside Ave.

Website: kitchensunnyside.com

This retro diner offers an amazing array of breakfast items including their Sunnyside Hash, a giant pile of hash browns crowned with bacon, cheddar cheese, red onion, mushrooms and the kick of jalapenos. The lunch menu includes paninis, burgers and salads. Favorites are the Baja cheesesteak, bacon panini and wasabi chicken salad. 

DRINK

Mill Valley Beerworks

173 Throckmorton Ave.

Website: millvalleybeerworks.com

 Photo credit: Dorothy O'Donnell

Photo credit: Dorothy O'Donnell

Owned by brothers Tyler and Justin Catalan, Mill Valley Beerworks' serves up the charm of an old-world European tavern with modern touches. Their variety of craft beers and ales, many from their Fort Point Beer Company in the Presidio, makes this gastropub a popular stop for mountain bikers, hikers and other outdoor adventurers. Even if you're not a beer fan, you'll appreciate the innovative farm-to-table brunch and dinner fare. The menus change daily but always feature a selection of small plates. Larger dinner plates include a porcini-rubbed flatiron steak and a rainbow trout served on a bed of French green lentils. 

Juice Girl

45 Camino Alto

Website: juicegirlmv.com

If you're feeling the urge to cleanse or are a fan of the energizing liquid meal, Juice Girl's cold-pressed juices and smoothies are sure to please. Flush out toxins with a Blueberry Detox smoothie (frozen blueberries, green tea, kale and spinach) or boost your immunity with a bottle of Mighty C (cold-pressed carrot, citrus and apple juice spiked with ginger). 

SHOP

Mint

167 B Throckmorton Ave.

 Photo credit: Dorothy O'Donnell

Photo credit: Dorothy O'Donnell

Website: mintdesignplay.com

Next door to Mill Valley Mercantile, Mint offers an assortment of unique clothing made from natural fibers in addition to accessories and  modern yet whimsical home products. One-of-a-kind fashions include alpaca sweater coats knit on an antique loom in Peru from designer Lauren Manoogian. If you're a minimalist, you may want to scoop up a boxy, Japanese-inspired tunic dress from Black Crane. Throughout the store, shelves and tables are lined with Il Bisonte purses and wallets, Japanese glassware and pottery, and Le Feu de l'Eau candles. 

Two Neat

111 Throckmorton Ave.

Website: twoneat.com

 Photo credit: Dorothy O'Donnell

Photo credit: Dorothy O'Donnell

Two Neat is known for their cheeky greeting cards—some of them quite racy—as well as cards designed by local artists. It's also the place to stock up humorous kitschy tchotchkes and gifts. 

PLAY

O'Hanlon Center for the Arts

616 Throckmorton Ave. 

Website: ohanloncenter.org

 Just down the road from Cascade Falls, O'Hanlon Center for the Arts features galleries and studios set on a hillside sprinkled with trees and sculptures. The center offers classes in art, writing and meditation as well as exhibitions showcasing the work of local artists. 

Throckmorton Theatre

142 Throckmorton Ave.

Website: throckmortontheatre.org

Since 2002 when Mill Valley arts enthusiast Lucy Mercer purchased the theatre and brought it back to life, "The Throck," as it's often referred to, has been a mainstay of Marin's live entertainment scene. Plays, comedy shows as well as jazz and classical concerts and performances by well-known local and national musicians are events to be enjoyed in this Mill Valley theater.