I'm a local from Marin County. When I get hungry for BBQ oysters and a water view, I head to Nick's Cove. I have eaten here at least 10 times and have never been disappointed. This time (MLK's Birthday) I arrived at 2 PM and after warming myself by the fireplace, got a seat right next to the water. I ordered a draft Lagunitas Pilsner and a half dozen BBQ oysters - 3 with BBQ sauce and 3 with garlic butter. Both were excellent, but recommend a dash or two of Tobasco on the BBQ sauce. Oysters come with arulaga with a touch of olive oil and salt. I have now become a big fan of this green with oysters and ate every bit.
I had a hard time deciding on an entree, finally ordering crab benedict. It was yummy and also came with arulaga, a better low calorie choice than the usual potatoes. When that was done, I had a hankering for more oysters. So I tried the appetizer fried oysters. They were outstanding! The oysters were flattened and perfectly breaded and cooked to perfection. They came with aioli and a side of arulaga. You would think by now I would be tired of arulaga, but no. I finished every bit and these tasty greens are perfect with oysters. I drizzled mine with the wedges of lemon and lime that came with the oysters. The service was great and I went home with a happy smile.
In past visits, I or my friends have had the clam chowder (a huge bowl with lots of tasty clams and BACON), grilled salmon and halibut, and great burgers.
Visitors to Marin should check out the movie "Bandits" that included scenes shot in the cottages and restaurant of Nick's Cove in 2001, before the recent remodeling. It has a lot of other scenes shot in Marin and Oregon and stars Billy Bob Thorton, Bruce Willis, and Cate Blanchett.
I am happy that nothing has changed since the place has changed hands. I love it here!
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