After finally attacking some major household chores the clock was ticking into the early afternoon on a glorious San Francisco Saturday and it was time for an escape. The destination didn’t surface until we were underway and then Sausalito beckoned. We had not been in at least five years so it was time. We came in the back way on Bridgeway and started assessing our dining options. I spied the Bar Bocce which I had read about and wanted to try. Next door was Salito’s and the magic words “Crab House & Prime Rib” under their sign won us over (we will make a trip to Bar Bocce soon – it was packed too). We camped out on the back deck and settled back to enjoy the afternoon and the view. All of a sudden a sense of déjà vu enveloped me and transported me back to a different time and restaurant – Zack’s, which was the burger place when I moved to San Francisco in the 70’s. Sure enough I discovered that Salito’s is where Zack’s used to be.
Our waiter was gracious and helpful. We settled for a combined order of skillet roasted mussels and crab and a side of the Nopalito house potatoes. These are small Yukon potatoes that are steamed, smashed, roasted and then fried. Be forewarned…they are habit forming and it is a good thing they are small. Our main course was excellent. The mussels and crab were extremely fresh and succulent. The order came with a robust garlic butter sauce served on the side for the shell fish but the restaurant obliged my husband with an additional side of chopped garlic. Frankly we could have used one more person to split the order with us but we managed to polish it all off and my house cocktail – the cucumber martini was a perfect way to wash it down. There is nothing better than pretending to be a tourist from time to time and this was one of those mini-getaway moments that revived and replenished us in more ways than one.
Sausalito is back on our radar and we will definitely return to Salito’s as well as try its sister establishments: Boboquivari, The Old Clam House, Franciscan Crab Restaurant, The Dead Fish, Calzone and the Crab House.
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