Long-Gone Restaurants ... Which Ones Do You Miss Most?

We've seen a few close down for good in the past few years. What are some of the places that you wished could have held on?

The column on the new  restaurant sparked Patch reader Mark Burnham’s memories of the old Bali Hai that occupied the same spot at the Novato  way back in the 1980s.  

Having lived in Novato for nearly 34 years, I feel that this is a Golden Age for restaurants in town.  I used to travel to other parts of Marin for great meals, but it’s all right here now. But there are some restaurants that couldn’t hold on long enough.

One of the many that come to my mind is Dalecio’s in Ignacio. That must have been around in the '80s, too, because I remember my favorite cocktail of the day was the Long Island Iced Tea. 

What about Santa Fe Mary’s? I really miss the bean relish that they served with chips as an appetizer. Does anyone out there have the recipe?

In an article about , a Patch reader mentioned a deli called Pumperdinks in the comments. Wasn’t there once a popular deli in the spot that is in now?

Does anyone remember there once being a Cattleman’s restaurant in Novato?

My brother-in-law worked in a French restaurant on Grant Avenue called La Petite Maure. They did a wonderful rack of lamb and french onion soup.

OK, Novato old-timers … what are some of the restaurants and entrees that you’re missing? Do you have any old snapshots of these places? Scan 'em in and upload them to this story just for old times' sake.

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Craig Belfor September 20, 2012 at 04:53 AM
I almost forgot about Baseharts in the Ignacio square. We used to eat there in the 70s when we were working at Hamilton. They had a great steak sandwich. Later he moved it to the shopping center at the corner of Center and Novato Blvd, where there is a gym now.
Sylvia Barry September 20, 2012 at 05:11 AM
All these Novatans chiming in on their favorite local restaurants long, long ago! It will be very interesting to see some of the pictures you might have of those establishments - maybe upload those if you have them? Anybody?
ed briggs September 28, 2012 at 05:01 PM
9/28/12 what post office was spiros next to? what street? thanks ed
Dennis Soldavini April 07, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Growing up in Novato,I was a big fan of Hi-Fi and Shakeys pizza which did a lot for the local youth athletes and was a good place to hang out!!
Christine Hernandez-Mayer July 12, 2014 at 12:31 AM
One of my favorite restaurants was Spiro's, it was located off of Hwy 101 exit going to Smith Ranch Road. They had pond, you could view through the blue tinted windows, the atmosphere was intimate, and served the best steak and wine.


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