Laurel Deli & Desserts 401 N. Main St., (707) 964-7812. Daily 7-4:30; $.
Located in an indoor mini-mall adjacent to the Skunk Train depot, this informal spot dishes up freshly made soups and sandwiches as well as gigantic blackberry muffins and delicious housemade pies. Favorite items include a great clam chowder, burger, hot dog, and coleslaw. A full-size antique locomotive adds atmosphere as part of the decor, and a coin-operated kiddie train ride joggles the kids.
Headlands Coffeehouse 120 E. Laurel St., (707) 964-1987. M-Sat 7am-10pm, Sun 7am-7pm; $.
Operating now in the original location of Laural Deli, this low-key spot brews 16 kinds of coffee and serves up baked goods, smoothies, Belgian waffles, sandwiches, salads, and pizza. Live music is often scheduled in the evening.
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