The casual, family-friendly Comforts cafe is broken into two sections—a self-seating deli room marketplace and a full-service alcove cafe.
|main dining room at Comforts in San Anselmo, California|
The huge main room holds the deli counter that dispenses a large selection of salads, plus housemade pastries that include exceptional coconut cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.
|salads in deli case at Comforts in San Anselmo, California|
|main courses in deli case at Comforts in San Anselmo, California|
The kitchen is most famous for its Chinese chicken salad (a tofu version is available), which is prepacked cutely in Chinese take-out boxes and stored in a self-service refrigerator. The salad is made with a lot of shredded iceberg and romaine lettuce, a generous portion of very good chicken strips, crispy toasted almonds, a scattering of sesame seeds and chopped green onions, a few rice noodles, and a perfect tangy vinaigrette. It comes in big (serves 1) and bigger (serves 2). My dining partner and I shared a “bigger,” and it left just enough room for us to also share a pecan bar for dessert.
|packaged Chinese chicken salad in refrigerator at Comforts |
in San Anselmo, California
|Chinese chicken salad at Comforts in San Anselmo, California|
Though this place is super-busy, it seems that everyone can find a seat either indoors or out on the sheltered front patio (that is where all the gorgeous dogs hang out). The cafe menu has breakfast selections that include pecan-crusted stuffed French toast made with challah and sweetened cream cheese, thick and fluffy lemon-blueberry pancakes (lemon curd topping is an option), and a mimosa made with fresh orange juice, plus at lunch you can get a good Prather Ranch chuck-burger with secret sauce and housemade pickles, a BLT that includes a fried tomato, or that famous Chinese chicken salad. Thinking ahead, when we paid I included a container of their housemade granola made with cashews and dried cherries. As I suspected, it is almost as good as my own homemade granola recipe.
|homemade granola at Comforts in San Anselmo, California|
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