Comforts 335 San Anselmo Ave., (415) 454-9840. M-F 6:30-6:30, Sat 7:30-5:30, Sun 8-3.
This casual, family-friendly cafe is broken into two sections—a self-seating deli room marketplace and a full-service alcove cafe.
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.
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.
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.
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