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Marvin's Breakfast Club
1112 Grant Ave, Novato, CA 94945
Voted "Best Breakfast in Novato" by various North Bay press outlets, Marvin's Breakfast Club in the Old Town area is aMore gastronomic institution. Since 1976 it has fused old-fashioned breakfast with an  attitude and big-boy portions. The small diner specializes in pancakes, corned beef hash, crêpes and endlessly customizable omelets. All of it is cooked right in front of hungry patrons who sit at the breakfast nook, right next to the busy cooks like owner Chuck Drefs. The clientle is mostly homegrown Novato folks. This is a very popular choice for weekend brunch, so expect a short wait at this charming Grant Avenue diner.
Finnegan's Marin Restaurant & Bar
877 Grant Ave, Novato, CA 94945

Finnegan's Marin is a popular Old Town Novato eatery and bar featuring an excellent assortment of Irish creations asMore well as elegant interpretations of "traditional pub fare." It was opened in 2006 in the location of one of Novato's most notable (and some say notorious) dive bars, the Bit O Honey. The transformation of the place into a classy Irish pub was a pleasant shock to longtime residents and quieted those who complained that Old Town Novato didn't have a decent meeting place at night.

In 2010 Finnegan's was voted Best Restaurant & Bar in Marin by Pacific Sun Readers, Best Burger in Marin 2010, and it additionally prides itself on having a standout menu just for kids. The bartenders keep busy with a first-rate assortment of cocktails, wine and beer. Finnegan's has nightly entertainment including karaoke on Wednesdays, live music on Saturdays and open mic night on Mondays. It can be loud inside, especially when patrons are enjoying a ball game, but Finnegan's has proved to be a focal point of Novato's nightlife. Don't forget that it is open for weekend brunch and lunch hour as well.

Vintage Oaks Shopping Center
208 Vintage Way, Novato, CA 94945

Located just north of Highway 37 and just east of Highway 101 in Novato, Vintage Oaks Shopping Center has a couple ofMore flagship stores including Costco, Target, Marshall's, Ross and Macy's Furniture.  Popular restaurants include Chevy's, Pasta Pomodoro, Jennie Low's Chinese, Fresh Choice and Sushiholic. There are over 55 stores, restaurants and service shops in this shopping center, the largest in Novato. Other businesses near Vintage Oaks include a Toyota dealership, Moylan's brewpub, Staples and a theater complex.

The center, which backs up to marshland, was the subject of much civic debate before it was built in the early 1990s because it was deemed a negative influence on non-corporate businesses around the Old Town area about a mile away. But today Vintage Oaks is by far the biggest source of sales tax revenue in the city and a key attraction for shoppers from both within Novato and outside of town.

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