Looking for a friendly grill where everyone knows your name? The California Grill & Rotisserie comes pretty close…More because it has become a fixture in the community since 1996. Operated by the Steffen family, Cali Grill at the Nave Center plaza is the best place in Novato for barbecued delights. It is right on South Novato Boulevard, next to Pini Ace Hardware.
It is known as much for its barbecued ribs, chicken and steaks as it is for its involvement and generosity in supporting local events. For instance, it caters -- free of charge -- the American Cancer Society's local Relay for Life event each year. The restaurant occasionally features live entertainment at its enclosed an enclosed patio.
Left Coast Depot opened in August 2012 under the ownership of Mike Garcia, a downtown Novato resident who was…More the chef at Toast restaurant in Hamilton as well as Toast in Mill Valley. The new restaurant's name is to represent the California lifestyle — hot rods, guitars, surfing and skiing — plus a nod to the rich history of trains running through Novato.
Since the 1970s, the location near the east end of Novato's Old Town was known as the the Golden Egg Omelet House before brief stints as Grant Avenue Bar & Grill and the Old Town Bistro. Garcia is using the Egg's menu as a base for his own creations. For now it will continue as a breakfast and lunch spot, but plans to be open at dinnertime are in the works as well as special events such as craft beer tastings.