Sunday, January 01, 2006

Shelter in Place

Marvin's Breakfast Club

The Northbay has been pummeled by a series of serious rain storms this week. As I write, the lastest storm is shaking the windows and throwing rain sideways at us. We've heeded all the shelter in place warnings and stayed in the house to avoid the dangers and drama going on around here. This morning cabin fever got to us. There are so many repeats on the telly, even the food channel got a little boring.

An escape plan was necessary. We checked out Marvin's and were lucky enough to score seats at the counter. This is a tiny, very popular breakfast and lunch place. It has been around for as long as I can remember. I confirmed that when I spoke to Gilton, one of the chefs confidently making omelets, he has worked here for 18 years. The newest owners have maintained the welcoming feel and still provide huge plates of comfort food.
I like to sit at the counter so I can watch the show. Chefs side by side choreograph the production of your breakfast at the speed of light. When you order scrambled, fresh eggs are placed into a milkshake machine then end up in hot pan. When they arrive they are hot and fluffy like a souffle. Burgers, sandwiches and salads are all available. We stuck with breakfast. I had scrambled eggs with bacon, hashbrowns and wheat toast($7.95).
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April had the "boomba omelet"($9.95). Fresh spinach, tomatoes, hickory smoked bacon topped with hollandaise. She substituted a scrambled egg for poached. Lord that's a lot of food!
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We headed home fully prepared for any more storms.
Marvin's Restaurant
1112 Grant Ave.
Novato, Ca.


cookiecrumb said...

That looks like so much food! I think it would scare me. I wonder if I could just get the hash browns and a strip of not-quite-so-cooked bacon.
Fun, though, huh? Milkshake machine eggs! :D

Greg said...

cookiecrumb -There is enough on each plate to feed a couple.

Jennifer said...

Ohmygosh! The name "boomba" definitely fits that dish!

Anonymous said...

you should know that the "handson young man" behind the counter isn't necessarily trying to get you to buy his food, and he does have a name by the way... it's Saleem. He is actualy quite nice, and if you get to know him and actualy talk to him on a regular basis you realize that he isn' all about selling his food. He will give it to you.. or atleast he gave it to me.