The Buckeye Roadhouse
in Marin is well worth the trip over the Golden Gate Bridge
. The same folks who own Fog City Diner
invested time and money into giving this place the feeling of a nice 1930s roadhouse
. In another less politically correct part of the world, you'd probably see animal heads on the wall. Here, you'll find big leather booths and dark timber trim, which suits us fine. The place definitely qualifies as a site for "special occasions." The menu offers stick-to-your-ribs fare
that's high quality and nicely presented. Smoked salmon is a house specialty - Buckeye prepares it for its sister restaurants. And dessert is of the decadent variety; selections like the very rich S'mores Pie
are reason enough to come here. The restaurant is large enough to facilitate a fairly quick turnover of tables, so you can almost always get a seat. The crowd does get hopping, however, and waiters can get distracted. So if you have antsy children or want attentive service, arrive early for dinner, or go only for lunch.