Joe's Taco Lounge

Mexican

in Mill Valley

This quirky place takes a 1950s diner and fills it with Mexican religious statuettes, bright floral tablecloths and sparkling crystal chandeliers. The creative food – from marinated crab tacos and grilled chicken-and-chili sandwiches to avocado relleno (stuffed with rock shrimp and cheese) and amazing griddled corn cakes – has kept it a long-time favorite of Marinites.

It's a great pit stop before heading up Mt Tam or out to the coast.