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Joinery Beerhall + Rotisserie in Sausalito

April 5, 2020
View of the Joinery Beerhall + Rotisserie from the back deck patio.

Housed in an unassuming building and swathed in grey paint, one might mistake the Joinery Beerhall + Rotisserie to be a waterfront office building instead of a restaurant. Located on the harbor side of Bridgeway Ave and a bit removed from the throngs of tourists that visit Sausalito each day, the Joinery offers a moderately priced, yet ideal, waterfront dining experience.

Pegged as a beer hall and rotisserie, the Joinery highlights the simplicity of a restaurant that offers an abbreviated menu in which every item is executed well.  From noon to night, you will likely find a line of locals and tourists snaking its way out of the restaurant’s side doors. Once inside, the day’s menu is affixed on the wall covering all the choices from plates to sides and sweets. Fair warning, choosing your meal will be the most difficult part.

The Joinery menu is mounted on the wall including a selection of daily specials.

The menu at the Joinery.

Line of customers at the Joinery

Line at the register.

Keeping with the beer hall theme, the Joinery offers a selection of German beers along with a couple of domestic options, too. During the summer, there is often a radler on the menu, which combines beer and citrus juice or soda to make an already refreshing beer even more so. They usually keep the wine options under $15 and local, which is only reasonable when the restaurant is located close to two of the best winegrowing regions in the country. If wine or beer don’t suit your entire party, a selection of juices, soda, coffee, or tea can also be had.

Indoor seating at the Joinery.

Indoor seating options accommodate small and large groups.

More seating at the Joinery.

On to the main event: the food. As mentioned, Joinery is a combination beer hall and rotisserie, and, walking into the restaurant, you can immediately smell the roasting hens. But brews and poultry are not the only menu items that the Joinery does well, so if you can (and want) to order a few items, here are a few menu highlights:

FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH ($12) – The Best fried chicken sandwich I’ve ever tasted. Think crispy, not soggy, fried chicken topped with calabrian chili aïoli, shaved fennel and arugula on a butter toasted sesame bun.

**Pro tip: ask for the greens on the side and, voila, a sandwich and salad for under $15.

PORCHETTA SANDWICH ($13) – Spit-roasted pork loin and belly served with cracklings, mustard greens and ancho vinegar on ciabatta.

JOINERY BURGER ($11) – A classic executed to perfection. Order with all the fixings (lettuce, tomato, pickle, grilled onions and special sauce. Bring it to the next level by adding bacon (+$1.50) and sharp cheddar cheese (+$1.00).

PULLED PORK TACOS ($12) – Three tacos are piled high with pickled carrot, jalapeño, crema and pepitas on a bed of corn tortillas. The sweetness of the sauce is balanced nicely with the additional veggies.

BURRATA & SWEET PEPPERS ($12) – Soft cheese is paired with currants and herbs. Spread over a slice of the hearty country levain to round out this rich indulgence.

FRENCH FRIES ($4) – Crispy, perfectly fried and great for sharing or not.

Joinery Fried Chicken Sandwich.

The crispiest fried chicken sandwich.

Joinery Fried Chicken Sandwich.

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Once your order is placed, wait for your drinks to be delivered at the register and then grab your table number and choose a seat. Keeping with the beer hall theme, the Joinery has bench style seating to seat larger parties as well as smaller tables. If the weather is nice, which it usually is in Sausalito, head outside to the back patio to dine.

Outdoor deck at the Joinery.

The outdoor deck at the Joinery.

To sum it up, the Joinery is an ideal waterside watering hole that offers a great option for drinks and a limited, yet well-executed, menu for groups large and small in Sausalito. Be sure to check it out the next time you’re in the neighborhood. Cheers!

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Brunch o’Clock: Overnight French Toast

May 29, 2017
Picture of french toast

In another life, I would definitely have been French. There is just something about the French lifestyle: it embodies a certain je ne sais quois, an effortless “cool,” that happens when you have the Eiffel Tower, fresh baguettes and people dressed in horizontal black and white striped shirts in your backyard. One dish that is effortless and makes me feel that French brand of cool is this overnight french toast recipe, adapted from Peas in a Blog.

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Review: Yankee Lobster, Boston

May 21, 2017
Fresh Lobster Roll in a buttered bun with crisp french fries.

There are few things in Boston that are really worth waiting for and the hot buttered lobster rolls and fried clams from Yankee Lobster are two of them. Located in the Seaport district in Boston, Yankee Lobster is on the quieter end of restaurant row and is easily a favorite because of the casual vibe in this waterfront space.

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Review: Oleana, Cambridge, Massachusetts

May 6, 2017
Oleana Restaurant Sign

A taste of the Middle East in the heart of New England.

When thinking of comfort food, most would not pin Middle Eastern cuisine as such. Oleana in Cambridge turns this notion on its ear by infusing heart, soul and so much flavor into all its dishes, providing that feeling of comfort that mac and cheese usually conjures. The brain child of James Beard Award Winning Chef, Ana Sortum, Oleana was opened in 2001 and has since become a darling of the Cambridge restaurant scene to which new and seasoned patrons flock.

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Easiest Cinnamon Rolls

February 12, 2017
Freshly baked, homemade cinnamon rolls.

These are the world’s easiest cinnamon rolls. They could even be called no-fail cinnamon rolls. That’s right, you just read that. No. Fail. Cinnamon. Rolls.

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A Thanksgiving Wine List to Pair with Any Menu

November 15, 2016
Thanksgiving table with wine glasses.

It’s November and everyone’s favorite food holiday is right around the corner! To say that I am extra psyched for Thanksgiving this year is an understatement. This will be the first time my boyfriend will be at my childhood home for a holiday and also the first time, since college, that I’ll be with my parents for Thanksgiving. My family began pulling recipes the day we booked our tickets: roasted and fried turkeys, pecan pie, sweet potato casserole, glazed ham, deviled eggs, green bean casserole and more will line the buffet table on turkey day.

With the food situation figured out, there is just one thing left to do: organize the drinks! My parents do not drink alcohol on the regular (which still makes me wonder how I ever got into the wine business…), though we have a few relatives who do, so they asked me to step in and help organize the Thanksgiving wine list.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

September 18, 2016
Chocolate chip banana bread

Chocolate chip banana bread.

If you’ve done half as many searches as I have for the perfect banana bread recipe, and trust me, I’ve conducted quite a few, you would find an endless sea of recipes with variations of a few ingredients: flour, bananas, sugar, eggs (if a vegan recipe, a flax egg perhaps?), so on and so forth. I’ve also tried many of these recipes first hand, and, to my surprise, found that great banana bread is subjective. There exist so many recipes because people have varying tastes and prefer their banana bread certain ways: some with more bananas, others with less sugar, and some that are “healthy” and others that offer a healthy serving of butter. So, after must research, I bring you what I consider to be the moistest and most delicious banana bread, adapted from a recipe by talented chef Tyler Florence.

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